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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Ravaldy Re:Sponge-like? (96 comments)

The maturity level of the Slashdot crowd was just determined to be NIL. :)

yesterday
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Ravaldy Re:Long live the 'desktop' and mobile 'laptop'. (58 comments)

You nailed it on the head.

We are at least 10 years away from seeing PCs replaced in the work place. North American jobs have been heading towards creativity which in most cases cannot be completed on a smart phone. To name a few: Engineering anything, marketing, software dev. accounting. Basically anybody working with a spreadsheet can't be efficient on a smart phone. The only type of user I see making way without a PC are sales and management once the right software is in place.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Ravaldy Re:Don't buy cheap android (287 comments)

No. Windows Phone is fine. No different than any other phone at this stage. Maybe a few apps have more glitter but that's it.

2 days ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

Ravaldy Re:Has anyone been asking Bing for this feature? (64 comments)

2.5% of 18.4 Billions search ad market (as of 2013) is $460 000 000. Are you saying that's nothing?

A growing number is usually a good indicator of a business growing. Question here is whether this increase is due to the defaults in IE or actually adoption of the search engine.

I believe Bing's world search market share is currently 4.25% (as per global stats counter)

5 days ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

You aren't backing your airbag claims. The article I linked has collected information that proved the effectiveness of airbags. Millions of dollars have been spent comparing airbags to no airbags by car companies and airbag manufacturers.

Instead I'll point you to the numbers. This link is a formal evaluation ordered by Washinton DC. I also included a newer report that includes more than just airbags.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/p...
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/P...

Look at table 1. Seat belt and airbags together are considered 54% effective while seat belts alone are 48%. If you look at the next table you can see how important the airbags are. Belts on their own do very well while airbags alone do nothing. After all they are designed to work together.

Although smaller children see no improvement in effectiveness it doesn't reduce the effectiveness to have air bags.

5 days ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Does having a life vest under my seat add to my travel time? What's the additional cost, per trip, for having it there?

Actually the safety equipment as a hole does add a significant amount of weight to an aircraft and you pay for the fuel so the answer is yes. In addition to that all the safety features of an aircraft are part of the cost of purchase of a plane which you also pay for. This equipment also has to be replaced at certain intervals and it must also be inspected. All added cost to your ticket. As for time, you would save more time if people just came prepared to the security checks. Lost more time wasted by confused people.

Statistically speaking, they are a waste of money. Though the most in-depth studies were on the first generation bags. They were a complete failure. They "saved" less than 5% of the time, and killed about 5% of the time. The money wasted on them would have saved more lives if it were spent on rural medivac helicopters. Airbags kill. Statistics and actuaries say so. Why do you want things that are a waste of resources and don't save lives?

Just like smoking doesn't cause lung cancer according to experts in the early 80s. Here's a more recent link than 2001 that shows just how effective airbags are. I'm sure they are even safer in today's vehicles.
http://www.businessweek.com/st...

about a week ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

I don't dispute that and that's why a few evaluations were performed by the government. If they haven't shut them down or modified their duties it's because they are either in on it or it's actually working.

TSA claims that some terrorist were detained but cannot provide details due to national security (Sounds like dog poo to me but who knows).

If they are as ineffective as they appear who is protecting them and why?

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Ravaldy Why was it logical before now? (499 comments)

Sound cards were popular for a few reasons:
1. Many motherboards back then didn't have sound
2. Those that did required more CPU processing time which resulted in lower gaming multimedia performance, instead let an better optimized chipset dot he work
3. MIDI files were popular for games and music and the better the sound card the better the pre-recorded instrument library to play the mid music
4. Early 2000 onboard sound is good enough for most users but for encoding / decoding you need more horse power which you could get from sound cards

Today there is still a need for sound boards but usually for specialized applications. Your day to day user or gamer gets all the features he needs a decent onboard sound implementation. Buy a cheap board and get a cheap sound chipset (in most cases)

 

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Are you suggesting we should also take out all the safety gear in planes since there's only a .000001% chance you'll need it?

Oh yeah, lets also take out the airbags in our car because there's only a 0.00001% chance you'll ever need them.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

I can predict an attack in 2015 and still not have a means to stop it. These procedures are the last line of defense.

Before 9/11 travelling by air was less complicated than now but if we left it like it was we would have probably dealt with more than one instance of 9/11. Everybody continues to travel so it can't be that bad. People are making it more than it really is. Lots more time goes into waiting for the damn plane to land. The 10 minutes you wait in line (make it 15 now) is nothing compared to the rest of you travel time. Boarding the plane takes 25 minutes depending on passenger capacity.

If you look at the whole process you quickly realize that this procedure increases you travel time by less than 2% on a 5 hour flight (since this only applies to international flights). Is 2% more time on you travel worth more than your life?

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

How many terrorists have the TSA caught and prosecuted?

Just replying to your comment.

As for the citation:
I though it was 4 but it's actually 2 which resulted in more arrest earlier this year. I cannot find an article although I remember reading it on CBC.ca
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/r...

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Actually. Many more than you think? Just in Canada recently a border crossing gone wrong for 4 alleged terrorist resulted in 40 arrests of a group planning acts of terrorism.

My neighbor works for the RCMP and is stationed at the local airport. He told me you would be surprised how many people are taken in due to terror related activities. He obviously cannot provide details but he assures me the services are there for a reason.

I have a question. What is the $$ value of a human life?

Even if this procedure adds 15 million $ to the annual cost of operation the value of the equipment alone is worth more. Add saving lives, emergency service cost and all the resources that go into finding the culprit and you are way ahead.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

And we had such luck with that on 911. Pro Active means putting procedures in place to avoid a problem before it happens. The borders is another good place to be pro-active.

The article here really miss lead people by not giving enough details. Read the other responses I've sent and you'll see why everybody is over reacting.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Again, same reply as the others. The article doesn't go into specifics BUT they will only ask you to turn it on if the Xray shows something that appears off and they can't make it out. Not every single device will be checked. This is typical over reaction from the readers due to lack of information in the original article.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

And since that incident you are always required to take off your shoes. If you travelled enough you would know this.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Again, read further than the summary and actually read a little further than the original article that didn't have specifics. The article lacks tones of details. They will only require this if they feel the X-ray could not identify if a there was dangerous materials within it. I wrote another comment about this.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Not but they do require you to pass them through the scanner. You have to read the rest of the comments. I clearly explained why turning on the devices actually helps them isolate the potential for a bomb.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Once again. Just another guy who writes stuff with not actual proof. How about he crosses the border with bombs on him? Lets have him prove it to us. I don't believe him. He's just sitting in a chair speculating.

about two weeks ago

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