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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

DMUTPeregrine Re:Keyboard (165 comments)

Yeah! Stick the computer in the keyboard!

You can even have a flatscreen connected to it, with a hinge so the user can adjust the angle. Then stick on a battery so it can be used for a while away from a wall socket, and you've got an innovative new product!~

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

DMUTPeregrine Re:It will be their biggest mistake (241 comments)

Nokia loosed their market share to run free across the hills of competition. It promptly ran off and got lost.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

DMUTPeregrine Re:Chrome needs load tabs on demand. (117 comments)

Except that a single tab pretty much never dies. I've not had that happen for quite a while now.

In fact, it stopped happening about the time I uninstalled all plugins (flash, Java, etc). Probably not a coincidence. I use Chrome for the few things that need Flash, which is thankfully getting even rarer these days.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

DMUTPeregrine Re:nothing to do with the end of the last ice age? (360 comments)

No, the ice age didn't end. The presence of an ice age is defined by the existence of polar ice caps year round. There are still ice caps. We're in an interglacial period within the ice age.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

DMUTPeregrine Re:islam (1350 comments)

I think you've swapped cause and effect there. The cause is being uncivilized bastards, the effect is the belief in Islam.

Civilization changed Christianity. That's why it's not the same as it was 500 years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

DMUTPeregrine Re:islam (1350 comments)

"And in fact the criminals who murdered these 12 people are not followers of Islam though they claim to do it in the name of Islam."

BULLSHIT. That's a simple "No True Scotsman" fallacy. It's a religion, they follow the religion. An extremist, homicidal version, but it's still Islam. Just like Anders Behring Breivik is Christian. Their versions of these religions are sick and twisted, but they're still Islam and Christianity, respectively. All it takes to be a member of a religion is to claim belief, and (for some) to go through an initiation ceremony (eg baptism).

about three weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

DMUTPeregrine Re:Well Then (148 comments)

It's not even about evilness.

The NSA has a summer program where academic mathematicians (professors) can go to work. Back in the late 90s, my father (a mathematician) participated. Of course, he had to get security clearance, so they know everything important about him.

He's now quite vocally against the NSA and their dragnet spying.

If they're not paying special attention to former employees, especially former employees who worked on the actual crypto math, and especially former employees who publicly voice their disagreement with the organization, well, the NSA would have to be utterly moronic.

It doesn't take evil to be a target.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

DMUTPeregrine Re:Multi Transport Navigation (421 comments)

Even better, the natural extension (that google maps can't do, not even partially at the moment): allow you to purchase tickets if necessary for the trip, in one go.

EG plan a trip to a different city. Public transit from Hartford, CT to NYC, NY, takes two busses and a train. I should be able to go to google maps, plan the route as normal, click the "public transit" button (that exists), select one of the departure times, click "buy" and have it buy me bus and train tickets for that route. Instead, I have to track down the various means to purchase tickets on several different transit system's websites.

about a month ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

DMUTPeregrine Re:aggregate all my communication channels (421 comments)

The Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S4 both disable the input when the screen is blank. I have not owned or tried any other android phone for making calls. So at least those two (and probably the rest in the series) work properly.

about a month ago
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The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

DMUTPeregrine Re:SCOTUS can't be forced to rule on anything (114 comments)

"First, do no harm to your corporate sponsors."

It's not SOTUS's fault most medical textbooks omit the last four words!

about a month ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

DMUTPeregrine Re:MicroSD card? (325 comments)

I've got a 128GB micro SD card (SanDisk) that I got for $100. It works fine in my phone (galaxy S4 google play edition) which only had a 16GB version available when I got it. Even if they'd had a 64GB version, I'd have had no way to expand the storage at all.

Now, it only works with media and documents, not with applications, and the /data partition Android uses for app data storage is small by default, but by repartitioning the internal SD card I can let it take up almost the entire 16GB and use the external SD for the extra storage. Much better than having no option.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

DMUTPeregrine Re:Unicomp keyboards (190 comments)

Having taken a Unicomp apart, there's definitely a steel plate in the bottom.

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

DMUTPeregrine Re:Stamps? (94 comments)

Or get a micrometer or vernier caliper and just measure it.

about a month ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

DMUTPeregrine Re:fuel weight (81 comments)

They're only lifting extra mass on the first stage, not the payload. So it doesn't have to move the extra mass as much.

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

DMUTPeregrine Re:Password protect your phone (105 comments)

For rooted phones, the Cryptfs Password app (Or any terminal emulator app) can be used to change the device encryption password without changing the unlock password. The encryption password is only needed on bootup, so be sure you have a way to quickly shut the phone down (lockscreen widget, customized power button long-press, etc).

about a month and a half ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

DMUTPeregrine Re:Yet this doesn't explain (89 comments)

That's just due to the dilemma set up in our brains every time we try to cook: Do we cook the potato, or turn it into vodka and drink it? Do I make this wheat into bread, or beer? Add this barley to soup, or make whiskey?

about 2 months ago
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LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Before Restart

DMUTPeregrine Re:Hydrogen atoms (50 comments)

Ionizing hydrogen DOES break apart the molecules. The molecules are held together by their electrons, removing those breaks the bond.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

DMUTPeregrine Re:"Random" (78 comments)

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is just an application of the Fourier uncertainty principle to the quantum position and momentum wavefunctions. Since those are a Fourier pair, the Fourier uncertainty principle applies. So it's not a matter of which interpretation you pick, it's about whether QM is correct. If the behavior of quanta is not wholly determined by their wavefunctions then QM is wrong, and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle might be violated, since the true functions for position and momentum may not be Fourier pairs. This is widely considered to be extremely unlikely. Also, if spacetime is quantized (there's a minimum possible distance and a minimum possible time, and all times/distances are integer multiples of these minima) then the wavefunctions wouldn't be continuous, so the uncertainty principles might not be applicable. Loop Quantum Gravity is one theory that posits this.

about 2 months ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

DMUTPeregrine Re:so, static == more defects? (217 comments)

Nope, though it's confusingly worded.

C, C++, JS, etc, have more instances where someone committed a fix for a bug (as opposed to new code).
Clojure, Haskell, etc, required fewer bugfix commits.

about 3 months ago

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