Good to see that police are getting involved in issues like this! This must mean that assaults, kidnappings, murders, and acid attacks are at an all-time low.
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Alcohol doesn't prevent dementia. Dietary cholesterol prevents dementia. People who are willing to indulge in alcohol are more likely to be willing to indulge in red meat.
A causes B and C. C causes D.
B doesn't cause D or have any connection to it whatsoever, but B and D are correlated, so journalists start reporting "if you want D, consider trying B"
This is why "correlation isn't causation" needs to be hammered into people's heads nonstop. Even people whose full-time job it is to conduct these studies don't seem to have the foggiest clue what the concept means.
"While D’Elia's death is a first, injuries from electronic cigarettes are surprisingly common."
The article goes on to provide numbers showing that fatal car accidents are _thousands_ of times more common than non-fatal vaping injuries.
Why do "journalists" have this irresistible urge to inject opinion-enriched, highly contestable words into their sentences?
"How? There are going to be OLEDs or LEDs in the way. Turning them off won't make them miraculously invisible."
I guess you weren't aware that OLED circuitry is actually invisible? The image itself obviously is visible, but if you look at the panel itself without any of the plastic casing they tend to put them it, it just looks like a plain old piece of glass.
"GM is saying it's OK to take your hands off while using its system – although it will still require you to look where the car is going. Glance away any longer that five seconds and LEDs will flash green, then red, then your seat will buzz, and if you still haven't responded, it will start slowing to a stop."
Can we please stop pretending that there's anything remotely desirable about this useless garbage technology in any way?
I just purchased a factory-new Galaxy S5 just a couple of weeks ago, for the exact reasons you listed. I was afraid the horsepower and memory would be too far behind the times to make it a pleasurable experience, but I turned out to be delightfully wrong about that.
You could have slapped the S5 innards in the form factor of the S9, given it to me for free, and I would have legitimately believed that I was using the newest available phone.
Phone design reached peak quality several years ago. Now it's on the downswing. At some point in a major product (or industry's) lifespan, it reaches a point where the the remaining room for improvement represents a smaller psychological difference to the consumer than the psychological cost of paying for said improvement, which represents a hard brick wall for the producers.
At that point, the producer is faced with two choices:
1) Bring the innovation phase to a close, begin scaling back production, and prepare for the long-term sustenance phase of the product, which focuses on competitive pricing, marginal improvements, and cultivating a reputation for product quality.
2) Start introducing vast changes to the product that result in a net decrease, rather than increase in the value of the product. Exploit the fact that consumers tend to falsely assume that differences in newer versions of products must be improvements, or otherwise they wouldn't be made. This creates an artificial psychological benefit in the minds of consumers, motivating them to pay more for a newer but overall inferior product.
In my observation, most industries that encounter this crossroad choose to go down path #2 for a number of years, until a disruptive competitor eventually comes along and undoes most of the damage done in path 2, and establishes itself as a long term player by following path 1.
"Other manufacturers reason that with so much background noise on the move, there's no point building in high quality audio support. LG begs to differ."
Though I hate LG phones in almost every conceivable way, on this point they are absolutely right.
I've been using the LG G3 for two years, and just this week I switched to a Galaxy S5. Though both claim to output 24-bit audio, it's obvious that LG implemented it properly, whereas the Galaxy fell short in this department.
When listening to music at very quiet levels in a very quiet environment with high quality, low impedance, noise isolating headphones, the LG sounds as it's supposed to sound. You can hear everything, serenely and clearly, and nothing seems to be lost. You can spend hours listening at incredibly quiet levels, during which time the brain seems to adapt and make the experience seem louder and richer. In addition to comfort, it contributes to great ear health in the long run.
The Galaxy, on the other hand, absolutely crushes detail at low volumes. Bass is distorted and blown out, resolution has been utterly thrown away, and it feels like you need to crank the volume up to fatiguing levels just to get back to where you can no longer hear the limitations of the DAC. And the more time you spend listening to the crushed audio signal at low levels, the more your brain seems to amplify the background sound which is not dissimilar to someone constantly making crumpling sounds with handfuls of newspaper and bubble wrap.
There seems to be this mentality of "cell phone users are mostly shiteating teenagers anyway, so we'll give them what we want and they'll like it", and frankly it needs to stop.
"The thing is that this makes the job easier for the police: Someone has a gun, they are a criminal."
Well yeah, by definition, being a police officer becomes a hell of a lot easier and less risky when your job description is to arrest people who have yet to harm anyone!
Someone uses strong encryption, they are a criminal. (Why would you need strong encryption anyway if you don't have criminal intent?) This makes the job easier for police.
"The fact that there is such a low amount of gun crime in this country shows that the policy works."
