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Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 592

by MrL0G1C (#49175365) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

IF he really had good and legal reasons to do what he did, take it to court and face the music.

Are you saying that people shouldn't report illegal government activity?

As I've said before, if he's really this stand up guy, why did he run?

And are you saying that Snowden didn't do what he did for America and put himself in a really crap positioning order to make the the US a better place, that's pretty 'stand-up guy' in my book.

Do you think Snowden would receive a fair trial? Of course he wouldn't, they don't care if he's a whistle blower, they hate whistle blowers, they'll stick him in some send-you-nuts solitary confinement because he has hacking knowledge, he'll be there for years whilst a painfully slow trial works it's way through the courts and at the end of it he'll get to spend the rest of this life in USA's worst prisons.

Comment: Re:Boy you know you're old (Score 1) 83

by MrL0G1C (#49172163) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Put simply:
Game -> Directx -> Driver & Hardware. (Perhaps DX skips the driver for some stuff, I don't know)

It's the MS Windows software framework which takes it's input from the game and outputs to the driver / hardware, it's used for controlling 2d, 3d textures etc + soun, mostly for games. The next gen stuff does more GPU computing I guess. It started with win95-ish.

Comment: Re:Can scale back fossil fuel based generation ... (Score 1) 187

by MrL0G1C (#49171041) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Yeah.... The mythical battery made out of fairy farts and unicorn poop.
Battery tech is limited by chemistry. Until they are in use they are a myth.


1. We haven't reached the end of the road with battery tech. The way technology is going we'll probably be making batteries one atomic layer at a time.

2. Your post is outright stupid.

3. Since you haven't actually made much in the way of sensible concrete arguments as to why batteries are no good, I can't particularly respond.

4. They are in use, very small scale now, huge growth is expected as battery tech is dropping in price continuously large percentage every year.

Comment: Re:so did they or did they not have a running prot (Score 1) 210

It's Arduino syndrome again. They see people selling those for a few bucks, and cases for $5 and figure that they will be able to do the same.

Why is it that the Chinese can throw together HD cameras for $10 but western companies struggle to do the same for $100? Is manufacturing no-how not taught at universities any more or is it that the Chinese simply have all the factories and hence the manufacturing skills.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 210

The rewards offered on Kickstarter are pitiful given the risk to the capital

Yes and no, the attraction is normally a product with features that you can't get elsewhere.

I've backed one Kickstarter - they already had prototypes being tested by public to iron out any kinks, they probably could have made it without Kickstarter help, sometimes Kickstarter is a good way to get the ball rolling with regards to initial customers / advertising. The reason I went for it was the considerable discount offered. It worked out and I got a useful product unavailable anywhere else at a large discount.

The trick with buying is being able to work out some odds on the products chances of success and recognising whether the product is really unique and of value and not just a gimmick that'll get chucked in drawer and never used again.

+ - 42 Artificial Intelligences Are Going Head to Head in 'Civilization V'

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "The r/Civ subreddit is currently hosting a fascinating "Battle Royale" in the strategy game Civilization V, pitting 42 of the game's built-in, computer-controlled players against each other for world domination. The match is being played on the largest Earth-shaped map the game is capable of, with both civilizations that were included in the retail version of the game and custom, player-created civilizations that were modded into it after release."

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 2) 340

by MrL0G1C (#49153237) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Climate's gonna change, people gonna die or relocate, society will have to adapt, animals will die out

Why would you want this?

Why would you choose the 'it's goona suck' option?

The 'it's gonna suck' option is clearly tangible.

The 'It's gonna suck + people gonna die' Is something to be concerned about.

Your post doesn't make any sense and is full of straight forwards contradictions.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!