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Comment: Re:Nobody cares about VR (Score 1) 135 135

Sorry for the bad news, VR is a niche and will never take off as a mainstream thing in gaming

It's a niche market currently. As soon as more goggles (or whatever they'll be called) become available, and especially low cost versions become available, that will change. At that point they will be able to be used for more than just gaming. Who wouldn't want to be able to carry around their own movie screen? I'm sure some sort of WiFi (HDMI wireless or something) screen sharing won't be too far behind at that point either.

History is full of people saying things will fail that are now commonplace. How many people said the iPod or iPad would be a flop? People said the same about the GUI, homeless carriage, and any number of things.

Comment: Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 1) 51 51

If you don't have the capital to invest in purchasing your own stuff and switching over, however, it seems like this is a reasonable option.

Depending on the size of the site, it should be possible to replace some portion of the lights at a time. You could even do the first round of replacements and then use the savings from the next (couple) of electric bills to replace the next round of lamps and continue to do so until all have been updated.

Of course in the real world the first round of lights would be replaced and the savings from that would go directly to the CEO's quarterly bonus I suppose.

Comment: Re:Worlds first Hybird Console? (Score 2) 37 37

The TurboGrafx-CD was a peripheral add-on for the TurboGrafx-16. They weren't integrated until the Turbo Duo (1992)

For what it's worth, Wikipedia states: When the PC Engine Duo launched in Japan on September 21, 1991,

AKA TurboDuo in North America.

+ - Venus and Jupiter: Together at Last->

The Grim Reefer writes: Anyone who pays even cursory attention to the evening sky has surely noticed that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been drawing closer together in the west in the evening twilight. At the beginning of June, the two planets were 20 degrees apart in the sky, about twice the width of your fist held at arm's length. Week by week, Jupiter and the stars behind it have gradually slipped lower in the evening twilight. But Venus, due to its rapid orbital motion around the Sun, has stayed high up.

But now the spectacle is taking an even more dramatic turn — one you just can't miss. For eight nights beginning June 27th, these two bright planets will be within 2 degrees of each other — close enough to cover both with the thumb of an outstretched hand. In the midst of that weeklong run, on June 30th, Venus and Jupiter will appear so close together — just 1/3 of a degree apart — that they'll look like a tight, brilliant double star in the evening sky. You'll be able to cover both with the tip of an outstretched pinky finger.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 117 117

Impact of build-up during a single flight surely falls below the point where applying and maintaining a fancy coating is cheaper than having Jose hos-e off the bugs.

I can imagine a flight out of Orlando Florida in August could easily make this worthwhile. I'm not sure if speed makes any actual difference for the number of bugs that get hit, but it always seemed like I had a lot more bugs splattered on my car when I drove faster. If so, a plane certainly hits higher speeds than I have in a car.

Comment: Re:you never hear of having USN nuclear problems (Score 3, Informative) 288 288

I'm guessing you're younger than I am, as Three Mile Island is what did in nuclear power in the US. The movie, The China Syndrome coming out at th he same time even gave the media a catchy term to go with it. Chernobyl was just more proof for the masses to realize how correct they were in their fears. Or that's what the no nuke crowd successfully told everyone.

Comment: Re:Sure ... (Score 3, Funny) 154 154

And why would it take 5-6 hours for emergency help to arrive? This thing is not in the middle of nowhere, it is following I-5 between LA and SF.

A couple of fender benders during rush hour on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and it will take 5-6 hours to go 4 car lengths. ;-)

Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 818 818

How very white of you...

How very presumptuous of of you.

If Amazon is going to stop selling the Confederate battle flag, then why are they still selling the Japanese battle flag? How many millions of Chinese citizens died under this flag?

How may native Americans died under the 26 star American flag? There were at least 12 million native Americans killed in the US under various iterations of the American flag. Why should that still be sold by Amazon? Oh yeah, because there's less than a quarter million of them left to complain.

Someone can be offended by just about anything on the planet. This is just getting silly.

Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 818 818

Look, the Confederate flag means slavery, hatred, bigotry and treason against the USA.

Does it? I was born in the northeast and am now located in the south. Race riots were in full swing when I was a kid. I have no love for the Confederate anything and don't feel it should be flown on federal buildings, and probably not state buildings either. But if someone wants to purchase one, then they damn well should be allowed to.

I don't hang out with racists, so I don't know what that flag represents to everyone who chooses to display it. If they claim it's not due to racism, then I'm inclined to believe it. The civil war is over and the south lost. I wasn't around 150 years ago, so I'll reserve judgement on what it was over. But if someone feels it simply represents their heritage, then so be it. In the city I live in, it's been part of the city seal for well over 100 years. Now there's debate about changing this. The British flag is also part of that seal. Shouldn't it be removed too? After all, at one point it represented oppression too.

The swastika was around for a couple thousand years before the Nazi party decided to adopt it as their symbol. (and no, I'm not trying to Godwin this post, it's just a very commonly known symbol). If a group can adopt a symbol that is meant to represent prosperity and turn it into what is now associated with evil. Why can't a flag that represented something bad be reclaimed as something else? It is happening with all kinds of things these days. There's a Jewish magazine called "Heeb". That was considered a very derogatory term when I was much younger. I've been referred to as "nigga" by friends, which I find offensive no matter who it comes from. But it's the intent that's more important than the word, symbol, or flag in this case.

It's supposed to be a free country. If someone wants to be a racist ass, then so be it. As long as they aren't infringing on anyone else's rights, they should be free to be as stupid as they wish to be. The First Amendment is not there to protect speech that everyone agrees with.

Comment: Re:Keep your old cars (Score 1) 165 165

Obviously. That's why I added the last sentence to my post. I currently have a 2003 Olds Aurora. It's getting difficult to find certain parts for it. But there aren't a lot of them and they aren't something that people are looking to modify. Plus with GM killing Olds...

Years ago I had a Cadillac Seville that parts were scarce for before it was 10 years old. I needed a new pan for the transmission when it was 8 years old. It was discontinued and no one had one in stock, nor could I source one from a junkyard. Apparently everyone else bottomed those out too. I ended up getting a machine shop to fix it. I got 320,000 miles out of that car. It just wouldn't die.

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- John Wooden