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Comment: Re:*SIGH* now if only the teclos would deploy it.. (Score 1) 120

by Caviller (#44168893) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent Gives DSL Networks a Gigabit Boost
I work for a univerity that just overhauled our DSL system with VDSL2. One 24-port DSLAM (VDSL2 with ADSL2+ fallback) costs us $4K......without any educational pricing. We are getting stable 20/5 connections within 5000 feet. And our copper plant is 40+ years old!!!

Comment: Civ (Score 1) 437

by Caviller (#37616046) Attached to: Neal Stephenson On 'Innovation Starvation'
From the third paragraph:

Space Exploration is an important example of this. We emphasize Capitalism as the best engine for innovation, but it was Socialism that took man to the Moon. Capitalism is only just now reaching space, 40 years later. Teamwork accomplishes great things, but in America we emphasize individualism and personal profit, which are great motivators, but create silos of productivity that are disadvantaged for lacking the cross-pollination of ideas that comes with collaboration

Unfortunally, this is the EXACT reason anyone playing the Civilization game would usually go Monarchy -> Communism till all science goals was achieved -> Fundamentalism to rake in the cash.

ANYBODY that chose Capitalism would usually have lots of money...but their science would tank into oblivion and the only way they could win was to kill the other civilizations before they got there spaceship built first.

Kinda scarry how well the game has fortold the future considering it came out in 1996.

Comment: Over time? (Score 3, Interesting) 212

by Caviller (#35057788) Attached to: Sandy Bridge Chipset Shipments Halted Due To Bug
I RTFA and I for the life of me can't figure out if it's a "The longer the uptime the worse the degrading...and a reboot will start the process over?" or "You will use this and it will get worse and worse untill the chip burns out..."

I hope to god it's the first one...If not this might beat the floating point error by a mile!

Comment: Mind-boggling...Really? (Score 1) 75

by Caviller (#33426498) Attached to: iFixit Moves Into Console Repair
'This is routine maintenance, and it's mind-boggling that the manufacturers don't provide people with an easy way to open the case up and blow it out.'

Really? It seems pretty simple to me:

1. Build product.
2. Make product so that it's life is artifically gimped by not being able to do the easiest of things like 'blow it out'.
3. When product dies early, customer spends more money to replace originaly gimped product.
4. Rinse, repeat.

Seriously, they seem to build most 'consumer electronics' to die on a predetermined schedule. If they built them to last, then the companys would not get any extra money from multiple purchases...and well...they can't have that now can they.

Comment: Bingo! (Score 1) 551

by Caviller (#33123648) Attached to: The Recovery Disc Rip-Off
"One customer recently found his hard drive had gone, but by the time he'd paid £50 for the recovery disc, paid for a new hard drive and paid for the labour of installing the device, it made more sense to buy a new machine.""

And that about sums up why the discs are going by by. Why recover when you can buy new!!

Comment: Tripod for showers! (Score 2, Informative) 85

by Caviller (#33109256) Attached to: Equatorial Mounts For Budget Astrophotography?
I'm not trying to troll or be mean spirited, but take it for me, any EQ mount that is in the price range you are looking for is going to drive you absolutely least in the 'motorized' category. You can get close to the upper price range on a manual EQ but it would only be good enough to piggyback a camera. I have been in the hobby (astrophotography) for about 10 years now and have lived through the pain of the cheaper mounts. Unfortunally, cheap mounts are only good for one thing...making you so fed up with them that you eventually get tired of trying and give up....and keep you from actually watching the shower since you will be constantly messing with the mount.

For what you seem to what to do from the summary above you could accomplish with the following :

1. Stick the camera on a normal tripod and aim where the meteors are originating from with the widest angle lens you have.
2. Take 10 sec shots after ten second shots with an ISO of at least 800, while adjusting for position every 10 or so minutes so that you keep the general area of the sky in view.
3. The next day, use an astrophoto stacking program RegiStax to 'stitch' together your images made the previous night.

You would be surprised how good the pictures will actually come out...and for the price of a $50 tripod.

Now, barring that you are dead set on an EQ mount for this, I have only one piece of advice. In the land of EQ mounts, the heavier the better (less shaking, better stepping motors). And the heavier it is, the more expensive it is. There is just no getting around it. I currently have this mount and it required a complete tear down, polishing, and rebuild before it was even capable of astrophotography...and that's at $600!!

Comment: Re:More Info & Dashboard (Score 3, Insightful) 1657

by Caviller (#33072748) Attached to: Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says
And this comment:

1) climate is warming to a point of unnatural irreversible damage

is the reason people don't want to listen to the 'climate' scientists.

1) Unnatural - What the hell gives them the right to decide what is natural or unnatural? Thew world has been MUCH MUCH hotter and MUCH MUCH colder then it is today. So where do you draw the line between natural and unnatural?

2) Irreversible - Once again, see above...the planet has been on both ends of the spectrium and, if you look out a window today, it has reversed.

3) Damage - To apply the word damage means that something is out of norms. Consider the planet has been both hotter and colder then it is today...I say that no 'damage' has occurred...

Global warming and cooling is a natural cycle that our planet goes through; study after study shows that. The problem for us, is that our species evolved at this, roughly, current level. If it goes too far in either direction, we have two choices... Adapt or die! Every other animal or plant on this planet has to do this so why do we think we are special?

Comment: Holodeck? (Score 1) 262

by Caviller (#32486486) Attached to: One Video Card, 12 Monitors
Actually...12 ports is the perfect number for a stereoscoptic cube. A single card that can do that has never been seen until today. We might finally be getting to the GPU power levels needed for a mostly realistic, true 3D environment, and all of that out of just a single machine instead of the many machines needed now. That my friends is progress!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.