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Comment: Re:Flip the switch (Score 1) 247

by fox171171 (#47765247) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Based on what we know about simulators, they are inherently slower and smaller in scope than the system they run on. You're never going to have a virtual machine that is more powerful than the metal that it runs on. Similarly, you're probably not going to have a simulated universe be more powerful than the universe that is hosting the simulated universe.

I don't think that is necessarily true. You just can't simulate something more powerful in real time. Maybe the simulation takes an day in the simulator's universe to "render" one second in our universe (or any other ratio, it's just an example). To the people in the simulation, everything seems "real-time" from their point of view. We have no way to know how long the hardware in the "real" universe takes to run our simulation.

I'm sure new CPU designs that are more powerful can still be simulated on older CPU designs. Again, the simulation may run a lot slower.

Comment: Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (Score 1) 322

by fox171171 (#47524063) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Free touchscreens is not the answer. My new laptop has a touch screen and the first thing I did was disable it. I have no desire to try to operate my laptop by holding my arm up all the time touching stuff on the screen. I hated it doing things when I reach up and flick a piece of dust off the screen. There was a virtual keyboard on the task bar that is very difficult to make go away. Why would anyone want to type on the screen when there is a keyboard on the laptop? If you want to start putting inappropriate user interfaces into things, then try a keyboard in your car to drive with.

Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 2) 681

Or just switch to Open Office or other derivatives.

That is exactly what I did. Unfortunately every once in a while one of my colleagues will send me a document (usually a power point presentation) that won't open in anything other than the newest version of office.

Just tell them "I'm sorry, but your file is in a non-standard format and I can't open it."

Comment: A better life? Get rid of your damned phones. (Score 1) 711

by fox171171 (#47157741) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
sought a better experience and a better life.

Better experience? I get nothing but frustration from my wife's iDevices. I haven't used Android, so I can't compare, but Android would have to be pretty bad if Apple is a better experience. (I have an old flip phone. Makes calls. It's off most of the time.)

A better life? Get rid of your damned phones.

Comment: Re:I'll ditch it (Score 1) 403

Good don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

That's right, cheer for your enslavement. You deserve whatever you get. Don't worry about my ass, it's yours that will be sore from the DRM.

I've had far too many problems with this crap. Games that I paid for not working (claiming I had software on my computer that I did not (for mounting images), and even if I did, that would be my own business), DVDs from the store that failed to play (gave up on ever using MS WMP after it told me the content of the DVDs was protected and I couldn't watch it), wife paying for Treehouse on her iPad to keep the youngster pacified at times and it not working (wrong region! WTF? In the same damned region as every day before when it worked), video from a sonar causing recorder to stop recording (claiming copyright flag), video from a camera 100m under the ocean also causing the recorder to stop recording (claiming copyright flag). Not being able to use the HD feed from some of those subsea cameras with a video capture device that will only accept the analog feed from them (for fear it might be copyrighted). This is the future you are embracing. Hope you enjoy it.

Their lack of DRM support is what is causing them to lose market share.

What lack of support is causing loss of market share? I have yet to see anything that requires it in my browser. I realize my own personal experience is hardly representative of users as a whole. If nobody supported it, no market share would change. Since that is unlikely, market share will change. Some, like myself, will not support DRM laden things whenever possible. Sadly, it's not always possible. Others will say "Yay! My browser doesn't work right, and I can't watch the "premium content" I paid for." and take the DRM in the ass.

What the hell do you need DRM in a browser for? The internet is getting messed up badly enough now, without that crap. Defective by design.

The users have spoken and they don't want ideology, they want technology.

So do I... technology that works. And we'd have a lot more of it without DRM. DRM is not about tech, it is about content. Apples and oranges dude. (Anonomous Coward at that.)

Comment: Re:Kids these days... (Score 1) 355

by fox171171 (#46776335) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Exposing children to new technology is a terrible idea.

An Egyptian legend relates that when the god Thoth revealed his invention of writing to King Thamos, the good King denounced it as the enemy of civilization.

He probably would have been okay with it if the writing was on papyrus, and not on a tablet.

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