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Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 100

> but I think the speed is limited by how fast you can actually spin the cube faces.

I imagine the limits here are how fast you can turn your steppers against the friction combined with how fast you can turn the faces before he internal surfaces melt. It's possible that this cube doesn't melt simply because the operation only lasts a fraction of a second. Perhaps if this turn rate were sustained it'd fuse the internal surfaces. THAT experiment I want to see!

Yes, even though competition cubes are very fast and very easy to turn there is still friction. As an aside some pro cubers prefer to have a bit of a "scratchy" feel for tactile feedback... Humans are different to robots like that, we don't have perfect control.

Comment Re:That's OK (Score 2) 760

Not even necessary, for a low-low price I can sell them a device that will 100% reverse any light suckage caused by said Solar Panels, or your money back! I guarantee that if my device is bought and run 24/7, any and all effects of the solar panels.... including the cancer they cause.... will be eliminated entirely.

Is that a bargain or what?! Call me NC!

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

On my linux machine I run the native steam client AND the windows steam client via wine (+PlayOnLinux). You'd be surprised how well Wine works these days.

To re-iterate others: You don't need to re-purchase your games to get Linux ports, you already have the game on steam regardless of platform. If you are in doubt, run linux steam from a live-cd and see for yourself.

Comment Re:Never again ... (Score 1) 527

Yep, I guess finally the year of linux on the desktop is here...

I'll admit I'm loathe to switch my gaming box to all-linux and deal with the fallout. But suddenly I feel like I have no real choice. It's Linux or bust now. :/

Wish I could return Windows 8 now on grounds of bait-and-switch.

Comment Re:Can't they just weigh the plane? (Score 1) 373

Actually, it gets worse once you realise that you _are_ overweight and now have to taxi back, attach the walkway again, open the plane again, remove some people... find their baggage, remove that.... then taxi back to the scales....

I'll bet by that point even you would say: "Why don't they just weigh the passengers?!"

Comment Re:Can't they just weigh the plane? (Score 1) 373

Weighing the passengers before they ever get close to the apron means it's one less thing you have to do once the plane is available. Remember that a lot of stuff , like check-ins, happen on purpose before the plane you're flying on arrives at the airport. Usually when the plane hits the ground the airline's #1 priority is getting the plane re-filled (in all senses) and back in the air... weighing would add significant time to that, and you can bet travellers would complain about the extra wait (pun intended) on the ground. Especially if an airport only had one set of the mammoth, hugely expensive scales you'd need to have.... and planes couldn't simply push back and head for a runway using the shortest path, they'd all have to go through (a) choke point(s).

Comment Re:Easy solution, albeit a 'free market' one... (Score 4, Informative) 84

One little problem with this: I bought a Samsung and it has been installing tons of unremovable bloatware ever since. The stuff was not all there at the start.

It's not like there was a sticker on the box saying "Comes with 50 mandatory apps, will install 50 more once you've paid" either. I'd read a ton of reviews and still had no idea about the extent of the iron-fist they take over your device.

And yes, there's no way I'm buying another Samsung ever again, so whether this changes anything is largely immaterial to me.

Comment Talk about blaming the messenger (Score 5, Insightful) 230

Does one really have to state the obvious? Snowden didn't "create" anything.

Companies don't find those entities untrustworthy because Snowden reported it, they find them untrustworthy because it turns out they are untrustworthy. If Snowden didn't report it they would've found it out eventually some other way.

Comment Re:Anyone else want bigger batteries... (Score 1) 39

Agreed, wish the millimetre wars could finally be over and the battery wars would begin. I long for the days where my phone didn't necessarily need to be charged every night. Where I could USE my phone without the fear of it's imminent demise. Add to that the bonus that this whole "bending" problem would be significantly reduced.

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