That's the sort of fine I wouldn't mind much.
Yeah, I'd say that JP Morgan's wrist stung for a few seconds. That'll teach 'em, right?
But then... Why go flying?
Don't discount satellite based kinetic energy weapons. (Although those probably won't do much for air superiority.) One kg of TNT contains (arbitrarily defined for purposes of explosive yields) 4.184 MJ of energy - one kg of dumb mass will have the 4.184 MJ of kinetic energy when traveling at 2892 m/s - about Mach 8.5. LEO satellites orbit at about 8,000 m/s, so it's doable. Consider the 20,000 kg Albert Einstein resupply craft launched in June - given the proper reentry configuration, at, say, 5000 m/s it was the equivalent of a 60 tons TNT bomb. The most powerful conventional bomb known to exist, the "FOAB," is estimated at 44 tons.
Launch a satellite with a telescope and a thousand 10kg reentry capable masses, and you have a weapon nobody can defend against unless they too have space capabilities. (And are unlikely to happen due to political reasons.)
Of course, none of that is as powerful as the GP's payload suggestion - ninjas.
You know, I've been thinking recently
flyneye, you are hereby ordered to immediately report to the nearest Adjustment Center, reference 45323835.
Your all-seeing overlords
A courteous, polite response on Slashdot. Was not expecting that.
Haha, thanks. I find that courteous, polite responses are good at getting more courteous, polite responses - which I often find much more informative and insightful than a harsh, condescending or sarcastic response. I read and comment on Slashdot to learn, is all. Unfortunately, there are often initially some harsh, condescending or sarcastic responses that one has to deal with...
I guess the take-away from all this is that now, just like in "the old days" Thanshin talks about, an experienced builder can spec a reasonable gaming machine in a couple of hours - and that now, also just like in the old days, somebody new to DIY would still have to take a few days to learn what's what.
You can likely shave off some of the cost by dealhunting as well assuming you aren't heavily time constrained.
Emphasis is mine. That was mostly the point of my spec-listing exercise. GP suggested a machine could be spec'ed out in an hour or two, but based on the feedback I'm getting, their methodology results in a pretty pricey setup. Seems like GGP was more accurate about the time it takes to put together an affordable but well performing computer. (However I'm not sure GGP was correct about it being easier to do back then than now. Seems like either way, a well thought out build will take a solid day or two of research?)
I built a new games machine last year. That had the second-fastest i7 at the time, 32GB of RAM, the GTX660 GPU you mentioned, a 200GB-ish SSD, 3TB hard drive and a few other bells and whistles. Even including $100 for Windows, it only cost $1500.
That sounds like a much more reasonable price. Where'd I go wrong? GP suggested taking just a step or two back from the top-of-the-line, so instead of picking a $1000 CPU, I picked a $570 one. GPU was under $300 instead of $1000. Etc. How'd you manage to put together a machine that sounds like every bit as fast or faster as the one I spec'ed out, but for $443 less?
Perhaps the GP's suggestion on how to spec a PC in an hour or two will result in a nice, but overpriced, machine? Perhaps GGP Thanshin's comment about being an informed builder of a PC taking more than a day is correct?
The specs you listed above are for a gaming computer. Your Mac is a nice machine and it can certainly play some games, but it wouldn't be ideal for that purpose.
Yes, you're right. I really wasn't even planning on mentioning the Mac at the end, I was trying out GP's suggestion that one could spec out a DIY computer in just a couple hours. So I followed their suggestions on how to pick parts as best I could, and I was rather surprised at the end price. Made me think of the stereotypically overpriced computer, the iMac. So that was a spontaneous addition at the end. My apologies. Anyway, yes, if I go back and redo the component list with cheaper parts, it will probably take me just another 25 minutes like before. Something with a sub-$200 CPU, sub-$100 motherboard, 4GB RAM, 256GB HDD, etc.? Probably under $800 for a headless system?
the iPhone 5C - almost certainly a low-margin device
How certain is "almost certain"? Considering the history of various sites gleefully posting the component cost list of any new iPhone and pointing out that the sum is a lot less than the sale price, I wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone 5c has just as much a margin as Apple's flagship phone products. In the US - iPhone 5s unlocked price: $649. iPhone 5c unlocked price: $549. iPhone 4S unlocked price: $450.
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