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Comment: Re:Careful - your argument points out why (Score 1) 209

by Blaskowicz (#48946749) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

What do you think cooking oil is? (sunflower, olive oil etc.). It's obtained with some pressure-based process but not with geological pressures. The energy density is very high. Can be burned in some diesel engines or be refined further into some "biodiesel".
Another technology is fire : while ruminants are chewing, belching and farting all day we developed a process of : chop wood, burn wood.

Of course if all fossil fuel mining stopped overnight, we would process to chop every tree we can find and raze any accessible land clear, then starve to death.

Comment: Re:Gibberish Rules (Score 2) 44

by Blaskowicz (#48945953) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

It's the Google billionaires I think who recently declared that computers and the internet are going to get embedded in everywhere and will become effectively invisible.
In fact, computers have been embedded or "hidden" in consumer appliances since the 80s and the old stuff was sometimes more invisible than now (camera with automatic settings, car, washing machine). But now it's "on the internet" or at least on a local network ; sensors and wireless are considerably cheaper.
Before I was born there was hype about that kind of stuff already but it was with serial lines and an 8-bit computer with 40 column text display.

Comment: If you want to write an article on medium (Score 1) 23

by Blaskowicz (#48930571) Attached to: The Big Bang By Balloon

How can you make it? By asking rhetorical questions, and ending your sentence with bangs! What if your readers already heard of balloons to map the microwaves over a decade ago? Didn't a balloon go up in the skies? We got some partial results before the WMAP probe picture!, improved from the ealier coarse picture made thanks to the earlier space-based COBE! But hold your breath, we're gonna write new articles and they will end up on slashdot! Bang!

Comment: Re: Simple solution (Score 1) 461

by Blaskowicz (#48930533) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Can you have a neighbour pick them up on foot?

I'm speechless. Kids already suffer spending all their lives in cars and in front of the television and other displays, which makes them socially inept and then eventually unemployed (the US is only transitioning now from full employment to mass unemployment, I bet this will be seen in the coming years/decades)
It's already bad enough. Legislating that kids are denied access to the streets (also called "outdoor") is insane.

Comment: Re:Oh Boy! (Score 1) 82

by Blaskowicz (#48921835) Attached to: Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

Bottom-of-the-barrel 'HDMI stick computer' might be it. You're saving on the HDMI cable at that point. Or even the software built into a low end TV with an unkwnown brand : a very recent one might come with a USB port and video playback / music playback / picture gallery functions. Seen a low end 32" like that, as weird as "low end" and "32\"" belonging in the same sentence may sound.

Comment: Counter-Strike servers please (Score 1, Offtopic) 327

That is some unexpected news, as I was reading an interview of a French economic newspaper with this guy.
Let me chime in for a personal revendication which might be useful for the working or modest or youth classes. Counterstrike 1.x is lacking servers both in quantity and quality, a small few are nice but it is a pain to suffer 24/7 dust2, zombie mods (wtf?) and too many gun game servers. We should organize to provide community servers with good map rotations, good map voting (but servers without voting as in the good old times too) and ensure popular education with such classics as cs_militia, de_aztec (CS 1.5 version), de_prodigy, de_nuke (old version where you can climb on roof), de_ccble you name it. Even a hundred servers ought to require not many hardware resources these days, they probably could run on one box.

Counter-Strike 1.6 also allows anyone to compete as it will run on a modest PC and even with a really crappy OpenGL driver (linux) at high framerates, actually a low end CRT monitor at 85Hz is plenty fine there. Counter-Strike 1.5 is even less demanding, doesn't need Steam and can still be run though there's the little aspect of no CD key checking on the network (everyone gets 2^32 - 1 as the CD key)

No need to get in debt to buy recent PC parts!

Comment: Re:Oh Boy! (Score 1) 82

by Blaskowicz (#48914383) Attached to: Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

It sure is.
For stationary images best would be for a "USB graphics card" to work (that's how I call a USB to HDMI adapter)
If an SBC comes with USB 3.0 then it's even better. Weirdly my googling turns up cheaper USB 3.0 adapters than 2.0 ones, like newer tech is more viable, newer, higher volume, cheaper.

But while the hardware is less overkill that way, cost of SBC + USB adapter gets nearer to the cheapest dual output PC (NUC, new fit-PC). Bigger hurdle : I have no clear idea of CPU, GPU and OS requirements.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder