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Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

pherthyl Re:Can't say I'm surprised (47 comments)

Not to mention his bullshit about fighting global warming with a $3B investment. Collected all the publicity and goodwill when he made that announcement and never followed through or did anything of significance

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

pherthyl Re:Glass half empty (394 comments)

And? You think the gas extraction will stop or scale down? So what if it lasts 14 years if we are dependent on continuing to scale up gas extraction

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

pherthyl Re:Glass half empty (394 comments)

>> Switching from oil and coal to natural gas is a positive step in reducing both carbon emissions and other pollutants.

That's the thing though, we don't actually know if this is true. Methane leakage can easily invalidate that argument and studies have shown we are leaking more than anyone wants to admit

about a week ago
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Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

pherthyl Re:What is new here? (17 comments)

Every research team who discovers the disability market seems to set out to build an affordable eye tracker. And they all fail. I should know I was on such a team :)

about a month ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

pherthyl Re:Better support than they have for Web? (192 comments)

C++ and Qt already works great on Android with a nice IDE as well.
Bonus: your code will work on iOS and windows phone and blackberry and windows and Linux and Mac at the same time

about a month ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

pherthyl Re:Intel isn't going to win this one (91 comments)

They might win if they can dominate the high end mobile chip space. Then they can sell at a premium to manufacturers of high end mobiles.

about a month ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

pherthyl Re:What is this bullshit? (91 comments)

What part of cheap as shit media consuming device do you think describes the iPad?

about a month ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

pherthyl Re:NFC alone isn't enough (122 comments)

Virtually no difference isn't good enough. Convenience is king as had been proven again and again and again.

Also there is no way in hell that I would hand over my purchasing data to an advertising company. That's the big difference from my point of view

about a month and a half ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

pherthyl Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (122 comments)

>> Apple will have access to your purchase data

No they don't. Maybe try actually educating yourself before spouting off on a topic.

Big difference between VISA and my bank having my purchase data and me handing it over to an advertising company like Google. Never going to happen.

about a month and a half ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

pherthyl Re:Been done before (136 comments)

There's mocking because you can get a superior ebikes kit for less money that won't be full of proprietary components. That's not to say they won't make money, but there are better options out there

about a month and a half ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

pherthyl Re:what's the point? (136 comments)

Electric bikes tend to be lousy bikes. Much better to convert a bike, but I'd go for a traditional system not the Copenhagen wheel full of proprietary crap.

about a month and a half ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

pherthyl Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

In what sense, exactly, is killing the crew one time in sixty 'extremely safe'?

In the relative sense. How many private manned space flights have we had? How many have ended in death?

about 2 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

pherthyl Re:Silly (764 comments)

>> People are routinely killed around the world for being Christian. Do Christians need to get all in your face with Christian pride?

Uhh.. Yes

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

pherthyl Re: Not a chance (631 comments)

No they don't.

about 2 months ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

pherthyl Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

I couldn't disagree more.
The tough book will use far more power than the iPad so much harder to keep it running.
You don't want anything with mechanical fans to suck dirt into places
You want solid state. Flash might not last 100 years but mechanical drives definitely won't.

iPad in a good case would be far more useful than a laptop

about 2 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

pherthyl Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

You need to unlock your device. That's one pin unless you're crazy and don't protect your device. Then the optional pin for Google wallet.

about 2 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

pherthyl Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

Pretty much doesn't cut it. With Google wallet you need to unlock your phone (entering that pin) and then potentially enter the Google wallet pin to authorize the transaction. So two pins versus none. Google wallet hasn't taken off because it's more hassle than using a credit card, which was the point.

about 2 months ago

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