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Comment Re:I say (Score 1) 244

Considering the long history of athletes struggling to make ends ...

Did you know that as recently as the late 1980's professional athletes were barred from entering the Olympics?

They can't make ends meet? They can cry me a river and go whore themselves out on sponsorship deals like the rest. Hell, if an olympic diver can make some coin advertising laundry detergent then I've no sympathy at all.

Comment Re:Rhetorical... (Score 1) 244

Actually, there was a lot of talk in Athens after 2004 that the Olympic games should be moved there permanently: the venues and necessary infrastructure had been built, the games were largely successful from a logistical viewpoint, and Greece knows how to handle mobs of tourists.

They also know (or should have known) that most Olympic venues fall into disuse after the event and end up being a massive waste of money for little more than temporary international bragging rights. Greece was foolish to play host with their economy being what it was even back in '04.

Comment A Slightly Better Article (Score 3, Informative) 75

NYT spends as many inches on name dropping the researchers as it does explaining the research. The NHS has released an article that's a little better IMO.

tl;dr Research paper shows correlation between nail biting in childhood and incidence of allergies in later life, does not elaborate on causal relationship. Results hailed as "common sense" by the usual crowd.

Comment Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 251

To a global audience he's as British as the queen.

And to quite a lot of the British audience he's an insufferably smug, unfunny git whose most recent claim to fame is being publicly shamed for tax avoidance.

I don't know what he's doing for work right now...

8 out of 10 Cats and not much else. I can't imagine why.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 48

Now I know which GPUs Apple won't use for their computers! Intel's integrated crap forever!

Apple won' tbe putting any ventilation holes in their products any time soon - it spoils the design.

Apple hides the ventilation slots in the screen hinge and have done since the G4 Powerbooks if not earlier. They also offer nvidia GPUs on the higher end models.

Comment To recall? (Score 4, Informative) 364

To recall, the iPhone maker was found bricking the handsets that had been repaired by third-party vendors earlier this year.

Yes, I recall that. I also recall that it was because those third-party repairers were replacing parts of the crypto system without having the tools/expertise necessary to pair the parts they replaced with the ones they didn't. There are plenty of reasons to rant about Apple without misrepresentations like these.

Comment Re:Bony fish did not evolve from sharks (Score 1) 95

Anyway, the research is about gills, not fins, so that is another journalistic crime from It would have been more honest to run a headline along the lines that shark gills and human hands are essentially the same, but then would anybody read it?

Not really, if anyone were interested they'd probably already seen the segment on Attenborough's "Rise of the Animals". Besides, you can't expect much in the way of science reporting from the Mirror.

Comment Re:Laser projection (Score 1) 107

The cool projection part turns out to make for a pretty awful keyboard. There's no possibility of tactile feedback, nor of seeing what's under one's fingers and it needs a flat surface if the keys are going to look right.

Front projection is cool, no doubt, but utterly impractical. This is why making laser keyboards has been possible for such a long time but they've never been brought to market; rear projection can also be cool. What the patent describes isn't projection, but it might still give us a keyboard with a layout we can change easily and fairly arbitrarily. That would be something that would rival a laser keyboard for coolness but win out by virtual of being actually useful.

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