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Comment: Re:$460??? (Score 1) 67 67

The RAM to go in my own battlestation* cost more than that. I find, even at about five grand all told (so far+), it's still cheaper (and more achievable) than piloting any of these bad boys in the real world. Let along things that actually leave the ground.

The Xbox and Playstation compatibility is probably more to do with standards that any actual work that went into making it so.

* Not my actual battlestation, but a pretty fair example of what I'm talking about.
* I live in a country where we pay about twice as much for hardware as in the US, too, which doesn't help.

Comment: Her name is "Bessie VII" (Score 1) 558 558

After Bessie Smith, and she has grown from a 133Mhz Pentium with 32 MB RAM and 2 (Count 'em, two!) 1.2 GB hard drives in true axe-of-my-forefathers style. Ahem. Ready?

CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K Haswell-E 3.5GHz Hexacore CPU
RAM: 24GB (6 x 4GB) G-Skill RipJaws 1600 DDR3 RAM
GPU:EVGA Nvidia GTX 780Ti KingPin edition
GPU: Another one just like it. All the shiny, are belongs to me!
SSD: 2 x 256 one for Windows, one for Linux
HDD: 2 x 1TB HDD, RAID 0, for data and games I'm not playing right now.
PSU: 1200W CoolerMaster Silent Gold
Case: Corsair Graphite 760T
Monitors: 3 x 24 inch, giving me a great big shiny 5760x1200 field of view

I also have a copy of WinTune 97 that I have carried across all the iterations of this machine. A benchmarking run takes around 5 seconds now, so it's probably not all that accurate, but as a historical document, it's very interesting.

Comment: Re:What did I miss? (Score 4, Informative) 95 95

Mass has a relationship with density. The crust is less dense that the mantle, so more crust=less mass. The mountains float on the mantle in a similar way to icebergs on water, ie they displace mantle beneath them, resulting in a 1-you-wide segment down to the core of the earth that contains more crust and less mantle, therefore containing less mass.

Comment: Re:"Kills Off PCs" -- Um, no it doesn't. (Score 1) 107 107

> It first attempts to overwrite the Master Boot Record (MBR) of PhysicalDisk0, which renders the computer inoperable. If the malware does not have permissions to overwrite the MBR, it will instead destroy all files in the user’s home folder (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\) by encrypting each file with a randomly generated RC4 key. After the MBR is overwritten, or the home folder has been encrypted, the computer is restarted. The MBR also contains information about the disk partitions. The altered MBR overwrites the bytes for these partitions with Null bytes, making it even more difficult to recover data from the sabotaged hard drive.

I know somebody around here who didn't even read the article....

Comment: Re:Wah, "threatened" (Score 1) 87 87

0. You sell a home security product that is not secure and does not provide the security you advertise

1. I send you a letter warning you of the flaws in your product and the obligation I feel to advise others who may be relying on the security you advertise that isn't actually there.

FTFY...carry on.

Comment: Re:Pinto (Score 1) 247 247

> brake hard

There's your problem. Take your foot off the gas and wait. Once there's a two second gap, you can put it back down again. Hard braking is something that should only happen in an emergency, unless you're driving for the exercise, ie, not commuting on a crowded road.

Also, sticking in the outside lane at 5 miles an hour under, you'll always have a gap in front of you.

Driving 50 miles at 55 instead of 50 will only save you six minutes anyway. Over 25 miles, it's only three minutes difference.

Comment: Re:Bad use case (Score 1) 128 128

Sure, the signs are there now...

The only place where a warning was given in all of the eastern Indian ocean was on Maikhao Beach in Thailand, and that's only because one of the tourists there had been paying attention in school two weeks before. The whole of the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system only came into being as a result of the 2004 tsunami.

"It takes all sorts of in & out-door schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling" - R. Frost

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