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Comment: Re:Not sure why this article was written (Score 2) 91

by The Grim Reefer (#49793583) Attached to: Cloud Boom Drives Sales Boom For Physical Servers

I think everyone understands that. How else could it possibly work?

I think you give nontechnical people more credit than you should. I guarantee there are two people out there right now discussing what happens to their pictures if it rains. One of them probably has an MBA.

Comment: Re:instead of space race (Score 0, Offtopic) 262

Basically, China is focused on annexing as much as they can and claiming they've always had it.

Because China apparently thrives on that sort of thing.

So, fall behind China on the space race at your own peril, or you'll find they've annexed the entire moon.

China believes it can make up any rules it wants. Because China's leaders are batshit crazy, and China's citizens have been kept in the dark so long they don't know what happened at Tiananmen Square.

Love the Chinese people. Hate the Chinese government.

Basically, the US is focused on controlling as much as they can and claiming they've always had it.

Because US apparently thrives on that sort of thing.

So, fall behind the US on the arms race at your own peril, or you'll find they've policed the entire earth.

The US believes it can make up any rules it wants. Because the USA's leaders are batshit crazy, and US citizens have been kept in the dark so long they don't know what happened at Tiananmen Square, or any number of other issues.

Love the US people. Hate the US government.

See how much fun generalizations can be?

Don't get me wrong, I'm from the US and love my country. But our government is so far off the rails at this point, train wreck doesn't even begin to describe it. I also have friends from and in China. The bullshit propaganda their government tells them lines up with the truth about as much as what ours tells us about China.

Comment: Re:How Much? (Score 1) 133

Cool. I can't wait until this fall when it's time to update my company laptop. My current Dell Precision M6600 was about twice that when I got it two and a half years ago. I think the upgrade to the Nvidia Quadro 3000M w 2GB of RAM was about $800 of it.

The CPU is only a tenth of a GHz faster on this model than the one I currently have, and I have 20 GB of faster RAM along with a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro and a 750 GB spinning disk. 1080X1920 was the highest resolution I could get at the time, but I think the built in screen is 17". The higher resolution would be a really nice improvement.

The newer one weighs less than half of the one I have now. But I'd be curious what the weight of the power transformer is. On my current system it is about the size of a clay brick and probably weighs close to 2 lbs. I can get about 2 hours out of the battery with no real power reduction crippling the system. Probably 3.5 to 4 under the most favorable conditions. So 9 hours would be a big improvement too.

I'll have to wait to see if Windows 10 is worth bothering with though. I suppose I could always install Windows 7 from the recovery disks that came with my current system.

+ - Takata announces largest auto recall ever->

Submitted by The Grim Reefer
The Grim Reefer writes: Takata is nearly doubling the size of its already massive recall for faulty airbags, making it the largest auto recall in history.

The company has already recalled airbags used in about 18 million vehicles for the problem. This move will bring that number up to about 34 million autos. That is nearly one out of every seven cars on U.S. roads today.

The recall is one of the largest consumer product recalls ever.

At least five U.S. deaths and one in Malaysia have been tied to the faulty airbags. But Japanese auto parts maker Takata, the world's No 4 maker of airbags, has previously resisted demands by regulators to get all the affected airbags off the road.

here's a list of car models, and model years, already known to use the recalled Takata airbags.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Ask Hillary, she knows what happened (Score 2) 102

by The Grim Reefer (#49740813) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Just because she said one thing and did another doesn't make that a lie. It could be that the facts changed.

That's a good one. It didn't work out so well for George W. Bush when the facts changed.

Of course you Republicans are so full of hate that you stop thinking logically.

Democrats, Republicans, you're all so full of hatred for each other you're not only illogical, you're blind and stupid too.

I'm old enough to remember when universal healthcare was a Republican goal. The Democrats claimed it would be the end of America. Funny how the roles have reversed.

Of course that's the beauty of the internet. It's been around long enough that you can find videos of just about any politician whose been in office long enough vehemently claiming the exact opposite of what they so strongly state they believe now. But you just keep blindly believing whatever your "team" in the blue or red uniforms keeps telling you to think. It's easier that way I suppose.

Comment: Re:drones (Score 1) 185

by The Grim Reefer (#49721495) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

The Continental Army fought in uniform, under the command of officers,

Indeed, for the most part the Continental Army did. That's why I stated "particularly the militia". Many refused to wear uniforms, and not lining up in formation was considered pretty unconventional back then.

Perception may be a different animal

Which was my entire point. Can you imagine how the history books would have been written if the British won that war? I don't think it would have been very kind to the Continental army, and in particular to the militia.

Comment: Re:drones (Score 1) 185

by The Grim Reefer (#49720689) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

terrorist scum that ignore every rule of civilized warfare.

I wonder if that's what the British thought about the guerrilla tactics of the Continental army, particularly the militia. Don't get me wrong, I'm no supporter of terrorists, but I do find it interesting how one mans valiant freedom fighter is another mans dishonorable terrorist.

Comment: Re:cover everything with mirrors (Score 3, Interesting) 185

by The Grim Reefer (#49719747) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

Simply engineer a heat shield for the warhead that is ablative and outgasses enough to provide a protective layer around the object. The advantage of this over a mirror is that the laser's heat is carried away by the emitted gas.

For countries with MIVR'ed ICBM's, the dummy vehicles can be replaced with some sort of defensive weapon. In the case of Russia, you could have two warheads with four defensive vehicles per warhead on each ICBM, or the US could have 3 warheads with 3 defensive vehicles each per ICBM. Since they can be independently targeted, the defensive vehicles could arrive ahead of the warhead between the line of site of the laser and the trajectory of the active warhead. A nice thick cloud of opaque smoke could do the trick. And be cheaper than reflective/ablative armor.

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