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Comment: Re:Waste? (Score 1) 193

by Blaskowicz (#46786883) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Since you value lazyness here's what's written there :

"Nuclear reprocessing reduces the volume of high-level waste, but by itself does not reduce radioactivity or heat generation and therefore does not eliminate the need for a geological waste repository."

But indeed there's that "UNEX" processing and other stuff though they seem to be about studies and such, not a proven and high scale mature process.

Comment: Re:Waste? (Score 1) 193

by Blaskowicz (#46784415) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

How do the Strontium and Cesium go away with reprocessing? Maybe processing removes some useful and some harmless stuff from your waste stash and so you're slightly better off, but I fail to see where the issue of hazardous nuclear waste is actually dealt with.

In fact it's not even clear that reprocessing spent fuel is useful. You get more energy out of fuel, but the fuel is cheap and plentiful (and you need little of it). I'm glad that France is doing it, but just because maybe having that capacity and experience may be useful some day if we can transmute harmful elements by throwing fast neutrons at them or something.

Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 1) 241

by Blaskowicz (#46780891) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

As people said PCIe SSD always have been available as cards, but they're typically damn expensive. So what is needed is a more standard and common format. Intel touted SATA Express, a connector that you can use either as a couple SATA 6Gb or as a single PCIe 2.0 2x link at 1GB/s ; but that didn't work out (for now at least) and instead the next round of motherboard with Intel Z97 (maybe lower end ones, we'll see) will have a connector for M.2 format drives (a small "chocolate bar" form factor), which is PCIe at 1GB/s again. Maybe that'll get to 2GB/s some day.

Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 1) 241

by Blaskowicz (#46780789) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

If you want to do something that needs IOPS (I/O per second), e.g. running Slashdot's comment system, you can use RAID. But maybe you'll be running eight 15000 rpm disks in RAID 10, and not using the slower half or third of the drives (that makes the heads fly back and forth on a shorter segment as well).

When you're down to that point, using a single SSD will allow you considerable savings on all manners of cost and you get higher performance even.

Comment: Big data, spying? (Score 3, Insightful) 117

by Blaskowicz (#46773767) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

Does Valve know any time I've played such and such games, on which servers and so on? Are data anonymized when surveys or such sociological studies are made?

It is one troubling aspect, or the biggest one. DRM philosophical arguments almost do not matter. When Amazon knows what books you've read, even down to the last page you've viewed for every book (that was in the news about recently) you have a situation that goes further than what the science fiction books and movies from the 60s and 70s and earlier anticipated.

Comment: Re:Opt-out is the new default... (Score 1) 152

by Blaskowicz (#46724079) Attached to: Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

You want a browser to auto-update, though (or have it be handled by something like Windows Update, APT, yum etc.)

If a browser doesn't update, your freedom and privacy is at risk and assuming the current story is a bug, that's how it gets fixed. Silly maybe but there's no way around it. Or use a browser that doesn't know about javascript, video, sound, mics etc.

Comment: Re:Debunking Myths about F2P (Score 1) 181

by Blaskowicz (#46718085) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Not everyone can be Valve or Blizzard, and Valve has that game free (as well as a couple other) so that they can gain a lot of Steam users, which then gives them new revenue unrelated to the game. They will even lure users to an OS where you almost cannot run games outside of Steam (I'm not putting a judgement on that, just reporting a fact)

b. You may pay for some in game character visual-enhancement kits, but none of the money incurred goes to valve, it goes to the kit developers(so its basically not part of the business)

Citation needed. I thought the whole business of Valve was to take a cut on everything that happened on their platform. They invented the "app store" model.

Comment: Re:Linux: obese or anorexic? (Score 1) 451

by Blaskowicz (#46717241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Having so few memory on such a powerful computer is a shame, it is very worth looking for that stick of DRAM.
XFCE is about the same weight as Mate, I think you would be better off running LXDE with XFCE's window manager and then there's a little GUI named something like xfwm4-advanced-settings where you can toggle that little option you're after.

Comment: Re:IANA Physicist, So... (Score 1) 630

by Blaskowicz (#46709889) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Being hot is enough of a reason to emit light (see a classic lightbulb, tiny metal threads are heated at around 3000 Kelvin and they don't burn, else the bulb fails).
In fact, in that weren't true then the flames over an open wood fire wouldn't emit light either. My guess is we have "flames" simply made of hot air when the gun fires, instead of a flame made of combustion products.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.