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Comment Real Life Problem Solving is Hard (Score 1) 72

"While it is always possible for new design issues to be discovered, I wonder why this problem hadn't been noticed in the decades prior to 2010, when the Proton began to have repeated failures. "

Building rockets is hard, finding out exactly why they fail is even harder, especially if it fails in space and all the bits burn up in the atmosphere or stay in orbit around the earth.

Maybe you think that we can send Bruce Willis up with a rag-tag band of hard partying non-professional astronauts to rendevous with a wrench wielding Russian on the space station and they'll solve the problem by whacking a rocket with a wrench in slow motion montages with Aerosmith playing in the background. ;-)

Comment The Solution is to Con Women into Engineering!?!? (Score 1) 634

When these women that are so enamored with the social good that they're going to do while in school get out into the work place and realize that most Engineering jobs *don't* help starving children in Africa, then what?

Ah, but the point of the professor was to get bodies into University and make her numbers look good so she can get her funding... it's not her problem what happens after the students graduate.

Comment Future Shop an Iconic Brand!?!?... NOT! (Score 1) 198

I'm not sad that Future Shop is finally being killed off. They were already dead once Best Buy purchased them. Best Buy and Future Shop stores were virtually identical.

I remember shopping at the original future shop to buy 5.25" Floppies and dealing with the pushy salespeople were not a good memory. Sure it was one of the few Canadian tech store brands, but definitely I'm not shedding any tears now that it's finally completely dead.

RIP Future Shop

Comment Technically DSLR doesn't specify a mirror or not (Score 0) 192

Sigh.

SLR (single lens reflex) has a mirror, with either a pentaprism or pentamirror (where you stick your eyeball) to show you the view as it is through the lens.

SLR = Single Lens Reflex
Technically, this does not signify the requirement of a mirror or not. It just specifies that the picture is exposed using the same lens that is used for framing.

It's just that when there were ONLY film cameras, the only practical way to build an SLR camera was to use a mirror.
Also note that technically "SLR" does not specify the requirement for interchangeable lenses either, so technically an SLR can have a fixed non-interchangeable lens.

But most SLR 35mm film cameras had mirrors and interchangeable lenses.

And when digitial sensors came along, the most compatible way to create a high end digital camera was just to replace the film back with a digital sensor, and all the existing lenses could be used without modification.

Thus the common definition of "DSLR" is an interchangeable lens single lens reflex camera with an optical viewfinder with a digital sensor in a configuration similar to a film SLR.

But if the Technical definition of letters that make up "DSLR" is used:"Digital Single Lens Reflex" even a cell phone can be considered a DSLR.

Comment Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (Score 1) 160

These "hackers" just made Christmas a lot less Merry for many children that just got some nice new Christmas presents.

They've already made their point that they can bring down the gaming networks of two evil empires, they should just stop DOS attack and let the kids (and the not-so young gamers) have their fun on Christmas.

Comment Re:Wait, how is this possible? - Ground Units (Score 1) 115

They didn't actually. For example, Soyuz-U still has analog control computers. So you didn't get advanced computers as spin-offs of the space program, because the space program didn't have advanced computers in the first place.

Just because the computers ON spacecraft were primitive (because they were made to be failure proof in extreme conditions) doesn't mean that advanced computers ON THE GROUND weren't developed to design and test the space craft and its components.

You've clearly demonstrated thinking so focused on proving your point that you missed the obvious.

Comment Wow Frontier Sure Can Shovel It (Score 4, Informative) 473

It's definitely for the backers' own good that the experience be the same for all players... so just one month before release we tell them that we didn't bother to implement the single player offline component.
/s

It took a while for me to decode all that marketing speak to figure out that they were canning single player. It was a deliberate design decision they must have made months ago, and just conveniently "forgot" to tell the backers.

Comment Let's Crunch Some Numbers (Score 1) 48

The article says: "over 2 million people left the Guandong province of China and returned just a few days later--that's equivalent to the entire population of Chicago upping sticks"

Sounds pretty major, right?

