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Comment Re:Subtraction... (Score 0) 44

26.29 rounds to 26, not 27.

Nobody mentioned 27 though. 2.7 isn't 27.

And, although the wording clearly implies an absolute relationship, the correct relative formula would be 26.3/25.6=1.03 when significant digits are accommodated (which would be a 3% relative increase).

You're making the assumption that 26.3 and 25.6 are given with the full number of significant digits (which may not be the case), or that significant digits actually matter in a percentage figure (not an actual measurement) in popular scientific journalism. Get over yourself.

Well, at least you're in good company.

Someone's really salty to be shown wrong, eh?

Comment Re:She has no idea what she is talking about (Score 1) 363

It seems like you didn't grasp what she's saying at all, actually. She says that since we know for a fact that our two current theories (that is, quantum mechanics and relativity) do not match up, we have no idea how complicated an actual simulation of our universe would be since we don't know the actual rules that control it. Anyone attempting to extrapolate a simulation from our current understanding of physics is most likely severely underestimating the complexity of the problem.

Just look back at Newton's laws and imagine someone thinking you could simulate our universe with just those. The problem is dramatically easier than simulating the complexity of quantum mechanics and relativity, isn't it? A similar step upwards in complexity could very well happen to reconcile those two theories.

Comment Re:if it were cheaper, yes. (Score 1) 330

Nevermind PETA's ridiculousness, if you had the choice, wouldn't you prefer not harming a living being? That's on top of the smaller environmental footprint, potential for more uniform distribution of fat, removal of undesirable parts (tendons, nerves, etc.), ability to shape the meat however you want (could have blocks of the thing!), etc.

Comment Re:So I'm going to be the grouchy old man here... (Score 1) 621

chances are there's a grumpy asshole who is of more practical use to an employer because they can handle social interactions in a workplace and understand the way work life works, with enough experience (in precisely what their employer requires!) to more than raise their net value above an inexperienced applicants'.

That's funny considering the volume of news stories on Slashdot about employment problems for older people because they tend to be more expensive and less... malleable than younger workers. So which is it?

Comment Re:Nuclear Japan (Score 3, Interesting) 233

That argument holds no water. What was, doesn't have to be. Europe has waged wars across the globe for millenia too. Greece was once a world power. France and Germany were often embroiled in wars with their neighbors lasting decades. Britain once had so many colonies they spanned the whole globe. None of that is relevant to the now.

Right now, Japan is faced with a severe population aging problem and their economy is entirely tied with the region and the world. They have no interest in declaring a war unless provoked or forced.

Comment Re:USB-C seems odd (Score 3, Interesting) 223

Removing Lightning would also significantly remove the lock-in factor and their large 3rd party peripherals advantage. Not only would people have to buy iStuff-compatible hardware for the third time in a row (which would most likely lose them some people), the new hardware would support Android phones on a hardware basis, making it quite easy for Google to just add support for the peripherals in Android. Suddenly all of those iPhone exclusive sound docks, car docks and whatever else become universal.

I frankly don't see that happening. Only thing I can see would be them bundling a USB-C cable and charger at the other end.

Comment Re:What is this witchery (Score 1) 334

That article is why scientific journalism has such a bad rap. Clicking through to what the scientist actually said, you find "Eyes are not designed to look directly at light - they are designed to see with light." which is a far cry from the claim that LEDs might be inherently unhealthy. Newsflash, looking at any bright light directly is bad.

The article also mentions the presence of high-energy blue and violet light. That is exactly what color temperature is all about: early LEDs had temperatures above the 5000K mark, reaching near to what you find outside, which is 6500K. Modern LEDs can go down to 2700K or even lower, which is very close to the 2400K of incandescent bulbs, enough that any potential issues related to blue light are gone. By that point, LEDs produce strictly identical light to any other light source.

Meanwhile, I'm going to bet you look at a computer screen on a daily basis even late at night, which should be far more concerning for your eyes than using LEDs or not.

Comment Re:What is this witchery (Score 2) 334

I mean, it's nothing new. Color temperature has been a thing for years, it's just that incandescents could only really do one of them. Neons have a completely different color temperature, and LEDs can actually span the range between incandescents and neons, and then some if you go for the smart bulbs that can literally give you a rainbow if you ask for it.

You're being given choice. I'd say that's pretty nice.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 5, Insightful) 1149

There's no amount of massaging of the statistics that will change the fact the US gets waaaaay more gun deaths per capita than any other Western country. You're up there with Uruguay and Panama. That, alone, is proof enough that the bandwagon fallacy doesn't apply.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 5, Informative) 1149

Just about every other developed country in the world disagrees. The few that have a similar (well, within a 2-3x factor, the US is just that much of an outlier) level of gun ownership (like Switzerland) do it in a way so incredibly different it may as well be another concept entirely.

It just so happens that the rest of world is also doing fine without all those guns.

Comment Re:USPS Investigation? (Score 1) 155

Between attempting to use the old label as a first step towards an investigation to find the legitimate owner of the package, and just doing nothing until they sell it off, I'd much rather they attempt to use the old label. It may not point you to the legitimate owner directly, but at least then you're showing good faith attempts to find them.

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