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Comment Sounds more like the opposite (Score 1) 113

If TFA is correct, then Samsung tried to put the largest battery possible while keeping the phone as thin as possible. If they wanted more profit, they could've gone with a smaller battery or a thicker design with larger tolerances. Both would've been cheaper for them to manufacture and thus would've increased their profit margin. But they eschewed that marginal profit and went the extra mile for the customer - packing in the largest battery possible while keeping the phone as small and thin as possible. Unfortunately they went too far, to the point where it compromised the safety of the device.

If I had to guess, they probably goofed because this was only their second gen all-metal design. They didn't have the experience to tell them how tight was too tight (at least not until now). They could pack the battery this tightly on their older plastic bodies without problems because battery expansion would just push the rear plastic shell up a little.

Comment Re:I don't care if I know the outcome (Score 1) 106

Yup. If knowing the outcome is what's important, then you only need to watch the last 5-10 seconds of the event; you can skip everything that comes before. Heck, you can skip watching it entirely and just catch the score on a sports news website.

OTOH if the parts before the end of the game have entertainment value, then it doesn't matter if you know the outcome in advance, and there's no need to watch it live. The only benefit of watching it live is that it's easier to find other people who haven't seen it that you can watch it with.

Comment Great, an Apple car. (Score 1) 98

What are the chances it will be incompatible with existing roads?

What are the chances that after we build the roads for the Apple cars Apple will change the newest cars to require a road upgrade, and that upgrade will still work with the previous two year models, but will keep the old cars from working on the newest roads?

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 325

Door lock doesn't make any difference if the car is in water. You cannot open the door against the water pressure, locked or not.

That's why, if you're in a car that falls into water it's essential that you open the windows before the electrics short out

No, it's essential to open the window before water pressure holds the window shut (the same that holds the door shut). It doesn't matter if it's electric or manual - once water reaches the window, if you don't open it, you're not opening it. Doesn't matter that the electrics don't short out - water pressure alone will hold the windows shut.

Comment Re:Unclear (Score 1) 302

You're assuming his status and success is due to privilege, not due to ability and effort. You're making this assumption based on his race and gender, not his individual circumstances. That is the definition of racism and sexism. Exactly the same as assuming a black college student is there only due to affirmative action.

Nearly all my entire extended family immigrated into the U.S. in the 1970s and early 1980s. At the time, Korea was a backwater and afraid of all its wealthy citizens emigrating, so it passed a law that each emigrating family was only allowed to take roughly $1500 worth of money and valuables with them. So every one of our families (about a dozen) started in the U.S. with a net value of $1500 - no job, no house, no car, little or no English language capability, and no contacts among the privileged white "elite". I was only 4 when we moved here but I remember - we lived in a government low-income apartment, and scoured garage sales and the Salvation Army store for basics like dishes and cutlery. All my clothes as a child were from second-hand stores - nothing new.

Today, only one of these original families is lower class (the father refuses to get a job and is content to live off government assistance and the mother's meager income). Everyone else has managed to carve out middle class ($25k+/yr) or better lives, most in the top third ($65k+/yr). Three are upper class ($150k+/yr, or top 5%), the most successful of whom owns a multi-million dollar cell phone store chain they founded (a 1%er). Among our second generation (myself and about 30 cousins), one was middle class but is now in prison, one (child of the one lower class family) is lower class but just got his nursing degree and a job offer at a salary that would put him in the top third, one has mental health issues but falls into the middle class when he can hold a job. The rest of us are middle class or higher, with 6 being upper class ($150k+/yr).

This "privilege" you speak of either doesn't exist or has nowhere near the amount of influence on people's lives that you think it does. If you put in the time and effort, chances are that you can succeed regardless of your starting social and financial status. The only statistical deviation from the U.S. norm that jumps out in my family is that over half of us started our own business after we'd saved up some money, rather than were content to remain employees. I think that was due to not understanding pensions, Social Security, nor investing in stocks, so we sought the only other obvious way to assure an income in retirement. But it seems to have worked in our favor.

Comment "Feature" has already killed someone (Score 4, Insightful) 325

The "feature" has already caused at least one death.

Last week, a burglar pried apart some security bars at my business and squeezed in. He was able to make off with some stolen goods because once inside, he was easily able to open the locked exit door. Fire codes require that all building exit doors accessible to the public be openable from the inside even when locked. These laws were made after repeated fires with huge death tolls exacerbated by locked exit doors. That's what the bar on the door you press when leaving most restaurants and stores does. Even when the door is locked, pushing the bar from the inside will open the door. That way if a fire breaks out, you're not trapped inside because the only person who has the key was the idiot who started the fire and is dead.

