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Comment: It's big companies, not consumers!!! (Score 1) 78

by MxMatrix (#49543825) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

I'm a 'big' pc user, no less than 10 around the house. But the most of them being second hand or even older. Re-using my old hardware is a normal way of saving money. And stuff I don't use anymore is being sold again or given away to people with a need for it.

It's big companies who sell-off their old crappy hardware to wholesale buyers and then it end's up in Accra, Africa.
Instead of finding close range solutions like donating to schools, unemployed and poor they want a buck or more for it.
And I'm not even talking about companies who replace their entire fleet every 3 years.
That's just nasty to my point of view.

Comment: Re:The Big Bang Is Obsolete (Score 1) 157

by MxMatrix (#49170045) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

It's human to think the universe has boundaries as our lives self are within the strict boundaries of our own dogma's. Even imagining that something just might be eternal and endless is for the brightest scientists a mere impossible task.

Let alone religious people ... they sometimes still believe Earth is the center of the universe.

Comment: Gotta love them ... I do. (Score 2) 164

by MxMatrix (#48818041) Attached to: The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

Look to the future and imagine the internet of things ... yet all those smart devices relay on the big data consuming services of their proprietors.
Why are mainframes so hard to replace you ask yourself. Versatility is my answer.
Sure now, how can a machine weighing tonnes be agile and able to adapt to an ever changing world?
The answer is within that ever changing world itself, ask yourself what is a mainframe exactly?
I see mainframes as ultra concentrated bulks of technology, not measured in mips or dry-stones but in simultaneous multi processing threads.
Rather described in technology level instead of architecture and operating system.
On it's own every mainframe is a supercomputer ...

No I'm not a mainframe operator, though sometimes I wish I was. Once I've had a summer job caring for a GCOS/Bull system in night time.
I enjoyed the smoothness and sheer power of it. It was the start of my carriere in IT.

Comment: Lies? (Score 1) 140

/conspiracy mode on: Its LIES lies lies ... for all those years, and I've suspected them ever since. Now where did I put my tin foil hat? .... Oh noes, radiation made me forget. Ok, serious, how about radiation levels in medical appliances? I can remember they use low level barium in hospitals for all kinds of scans. If even a low level already is unsafe, how many more have been affected by these low levels?

Comment: ... or originality? (Score 1) 516

by MxMatrix (#39532873) Attached to: Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?
JJR Tolkien and his fellow writers were of English or former English colonies (eg. South Africa), and they founded the genre. So all original fantasy literature is written in British English. Most actors in starring in fantasy movies are in fact British. So its hardly a surprise to me. (I'm from the Netherlands myself)

Comment: Minority report de facto and Palantir LotR facts. (Score 1) 276

by MxMatrix (#38180778) Attached to: Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon
Palantir are the Westernesse looking stones once crafted by the skills of the Elves of Valinor. And thus not created for evil use. Sauron obtained one of them, presumably the one from Annunminas. They are in fact neutral, can be used for viewing everywhere as long as you are able to control the magic within. Now for this government system, it's created for a neutral thing in the fist place. Just correlating different sources of info. But sure, it can be used for evil things too ... but more in a minority report way of doing, I think. So time will tell if US government is integer enough to use their system wisely ... or fail and bring down havoc on the meek.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose