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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Smurf Re:Discussed to death on Bruce Schneier's blog... (330 comments)

New York City water is untreated and it has some of the best water in the country.

Really? Cause I've read otherwise:

Before entering City pipes, all drinking water is treated with chlorine, fluoride, food-grade phosphoric acid, and sometimes with sodium hydroxide. Water quality and infrastructure are overseen by the City's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the EPA and New York State 's Department of Health.

Source

2 days ago
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Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

Smurf Re:oh, sorry (80 comments)

The latest CBO report shows that the law is on track to reduce the total number of uninsured people by 12 million this year. Page 8 of the PDF.

I don't see the mention of 12 billion at all on that page or the ones next to it.

Of course you mean 12 million, not 12 billion.

The reason you can't find the number is because you are (quite correctly) looking at the page labeled as number 8. Unfortunately the PDF was not formatted correctly and the numbering is not restarting after the four-page preamble. Because of that, @artor3's PDF reader is incorrectly telling him that the page he is looking at is number 8, while you will find it's labeled as number 4.

So, go to page 4, Table 2, and look at the column for 2014. The Item (Change in Insurance Coverage Under the ACA) for Uninsured shows an increase of -12 (millions).

3 days ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Smurf Re:WTF? (277 comments)

Yes, did you RTFA? They specifically mention (...)

You must be new here.

about three weeks ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

Smurf Re:Is Lasik At Home Safe? (183 comments)

Ha!

Perhaps the most hilarious thing about that website are the photos of "Dr. Amir Khadim, M.D., Ph.D." with the device... He's wearing glasses!

(Yes, I know. Not all eyesight defects can be corrected by LASIK. Still it's bad publicity as it suggests lack of confidence in the device you are selling – or its effectiveness.)

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

Smurf Re:Only in America ... (348 comments)

The parent post has been labeled as funny... ...but it's actually quite sad.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

Smurf Re:The Mac demoed had 4X the RAM of one sold (129 comments)

That is to say, the Mac he was demonstrating was different from the Mac Apple was selling: it had 512K of RAM. The only Mac available for purchase at launch had 128K and was not capable of running the MacInTalk speech synthesis software.

True, true. But the the 128K Mac was upgradable to 512K (albeit by an authorized reseller, not by the end user), and Macs that already came with 512 KB of RAM were introduced later that year.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

Smurf Re:Calculator (328 comments)

I have a ti-36 solar...

Yeah, but he's used to RPN so he's pretty much stuck with HP models. ...although he doesn't say that. Which makes this "Ask Slashdot" as pointless as any other "Ask Slashdot".

Asking which is "best" is never a good question.

But the list of approved calculators that he mentioned does include two HP models: HP 33s and HP 35s. Both support RPN, and while certainly more expensive than the TI-36X Pro the HP 35s is probably cheap enough for the submitter's needs.

about 5 months ago
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Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Smurf Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

Actually, if you look at the benchmarks it loses in everything but the GL benchmarks. Then go and look at the benchmarks at phonearena and the 5S hands the Nexus 5 it's ass on pretty much every test.

Actually, the Nexus 5 comes on top of the iPhone 5S in the GLBenchmark v2.5.1 tests in the HotHardware article, but loses in the GFXBench 2.7 tests in the Ars Technica article.

How did this happen? After all, GFXBench is the successor of GLBenchmark. My first guess was that maybe GFXBench 2.7 was compiled for 64-bits on the iPhone 5S, while GLBenchmark, being older, was probably running in 32-bit mode. (These tests measure mostly GPU performance, but getting the CPU to perform faster should help at least a little.) But it turns out that GFXBench 2.7 probably hasn't yet been recompiled to run in 64-bit mode on iOS yet.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Smurf Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (298 comments)

Well, that's what Apple tries to imply (page 2):

Apple is likely the largest corporate income tax payer in the US, having paid nearly $6 billion in taxes to the US Treasury in FY2012. These payments account for $1 in every $40 in corporate income tax the US Treasury collected last year.

Note that that is an official testimony of Apple to the US Senate, so if it's a lie it's not likely to be very blatant. The fact that they payed $6 billion in 2012 has really not been contested, as you can check through a Google search. Whether it really makes Apple the largest tax payer, I can't confirm.

about 6 months ago
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Smurf Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (298 comments)

Samsung America has more employees in the USA than Apple does. However, as long as people think of Samsung as a Korean company...

Bullshit. At the end of 2011, Samsung had 21,531 employees in the Americas (mostly in the USA, see page 58). Around the same time (February 2012), Apple had 50,250 direct employees in the U.S.

Straight from the horses' mouths.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

Smurf Re:Maybe it's just me, but... (432 comments)

I have to post anon because I work for AT&T. As normal this time of year all employees are on red alert, no new vacations can be scheduled because of the iphone release, and many of use have to go on mandatory overtime.

And yet you are here posting on Slashdot in the middle of the Monday morning after the launch. Go to work, hippie! ;-)

Apple, realizing it was an incremental update, laid down some new rules for us. Many of our call centers could not sell it, and we had to force the majority of users that normally called into to order it, to use our website.

Or Apple, realizing they wouldn't be able to have enough phones ready, tried to funnel people towards the websites so that they wouldn't be so frustrated by having to wait until October for their new phones.

Oddly enough our response to the new Iphone was less than stellar as it had been in previous years, and we saw very few customers seeing it as a must have device. And we were shipped absurdly small amounts of units so we could sell out quickly.

And yet Apple in total sold several million more units in the first weekend than in any other weekend after an iPhone introduction.

