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Comment: This is the academic pricing (Score 3, Interesting) 403

by luminate (#43660187) Attached to: Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More
Huh? $403.99 is for the Design and Web Premium Student and Teacher Edition while the $49.99/month cloud service gets you the Master Collection for commercial use (currently ~$2100). While it certainly isn't a better deal for everyone (students, those that rarely upgrade or only want a few of the apps), it looks like a great deal for current non-academic master collection users. That said, it seems backwards to substantially lower the price for the customers that can most afford it (commercial master collection users) and jack up the price on students and casual users. I don't blame them for trying the cell phone model though. It's amazing how much people will throw away if the cost is amortized over a long period.

Comment: Re:please think of the children (Score 1) 899

by luminate (#42643979) Attached to: New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked
It seems the founding fathers wanted to put private citizens on a relatively even playing field with the government -- understandable considering they had just fought long and hard to free themselves from tyranny. Isn't the risk government oppression still very much a relevant issue today?

I don't get the technology argument at all. Technology certainly has advanced, but if everyone is armed with the latest technology, there's no relative difference from everyone being armed with muskets. Besides, it's simply not true that the only weapons in the late 18th century were single shot. The Girandoni Air Rifle, actively used in the Austrian army for over a decade at the time the Second Amendment was adopted, had a 22 round magazine that could be emptied in about a minute. It even had usable accuracy (could place ten shots into a group the size of a quarter at 50 feet).

Comment: Re:Kraken Cray XT5 (Score 1) 76

by luminate (#36236952) Attached to: Cray Unveils Its First GPU Supercomputer

The Kraken reportedly consumes about 2.8 megawatts of power, so assuming your figures are accurate, the power alone would cost about $6,720/day (at $0.10/kWh) for a "profit" of $1730/day. Factor in the fact that it's a $30 million machine with a very short usable lifespan (i.e. massive depreciation), and they'd be losing a ridiculous amount of money.


Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

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