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Comment Re:Dell's work OK (Score 1) 237

I'll second the recommendation for Dell Precision Mobile Workstations. I run Linux daily on my now-ancient M6400. I've been wanting to upgrade but the current screens are major downgrades (my M6400 is 1920x1200 with RGB-LED backlight array... the new model maxes out at 1080P and is lit with white LEDs). The RGB-LED screen was one of the major selling points of the M6400, as it exceeded the Adobe color gamut performing better for color purity than CRTs.

I've kept this notebook serviced and upgraded... upgraded the processor to a Core 2 Quad Extreme, maxed out the RAM, have hybrid hard drives (thinking about SSDs now)... open it up to clean out the heatsinks and fans regularly... I haven't had to replace anything from failure until it got struck by lightning last year. I replaced the motherboard and it's been chugging along strong. :-) The only other problem I've had was a fan connector worked its way loose so I had to open it up and reconnect it (I may have gotten distracted by roommates while replacing the motherboard and not seated the connector fully). I do need to replace the thermal pads on the GPU heatsink - gaming sessions cause it to overhead because the thermal pads have finally dried out. I'll keep it going though - it has paid for itself hundreds of times over, and since Dell has yet to release a real upgrade (screen estate is important to me as I often have 6 or more terminal windows open so I consider the current model a downgrade) I'll keep it going as long as it takes.

Why do I like it so much? It's got a mix of desktop and mobile chips in it... the screen is amazing, and the thing is built like a tank. It was once knocked off a 4' high ledge onto an asphalt-tiled concrete floor, and it just kept running, and you cannot tell at all that it was ever dropped. Gaming is not happening on the notebook now - the video card is just too outdated for gaming but for Linux administration, diagnosing industrial equipment, light coding tasks, image processing on the go and stuff like that, it still runs like champ.

I occasionally pester Dell about the screen offering and they invariably come back with a canned email or if I call them a scripted response thanking me for my feedback, blah blah blah... and I occasionally check out their Alienware line as well but they are equally abysmal when it comes to 17" screens. I also look into Xeon notebooks from time to time (more cores and >32G RAM would be fantastic for running VMs!!) from Eurocom but the screen resolution on Eurocom's 17" models is equally pathetic. I also check out lines from the actual manufacturers (Clevo, MSI, Compal, etc.) but their web sites are user-hostile.

Comment Why not an economy mode and normal mode (Score 1) 301

Why didn't they just include the DEF injection system and offer an "economy"/low-power mode to drive without DEF, but with increased performance with the DEF reservoir filled? It's a whole lot better than having a diesel vehicle which refuses to start when you're out of DEF and the local filling station doesn't have any in stock.

Comment Re:How do they plan to maintain it? (Score 1) 124

Actually I stated that very point in the post to which you responded with your basis ad hominem attack. Let me copy & paste for your convenience:

"Then, as the manufacturer (assuming they manage to achieve manufacturing of >51% parts in the rebuild) they would be able to legally produce and install their own parts for maintenance. It would require more expertise and finder environmental controls than your typical machine shop could provide."

Comment Re:How do they plan to maintain it? (Score 1) 124

> Again someone with no idea of the complex manufacturing processes required to manufacture turbine blades

I understand that - refer to another post I made in this thread where I stated that very few machine shops have the expertise or equipment on hand to produce such parts. :-p

Comment Re:How do they plan to maintain it? (Score 1) 124

> When Air France and British Airways mothballed the Concorde, they claimed that one justification was that there was essentially no way to get parts to maintain them. How will this group get around that? You can't exactly get those parts pressed at your local machine shop if you need replacements.

Well, they may be able to if they completely dismantle the aircraft, then rebuild it as an experimental. Then, as the manufacturer (assuming they manage to achieve manufacturing of >51% parts in the rebuild) they would be able to legally produce and install their own parts for maintenance. It would require more expertise and finder environmental controls than your typical machine shop could provide.

Comment Re:"It would likely cost quite a lot of money ..." (Score 2) 124

They can probably just register them as experimental aircraft, just as any joe with enough money can do with an F-5, T-38, Harrier, various SAAB and MiG warbirds and other non-certified aircraft... but then they will be limited in flying for hire. They can work around it through legal gymnastics, such as maybe creating a small museum with a very hefty admission price, but which includes a "free" flight on the airworthy Concorde.

Comment Jeb is lying, or an idiot, or both (Score 2) 495

> Bush says he hasn't seen any indication the bulk collection of phone metadata violated anyone's civil liberties.

That is true of a sensible and benevolent government.

However, your associations, even with casual friends, may land you on no-fly and watch lists with little to no recourse. Why are you on that no-fly list? How can you get off it? I can't help but wonder if casual aquaintances of the Tsarnaevs are on such lists just because they may have been study or workout partners, or casual friends, even though they never knew of their intentions. And yet, those evildoers were not on such lists despite urgent warnings coming from our frenemy Russia, who gave us names and dates.

Time after time I read or hear about those who are on no-fly lists - including infants, and have been unable to learn how and why they came to be on those lists, and how to clear their names, and there is NO due process or accountability, which is REQUIRED by the Constitution, citing "national security concerns" even though the greatest threat to our national security is tyranny within our own government.

And then, we have the "secret courts" which gag you; even if you do manage to clear your name and resolve the issue you cannot go to the media about your experience out of fear of reprisal.

So yes, Jeb (nice white trash name by the way), there are indeed civil liberties volations. Our government is supposed to be transparent and accountable to The People, but it actually in practice is not. Congress makes laws from which they often exclude themselves, treating themselves as royalty.

Are we really supposed to believe you, that our government is benevolent, when all the evidence as shared by Manning, Snowden, and Assange proves otherwise? Why on earth should we believe ANYTHING that you say when you believe the Patriot Act does not infringe upon our inalienable rights?

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

I see marriage as a partnership between two people. Each gets a lot out of the marriage - stability, a family, a home, security, companionship etc. So refraining from cheating on your partner is just one of the sacrifices you have to make in exchange for that.

It doesn't have to be a monogamous relationship to begin with. That's a societal construct designed to control people. It's only going behind their back if you have that kind of relationship to begin with.

If you can't trust a happy partner who's having their needs met, how can you trust an unhappy one who isn't?

A societal construct used to control people? What are you 15? I'd love to see the look on your face when you try and talk a girl you're interested in, into this.

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

Funny how Slashdot's fierce Fighters for Privacy turn a blind eye when it's something they don't care about that gets hacked.

But I guess these people "deserved" it because they didn't adequately protect their identities...or something.

Thugs are thugs whether they are stabbing you for your wallet or stealing your personal information. A swift death is the best option for them.

They deserved it because they cheated on their spouse. Which is morally wrong, everywhere. This isn't a religious thing... it's wrong like "Lying" or "Stealing" You're harming another person for your own personal transient gratification.

A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner