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Comment Re: Brought about by the internet? (Score 1) 122

Sure they are. Otherwise, you don't have a populace that can freely participate in democracy. If any form of heresy is tolerable, then the powers that be can just redefine it in a way that suits them.

The whole effort is naieve.

The problem with the Nazis is not that they "said things" but that they "did things" which should have been prosecuted as crimes when they happened.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 320

Nothing that Poettering is doing now addresses "The problem".

That's any of the usual FUD that are claimed to be problems for actual consumer end users. That is perhaps the single most frustrating aspect of his current nonsense. He's insisted on making sweeping changes to the parts that don't need fixing and are the least relevant to "the problem".

Comment Dear Diary: 30 October 1917 (Score 1) 271

"Promising" barely scrapes the surface of what's involved here.

Battle Story Passchendaele 1917

Another push toward Passchendaele brings promising results: the Canadians reach the outskirts of Passchendaele, and take strongpoints such as Vienna Cottage, Snipe Hall, Duck Lodge and Vapour Farm.

And, no, I did not make those "strong points" up.

It was due to the bravery of Major George Peakes and his battalion (5th Canadian Mounted Rifles) that these strongholds were captured and secured. This was one of the bravest small-group actions and ensured the success of the attack on October 30. Major Peakes was awarded a VC for his leadership.

I'm imagining a member of the British upper crust sitting in his warm, fireside chair peering eagerly into Galadriel's water mirror (circa 1913) to soak up this promising tidbit about the looming war, while someone in the next room hums "onward fusion soldiers".

No, a technology does not become promising merely because a singularly large obstacle looks a little smaller today than it did yesterday.

That's just pride fuckin' with you.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 160

I think you have me confused with someone else ...

> As I told you before, we're not in the days of your shitty Apple displays

1. Who said anything about Apple displays??
2. When?

> 10-bit (that's 30-bit A-RGB colorspace) 4K monitors, S-IPS, 28" for $600.

You're talk about %0.001 of users. We're not talking about 10-bit -- we're talking about the claim of 6-bit/channel monitors and wanting proof of _actual_ monitors.

Thanks for the heads up 10-bit displays are finally south of $500 though!


I'm still holding out for the "holy grail" of monitors is 10-bit, 120+ Hz refresh rate, 2560x1440, 28"+.

Comment Re: Even if practical technology was 10-20 years o (Score 1) 271

Maybe. My thought has always been that if fusion is close enough to get ballpark figures, we can build the necessary infrastructure and much of the housing in parallel with fusion development. Because the energy distribution will impose novel demands on the grid, it's going to require a major rethink on communications protocols, over-generation procedures, action plans on what to do if lines are taken out.

With fusion, especially, it's expensive at best to learn after the fact. Much better to get all the learning done in the decade until working fusion.

With all that in place, the ramp time until fusion is fully online at a sensible price will be greatly reduced.

Parallelize, don't serialize. Only shredded wheat should be cerealized.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada