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Comment: Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (Score 1) 207

Do you need that much FPS? Can anyone really tell much above 30fps? That used to be my baseline for knowing when I could finish tweaking the settings and start playing.

Absolutely. There is a clear difference between 30 and 60 fps when playing computer games.

Anything above 60 is gravy, but getting a game to stay at 60 is what you want, since it tends to be the refresh rate of the screen you're playing on.

Comment: Re:I hope they're planning another model after tha (Score 4, Informative) 245

by jo_ham (#47384059) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

The compact Model E aims to be competitive with the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series, which both start in the low $30,000 range.

So... is there going to be a compact Model LC for the sub-30K$ market? A car for the majority of drivers?

I'm sure they are. They started with the premium sedan Model S, then next is the Model X SUV, then this 30k Model E. The trend is definitely towards more affordable vehicles. You just need to establish yourself as a solid manufacturer first with high-profit sales. The success of the 70k+ Model S has helped to fund the factory to allow them to build the cheaper models to come.

It just takes some time.

Comment: Re:I genuinely cannot remember... (Score 1) 196

by ansak (#47370389) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...
You wrote:

>It doesn't make it clear if it means Canadian dollars or Australian ones, and that would make the value different.

Actually, it's safest to assume that slashdot thinks in US$ -- like all the ads we Canucks get from below 49. And oddly enough, in the current market, A$, C$, US$ and NZ$ are about as close to each other as I remember ever having seen them. You have to hit the Fijian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar or Namibian Dollar to get really wild fluctuations.

Comment: Re:Colored Incandescent Bulb (Score 1) 196

by ansak (#47370331) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...
If a coal plant breaks, it does not do so in my home. It does not spill its mercury in my rug from which the best cleanup manuals seem to imply it can never quite be removed as a long term environmental toxin.

CFLs are the new "Green Run" and the LEDs are only getting better and better, in my insufficiently humble opinion.

Comment: Re:They are following the app store model.... (Score 0) 214

by jo_ham (#47344555) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Great and incisive commentary... except that iPhoto and the replacement app that will be bundled with Yosemite are free.

So, kill your pro app that costs money to force people buy a free app that comes with the OS (which is also free).

The level if genius in your analysis must be beyond me.

Comment: Re:Earth is not Mars. (Score 1) 275

by jo_ham (#47279599) Attached to: Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

So we drop the cargo down with a sky crane/inflatable combination/retro rocket system then land the crew with something like the LEM.

It's not like we don't have experience landing small, rocket-powred craft on airless low-gravity environments, and that was 40 years ago.

We put Curiosity down onto the surface intact using a sky crane flown remotely (with automatic systems handling key bits due to time delay). It's not like we can't land car-sized objects on Mars already.

But no, that sort of "we can't possibly do it" thinking is exactly what we need in space exploration. Keep it up.

Comment: Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

by jo_ham (#47248179) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Yeah, I went back and re-read the article on Ars, which I seem to have misremembered - it pretty much says what the slashdot summary says.

I had taken from the Ars piece that they had asked her previously to remove the adverts, but it seems I was incorrect. I read it during luck and I guess I didn't give it enough attention.

Comment: Re:Confusion? Really? (Score 1) 207

by jo_ham (#47247993) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

I read this on Ars earlier in the day. The site has been up for eight years, and the C&D came recently, since the owner didn't want to take down the Ikea-style branding or the ads (Ikea said that it would be fine without the advertising if the owner ran the site as a non-commercial entity).

It's classic trademark/trade dress infringement, that has been either flying under the radar or simply hasn't been a concern to Ikea until recently - perhaps the ads being served alongside what could be confused for their branding changed, or maybe a new guy is in charge of legal over there now?

Who knows.

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