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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

sessamoid Re:Nintendo Started As a Card Company (74 comments)

And Coleco started as a leather goods company. It's even in the name... COlorado LEather COmpany.

about three weeks ago

Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

sessamoid Re:.36? (128 comments)

I was surprised by the .36. When Lexus first came out c. 1990 they advertised the LS400 heavily as having a .28 and later models got down to .24. .36 is 50% worse than a 1990's sedan and surprising since range has always been an issue.

I guess it looks cool, though (hard to argue with the company's success).

You're missing the part about where this is a roadster. Convertibles have considerably more drag than cars with roofs. Also, you're only looking at Cd. Cd is used in the drag equation to calculate total drag, and the part that isn't part of Cd is surface area. The lexus vehicles have much higher total drag because they're all much bigger cross-sectionally. The Tesla Roadster is tiny.

about a month ago

LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

sessamoid Re:Retarded and wrong comment (99 comments)

Oh dear. I guess your browser doesn't render the humor or sarcasm tags properly. The parent comment was intended to be snarky humor poking fun at those of us who think the gpl is a good idea. Whether or not it was actually funny is debatable of course.

With a user number about the same as mine, you have spent enough time on the internet to realize that sarcasm generally doesn't communicate well through plain text. No matter how outlandish and stupid you think your sarcasm sounds, I guarantee you that there is a significantly non-zero number of people on the same forum who are actually stupid enough to post in earnest what you posted sarcastically. So you shouldn't be surprised when people take your sarcasm as stupidity in earnest.

about 5 months ago

Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

sessamoid Re:Smokers (155 comments)

Not the GP, but personal experience. Smokers cost a lot. They have higher incidence of heart disease (bypasses and stents are not cheap), emphysema (home oxygen, doctors appointments, ER visits galore), cancer (don't even get me started on the cost of cancer treatment).

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

sessamoid Re:Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

Fitness sensors and apps seem to be a common thing to put into phone/watch these days, but how useful are they actually? I do plenty of sport (jogging, cycling, playing hockey) and have done so over the last 20 years, but at no point in my life have I ever thought "Wow, I wish I knew what my pulse-rate was right-now!". It may be of use to professional athletes, but to the normal person who does exercise to keep fit or for fun, knowing your pulserate etc is pointless. To me, cramming these fitness sensors into phones and watches is a solution in search of a problem.

Having a portable device track your heart rhythm as well as your heart rate could be of great importance. My aunt suffered a massive right middle cerebral artery stroke, caused by a previously unrecognized atrial fibrillation. If she had some device that could have warned her that her heart rate was irregular, she could have avoided this crippling, life-altering event that has left her unable to walk normally or speak more than one or two words at a time.

about 7 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

sessamoid Re:Its Killer Feature (411 comments)

Holy hell, that was a great explanation. Somebody mod up parent post. I don't have any mod points today.

about 8 months ago

Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

sessamoid Re:180 satellites... (170 comments)

Kind of like a social network of satellites :)

It does. They should give it a name, "Skynet" or something like that.

about 8 months ago

Heartbleed Bug Exploited Over Extensible Authentication Protocol

sessamoid Re:What? Bad interpretations (44 comments)

the expert believes iPhones, iPads, OS X, other RADIUS servers besides freeradius, VoIP phones, printers, and various commercial managed wireless solutions could be affected

Nowhere on his page does the researcher say anything remotely like this. It's a really bad interpretation as he does not list any VoIP or printers or Apple products. Specifically to be vulnerable to this attack, the product must use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL. Certainly Apple does not use OpenSSL and there are other products that do not.

If you post about a vulnerability and forget to mention the word "Apple" (whether or not it's even relevant), you just gave up tens of thousands of clicks.

about 8 months ago

Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

sessamoid Re:which could impact patient care (329 comments)

Unfortunately, non-profit hospitals are, in many cases, a sham. Yes, the "hospital" is losing money, while all the doctors working there are pulling in substantial incomes at the same time.

Are you suggesting that those doctors, nurses, technicians should all work for free?

