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Uhhh...unless I'm mistaken the USA hasn't used RTGs as power sources except in deep space for precisely this very reason, too risky if something goes BOOM!
OTOH the Soviets had a serious love affair with RTGs, they used 'em on LEO sats, used 'em in their arctic bases, even ran lighthouses with RTGs. They cranked out so many RTGs they honestly no longer know where they are all located, so many were used in the former USSR that there is no telling how many abandoned stations in Bumfuckistan have RTGs lying around waiting for some fool to kill himself trying to steal the metals in the casing.
Interesting? Really mods? Everybody forget Occam's razor? This thing was the OLDEST one the military had that was still "functioning" and by functioning they meant it was parked as a back up for the last NINE YEARS.
So you have a device in one of the most inhospitable places we know of, WELL past its prime, sitting in a holding pattern with minimal power strictly as a backup. So what would one say most likely using Occam's razor? That the thing has been deteriorating for over a decade and that when somebody fired up the engines they went BOOM! and took the bird with it. Considering how old it was? Not only is this most likely it really isn't even surprising, after all you ARE talking about trying to perform a controlled release of highly pressurized gas from a sat that has been beaten by micro meteors and exposed to insane temp variations since Clinton was POTUS.
Now which is more likely, the US military risked setting off a chain reaction and fucking up their satnav network just to test a laser, or they tried to move the thing and it ripped itself apart?
When most legit sites are accused of corruption? They show what steps they have taken to show they are not. Kotaku says we are just for entertainment so it doesn't matter which frankly says all anybody who ISN'T an SJW needs to know.
As for the rest of the "la la la, you are wrong, no proof you are wrong" all you have shown is you are a hardcore SJW and therefor there is no point even bothering to waste a few minutes to speak to you, you already believe your political narrative and if Jesus Christ came down and said "you are wrong" you would accuse him of being gender biased, good day.
Then you have only yourself to blame as Sony TRIED that, offering to sell its Viao line 100% bloatware free, you only had to pay $50 difference to make up what they were losing by not including the bloatware, what happened?
OMG get out of the way, here comes the waaaambulance as everyone ran to bitch and moan about actually having to pay full price for things, ZOMG the bastards! After 6 months where less than 3% actually paid the difference Sony quietly gave up, realizing that if given the choice between bloatware and cheaper or clean and more expensive? Well screw that $50, bring on the crapware...sigh.
Ya know, its that kind of stupid shit that keeps guys like me in business and ya know what? I really wish it didn't. I'd happily do something else if we could wipe that kind of dumbshit attitude from the world but as Sony found out "stupid is as stupid does"...ugh.
I'll just leave this here, but feel free to go back to Kotaku, which came out and actually BRAGGED about how corrupt they were, ignore the chat logs of GameJournoPro, where they literally got together to formulate a response when they got caught accepting both monetary and sexual favors (which is why no less than 13 different websites all printed the EXACT SAME ARTICLE about how "gamers are dead" within an 18 minute span of each other) and listen to AS who is literally a living breathing sockpuppet of the guy who runs feminist theory (she literally retweeted entire articles word for word he wrote nearly a decade ago as her own, when nobody would listen to a "CIS male" saying his crap he found her shilling real estate and hired her, funny shit) but that is the thing about people living a political narrative, they ignore any and all reality that doesn't fit their political agenda.
I find it funny how many of the radical feminists identify as social marxists, as they do seem to be stealing whole cloth from classical communist media manipulation, especially the old And you are lynching Negroes tactic of derailing a conversation from where they are weak (such as corruption and free speech) to some place where they believe they can control the narrative. I guess those that forget their history are doomed to use failed policies of the past over and over.
So you ADMIT that Linux can't even KEEP ITS OWN DRIVERS FUNCTIONING for a lousy 5 years, just HALF the life cycle of Windows?
I don't know what is more sad and pathetic, the fact that you consider basic functionality "stupid" or that you are so drunk on the koolaid that you actually consider such piss poor support to be an acceptable situation. And you wonder why Linux has been stuck at under 2% for 24 fricking years?
The problem with those kinds of things is they just teach the kid to be a glorified MP3 player, that's it. There is a vid online of some kid being brought up on stage with Steel Panther I believe and as long as all the kid has to do is play Van Halen note for note? The kid plays perfectly. The second the kid is told to just shred? Deer in the headlights.
I've gotten on stage with those kinds of players and even though they could totally slaughter me when it came to playing a cover tune note perfect? I'd end up with the crowd cheering me because I could actually interact with audience feedback and play with feeling, despite not being nearly as technical as they were. there is a BIG difference between playing somebody else's work note by note and actually creating music, if all you want is the former? These are great for that, you want the latter? I would argue they actually hinder the player as they teach basic patterns but don't give you any context to use them except in that one specific piece, you end up with "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra", you know the words but have no meaning or context to use them correctly.
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I'm sorry but I think you are wrong, and here is why....the "risk" came from the previous CEO which there is no danger of returning. It was Ballmer that was pushing the "branding" bullshit, Ballmer that was pushing GFWL, Ballmer that was sticking Winflags on everything, every single complaint Gabe had cane be traced back to Steve Ballmer.
Nadella's slogan should be "Not the Ballmer, not the Ballmer" as he has shown that gives not a single fuck about sticking Winflags, devs said they wanted
Finally you have to remember that SteamOS is already fucked because Gabe shot his load too damned early. he got all those OEMs to hop on board only to leave them high and dry without an OS on launch day, so no way in hell is he gonna get jack shit when it comes to OEM support. No Steamboxes on shelves? Nobody but a few Linux faithful using SteamOS, hell he'll only get a small subset of Linux gamers as many have already said they will not support Steam simply on DRM principles, so there really isn't even any growth in that teeny niche market!
