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Comment: Re:The Wankel Engine of the Semiconductor Industry (Score 2) 56

by GrumpySteen (#49334665) Attached to: Stanford Breakthrough Could Make Better Chips Cheaper

Well that's laughably wrong.

First, most electronics are already treated hazardous waste because they often contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic materials. Adding a spec of gallium arsenide sealed in a plasticf IC package that will outlast the human race is not going to make any of it more hazardous.

Second, LEDs. Red, yellow, orange and infrared LEDs use gallium arsenide. Seen any hazmat warning stickers on your TV remote lately? Of course not.

Having gallium arsenide in a chip does cause it to be classed as being any more hazardous than any other electronic device.

Comment: Re: Big difference (Score 1) 110

The way Amazon says this works is that you get what you've ordered within two hours of placing the order without paying any additional fee or within one hour if you pay $7.99 extra.

The person you responded to was implying that the difference between getting something within one hour rather than within two hours isn't worth the $8 that it costs to get the faster delivery.

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 0) 247

by GrumpySteen (#49195465) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

The quote didn't say that Colt, Smith and Wesson were guns. It says that they were men, which is true.

We all get that you're excited at the opportunity to be pedantic and show off your gun knowledge, but you should at least finish reading the goddamn sentence that you're referring to before hitting the reply button.

Comment: Re:Not Dumb.... (Score 2) 199

âoeIf you do become aware that something is there, there's a reporting obligation. But usually data centers aren't actively looking through their stuff, so it's reasonable to say that they wouldn't have come across that."

Most data centers don't make a point of snooping through all of their customers' data. If you want to open a data center that does so, let us know just how many customers found that to be an acceptable practice during your bankruptcy.

Comment: Not Dumb.... (Score 5, Informative) 199

Not stupid. Just clickbait.

If you actually read the article, it says "charges will likely hinge on the degree to which employees knew such activity was taking place." Nobody is going to get charged unless there's evidence that they knew they were hosting child porn and did nothing about it.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 2, Insightful) 196

by GrumpySteen (#49155575) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

Neither does Jupiter. There are about 100,000 trojan asteroids in Jupiter's orbit, so it fails the third criteria; "cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit."

In fact... Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune all fail to meet that criteria.

The definition of "planet" is a fucked up mess that a small group of astronomers threw together with the intent of classifying Pluto as not-a-planet without really thinking it through.

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.

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