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Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 2) 86

Yep, my 40" Samsung LED backlit TV is rated at 40W. To give you an idea of how much energy that is, the Samsung soundbar + subwoofer is rated at 180W. That's 4x more energy consumed (at peak) by the barely-midrange soundsystem than the display. It's 8x more than my 5W rated Amazon Fire TV (streaming media device),
but, running my electric oven for 20 min to make my pizza uses more power than my TV, Speakers and streaming media device do in a month.
Shrug. There are bigger, better fights to pick than LED backlit TVs.

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

I had to ask Gibraltar "immigration" for a passport stamp on the way in, and on the way out back to spain... well it was after 6pm so they'd gone home for the day, I just walked out through their vacant office back in to the schengen area. UK might not be schengen area, but you'd be hard pressed to find it fully enforced.

Comment Re:RATIONING (Score 1) 327

Medical schools limit the number of students to keep pay high for doctors to keep them from bleeding off in to other fields like law or engineering, it's absolutely artificially limited. Would I rather be a doctor than a software engineer? Sure. Can I afford it, or do I want to spend ten years training for it? No. Could I provide better services than an EMT, given 2-4 years of training at an affordable or subsidized price? Probably. Ideally I'd like to be the village doctor for some remote tropical island (or group of islands), but that's not going to happen with the current educational climate.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Yep, exactly this. 4K is a $50-70 premium on a $400 purchase. You get access to 4K netflix content now, plus access to 4K other content down the road with no upgrades needed. And all your 1080p content from Amazon and Netflix looks amazing at high bit rates, upscaled slightly. Or at the very least looks the same. For a device that's going to last you between 5 and 10 years, that small premium is definitely worth it. My first TV was a second generation hand-me-down and is in my second cousin's dorm room now after changing hands three more times. THey last forever, and as long as you can play mario kart on them in some capacity, are still useful. High resolution TVs are one of the few "future-proofs" that pay off.
We're definitely nearing the end of the road in terms of useful resolution bumps, though; at 8K you need a wall-scale TV to take advantage of the resolution at 10' (average) viewing distance.

Comment Re:Picard meme "Not this shit again" (Score 1) 274

GM invested $2 billion in Lyft; car ownership is down, drivers licences are down, not as a percentage but as a whole. The CEO of Ford said as much last week in an interview with the WSJ. Wages are down and savings are down. People can't afford to drive and maintain cars, and people are moving towards cities. Ford, Volvo and others are already designing and marketing their next generation of driverless cars and vans. Finally, cities are full. There's no more room to build freeways in urban cores, and even if there were, where would you park 12 million cars in downtown manhattan? San Francisco? Chicago? Because those are the population centers and they already have low car ownership rates, and that is where people are moving to. Vacation and buisness hotspots rely heavily on Uber, which is going to put pressure on Austin to open back up the market to ride sharing again.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

Because taxis are awful and primarily exist to shuttle people between hotels and airports, and convention centers. Being able to rate your driver as "poor/good/excellent" and then cull out the bottom third (and force people to act civil to push them in to the top third) makes the experience much like being driven to school by your mother. I lived in Dallas and it was cost effective (I actually saved about $3,000 a year after insurance, maintenance, wear and tear items, not to mention speeding tickets and parking in downtown)... now here in SF where parking is $280/mo in a private garage, it makes perfect sense. My lady friend owns a car but we only use it for trips out of town. If we're going somewhere to dinner or a show we always take an uber -- parking is insane and effectively impossible. All the street parking is taken up 100% of the time by residents who don't want to pay for private parking. As more people move in to cities, private car ownership can't go up. Private ride share makes perfect sense.

Comment Ceres (Score 4, Interesting) 289

Ceres is large enough to have marginal gravity, but more importantly, it's a giant ball of ice. Since it only has marginal gravity, less than that of the Moon even, makes it very easy to get on and off of it with hardly any fuel. In fact, even though it's past the orbit of Mars, the fuel budget to do a manned trip (and safe return) is only 20% more than that of a moon mission. Mainly due to the tiny tiny gravity well.

Comment Re:But what would the adapter connect to? (Score 1) 495

I think there are more people doing software development on Macbook Pros than audio work. Developers (I'd say 30% at my office) like to listen to music while working. And then the sales guys need headphones and microphones to do sales demos, sales meetings etc etc. The first time a sales guy says "I lost the sale because my headphones couldn't plugin so I could use the mic" is the last time Apple laptops get issued for salespeople in my company.
That said, you can buy a USB-C adapter for headphones, they're about a dollar and are universal. The new Macbook Pros will likely have USB-C.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 203

I went from a 32GB Moto X (2013) to a 16GB Nexus 5X (2015?) and I have to say, am I constantly running out of photo space on my phone. And I only take a couple photos a day on vacation. That extra 16GB makes a tremendous difference. If there was an option to get the Nexus 5X with an SD card, I would take it, and just swap in new SD cards when they got full, and rotate through them at a leisurely pace.

Comment Re:State trolling (Score 1) 184

It's not just semantics--there's a big difference between the government funding methods to discourage people from saying things that are surely just "inauthentic comments" meant to provoke a reaction, which is what "creating trolling-free environments" suggests (and is even how it is read in the quote in the /. summary), and the government funding methods to combat Russian disinfo sockpuppet factories, which is what is actually happening. Ironically, the researchers themselves could be argued to be trolling people with the word choice, though I don't think that's deliberate.


Comment Re:State trolling (Score 3, Insightful) 184

Again, that's not trolling, regardless of what some people are calling them. That's astroturfing for the Russian government and Putin, and against the US, Ukraine, and Alexei Navalny. Trolling is when you say controversial, annoying, and/or inflammatory shit just to get a response from people. That's not the aim of this astroturfing, which is just a relatively new way of disseminating the same old FUDdy propaganda that governments have been producing since the invention of writing.


Comment That... That's not trolling at all. (Score 4, Informative) 184

It is thus not a surprise that many governments, political parties, and various other groups deploy tactics to influence public opinion on the internet, a practice commonly referred to as trolling.

No, that's commonly referred to as "astroturfing." Trolling is something totally different, and not something that state actors generally get involved in.


Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 1) 306

No, it isn't. At least in the US, posting medical records publically is only illegal if you yourself are a "covered entity," e.g. a member of the health-care team bound by law to keep medical records private. If you're a journalist (or some other random person like Julian Assange) and someone gives you a medical record, you're legally free to post it everywhere you want. The only person breaking the law is the person at the start of the chain. This is similar to how government leaks work--Woodward and Bernstein are within their rights to publish, and the only person breaking the law is Deep Throat.


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