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Comment Re:vague handwaving (Score 1) 125

So, if you have enough biological skills to make bioweapons, chemicals are an easier, and more certain route, at present that is.

It is literally only a matter of time before a disgruntled nerd sitting at home with his bioreactor can print up something hazardous. The tech will get there sooner or later. Are we going to build a better society that takes care of people before we get there, or are we just going to go ahead and create the guy who will do that?

Comment Re:I won't attend the laying in state, but I appro (Score 1) 557

So then the 4th amendment doesn't apply to a telephone conversation because that doesn't fall under the category of "papers" or "effects"?

affect
[ih-fekt]
noun
1.
something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence:

Also the amendment goes on to state unequivocally that "no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized" which is actually the important part. See, it was understood implicitly that you needed a warrant to conduct a search. Look at how we've thrown that under the bus. You're arguing about the constitution when that's not even the part we're failing on. We're failing on basic practice of law when we don't require a warrant for every search.

Comment Re:I won't attend the laying in state, but I appro (Score 4, Informative) 557

He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be interpreted with the evolving standards of modern times. And he was wrong.

To the extent that he actually believed what you think he believed, he was right. If you can't muster support for a constitutional amendment, you have no business change the constitution in the name of reinterpretation.

Comment Re:They don't need to be up there (Score 2) 85

You might want to look up "AMD Zerotech" as its that way right now if you buy an AMD APU/CPU and pair it with an AMD GPU. With Zerotech if you use that particular setup it will turn off the discrete when not needed giving you the lower power usage of the APU and will then fire up the discrete when you have a task the APU cannot handle. Likewise if you have an AMD CPU it will turn down the GPU when not needed and simply use the GPUs baked in video encoder/decoder along with the frame buffer while turning the rest off.

I have an AMD FX-8320E paired with an R9 280 and I'm currently only pulling 8w from the CPU with 5 tabs and a video running and the GPU has idled down to practically nothing (my gauges only go down to 300/150 on GPU/memory speed so I cannot tell you how slow its actually running) with the GPU completely cool to the touch and the entire system completely silent.

I have to say I'm deliriously happy with the performance and power usage of my setup, last time I put it on my Kill-A-Watt it was pulling less than the Q6600 that I had been using at the shop as an office box, and thanks to Zerotech while the system stays nice and frosty and sips power when I'm just surfing and watching vids it can still scale up to 4Ghz on the CPU and 940/1250Mhz on the GPU/memory respectively in less than a second and if I want even more? I just flip on the overclock and can shoot up to 4.4Ghz without breaking a sweat. considering I paid less than $650 for this system with 16GB of RAM,a gaming board, 3TB of HDD, a BD burner, the R9 280 AND an SSD? The bang for the buck is just insane, no way you could build an Intel system with those specs, no way in hell.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 580

Well I deal with a lot of boxed upgrades as I deal with a lot of SMBs and what happens is it gives you the classic "this software is not genuine" when you get to the desktop on first install.

After that you get the fun of either dealing with a MSFT flunkie over the phone or just using the bootloader hack, frankly I'm leaning toward the latter as I'm tired of dealing with those motherfuckers on systems where the key is either plastered to the tower or in my hand in the retail upgrade box. I've already got several customers looking at Macs and Linux because they do not like how untrustworthy MSFT has become and I've started running various distros in VMs looking at exit strategies. MSFT? Be fucked.

Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 1) 259

Are you dense, or just unable to understand basic logic? Let me break it down...you PAID for Windows 7, this is valued at say $110 for Home, following along? They offer to TRADE, not give, because if they gave you anything then you'd still have your Windows 7 (which you don't) a copy of Windows 10 in exchange for your windows 7 currently valued at $110.

So I'm sorry but they didn't "give" you shit, they took something of value when they handed you that OS and in no universe does trading equal free, no fucking way. You can jump through all the flaming logic hoops ya want fanboy, it won't make 1+1=3.

Comment Re:Loss of Couch CoOp (Score 1) 49

The last POS I bought was Destiny. CoD, Resistance 3, Crisis, MoH, etc are ok games. But I just can't get the feeling out of my head that I had more fun 8 years ago. The last fun games I played were Lost Planet 2, Army of Two, and Gears of War.

I just replayed LP2 on PC because it was recently on sale, holy crap it's so much nicer playing with a mouse and keyboard, shock amazement. As it turns out, LP3 is pretty good too. Not as good as you would have expected a sequel to LP2 to be, but the production value is very very high.

Comment Re:Are there better uses for this technology? (Score 1) 113

As I recall compressing and storing hydrogen is a very expensive process. One problem is that hydrogen likes to destroy most metals. Any piping, compressor, or container must be made of expensive metals or lined with glass or something.

While this is true, the really expensive part is the high-pressure tank. It has to be fairly extreme to actually hold the hydrogen, let alone the issue of sealing it against the gas which is basically a solved problem. We already are using expensive alloys for common engines now that gasoline direct injection has become common. The big difference in practice now is that a gas tank is stamped out of sheet metal and costs basically nothing, and a hydrogen tank is made out of carbon fiber and titanium or aluminum and costs a bundle.

I might be mistaken but hydrocarbon liquids can store hydrogen in a much smaller space than any compressed gas.

It's true. The problem is, burning them produces undesirable emissions. When you burn hydrogen gas you get water vapor and heat out the other end; the emissions truly are cleaner than the intake air. When you burn gasoline you get soot and carbon monoxide. You can minimize the CO, you can reduce the soot, but you can't make them go away. When you burn diesel you get less of everything but NOx, but then you get NOx. So what do you burn? Probably the "best" thing would be methane. It has similar energy density problems to hydrogen, but it has dramatically lower pressure requirements and it doesn't require exotic alloys. Any gasoline engine can be converted to run on it fairly cheaply, at least in theory. (Doing it very cheaply requires automaker cooperation and a vehicle with a reprogrammable PCM, but you can do it "from scratch" without much cash outlay to carbureted vehicles as well — and basically turn them fuel-injected in the process, or you can just use a vacuum-controlled gas regulator which behaves like a carb. Both approaches are commonly used in propane conversions. Methane vs. propane means a very slightly different working pressure, and different injector timing or regulator adjustment.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 2) 183

If people can store cash in their mattress, you can't jack up negative interest rates and force consumers to spend like they should! The flow of money to the 1% would decrease slightly! Won't anyone think of the 1%?

No, you just print more money, and hand it to the 1%. That keeps the money flowing that direction, and devalues the cash in mattresses.

Comment Re: Smart! (Score 2) 183

I can imagine many gov't entities that may choose to not accept 'cash', because accepting cash requires additional security that checks, CC, and money orders don't, requires you to keep sufficient change on-hand, make bank deposits, etc.

No, government agencies cannot refuse to accept cash for anything which is mandatory, and they can't refuse pennies either. On the other hand, if you think pissing off your local government with a shitstorm of pennies is a good idea, you've got another think coming. The definition of legal tender is that you can use it to settle a debt. If someone doesn't want your pennies, they have to tell you before you incur the debt that they won't accept them, same as how a gas station has to post a sign saying no 100s if they don't want those and they let you pump before paying.

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