You can still get them in places like Best Buy, Radio Shack and Walmart.

Not in the ones I checked, but I guess the situation may be different where you live, so I'll take your word for it. (Oh, wait, you're an AC, so your word is worth even less than mine. Never mind.)

Plus 99.9 percent bought the phone at a subsidized price.

And as an AT&T employee you know that "subsidized" just means "We get the same money from you (actually more) by overcharging you for 2+ years. We still have to pay Apple close to full price."

about 7 months ago
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

Smurf Re:Feeble minds. (432 comments)

The entry beating the A7 in many of those tests is a latest-gen desktop processing chip from Intel.

No. That Intel Bay Trail chip is part of the Atom family, intended for tablets and super-portable computers that require low power consumption.

You are right. The parent's post should read:

The iPhone 5S is the 2nd fast phone on the market.

Educate yourself with the fact that, for now, it's the fastest phone [1] in the market. The entry beating the A7 in many of those tests is a latest-gen chip from Intel intended for tablets and super-portable computers that require low power consumption, and not really suitable for a cellphone.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review

On the other hand, the basic message didn't change.

about 7 months ago
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CoreText Font Rendering Bug Leads To iOS, OS X Exploit

Smurf Re:Here's a link to the crasher string in question (178 comments)

Yes, TFS fails to mention that both of TFA's specifically state that neither iOS 7 nor OS X 10.9 Mavericks are affected by the bug.

about 8 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

Smurf Re:Safari? (506 comments)

Try Command-Z.

about 8 months ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

Smurf Re:Nasty (184 comments)

Ah, you make several excellent points.

First and most importantly, regarding the issue of the smell vs. taste of feces: I basically agree with you, but do note that roasting of the coffee beans would almost certainly change drastically both the smell and the taste of any fecal matter residue in the coffee. So even though it does not evoke the smell of cat poop, the GP's experience may have been affected by poop (but only if the coffee was handled *very* poorly).

Second, regarding the smell and taste of coffee: You are so right! I personally love (some) medium roasts, both the smell and the taste. I prefer them straight, but I concur that a drop of milk or a pinch of sugar make it "taste" more like it "smells".

On the other hand I absolutely detest dark roasts. I find them way too bitter and I can't find any appealing flavor in them at all, even though some don't smell like ashes. I always wondered why I could drink them in milk-rich preparations without adding sugar when I found the black coffee or espresso undrinkable. Your explanation makes a lot of sense.

about 8 months ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

Smurf Re:Curse you sir, (184 comments)

Starbucks uses a dark roast.

Not always. Most Starbucks I've been to offer a choice of dark or medium roast. A couple even offered a light roast. They were all horrible but admittedly their dark roasts were the worse.

Unless you mean for espresso-based drinks. In that case yes, they use a dark roast. But it becomes almost drinkable when you add lots of milk to it. (A shot of pure espresso from Starbucks? Ewwwww... *shudders*)

about 8 months ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

Smurf Re:Nasty (184 comments)

Thank you. That was a very interesting review. I initially skipped it because it was too long, but the tl;dr summary ironically prompted me to read it.

Just one comment:

No, it didn't taste like fecal matter.

Uuuhhh... How do you know? Have you somehow acquired extensive experience in coprophagia?

I have never had Kopi Luwak, but I will certainly have a cup if offered (unless the price is just unreasonable). I do see two ways in which very good coffee can be ruined very easily: bad handling and bad roasting. In the case of Kopi Luwak I see how bad hndling could literally get it contaminated with feces. It would still be safe to drink due to the roasting, but still the taste may be extremely compromised. And of course the roast. You clearly don't like dark roasts (and neither do I). To me even the best coffees taste like ashes when roasted too dark. Maybe the Kopi Luwak was also too dark for your taste (and mine).

about 8 months ago
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The Case of the Orca That Killed Its Trainer

Smurf Re: Almost all students of orca believe... (395 comments)

Orcas are members of the dolphin family (delphinidae) of toothed whales (odontoceti), which means they belong to the order of whales (cetacea). I.e. orcas most definitely are whales. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orcinus_orca).

If you are willing to state that all dolphins (including orcas) and porpoises are whales, then you are 100% correct and some zoologists will agree with you.

But other zoologists will claim that whales, porpoises, and dolphins are three clearly distinct suborders of Cetacea, and thus dolphins (including orcas) cannot be whales.

I'm not a zoologist so, as long as you acknowledge that orcas are dolphins, I don't give a $#+ whether you call them whales o not.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

Smurf Re:Excellent (341 comments)

Ah, so your shinny new tablet has fantastic third party developer support as long as you don't use it as a tablet since you will need to sit at a desk and use a mouse and keyboard to effectively use almost any of those 32-bit (and 64-bit) applications that were ever written for the world's most popular OS since the mid-90's.

Yeah, that's just fantastic third party support.

about 9 months ago

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Google Backpedals on Turn-By-Turn GPS for iPhone

Smurf Smurf writes  |  about 4 years ago

Smurf (7981) writes "Last October Google's Vice-President of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced that Google would bring turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the iPhone:

However, Google is working with Apple on bringing it to the iPhone, and it's not ruling out licensing the software to makers of portable navigation devices used in cars throughout the world, said Gundotra, vice president of engineering at Google for mobile and developers.

Nevertheless, after such plans were confirmed during a press conference in London yesterday, today the "Don't be Evil" company backpedaled on them:

"We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we've had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all," a Google spokesperson told PCWorld.

Doesn't lying through your teeth make you Evil?"

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