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Comment Re:Reavers. (Score 1) 67

Yep, Reaver rats. They'll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skin into their clothing. And if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order.

This is what I instantly jumped to as well. They now know how to create both extremely docile rats and reaver rats that attack anything in sight.

Comment Re:Two options... (Score 1) 220

Third options:

3: Find a project that already does something very close to what you want and who'll probably see the value of your suggestion.

I'll add a 4th option along those same lines: Find a community that would benefit from the software and see if you can get a group of people to help build and/or help finance it. If it's 3D printer software, try drumming up support in the various 3D printer groups. If it's 3D rendering software you want then find groups that do 3D rendering. If it's novel software then anything's game. If you are wanting an open source clone of existing software then it would probably be best to find a related group that isn't directly associated with the commercial version you are wanting to replicate but even then if you have features that the commercial version doesn't support and it's a third party site like facebook then asking if anyone would like to help create a clone and you might be surprised about the support you might receive.

Comment Re:White Blood Cells, part of the Immune System (Score 1) 133

It sounds good, but are there any epidemiological studies to show that people after appendicitis die of infections earlier?

The data would be incomplete. What you really need is the death rate of people who have had their appendix removed and then don't have access to modern antibiotics. The appendix is not near as important today with access to modern medicine.

Comment Re:"News" (Score 1) 133

Not news.

The appendix has MANY subtle jobs rather than one obvious one, that's why you can do without it.

It's not just the appendix. A lot of other organs that are thought "unnecessary" have a use. The gallbladder stores bile to help in digestion. The tonsils are designed to get infected first so you build up an immunity and the rest of you doesn't get sick. There is very little in the way of useless organs in the human body. It's interesting that the appendix and tonsils were both probably more useful back before antibiotics and modern hygiene. Today it probably doesn't make much difference but I would guess that back before modern medicine, if you would have actually been able to remove someone's appendix and tonsils safely that you would see their longterm survival rate drop after they were removed.

Comment Re:AT&T -- pushing away their loyal customers (Score 1) 58

AT&T will be raising the rates every 6 months until it hits $100/mo like most other "not really unlimited plans"

This may really be their plan. The would upset a lot of customers if they jumped the price to $100/month or just kicked everyone off but by doing a gradual increase, people will gradually move to other plans and aren't going to freak out about $5/month jumps. A slow "boil a frog" strategy to not upset too many people and have a backlash.

Comment Re:AT&T -- pushing away their loyal customers (Score 1) 58

Good luck in finding a real unlimited data plan elsewhere. New real unlimited data plans do not exist as far as I know.

I have an unlimited sprint hotspot. I use it as my only internet. It's not super fast where I live but it's the only thing that really works in the somewhat rural area I live in. I get about 1-2 meg down and 2-4 meg up (yes, faster upload for some strange reason). I only use about 50GB/month but I haven't noticed any slow downs at the end of the month so if there is a throttle, it either doesn't affect me in my area or it's above 50GB.

Comment Re:What do you know. (Score 1) 246

. to me it is obvious that the first Consumer Reports test was correct.

I would somewhat agree but if Apple was able to fix the bug so that the original configuration they used with the cache off also significantly improved then it isn't a problem with the test as much as a problem with the bug that Consumer Report accidentally found. I'm actually kindof surprised that Apple never tested with the cache off as this would seem like a common thing to test.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

but this stated reason, that CR had disabled the browser cache, is kind of unsettling. It kind of turns it into a hit piece and should definitely stain CR's credibility a bit. Incompetence, malice - both show similar symptoms.

I don't think disabling the cache shows incompetence. I could argue that is a reasonable thing to do during a stress test. It wasn't the disabling the cache though that directly caused the problem. It was that disabling the cache exposed an actual bug that depleted the battery life. Consumer Reports goes out of their way to make sure they are neutral. They even go so far as send secret shoppers to purchase the items so they don't get optimized products. I'm surprised they even worked with Apple but it sounds like they were able to identify an actual problem with the device even if that problem only shows up for some users.

Comment Re:Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

Cell phone providers really need to stop selling unlimited plans.

Pretty much all of them have but most of them also grandfather in old customers some of which have unlimited plans from back when the average bandwidth used was a lot lower than it is today. I'm actually surprised that they all have such generous grandfathering provisions when to my knowledge they are under no obligation to honor a contract that expired 10 years ago. Very few other industries do this. It's normal in other industries to get occasional rate hikes. For instance, unless there are specific laws prohibiting it, it's pretty common for places to raise your rent or your car insurance rates every few years.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 285

Training a sniper with shells 75% of the weight the would normally have is pointless.

I could see the appeal for biodegradable bullets and if they worked just as effectively even using them in combat but I find the idea that they be required to host live plants rather strange and limiting. It would make much more sense to pursue biodegradable bullets optimized for biodegradability and effectiveness than adding a third optimization of needing to host a plant. The more things you optimize for the less you're going to be able to optimize each criteria.

Comment Re:It's a studid idea to steal those. (Score 1) 165

Usefulness: Debatable.
Uniqueness and recognizability: 100%.

Someone is asking for trouble.

Especially because one of the primary usefulness of a 3 screen laptop is portability and the portability is severely limited if you can't be seen in public with it therefore negating most of the usefulness of it. If it was a laptop that was already being sold then you could maybe get away with it but not something where only a handful even exist.

Comment Re:Easily done (Score 2) 181

Just to make a website that was consistent in look...

That's the whole problem. Html was never supposed to have a consistent look across devices then we tacked on pixel perfect precision, javascript, css and everyone did it slightly different. Oh, and we also decided to allow best guess rendering so install of giving a syntax error, a page still tries to render so broken, sloppy, incorrect pages with missing tags, etc... still render on some browsers and not others. Now it's a horrible mess. Just look at jquery. It's an amazing feat of what can be hacked together but you shouldn't have to do thousands of hacks just to get something to render correctly. Html/css/javascript should be scrapped and we need something with strict syntax checking that works uniformly across all browsers. You could even do it in the existing browsers. Just like at one time we had gopher:// and we have ftp:// there is no reason we can't have http2:// and have browsers slowly start adding it but it needs to have strict rules not the lazy rules that we currently have.

Comment Re: DAB is useless nowadays, ever heard of streami (Score 2) 303

To my knowledge there will be zero effort made to recycle them other than as electronic trash, when you could have just put them in a container and shipped them to... anywhere but here, really and sold them cheap or given them to a third world country.

"Giving" your toxic waste to third world countries is neither charitable nor an environmentally friendly alternative to dumping them in your own landfills. WTF is someone living in the third world going to do with an obsolete DAB radio? They don't have DAB stations to listen to, and if they ever get them, they are far more likely to be the same HE-AACv2 DAB+ signals that have triggered you into throwing your radio away than the original MPEG-1 layer 2 based DAB that the radio can receive.

I think he was referring to the FM radios as usable radios not trash. The problem is that even in some place like the USA where we still use FM radios, factory radios are worthless. Every car comes with one and most all of them outlive their cars so you can get one for basically free at any junkyard. Even if you shipped 1M of them to the USA, unless you either start installing used radio in new cars or selling new cars without radios, there will be no market for them.

Comment Re:is aware of the complaint filed by the FTC (Score 2) 72

They are just starting with someone, almost every consumer grade supplier have security holes in their products and they just leave support for your device about a year after you bought it.

This is exactly what I'm worried about. Having "guest/guest" hardcoded is ridiculous but I'm not sure I like the idea of the government deciding what is and is not secure enough. Will it get to the point where only giant companies can release products or accept credit cards because no one else is capable of getting their products certified as secure?

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