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Comment Re:I'll be buying my first non-HTC smartphone (Score 1) 205

In terms of difficulty, it's far easier to make a sealed case water resistant than it is to make one that opens up and has a gasket to fill in the gaps around the openings. That means you're not likely to get both water resistance and a removable battery in the same phone. Not impossible, but as demand for removable batteries isn't super high, the cheapest and easiest way to do it is seal the whole thing up. Looking at the engineering that went into the S7's micro-SD card slot, I can see why they're going to sealed phones.(Google it and look at the images for a quick understanding.)
 
As for the cold water cycle, my S7 would have a shot at surviving it, as would a lot of the other water resistant phones. It's pressure rated for 5' of immersion for half an hour, so there's a good chance that it could make it through that. The impacts would be the biggest concern. Even if most of them were against wet clothes, all it would take is one good shock.
 
In terms of the removable battery, the S4 batteries were so shit I was swapping a new one in every day or two, despite charging at both home and work. With the S7 I've run it dead only 2x since I got it, both times in the car on long drives. At some point I should get a car charger to fix that problem....But it really is far more energy efficient, and the battery is far better than the S4. So far, I don't miss swapping batteries all the time. Depending on how the battery ages, that opinion may change.

Comment Re:Nice Job HTC (Score 1) 205

Interesting. My S4 started with a shit battery that couldn't get through a day of light use, and after a year I was carrying around a charger and a spare with me everywhere I went. I upgraded to the S7 after I broke my charging port, and that comes with a glued in battery. But the S7 actually gets me through 5+ hours of heavy use on a full charge. On light use, I can charge it nightly and not be worried about running out of juice.
 
Combine that with the wireless charging, and I've run it dead all of twice since I got it. Wireless chargers are vastly underrated. Being able to throw your phone on the desk and have it start charging means you get in the habit of topping it off, because it's trivial to do so.
 
As you commented on the S6, the camera is astonishingly good, and the microphone/video is as well. I've taken very good quality video and audio of live music performances, which sounded far better even on the camera speaker than it did to my ear-plugged filled ears while I was there, or even without the plugs in. And yes, it's got a micro-SD slot. And is water resistant.
 
I intentionally skipped the 5 and the 6 because they looked flat or like downgrades from the S4. I'm pretty happy with the S7.

Comment Re:instrumentally homogeneous temperature records (Score 2) 502

One major issue is that we're talking about global climate change. And the bulk is happening at the poles right now. One person or group of people or country even isn't going to consistently see clear evidence of climate change. It's 5F/-15C right now where I live. Last summer was mild and pleasant. Are we still trending higher year over year? Yep. But it's minor enough that we just don't notice it. This isn't "sheep carcasses, wolf tracks and turds" level impacts around here - it's a stray hair on the ground every few months.
 
To carry the analogy forward, a few of us did DNA testing on the hairs and it's 100% wolf. And the sheep industry is putting up "missing dog" posters around here.
 
Now, this isn't true everywhere on earth, and some places are definitely seeing clear evidence. The problem is that it will take a large percent seeing this before we do anything, and at that point, there won't be much to do.

Comment Re:We don't need data (Score 4, Insightful) 502

All of that data is freely available. Why aren't you doing your own analysis on it?
 
And if you ask me where to find it and how to analyze it, you can just fuck off. Because you are obviously not smart enough to do it, no matter how much you want to. The data is easy enough to find, but it turns out that science and statistics are hard, and the vast majority of the population isn't smart enough and doesn't have the skill-set to do anything meaningful with the data.

Let's see those e-mails.

Oh yes, right, those emails that have the tens and hundreds of gigabyte data sets attached to them. That's how scientists transfer their data, right? Just like I transfer my spreadsheets.

Comment Re:Prove the data wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 502

I think you'll find it's the climate shills who aren't showing up to debate "deniers".

Thank you for very clearly pointing out that you have absolutely no fucking clue what you're talking about. This isn't a fucking debate. That's your problem. That you think this is a debate shows a marked detachment from reality and how the world works.
 
The reason nobody is showing up for a debate is that there's nothing to debate, and debating facts is something only stupid shills do.
 
I'm sorry you don't like the fact that the battles fought to understand and quantify climate change are fought on a battleground you don't have access to. That battleground isn't on a debate floor where you can rant and scream that it's not climate change because this winter was cold. It's being fought with data sets and analysis in peer reviewed journals where qualified experts are welcome to tear any such research apart. And they do on a regular basis. The problem that you're having is that what they're tearing apart are techniques and reanalysis that changes the outcome by hundredths or tenths of degrees, and doesn't disprove climate change.

Are there contrarians who're going to survive graduate school and end up with tenure?

No. Because if you're still a contrarian, you're being one based on a belief not supported by the data. And grad school in the sciences is not about what you feel, it's about what you can prove or disprove. The battle to disprove climate change is over, and has been for a long time. That's not the battle being fought now, no matter how much you want it to be fought. You might as well rail against gravity.
 
Again, I'm sorry that the facts aren't lining up with your worldview. But everything you think should be done is either a) not how you prove things or b) has been done and it proved climate change. You need to get over it.

