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Comment: Re:Khaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!! (Score 1) 634

by PwnzerDragoon (#40413115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

3) TOS is so dated it crosses the "B-movie threshold" and you simply accept the special effects as stand-ins for what was intended, and/or find them entertaining in their own right (so bad it's good). I know the latter certainly applies to some of my cherished original-series Doctor Who episodes.

This sounds reasonable. The newer versions with the updated CGI effects look terrible, I want the 60s version back.

Comment: You people are embarrassing. (Score 1) 144

by PwnzerDragoon (#40177385) Attached to: Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record

You people are embarrassing. A guy manages to overclock a processor to 7GHz and all you can do is bitch about how you can't do anything with it. Do you make fun of people who climb mountains or build with legos because there's no practical purpose to them?

Nobody is saying this is useful. It's just some guy saying, "Hey look, I got my processor all the way up to 7GHz!", stop taking things so seriously.

The Military

Sidestepping Tactical Nuclear Weapons Limits With Strategic Bombs 138

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the comes-in-five-flavors dept.
Lasrick writes "Benjamin Loehrke describes the rather odd definitions of what is a 'tactical' nuclear weapon and what isn't. 'There is enough ambiguity surrounding the capabilities of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons to render the term "tactical" all but useless for arms control purposes. As the United States and Russia pursue new arms control treaties, they should drop the tactical distinction and limit the total number of all nuclear weapons — strategic, tactical, or other.'"

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 224

by PwnzerDragoon (#39808317) Attached to: Valve's Steam & Games Coming To Linux

But with so many in the Linux community being almost religious in their hatred of all things DRM it will be interesting to see if they will allow or tolerate Steam being on Linux.

Allow? Does RMS secretly have an orbital death laser? Is Linus going to nuke Valve if they don't open-source Steam? How would anyone besides Valve have any say in whether Steam will run on Linux?


Mercedes Can Now Update Car Software Remotely 228

Posted by timothy
from the new-context-for-blackmail dept.
MatthewVD writes "Our cars run millions of lines of code that need constant and, often, critical updates. Jim Motavalli writes that Mercedes-Benz's new mbrace2 'cloud infotainment system' has a secret capability: it can update software automatically and wirelessly. In a process called 'reflashing,' the Mercedes system turns on the car operating system (CU), downloads the new application, then cuts itself off. With companies like Fisker paying dearly for constant recalls for software problems, automakers will likely rush to embrace this technology. No more USBs in the dashboard!"

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"