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Comment: Re:The future could be all in the fabs (Score 3, Informative) 111

by leathered (#46327269) Attached to: The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Not really, what matters most is cost, and at that ARM wins hands down. Most ARM chips cost less than $5, with some selling for pennies. Intel enjoys 60%+ margins on everything it sells and they will experience a lot of pain giving them up.

The only way Intel can compete is if they sell their mobile chips at or below cost. Oh wait, they already are.

+ - Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars-> 2

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process. The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn't have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk's Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""

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Comment: Re:I believe that this is best described (Score 1) 888

by leathered (#46247171) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

Indeed. I've always found the Star Trek universe to be a poor imagination of a post-scarcity society. The Culture books do it so much better, especially with their interactions with less advanced civilisations. Starfleet would have been a much more interesting organisation if they had their own 'Special Circumstances' department.

Comment: Re:Non-free Nvidia driver already at 4.4 (Score -1, Flamebait) 100

The real embarrassment is that Windows is already up to 8.1, while the Linux kernel is only at 3.1

If my math is correct that's a whole 5 metric torvalds* better.

Get your shit together Linux!

*I think MS still use imperial ballmers, but I'm not sure.

Comment: Re:How about Ceramic Engines ? (Score 1) 368

by leathered (#45888437) Attached to: Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

The chief reason why ceramic engine doesn't make it into the mainstream despite having had under research since the 1970's is that the friction in between the piston ring and the wall of the bore itself result in the wearoff of the ceramic material in the form of a pile up of fine ceramic dust inside the chamber.

Interesting. I appreciate the reason for not having ceramic cylinders bores, but why haven't ceramic cylinder heads and pistons been implemented? Surely a 'semi-ceramic' engine is feasible?

+ - How Iron Maiden found its worst music pirates -- then went and played for them->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Iron Maiden, the heavy metal band, was suffering the same kinds of losses to piracy as other classic acts. So the band used data from Musicmetric to see where its biggest fans were — including the biggest pirates of its music. Turns out, some of the biggest fans live in South America, so Maiden booked a bunch of tours there, and made millions. The results helped Iron Maiden LLC become one of six music firms in the UK to outperform the music sector as a whole. Plus, made a lot of heshers happy."
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Comment: Re:Rose-tinted view indeed (Score 4, Interesting) 634

by leathered (#45163061) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

FWIW I work for the NHS. The Labour governement indeed poured billions into the health service during their term but it was almost totally squandered on failed IT projects, an army of midde-managers, non-jobs and grossly overpaid execs.Very little of it was invested in actual patient care.

I do believe the Tories are genuinely trying to fix it, my problem with them is that they're doing their usual carpet-bombing approach instead of carefully targetting the gross inefficiencies that are blighting the NHS.

Comment: Re:Tapwater in Germany (Score 1) 196

by leathered (#45052875) Attached to: Google Wants Patent On Splitting Restaurant Bills

I used to work in a UK lab that tested drinking water and I can confirm that the quality of tap water usually far exceeds that of bottled water. Bottled water is unlikely to make you ill, but if you are drinking it for some perceived health benefit then you're wasting your time and money.

Bottled water is one of the biggest rip-offs of modern times and is unecessary given that all European countries have to comply with strict EU water quality regulations. Not to mention its cost and the damage it does to the environment.

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