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Comment Re:Maybe it's not profitable? (Score 1) 242

As was thinking the same thing. Intel is a hardware company who makes hardware that is frankly overpowered compared to what most users have for them to do, so what to do? Well make sure they have enough work to bog the hell out of 'em, thus making new chips seem more attractive. Selling software that helps older machines stay out in the field by cutting down on the work they have to do? Not good for business, not good at all.

That does make me wonder though if Intel is royally pissed at MSFT, after all Intel was able to sell chips for years on "What Intel giveth MSFT taketh away" but the last 3 releases have been actually getting better as far as resource usage, not worse. I bet Intel is probably steamed that such an easy way to sell chips has been taken away which would give them one more reason not to want to sell software that lowers system usage.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 178

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 178

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

Comment Starting out with the wrong assumptions (Score 2) 165

This is starting out with the wrong assumptions.

Design a brick system that can be produced with 3-D printers, and will hold together when fabricated within the tolerances of an SLA printer. Forget FDM, it's too low precision and SLA is already achieving an equal or lower cost of manufacture compared with FDM.

LEGO is manufactured to astonishingly high precision, but I am not convinced that this is the only way to make a brick system.

Comment Re:Conflicting goals (Score 1) 172

And YOU sir are assuming cops will go to the extra trouble of finding out if it was on the public or private line instead of kicking down the door because that is where they think somebody surfing CP is. As we have seen in the past cops, hell even feds, really throw due diligence out the window when it comes to anything to do with CP, see the fed CP server that didn't capture referrers (making it perfect for scumbags to use as a nastier version of a rickroll) or the guy in FLA that the state went after for 2 years when anybody who spent a whole 2 minutes looking at the logs would have clearly seen the laptop his company handed him had been pre-pwned by a C&C that was making thousands of connections a minute and using him as a relay.

As we have seen in America from the red scare to terrorism, from the satanic cult panic of the 80s to charging kids with selfies for producing CP, once we have one of our panics going on logic and the rule of law are pretty much the first things to go. So if YOU want to trust your local, state, and federal police forces to be wise, logical, completely reasonable, and trustworthy? That is YOUR choice. I personally don't have any intentions of betting my life on whether or not they will show common sense, much less understand the difference between public and private networks, so there won't be any public hotspots in my home, thanks anyway.

Comment Re:This isn't a first for Newegg. Also, great fake (Score 2) 172

That is funny, as the only time I have ever gotten a fake was from Newegg marketplace. The few times I needed help from Amazon? I got what I paid for or the cash put back in my account almost the same day, when I got a fake from Newegg? Despite a dozen emails they wouldn't do shit, I ended up getting nothing but a pile of garbage for my money.

Ironically I was about to pull the trigger on nearly 2K worth of parts on some new builds but after fucking me over for $40? Amazon got that cash along with every purchase from the shop ever since. Say what you will about Amazon but when things go wrong? I always get my money or my parts, with Newegg I found out there support is pretty much file it in the can and call it a day.

Comment Re:The more you tighten your grip... (Score 2) 315

My PCs all have US English keyboards.

To type accented letters, in Windows I hit Start+Spacebar to toggle back and forth from the English International keyboard layout. (It ships with Windows, but you do need to install it and possibly activate the hotkey.)

The English International layout allows you to type most European accents with easy to remember mnemonics, like typing double quotes plus a vowel to put an umlaut over the vowel, or typing a single quote plus a C to put a cedilla under the C.

I know OS X has keyboard shortcuts for most of the accented characters, too, and surely there must be an easy way to achieve similar results on Linux, so I'm not sure what the problem really is.

Maybe what's needed isn't a new keyboard, but simply more education?

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