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Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags

siliconwafer Re:I don't get it. (391 comments)

That's a shame. I've had an HTC Radar for about a year, running Win Phone 7 Mango, and I can't recall a single spontaneous reboot. Compared to the other phones on the market, I find the UI to be more usable. I'm able to go three days on a single charge with light use, or a day and a half with normal to heavy use. I gave up my Android-based phone, which was running Cyanogen Mod, for this and I haven't looked back. My only gripe? Lack of apps, but it's getting better and everything I *need* is there.

Yeah, my techie friends ripped on me for going to Windows. Whatever. I wanted something that just worked, didn't have a lot of app crashes, and gave me great battery life. I found it.

more than 2 years ago

The Web Is Not the Internet

siliconwafer AOL, duh (412 comments)

Of course the web is not the internet. AOL is the internet!

more than 2 years ago

New York State Releases Sex Offender Facebook App

siliconwafer waste of money (252 comments)

I am a New York state resident, and I think it's ridiculous that taxpayer money (be it state or federal) was spent on this. If you're that concerned, check a state website before your kids go trick or treating - why do we need Facebook or an app for this? Now excuse me while I figure out exactly who paid for this and write a letter to the (ir)responsible party.

more than 3 years ago

Is Sugar Toxic?

siliconwafer Re:water is toxic too (1017 comments)

One doesn't drown from excess consumption of water; instead, their electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc.) are diluted to the point where nerves no longer function properly. It's a condition known as hyponatremia. It is not the same thing as drowning.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

siliconwafer Re:Its not the speed that is the problem. (1026 comments)

I used Amtrak twice this past weekend in Upstate NY and had a great experience. I was able to work on the train (3G tether to laptop), and the trip was just _slightly_ longer than driving.

You were waiting for the right of way because Amtrak doesn't run on dedicated passenger tracks (with a few exceptions, like Albany to NYC.) It's likely that if high speed rail is to become reality in the US, a right of way dedicated to high speed passenger rail will be constructed. It will also be electrified, and the only diesel locomotives you'll see on the line will be maintenance of way or for rescue (e.g., electricity goes out).

High speed right of way is EXPENSIVE. High speed trains cannot cross roads at grade; flyovers must be constructed. The tracks must be kept clear of animals (deer, etc.). Electrification will be required.

I suspect the Northeast Corridor (Boston -> NY -> Philly -> DC) will be the first place to get high speed rail in the US. It's one place where it might succeed, due to the high population density cities being close to one another.

more than 3 years ago

Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

siliconwafer code (497 comments)

Code doesn't limit the number of outlets per circuit, so a better question might be, number of items per circuit rather than outlet.

more than 3 years ago

Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

siliconwafer Re:Package Penetration (480 comments)

All of my Amazon Prime shipments still continue to arrive via UPS.

more than 3 years ago

MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

siliconwafer use the mex api (334 comments)

Using the MEX API it is possible to implement operators for 64 bit integers in MATLAB. They aren't provided by default but implementing your own is quite trivial.

more than 4 years ago

High-Temp Superconductors To Connect Power Grids

siliconwafer A lot of power (332 comments)

Each leg of the triangle can carry 5GW of electricity.

5GW is a lot of power; to put that into perspective, the entire state of New York uses about 30GW at peak load on a hot summer day; the great power of Niagara Falls gives us about 5GW (Canadian + US generators).

more than 5 years ago

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

siliconwafer Re:Citation, please (561 comments)

mod parent up! The original chart uses a linear scale which is very unfair. The log chart shows that this crash is a tiny blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things.

more than 5 years ago

What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

siliconwafer Re:Different pockets, same taxpayers' money (1026 comments)

Whoever modded this as troll is a moron. The poster makes a valid point, and you mod troll because you disagree. Talk about intolerance...

about 6 years ago

How the City Hurts Your Brain

siliconwafer Re:I find it stimulating (439 comments)

Time to get yourself some good music and noise canceling headphones!

about 6 years ago

Man Sized Sea Scorpion Fossil Found

siliconwafer Re:Scorpion? Why? (216 comments)

Eurypterids have been studied since 1825. We know a lot about them. There are many many many complete specimens and they've been studied at length. I have an entire collection that I've found myself in private quarries. There is no doubt in the community that they were predators and that they did indeed have a poisonous stinger.

We can't see it stinging another creature today just as we cannot see the T-Rex eating another dinosaur today. That doesn't mean it didn't happen.

more than 7 years ago



Cloned wolly mammoths in five years

siliconwafer siliconwafer writes  |  about 4 years ago

siliconwafer (446697) writes "After about ten thousand years of extinction, woolly mammoths may again walk on earth. A Japanese team plans to inject preserved mammoth DNA into an elephant egg cell, and implant the resulting embryo into an elephant to birth a mammoth. Their time-table is less than five years."
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