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Comment: Re:The goal of the chamber (Score 1) 1100

by LuvlyOvipositor (#29216403) Attached to: Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Ad hominem abusive (also called argumentum ad personam) usually and most notoriously involves insulting or belittling one's opponent, but can also involve pointing out factual but ostensible character flaws or actions which are irrelevant to the opponent's argument. This tactic is logically fallacious because insults and even true negative facts about the opponent's personal character have nothing to do with the logical merits of the opponent's arguments or assertions.


Comment: Queue System for Instances (Score 1) 520

by LuvlyOvipositor (#29148703) Attached to: Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or

If you are going to take your time getting your hardware upgraded, can we at the very least get a temporary queue system for instances?

I have been trying for the past few weeks to finish an alchemy quest (elixir mastery), and 90% of the time I can not get an instance due. This is a combination of too many people and low priority on old-world instances. A simple queue system would help solve this problem, so that the people that wait there the longest get the instance first, as opposed to whoever spams the entrance the most.

Comment: Re:Great goals (Score 1) 792

by LuvlyOvipositor (#28960093) Attached to: Windows 7 RTM Reviewed & Benchmarked

I'm not sure how exactly they benchmark this, is it from BIOS post to visible desktop/start menu; or from BIOS post to when you can actually DO something.

On my Win XP systems, it takes almost as long to go from log on screen to functional desktop as it does from BIOS post to log on screen (at least a minute on a machine that I try to keep free of boot up processes/services). On W7 RC it takes probably 30s from BIOS post to log on screen, and 5 seconds later I can do anything I want on the desktop. That is the speed advantage that 7 has over XP.

Comment: Re:Is this uncommon? (Score 1) 475

by LuvlyOvipositor (#28927469) Attached to: Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

I propose a new /. law:

Anything pro Apple/linux/democrat or anti microsoft/republican is both trustworthy and newsworthy.
Anything anti Apple/linux/democrat or pro microsoft/republican is clearly sensational and fabricated.

Bonus points if you can slip in a reference which puts the blame solely on Bush (or any past/present/future president).


Transparent Aluminum Is "New State of Matter" 406

Posted by timothy
from the baseball-bats-will-never-be-the-same dept.
Professor_Quail writes with this interesting excerpt: "Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminum by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminum' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion."

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming