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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

aaron4801 Re:Politics (207 comments)

That why, even as an 'infectious disease response coordinator,' it's a lawyer and politician who got the call. If they had just stated the truth, that Ebola is hard to spread with proper controls, and can be contained, there would be no panic, there would be little media attention, and there would be no need for a czar. But as you said, there would be no need to concentrate power, so no dice.

8 hours ago
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Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

aaron4801 Re:The incredible shrinking nucleus (46 comments)

Without a planetary magnetic field to speak of, any atmosphere created by comet or terraforming would be temporary. If humans are to colonize Mars someday, we would need a steady stream of comets to fire at the planet to replenish the atmosphere swept away by the solar winds. Somehow, dropping comets on a planet for the sole purpose of supporting a permanent settlement seems....odd?

yesterday
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

aaron4801 Re:Let's wait 28 days (209 comments)

Don't worry. Europeans are helpless, but the Americans will come in to save the day.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

aaron4801 Re:I don't think we are giving anything up. (554 comments)

Exactly this. It's not the job of the OS to be the complete suite of everything your computer can do. It's just the platform on which other functions operate. Most of those operations are optional based on the power of the computer. If anything, minimum system requirements are too *high* for Windows. Not because the OS needs to be able to run on ancient hardware, but because every MB of RAM and every clock cycle may be cheap, but no matter how many you have, it's still a limited resource. All else being equal, I'd rather them be allocated to what I'm actually doing with the system rather than being spent on managing a massive database of system settings that are usually irrelevant to what's on the screen at any given moment.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

aaron4801 Re:Where can I find the except clause? (575 comments)

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter." "Unless it's politically expedient to change the rules, in which case, fuck you."

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

aaron4801 Re:Yes, reality is a defense (304 comments)

I have never broken a phone. I don't know what it would take to break a phone. Apparently six, or nine, or 50, or however many people...have discovered a point beyond that threshold. I can imagine two most likely scenarios here: a) The users got excited and accidentally abused their new phones beyond what they had ever done before, and broke them. b) they were always playing with fire and subjecting their iPhone 5's to pressures in the range that are now lethal to 6's. If it's A, shame on the users. If it's B, Apple has raised the expectations of their customers and then failed to meet those expectations. As for "1/10th of 55 lbs," remember these particular tests are controlled and not subjecting the phones to all manner of different pressures at different points that may exist in a pocket or purse or other storage medium.

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

aaron4801 Re:Useless (304 comments)

The battery usually extends through the mid-line of the phone as well. Test it where the top of the battery is, that's going to be much nearer to the weakest point.

about three weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

aaron4801 This is a defense of iPhone 6? (304 comments)

Read it again. People are accustomed to treating their iPhones in a certain way (storage-wise), but the 6 bends at nearly HALF the pressure of the 5. That's the crux of the problem. The 6 is a step backwards in strength. The larger size in part of it, since there's more leverage potential, but LG and Samsung seem to have solved that problem. No, it's not made of cheese, as some users seem to have reported, but it will bend under circumstances that the 5 would not.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

aaron4801 Re:I get it (50 comments)

Bingo. Innovation X is banned for everybody but Hollywood. Didn't see that coming! /s

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

aaron4801 Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

Blackberry always made the superior hardware. Even in the software, there are functions that Blackberry has had for a decade that iOS and Android still can't duplicate. That said, they walled their garden off far too completely. If they would just make the switch to Android, even a highly modified version like Amazon, I would strongly consider going back.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

aaron4801 Re:Solution (410 comments)

I have been amenable to a national sales tax in the past, but the more i think it through, the more it becomes undesirable. 1) Sales tax is regressive. Sure, you can rebate up to a certain point, or not tax essentials, but there is no way to solve the fact that at some income, you will be paying a higher percentage than those above you on the scale. 2) Black-markets already exist for many highly-taxed items. In order to replace an income tax, the sales tax would have to be north of 12%, which would just add that much more to an existing problem. 3) It's still ripe for corruption. Politically correct items get tax breaks (green consumer items, etc), while other items have higher taxes. It's just trading one problem for another. 4) You would have to get almost every state on board. Most states have an income tax that just rides along with the federal return. Unless every state moves to sales-tax-only, there would be little difference for most Americans. They would still have to file, and would still be subjected to state revenue departments. Getting every level of government on use-based taxes would push those rates unbearably high, and getting the same return would result in as many losers as winners in the equation. 5) Finally, it wouldn't make any difference. There would be just as much red tape (federal employees) to collect the taxes. There would be just as much deficit spending. There would be just as much politicizing of taxes.

about a month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

aaron4801 Re:Play no longer appears to require Gmail (139 comments)

App ratings are still linked to G+. I'd like to contribute to the community by pointing out pros and cons in some apps, but it's just not worth the hassle.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

aaron4801 Re:Tell time (471 comments)

"out of style 5 minutes after you buy it!" You misspelled "before."

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

aaron4801 Re:So, in short... (730 comments)

30% of smartphone users are picking their jaw up off the floor, having seen the future! 70% are wondering what the big deal is, seeing features they've been using for two years.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

aaron4801 Re:Didn't steal anyones data? (150 comments)

The only way they can definitively state that no data was stolen is if there is better auditing capability at Healthcare.gov than there seems to be at the NSA (who apparently can't audit what was "stolen"). This seems sad to me on SO MANY levels.

about a month and a half ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

aaron4801 Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

Perhaps he used the wrong terminology, but I think the idea is to set a timer, say 30 minutes. Every time it receives a call, the timer resets. The bomber can make a call at strategic times to prolong the trigger as long as necessary, but as soon as it's cut off of the cell network, it's an irreversible time bomb.

about 2 months ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

aaron4801 Re:How do deal with copycats? (113 comments)

"It's not like that phenomenon is unique to the handheld gaming market." It's not like that phenomenon is unique to gaming. Full Stop. Any time there is a successful TV show, it gets copied. Movies? copied. Books? copied. Nor is it unique to cultural works. The shelves of any big-box store are filled with cheap Chinese knockoffs of any physical product you can imagine. Compete on quality, customer service, and fan engagement. Those are much harder to rip off.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

aaron4801 Re:$230 (611 comments)

1) Well I pay twice that already, do I get TWO free internets?! 2) More seriously, paying additional for the privilege of not viewing ads was one of the founding principles behind cable TV. It didn't take long before you were paying extra AND viewing ads.

about 2 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

aaron4801 Re:My 0.02 (457 comments)

"[S]ome men aren't looking for anything logical...They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

about 2 months ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

aaron4801 Re:Too late (176 comments)

The White House supports this version? Then why did they send the goon squad to gut the already weaker House version? https://www.techdirt.com/artic... If this bill makes it to the President in tact, it'll be a miracle.

about 3 months ago

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