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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

quenda Re:Why Africa? (71 comments)

Extremely low density of vending machines in the US. Now, Japan...

Never mind wifi. Japan could build a bluetooth network with 80% coverage from their vending machines.

5 days ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

quenda Re:inb4 "evil corporate plot" allegations (71 comments)

Or it could be just a promotional stunt for the new movie "The Gods Must Be Crazy" part IV.

5 days ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

quenda Re:Man oh man (120 comments)

It simply proves that God is right-handed.

about a week ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

quenda Re:gasp! (113 comments)

You don't get it. This is not a scientific achievement, but an engineering one.
It cost a few cents per Indian - I think they can afford that. Congratulations India!

about a week ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

quenda Re:The best photo... (113 comments)

As a tweeter asks..when was the last time we saw women scientists celebrating a space mission?

India does have female scientist and engineers, but the women in that photo are not them.
It would be like a photo of NASA engineers wearing hoodies.

about a week ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

quenda Re:Carmack is a washed-up has-been nobody (88 comments)

Ubuntu doesn't even install finger client by default!
But OS-X still has it, oddly.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

quenda Re:At least tap water is chlorinated (279 comments)

Chloride? Fortunately not everywhere. In western Europe most countries use hydrogen peroxide, because afterward you can still drink the water and don't need expensive water in bottles.

No, chlorine, not -ide. Widely used for municipal water supplies. Not sure what you are talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

quenda Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (279 comments)

Not so simple.

Botswana has ten times the income, 85% literacy, and decent medical facilities, but just about the highest HIV rate in Africa.
People are still struggling to prove various explanations. Epidemeology is really hard.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

quenda Re:Meanwhile (279 comments)

Rampant corruption and poverty is only part of the problem.

Botswana is widely considered the least corrupt country in Africa, and the most prosperous sub-Saharan country.
But they have been completely unable to control the AIDS epidemic, with up to a quarter of the country infected.
Botswana has gone from having one of the highest sub-Saharan life expectancies to one of the lowest.
Unhealthy habits can be very hard to change, even in a relatively prosperous and well-governed country.

Given the sad history of AIDS in Africa, it is hard to be optimistic about ebola control.

about a week ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

quenda Re:Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (75 comments)

Can't tell if that was a parody, or serious. Either way, a great example of the bizarre twisted logic that zealots employ.
We always expect new models to improve on previous ones, both from the same company and competitors.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

quenda Why worry? (262 comments)

Apple users are such whiners. If 16GB is not enough, just insert a TF card.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

quenda Re:Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (75 comments)

The whole point is that Apple won't include it unless it has a worthwhile use. Other companies play spec wars where there is no practical use of a technology for users. Apple doesn't.

Too right. Before Apple added support for copy-and-paste, MMS, multi-tasking, high-res or bluetooth, they were just useless gimmicks on other platforms.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

quenda Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (165 comments)

Furthermore, one of their stated goals is that they want to destroy the US.

You have that backwards. The US wants to destroy ISIS. Even if some ISIS spokesman was accurately translated as aiming to destroy the US, how could anyone possibly take it seriously? Similar absurd claims were made about Al Qaeda, when bin Laden just wanted Americans out of Saudi Arabia, and the middle east generally.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

quenda Re:Thought crime (165 comments)

Just planning or speaking about heinous crimes is enough to get you nickes, again, as it should be.

No it will not. One person planning a crime, even bragging about it, is not conspiracy. It could just be a fantasy. Lots of people imagine ways of killing someone, but never do it. The crime is conspiracy, which means more than one person planning it together. To charge one person acting alone, he would have to have gone beyond planning, e.g. purchasing bomb ingredients.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

quenda Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

I wouldn't refer to Asperger's simplistically as a "problem".

By definition, it kind of is. Asperger's is a diagnosis, and requires "clinically significant impairment in functioning".
Without that, you are just a bit nerdy.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

quenda Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

I for one welcome our new overlords from the United Kingdom of Little Britain and Northern Ireland.

"Great Britain" refers to the largest of the British Isles, and "Little Britain" was Ireland in Roman times.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

quenda Bad translation into American (72 comments)

Their cores remain small — about 12.5 miles across

Looks like a vague "20km" gained a couple of orders of magnitude in precision (2 extra significant figures).
This is bad journalism even when its not science.

"Mr Smith was reported as saying 'You look like 772,000 Euros!'"

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

quenda Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Then why, when I visit atheist websites sites, atheist discussion forums, and talk with local atheists, that's all they want to talk about?

Yes, just like when you visit the websites devoted to "white people", and discover that all white people are racists obsessed with Hitler?

Mmmm... I do not think you have a representative sample.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

quenda Is the watch OLED? (730 comments)

I cannot see anything official that says what the display tech will be. Rumours of a curved OLED are obviously false.
Or are Apple sticking with LCD on both phone and watch?
I really loved the always-on notifications on my old Nokia N9 oled. (dim standby)
Oh well, at least they have NFC now.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

quenda Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

These are WOUNDED veterans.
That means they were injured trying to help preserve your right to be a complete asshole.

Wounded helping preserve your right to drive a 2-tonne SUV.
American's can be assholes without any help from the middle east. (though the likes of ISIS could give some lessons in advanced skills.)

about three weeks ago

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