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Comment Ionized Air & Ozone (Score 4, Insightful) 123

So what do they do to mitigate the Ozone that's invariably produced by ionic air filtration?

This certainly isn't the first time charging air has been used as an air cleaner (anybody remember the "Ionic Breeze" ads from a decade back?)

I seem to recall Consumer Reports investigating ionic air filters and concluding they produced dangerous levels of Ozone, which is an irritant in its own right which can worsen Asthma, deaden the sense of smell, raise sensitivity to pollen, and cause permanent lung damage...

I guess I'll have to read TFA, but I suspect they're more interested in aesthetic air cleaning, not actual health improvement.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 2) 90

Am I the only one who remembers QNX? They used to have a decent desktop OS for x86 that booted on a Pentium II 450mhz/128MB machine in about 45 seconds. It had a full fledged GUI (Photon), and was approaching BeOS levels of speed. From what I've seen of the kernel source, it's pretty well written too.

What did Blackberry do with it?

Blackberry bought QNX because they had a ton of cash, and the original BBOS wasn't up to competing with iOS or Android. They to differentiate themselves with a modern proprietary OS -- ruling out any third party OS (Palm's WebOS, Windows Phone, Android, Maemo, etc.)

QNX fit the requirements well, so it was used as a basis for BB10 (much like GNU/Linux was the basis for WebOS, and to a much lesser extent, Android).

QNX is a Blackberry subsidiary, and continues to heavily develop and sell QNX and its entire ecosystem. QNX is used heavily in the automotive and medical industries. Many Android Audio and Apple CarPlay stereos use QNX as the base OS. My own car's stereo unit uses QNX.

I wouldn't be surprised if QNX sales have been a major force that kept Blackberry from oblivion.

Comment Re:To them, evidence is meaningless (Score 1) 664

Creationists HAVE to have a young earth or else it breaks their religion (original sin and atonement).

More accurately, they don't understand their own holy books, their cultural context, and history. A lot of them think their holy book was written all at once, and was always a single collection, instead of the reality of their being assorted writings and stories collected together hundreds of years after the fact and canonized.

They see "six days" and take it literally, without any interest or understanding in the fact that it is a translation of a translation with centuries old grammar and idioms. Some concepts don't exist from one language to the next, and so on...

Even in English, the word "day" has multiple meanings, and they've chosen one definition and made their narrative to fit a "day" as a 24-hour period... rather than the second common definition.

So I don't blame creationists for having to believe in creationism for their religion to be valid.

The problem is one of the recurring themes of humanity: Somebody (politician, theologian, philosopher, artist) says "this is reality", without any citations/reasons/facts, and masses follow, because it's easier than thinking. It's not really a fault of religion, because we see the same behavior independent of religion.

Comment Re:$3 million is just pocket change (Score 1) 84

It seems every patent troll thinks their patent should be worth billions of dollars. It also seems that some companies are deciding it is worth their dime to get the courts to evaluate an actual court-ordered value for the troll's patent, which is a fraction of anything the troll wants.

This time Troll has won a Pyrrhic victory.

Hopefully the trend will continue until trolls decide that a non-practicing entity suing over patents isn't a viable business model.

Comment Finally came back to bite Cisco (Score 1) 30

In a sick way, I'm pleased to see Cisco's insistence on weakening KDEv1 has bitten them. The guys working on StrongSWAN or LibreSwan have long made an issue of many of the weakness Cisco & others forced into IPSec (and IKEv1 in particular).

Not that Cisco is alone in weakening IPsec and marketing it as a desirable feature... but it's sad that anybody has to suffer due to somebody telling an engineer to take off their engineer's hat and put on his manager's hat

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

Agreed; unless the service costs about the same as energy (fuel/electicity) + the standard vehicle deprecation per mile (looks to be ~$0.54/mile), it'll be a very hard sell.

Even then, it would be a hard sell for my own daily commute: that works out to $7k/year for commute costs, which is 3-4x more than what I pay for over the life of a personally owned vehicle (including buying new cars, fuel, maintenance, insurance, registration, etc.)

Comment Re: Don't believe it (Score 1) 218

The beauty of LIDAR is you aren't limited to visible wavelengths of light.

Infra-red is considerably better than visible wavelengths at handling smoke & fog. It may not penetrate for miles, but it will do just fine for a few hundred meters.

Ever wonder why the James Webb space telescope is infra-red? Because an IR telescope can see through gas clouds that block visible light.

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