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Comment: Only 25 crashes in 40 years? (Score 1) 295

by Ranzear (#39602997) Attached to: F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex
From TFA:

There have been more than 25 crashes involving Navy aircraft on or near the base over the past four decades.

Only 25 crashes of high-performance military hardware in four decades is a staggeringly low number to me if even the B2 can have a glitch caused by a little water on takeoff and crash,

Comment: Re:great, more advertising by press release (Score 3, Insightful) 169

by Ranzear (#35054418) Attached to: Molybdenite As an Alternative To Silicon
I don't see moly transistors replacing the entirety of silicon transistor applications in the same way that graphene will never replace silicon.

I can, however, see moly transistors stepping in for the power regulation side of a chip and system where efficiency is demanded, and graphene-based 'burst processing' cores that are shut down completely when not in use on the performance side.

Everything is about application, adaptation, and integration of technologies, not seeking out a replacement for every end of the spectrum at once. Silicon is the Jack in the middle, while the specialists should be looked upon as integrable to the whole of transistor arrangement.

Comment: Re:Override available? (Score 1) 549

by Ranzear (#35051098) Attached to: Sensor Measures In Fingertips If Driver Is Drunk
Or maybe you've had a single dose of Nyquil, or even something as simple as rinsed your mouth with Listerine, and the residue on your fingers (stabilized by the other ingredients of these products) is enough to trip the device. Describing them as 'Unfailingly Accurate' sounds like a recipe for false positives in bad situations. In an amusing reversal of the standard trope, this is like DRM cutting your access to something you legally purchased and legally make use of because you have a Torrent client installed. I'm sure there will be 'Circumvention' clauses associated with the devices as well.

Comment: Re:A couple of points missed by the article... (Score 1) 225

by Ranzear (#33829984) Attached to: Game Prices — a Historical Perspective

And concert tickets...jesus, if you even have to ask. I can remember paying $25 for good concert tickets (for mainstream bands) just 20 years ago. Today it's crazy what you pay even for tickets to no-name bands' concerts.

I saw Apocalyptica for just $25 a few weeks ago by buying the ticket at the door. What you're likely encountering is Ticketmaster's runabout scam, which after fees turns that '$25 at the door' into $48 or more. They even intentionally put their site into maintenance mode just as new tickets are released and link to a site that has no mention of Ticketmaster, yet is owned by them, which sells the tickets at up to 10x their box-office price.

The tickets themselves haven't gotten more expensive, really to the contrary, but the fees and greed of the company who monopolizes them has indeed gotten out of hand.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White