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Comment: Re:There are really two questions here (Score 1) 503

by mrcleaver (#34097318) Attached to: Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

I don't know if the space station was worth it or not, but I agree with you strongly on the engineering point.

Why do we only look at the space station from a basic science output perspective? Can we not look at it from the perspective of what kind of engineering achievement it is to have constructed this giant ass thing in ORBIT?

I would be shocked if the construction of the space station didn't teach us a lot about what it takes to build structures in space and the challenges that can come up, and that these experiences will be invaluable for future space exploration.

Comment: Re:wut? (Score 1) 151

by mrcleaver (#33729112) Attached to: <em>Minecraft</em> Enterprise and 16-Bit ALU

Actually I think the pseudo retro look is a part of its appeal.

Also, as the fidelity of the world around you increases it places increasing demands on the realism and look of your own creations. Because the world looks really simple and stylized, it's much easier for people who aren't super artistic to create something that can look quite good. Your imagination fills in all the gaps for you.

GNOME

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta 366

Posted by timothy
from the but-that-danged-button-arrangement-sucks dept.
ActionDesignStudios writes "The upcoming release of Ubuntu, titled 'Lucid Lynx,' has just entered the beta cycle. Alongside the usual desktop and server versions, a special version has been released that is designed to run on Amazon's EC2 cloud service. This release of Ubuntu does away with the brown 'Human' Gnome theme we've all become accustomed to, replaced by a new version Canonical says is inspired by light. The new release also includes much better integration with social networking services such as Twitter, identi.ca and Facebook, among others."

Comment: Re:I Don't Know What You're Talking About (Score 2, Interesting) 411

by mrcleaver (#31578740) Attached to: Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction?

I second this. Soundblaster cards, as crappy as Creative is, have good jack support. I have a Xi-Fi platinum (with the front panel headers) and it has line in jacks, multiple microphone jacks, optical in / optical out etc. I don't know what their cards are like these days but I'm sure they'll have one with the RCA jacks.

Also I just want to say the RCA type dual line in jacks have never been popular on sound cards as far as I know

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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