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Racing To Contain Ebola

Demonantis Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (111 comments)

The benefit of Ebola is that it makes the sick bedridden quickly. In countries with hygiene standards the disease dies out quickly since the pathways of transmission are severely limited. There is research that shows diseases will(in the evolutionary pressure sense, not free will) soften the symptoms to stay in the population. The most successful diseases are the ones where the majority of hosts will ignore the symptoms and go about their daily life.

4 days ago

Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

Demonantis Re:User error? (36 comments)

Its an issue with the inherent chemistry of Li-ion batteries. The overall heat management of the machine isn't significant. Once the batteries fail from the power supply drawing or charging more than a designed current they start a thermal runaway reaction. The batteries will eventually vent a hot fiery gas. There are battery designs that are considered extremely tolerant to thermal runaway, but they have significantly lower energy density.

5 days ago

Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

Demonantis Re:The sheer volume! (137 comments)

The texts they are complaining about are probably involved with the Cuba Twitter website. They had to come up with some slant to complain about them while saving face about the issue. Complaining about a foreign government trying to promote subversion of the Cuban government doesn't have the same ring to it.

about a week ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Demonantis Re:Good? (507 comments)

This should just make a previously deaf culture. It isn't rocket science. Demeaning and ostracizing people is a culture I can't wait to see die.

about a week ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Demonantis Re:New? (181 comments)

A lot of f2p make you feel punished for not paying. It doesn't develop the good will that motivates people to play. I think a lot of developers jumped on the f2p concept and kind of lost their minds. The games that let you pay to skip arbitrary delays are the worst. They are basically rewarding you to not play the game. The only people that pay are the ones that get sucked into the game. I guess they work on the same habit-reward cycles that casinos work on. People don't like them, but they still some how have a user base.

about a week ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Demonantis Re:Futile? (322 comments)

Where I live the Police do an inspection of the vehicle at each hand off (You get to see everything they do during a ride along). They run the lights, look through the interior, and walk around the car to check for damage. How hard would it be to add checking the dash cam to the checklist? Does the system not have a self diagnostic check? Again where I live the radio system in the cars have one.

about a week ago

Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Demonantis Re:They do. (256 comments)

Aircraft carriers are like a space limited island villages with a nuclear power plant. The power goes to more than just propulsion so its built into the design plans. Desalination, waste water treatment, and machine shops for sure. There is probably a tiny factory on board for as many products as they can have one for. Manufacturing on demand is highly desirable. Not only is resupply is a massive pain, but it takes up valuable storage space.

about a week ago

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Demonantis Classic Open Source Arguments (244 comments)

They have become reliant on a single supplier for updating the OS. All market related forces for a company with a Monopoly position will occur. With an open source product a new supplier for updates could have emerged. It will be interesting to see if counterfeit updates will emerge.

about two weeks ago

Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

Demonantis Bad Video (62 comments)

Never play complex music/sounds over your voice. It is possible to accomplish, but extreme care should be taken. It distracts the viewer from your message.

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Demonantis Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

I think a majority of Ukrainian service men in Crimea defected to Russia during the referendum. Was it really an invasion? I don't think it is clear cut who is in the right and who was in the wrong. Like you make it sound.

about two weeks ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Demonantis Re:You wanted privacy? (243 comments)

If this is what is going on in the background are they are using hashing to identify the files? What is the risk of a hash collision? Would this be a legitimate concern using the service?

about two weeks ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

Demonantis Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

Most of those industrial uses are fulfilled using synthetic diamond. Jewelery diamonds have a high value from aggressive marketing convincing people to hoard them and be interned with them. Its a sellers market with a ludicrous markup to show for it.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Demonantis Re:Egads! (535 comments)

I think Facebook is scared about Google Glass becoming a big thing and being left in the dust. Bizarre as it is they are competing for the same access to your information.

about three weeks ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Demonantis Re:Don't blame others for user error. (394 comments)

There are winter boots I won't wear while driving a regular car. I can tell it is dangerous and simply have a second pair of shoes in the car. This guy is just ignorant that driving is a dangerous activity and care should be taken. Some car models have what is called a "smart pedal" which deactivates the accelerator with brake application. I think the US government is looking to eventually legislate it as a requirement. Further, I was taught from a driving instruction video that you are suppose to pop the car into neutral when you have trouble stopping in the winter. Which would have fixed this guy's issue too.

about three weeks ago

Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Demonantis Re:What does this even mean? (150 comments)

Not really. Apple want access to cable width that is reserved for services like on demand movies and television. They wouldn't be interacting with the internet traffic at all.

about three weeks ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Demonantis Re:ATMs? (367 comments)

That is interesting. I have never heard or seen slips in Canada. They just print off a receipt and you sign a copy. Or what happening more often is there is debit machine that you use like an ATM and then you don't sign anything, but still get a receipt. There are bunch of things only a teller can do too. I probably use one four times a year.

about a month ago

St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

Demonantis Re:Fortunately for Jobs (129 comments)

I think the needed immune-suppressants would invalidate them for donation. Cute idea regardless. Maybe only people that have been registered donors for six months can receive donations. I have no idea what kind of license that would be.

about a month ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Demonantis Re:Is not going to work! (405 comments)

The use of road ways is a scarce resource. You are seeing the tragedy of the commons play out. A government run market is still a market. It is pretty much the same thing as power and water. Weekday and weekend plates make no sense though. The cell phone companies had it right with free nights and weekends. You really only have to shave of the peak demand.

about a month ago

How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

Demonantis Re:BULLSHIT! (104 comments)

I suspect the OP isn't native English. Think chart as in the music chart. It is more often described as a table(a type of chart), not the table with four legs. I hope that helps.

about a month ago



Chromecast: You get what you pay for.

Demonantis Demonantis writes  |  about 8 months ago

Demonantis (1340557) writes "According to Casey Johnston;

Since the launch and relative flop of Google TV, Google is vastly scaling back its approach to getting video to a TV. Its new effort is as stripped-down as the Chromecast itself, an unassuming HDMI dongle that comes with a small but robust set of capabilities: playing video from YouTube and Netflix or mirroring anything you can pull up in a Chrome browser tab. While it’s far from functionally perfect, enough of the experience is simple and straightforward enough that it bears seeing where Google and its hopefully growing list of partners take this project.


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