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Comment: Power VR sucks (Score 4, Informative) 97

by Hadlock (#48160179) Attached to: Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

Power VR is terrible, Intel released a ton of low end Atom powered devices with Power VR GPU, but due to licencing agreements never released drivers except for the 32 bit variant of Windows 7 and never for Win 8 or Linux drivers worth a damn. Means Linux users were SOL when they tried using these machines for anything media related. And I doubt the situation with Power VR is going to be any better this time around. Avoid like the plauge any Intel hardware that's hard wired to a Power VR chip.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 3, Interesting) 564

by Hadlock (#48150769) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

No, I am referring to the NERVA rocket engine, a nuclear reactor that shoots superheated hydrogen out the back. The program was so successful followng the Apollo era that Congress cancelled all funding as it would have made a very expensive Mars trip viable using even 1970's technology (shortens the trip from 6 months to 2 months).
 
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NERVA
 
Clearly someone doesn't play Kerbal Space Program. This has nothing to do with RTGs.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 5, Informative) 564

by Hadlock (#48149483) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Nuclear reactors aren't a whole lot larger, they managed to make them small enough to fit on a space rocket, a submarine and back in the 1960's, nine of them on an Aircraft Carrier. It's the support systems (like cooling) and maintenance buildings that end up taking up several acres. Dissipating the waste heat of a 20MW reactor safely, indefinitely, is no small feat.

Comment: Re:German illegal? (Score 1) 323

by Hadlock (#48145749) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

You can buy that on a sign in multiple gift shops in Fredericksburg, Texas, and probably at Friedhelm's on the north end of main street. My cousins call their grandparents Oma and Opa. Texas was predominantly German and Spanish speaking up until the first world war. There were more German speaking Texans than Irish Speaking or Italian speaking New Yorkers. Czech bakeries are A Thing in Texas. Stop off at the Czech-Stop if you're ever headed between Dallas and Austin or San Antonio.

Comment: Re:German illegal? (Score 4, Informative) 323

by Hadlock (#48141999) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

My grandparents are 82 and I only learned last year (at age 30) that they both speak fluent German.They changed the spelling of their last name and learned English due to social pressures. This was in a predominantly German-speaking rural Texas community surrounded by other German-speaking communities*, I can only imagine how badly speaking German was stigmatized in urban academic circles. This is a real thing.
 
*Texas has it's own recognized dialect of German, look it up on Wikipedia

Comment: Re:It must be running out of fuel (Score 3, Funny) 81

by Hadlock (#48135783) Attached to: Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

They managed to give Kim Jong-il cancer with their first mission, and now that they've perfected their orbital space-cancer-raygun, took out Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong-un on this latest mission. Why build airborne drones when you can riddle offending world leaders with cancer from orbit?

Comment: Re:That's easy! (Score 2) 146

by Hadlock (#48132375) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

The latest Broadwell/Core-M processors are all fanless @ 4.5w.
 
The raspberry pi uses 1.89w for the B model and 1.21 watts for the new/improved B+ model released this summer.
 
By 2017 when the next model is due, Broadwell will be a three year old processor, and Intel's passively cooled Edison will be four years old..

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