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Comment Re:Inaccurate headline... (Score 1) 210

The article claims that in 2017, about 600k deaths are project in the US due to cancer.

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., the population of the world around 3000 BC (assuming this is roughly the Mesopotamian era) was about 14 million.

600k in a year back then would be roughly 4% of the population. This seems very unlikely. If you accept the premise that we are surrounded by carcinogens moreso today than back then, you would expect the cancer death rate to be lower back then. I would also suspect that other forms of death would be more prevalent than cancer.

Comment Re: America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

Definitely... I've been to Florida in August (Orlando - not even as far south as Miami and the southern tip) and it is uncomfortable and disgusting. Will not go back in August.

Palm Springs, CA can be oppressively hot in the summer too, but that's not where tech is - Silicon Valley is pretty habitable all year round.

I come from up north and we get winter, which I tolerate OK, but my coworkers in the valley think I'm crazy.

Comment Re:Solved (Score 1) 295

Although unpopular among many here, in Canada we are moving towards a system of community mailboxes, which is essentially what you describe. Rather than a postal worker delivering mail to each house, there are banks of mailboxes where people get their mail (all their mail). You are issued a key for your mailbox so you can go get it whenever you want, and it is secure. Packages that fit inside the mailbox just go in the regular spot. There are also compartments for packages that are larger to accommodate larger packages. In this case, you receive a key in your mailbox and the box that your package is in. You retrieve your package, and then drop the key off into the mail slot again for reuse.

Works pretty well and for most packages, solves the problem.

Comment Re:Even worse (Score 1) 88

In some respects yes, in others, not so much. Think about a corporate setting where within the context of an office people might leave their machines accessible on a regular basis. They go off to lunch, leave their laptop at their desk. Anybody can now go and grab their laptop, do a hard reboot and extract the passwords. Conveniently, a lot of people probably have filevault passwords that are the same as their network passwords. Now you have another user's network passwords and can do a whole bunch of things on their behalf.

How on earth is it okay, in 2016, to store plaintext passwords for a file encryption tool?

The other potential exploit for this is to bake it into commercially available Thunderbolt 2 devices. Bribe a janitor to leave stick 100 crafted VGA dongles in meeting rooms of the company you want to infiltrate and have the device send passwords either over the network or via some wireless protocol.

Comment Re:laptops on the conveyor belt (Score 1) 170

Another alternative is Nexus, which gets you pre-check as well. It costs $50 for a five year term. Isn't an intensive process either - you fill out some stuff online and then go in for a orientation session, and a few weeks later you get your card. Also helps at customs and immigration going into and out of Canada/US.

Comment Re:Limits of bluetooth and tablets (Score 1) 50

Relationship between bluetooth hosts and bluetooth peripherals is 1:many. Not many:many. One computer, multiple devices (a headset, a mouse, a keyboard). But one device (say a mouse) can only connect to one computer at a time (typically).

Also, getting phones and tablets to output audio to more than one output device isn't easy to configure.

Also, and this one is a bit fuzzier but I seem to recall having trouble using older bluetooth headsets to listen to music on my Blackberry (back when Blackberrys were the thing you had). There are separate standards for bidirectional (headphone and mic) and stereo (A2DP or something). Maybe that's better now. I dunno.

Comment Re:For what reason...? (Score 1) 104

I could imagine it being more useful as browser based apps become heavier and heavier, you could selectively disable features as the battery gets eaten away. Also, as the mobile world shifts from apps to responsive web pages, you can do the same.

On the other hand, one could argue that the user might want to be in control of how much power a page uses anyhow, so you might as well supply the option. But then one option might be 'go full out when there's lots of juice, drop down a little bit when we're running out'.

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