Same thing with refrigerators - both the old stand-up units which latched shut, and walk-in refrigerator/freezers used in restaurants. Too many people (especially kids playing) were dying after being trapped inside, that laws were passed requiring a mechanism which allows someone inside to open the latch on the outside.

I don't see why cars should be any different. Yes easy egress makes thievery easier. But preventing that is just not worth the potential loss of life. Any car designer who thinks this is a good idea should be locked inside one of their cars on a sunny day until they admit it's a terrible idea. Heck, after dozens of kids dying each year after being locked in the trunk of a car while playing, we finally passed a law mandating a release mechanism inside the trunk. And some idiot car designer decides it would be a good idea to make it impossible for someone inside the passenger compartment to exit at will? Shame on BMW for trying to spin this to the press as a "helpful" feature.

Comment Re:Yes.... (Score 0) 349

Folks, we live in an age where programmers declare integers that are going to count from 1...10 as LONG INTEGERS, eating 8 bytes of RAM, where only 1 byte is needed.

Well, does it matter? On a modern system, RAM is allocated in chunks of 4kiB in most architectures. Your variable is going to be either on the stack or BSS section, and really, unless you're really using that page up, using 1 byte or 8 bytes is going to matter not at all because you're really using 4096 bytes and if you're not using it all, it makes zilch of a difference. Loading 1 byte of 8 bytes from RAM to registers still causes a cache line of bytes to be read (16 bytes on a lot of architectures) and fitted into a while 8-byte wide register in the end.

Depending on your needs, using a 64-bit variable to hold 4 bits of data may be more efficient if using 1 byte access causes significant slowdowns because of misalignment.

Hell, the most constrained I've been was using an ARM microcnotroller. It's quite a strange feeling working with 8K of RAM and 16k of flash and yet having full 32-bit pointers and integers

Comment Re:Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 1) 161

(1) You're getting on a 6am flight, so you're going through security at 5am and haven't had a cup of coffee yet because the TSA won't allow you to carry one. So you're just in a "haze."

(2) You have small children or are accompanying a person who can't take care of their own stuff for some reason, so you're juggling a huge number of bins and bags and trying not to forget anything, while also trying not to hold up the line.

For (1), you realize you should be at the airport around 2 hours ahead of the flight (domestic) or 3 hours ahead (international) to make time. If you need a coffee to be awake, you make sure you get one before reaching the airport. Yes, it this means a 6AM flight has you waking up at 2AM or so so you can get your coffee, shower, check out, taxi, etc and make it to the airport at 4AM. If you can't do it, book a later flight. International flights would basically mean midnight wakeup.

For (2), you hold up the line. No matter what they say, you take your time getting y ourself sorted. Now, you move to the end of the ramp and onto the tables if you can, but you sort yourself out and make sure all those bins are empty before putting them back.

Which brings me to my #1 pet peeve. Why don't they have longer ramps both before and after security? A lot of the places, you have to be the next in line for the scanner before you can pick up a tote and start unpacking your laptop and tablet and all the other stuff, which holds up the line. Let 4-5 people in line get their totes and start getting themselves sorted out so by the time they reach the head of the line they're all ready.

Likewise, have long ramps so lots of people can pack themselves up after scanning. What holds up the security line is not the scanning, it's all the preparation you have to do. So let people do it while they wait in line rather than force a mad scramble. Hell, the line would probably move faster too.

Comment Re:If??!?!?!! Really, now Twitter?!?!?! (Score 1) 1046

So I've already denied it was sexism; in fact, that's how I entered this thread. Just what kind of "scientist" were you anyway? Gender studies? Social sciences?

Bro, do you even read? You made a claim, I made a counter argument, and you made no further comment. That's called losing the argument.

Nope. GGP made a claim. I denied his claim. My first post to this thread was a denial, stating my position - you want I must continue restating the same position? Why?

Will you make a new /. ID to post again in 4 years when all the doom-and-gloom you're predicting fails to materialise?

again? this is is about 13 years old. And what predictions have I made, eh? I could use some insight into your weird fantasy. I look forwards to you claiming I've made all sorts of claims that other people made because libruhls all think the same amirite?

Well, *you* are quite predictable, so no surprises there. However, you've made plenty of claims about how Trump is the next Hitler, and about all the bad things that will happen if Trump is president. I look forward to seeing your posts when those doom-and-gloom predictions of yours do not materialise.

I predict that you will either go silent on your claims of doom-and-gloom, or you will say that your predictions failed because he was actively prevented from doing what you said he will do, and from becoming what you said he will become. Remember, I predicted both that he'll win and that he'll adopt more moderate positions.

A hallmark of good science is testing your predictions. If the test fails it's not reality that is wrong, it's your hypothesis.

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