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Comment Re:Dubious assumptions are dubious (Score 1) 247 247

Turning off lights in cities isn't going to help astronomers much.

Actually, no. City glow is a huge impediment to astronomy for an area hundreds of times the size of the city.

There's a middle ground here. Lighting can be designed so it primarily lights the ground, instead of going every which way. Goes a long way towards reducing problems optical telescope use faces.

Comment Re:Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 3, Insightful) 110 110

The issue is significantly more nuanced than that. Most people, and certainly most biologists and behavioral experts agree that there are certain animals that demonstrate sentience in a fashion at least analogous to the way humans think and feel. The great apes, and chimps, in particular, are among that rather rare group who share a significant number of emotional and cognitive traits with humans (little wonder, we're only separated by a few million years of evolution). So the idea here, so far as I understand it, is that those similarities are significant enough that chimps should enjoy, if not human rights, then at least some rights elevated from other far less human animals.

I tend to weigh on the side that sentient animals should receive protections similar to the protections we give to children or to adults deemed legally incompetent. That means they can't exercise many of the rights that we recognize adult humans have, but neither can they be wantonly exploited, physically or psychologically harmed.

But to pursue this in the courts is ludicrous. Personhood is fairly well defined in most, if not all, jurisdictions and it pretty much explicitly excludes anyone who isn't a member of H. sapiens. This is going to need to be something that is dealt with at the legislative level, and it's going to be a long fight.

Comment Re:Many gas stations to close? (Score 1) 758 758

An article with this level of simple insight would never get published on Slashdot.

You need to add a conspiracy:

Diesel is only available because ... big oil pushes diesel and bribes politicians to keep it available. Refining oil into gasoline without also producing diesel creates a byproduct with infinite energy per liter. If they stopped making diesel fuel, the oil companies would all go out of business.

Comment Re:awkward! (Score 3, Insightful) 163 163

Even more so for the kernel developers that blacklisted the Samsung drives.
These developers should probably be banned from kernel development or atleast banned from making decisions regarding functionality.
Creating code with a bug is human, not doubting your own code and blaming somebody else is stupid.

Comment Re:Not sure I understand.... (Score 1) 151 151

Buying an XBox would still be redundant hardware, for the most part (excluding exclusive games). Also, at least for me, my office computer and my gaming PC aren't really redundant. For my office/productivity use, I'm content with an older computer with an integrated graphics chipset. It's not a gaming PC, but it's fast enough to open web pages.

Comment Re:Steam Link (Score 1, Informative) 151 151

For gaming, it ain't getting hot unless you do something STUPID like pick some power-hungry GPU.

For gaming with decent graphics at a decent (i.e. 30+) framerate, yes, it's gonna put out a lot of heat. You're looking at a 980 ti or Fury X to handle 4k, which means a total system power (under load) of ~400 watts. If you want actually goodgraphics, you need SLI/Crossfire, which means ~700 watts or more. That's quite a lot of heat.

Now, if you only want to browse the web or watch a movie, sure, even a low-level low power PC can do that. Hell, my eee901 netbook with it's super-shitty integrated Intel graphics could push 1920x1080. But, we're talking about gaming here, and that takes vastly more power.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams