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Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 310

In the US, at least, it's illegal to freeze somebody until after they've died. True believers still think that maybe someday the advanced technology will allow them to be resuscitated. But the freezing process destroys any possibility of that happening (there's no way to freeze human organs fast enough to prevent the formation of ice crystals, and those ice crystals shred our cells).

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 2) 310

There's, "Maybe we'll someday be able to do this, and that would be really cool," there's, "This is currently in development and should soon be widely available," and then there's, "This is fundamentally impossible and there is no conceivable way it would ever work."

Cryogenics falls into the last category. This will become especially clear if you read up on what they actually did to the girl's dead body. There's more than enough amazing stuff in the first two categories to retain wonder for the future. We don't need to pretend that one day frozen corpses will be brought back and able to walk on top of that.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by Chalnoth (#49482197) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

For a link: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.p...

The primary criticism here is that it did take nVidia a few years to actually support RandR, and the support for KMS is similarly lagging. nVidia's proprietary drivers are still, as near as I can tell, significantly better than ATI's counterparts (either proprietary or open-source) when it comes to actual 3D rendering. But it does seem like they drag their feet in supporting new Linux functionality.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 2) 309

by Chalnoth (#49482131) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

For the most part this just isn't true. Most Linux distributions today have extremely easy ways to install proprietary video drivers, and have packages that do not break on kernel updates.

The biggest difference that I've noticed between proprietary and open-source drivers is KMS: KMS allows significantly faster wake-up from sleep mode. Though it does look as if KMS support is coming for nVidia proprietary drivers, as near as I can tell it isn't yet available.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by Chalnoth (#49482105) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

If they wanted to get into the argument, more likely that they'd establish as a requirement that all Steam Machines ship using open-source drivers. This would produce a de-facto exclusive deal between AMD and Steam for supplying GPU hardware for Steam Machines unless nVidia also offered some decent open-source drivers.

There's no realistic way to limit their games to AMD-only, but they can definitely make it a little bit difficult for people to use NVIDIA cards on Steam-OS.

Comment: Re:Yes, ads are evil (Score 1) 358

by Chalnoth (#49443319) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

So, are content providers evil for wanting money for their work?

This kind of service allows content providers to continue to get money, while at the same time delivering an ad-free experience to users.

If you don't like ads, but you also don't want to pay for content posted on the web, well, that's not a very ethical position.

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