Regardless, what the physicians make has little to do with how the hospital fares. In the US, hospitals rarely employ physicians. Hospitals are just one of the places where doctors go to take care of patients. There's usually little financial linkage between the two.

about 9 months ago

Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

sessamoid Re:Amazing Insight (161 comments)

Actually, it's in direct contrast to other research that said most people with iPhones had a lower income than most people with Android phones: those who can afford it the least sometimes tend to buy the most expensive stuff based. But that was a few years ago - perhaps it has changed in the mean time.

Gonna have call BS on this one. I need to see a link for this assertion.

about 10 months ago

Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

sessamoid Re:Bayonet lenses are nothing new (160 comments)

There should be a mod "+1 Actually read the f'ing patent". Thank you.

about 10 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

sessamoid Re:back that train up (526 comments)

You can destroy two Dell laptops, buy a third and still spend less than a single Apple laptop.

Sure, if your data and time are worthless. My time and data are worth a lot of money. I pay more to make sure that I don't unnecessarily sacrifice either.

about a year ago

US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

sessamoid Re:Something has to give, buddy (466 comments)

Because he's a real cool cat. The only thing he needs is more cowbell!

about a year ago

Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

sessamoid Re:Tax Avoidance (292 comments)

I do, I sometimes don't claim back charitable donations. I don't claim depreciation on my rental property I do not think it is valid expense. I claim deductions that I believe to be fair and for business purposes, I do not claim ones i don't, legal or not.

But the real reason is probably everybody could get away with paying less tax if they knew what they where doing. The reason normal people don't is it is not feasible for the average person to pay millions to an accountancy firm to set up tax shelters. Once a company starts making billions however those admin costs become insignificant.

Why couldn't you set up a company in Ireland and contract out of that instead of being directly employed by your company. (they would think you where dodgy but only because it isn't common practice). Your employer is paying you the same amount, what difference does it make to them. The hassle is just not worth it, at least for the common man.

The problem is that you don't have stockholders that will sue you PERSONALLY if you pay more taxes than you have to. Public corporation executives can be personally liable for intentionally harming the financial standing of the companies they run.

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

sessamoid Re:Fingerprint database, anyone? (773 comments)

The fingerprint is saved locally and encrypted on the individual phone's A7 chip. Never goes to iCloud. Never touches Apple servers.

Do we know this for fact?

Do we really know anything for fact? If your tin foil hat is sufficiently snug, you would not believe anything at all about anything. Apple has a history of exaggerating or selectively picking performance metrics, but not out and out lying about privacy and security features.

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

sessamoid Re:Fingerprint database, anyone? (773 comments)

The fingerprint is saved locally and encrypted on the individual phone's A7 chip. Never goes to iCloud. Never touches Apple servers.

about a year ago

First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

sessamoid Re:Seriously? (380 comments)

Maybe, but so is the number of accidents caused by placemats.

And if the government were tossing placemats on the freeway, we'd complain similarly.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

sessamoid Re:They don't use proprietary chargers. (117 comments)

It may be that poor-quality third-party chargers could damage the device.

Generally they can't. But they can be badly grounded and damage you (which actually happened recently).

Quite true. The recently publicized case in China involved a third party charger that killed the user, but apparently left the iPhone still (somewhat) operational.

about a year and a half ago

Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

sessamoid Re:Strangely... (397 comments)

And Apple has refused to license those patents. They have refused to negotiate to license them. They have even stated that they will not accept a court-ordered license fee unless they happen to think it's low enough.

Tell me, oh wise one, what other recourse did Samsung have?

Unless you work for either company, you don't know what negotiations have or have not taken place. You only have what is printed in the media. You believe everything you read?

about a year and a half ago



A Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drug?

sessamoid sessamoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sessamoid (165542) writes "MIT researchers have developed a class of broad spectrum antiviral drug which was effective in vitro against all 15 viruses tested by inducing cell death specifically only in virus infected cells. It has been designed to detect long-chain double stranded RNA, which are found almost exclusively in cells infected by viruses and not in healthy mammalian cells, then inducing apotosis. Obviously, it's likely still years from potential FDA approval and no live human testing has been done yet, but it was successful in eradicating H1N1 in mice, and may turn out to lead to the cure for both the common cold and HIV."
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