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Comment: Govermental oversight (Score 2) 343

by philmarcracken (#47138559) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Just like water and power, internet needs regulation on a governmental level; a service utility provided at a fixed wholesale cost which the government
takes its share to maintain a standard contention ratio that ISPs can retail their services on top of.

Connectivity should not be left in the hands of corporations with shareholders to please.

Comment: As an aussie (Score 1) 213

by philmarcracken (#47074101) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke
I agree with him. Those areas he mentioned are north of bumfuck egypt and have absolutely no value whatsoever.

Even if you were to build a bigass tower for collected solar power the distances are so great the transmission losses, even with stepping down the amps/increasing volts wouldnt be worth doing.
Displays

All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs 211

Posted by timothy
from the ok-now-switch-graphics-cards dept.
MojoKid writes "Historically, all-in-one desktop systems like the iMac, HP's TouchSmart and similar designs that incorporate a full system on the backside of a monitor, haven't offered performance that was competitive to their full-sized desktop counterparts. Part of the reason is that many of these systems are comprised of low power notebook platform PC components inside thin chassis designs with minimal airflow. However, as mobile platforms have become more powerful, so has the all-in-one PC. Dell's recently launched XPS 27 Touch, with Intel's Haswell mobile processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M on board, is an example of a new breed of AIO hitting the market now. The system is based on a 27-inch panel with 2TB of storage, a 32GB SSD cache drive, 8GB of RAM and performance in the benchmarks that keeps pace with average midrange full-sized desktops. You can even game on the machine with frame rates at the panel's 1080p native resolution with medium to high image quality. It's almost like the all-in-one finally grew up."

Comment: Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (Score 1) 302

by philmarcracken (#44650113) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges
True, but it is quantitative which allows for a better measurement of how well the course material is delivered which rises the qualitative 'status' of the institution.

And if its status or reputation is high then its overall perception value is higher regardless of how it tries to game the ratings.

Microsoft

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100 341

Posted by samzenpus
from the slashing-prices dept.
SmartAboutThings writes "After discounting the Surface RT tablet worldwide by 30 percent, Microsoft is now cutting the price of its Surface Pro tablet by one hundred dollars. Steve Ballmer himself has recently declared that he was unhappy with the number of tablets Microsoft has managed to sell. The price cut offer is valid between August 4th and August 29th. It might continue or stop, according to the supply. The price cut is applicable to Surface Pro 64 GB & 128 GB models."
Math

Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture 216

Posted by timothy
from the it's-no-fermat's-but-hey dept.
oxide7 writes "A Texas banker with a knack for numbers has offered $1 million for anyone who can solve a complex math equation that has stumped mathematicians since the 1980s. The Beal Conjecture states that the only solutions to the equation A^x + B^y = C^z, when A, B and C are positive integers, and x, y and z are positive integers greater than two, are those in which A, B and C have a common factor. Like most number theories, it's "easy to say but extremely difficult to prove.""

Comment: Well.. (Score 0) 1121

by philmarcracken (#43289037) Attached to: USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise
..Not everyone is atheist. Least of all in the United States.. I always thought such people were a minority there.

'Surely the majority will look favorably on this brandname.' Way to rock the boat. What do you mean phil, should the minority just roll over and take this discrimination? No.. but i don't think this is the way to go about it. Baiting religious folk into these pitfalls seems quite petty to me. You could have chosen any of a hundred names for your product.

There was a yoyo craze when i was in primary school, everybody had to have a 'brain' yoyo.

Would you choose that name during a zombie apocalypse? I didn't think so.

Comment: Re:It's a VR helmet. (Score 1) 69

Indeed. My friends are always trying to find little things like this that are my 'saviour'(i have severe right shoulder bursitis, can't grip and move things without pain).

I've tried evolent vertical 4 with no success. Everything else i've seen is either wireless and garbage or is unsuitable for gaming.

If they happen to make a simple pad and a special glove that works with that pad, maybe... but my gaming days appear to be over.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos

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