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Comment Re:I'm shopping for a phone now (Score 1) 495

My stereo has neither USB nor bluetooth, and damned if I'm gonna buy a new stereo with my new phone.

A bluetooth receiver costs all of $5... I've got a couple to retrofit otherwise decent (and expensive) older car stereos/entertainment systems. The sound quality of bluetooth in general is no match for hard-wired, but it's an option.

My concerns are much more practical... FM radio is a nice option to have in phones, and the headphone cord doubles as the antenna. Bluetooth obviously can't do that.

I also like the no-brainer ability to just plug in a cord and everything works... No navigating menus to select the device you want to send sound to.

I also flatly refuse to hassle with a bunch of different devices with separate batteries that need routine recharging. That's the only reason I don't carry around a bluetooth earpiece and keyboard with my phone... If they could both securely clip-on to my phone and have contacts allowing them to recharge their own batteries from my (larger) phone while not in-use, I'd love to have them. Until that happens, no go. My corded ear-buds (sitting in my bag for years) will be ready to go whenever I want with no maintenance.

Comment Re:Atrix (Score 3, Informative) 123

I'd like to see this with bluetooth instead of a dock so you can just leave the phone in your pocket. Not sure if the bandwidth would work though.

One of the big things the Lapdock provided was POWER to the phone... Can't get that if you leave your phone in your pocket.

And no, bluetooth doesn't provide remotely enough speed for screen updates... WiFi is faster, but still not realistically fast enough, and you'd have to lose your internet connectivity to use it that way. Not to mention your phone would be consuming a lot of power just to refresh the screen, instead of doing any useful work.

Comment Gets the history wrong (Score 3, Informative) 495

The headphone jack has worked for 50 years and it can work for another 50 more because it's universal.

50 years ago, most everyone's headphone jacks were 1/4" (6.35mm), and only monaural. They introduced 3.5mm (still mono) way back when, but almost nobody was using them until much more recently. When stereo was needed, two 3.5mm jacks/pins were used side-by-side. It was only more recently that 3-connector stereo jacks were introduced.

They also shrunk it again to 2.5mm, which was popular on dumb phones and 2-way radios, but that one didn't catch on too well. But you can just as easily say that sub-mini plug has been around for decades, so we should all be happy to use that...

And they added a 4th conductor, most often for video (but possibly for a microphone), but nobody agreed to a standard so the wiring is always incompatible between devices, and that didn't catch on very well, either.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

WebMD is paid by the FDA, which receives its funding from big pharma and, yes, the corporate farming lobby.

WebMD only re-posted a press release. They had nothing to do with the study. It was done by Johns Hopkins.

There is no link to the report,

So because it will take a non-trivial amount of effort for you to find, it doesn't exist, and therefore can be dismissed out-of-hand?

All the actual peer-reviewed articles you posted referred to raw-milk cheese,

That's complete nonsense. Some do refer to cheese, but many more do not.

You're clearly a sick, sick man, and should seek professional psychiatric help as soon as possible.

Comment Re:So they are being obtuse on purpose, right? (Score 2) 43

People want cheaper service... They think ala carte will do that, but if it doesn't end up being cheaper, then they really DON'T want it.

Prepaid cellular service was a big factor in getting prices down. Fees couldn't be hidden remotely as easily, and people could switch from one service to another at any time without concern about 2-year contracts.

It's possible that prepaid TV service will start to reform the cable industry in the same ways. It certainly can't hurt, as they're under attack by Netflix and others.

Personally, I advise just about everyone to put up a good old TV antenna. The vast majority of the country has hundreds of channels (including sub-channels) of very high-quality TV broadcasts over the air, which you can receive for as little as $30 in equipment, one-time charge.

Comment Re:Maggie Griffin Approved Idea (Score 1) 252

Or, how about we just sell milk in bag-in-boxes like they do in other countries. They can sit on the shelf for up to 6 months as long as they're not opened.

You're talking about UHT (ultra-high temperature pasteurization) milk. It's widely available, but not even slightly popular because it just tastes HORRID. I can buy a quart of UHT at my nearby dollar store. Would you like to guess why I NEVER do that? Because it simply tastes HORRIBLE.

Cans of evaporated or condensed milk have even longer shelf-lives. Ditto for powered milk. But all of them taste little to nothing like fresh milk.

The big news with this low-temperature treatment, is that they claim it can extend the shelf life WITHOUT changing the taste at all. Not at all true for UHT.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 252

Your conspiracy theory fails on numerous counts:

It's fact, not propaganda that "Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk".

Your grand conspiracy doesn't involve just the FDA, but instead a multitude of research institutes, like Johns Hopkins, whose scientific findings, across the board, shows significant dangers from drinking raw milk:
- http://www.webmd.com/food-reci...

