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Comment Re:Sure (Score 3, Informative) 132

Isn't the whole thing missing the point?

I mean, really, when's the last time you were concerned about which browser to use because you only had 6 hours of battery left if you used Chrome to surf, instead of 7 if you used Edge?

Um, no. In previous Chrome builds (<53) it would spin laptop fans endlessly even when nothing was going on and use at least 50% CPU, at close to max freq. Battery life was significantly worsened just by having Chrome open. So when was the last time I was concerned about battery life due to which browser? A couple of months ago it was a real problem. Now they're close enough that Chrome is usable, because it's so much better as a browser and only a little worse on the battery.

Comment Re:In MWI, this is obvious (Score 1) 152

Re: "becoming" mainstream, don't think it's there yet: I think something over 50% of practicing physicists accept it as of a few years ago, which is a change from even a decade ago. As for other interpretations, experiments like this one are making the CI much harder to swallow - instantaneous collapse? Really? FTL signaling?

Besides, Copenhagen is just a worse explanatory framework. If we're going to make any progress on quantum computation, thinking about what's _really_ going on rather than about mysterious shadows and collapse keeps things simple, local, and deterministic (in the multiversal sense of course) But you're right that something like Cramer's Transactional Interpretation could be the cause rather than multiple worlds. I just find it hard to stomach the idea of "backward causation".

Comment In MWI, this is obvious (Score 1) 152

In the many-worlds interpretation of QM, also called "QM without collapse", becoming more and more mainstream, this is a straightforward consequence of entanglement. When you measure the spin or polarization of your entangled particle, you become entangled with it, so in a sense all you're doing is discovering which "universe" you're in. And of course that universe is correlated with the corresponding other particle, no matter where it is now.

Comment Re:Speed penalty of encryption (Score 1) 124

Still fast enough for me.

Sure, I agree -- it's probably fast enough for most people, myself included. It's just the extra 1.5 sec of awake time (in your benchmark -- probably a lot less for real-world workflows, but if it happens on every mail sync, podcast download, it could multiply out to minutes of additional wake time per day) that bugs me because it will likely have an effect on battery life.

As hardware gets faster and (hopefully) less power-hungry, this should become less of an issue, so I expect I'll be happy to turn it on in a generation or two. I'm not there yet though. YMMV.

Comment Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 1) 124

Whether in hardware or software, it's still a fair amount of computation, which means battery usage and latency. It has to affect the max IOPS, which means when the phone wakes up to do something, it'll stay awake for longer.

My N5's battery life is already barely acceptable; I'm not going to enable FDE on the chance it takes even a 5% or 10% hit.

Comment Re:Another Pebble Owner here (Score 1) 120

My experience with mine is that it's smaller than my last watch (not big), the faces are quite attractive (not ugly), and tethering to a phone isn't a bug, it's the #1 feature. I keep my phone on silent all the time now and just route the notifications to my watch. Quick glance at it during meetings to see if the email/text/whatever is important, and the phone stays in my pocket.

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