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Comment: In the long run (Score 4, Informative) 392

by Dorianny (#46663585) Attached to: How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?
Early human population dwindled to as few as 2000 individuals with most living in isolated pockets of a few hundred. Given enough time the population and genetic variability rebounded. Colonization of other worlds is most definitely a long-term project and while a bigger sample might give you better chances its probably possible with far fewer individuals.

Comment: Re:Cache money (Score 1) 353

SSDs are the next cache layer.

Also, make sure you've got a 6Gb SATA capable motherboard, or you're essentially wasting half your money putting a hot new drive into a slow bus.

It should read; If you don't have a 6Gb SATA capable motherboard don't buy a SATA3 ssd. Save some money and buy a SATA2 ssd. In any case, depending on what you do, you may or may not benefit from the increase in sequential speed the new SATA III drives offer. For some people, it is very significant for most is not noticeable.

Comment: Re:And (Score 3, Insightful) 273

by Dorianny (#46443221) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Landline sound quality in 1975 was better than any mobile phone sound quality in 2014.

This suprises you somehow? A landline provides a lot more bandwidth without any worries of signal interferance from walls or other radio sources. The switches were also analog, no need for converting analog sound into digital bits, compressing and then sending them in discreete packets.

Comment: Informed decision (Score 1) 482

by Dorianny (#46400845) Attached to: Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots
We need to stop telling parents that they need to make a "informed decision" and instead drive in the message that getting their children vaccinated is absolutely necessary to protect their life and well being. Posing it as a decision simply provides an opening for anti-vaccine quacks to employ their fear-mongering and to many fear is more powerful than the truth.

Comment: Re:I cut my cable bill by 100% (Score 1) 206

by Dorianny (#46374533) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

obi boxes let you you use your house's POTS wiring with google voice. It's quite a nice product, at least until Google voice becomes more expensive than free -- though faxing over it can be kind of hit or miss.

Google will end of support for XMPP based calling on May 15, 2014 . On that day 3d party systems such as Obi will no longer be able to use Google voice to make or receive phone calls. Fortunately the OBi device may be used with other service providers but non of them are free

Comment: Re:umm no (Score 4, Insightful) 267

by Dorianny (#46307841) Attached to: We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
Lets completely ignore the fact that what the economy is recovering from is the huge blunder of the private banking sector following deregulation. Lets repeal Dood-Frank, If they screw up again than we will simply bail them out with tax-payer money like last time, but I am sure they learned their lesson the first time around and what we need is even more deregulation.

Comment: Where have all the nerds gone? (Score 1) 222

by Dorianny (#46301767) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect
I cannot believe that on a site that bills itself as news for nerds, we are slamming Microsoft for taking the bold step of bundling what is the most advanced motion sensing, image/voice recognition system available outside of DOD contractors with a gaming console and doing it for just $100 more than its otherwise similarly spec'd competitor. For everybody that complains that the kinetic should have been sold separately you got to remember that because of the lower volume and the added cost of packaging, advertising, etc a standalone kinetic would be priced in the $150-$200 range. Microsoft did its part, now its up to nerds to see where we can take it.

Comment: Re:Not exactly (Score 2) 176

by Dorianny (#46241669) Attached to: Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance
The opposition to this project is in fact just local opposition by people being affected by its construction but unfortunately it underscores a big problem that switching to Renweable Energy faces, namely the need for a lot of land and ugly infrastructure. In industrialized nations where land is expense, property rights are strong and citizens are very vocal in their opposition its almost impossible to envision a large scale sustained switch to Renweables.

Comment: merchants will be liable for fraudulent purchases (Score 1) 731

by Dorianny (#46218025) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
"Visa, American Express, and MasterCard have announced that banks and merchants that have not adopted the technology for face-to-face transactions by October 2015 will be liable for fraudulent purchases" They are already liable. It is called a charge-back. Customers complains that the charge was fraudulent and the credit card company suspends payment to the processor until the merchant can prove that the transaction was not fraudulent. He gets 5-6 of these charge back requests a week, mostly from people who got tipsy and spent far more than they wanted. The processor will find against the merchant if the signature differs even by a little from the one on file. Sometimes the bartenders have to ask a customer to resign 2-3 times before they get one that exactly matches the signature on the card.

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