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Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 2) 313

If memory serves, and google says it does, the temperature of the sun is around 15 million K. I'm not gonna bother googling it, but I'm pretty sure 15 million K is lower (much, much lower) than absolute 0. So the numbers flat out don't work.

A. The reaction rates differ by about 16 orders of magnitude: The sun is going to run about 10 billion years with no refueling. A Tokamak fusion reactor would run for a few seconds or minutes.
2. The sun is using a completely different set of nuclear reactions with completely different fuel. There is no direct comparison anyway.

Comment Re:Experimental audio support (Score 4, Funny) 312

Does that include Sound Blaster for IBM's MicroChannel Architecture?

No, currently it only supports setting the bit that puts a positive pulse on the PC speaker. Work is in progress on support for resetting that bit, so in the meantime it's a maximum of one click sound per session.

The cool part, though, is that with the microkernel architecture, this is all managed via userspace code!

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

It sure as hell is obscure. I would bet good money that 99% of US households do not have a stupid ribbon cable MB header to D-shell adapter on hand. For the vast majority of the population, if they want to plug an old-school serial peripheral into a modern computer, they're going to wait a few days for mail-order shipment before they get to use their device. (Or else get a USB-to-serial converter, which is much more mainstream and might be available locally.) Either way, the serial port is still dead.

And for your information, if you don't have a DVI-to-VGA physical adapter, you simply aren't going to be plugging your VGA monitor into a DVI-only video card. To actually use a port, you need BOTH electrical and physical compatibility. This isn't rocket science.

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 2) 406

serial ports were around back when the power cable was still attached

hell serial ports predate computers

9-pin serial ports were a nonstandard "optimization" introduced with the PC/AT, which was in the early 1980s. These ports have arguably have been more dead than the VGA connector for some time. A couple of motherboards I bought this year still happen to have VGA connectors, but no external 9-pin serial port.

Comment Re:Physical media is king (Score 1) 105

Physical media doesn't have an unlimited shelf life due to decay of the physical media. Do your cassettes still work?

When I was a kid in the I bought a box of old cassette albums at a garage sale. Most of them were made in the 1960s, including gems such as "In-A-Gadda Da-Vida" and Wilson Pickett's cover of "Hey Jude". They still work just fine, and I ripped them to mp3s a couple of years ago.

(Those cassettes do feel much heavier than modern ones, and IIRC, they say "Made in Elk Grove Village, IL by Ampex". I suspect that they were quite a bit pricier than the vinyl versions when they were new.)

I've also ripped all my vinyl records, some made in the 1950s, and hundreds of CDs, many going back to the 1980s, without any significant errors. The only format that's had a lot of problems were my handful of 8-track tapes, about half of which had the loop break at the splice or the foam pressure pad disintegrate.

Comment Re:GOP stuck in the past in the pocket of big busi (Score 2) 522

Exactly. He's not in their pocket. He is them.
So once he runs the US, he's going to run it like his company.
Or are you implying that he is somehow going to fuck his own company over just so other companies can make a profit?
Doesn't sound logical to me.

So you'd like to see him run the US as his company. Which would mean that the proceeds of the country's economy become the property himself and his cronies, and everyone else works for wages set to a level competitive with offshore labor.

Man, you people are suckers.

Comment Re:GOP stuck in the past in the pocket of big busi (Score 1) 522

If you don't think he'd act in his own self interest, which is exactly the same interest as his fellow big businesses, then you're a fool.

BTW, this money he supposedly "earned" really ought to be paid out to reimburse the shafted investors in his countless bankrupted ventures. His current wealth is purely a product of gaming the system. In an earlier era, he'd be rotting in debtor's prison at this stage of his life.

Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 2) 338

As others have mentioned: color, not actual heat produced.

One thing that LEDs aren't emulating (yet) is the nature of a dimming incandescent where the color gets more yellow-red as you dim the light. LEDs will pick a "color temperature" and that's it, regardless of dimming.

Not necessarily true. I recently bought some dimmable LED bulbs that feature getting redder as you dim them. I assume they do this by monitoring the incoming waveform and tweaking the power to different colored elements inside.

I didn't even notice the feature on the package until after I got them home, but I tried one in a dimmable fixture to test it out, and it worked better than I expected (although the bulb still couldn't be dimmed down quite as far as a real incandescent before dropping to zero output).

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