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Comment Re:already done? (Score 1) 64

Sure, go to Chrome, Settings, Search Engine, and select what the fuck you want. It even learns new search engines when you visit them. You can also replace the assistant with any third party app, there's a setting for it (oddly enough, Firefox registers as one, and gives you a search bar when you long press home). And well, default apps: You could always get all gapps or none.

Comment Re:Bricking is stupid, here's a better idea (Score 1) 109

DO set the firmware to disallow charging beyond a known-safe level and/or slow down the charging rate to a slow, known-safe speed.

DO throw up the "this device has been recalled" alert every time the user wakes the machine up.

If you must, disable non-emergency calling and throttle the bluetooth and WiFi to painfully slow speeds to encourage people to stop using the device.

But don't set it to brick when the power runs out.

Why not?

If Aunt Jane or Uncle Bill lost his phone the day before the recall was announced, when he finds it he'll need to be able to plug it in and get his photos off of it.

I'd hope that it still works without charging the battery, so you can get data off if connected to the charger. But phones are always a bit special in that regard :(

Comment Re:So, substitute "bad stuff" for "good stuff" (Score 1) 297

Yeah. It can get diluted to the point that there really is no molecule in the final product at all: A nice example of the dilution illusion is Oscillococcinum: It supposedly contains 10^(400) g of an extract of duck liver and heart (it's diluted 200 times with a 1:100 ratio). Compared to that, a proton weights 1.67 * 10^(-24)g. - that is the proton weights about 10^376 times as much. And it's not only diluting the crap out of plants or stuff, sometimes it's actual crap being used - or urine, blood, or tissue. Or as said, duck liver and heart. Apparently, at lager stages of treatment there some might also use undiluted stuff. And some others might not dilute as much as others.

Comment Re:You realize that homeopathic treatments are wat (Score 1) 297

Containing stuff that makes you sick is the whole point of homeopathy. It's supposed to teach your body to defend yourself against it:

Homeopathy (Listeni/homipi/) or homoeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.

(Wikipedia) BTW: Animal testing works roughly the same way, so it's no wonder that does not really produce any reliable results either.

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