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Comment: FAIL (Score 1) 325

by DarthVain (#46758995) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

If you are going to do a proper slashdot car analogy it has to be direct! :)

This is like Shell (Shell being the only gas station you can get gas at), deciding that because you drive a Chevy Truck rather than a Toyota Pirus, that Chevy has to pay up additional fees because a Truck uses more gas than a Pirus, even though you already purchase more gas at the standard rate. Then Shell saying the rational for this is that Trucks put an undue hardship on the distribution of enough gas for everyone.

Comment: IRL! (Score 1) 303

by DarthVain (#46757219) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

A few years ago we had some Chinese exchange workers come and work for us. At the end of their stint, they did a bit of a presentation about similar work in China. They did a bit of background on China, and were still calling Taiwan part of China! I was a bit flabbergasted...

Different perspectives or propaganda I guess. Eye opener either way.

Comment: Nope (Score 2) 117

From what I have heard it was not a money decision. It was that of availability. They didn't think enough of it would exist to furnish production of one console let alone two. So they stuck with a more mature technology. So yeah they both guessed, but they were both also playing chicken, and MS flinched. Even today, if BOTH companies used DDR5, are you certain that it would not delay console production?

Comment: Confirmed (Score 1) 245

by DarthVain (#46747355) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

I am playing more computer games than ever in the last 5 years or so. Part of this is due to deciding to build a new gaming rig, and ignore the new consoles. Part of this is just DOTA 2.

Every now again again at work I find my fingers hovering over the 1,2,3,4 keys... just in case someone tries to gank me I guess lol!

Comment: Microtransactions (Score 1) 181

by DarthVain (#46724455) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

I remember there was a time where gamers were all asking for microtransactions, and thought they would be a good idea. As it turns out, not so much,

First off many of them turn out to me no so micro. Also in a multiplayer situation it generally makes a game unbalanced. It becomes an arms race to spend the most in order to even have a chance, which is what the developer wants. There have been a few examples that work, mostly through making the content cosmetic only.

One of my favorite games of all time was a free one: Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Now my current favorite game is also free: DOTA 2

Comment: Carriers (Score 1) 630

by DarthVain (#46708093) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Likely doesn't matter if the ship you are bolting it to has a nuclear reactor on board. May birth a new type of nuclear ship, with a rail gun specialization.

Likely not usable without such a power source I would think. With that source, I doubt energy reserve will be the issue.

I think the issue will be one of materials. Subjecting a barrel to that kind of force and heat repeatedly is going to have a negative effect on it. If you take too many shots too quickly, you will likely damage it. I wonder how they cool it without causing additional hot/cold stress. Not to mention expansion issues.

Comment: That's OK! (Score 1) 172

by DarthVain (#46706205) Attached to: Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

No one uses a 100,000$ dollar Land Rover for offroading silly! Are you nuts?

They are used by rich soccer Moms to drop off little Bobby at practice. Those camera may prevent them from running over Jimmy when they have had one too many cocktails and get all sassy and decide to take a short cut over the neighboring pitch...

Comment: Re:Big Red Button (Score 1) 342

by DarthVain (#46705143) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

So if I clearly screw up, and lose a bunch of money, can I request a do over? Didn't think so.

Perhaps if trades didn't happen in milliseconds, and actually had human QA, mistakes like that would not happen (or at least not of that magnitude).

From what I read about the Knight situation, was that a development instance was put live rather than production which was untested, contained a flaw, which caused the problem. Then again that could just be management throwing the technical staff under the bus, we'll never know for sure.

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 1) 146

by DarthVain (#46698389) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

While generally true that really depends on how hot things are going to get relative to the thing you wish to cool. Too hot is too hot. Also though a bit off topic is that the hotter it gets the more and more airflow that is required. At a certain point not only are mechanical fans loud, but so is the moving air, not to mention the literal vacuum cleaner/leaf blower you just created.

I this case (sorry no pun intended) making a 1500$ ridiculous video card that takes your two biggest hottest chips that use the most energy (tho this version apparently tweaked to take less somehow), puts them on the same board, would require something a bit more than your standard heat pipe. Hence why it is probably liquid cooled in the first place.

I recently experimented with one of the newer AIO liquid cooled solutions (H90 I believe it was). Not sure how much better it would be from a high end conventional heat sink heat pipe fan combo, however it does have some advantages. One of which that isn't always apparent is displaced space. Putting a huge 1kg chunk of copper, pipes, and 140mm fan takes of a lot of real estate literally in the middle of all the business. At least with the liquid cooling solution you can relocate that someplace else, though you still have to route the tubes. In an ITX case for example it can be a big deal, particularly if you actually want to access anything on the MB without removing your cooling solution every time.

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 1) 146

by DarthVain (#46695083) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Its size isn't so much the matter (though it helps) it is about moving the heat to be radiated someplace else, preferably no where near the thing you want to actually cool. This is where water or liquid cooling come into play, as a heat transportation medium.

Heatpipes is another halfassed way to do it, though not as efficient and limited in range.

The only issue with liquid cooling is a leak obviously, and if the pump ever fails, your small copper and water heatsink isn't going to perform very well.

Comment: I deploy private proprietary bioware (me!) (Score 1) 641

by DarthVain (#46695021) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP you're an asshole.

"XP PC to run his online business"

What an astounding advertisement for no one to ever use your services ever.

Seriously Outlook Express? You have a problem transitioning to "webmail", but you are OK using 900 3rd party solutions to patchwork your system into a somewhat secure environment. Not to mention if you ever spring a leak, the whole thing will be compromised within about 1ms.

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