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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 90

LOL riiiight, I'm sure they are just lining up when the reviews all say the same thing which is Steam machines are completely pointless as they give you NONE of the benefits of a console and NONE of the benefits of a Windows gaming PC. You are paying MORE money for WORSE hardware and without the entire point of consoles, the ease of use and exclusive titles. I can find review after review and they all say the same things, glitchy controller, bad UI, buggy as a pile of shit in August, its a completely pointless product that will only appeal to the Linux faithful...who won't want to have a fucking thing to do with Steam DRM ROFL!

So sorry to burst your bubble but feel free to bookmark this post and come back in 24 months and see its truth, SteamOS will do about as much to spur Linux adoption as Ubuntu has, that is jack and squat. I mean for Pete's sake you no longer even have the "free as in beer" selling point as anybody can download the Windows 10 Insider release and use it for free.

Comment Re:Exaggerated again ... (Score 1) 42

If Data and Lore had been configured with different host keys, a whole lot of anguish could have been avoided.

When a signal transmission is detected from Data's quarters, Wesley Crusher arrives to investigate. He finds Lore, now impersonating Data, who explains that he had to incapacitate his brother after being attacked. Wesley is doubtful, but since Lore and Data were misconfigured with identical host keys, he has little option but to pretend to accept the explanation.

Understanding Secure Shell Host Keys

Comment Re:Freedom (Score 1) 247

Are you telling me that theatres in the UK don't have assigned seating? They have a it at a few theatres where I live. It's the only way I'll go see a movie. That, or like you said, wait until a few weeks when the crowds have died down and be assured a good seat. But if it's a popular movie and the movie has just been released then I don't mind paying a couple extra dollars for reserved seating.

Comment Just another example of useless insurance (Score 1) 100

How much do you think Cox has been paying their insurer? How long has Cox been paying their insurer?

Now when they need it, the insurer gives them the big middle finger.

Just goes to show what a scam insurance is. You pay, and pay, and pay, and pay, all for nothing.

Cox would have been better off keeping the money they paid for insurance. At lest then they would have gotten some use from it.

Comment Re:Energy cost [Re:Cost of access is key.] (Score 1) 315

Where are you getting $0.10 per KWH?


The other poster gave some enlightening information on boosters and propellants please give us more details.

I was not addressing boosters or propellants. I was addressing a single point, that "the shear amount of energy" is the problem. There are indeed reasons that getting into orbit is expensive. But the amount of energy, in itself, is not a major cost.

Comment Re:release notes should have informed users (Score 1) 344

This is exactly why I built my own. There was no option for a low end desktop (ex, no graphics card and lower end processor) with an SSD. I built my own machine for the same price as a low end desktop but apparently it doesn't qualify as one because I chose to use the money for an SDD and a reasonable amount of memory. I guess it cost a bit more than some of the bargain basement deals you can get, but it also performs about 10 times better. Any basic computer with a good amount of RAM and an SSD is going to perform pretty well for most desktop tasks. It even plays the new Unreal Tournament at decent frame rates on medium settings.

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 2) 442

I don't know how the expected lifetime service cost shakes down; but what the dealership cares about is the margins on the service and maintenance they perform; not the absolute cost.

I would suspect that battery swaps, while they involve a very expensive part, would be pretty unexciting for the dealer. Unless the manufacturer is extraordinarily tight-lipped, the price of the battery will become public knowledge; and the procedure for swapping it out(while it might require equipment that makes DIY impractical, depending on where the battery is located and what needs to be lifted) should be rigidly documented and leave little room for variation in how much labor you can bill for.

Somebody has to do the swap, and presumably they won't do it for free; but there is little room either for value-added expertise(as with problems that require diagnostic work) or just plain sleazy invoice padding(as with problems where the customer doesn't know the cost of the parts, or which parts are necessary, or what the expected labor time is); it's a rigidly scripted drop-in replacement of a single module.

Comment Energy cost [Re:Cost of access is key.] (Score 1) 315

In other words, you can't cheat gravity or the laws of thermodynamics. No one seems to listen, but my initial assessment is that the shear amount of energy required to launch a viable space colony is going to be prohibitive.

Orbital velocity is about 7.8 km/sec, so the energy cost of getting into orbit is 1/2mv^2 = 30 MJ/kg, or about 8.5 kW-hr/kg. At an energy cost of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, that would be an energy cost slightly under a dollar a kilogram.

Energy cost, in and of itself, is not the problem.

Comment Polynesian expansion across the Pacific (Score 2) 315

And the Polynesian Islands were populated before Europe had boats.

No, they weren't.

"Polynesian ancestors settled in Samoa around 800 BC, colonized the central Society Islands between AD 1025 and 1120 and dispersed to New Zealand, Hawaii and Rapa Nui and other locations between AD 1190 and 1290."

Your Eurocentric view is blocking you from seeing that explorers predate Columbus and made ocean crossings long before

Yes, that part is right.

Submission + - Hands-On with Nvidia's New Card-Size 'SuperComputer' (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Computer vision and machine learning have been tied to high-horsepower stationary machines. Nvidia's new credit-card-sized Jeston TX1 should bring a lot more processing power to embedded systems and is looking make these processor-heavy tasks portable. Brian Benchoff got his hands on one of the first review copies of the hardware and put it to the test. His take is that it's been designed to be driven very hard and lives up to they most of the hype Nvidia has been throwing around. It does currently require a carrier board but the connector can be source by experienced hardware designers and could be a viable choice for better autonomous systems.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 681

This lets the desktop environments have more advanced features then they would with init systems that don't do this delegation.

First, is it the regular user account or the DE itself which essentially gets its privileges escalated? Either way, that sounds inherently dangerous -- if you want the DE to be all powerfull, just login as root (there are good reasons not to login as root of course, but if systemD is doing it for you anyway, why even bother with the distinction between root and user accounts).

Submission + - EPO threaten blogger with defamation lawsuit .. (worldipreview.com)

nickweller writes: The European Patent Office (EPO) has claimed that a post published by a blogger is defamatory and has threatened legal action.

The disputed post is called EPO: Aiding a racketeer and was published in October on the Techrights blog, run by Roy Schestowitz.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne