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Comment: Re:The Golden Mean (Score 1) 1328

by RevRagnarok (#33451700) Attached to: Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

I disagree with the analogy. The most likely reason that not many people are going around saying "the sun will rise tomorrow" is because there are not many other people who are trying to do things like putting stickers on science books saying that, "tomorrow's rising sun is 'only a theory.'" Or blowing up themselves and sun-believers in the name of a non-sun. When that begins to happen, you will hear more from the Silent Sun Army.

Comment: Re:SuperSpeed USB... (Score 4, Interesting) 322

by RevRagnarok (#33390914) Attached to: Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0

The problem is the original nomenclature from USB 1.0 - "full speed" is a whopping 12Mbit/s (vs. "low speed" at 1.5Mb/s). Of course, compared to serial ports that were starting to push 300kbit/s, it was nice. So then USB 2.0 was "high speed" and for 3.0 they needed something "higher" than "high." Pretty stupid, especially when somebody says a USB 2.0 device runs at "full speed" it could simply be MarketSpeak(TM) saying that it won't slow the bus down below 2.0 but the device itself only communicates at 1.1 speeds.

( Oh, BTW, I vote for PlaidSpeed(TM)! )

Comment: It depends (Score 1) 2

by RevRagnarok (#33369238) Attached to: AlienBEware: Why You SHOULD build Your Own PC

A few years back, it was end of year finances time at Dell. FatWallet had some seriously crazy coupons. I picked up a fully loaded XPS with one of the first PCIe video cards for cheaper than I could even piece it together at NewEgg.

Checking my old email archives (thanks GMail!):

Now, with coupons, FatCash (3% cash back from FatWallet), $99 shipping rebate, and 1% back on my MC, it comes out to $1626.67 total. Supposed to be $3113 to start with.

But dude, that's a lot of money for a PC. Build one yourself!

OK. NewEgg.com, getting the cheapest possible items to meet the specs:
(you don't care about the details)
Total = $1997 BEFORE NewEgg's shipping. ...and that doesn't include the time to build/configure, 4 year warranty, case, power supply, keyboard, and 17 inch LCD monitor.

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+ - Ip Packet Headers in Lego!->

Submitted by gavsta
gavsta (749014) writes "Always having problems explaining packets and headers to non network techs, then attempt no more, its all been visualised in Lego! Colour representation of each part of the packet header, and of course yet another glorious use of lego!

"If you said, “Hey! That’s a TCP header diagram in Lego(TM)”, or perhaps, “Holy &^%@! That idiot made a TCP header diagram in Lego(TM)!”, then you’re exactly right! This is another one of those wild, wacky ideas that we dreamed up in the middle of one of my SANS classes (note to the SANS staff: shorter breaks might be a good idea). I bet my students never thought I’d actually do it.""

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+ - AlienBEware: Why You SHOULD build Your Own PC-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you're thinking of paying for a company to build you your dream gaming PC, this article might open your eyes as to how much you are being ripped off.

"I am aghast to the nth degree at the exorbitant pricing of Alienware's flagship gaming PC with the build I specified. It boggles the mind thinking how this could actually be justified. I sincerely hope this is an eye-opener for anyone thinking of going for a pre-built gaming PC. Building one yourself is a piece of cake, and you'll save a whole lot of cash in the process and likely end up with something more powerful and ultimately more personal than a mass-production assembly line could ever conjure up.""

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Technology

+ - SPAM: New Communication Systems For Mining

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zefryjack
zefryjack writes "A new system developed by Lockheed Martin Company, a system using magnetic waves can be used to send voice and messaging at the mining site.

âÅ"The MagneLink Magnetic Communication System works like a radio, but with low frequency. Unlike radio waves, magnetic energy can propagate in the coal and stone,â said Dave Levan, researchers from Lockheed.

The system can connect a short wave radio miners commonly used, but with a wider reach and can reach the surface.

MagneLink Each system consists of two units, one at the surface, and another one in a mine. Units at the mine are blast resistant and only use less power. MagneLink system will be placed throughout the mine in order to facilitate the miners.

MagneLink system can send text messages and sounds like a radio. Each unit includes a keyboard"

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+ - 2010's Best Open Source Software->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "The InfoWorld Test Center rounds up of the past year in open source, highlighting the best open source offerings in several software categories: 'The word "best" here can mean many things. It is sometimes equivalent to "most promising," "most surprising", "most subversive," "most unnerving," "most opportune," "most happening," or some weird, inchoate mixture of them all. The one thing it always means is "most useful" — to developers, IT administrators, and users on a business network.' From enterprise apps, to app dev tools, to platforms and middleware, to networking software, the list is expansive, including 39 hybrid license and community offerings."
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+ - Futurama Writer Creates New Math Theorem->

Submitted by kevin_conaway
kevin_conaway (585204) writes "In the latest episode of Futurama, writer Ken Keeler wrote and proved a new math theorem based on group theory. From the article:

We all knew the writing staff of Futurama was brainy, but this is something else. In the episode “The Prisoner of Benda,” the Professor and Amy use a new invention to switch bodies. Unfortunately, they discover that the same two brains can’t switch twice and have to come up with some equation to prove that, with enough people switching, eventually everyone will end up in their rightful form. To work out the ridiculous brain switching plot line, writer Ken Keeler (who also just happens to have a PhD in mathematics) ended up writing and proving an entirely new theorem"

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