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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

LongearedBat Re:Africa man... (74 comments)

a few diseases because people live in poverty is hardly comparable to the wars and suffering caused by most 1st-world nations)

...until a disease gets well enough established that it can no longer be controlled and spreads across the world. For example, could Ebola become a global threat?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

LongearedBat Re:sure it would (610 comments)

How to obtain a good list of major ad-sources?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

LongearedBat Internet Exploder (426 comments)

It already has another name that is commonly used: "Internet Exploder" Why don't they just use that already? They really are bit behind the herd, aren't they?

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

LongearedBat The real problem is password rules (383 comments)

Passwords would be fine, if we were allowed to use easily remembered pass phases. Instead we're still often forced to use short passwords (8-12 characters) that consist of upper case + lower case + digit + non-alphanumeric characters. Even though it's pretty well established that pass phrases are, overall, a better way.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

LongearedBat Re:An easier solution (120 comments)

These vehicles overwhelmingly share a single bus between everything including powertrain and infotainment.

Cars that ride the bus, and the bus doubles as a train?!? Transport really is getting complicated nowadays.

about three weeks ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

LongearedBat Re:Crimson Tide in Florida? (99 comments)

It's remnants of the Red Weed from when the martians attacked.

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

LongearedBat Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

I dunno. There may be changing trends, so what you suggest might train it to be accurate for a bygone era.

about a month ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

LongearedBat Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

Shield surfing wouldn't make sense in games based on The Hobbit, unless first seen in the movie. For example, I now expect shield surfing to be in the Lego Hobbit game.

about a month ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

LongearedBat Two world records (46 comments)

How about that? Breaking the same record on two worlds simultaneously. Now that's what I call "breaking two world records".

(Never mind that one of them is a actually moon. Close enough.)

about a month ago
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

LongearedBat Battery lasts for only 12 minutes (52 comments)

I have an AR Drone 2, and the standard battery lasts for maximum 12 minutes (1000 mAh). I've ordered a new battery that holds 1500 mAh. Looking forward to see if it lasts for 18 minutes.

How much damage can one do with that? Seems easier to sneak up close and hide in a bush while cracking in to someones network using a laptop.

about a month and a half ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

LongearedBat Impressed (77 comments)

Ah, that explains how Doctor Octopus can control his mechanical arms. Perhaps that can give Spider-Man an added advantage.

On a more serious note: I'm impressed they can control the extra fingers so naturally. I didn't think it'd be possible without interfacing directly with the nervous system.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

LongearedBat 30+ year old thinking (753 comments)

many believe we will stop using notes and coins altogether in the not-too-distant future.

I remember hearing exactly the same thing back in the 80's.

Cash will be around for a long time yet, because in some ways it's still preferable. Different tools for different things.

about a month and a half ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

LongearedBat Doesn't seem to work (129 comments)

On my screen, the sample pictures they show in the article look just as pixellated as any other picture.

about 1 month ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

LongearedBat Re:1440 wide vs 1080 wide (139 comments)

Agreed, plus spreadsheets and some web pages are best viewed in landscape mode.

It looks like the Blackberry habit of using hard keyboards has stymied their designers. Perhaps Blackberry could learn from the good old dopod.

about 2 months ago
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Visualizing Algorithms

LongearedBat Re:Visualize (50 comments)

Well, yes, but ...

when the animations end, the resulting mazes are difficult to distinguish from each other. The animations are useful for showing how the algorithm works, but fail to reveal the resulting tree structure.

Sure, I visualise how algorithms work, otherwise I can't code them. But the difference in maze generators struck me. Because, as quoted, they're difficult to distinguish from each other.

Other things, such as sorting algorithms, are fairly obvious though... but still nice to see, again.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

LongearedBat Re:Good bye source compatibility (636 comments)

You have options. Cross platform options (for Win, OSX, iOS & Android) that you can use...

- Mono C#

- Delphi Firemonkey (My personal preference.)

- wxWidgets

- other web related technologies that I've heard of but don't use.

about 3 months ago
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Small Genetic Change Responsible For Blond Hair

LongearedBat Re:Blonde Gene? (125 comments)

+1

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

LongearedBat Re:no (437 comments)

Children require adult supervision

Yes, to a point.

When they're old enough to be left at home, to use public transport, to cycle around the neighborhood - then they're old enough to ride in an automated car without adult supervision.

Until then, kids should not be left alone - full stop.

about 3 months ago

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