Here's just a few pages of references you can read through:

- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...
- http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v...

The dairy council doesn't pay out any money to the CDC, and they're the ones who are warning the public about the dangers of raw milk:
- http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/...

The Dairy Council is a piss-poor choice as a Bond-villain... It isn't remotely as big, rich, and powerful as the many other organizations and industries that public health authorities have put the kibosh on. Think "Big Tobacco" in comparison to "Big Milk". Except milk is trivial to render safe, while tobacco is not.

The Dairy Council could make just as much money from raw milk as it does from pasteurized, so there's little or no motivation for them to launch an expensive grand conspiracy.

In short, you're just like any other run-of-the-mill nut-job. Instead of UFOs, vaccinations, fluoridation, or HAARP, your preferred pseudo-scientific nonsense based around raw milk.

Feel free to do your own searches and give me a list of studies which have shown health benefits from raw milk, and NO additional danger from it's consumption, unlike EVERYTHING I just linked you to... I'll be waiting for your pages and pages of citations in response.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 101

I don't need to stand by the rotation theory. However, the 2.5 degrees that the Earth rotates are about equivalent to the downrange distance.

The first stage is going about 1/5 of the target LEO orbital velocity at separation. While you might well model the trajectory as a parabola over flat ground, given the lack of fuel I would expect that SpaceX puts a lot more care into their trajectory. So far I've failed to attract the attention of the person responsible for Flight Club, the most trusted modeling of SpaceX flights, but I'll message him directly.

Comment BeauHD is awesome (Score 1) 252

participants had equal or greater preference for the LTST pasteurized milk compared to normally pasteurized milk. [...] Scientists from Duke University believe there may be a large source of hydrogen gas under the ocean

I'd certainly like my milk to stay fresh longer, but hauling it down under the ocean, and mixing it with hydrogen sounds far too challenging a process to realistically commercialize.

The shelf was determined to be a minimum of two weeks longer than the standard shelf life from pasteurization alone.

Wow. It sounds like you need a ridiculously huge shelf somewhere in your dairy facilities, too... Who has room for a two-week long shelf?

As for whether or not this method will make its way to store shelves, it won't in the near future. "Currently an Ohio-based milk processor is using this technology and distributing the milk," Applegate says.

That's some interesting logic, there... It won't be on store shelves in the near future, because it's already on store shelves now.

It was EditorDavid who screwed-up big a few days ago:

https://slashdot.org/comments....

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 2) 252

Raw, or unpasteurized milk, is much better.

There's absolutely no evidence for that. In fact incidents of food-borne illness are significantly higher for practitioners of the new-age "raw milk" psycho-babble.

It will eventually sour, turn into yoghurt, then curds&whey, and you can strain it to make cheese. But it never goes bad.

If I want a glass of milk, but instead get a cup of sour curds, the milk has gone bad. It's never going to be good milk again.

If you want a long shelf-life, just FREEZE it. It'll last for many months. You just need to give it a few days to thaw out, and a few vigorous shakes along the way.

Comment Re:Yay! (Score 1) 252

perverted industry where one mammal's breast milk (intended for infants of its own kind) is fed to adults of a different species.

And the same animal's flesh, intended for maggots, bacteria, plants, and various carrion animal species, is similarly fed to humans...

Vegetarian Diet Kills Animals Too:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo...

Last but not least:

And the angel of the Lord came unto me, snatching me up from my place of slumber, and took me on high, and higher still until we moved in the spaces betwixt the air itself. And he bore me unto a vast farmland of our own midwest, and as we descended cries of impending doom rose from the soil. One thousand, nay, a million voices full of fear, and terror possessed me then. And I begged, "Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?" And the angel said unto me, "These are the cries of the carrots, the cries of the carrots. You see, reverend Maynard, tomorrow is harvest day
and to them it is the holocaust."

And I sprang from my slumber drenched in sweat like the tears of one millions terrified brothers and roared, "Hear me now, I have seen the light, they have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul. Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses, save our brothers...can I get an amen? Can I get a Hallelujah? Thank you, Jesus.

Comment Re:Always been doing it (Score 1) 106

you would rather hear irrelevant ads shilling restless leg syndrome aids VS cheap flights to cancun?

Yes. There's nothing more annoying than hearing the same few ads OVER and OVER. I'd like the pool of ads to be as large as possible.

It's even worse when (like most ads today) it's on a subject I at least care about, but the ad is information-free branding and puffery. When's the last time you saw a car ad that was all about lifetime costs, instead of a 30 second block of "Zoom, zoom"?

And you know something... I might just be able to pass along info about {insert old-man syndrome} to my old-man.

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