Re: Alright then, I'll start (Score: 1, Interesting)

by in The experiment with feeding Soylent articles: your comments! on 2014-08-27 16:17 (#2QR3)

I'm glad to see this experiment over. I think it was a major blunder on the part of NCommander to not give this a great deal of public discussion before allowing it to proceed.

Re: Doubt it (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Google still pushing its WebP image format on 2014-03-24 17:52 (#SG)

While I think you're right that users don't care that's only half of the equation. If this format can offer a 10% bandwidth reduction to a content heavy web site then it offers significant cost savings and will look very attractive in that light.

NY State of Health (Score: 1)

by in MA Fires CGI for Health Connector Site Failures on 2014-03-18 18:50 (#NP)

I'm in NY and used our state health exchange site. While I was eventually able to get it to work, the user interface is very poorly designed and un-intuitive. I also twice encountered HTTP 500 errors which required me to re-login and start the application process over again.

Re: No energy loss in fiber optic cables? (Score: 1)

by in Nano-scale Laser Amplifier Could Lead to Ultra-sensitive Radio Wave Detection on 2014-03-18 14:25 (#NG)

"no energy loss" was obviously a poor choice of words, but I'm guessing they're referring to the signals within the detector itself which would be very small distances where the difference in attenuation between optical and metal conductors could be very meaningful.

But.. (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Dicephalic Parapagus Twins Born in India on 2014-03-18 13:12 (#NE)

Nerves? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in A shocking diet: Researchers describe microbe that 'eats' electricity on 2014-03-18 13:10 (#NC)

Don't neural cells use electrical potential (ie electrons) for signalling? Why is this novel?

Re: Approval Voting is Under-Rated (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Approval voting on 2014-03-18 13:06 (#NB)

Agreed. I'm still hopeful that SN comes out of their tribulation ok, but I'm much less optimistic than when it launched. At this point |. looks like the best site in the bunch.

Re: Good for them (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Mozilla pulls the plug on Win8 version of Firefox, citing lack of demand on 2014-03-18 13:01 (#NA)

I haven't used Firefox OS, but my understanding is it's aimed at lower end smart phones (modest hardware specifications) in emerging markets where there isn't already necessarily a heavily entrenched Apple/Google bias in phone sales. This page lists the devices with specifications and availability.

Re: 2016 (Score: 1)

by in How America Celebrates Pi Day on 2014-03-15 17:31 (#K2)

Oops, rounding error.

OT: Is there no way to edit comments on |. ?

Re: 2016 (Score: 1)

by in How America Celebrates Pi Day on 2014-03-15 17:31 (#K1)

Maybe I missed the sarcasm, but it seems like 3/14/15 will be the special one.

Re: Metal (Score: 1)

by in NSA Programs for Infecting Millions of Computers with Malware and Targeting Sys Admins on 2014-03-15 17:28 (#K0)

A botnet is exactly what it is. I feel the euphemisms of "implant" (malware) and "implant network" (botnet) to sound very much like newspeak.

Re: DDoS (Score: 1)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-13 22:18 (#HW)

From the number of comments on SN, they aren't there either. I'm worried folks have scurried back to the other guys.