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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

SuperKendall Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (246 comments)

What are possible situations that a manned mission to Mars would need strength?

Infinite given you'd be in a delicate habitat on Mars with no idea what to expect.

4 hours ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

SuperKendall Compelling, but a mix still better... (246 comments)

That is a pretty compelling reason to have most of the crew women.

However I'd argue in a truly remote environment where no external help is to be had, that the raw strength a few very fit males could provide could be useful in an emergency.

Some women can also be very strong, but then would there be any metabolism benefit?

6 hours ago

Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

SuperKendall Floor In Building (75 comments)

One of the things Apple is using the barometer for is to determine what floor you may be in within a building.

It could be that with central heating/cooling in most buildings running almost all the time, perhaps a barometric reading could be constant between floors from day to day, even as weather changed...

Or perhaps just using the change along with accelerometer data to detect shifting between floors.

7 hours ago

Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SuperKendall Re: The Windows Phone failed. (161 comments)

Your comment on the crown makes no sense - it's somewhat off-center by a few mm, not really any harder to reach than any other crown. And because the watch is reverseable it can be on either side.

11 hours ago

Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

SuperKendall Say what now? (124 comments)

However, it is highly relevant that GED holders and/or high school or college graduates with degrees completely unrelated to computer science tend to be better programmers.

Where do you get that from?

I have indeed met a lot of great programmers that did not have CS degrees. But I've met even MORE programmers that were not great or even coming close to it, that did not have CS degrees...

I would say that overall a CS major has a base level of competence above non-CS holders. But I've never seen a study or in decades of practical experience seen anything to back up the claim you are making...

For what it's worth I have both a GED *and* a CS degree.


Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

SuperKendall Yoesemite Helvetica Neu is tuned for small size (358 comments)

Although it can be, also note that the Helvetica Nueu that Apple uses in Yosemite is heavily edited to look OK on LCD displays - just like other screen tuned fonts.

They also were trying to get the average size of sentences between the old and new fonts closers so programmers didn't have as much work to adjust for text changing sizes.


Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall Re:it is perfectly timed (247 comments)

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus.

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof,

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor,

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

no disabled NFC here

Fully operational and utterly useless.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Apple are late to the party once again,

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

2 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall Re:It's the OS, Stupid (247 comments)

What's wrong with using the iPad as a second screen, as some third party software lets you do?

Then you get touch and a traditional laptop.

All of the compelling uses I read about for something like the Surface have boiled down to pretty niche uses that are really not sustainable. It's nice that you like your Surface now, because it's not going to be around for many more years. Hopefully it will last you a while.

2 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

SuperKendall it is perfectly timed (247 comments)

The market starting using more and more large but mediocre phones, just as demand is really starting to grow Apple introduces a model that doesn't sacrifice performance or battery life to have a larger device.

By waiting Apple also gave device makers a lot of rope to hang themselves with in going to screens with absurd DPI. Now the poor bastards (Note4, etc) are hamstrung changing and powering so many wasted pixels, and the companies cannot back off the resolution they have chained around their own necks.

Apple as usual simply makes a good idea work better than anyone else.

2 days ago

Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

SuperKendall Re:yeah, going with not creepy. (126 comments)

They can roast the pigeons after throttling them and feed people who are homeless because of the disaster!

Yes, already planned for, that's called the Exponential Bakeoff algorithm.

2 days ago

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

SuperKendall Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (300 comments)

These Ars OSX reviews have always been really impressive things, full of technical examination and as you can see, very long to write...

It made more sense to me back when you had to pay for an upgrade though, so you could see if it was worth getting. Now that it's free, the need for long technical examination seems to diminish...

That said I hope they keep doing them because it is nice to have a deep technical examination of what is new.

3 days ago

Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

SuperKendall Men Without Faith (48 comments)

A) Is a damn good name for a rock & roll band.

B) Are apparently people who stay OUTDOORS during a thunderstorm and thus prone to being struck my lightning, or brought down by fevers from standing outside in the rain like some of the dumbest animals on the planet?

I guess this would explain how religion has done so well and science has struggled overall.

4 days ago

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

SuperKendall Slight difference (381 comments)

"if any one of Thomas Eric Duncan's contacts shows symptoms, that person will be immediately isolated and tested."

Well, after a quick plane flight to Dallas anyway...

(the nurse had a fever before she flew).

4 days ago

Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

SuperKendall Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (113 comments)

Just answer me one thing: are you religious?

Not at all, and I FULLY support gay marriage (as in I have been a part in a ceremony of a gay friend to his partner). I just don't support witch-hunts in any form.

The fact you want be to qualify that is pathetic.

Even if I WERE, why would you bring that up - it just proves my point on the dangers of intolerance. You have chosen to demonize an entire group of people simply because of how they want to live, which makes you no better than any religious evangelist preaching against gay marriage that ever lived. You just have a different religion, a different reason to hate...

How about trying NO HATE? You ever think about that?

about a week ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperKendall Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (404 comments)

the emergency landing on the Hudson is a likely candidate. No idea if the order was given or not.

I had thought of that one, but had thought I remembered that one sliding off the runway into the Husdon... but you are right, it was a purposeful landing with plenty of time to prepare passengers for a crash.

It's still the case though that n most crashes it doesn't seem like there's any time to take positions.

about a week ago

Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

SuperKendall Re:No way will I support Firefox ever again (113 comments)

Is that the same Brendan Eich who posted in his personal blog, that "under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader."?

Yes, because the board were entirely against him. Even LGBT workers at Mozilla supported him, but the board would not - he resigned "voluntarily", because he had no support from the people who cared only about the witch hunt, not Mozilla.

about a week ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

SuperKendall Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (404 comments)

The captain getting on the intercom to say "Brace for impact" is even more rare. How many commercial airplanes crash every year?

It's not even all the ones that crash (which is as you say quite rare). The crash in SF was totally unexpected by the pilot, they clipped the rear on the runway with zero warning to pilot or passengers. In the case of the flight vanished over the ocean, there wasn't even any crash at all - and there certainly was no time for a warning in the plane that got hit by a missile over the Ukrane.

In fact were there any modern plane crashes where "brace for impact" was given or could have been given? I can't think of any.

about a week ago

Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

SuperKendall No way will I support Firefox ever again (113 comments)

After what the Firefox board did to the creator of Javascript (Brendan Eich), I think everyone should simply ignore Firefox and let them die as a warning to all other companies unable to tolerate diversity of thought.

Never forget.

about a week ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

SuperKendall Re:News at 11. (280 comments)

How? You can't even buy normal tickets anymore in The Netherlands.

You can get a ChipCart (I think that's the name) at the airport or at Central Station, then use that to ride the trains. You check in at readers on the platform before you board, check out when you get wherever using the same technique and it deducts money from your card.

You can use that same card for buses, trams, trains, etc. You can keep it and use it again when you come back.

about a week ago

Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

SuperKendall Re:Android version req - long time coming (427 comments)

How is this not crapware that you are apologizing for? It was the scourge of the PC industry, we should not be welcoming it in mobile to a greater extent than it exists already.

I agree with you that the requirement to ship recent Android versions is absolutely needed, but 20 different applications sounds awfully overbearing.

about three weeks ago


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