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Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 497

by Ratchet (#43035739) Attached to: Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

I'm thinking there are things in the works for autonomous combat drones, piloted by AI that can track targets and respond to maneuvers in an air combat setting. Even if the pilot is maneuvering erratically and unpredictably, the drone still has the advantage of being able to (massively) out-turn and therefore out-maneuver the human piloted aircraft.

Comment: The sky is falling... ? (Score 5, Informative) 158

by Ratchet (#42266195) Attached to: Frame Latency Spikes Plague Radeon Graphics Cards

Anyone that actually knows anything about the GPU industry knows that both AMD and NVIDIA graphics suffer from these latency spikes, but it's not with all their SKUs. NVIDIA's 660 Ti works well in this case, but their 670 and 680 has more latency spikes than the competitive AMD cards do. The 7850 demonstrated here is an anomaly for AMD. None of their other cards do this. Look at past reviews from Techreport and you will see what I mean.

Comment: Re:What's really funny... (Score 1) 396

by Ratchet (#41147563) Attached to: Apple Seeks To Block 8 Samsung Products After Court Win

I'm rooting for Samsung here too by the way, I'd like to see Apple get a good poke in the nose as much as anybody, but don't you think it's safe to assume that Apple would just go find someone else to do all that for them? It's pretty safe to assume they already have a list of companies, who are lined-up, just chomping at the bit to get a taste of the billions Apple gives Samsung to do that work. Hell, do you even think Samsung is so stupid that they would throw away those Apple billions just to settle a grudge?

Comment: Re:Year of... (Score 5, Interesting) 274

by Ratchet (#40856113) Attached to: Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of <em>Left4Dead</em>

I think they aren't so much building a game console as they are building a spec for a Linux based gaming PC for everyone to get behind. That makes more sense to me. I, quite literally, only use Windows to play games. Every thing else I either do on my phone, tablet, or already just as easily could do under Linux. If they can make it easy for us hardcore gamers to transition to Linux, then I doubt any of us would bother with Windows again.

The only issue is support for all this cutting edge hardware I have. Linux is always a problem there, but if gamers start to flock, I hope so too will the companies that make our gaming hardware.

Comment: Unlike most of my fellow Canadians here... (Score 1) 186

by Ratchet (#38923749) Attached to: Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says

...I have 40/2 cable access at home with a 250GB cap and no throttling that I've ever noticed for $46 a month (bundled with home phone and TV). If I dropped my plan down to 20/1 I would have uncapped access. There's also a 100/5 option with the same 250GB cap as the 40/2 option, but that plan is $156 per month. My location? Rural Newfoundland, in a town of about 450 people, an hour drive from the largest city in my province (which itself only has 100,000 people). High speed internet access like this is common in my province, available to most communities far more remote and even less populous than mine.

I'm not saying that it doesn't suck for Canadians, I'm just saying it doesn't suck for all of us.

Comment: Re:Security through obscurity? (Score 1) 1015

by Ratchet (#31984358) Attached to: Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

You're comparing an extremely finite place like Earth to an (for all intents and purposes) infinite place like the Universe. If the European "invaders" saw that there was virtually limitless "gold" someplace else, that was easier to get and where they didn't have to deal with the locals to get it, do you think they would still have invaded the Americas?

Yes, maybe we are fairly unique in the grand scheme of things, but we are still one diverse biosphere out of a conservatively estimated 100 billion diverse biospheres in our galaxy alone, times that by the estimated number of galaxies in the known universe, now standing at some 500 billion (scientists are only estimating by the fraction of a fraction of the universe that they can see as well), and you start to get an idea of how totally insignificant Earth really is.

Earth was born in space, created from the smashing toghether of smaller bits of space debris, whatever is here is certainly elsewhere and likely in far, far greater quantities.

Comment: Re:Security through obscurity? (Score 1, Insightful) 1015

by Ratchet (#31975680) Attached to: Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

I think we're overestimating ourselves here. Why would alien's advanced enough to reach us even bother with Earth?

Resources? No, there are countless other sources out there, other planets, moons and asteroids, from which a nomadic alien civilization could gather resources a lot quicker and easier than from Earth. Compared to other sources, Earth isn't a resource rich planet by any means.

Domination doesn't make any sense either. Why would they want to colonize Earth? All evidence is starting to point to Earth-type planets being somewhat common in the Universe, and you have to assume that there are plenty of other easier targets to colonize. Even then, just because our Earth supports us perfectly, doesn't mean it'll be nice and comfortable every other alien out there.

Humans and enslavement would be about the only unique resource Earth has to offer I think, but we're fragile organisms that need rest, food, can only work in certain specific environments and conditions, and are prone to violent uprisings when pinned down long enough. Again, you have to assume that an alien race floating around in space in giant ships would also have some pretty kickass machines happily doing all types of things for them in all types of environments and conditions.

In fact, about the only reason I can think of for an alien race to want to visit us would simply be for research and the knowledge gained. The exact same reason we visit other planets too.

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