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Comment: Re:As always, it only goes one way... (Score 1) 515

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49332443) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Why the continual one-way focus on women? Why can't we just let individuals be individuals, and do whatever they want? Ensure that there are no artificial barriers due to gender (or skin color, or hair color, or whatever), stop pushing people in directions they don't want to go, and just let people choose whatever career they want.

Ever since women could conceive children, they've never needed an excess of men to parent the human race. One (very lucky) man is all that's needed... but themselves women are the "irreplacable" part of the equation... AND they seek to remind us of this all the time.

Hence men and women have NEVER been equal and NEVER WILL BE.

Comment: Re:"Flash Module" != "SSD" (Score 2) 204

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49324615) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

There's a bit of confusion, but essentially there is a big difference to flash memory that is presented as a replacement hard disk and talks over SATA, and a flash card that talks to the computer over PCIe through a motherboard PCIe slot.

Essentially, PCIe is a darn sight faster than SATA, so when you hook up a flash drive to it, it goes at ludicrous speeds.

Comment: Re:They'd be shooting themselves in the foot (Score 1) 193

Interestingly, with Windows 7 at least, OEM-SLP loader method of "piracy" has remained bullet-proof. In the past 5 years it's been in use, it has always reported genuine, no altering MS binaries, and MS can't tell the difference between you and someone that bought their HP PC at Best buy.

It will be interesting to see if upgrading a OEM-SLP Windows Loadered Windows 7 maintains full "genuine" status on an upgrade to Windows 10.

If so, it's going to be a pirate free-for-all on Windows 10, just like Windows 7

+ - Researchers discover music that cats enjoy

Submitted by hattable
hattable (981637) writes "Cats may not enjoy your top 25 itunes playlist, but they may enjoy music that has been crafted specifically for them.

Modeling the sounds after the natural vocalizations and ranges seen in kitty conversations, researchers created songs that are more enjoyable to their little furry ears.

Possibly related to the feline affinity towards long "ee" sounds at the end their given name. This is just another way to better the lives of our kitty companions."

+ - Lockheed Martin Claims Sustainable Fusion Is Within Its Grasp-> 1

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Imagine a source of electrical power that uses water for fuel, produces byproducts that are totally safe and releases no air pollution. Then imagine that once it's up and running, it'll be so portable that an entire power plant could fit into the cargo hold of an airplane. Now, imagine that it'll be running in prototype form in five years and operating commercially in ten.

The fusion is powered by a combination of two isotopes of Hydrogen, Deuterium and Tritium, both of which occur in nature and which can be extracted from water. "Our studies show that a 100 MW system would only burn less than 20 kg of fuel in an entire year of operation," a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told eWEEK. "Tritium fuel is continually bred within the reactor wall and fed back into the reactor along with deuterium gas to sustain the reactions."
In other words, the fusion reactor creates most of its own fuel as part of its operation. The Deuterium gas is simply a normal hydrogen atom with an extra neutron, creating what is sometimes called "heavy hydrogen." Deuterium can be extracted from the hydrogen obtained from electrolysis of water. This may sound complicated, but it's a process that has been routinely performed in college physics projects.
While the fusion reactor does create a radioactive byproduct, it's recycled for use in the reactor itself. There is no radioactive waste problem such as exists with nuclear fission power plants. "The waste footprint is orders of magnitude less than coal plants which require huge landfills to contain the toxic ash and sludge wastes," the spokesperson said in an email.
"A typical coal plant generates over 100,000 tons of ash and sludge containing toxic metals and chemicals each year. The first generation of fusion reactors will run on Deuterium-Tritium fuel, but successive generations would use fuels that could eliminate the radioactivity altogether," she said.
Currently Lockheed Martin is in the process of testing a magnetic confinement bottle, where the Skunk Works team has apparently made significant progress. In terms of how a fusion reactor would be created, the magnetic bottle is the primary hurdle.
If that's accomplished successfully most of the science and engineering is known. However, that doesn't mean that building the prototype fusion reactor is a done deal. Lockheed Martin is looking for industry partners to help develop the Compact Fusion reactor into a real product.
The goal is to create a fusion reactor that can generate heat to use in existing power plants, where the reactor would replace existing fossil fuel combustion. This means that existing power generation and distribution infrastructure would be retained, which will dramatically reduce the cost of implementation and dramatically speed up deployment.
The existence of cheap, portable power will transform the world in many ways. A statement from the company envisions ships and aircraft with unlimited range, spacecraft that could reduce the travel time to Mars to less than a month.
Perhaps most important to the most people, it could bring vast amounts of power to anywhere on earth, providing among other things economical water desalination to developing regions of the globe, which are not only poor, but short of clean water, by removing energy scarcity as an insurmountable problem.
If Lockheed Martin can pull this off, and given the reputation of the Skunk Works for routinely doing the impossible, I suspect it will, the results will be transformative.
While it doesn't mean free energy, it does mean that the cost of nearly unlimited energy is very low, and with unlimited energy, there's no end to what can be accomplished. To say that the Skunk Works is on the verge of changing the world is an understatement. This development could well define the future."

