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Comment: Re:Car analogy (Score 1) 145

by deburg (#48896189) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

You can't normally use every drop of gas in the tank as the tank's bottom isn't shaped like a funnel. (standard saddle tanks are 17 gallon or 19 gallon, a 20 gallon tank would be unusual to find)


Then Ford should advertise that the gas tank is 17 gallons lah. My bike is listed as 3.5 liters but when it reaches empty I can pump in 3.7 liters.

Shall I sue Ford for not making a perfectly smooth gas tank that lets me use all of the gas in my tank?

No, but I'll would keep that that in mind for my next car purchase


Comment: Re:Think again. . . ."zombies" aren't what you thi (Score 1) 337

by deburg (#44863807) Attached to: DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

Funny you should mention zombies and rabies in an article about a flu pandemic.

John Ringo just published a fictional book about a zombie apocalypse involving a customized rabies virus hiding in a flu stain

Under a Graveyard Sky -

Comment: Re:Fertilizer... (Score 2) 168

by deburg (#44818103) Attached to: Space Food From Space Farms
This reminded me of an old SF story by Asimov. Humans stranded on hostile environment planet, struggling to terraform the environment. Dying one by one, their bodies finally providing the soil for the earth seedstock, but alas not in time for the last survivor. Sniff.

Comment: Re:"worked out" (Score 1) 332

by deburg (#43522243) Attached to: 64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

So yeah, AMD is a hot mess

Exactly, back in 2006-2009 when manufacturers started coming out with low cost AMD Desktops and laptops, most fried or had to get their coolers replaced (sadly most people could only afford to do this for desktops) after a year. Heck, it was a lot worst in my country where the ambient temp is 35 degrees Celsius and 100 per cent humidity.

Comment: Re:A Subversive Library at their Fingertips... (Score 3) 171

by deburg (#43220879) Attached to: Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

... the KJV Bible ... it used to take the scribes a year to make a single copy. It would also cost a centurion's annual salary.

Eh? Wasn't the KJV Bible published in 1611? There were still Roman Centurion's then? Or are ye refering to the Byzantine (East Roman Empire)?

Comment: Re:Point of information: (Score 3, Insightful) 346

by deburg (#42239375) Attached to: F-16 Engines Stolen From Israeli Air Base
Anyway, considering all the TLC that US has been treating Israel to, you'd think they (Israel) is from sort of protectorate (like Purta Rico) or favorite trading partner.

Hence all the conspiracy theories I'd keep hearing about. Seriously, Illuminati? US Senate are all Jews? What the heck have my country mates been drinking?

Comment: Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (Score 1) 291

by deburg (#41808089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

Or, if you're looking for a laugh, ehow says you should consider making a sculpture.

Please don't. I live in a 3rd world country where lots of us are still using C2D as primary/sole machines. And those with motherboards that can accept DDR3 would go gaga for these RAM.

Comment: Don't let the Law keep ya down (Score 1) 508

by deburg (#41465893) Attached to: California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

Personally, I am pleased that a goverment is pro-actively taking account of new technologies and laying out a road-map.

Until recently, in my country, electric cars were not allowed to being driven on the roads (except on private land), because there was a law requiring each car to have paid road tax. That same law also stated that road tax were calculated based on engine displacement , which is not present on an electric car (duh). As such, until the law was ammended in 2010 (and set to take effect in 2011), the only ECars were golf carts and demo-cars that were ferried on trucks.

Comment: Re:Self navigating cargo ships (Score 2) 301

by deburg (#41207643) Attached to: California To License Self-Driving Cars

Open water piracy would take a dent as there would be no crew to kidnap, and there would be no incentive for ship owners to follow pirates' demands to reroute ships. After all, if you're going to lose a ship and its cargo either way, then might as well do it by not appeasing pirates.

Dude, methinks ye have not been reading enough sci-fic.

Piracy will still exist, as long the ship or cargo is valuable to someone. Maybe the pirates will involve the services of a hacker or insider. I can imagine boarding a ship to subvert the computer or sending false "storm avoidance orders" and ordering the ship to hangout at a certain port. Many ways to skin a cat, there is.

Comment: Re:Computer Teacher? (Score 1) 317

by deburg (#41051065) Attached to: Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

If you've read The Diamond Age, the Primer is a good example

Even in that vision of the distant future, human intervention was required to make it work completely.

True, in that certain copies had people involved, but I guess it was more an optional feature, to allow the parent to guide or influence certain decisions, Anyway the primers for the chinese orphans were described as AIs lacking human intervention.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.