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Comment: They're Against More Than That (Score 3, Insightful) 488

by RudyHartmann (#48024309) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

It's not just solar. It's everything that doesn't conform to their production methods. If they're primarlity coal fired, they're against everything that isn't coal. If thei're oil fired, they're against everything that isn't oil. Etc etc etc. They should be going with Liquid-fluoride thorium reactors. They're adverse to anything that isn't what they're already doing. But China and India are going with thorium reactors.

Comment: Throw Weight (Score 1) 224

by RudyHartmann (#47582879) Attached to: China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

The multi warhead capable assertion is lame. It's just a matter of the weight the missle is capable of delivering. Since the miniaturization of thermonuclear war heads has been done years ago, this is silly. A W-88 warhead in the US arsenal weighs little enough to be transported on an appliance dolly for heavens sake.

Comment: Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (Score 1) 564

Yikes!!!!! Specifically verse 15.

11Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

+ - Playing XCOM on Steam 1

Submitted by RudyHartmann
RudyHartmann (1032120) writes "My main computer that I'm using is an HP xw8600 Workstation. Here is how it's configured:

Dual 3Ghz Quad Core Xeons CPU's
32Gb DRAM Memory
2Tb 7,200 RPM SATA Drive
Nvidia GT520 2Gb Graphics card
Dell 32 Inch 2560 x 1600 Monitor
Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse

I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and Linux Mint KDE 16 64 bit installed with a dual boot option. I have the Steam client installed on Windows and Linux.

There's a sale going on at Valve via their Steam gaming client. I downloaded a few games, but the one in particular I'm playing with is XCOM Enemy Unknown. This game comes in both a Windows and Linux version. I bought it once and it installed on both OS platforms. I struggled trying to get the Windows version working properly. I have all the latest driver updates for Windows. Windows guessed wrong on my hardware. I manually tried to modify the configuration in every way I could think of for 2 hours. When installing it also had to download some other files which included DirectX all over again. It assumed that I was running a gamepad. I am not. The game skipped miserably and often halted for a period. After editing the settings multiple times, there was little improvement. I tried to run it initially at a resolution far lower than what my monitor and card are capable of. No joy ever. It runs terribly.

After rebooting into Linux Mint I fired up Steam. It installed XCOM smoothly without requiring any extra files to be installed. Once Steam told me the game was ready to play, I just clicked it. It ran perfectly the first time with no modifications required.

This is just astounding. I'm so impressed. Linux has become a BETTER gaming platform than Windows. Wow."

Comment: Daughters, Driving & Texting (Score 1) 367

by RudyHartmann (#46598961) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

When my daughter was a teenager and going to beauty school, I let her drive my Ford F150 truck to school. She crashed it twice while texting and driving. TWICE! At least she was honest about it. Once she ran into the back of some poor slob in a little Toyota something or other. The little Toyota got creamed! The thing was nearly totaled. My truck only got a hole in the plastic bumper valence. Fortunately goofball daughter didn't get a scratch on her either time. Her victims were almost as lucky.

(1) Never draw what you can copy. (2) Never copy what you can trace. (3) Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.