And what about victims of non-gun crime? They don't deserve to be included in your dataset, why exactly?
I don't know about you, but if I were laying stabbed in a pool of my own blood, my last words wouldn't be "At least I can die happy knowing I wasn't shot..."
"the FBI was only interested in the contents phones used by terrorists and criminals; that not having access to phone data was a "major public safety issue";"
The FBI ignored 41 warnings about a potential mass shooter before he finally killed 17 people. I'm pretty sure any shred of credibility that government agencies might have had on the issue of "public safety" is now completely blown out of the water.
"I doubt the businesses would care. They may be getting nothing but noise but they'd still package it as good data and sell it on to their customers who I seriously doubt would know any better."
The businesses would realize something is fishy after they run performance analytics on their illicit-data-driven ad campaigns, at which point their software informs them there is zero relationship between their ad-targeting and their customer conversion rates.
But even if THAT weren't true, which it is, you're still missing the main point, which is that your personal information has been poison-pilled like an exploding ink pack in a compromised ATM machine. Not only does this make your information useless to advertisers, it makes it useless to anyone who might commit fraud, extortion, intimidation, or any other act involving you and your data.
During the weeks I'm on call, I receive a bonus which works out to about an additional 30% of my regular pay. That doesn't include overtime when I actually receive a call. Pay employees appropriately, and you will have no shortage of after-hours support.
Another case of legislators full of solutions that are desperately in search of a problem.
"Not that I disagree with what you said, but people said the same thing a few years ago!"
Yep. Everyone was saying the exact same thing when it shot up from $16 to $40 in the span of a day. Forget it, it's too late, you missed the boat, etc.
Despite all the talk of restrictions, there's just as much, if not more talk about nations issuing their own cryptos.
World circulating currency is about $80 trillion worth. If cryptocurrencies achieve just 50% of that market share, then investing just $10,000 today will make you a millionaire.
"My problem with the infinite number of universes theory has always been that somewhere out there, exists a universe where they destroyed our universe at suppertime last Tuesday. That we do in fact still exist disproves it."
Here is an example of why your argument is invalid:
"My problem with the infinite number of integers theory has always been that somewhere out there, exists an integer that destroyed all integers at suppertime last Tuesday. That we do in fact have integers disproves it."
An infinite number of things existing does not imply that everything exists.
I made it about 60% of the way through the article and I had to give up. I waited and waited for the guy to say something, anything intelligent and I couldn't wait any more.
It's pretty much guaranteed that any time a business comes up with some offering that people want, there will be a politician trying to put a stop to it.
So then couldn't the software allow the user to specify translation speed? Instant but more error prone and less gramatically correct translations, and delayed but more accurate translations. The former would be useful for one-on-one conversations, the latter for listening to lectures and TV shows etc.
You're the one who doesn't seem to be getting it. When a major motion picture is released "in IMAX", it means they're being played in traditional theatres branded by IMAX. It does not mean that it will be shown in purpose-built IMAX theatres on actual IMAX 1570 film.
So yeah, OF COURSE there's no sign of Interstellar being shown at your local science center. Nobody ever said it would be!
By the way, does the UK actually HAVE a legit 1570 theatre?
So true. I gave up on scenic photography because I live in a region that's about as scenic as the inside of a brown paper bag. I still enjoy wedding photography, despite the fact that pretty much all weddings are painfully cheesy and ridiculous.
"There has been an anomaly. We will investigate this technical difficulty and get back to you..."
The goddamned rocket just blew up right in front of your face! Why don't they just say so? Are they afraid to look like fools because the rocket might to rise out of the fireball and make it to space after all?
Just ONCE I would like to hear the announcer say what's actually going on (in the calm pilot's voice of course)...
"Aaaaand there's been an explosion. ..... This is a .... catastrophic failure. ....... The rocket has crashed into the ground...... My, how unfortunate...... This is obviously an. ..... aborted mission."
"I think, as a whole, the entire LED segment of electronics is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."
WTF? How does this make any sense? Would that same logic apply to computers and electronics in general? "[the computer industry] is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."
Sounds ridiculous when you think about it like that, no?
This obsession we have with trying to escape our blue ball is practically a mental illness. If we really do try to inhabit Mars, or any other part of outer space, we will very quickly be bitchslapped into submission.
The rest of the universe is NOT a sustainable place for homo sapiens to live, and it never will be.
Indeed. The way people worship government is absolutely no different than how people worship God or Allah. We thank government for the food on our plates, and we pray that government will both protect us and smite our enemies. We consider ourselves "moral" for being law-abiding citizens is if the law was our holy book. And in both cases (worshipping god, worshipping government), the same mental illness is at play. At this point I don't think Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world. The state now holds the #1 spot.
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