Well, let's see according to Wikipedia, the population of Guangdong province was 105,940,000 in 2012. So approx. 2% of the population traveled out of province for Chinese New Years. 2% doesn't sound that big compared to "the entire population of Chicago" eh? To put it into perspective, the population of California is approx 38 million, and for Thanksgiving long weekend in 2013, "Statewide, 4.46 million will drive to holiday destinations, and 533,000 will go by plane." according to the AAA. That's over 12% of the population traveling. Granted, not *everybody* left the state. If one just counts the ones the flew by plane, 1.4% of California's residents flew somewhere over Thanksgiving. 2% doesn't sound like that much now.

Honestly, after reading the news reports about the super crowded trains during Chinese New Years, I would have expected the number of people traveling out of Guandong to be *much* higher than 2%.

Ref: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/...

Comment Same old, same old (Score 5, Insightful) 88

It doesn't matter what internal "rules" a country or its homegrown companies break, all may be forgiven. However, if any foreign companies break those rules, hellfire shall rain down on them.

It's not just China. The US does the same thing, as do many, many other countries just not with the same methods.

Comment Re:No (Score 4, Insightful) 232

The problem is the system does not see SD cards as a local disk. ITs not a trivial matter you can handwave away. Some programs wont let you install on removable storage. I own a Dell venue 8 32 GB, i will NEVER buy something with that little main memory ever again. I would like to add i have been managing small OS drives for 10 years, starting with a 74 GB Raptor drive. I prepared for this future of small OS storage, what i didnt prepare for is how long OEMs would rape us on memory and no one is saying anything about it.

Too bad that even with 10 years experience, you cannot figure out if a computer/tablet runs Microsoft Windows or if it runs Android. The Dell Venue 8 runs Android, the HP Stream and the Dell Venue 8 Pro both run Windows 8.

I own an Asus T100TA that also runs windows 8 and when I add a microSD, it shows up a drive D in windows. It looks and works like any other drive in windows. I can install programs on it no problem.

However, the Venue 8 is an android machine and with the newer versions of android, Google has really restricted what can be stored on an external microSD card and what each program can access on them. You're talking about restrictions on an Android platform and applying them to a thread about Windows 8 machines. Meh.

Comment Re: Being Gay is still technically "abnormal" (Score 1) 764

I'm not hungry for herrings... It's abnormal to be caucasian then? Because, well, caucasians are a minority...

Actually, in the world, it is abnormal to be caucasian, since other "races" are more numerous, I'm not sure which one, but it would probably be asians.

In most parts of the US, it still is "normal" since it's the largest visible "race" if you consider people with "white" (as opposed to brown or yellow) skin as being caucasians.

True, there can be negative connotations to the use of "abnormal". Especially if in context to medical results, since abnormal usually only means that your results are in the "we need to talk" range.

But I don't see it as being even close to some of the other terms used to describe Homosexuals in a derogatory manner in severity. Should one use "not normal" instead?
It's abnormal to be a nerd. Definitely I'm not ashamed to be a nerd, but I'm also not "proud", it's what I am, what is there to be proud about just me being me? And if it's abnormal, then it just means I'm not normal. I'm OK with that.

But calling somebody a "Deviant, Disgusting, or wrong" to be gay to their face is definitely RUDE, but everybody is entitled to his/her own opinions, no matter how much one disagrees with them. Hey, a lot of vegetarians find my habit of eating animals "disgusting" or "wrong". It would be rude for them to say that to my face, but I respect their right to be disgusted that I eat animals.

I definitely do not consider homosexuals "Deviants", nor their lifestyle "wrong". I also feel that homosexuals should NEVER be discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation. But I don't think it's "normal" to be a homosexual until it becomes the largest single human sexual classification.

Comment Being Gay is still technically "abnormal" (Score 2, Insightful) 764

Definition of abnormal: deviating from the normal or average.

So approximately 10% of the population is homosexual, therefore, "abnormal" is a proper term to use to describe people that are homosexuals.

Note that mensa members are abnormal, so are people that make more than $100,000 year. It's not a necessarily a derogatory term, it actually a proper factual description.

Yeah, posting to slashdot is definitely "abnormal" too since most people don't even know what slashdot is. ;-)

Comment Re:Salton Sea (Score 1) 151

Are you implying that the Salton Sea was naturally formed?
According to wikipedia, It was formed by an accident in 1905 which overflowed the canals carrying Colorado River water to California, so THERE ARE NO NATURAL replenishing flows for the Salton sea because it is NOT NATURAL.

The Salton Sea is an example of Man's impact on nature. Once was a vast stretch of desert, now is a fetid lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.

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