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Comment Comparing apples to fried oranges (Score 3, Informative) 156

In an attempt to test whether the higher numbers of cardiovascular deaths were simply a statistical blip or a genuine sign of the effect of traveling into deep space, the scientists exposed mice to the same type of radiation that the astronauts would have experienced. After six months, which is the equivalent of 20 human years, the mice showed damage to arteries that is known to lead to the development of cardiovascular disease in humans.

Well, no. The scientists slammed the mice with ~6-12 months' worth of radiation in ten minutes. Yeah, they probably had artery damage. Stuff like that happens when you stick a mouse in the microwave.

Comment Re:Expected (Score 5, Informative) 134

The problem again is LastPass. Nobody knows if their security practices are any good, and the attack surface is huge.

Well, their online security practices are relatively unknown, but they're also kind of beside the point. Yes, LastPass won't hand out someone's vault without some sort of authentication, but that's just fences around brick walls. The real means of security is in the client, which is the only part capable of decrypting the vault (decryption keys never being uploaded). The client source code is available and has been audited, so you can feel pretty good about that, short of the Ken Thompson hack or the possibility of the local computer itself being hacked (which, of course, would affect any password manager).

Comment Re:What salvageable hardware is in there? (Score 1) 140

Stripping it for parts? Well, there's a HD and a BluRay, of course, and a fan, and some cables; those would be worth a few bucks put together.

Beyond that there's a couple of circuit boards with lots of chips soldered to them. If you have a BGA rework station and a steady hand, you could recover the ICs. But if you're looking for a graphics card, a socketable CPU, memory DIMMs... you're out of luck. There's no reason for MS to make the xbone a PC on the inside, and every reason for them not to.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

Zero-risk is kind of a weird strategy for someone holding stock, but okay, whatever. So the stock price finds a lower equilibrium, because people feel that 5G's gonna be an overall negative for the carriers. So what? The carriers still have to deal with it. Whichever one finds the right balance between ramp-up costs and early-mover benefits will do the best, meaning they all have a strong incentive to be that one.

I cannot believe I'm explaining the invisible hand of the market to someone who's arguing *against* government regulation.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

As an investor, you're going to support a 5G rollout because if your competitors do and you don't, your portfolio will be well and truly screwed in a few years. Maybe you think the early-mover bonus is going to cover the costs and maybe you don't, but either way you clearly can't afford to hang back. The only real question is what effect it'll have on the rollout *schedule*.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

Heh, no they aren't. 4G data plans in the EU don't even come *close* to $70/month. Vodafone Germany's most expensive data-only plan, for instance, is only 30 euro.

More importantly, though, nobody's making distinctions between 3G and 4G anymore. Early on, 4G was only offered by some of the providers, and at a hefty premium. As more providers followed suit to maintain feature parity, that premium shrank and disappeared. So the market rewarded the early movers, incentivised the industry as a whole to roll out 4G, and kept prices fair. And this was was accomplished without any significant zero-rating or usurious peering charges.

What makes you think it'd be any different this time?

Comment Re:No liberal bias? (Score 1) 206

This season, we're seeing more of an intellectual/anti-intellectual split... or perhaps a technocrat/populist split. The idea that any group of people in Silicon Valley wouldn't fall pretty squarely on the former categories, compared to the population of the country as a whole, is laughable; but if Facebook was looking for a paleoconventional liberal bias, I can see why they wouldn't necessarily find one. The prevailing economic libertarianism in geek circles covers up a lot of social progressivism if you're looking for a traditional red/blue categorization.

Comment Re:Abandonware? (Score 2) 230

Because that's what they agreed to. They signed a contract saying "We'll pay you X amount of dollars, and use the software for Y amount of years, and then stop using the software. We understand that you're under no obligation to allow us to renew the license, for any amount of dollars." Which was certainly a really, really stupid contract for them to have signed, but hey, here we are.

Comment Re:Well, that sounded extremely patronizing. (Score 0) 317

So what, aid organizations should only help the most needy country? "Screw you, Kenya, you'll get yours AFTER Somalia has been thoroughly chickened"?

I don't think that offering livestock aid to the rural poor is necessarily insulting. Certainly I don't think the intended recipients would reject it as an insult. As for the government, well, they're overseeing consistently strong trade surpluses thanks to an abundance of natural resources; and as you pointed out, they already have the production capabilities. If they don't want foreign aid organizations to be feeding their people, they can damn well do it themselves.

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