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Comment Re:Destroys spontaneity (Score 1) 147

Good luck hauling that behind your bike.

Are you 12? (Yes I know you're not 12.)

Or what am I missing?

You're missing the fact that adults and most teens of 16+ age, drive.

This point seems kind of irrelevant these days. With the fact that GPUs have greatly outpaced graphical development (and many games are just console ports anyway), a lot of laptops will run many decent LAN-party-friendly games. Throw a laptop in your backpack, along with a mouse and maybe a separate keyboard, and you're almost always ready for a LAN party and you can even bike there.

Submission + - Weyl Fermions Found, a Quasiparticle That Acts Like a Massless Electron-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: After an 85-year hunt, scientists have detected an exotic particle, the âoeWeyl fermion,â which they suggest could lead to faster and more efficient electronics and to new types of quantum computing.

Electrons, protons, and neutrons belong to a class of particles known as fermions. Unlike the other major class of particles, the bosons, which include photons, fermions can collide with each otherâ"no two fermions can share the same state at the same position at the same time.

Whereas electrons and all the other known fermions have mass, in 1929, mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl theorized that massless fermions that carry electric charge could exist, so-called Weyl fermions. âoeWeyl fermions are basic building blocks; you can combine two Weyl fermions to make an electron,â says condensed matter physicist Zahid Hasan at Princeton University.

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Submission + - 22 Years Later an Update Arrives!->

An anonymous reader writes: After 22 year, the Apple IIGS finally gets an update to its operating system GS/OS. Apparently, leaked source code allowed the community to give a beloved retro machine a badly needed upgrade. Who needs Windows 10? We got GS/OS 6.0.2. Long live the Apple IIGS!
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Comment Re:NES vs. DOS (Score 1) 52

You're probably right if you're considering the 80's. PC hardware was pretty awful... but in the 90's things really changed. Sure, your SMB, Zelda, Contra, etc type games were better on the SNES... but what about Sim City (and 2000), Civilization, Command and Conquer, Warcraft 1&2, Star Control 2, Ultima 6-8, Wing Commander, X-wing and Tie Fighter? All of these were amazing DOS games, and either didn't have console versions, or if there were, they weren't quite the same (the SimCity,Civilization and Wing Commander for SNES come to mind) Anyway, my point is there were many more games for DOS than just DOOM and Descent in the 90's. Maybe you didn't experience them, but there was a lot of good stuff.

I actually felt the opposite from you those days. I felt a lot of the SNES games were pretty much just rehashes of old stuff, maybe with a slightly better gameplay, but there really wasn't much original going on there, and I was generally bored pretty quick. Then again, I was a teenager, so take this with a grain of salt :)

Comment Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272

I thought you send a team of oil rig workers (the only people on earth who know how to use a drill) instead of astronauts up to the object, drill inside, sacrifice themselves to detonate the thing "manually", split the object in two so that each piece falls into the ocean, and then outrun the resulting tsunami by running up a hill.

Man... just when you start trusting Hollywood.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 2, Insightful) 137

I was going to say spend a million or two on a "enterprise solution tailored to fit your needs" that never actually works like you wanted, but middle management loves because the salesman took them out for drinks, then spend another half-million on training so that everybody gets up to speed. Then after wasting time for 6 months, use some wacky combination of access and excel that lives on some shared drive *somewhere*, Finally give up and scrap the whole idea when a new operations director comes in and has a NEW enterprise solution lined up from his good buddy at yet another company.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981