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Comment: Re:Halt! (Score 1) 61

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49185851) Attached to: New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood

Yeah, the "beige brick" power supply is what put a lot of C64s out of commision. No power, no working computer!
The trapezoidal black "heavy duty" power supplies with the Commodore 64 label on top are the ones to get if you are a collector. They can at least be repaired and don't die easily.
Failing that, there have been a few aftermarket repairable supplies, but collectors mostly have them. They don't show up on ebay often at all.

There is also a company that is producing a drop-in C64 motherboard clone which uses DC power, and is more power efficient in general, and can flip between NTSC and PAL modes. You have to supply your own 6510 CPU and SID chip however.

I have a number of C64s of different vintages, including an SX64. It's a repaired brown "breadbox" that gets the pride of place under the TV because that original model is iconic. It also takes up less shelf space than the 64C models.
I still have a "lumbering hippo" 1541 that's been modded for parallel speed disk dumping, and a few spare datasettes for dumping the occasional rare tape game I come across. ...and yeah, Telengard was a lot of fun! Ok, so it doesn't compare to Skyrim, but man, back in the day.... :)

Comment: Re:Halt! (Score 1) 61

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49185535) Attached to: New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood

Another 64 game with speech : Space Taxi!
Hey Taxi! Pad 1 please!

I have a C64 hooked up to my flat screen TV. In the back is a 1541U2 cartridge with the entire Gamebase64 v13 with over 24,000 games on the microSD card.

It may be old and vintage, but it has way more games than your Xbox or Playstation, kiddies ;)

I might just load up and play Castle Wolfenstein on it later today....

Comment: Re:Smart men avoid marriage, period. (Score 1) 286

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49107909) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

Marriage was ancient man's idea of being able to buy and own women like property - so then women in response, decided to increase the prices for access to her womb..
In other words, it's reprehensible all around.

Still, marriages can work as long as the man keeps the funds coming in, does whatever the wife tells him to, and sacrifices his sex life.
That's what it takes to "make it work" men!

The problem is that many men entering marriage usually are blissfully unaware of what it involves, and what the wife hopes to get out of it, and then are disappointed when what they find doesn't match expectations.

The real problem is (of course), that if you have to "buy" a woman, then it's prostitution anyway, and she doesn't really love you.
So why bother with marriage at all?
Face it, if she really loved you, she'd stick with you without needing your money, or needing to be married. However, we all know how that works out :(

Comment: Re:Installable devkits (Score 4, Insightful) 69

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49084655) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

We both know what all you typed means.... but to the layperson who has no previous experience in computer programming, that explanation is way too much too soon.

it's great that there is choice, but a lot of newbies need handholding, focus, and detailed explanations.
Throw newbies in the deep end too soon and all you'll get is a situation analogous to a crying 4 year old who can't figure out why a university professor is angry at him for not understanding calculus.

I remember the Commodore "Introduction to BASIC" series. Sometimes a more focused and hand-holding approach is all that's needed to spark the person's interest and build their confidence so that they seek out more detailed information and harder challenges. ;)

Comment: Reminds me of the old days (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by Neo-Rio-101 (#49084357) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

Many computers back in the 80s contained a dev kit. Typically some version of Microsoft BASIC.
Of course, we didn't call them game consoles. They were "microcomputers", but by and large they were widely used as games machines.
Commodore 64, I am looking at you. :)

Maybe we're coming full circle? If Microsoft provides an easy to use dev kit for casual users to create games, then we'll all be awash in thousands of games on that platform before we know it.

How many of those will be pong clones, snake clones, tron clones, reversi clones, boulderdash clones, and versions of mastermind ? :)

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