I don't mind soldered-in RAM so much... but only 4GB of it? Ouch.
Even as an Asimov fan, I liked the movie. It stayed true particularly to later Asimov books that delved into the fundamental flaws of the "Three Laws" and how interpretation would win out with a sufficiently intelligent machine.
No, it wasn't I, Robot... but it was a decently good science fiction romp that I rather enjoyed. I could've done without the ridiculous product placement, but it also didn't really detract from the story to me... just gave me a few eye-rolling moments.
So what you're saying is that bread is fear? or circuses are fear, and bread is consumption? Or that nothing is something, which has changed?
Circuses have CLOWNS, man!!! Of course they're fear!
I'm not quite sure where you're getting the impression that you need to take off and land from an airport in the USA. While I've never done it I have seen a helicopter land and take off from the parking lot of a business here in St. Louis on more than one occasion. With an appropriately equipped plane you can also take off and land in fields without anyone batting an eyelid... so long as you have the permission of the land owner or own the land yourself.
Can you cite a FAR that shows that you can't fly from anywhere but an airport?
Which part of a car is the "break"?
My experience says that if it's an Jaguar, pretty much all of it.
He didn't have a choice. If he didn't then Microsoft would've become irrelevant in no time flat.
I might be asking a silly question here (from the UK), but don't they have trains where you live?
Not a silly question at all except if you've been to the US! Amtrak is the only real option here and the passenger rail plays second fiddle to the cargo rail 100% of the time. If you have a 3 mile long cargo train in front of you, you'll be going about the same speed. It also means the rails themselves are beaten to hell and back by the weight of the cargo trains.
I have taken the Amtrak a few times and it's pretty bad. I grew up in the UK and I honestly never thought I'd miss British Rail quite that much...
Honestly, good science rarely makes good entertainment. Have you watched the NASA channel? While I did watch it back when I had cable, I found it tedious and boring... and that's actually pretty much what space is really like. Tedious, boring and procedural. And that's really how you want it to be; if you have "exciting" stuff happen in space then you're quite likely going to die.
I enjoyed the hell out of Gravity. While it was definitely Hollywood, it was less Hollywood than most movies these days. And the story while linear and mostly predictable pretty much had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. There were certainly a few moments where I found the science to be abominable; hell in the first 5 minutes I could pick out at least 5 major oversights and flaws... and that was even before the debris cloud. But the story was good enough and the acting was good enough that I overlooked it and just enjoyed the hell out of the movie.
And while much of it was hinted to be in "our universe", much of it was really "alternate universe" in that the space shuttle program continued and had new ones built... the Tiangong is more than just two or three Soyuz and Salyut rip-offs strung together in LEO... new advances in the MMU-style program have produced a jetpack that's more capable and has a LOT more fuel than the MMU etc. There was little that was really glaringly bad in my opinion and I could point at them as niggles rather than out and out hanging offences!
Let me put it this way; if you enjoyed The Right Stuff (which I did and still do, immensely) then you'll probably enjoy Gravity. They are both about as scientifically and historically accurate as each other!
Because they were rotating (look at the stars in the background). While I'm not going to claim it was scientifically accurate at all, once I realized that the scene made an acceptable amount of sense.
I admit it bugged me at first for a few seconds wondering "WTF?" before I noticed the background. It's not explicit... and not spelled out. This movie really does require a bit more analytical a viewpoint than most. And I believe at least two viewings! I plan to take my girlfriend to see it this week after she gets back from her business trip
This is exactly how I felt when watching that abhorrent Will Smith movie "After Earth". So many stupid choices that didn't need to be made....
... like, for example; the movie itself.
I have a NUC (the i7 version) running on my TV at home. I run Windows 8 on it with the Hulu Plus, NetFlix and XBox Video clients... takes care of all of my entertainment needs. Works like a champ actually. I use a combo mini-keyboard/airmouse that's the same size as an iPhone 3G and also have an IR remote attached to it. A 128GB mSATA disk and the damned thing boots in about 15 seconds from cold to Metro. Pretty damned impressive little box and has worked solidly since I got it.
The Minnowboard just really doesn't interest me at all. And this from someone who spent the better part of a year and a half hacking on the original BeagleBoard (which I just recently lost in a move)
I hope that they someday find a solution for batteries in Nordic climes, so it's a viable car here as well. After all, we already use the grid to keep our cars warm and start-able in the winter.
Got to wonder; if they put solar panels on the roof and attached them to battery warmers, would that work for at least daytime parking? I know it's just the sitting time that's a problem. Even on a cloudy day, solar panels can still produce SOME power... maybe not quite as much but it might be just enough to stop the cold battery problem. Once the car's moving, I know the batteries generate enough heat in themselves that keeping them warm while running isn't a problem.
Night-time parking... well I expect that'd be much the same as the engine warmers you use now.
Yeah, this was a bad idea. Unfortunately choosing to make such a public statement on this will basically give the highly vocal Conservatives some more ammunition to use against him, basically in their eyes invalidating the stuff she leaked. While we all know that it's got absolutely nothing to do with anything, that's never stopped the highly vocal Conservative minority from making a big deal of this stuff.
The same people who were screaming for him to be hanged will now feel smug in their self-righteousness and will start finding a way to correlate this gender change with an ability and desire to fabricate the leaked information. This will then invalidate this entire process in the eyes of these people... and believe me they make a lot of noise.
But their failure modes are awful. I've had SSD's fail and they go from blinding performance to "Operating System Not Found" in precisely zero seconds. Well... zero seconds plus the time taken to realize there's a problem, hard-reboot the system and POST. Hard drives still tend to corrupt first and fail later. You usually have decent warning of a failure.
Though I agree; SSD's get a bad rap for failures when they really don't fail often. Heat will kill them rapidly though!
I've actually had a first-generation hybrid drive (Momentus XT 500GB) where the SSD failed. It's not a critical failure, but it does cause a lot of oddities. I had issues with reads sometimes taking longer off the local disk than it did off a network share... in Durban. And yes, we have servers in Durban
Note that the SSD is a read cache only, though I believe some of the more recent ones actually have write caching as well... I'd be a bit dubious of them myself.
I'm not completely sold on Seagate's position here though. I think that they're right that an SSD cache in front of a spinning disk is a great compromise. Yes, my laptop is actually quite acceptable speed though nowhere close to my Intel NUC with a 128GB mSATA SSD in boot speed... but actually running I only occasionally have times where I'm sitting waiting for my system to catch up with me. As a general rule I'm highly productive... and for those games I play on my laptop with Steam the launch and disk access performance is good enough.
I do definitely notice a bit of a "performance ramp" in that when I first got the drive installed and got my applications installed there was a definite timeframe when things were a little slower and I noticed speed up... but these days since I have pretty set work routines I don't have any noticeable difference in performance from day to day. As a general rule, it's the very occasional app launch that seems to take forever that really stands out. Again, though I have to say that in general my laptop launches frequently used apps noticeably faster than my colleague's laptops. I'm currently the only person in the company testing hybrid disks.
Yes, a straight SSD is a lot faster, but you're right in that the failure modes of an SSD are pretty binary... one moment they work and the next moment it's "Operating system not found" on boot. Believe me... I've been down that road and as much as I love the speed of SSD I won't commit my critical data to it. Of course, I also live by the philosophy that data doesn't exist until there are at least two copies (one on my drive, the other on my backup). And all my actual data is stored on a GIT-based Dropbox-alike so I have a local cache and a copy backed up and versioned to my server!