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Comment: Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (Score 1) 207

Do you need that much FPS? Can anyone really tell much above 30fps? That used to be my baseline for knowing when I could finish tweaking the settings and start playing.

Absolutely. There is a clear difference between 30 and 60 fps when playing computer games.

Anything above 60 is gravy, but getting a game to stay at 60 is what you want, since it tends to be the refresh rate of the screen you're playing on.

Comment: Re:Incoming international flights (Score 1) 674

by hweimer (#47407161) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Where have you ever been re-screened after boarding the first flight.

Just a few examples off the top of my head:

  • FRA always has re-screening when you change from non-Schengen to Schengen
  • MUC usually has re-screening right before the gate for US-bound flights
  • IIRC, SIN has re-screening at every gate
  • When you change between carriers that operate out of different terminals, you usually have re-screening because most airports do not have a connected security area.
  • Or, of course, if you have to change airports within a city, like the infamous LHR-LGW run

Comment: Re:So you can reuse the PC board? (Score 1) 122

by hairyfeet (#47392433) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

What I can't believe is that they compare this weak sauce single core to a NUC, it'd be like comparing a Pinto to a Porsche as they really aren't even in the same class.

If you want something crazy affordable to compare to a NUC then check out the new AMD AM1 Jaguar kits, like this you can swap CPUs but unlike this the smallest you can get is a dual core APU while for $100 you can have the quad Athlon APU and all the chips are based on the same Jaguar chips they use in the PS4 and XBone. I've built both the Sempron dual and Athlon quad and I have to say...they are fricking great! The Sempron makes a great ULV server or basic netbox while the quad makes for a decent desktop or really nice media tank. The new APUs have hardware acceleration for all the popular video formats and they are crazy low power draw so making silent systems with them is pretty trivial. the only caveat is get the faster RAM as with APUs the RAM speed makes a difference when it comes to graphics performance but other than that they are great for DIY systems on the cheap.

But units like the NUC and AM1 are why I think the days of ARM being used on anything but ultra cheapo Chinese crap are numbered, as both AMD and Intel are dipping into single digit power draw territory while having an IPC that just curbstomps ARM. I've said it before and it looks like time is proving me right, you just can't scale up ARM without blowing the power budget while both AMD and Intel are getting better with each rev on power while still keeping a huge IPC lead. If this trend continues there just won't be a point in using ARM for anything but bargain basement as they just won't have the performance to compete with AMD, much less Intel.

Comment: Re:I hope they're planning another model after tha (Score 4, Informative) 245

by jo_ham (#47384059) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

The compact Model E aims to be competitive with the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series, which both start in the low $30,000 range.

So... is there going to be a compact Model LC for the sub-30K$ market? A car for the majority of drivers?

I'm sure they are. They started with the premium sedan Model S, then next is the Model X SUV, then this 30k Model E. The trend is definitely towards more affordable vehicles. You just need to establish yourself as a solid manufacturer first with high-profit sales. The success of the 70k+ Model S has helped to fund the factory to allow them to build the cheaper models to come.

It just takes some time.

Comment: Re:interesting times... (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by hweimer (#47376255) Attached to: IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

so a lot of people think that there should be no gender seperation in shooting sport competitions, and I tend to agree. but for some reason, the top females can never quite break into the top levels with the top males.

This is simply not true. Margeret Murdock won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics (she lost the battle for gold under very controversial circumstances) and set four individual world records. In the eighties, most shooting sports became gender-segregated, the only exceptions being skeet and trap, which became gender-segregated right after a woman (Zhang Shan) had won the gold medal in the skeet competition in 1992. There are other examples as well.

So, if today's women are no longer competitive with men, then that's certainly a consequence of gender segregation and not an argument for it.

Comment: Re:Blaming Google (Score 4, Insightful) 238

by EasyTarget (#47371085) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

I don't know why the journalist is blaming Google for this ("So why has Google killed this example of my journalism?") when it's obvious they're not doing this voluntarily.

Because the people in charge are terrified of Google, the Internet, and their citizens use of it. So the BBC, kowtowing as usual to power, but still with enough journalistic testicles to make some form of protest, blames Google.. in the hope they can get away with it. Rather than pinning the blame on the corrupt shitpile of lawyers and wonks who forced Google to do this in a desperate attempt to make money the deciding factor in information control and suppression.

Comment: Re:To little too late. (Score 4, Insightful) 71

by hairyfeet (#47361685) Attached to: Improv Project, Vivaldi Tablet Officially Dead

Linux is to Android what Linux is to TiVo, it was cheaper to snatch the kernel than write their own, the rest, including the idea of FOSS (look up on Ars the excellent article about Android going proprietary Google is pulling a EEE on Android) they didn't want.

So to make your sentence accurate it should read, Google does, Apple does, Microsoft does, which explains it, money, and money. The public has shown repeatedly they don't give even a single fuck about walled gardens or openness, hence the runaway success of iPad, so if the ONLY feature you can tout over the other guy is "freedom"? You are fucking dead, or like OpenPandora on life support.

Comment: Re:They are following the app store model.... (Score 0) 214

by jo_ham (#47344555) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Great and incisive commentary... except that iPhoto and the replacement app that will be bundled with Yosemite are free.

So, kill your pro app that costs money to force people buy a free app that comes with the OS (which is also free).

The level if genius in your analysis must be beyond me.

Comment: Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (Score 2) 268

by hairyfeet (#47342757) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

Which is what I think is funny about this whole "drone vs model" crap, they are talking about planes even the largest of which frankly isn't gonna be able to carry enough payload to do even a tenth the damage of a Rider truck with fertilizer. If there is anything we should have learned from OKC its that low tech does a hell of a lot more damage while being easy for even the dumbest terrorist to construct. And I'm sure that if you counted up every vehicle used for combat out there? Drones wouldn't even be in the top 50, probably not even in the top 100 when it comes to terrorists, its technicals and bomb trucks.

This is just another case of "Hollywood scenario planning" where the government treats the high tech shit they see on NCIS and 24 and treat it as a legitimate threat because they can't/won't admit the truth.....which is that what makes terrorists effective is the fact they can take pretty much anything and make it a weapon. If you want to see what terrorists weapons are like you should look at the crazy IEDs the military has disarmed in Iraq, everything from copies of late WWII German wooden mines made out of footlockers and packing crates to paint cans filled with homemade explosives and metal scraps and rigged to a beeper, what makes terrorism so hard to stop isn't them using high tech shit, its just the opposite, they often go so low tech that you'd have to ban pretty much all agriculture and household cleaning products to stop 'em.

Comment: Re:Revolutionary American weapons... (Score 1) 133

by hairyfeet (#47338957) Attached to: The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

Neither did the Flapjack, which is what we were talking about, nor did the ice carrier, the bat bomb (although it did burn down a test facility) and many of the other batshit crazy every side was working on back then, don't mean they aren't cool to check out. Also check out Blacktail's Disasters! series (he has tank and warplane) to see some designs that were stupid, badly thought out, or just plain batshit.

But just because it saw combat (and I don't think the AR-234 ever had a confirmed kill) doesn't make it good, see the Ferdinand, baka bomb, or the Buffalo for failed designs that got real soldiers killed and we aren't talking about the other side. Doesn't mean they aren't interesting to check out (or fly if you have IL2:1946).

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