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Comment Bye, MagSafe (Score 5, Interesting) 191

they removed one of the biggest selling features for me: MagSafe. That one connector has saved my notebook's ass many times, and it's a sad day to see it disappear off notebooks until Apple's magsafe patent expire someday. PreviouslyApple claimed the macbook air was too light for the magnets to separate, but i don't think that argument applies for the heavier macbook pro.

jerks.

Comment Signal not mentioned (Score 4, Informative) 47

Why didn't they compare the commercial offerings with Signal?

It's GPLv3, offers encrypted messaging and voice calls, and when served with a subpoena, Open Whisper Systems was only able to provide a confirmation of a user's account, and the last time they had logged in.

Comment Re:Too much theory, not enough practice (Score 2) 75

So this appears not to have any practical applications.

only if you lack imagination. could see something like this powering sensors (e.g. air quality sampler, barometer, photodetector) would be valuable for leaving self-powered telemetry and a small sensor package to study forest canopy ecosystems, individual tree performance, etc.

Comment Re:What does it change? (Score 1) 136

What does it changes if North Korea masters building hydrogen bomb?

Does that make the country more scary than if it just mastered fission nuclear bomb?

North Korea gets more geopolitical optionality, and can maintain de facto sovereignty with a weapon of last resort. look at one of 2 (probably 3) nuclear states in the middle east, Israel, see how an ambiguous nuclear capability can protect an unprotectable position indefinitely.

otoh it upsets the balance of power in the region, and makes the good Korea almost impossible to protect. Seoul is toast in any conflict, but that won't stop the US from sewing asia and the pacific with antiballistic missile systems like pax americana johnny appleseed.

Comment Re:DNC doesn't want Sanders to Win Anyways (Score 1) 313

I'm finding it hard to understand why the DNC/establishment is so gung-ho about Clinton at a time when the Republicans look set to elect someone a significant number Republicans probably won't stomach.

Like most politicians today, the DNC are risk adverse, and are unwilling to make bold moves or plan ahead past the next election cycle. they're not even listening to policy debates between the leaders they are operating out of fear thinking how much more they could lose in 2016 and beyond. DNC, just like the GOP establishment, operate out of fear and necessity. in that calculus there is no room for new ideas.

Comment a better cut available? anybody remix this thing? (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Never bothered seeing the Hobbit movie after i fell asleep during the first one. trend for official re-releases have been to make the movie even longer than before. I've about given up on high minded talk about Vision; use what you have, and leverage the shit out of it. Don't stand on a million dollar set equipped with millions of dollars of production equipment with A listed actors and whine about a redesign. Most directors would kill to be saddled with such high quality problems.

having said that, have there been any fan-edits floating around that have made this watchable? Fan edits like the DeZionIzed matrix, the LOST miniseries, and Phantom Edit have been stellar improvements over the official releases. the hobbit movies are breathtaking, but Jackson is too in love with his creation to edit objectively.

Comment revolutionary technology (Score 5, Insightful) 172

canada has pencils and paper they use for voting. when the voting is done, the ballot boxes stay in the room, and designated counters stay there with observers until the count is complete. we got our election results within 4 hours of the last poll closing in our last federal election. the scrutiny, traceability, and physical counts of paper ballots makes it difficult to do the type of election tampering described in the article. There is no need for electronic voting machines.

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