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Comment Re:Lack of network connectivity is a deal breaker (Score 2) 114

The problem is that the USB port now requires a special cable which not all of us have lying around in quantity. It doesn't make it impossible, but it does make it more of a hassle.

Micro USB is hardly a "special cable" by any stretch.
It's the same cable and connector all of the raspberry pi models use for power

Pretty much all tablets and smart phones except Apples use them these days.
Also a good number of USB wall chargers typically have a USB-A on them and include a USB-A to Micro USB cable.

I was quite saddened to see most Slashdot posters don't even have a cheap-o $5 USB keyboard or ten laying around, and not including one with the original Pi being labeled "a deal breaker" - but really, no one around these parts has massive piles of both of those parts and more laying around anymore?

Comment Re:Which one is sub-$10? (Score 1) 114

Which one is sub-$10?
Unless you get your hands on the MagPi or live near one of the twenty-five Micro Center locations in the USA

The later being exactly what I did. The Pi Zeros were $5 each, and I now have two of them.
The CHIP isn't being sold anywhere yet, either online nor Microcenter.

So the answer to your question is "The Pi Zero"

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 164

I don't have to provide alternative explanation to point out that what I see here is an ungrounded assertion. They're trying to manipulate facts to match the theory, not the other way around like actual scientists do.

No actually you DO have to provide an explanation.
We observe things happening. We are trying to make an explanation why they are happening.

Your claim that "they are not happening" when all observations and evidence and facts show 100% of the time over a few trillions of observations that your claim is WRONG.

It's completely on your head to show why your already-proven-incorrect "thought" is not wrong.

The facts you claim are being manipulated are right there in front of your face with no manipulation by anyone - except yourself of course, who keeps insisting the facts must be ignored because they don't fit your personal crazy "theory"

So get to explaining

Comment Re:This'll be lost on new people. (Score 1) 167

They will think it is a spinoff of Lost. In space.

Oh man, that would (well could) be awesome!

A commercial spaceliner crashes somewhere. There's a radio broadcasting a mysterious repeating sequence of numbers, and a hatch leading to a Cold War era lunar base. And what the hell is a polar bear doing on the Moon?

Hmm, on second thoughts, maybe not.

Comment Re:Next remakes... (Score 2) 167

Technically "The Starlost" was by Cordwainer Bird, the pen name Ellison uses when the show (in his opinion) sucks.

Ellison's pilot script was adapted to a novel, "Phoenix Without Ashes", by (Nebula-winner) Ed Bryant, recently reissued. (Harlan is donating his share of the royalties to Ed to help cover some medical expenses.)

There's also a graphic novel version.

Comment Re:That's nothing (Score 1) 258

Computers just aren't good at all at that sort of thing.

It's a simple trivial problem that doesn't need any AI to solve. One variable and a couple IF statements is all that is required.

Have the car reset a counter at midnight to zero. For each person the car runs over and kills, increment the counter by one.
Once that counter reaches 2999, shut down the engine and refuse to start until the next day.

If self driving cars limit themselves to less than 3000 people killed on the road per day, they will already be safer and kill less humans that our current situation with human driven cars, so the self-driving cars empirically win.

Comment Re:First salvo! (Score 1) 438

How about a real story arc?

Wow! I mean sure that would be wonderful and amazing after all, but that's still quite a big demand from most of those involved.

And here I was going to plead and beg just for no Neelix, no warp ten salamander sex, and no stories revolving around any child actors.

Comment Re:Do what? (Score 1) 206

Disclaimer: I'm not arguing GPs point. Or Ps point. Or your point. Oh wait you are P.
Better Disclaimer: I have no point, best not to read further. If you would like your time returned, please send a stamped self addressed envelope to my gmail account, and I'll send you the GNU date source code. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

When Grandma asks you who makes the best computers, do you answer "Cray", or "HP/Dell/Lenovo"?

Well if MY grandma, passed over 15 years ago now, asked me who makes the best computers, I'd probably answer Cray too.

And then send her off to God for the best tech support ever.

I bet he could get that damn tulip module to compile first try too!

But I'm just that kind of jerk I guess ;}

In all seriousness... well some... or a little at least... well I tried. OK that isn't true. But if someone elses grandma, not passed over 15 years ago now, asked me that I'd actually have no idea what to answer.
I think HP has pissed me off the least lately, but that isn't to be taken as they don't very much suck. Dell sort of sucks the opposite of HP for me.
Lenovo on the low end is just disasterly. And yes I greatly fear for my beloved xSeries future in their hands :{

On the other hand, I say this as someone who has one of those $15k HP-UX machines in my basement, along with an equally expensive SGI o2, a Next cube and two Next slabs, and numerous Sparc desktops.

Come to think of it, I'm significantly less qualified to answer here than you are :P

Comment Re:Stupid idea (Score 1) 139

Heck, go a step further than that. Unless you're going to some third world country or flying direct to the middle of nowhere, you can probably buy a cheap (possibly used) laptop when you get there, then download your goodies from the net or the microSD in your tube of toothpaste (if you're that paranoid).

Wipe it and discard it (or sell it) before returning, after uploading the data or stuffing the microSD back in your toothpaste tube.

When you consider the expenses of travelling, a cheap laptop doesn't add much, especially if you can sell it rather than trashing it.

(The laptop I typically travel with -- even within the country -- cost me all of about $35 used, and runs WinXP and Linux. Perfectly adequate for writing, emails and minor browsing, and I'm not heartbroken if it gets lost or stolen (data backed to a thumb drive at frequent intervals).)

Comment Re:Sure. (Score 1) 130

Von Braun sitting in it is a dead give-away. ;)

Granted, without him, without the NASA logo on the box on top, and without the dish antenna it might be a little harder to recognize. (Partly due to its simplicity. Many of the rover prototypes back then were more complex and instantly recognizable, especially the six-wheeled or pressurized ones.)

Comment Re:What is a pre-certificate? (Score 1, Informative) 95

Sorry, but I have no clue what a pre-certificate is. Google search doesn't seem to help me either.

I assumed they meant a premium certificate, aka a class 3 EV (extended validation) certificate or higher.

It's just marketing bullshit pretty much, and the only difference is some flags set in the cert when its signed by the CA.

Real programs don't eat cache.