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Comment: Well, it's more like they said... (Score 2) 145

by Ecuador (#48894679) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug
That it will go 200 MPH like the equivalent model from other brands like Lamborghini etc but it turns out it goes 175, i.e. slower than those. Sure, you would not have realized it until you actually found a road good enough to test over 175 MPH (if you ever did) and otherwise the car feels good and accelerates as expected, but max speed is something that some people care about especially when comparing one sports car with the other. The excuse is sort of like "yeah, we put in an engine that would theoretically handle 200 MPH so that is what we list, but we sort of skimped on the transmission system on this less high end model so we had to put a limiter at 175 MPH since the transmission cannot address more speed...". If they had said 3.5GB addressable from the start, nobody would have minded except the 5 people who really wanted those 4GB that other cards might have, so it is sort of a poor decision to not mention it from the start...

Comment: Re:Not that easy to see (Score 1) 53

by Ecuador (#48888289) Attached to: Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter
Eh, a 4.5" Newtonian is not that well-suited for planets if it is fast (e.g. around f/5) - it is not about price. That said, the OTA of a modern decent quality 4.5" Newtonian costs around $100-$200, so it is one of the cheapest you can get - most people pay several times that for their phone. Now, if you want to see Jupiter in some detail and stay within budget you can go for a 5" Mak at around $200-$300 (for the OTA, or $400 for the full package with a computerized goto mount and tripod) and for example when coupled with a $10 webcam it will give you an image of Saturn like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r2vh... (note that Jupiter is quite larger than Saturn so it is an easier target to get surface detail). So that's a very cheap telescope (still less than a smartphone) that would give you a good view of the event. If you want to spend more money but not too much, you can look into used scopes. E.g. I recently grabbed an 8" Celestron SCT for $400 which gives even greater planetary views.

Comment: Re:Lucas has lost it. (Score 1) 420

by Ecuador (#48887785) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
Ahaha. I watched the trilogy before going watch to the Kingdom of Crystal Skull. I was surprised at how well part 1 and 3 were holding on, especially in comparison to the Temple of Doom - even the effects were sub-par. I forgot all about it though after watching part 4. Thanks for reminding me... :p

Comment: Lucas has lost it. (Score 5, Interesting) 420

by Ecuador (#48886579) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
I recently watched THX 1138. It is a good reminder of how brilliant he was. Years ahead, great vision, but as the years passed he started losing his edge, more and more. From the Director's Cut of THX that is evident from several unneded CGI scenes that distract from the otherwise great film. The prequels and special editions show the same thing even more prominently. And let's not even talk about Indiana Jones 4 (what, there are only 3 Indiana Jones movies? Ok, I feel you). So we should be grateful when he is not writing scripts nowadays... Now, J.J. on the other hand is being made fun of for his "flares" etc, but he actually made us Trekkers be the cool kids for once! Yes, it was not "Star Trek" in the traditional sense, however it was highly enjoyable action sci-fi. Given that Star Wars was in any case not "cerebral" to start with, he should be even more at home working on it.

Comment: m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 2, Informative) 329

by Ecuador (#48829801) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files
You don't even need to check $STEAMROOT, I mean what could possibly go wrong...
But still for extra points the script should have asked to run as root...
And a little advice to Valve, next time have developers familiar with Linux working on your Linux client. That /* is how a Windows developer would write the command to delete a directory if they simply looked up the equivalent command for Linux.

Comment: Re:English-ish? (Score 1) 578

by Ecuador (#48725577) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?
That's true. In fact I find that the only people who speak English whom I don't understand at all are some native speakers from some parts of the UK. They drop half the phonemes from the words, which would alone prove a challenge, but since they are "native" speakers of that thing they speak, they mumble several sentences in a single breath. E.g. you are in Manchester and everyone has a funny accent (I go to the poob 10 times a moonth etc), which is easy to get used to, but dare to go outside the city and find someone who grew up in Salford or Stockport and you're in trouble. At least if you did not grow up in the UK and are used to this sort of "English". E.g. I thought it was peculiar that a British boy's name was "Avi", until I heard someone with a different accent call him "Arvy" which made it obvious that he was called "Harvey".

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