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Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 1) 307

I'm actually pretty impossible to please in this department. I would like to see yet still more indication that the problem is well understood. Predictions that are precise to 15 digits, and that unlike all other scientific endeavors don't need to be "corrected" post hoc would do most of it for me.

But that's the thing: it is very well understood, and scientists have made many predictions that are panning out. No one's ever going to say "the earth will get x.xxxxxxx% warmer on this date". Predictions are in the form of "we believe the atmosphere will get between x and y% warmer, with a confidence of z". And they've been accurate as stated. Any claims to the contrary are radical restatements of history.

Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 1) 307

Question: what would it take to get you to admit that measurably rising sea levels due to climate change is causing problems? We're losing goddamn Louisiana to it. Literally everyone who studies this stuff for a living agrees with this. No one seriously doubts it. But you'd rather blame some river hacking for literally submerging Louisiana.

What are you going to blame when we lose Florida? Is there a convenient river there to point the finger at? What ungodly amount of river water is flowing through the Solomon Islands that's causing them to disappear7?

Comment Re:Sponsors? (Score 2) 223

How can an artificial sweetener that is not absorbed by the body, like sucralose, have any physical effect, unless the brain hates being tricked and is getting even.

Nailed it. From Wash U med school:

The elevated insulin response could be a good thing, she pointed out, because it shows the person is able to make enough insulin to deal with spiking glucose levels. But it also might be bad because when people routinely secrete more insulin, they can become resistant to its effects, a path that leads to type 2 diabetes.

Basically, the part of your digestive tract that identifies incoming sugar and triggers an insulin release can't tell the difference between sugar and sweeteners. That's not a shocker: if our taste buds can be tricked, it's not crazy to imagine that our sugar-detecting circuits are also fallible. When your body is continually flooded with elevated insulin, it becomes resistant to it. Another term for insulin resistance is type 2 (adult onset) diabetes.

Comment Let's play a game called "balanced viewpoint" (Score 1, Interesting) 256

I had never heard of the website liked, but you could be pretty sure it would be one of those left leaning Fake News sites - the "Trump's XXXXXX" title gave that away.

So I went and found a balanced article (the link that should have been provided by the rabid Trump-Hater to begin with).

From the article:

Supporters of Pai's plan discount concerns that prices will rise, saying there's already significant competition in the BDS market. Critics who see a lack of competition "subdivide this market and make all these distinctions" to reach their own conclusions,..In 2016, the FCC found that competing networks within a half mile of a location served by a single provider "had a competitive effect" on pricing, Banks noted.

One again Trump Haters ignore reality and will end up wondering why things didn't turn out like they thought. If only reality ACTUALLY had a liberal bias as claimed!

Comment There is a part that is forever - bureaucracy (Score 4, Insightful) 262

Politicians come and go and ideas are forever.

The problem is that while politicians may go, the bureaucracy they create does not. That essentially lasts forever, and has a great impact on what ideas are possible, if for no other reason than it drains funds form making some other idea possible.

Rather than term limits we need the concept of department limits, where each arm of a large bureaucracy must be voted to continue every ten years or so after justifying what it has done.

Comment Re:Only thing stupid is your hot take (Score 1) 96

Given the fact the battery doesn't last 5 years of normal use and isn't user replaceable it is reasonable to think that the phone will indeed be worthless.

They normally last at least three years and at that point you can replace them at any Apple store for $79 in about an hour.

How is that "worthless" again?

Now, how about computers? No such artificial limitation is imposed on them.

Funny you should mention that, because after about three years I had to replace the battery in my laptop also...

In fact the limitations are identical.

Also, nowadays, a 5 year old computer is on average just 30% slower than a brand new one.

And a five year old phone works just fine as well. So?

HMM..... (whatever it's supposed to mean)

*rolls eyes*

Comment "probably NEVER"?? (Score 2) 96

I guess that is no longer a concern, what I see Apple doing is - don't buy a Samsung since we have neat new stuff that will probably never come out.

Why would it not come out? At this point Apple has a proven track record of delivering new phones each year like clockwork. They've been reported to be working on edge to edge screens for years now. I see no reason to think they would not come out with new phones, and it's beyond obvious they would do something special for an anniversary phone.

and still use wired headphones so I'm not really on Apples radar anymore.

I only use wired headphones myself, which is why with my iPhone 7 I simply USE THE ADAPTOR THAT COMES WITH THE iPHONE FOR FREE IN THE BOX.

Your radar is broken, not Apples.

Comment Also allows ownership change (Score 2) 65

Something that just happened recently on a system update, was that it asked if I wanted to change ownership of my iMovie license - in the past I had installed iMove under a different user, so I could not update it when logged into the iTunes account I use for Mac apps...

So that has gotten better as well, probably part of the same change where they don't care if you switch the owner to be a different iCloud user as long as you are running on a Mac.

Comment Great point (Score 1) 144

That's really interesting, I had not heard that before and I'll admit it adds a lot of weight to the notion that a lawsuit would not get anywhere.

But I think the conclusion was incorrect and if a lawyer played it more as violation of copyright of non-facts, you could own a case today. Lastly, it also just adds more weight to the theory you should not sue for anything reasonable where the 9th circuit might be involved in the appeal...

Comment Only thing stupid is your hot take (Score 1) 96

so to celebrate the anniversary of smart phones people are going to buy some "special" $1000 phone that will be worthless in less than 5 years?

How much did you spend on your computer?

How much will it be worth in five years?

Then factor in that most people now use phones more often than computers...

HMM.....

Comment Aha, BUT (Score 2) 144

The collection of facts is not copyrightable, of course.

But it's not JUST a collection of facts. Recall he put in the names of friends with false details. Those are not FACTS, they are FICTION and therefore under copyright, which Google is now violating on a massive scale.

Furthermore facts may not be copyrightable but exact wording is. As the copying of his friends shows Google appears to have copied his database wholesale, and offers proof that wording being the same is not a coincidence.

It is in fact very simple, he has clear and absolute proof that Google stole work product from him without paying. You don't need to be Perry Mason to extract money from Google under these circumstances.

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