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Comment: When We Left Earth (Score 5, Interesting) 81

by DCstewieG (#45096619) Attached to: Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies At 88

If you have Netflix streaming (or want to go through some hassle), check out When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions. Absolutely fantastic documentary on the space race and the way I recently learned about his landing. For reasons outside my control, I was not alive until many years later.

I totally get the conspiracy theories about a fake moon landing. I know we did it. But looking up at the moon, it's hard to believe it.

Comment: Re:Apple makes money either way... (Score 4, Insightful) 348

by DCstewieG (#44867397) Attached to: Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

The point of the 5C was to break into markets where the 5S is too expensive to gain big market share.

According to who? That's what pundits wanted and assumed but it should now be obvious that it's not what Apple wanted. For the time being, they're still happy with their premium device strategy. You only have to look as far back as the iPod and iPod mini to see what they're doing.

It should be noted the iPhone 4 is still being sold in China.

Comment: Re:They make me sick (Score 1) 482

by DCstewieG (#43183773) Attached to: Windfarm Sickness Spreads By Word of Mouth

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Federal_coal_subsidies#External_Costs_of_Coal_Plants

The study concluded: "Our comprehensive review finds that the best estimate for the total economically quantifiable costs, based on a conservative weighting of many of the study findings, amount to some $345.3 billion, adding close to 17.8/kWh of electricity generated from coal. The low estimate is $175 billion, or over 9/kWh, while the true monetizable costs could be as much as the upper bounds of $523.3 billion, adding close to 26.89/kWh. These and the more difficult to quantify externalities are borne by the general public." The average residential price of electricity at the time of the report is 12/kWh.

Comment: Re:OS that doesn't do anything isn't cracked.. (Score 5, Insightful) 178

by DCstewieG (#43122845) Attached to: Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

You say that like it's a bad thing. A glorified web browser with incredible security is exactly what a good amount of people should be using. Hell, I know someone who would get along fine if their computer did nothing but Facebook, let alone the rest of the web.

I find it hard to believe (though it's getting easier) that even geeks who have trouble seeing the world outside their little techy bubble can complain about this. I've seen the idea of an internet "driver's license" come up on these boards but then something that protects people from themselves is shit all over. Well done.

Comment: Re:Better products (Score 5, Insightful) 309

by DCstewieG (#41224245) Attached to: Most Torrent Downloaders Are Monitored, Study Finds

I was stunned when I watched the Hunger Games Blu-ray this weekend as what I thought was the lead up to the main menu in fact lead to a large message: "Previews for Your Mandatory Viewing". This was a purchased copy mind you, not a rental version. Of course now the Main Menu button was disabled, fortunately the chapter skip button was not (it must not be able to or it would have been).

This button disabling shit is unbelievable, even the Stop button. Yes, the Stop button.

To paraphrase John Siracusa, everything about Blu-ray sucks, except the AV quality, which you can't get anywhere else (legally).

Comment: Re:Maybe it's just me (Score 3, Informative) 563

by DCstewieG (#40764225) Attached to: Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

No, he's right. GDI+ does not make effective use of the GPU.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gdigdi_move_over_microsoft_introduces_direct2d

[Microsoft's Thomas Olson] points out that GDI/GDI+ use software rendering for tasks that modern GPUs can now perform...

Quartz Extreme has supported GPU acceleration since OS X 10.2, released in 2002.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_Compositor

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