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Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 2) 241

by halivar (#49729231) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Apple nor Google are particularly well known for being fond of supporting tech that, on average, would not receive a hardware upgrade for 11 years for any user.

No one in tech does that. But the insinuation that Apple is a worst offender here is demonstrably false. Backward compatibility for both iOS and Mac OS X go back as far as the hardware itself will allow, and Apple is, for all its other faults (and they are many), a role model in this particular instance.

Comment: Re:Why the hell is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 263

by halivar (#49721071) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

My first thought was Dice clickbait; but on second thought, I realized that Slashdot's readership is becoming more and more hyper-political and hyper-partisan, and that's why pure science and nerd culture posts have only the title displayed on the front page, and political, religious, or other contentious posts go in the "Top of the..." list. I blame an influx of people from 4chan and Reddit.

Comment: Re:cover everything with mirrors (Score 2) 185

by halivar (#49719259) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

No mirror is 100% reflective; a fraction of light energy is absorbed by the material making up the mirror. The reflective portion of a mirror is a metal film. A high-energy laser will overcome its reflective properties and burn the metal film. There are metals (like beryllium) that will reflect up to 98% of light energy, but the cost to cover an entire vehicle or structure in thick enough beryllium to negate the effects of the laser would be stupendous (and you would have to cover everything; lasers are intended to be surgical weapons; an operator would strike un-mirrored targets when possible, assuming mirror armor becomes a real thing).

Comment: Re:More proof the media is controlled by Republica (Score 1) 272

That statement doesn't mean what you probably think it means. The other GOP candidates have said "knowing what we know now, I would not have gone to war," while Marco Rubio goes a step further and says, "and neither would GWB." That Jeb Bush is still vacillating on the issue means he's tone-deaf, stubborn, or simply not in the loop. Given his lack of ability to demonstrate foreign policy awareness, I suspect the later.

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