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Comment: Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (Score 1) 64

by pushing-robot (#47961771) Attached to: 2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

No, if the two probes fell in love, a jibbering Roman god poked at them with a spear, the whole lot were then swallowed by a cross between a police constable and a space hopper, followed by dramatic music and a cut to a documentary about historical figures knitting, then it would be worthy of Monty Python.

Comment: Re: Because of Apple engineering (Score 1) 251

by pushing-robot (#47954385) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Memory chips, NAND and DRAM, are usually quoted in Gb. Not GB. I WISH flash was at $0.125/GB.

Apple probably pays close to $50 for 128 gigs... Still a huge markup, but it's meant to offset the low (by Apple standards, at least) markups on their base models.

You can look up BOMs for more accurate estimates of product costs and margins... Just keep in mind that they don't include any company expenses (retail, transportation, support, R&D, sales & marketing, management, legal, and so on).

Comment: Mod JMS up (Score 2) 291

by pushing-robot (#47881485) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Bring me more of these... Salted. I work better with salt.
Did you know that in the 20th century they actually thought that salt was bad for you?
Listen to the animals I say. The lion will sit down with the lamb to share the salt lick.
Good enough for them, good enough for me.

Max Eilerson, Crusade, 1999

Comment: Sigh. (Score 2, Interesting) 98

by pushing-robot (#47806319) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

This GPU has nearly identical performance to the R9 280 that came before it

Which had nearly identical performance to the 7950 that came before it. Which came out nearly three years ago.

Meanwhile, this says it all about the CPU. Sure, the AMD might save you $100 over the (faster) Intel, but you'll pay that back on a beefier PSU and cooler and electricity bills to support the beast.

What happened, AMD? I loved you back in the Athlon64 era...

Comment: Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (Score 1) 66

Probably between one and several hours. Half the moon might have an extra long night every month, but the planet would retain enough heat that it shouldn't threaten the biosphere.

Well, except for the hordes of flying monsters thirsty for blood that emerge every eclipse...

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.