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Comment How would they get that exactly? (Score 1) 140

The health data the Watch collects is sent only to the users phone. From there other apps can request access to parts of it, but the user has to explicitly grant permission to allow it - and they would first have to install an app that could even ask...

So tell me again how it's a data collection initiative when there are so few ways to collect the data it collects?

Maybe, just maybe, some of the fitness tracking stuff the Apple watch does is useful enough to people that it encourages healthier living. Maybe, just maybe, being told to stand every hour and stretch has long term benefits.

But no, lets discount all of that and go for the Slashdot Paranoid Delusion #75757, Standard Evil Corporate Overlord wants to know my average run pace.

Comment Better to dream big than not at all (Score 3, Insightful) 481

If you're going to Mars at all anyway messing around with just a few people means certain death for all. With enough people you have redundancy in skill and ability, a lot of pure manual labor on tap if required, and lots more of a drive to make the community continue. In think the timeframe is pretty realistic to be honest and the goal not very out of reach. Think of where we were technologically forty years ago, across many fields of science...

Comment Re:Whole thing, not "at all" (Score 1) 226

No I'm trying to explain an observed effect, far more thinking than you have ever done in your miserable life.

I don't care really care either way which of the two goober was the slightly less goobery one, I'm approaching this as a strategic issue.

I hope that increases you post count enough you get that bonus from the Hilary campaign! The money came from Wells Fargo bilking customers, but whatever. I'll not respond further since you are an even larger goober than the pair of the candidates combined.

Comment Whole thing, not "at all" (Score 3, Informative) 226

You're going to lose that wager. Early Neilson ratings are showing the debate broke the all-time record for viewers.

Yes, that's people who "tuned in" - that is watched it at all. I agree that was very high.

I'm saying a lot of people "tuned out" after the first half hour or so, I saw a ton of people on social media saying exactly that. They got tired after a while, both voices are irritating. Even if they didn't turn it off, they were not really watching with full attention after that point. The Neilson ratings say anything about that.

Hillary may technically have "won on points" but if you read the link I posted (not from a conservative source either) it shows Trump actually won massively among watchers. So the only way that happened is if people were not paying attention later in the debate.

Comment Trump won according to polls, here's why (Score 5, Insightful) 226

Trump was better earlier, then it evened out and at times Hillary was better.

I would have called it a rough tie. But the important thing to remember is - how many people watched the whole thing? I would wager not a lot. So Trump doing better earlier probably means he won with the general populace...

This is borne out by polls taken immediately after showing that Trump actually won the debate, by a pretty large margin.

The CNN poll being an outlier is just an illustration of how the media is rigged strongly in favor of Hillary. I was going to vote for Johnson but I think an important part of this election is to consider just who the press will actually watch closely and call out anything wrong - they are going to do that constantly with Trump, and very little to not at all with Clinton. A representative democracy needs a functioning press and the unfortunate reality of the times is that the press is so Democratic, you have to have a Republican president if you want issues widely discussed in the news. You heard about war protests all the time under Bush, not at all under Obama despite drone strikes on civilians that would have had the press howling under Bush.

Comment You have to (Score 1) 114

You have to keep passwords written somewhere because stupid sysadmins have such insane password rules and retention times that no-one could possibly remember them. In theory word documents are at lest better than post-its because they COULD have some access control.

The tighter you squeeze, sysadmins, the more systems will slip through your fingers.

Comment Re: So basically... (Score 0) 637

You have got to be joking. Swap in "Jews" for "Deplorables" and Hillary would be every bit a "hitler", if it were not so absurd comparing wanting to control immigration rather than letting it occur with no oversight, to mass slaughter of humans. Even if you tried to compare mass deportation, you can't even get close because you are comparing someone sent to Mexico with someone being packed on a train and sent to a gas chamber! Do you realize how foolish and un-believeable you sound? The fact that you and other liberals really believe that down in your heart is why you are turning so many independent voters against you. Trump says some reasonable things, you claim he's hitler and that's all she wrote for believing a word you say.

Comment That's a stupid plan (Score 1) 50

how often do home hard drives fail?

They only need to fail once for something you have no copy of...

Also I am pretty sure they fail 100% of the time your laptop is stolen and/or there's a fire in your house that melts your HD. Are you saying houses do not catch on fire? That laptops are never stolen?

Your plan is lunacy. Backups aren't about any one unlikely thing, they are about a world of unlikely possibilities weighed against the loss of many things (even if virtual) that are literally irreplaceable.

does the average user still need "cloud backup"

The "average user" needs those things more because they do not have as deep an understanding of what will and will not be lost if the device breaks or vanishes.

Comment Gary Johnson is a sane alternative (Score 1) 852

I'm proposing only that Clinton is a horrid person to vote for, that many seem to be supporting only because she is a Democrat and a woman, otherwise they would demand vociferously and at length that she be jailed (were she a Republican).

That said Gary Johnson is an excellent choice to vote for if for either Democrat or Republican that does not like their own candidate. Or there's always the green party, but that's just silly (apologies to you Green supporters, but that's how I see it this year).

I vote for Johnson is not a vote for Trump or a vote for Clinton. It is a vote for sanity. The government you get depends on what you vote for, if you keep voting for less and less sane choices do not expect a sane ruling class to magically materialize.

Comment Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 5, Insightful) 852

There are a LOT of good reasons to be against Hillary without being for Trump.

A big one is this - after what she and the DNC did to Sanders, you all plan to reward her by voting for Hillary? Do you think the DNC will become more, or less corrupt if Hillary wins.

In the end it will not make that vast a difference in Trump or Clinton wins, two arms springing from the same body politic. So don't vote to destroy whatever shred of goodness was left of the DNC by rewarding corruption and massive corporate backroom deals which will be rewarded lavishly during her time in office (just as they were while she was secretary of state).

Comment Re:Flickr is still better (Score 0) 169

I also use Smugmug but I hate viewing images there. I only use it for photo sales (I have a paid account). It's also better for sure as a professional presence.

Flickr is far more pleasurable for browsing images though. I post a lot of images to Flickr that I just want others to enjoy.

Comment Missing the excess factor (Score 1) 199

Now we compress it. the compressors suitable for it have 70-85% efficiency (adiabatic). Which means that of the energy used to compress it, 15-30% is lost

Which doesn't matter because remember how we are using excess electrical capacity anyway?

Then we store and transport it.

This is the part the battery people really miss on, because they basically assuming the cost of transporting giant batteries is free it would seem.

You simply are not factoring in the reality of the system at a whole at various stages for battery compared to hydrogen.

Not to mention the horrific aspects of making the batteries to begin with, they always seem to just magically appear in all of these kinds of calculations.

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