Will he keep it on life support for a few years, just in case? Probably, if for no other reason that to save face and to keep them from looking like a failure, but the days of big SteamOS announcements and buzz? Stick a fork, the fat lady is down the street having a sammich.
Then riddle me this...why does NOBODY, and I do mean nobody, not in FOSS nor in proprietary, support Torvalds driver model? After all if it was good there is absolutely NOTHING stopping them from adopting it, right? And what about BSD, why does it not follow the great Torvalds driver model?
The reason why is obvious, its because its shit that just won't scale. Hell basic math will show you that "let the kernel devs handle it" utterly collapses when the number of drivers reaches 5 figures because there simply is not enough kernel devs to keep up with all the hardware that is already out, much less the hundreds of new devices released this and every other quarter. It really VERY simple, in 1993, when the entire OS could fit on a single floppy? Then sure letting the kernel devs handle it made sense, they had MAYBE 30 drivers all told to deal with, now how many is there? 100,000? 200,000? Even if you pumped up the devs on coke and locked them in a room with NOTHING to but but deal with drivers they would have MAYBE 5 minutes every 3 years for each driver!
There is a REASON why the Hairyfeet challenge has stood for nearly 8 years without a single consumer Linux OS passing and it all comes down to his driver model not scaling, simple as that. BSD? It passes the Hairyfeet challenge with flying colors, too bad there simply isn't enough consumer hardware support for it to be a viable desktop. Its been 24 years now, 24 years of the same excuses, 24 years of "update foo broke my drivers", 24 years of manufacturers being unable to put a fucking penguin on the box because they can't JUST support Linux, even JUST support a distro like Ubuntu, they have to support "Ubuntu version X, kernel version Y" because THAT is how fucking picky Linus has made the OS with his fucked up driver model!
Meanwhile a Windows user can buy a PC and have the drivers that come on the system run for the ENTIRE LIFE of the system, I can take a copy of XP RTM, install the drivers, and then run it through the entire life of the OS, 3 service packs and countless patches, know how many drivers will be non functional at the end? NONE, that is how many drivers will be broken at the end and THAT is what you are competing against, and failing miserably!
But if you truly believe what you are saying? Then put your money where your mouth is and take the Hairyfeet challenge which just FYI only requires Linux to run HALF, I repeat HALF as long as a Windows lifecycle. Surely your OS can do half of what Windows can, right? I look forward to seeing your video posted here and the complete vid on Dropbox. of course we'll never see it because if you actually attempt to take the challenge you'll see what I saw countless times and that is Torvalds.driver.model.doesn't.work. and it all comes down to his driver model being made of fail.
Sorry but I predict that SteamOS will be dead in 3, probably less, and in the meantime it will be given a trickle of updates while it slowly winds down. The reason? Windows 8 and the MSFT store.
The entire reason for the existence of SteamOS was that Gabe feared Windows 8, specifically the Windows Store. He gave interviews railing on Win 8 and talking about how shit the MSFT store was gonna be for lock in, bla bla bla....so what happened? Windows 8 went over with all the desirability of a trainwreck, the MSFT store turned out to be a spyware ridden clusterfuck, and the CEO that pushed that crap "decided to pursue other interests" rather than get canned. The new guy? Seems to actually have a brain and isn't trying to fuck his partners by sticking a Winflag on everything under the sun.
So every. single. reason. given for making SteamOS? Gone, finished, wasted. Why spend who knows how many millions to develop your own Operating System to defeat somebody who has already waved the white flag? Not to mention as long as Torvalds has a pulse the driver situation will NEVER get any better as Torvalds refuses to let go of the same crap driver model he has been pushing since 1993, so they get the "fun" of dealing with that mess, and for what? MSFT is giving away Windows 10 so you can't compete on cost, MSFT has all but given up on the Windows store, in fact the entire time I've been running Win 10 I don't think I've ever had so much as a "FYI did you know we got a store?" pop up, so that is not a threat, and Steam already has big picture mode in Windows so they can't even use a 10 foot UI as a selling point!
The Linux fanboys can scream and curse me all they want, but time will prove me right. Gabe royally fucked up the SteamOS launch by telling the OEMs it was ready when it wasn't (probably because he didn't know what an unstable POS the Linux driver model really is) so they ended up being left with their dicks in their hands and had to rush out their "Steamboxes" with Windows 8.1, which with the amount of hatred Windows 8/8.1 has? Might as well have just flushed the Steamboxes down the john. After taking a bath like that you can bet your last nickel that Gabe will NOT be getting any more custom hardware, Linux users simply do not buy enough games, hell most will refuse to support Steam simply because its DRM, so the growth in that market is practically flatline, and finally no reason in hell for Windows users to switch to a limited subset of their Steam library when Win 8 is dead and Win 10 looks to be another Windows 7 level hit, so what advantage is there for Valve continuing to sink millions into SteamOS?
There just isn't any which is why they went from trumpeting SteamOS every chance they got to a trickle of low priority press releases, Valve knows MSFT isn't gonna push them off of Windows, hell since Gabe screamed bloody murder GFWL was shut down, the push to combine Windows and Xbox gaming has all but died, MSFT is just no longer a threat to Steam and Gabe knows it. Expect SteamOS to slowly wane until its nothing but a trickle, followed by a little press release a year or two quietly announcing SteamOS is gone, there just isn't a good reason for it to exist any longer.