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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Incadenza Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

I have slept during dozens of starts and landings, I would have been quite unreachable in that state too (yes, I am a really deep sleeper). Following the 'you must be open to instructions'-logic cabin personnel should have waken me up.

Also, I made numerous flights with industrial strength earplugs inserted in my ears (to diminish the effects of a concussion that left me very sensitive to sound for a couple of months), and I was never asked to remove these either.

about 2 months ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

Incadenza Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

Sorry, but apparently that video is not available on the old continent, so I cannot see what you are referring at.
Are you buy any chance talking about DWF's Eschaton?

about 4 months ago

Another Dementia Test Oversold

Incadenza Re:Basic statistics (24 comments)

This is basic statistics learned by every doctor in medical school.

Or that they have learned, passed the test, and forgotten. There was quite an interesting read on exactly this subject on the BBC website this week, Do doctors understand test results?:

In one session, almost half the group of 160 gynaecologists responded that the woman's chance of having cancer was nine in 10. Only 21% said that the figure was one in 10 - which is the correct answer. That's a worse result than if the doctors had been answering at random.

about 5 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Incadenza Re:Projectors? (347 comments)

As a Dutch cheapskate I will have the movie directly projected into the smallest screen I have: my eyeball.

about 8 months ago

8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

Incadenza Re:Chile worst dictatorship in South America? (86 comments)

Hitler was never president. He lost the presidential elections of 1932 by a large margin to von Hindenburg. After von Hindeburg died (in 1934), Hitler abolished the presidency, and made himself head of state.

about 9 months ago

8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

Incadenza Re:Of course it was calm (86 comments)

Yes, they have a good rate of gdp/capita. But mostly because they are sitting on a giant copper mine.

Don't forget that they are one of the rare SA countries were corruption doesn't mingly with businness, the Chilean corruption level is on par with the USA. Which means that the profits from these mines (and all other economic sectors) flow in the ecenomy (constructors, deliveries, hotels, etc.) instead of ending on some Swiss bank account.

about 9 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Incadenza Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

I fail to see what they did wrong, even in hindsight.

Firstly, they did not notice a 777 flying over their territory on their radar systems.

Secondly, when they found out that a plane had crashed and scrutinized their air defense systems, it took them days (and many re-re-re-statements) before they acknowledged that a 777 had crossed their country without anybody noticing.

Finally, it took them at least two days to take the data from Inmarsat seriously, that stated that the plane had flown for another 5 hours at least.

All this meant delays in the search operation, which means wasted resources, and above all: TIME. The chances of finding anything in an ocean full of currents and winds don't get any better when you wait (waste) a couple of days.

about 9 months ago

Sundar Pichai: Android Designed For Openness; Security a Lower Priority

Incadenza Re: Disproportionate Malware (117 comments)

You forget access to mobile date (over the phone network). So Internet access over wi-fi isn't considered a permission, but Internet access over cellular is.

about 10 months ago

CES 2014: Now You Can Make 360 Degree Videos With a Single Camera (Video)

Incadenza Geonaute, as in Decathlon? (52 comments)

So this is supposedly the same company that makes cheap copies of Suunto/Garmin watches for the French budget sports chain Decathlon? Name and logo are identical. That is weird, because usually Decathlon sells slightly inferior products for a far lower price (which makes the Decathlon chain very popular with people that care more for outdoor sports than for appearances).

about a year ago

Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault

Incadenza Re:My Anecdote Does Not Support Assertion (271 comments)

I think this "researcher" is full of shit. I think that we are still to blame for providing an easy and pervasive technological environment that allows them to bury their heads in their comfortable world of cyberspace and "social media", never having to come up for air. It's addictive as shit and they are all addicted to it. But, they're not at all interested in socializing IRL.

This is the most insightful AC post in a long time.

My kids can also socialize whatever they want (as long as their back by sunset, and if they don't, I do not mind picking them up), just like Danah Boyd did in her childhood. But still they spend an stupendous amount of time on social media - even when they are socializing.

It is not uncommon for them to sit around as friends, but to interact only with their smartphones with people that are not around. And these are smart, social, outwards looking kids.

We have to face it: it's the technology that is escapist and addictive by design.

about a year ago

Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Incadenza Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

With enough morphine, it feels really good.

We all contemplated suicide
We hoped for euthanasia
We were lulled into believing
Morphine dispelled pain
Rather than making it tangible
Like a mad Disney cartoon
Transforming itself into
Every conceivable nightmare

Derek Jarman, Blue

1 year,25 days

US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

Incadenza Re:Many smartphones use both Glonass and US GPS (232 comments)

I guess it's good to have two systems. This can provide redundancy and improve reliability.

The difference in accuracy between just using GPS and a combination of GPS and GLONASS is gigantic, especially on places with limited view on the sky (canyons, but also cities). I used an Garmin etrex on a hike this summer, and I can clearly see in the recorded path were I switched from GPS + GLONASS to GPS and back again (I did this to save the batteries before I found spare batteries). It is the difference between right-on-track and wrong-side-of-the-valley.

about a year ago

Why Small-Scale Biomass Energy Projects Aren't a Solution To Climate Change

Incadenza Re:Carbon? (178 comments)

Where are mod points when you need them. By far the smartest answer in this post.

about a year ago

My productivity peaks between...

Incadenza Re:24h clock (309 comments)

Let met be the first to say,"Fuck your coffee". You guys can keep it. When I wake up in the morning I want an espresso or a double espresso, not some brownish warmish ridiculous shit. Your coffee is unnecessarily diluted.

about a year ago

My productivity peaks between...

Incadenza Re:24h clock (309 comments)

Keep your power, we will keep to the facts. And the facts are that the USA is at an abysmal 25th place for math skills of the 34 countries that the OECD researched.

about a year ago

ESA Begins Mars Rover Tests In Chile

Incadenza Re:Spotted (45 comments)

I know you are joking, but there is plenty of water in the Atacama: rivers that originate in the Andes. They either flow out in the sea (through canyons), in salt pans, or sometimes through a tube to the coastal towns.

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Incadenza Re:Link broken? (1191 comments)

I set it to "classic" which goes a significant way to fixing the problem (gets rid of the giant images), but the title text is still gigantic and there's a lot of unnecessary white space and margins.

And all the body text - where all the frikkin content is - is smaller and thinner, and thus harder to read. Helloooooo designers, even heard about legibility? You do know that that is something you can actually measure, and not just an opinion?

about a year ago

Don't Fly During Ramadan

Incadenza Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

And at least Putin is honest about his intentions, instead of saying one thing to get elected and doing the exact opposite afterwards.

Quotation needed!

about a year ago


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