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Comment: Bad UI (Score 1) 284

by Giant Electronic Bra (#48176389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

I think the PA gui control programs are the biggest issue, Pavucontrol and the other tools are just utterly confusing and obtuse. Typical developer designed UI paradigm, make a widget for each configuration parameter instead of thinking through the use cases and constructing some abstractions that make sense to the user and not the developer. Once the configuration is properly presented and a task-oriented UI is constructed around that I don't think PA will give people so many issues. There are a lot of neat things you CAN do with it, IF you can figure out how. Its just that no mortal human (myself included) can make heads nor tails of the frikking thing.

Comment: Re:Underspecced? (Score 1) 105

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47950883) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Great, thanks! I am definitely getting some good info. 10 or 15 years ago when I was doing a lot of oddball stuff I'd have probably had one of these things ASAP. These days its hard to find the space and time to do projects, so I really am behind the curve. I have some interesting ideas, but nothing so solid that it yet warrants running out to spend $1000 (ouch) right now. At least I'm getting a better idea of what might be useful. Hopefully I can find a maker space that isn't too far away one of these days and try a few things out.

Comment: Re:Underspecced? (Score 1) 105

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47942643) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

I get what you're saying. Most of the stuff Dremel sells is generally pretty decent stuff, or always used to be back in the day. If its a good machine and does what you need to do, then sure, that's cool. I can just imagine a LOT of interesting projects I might want to do that where I might want to use other materials or etc. So that's my curiosity really is if I spent $1000 on a machine like this one will I be hankering for the $3000 machine in a week?

Comment: Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (Score 1) 200

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47903623) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Tokamak's MIGHT work, actually probably WILL work. Big question if they can be economical or not. LFTRs definitely CAN and DO work, that's been conclusively proven. Again its a question of whether they would be economical and if they will actually be safer, cleaner, etc. which are unproven assertions, though they have some basis in the underlying physics.

Comment: Unbundling Horsecrap (Score 2) 108

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47894147) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

That link about 'myths' of unbundling is horseshit. It fails the basic math test. If everyone was unbundled and only paid for what they watch then we'd have the same number of people watching the same things they watch now. The AGGREGATE money collected in fees would remain the same and it would be distributed proportionately to the same vendors it is now. Nothing would change. The author of that piece of garbage somehow thinks what, that everyone would suddenly be paying $500 a month to watch individual channels???!!! Where would all that extra money go? Man people are stupid sometimes.

Obviously the Cable Cos. know all of this. They don't want to unbundle because it would cut customer's bills, they don't like it because once you stop having ESPN on your dial you'll forget it exists and pretty soon you'll only be paying for what you actually watch, and if that's cheap shows THEN they really will get a lot less revenue. Beyond that the ad revenue drops because people will just skip ESPN if they only watch it 5 times a year. Indeed, once the customer's start picking what they want to pay for the Cable Co becomes just what it should be, an ISP.

Comment: Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (Score 1) 200

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47870479) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

You're largely preaching to the choir here, but you might want to read the papers and etc on the Terrapower design because it sounds like it isn't quite how you are envisaging it. OTOH I agree, a liquid metal cooled breeder/fast neutron reactor is not going to be passively stable and not going to be inherently stable at all in the same way that a uranium oxide fueled PWR is basically stable when properly designed and won't spike to 50 or 100x its designed power output (like the nice Russian graphite reactors are prone to do).

Comment: Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (Score 1) 200

by Giant Electronic Bra (#47848683) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

I'm not asking for anything, I just described ONE POSSIBLE technology that Hitachi could be working on. Honestly I don't know a large amount about the safety characteristics of such a reactor, but it doesn't appear to be 'vast'. I'd suggest doing some general reading on the subject. These ARE liquid metal cooled reactors, with all that implies and I'm NOT saying I think they would be safe, etc. Don't mistake me for one of the blind followers of the nuclear light. I don't think all nuclear power is The Devil necessarily, but I'm a pretty deep skeptic on the subject. Still, I can see the allure of a technology that could in principle supply 'clean' power for 1000's of years using nothing but existing stockpiles of a substance that is generally considered useless and could burn up troublesome waste.

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