Comment Re:Turn it off (Score 3, Insightful) 189

You've given a great example of what's wrong with the modern world.

I am taking my previously wasted time and trying to better myself.

So you've always got to be "on". Always need to be productive. Always need to go, go go. Look, if that makes you happy, great. I'm a firm believer that everyone should do what makes them happy, as long as it doesn't negatively impact those around them. But get the fuck off your high horse lecturing to the rest of us.

Or, in twenty years, will you say, I should have been healthier, I should have read more, I should have learned a language.

In my case, absolutely not. I'll be damn glad that I put my feet up, had that third scotch, and dicked around on the internet. Why? Because I need that down-time. I need to shut my brain off and let it rest. I've got a demanding job that requires coding and math, people skills, negotiation, and creativity. I can't do any of that well on a fatigued brain.
 
Maybe for you brain down-time is a "vacuous hole of waste", but for a lot of people it's necessary. I hope 20 years don't go by before you figure out that you need it too.

Comment Re:Landlines? (Score 1) 66

You've never dealt with state government or anyone who handles confidential information then, eh?
 
I send/receive at least one fax per month, even at the tail end of 2016. Why? Because explaining how to do secure file transfers to secretaries is something that either a) you're not paid enough to do, or b) you're paid way too much to do. There is no single solution that everyone can use. Every online solution requires a different piece of software, different account, different licensing. Far easier to tell them, "stick this bit of confidential paper into the copier, press fox [sic], type in this number, and hit go".
 
Confidential info goes into copier, copier makes noise, confidential info pops out in copier at secure location. Secretary there picks it up and files it.
 
Faxes still exist because they are simple and the one semi-secure file transfer format that is ubiquitous. Any organization can buy a copier with fax capabilities, and use it to exchange info with any other organization.

Comment Re:This is not a fair test (Score 1) 441

The real issue with UBI is what it does to an economy when *everybody* has it.

Not really. We essentially have all of the bad parts of UBI in the US with none of the good parts. The results are poor, for that reason.
 
The way our public assistance works, you need to make less than $X to get the benefit. If you make $X+$1, you don't get the benefit. That's a huge disincentive to work.
 
UBI works differently. You get your UBI, period. It is totally separate from the money you make ($X). Now, if you make more than $X, your taxes on the $X+ go up. The further from $X you are, the more your taxes on it are, but they never are more than about 50% a the very top.
 
Throwing imaginary numbers into this, if I get my $2000 per month UBI and I make another $1000, that $1000 gets taxed for $250. I'm now at $2750 for the month. If I get my $2000 UBI and I make $10,000 that month, and I get taxed $5000 on that, I'm still at $7000 for the moth. It's never not worth making more money with UBI, they way it is worth not making more with food stamps, Medicaid, etc. With these current programs, you make too much and you're cut off. Often before you have the financial security to be able to make it on your own.
 
Where I think UBI is going to shine is that it's going to allow the creative types to try to make money doing what they love. More arts, more stuff being made, more food carts, gardeners, bee keepers, and microbreweries. Right now, these are very tough professions to make a living in. If people didn't need to make a living, many would do what they are passionate about, not just grind out 40 hrs. And all the folks sitting on their ass collecting the UBI will have the money to spend on those things. And that means more taxes collected, which funds UBI.

Comment Re:This is a great idea (Score 1) 97

This is a fantastic idea, and unlike the Uber thing, this doesn't involve running afoul of local regulations.

And it's coming in just time to be squashed by fully automated trucking.

What? How do you figure?
 
I have 0 interest in being a truck driver. But if I could own a truck and make money as it drove itself all around? I might very much be interested in that.
 
And there's no reason I couldn't own a fleet of automated trucks and use this software as well. The truck owner is still making the money. The only difference is that the owner used to be the driver, and now they're not.

Comment Re:Or course not. (Score 1) 406

I'd disagree with the 75k cap on happiness. That's solidly upper-middle-class where I live, and you can have a very nice life on that sort of salary and put away enough for retirement. But you can't have a Tesla. You can't lounge in Bali, be an opera patron, etc.
 
My wife and I are somewhat frugal, drive an old car, and are putting away 15% of our income into retirement. We still end up with ~10k in savings at the end of every year. That goes into either large repairs or renovations on the house or into the mortgage.
 
That 10k/year isn't Tesla money. Once we need a new car, that money is gone for a couple of years. If one of us is out of work for a couple of months, that money is gone for the year. If I had another 25k of play money every year, that would make me happy. That's Tesla money. That's fancy vacation money. That's a season pass to the Opera money, rather than 1-2 shows per year.
 
If I stretched myself thin, dropped my retirement contribution and safety nets, I could do these fun things. But I'm not willing to take that risk. Right now, all of my extended needs are taken care of, and my future finances are looking really good. There's really not much else there that I would need, so any extra money would go directly into leisure activities, which would make me happier.

Comment Re:Dangerous precedent (Score 1) 192

This is like Ford representatives breaking into your garage and removing the engine from your car, because the wire harness could short and set the car and perhaps the entire house or neighborhood on fire, and you've been refusing for months to let them fix the problem and they are worried that if you do burn the neighborhood down that they'll get sued into oblivion.

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