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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 198

by msobkow (#48183999) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

A troll is someone who posts a clickbait message designed not to inform or educate or share an opinion, but for the sole purpose of starting an argument. I despise them as much as I despise the people you claim I'm "confusing" them with. Starting arguments for the sake of having an argument just because you're in a pissy mood is childish and stupid behaviour.

But it's not something you should spend 2 years in jail for.

Comment: Of course it's worse (Score 4, Insightful) 170

by msobkow (#48182903) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Microsoft is testing a release candidate and is informing users of what they're monitoring.

So far no one has complained about onerous licensing agreements with Yosemite, which seems to imply that Apple is not informing users about it.

Until Microsoft has a production release, it's not even fair to compare the two.

Comment: Is it really parody or an excuse? (Score 1) 96

by msobkow (#48182527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

Unfortunately an awful lot of so-called "parody" posts and sites are just people being mean-spirited and cruel and using the age old bully's line when called on it -- "Can't you take a joke?"

So before you go hunting for an ISP, do a little soul searching and above all else, ask yourself if anyone but you is going to find it funny.

Comment: Future *purchases* (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by msobkow (#48182083) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Apple does not design "for the future". They design for future purchases.

They drop support for older hardware to force you to upgrade, not because there is a technical problem mandating it.

I'm running Debian on a 12 year old box. It's had a CPU upgrade (to a whopping 3.8 GHz single core) and some extra RAM installed (4G total.) It's perfectly usable, and fully patched.

Had I bought a Mac, I'd have an unsupported paperweight years ago.

Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 4, Informative) 204

by Tailhook (#48180969) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

Comment: Re:Just make it fast (Score 3, Informative) 72

by rwa2 (#48174689) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Yes it's faster, since they're migrating from the Dalvik JIT runtime to the new ART precompiled app runtime.
But actually, you don't really have to wait for Android 5 to hit your device, it's been buried in the developer options dialog since 4.2.2

Hit our Nexus 4 and 5 with this yesterday after reading about it in an arstechnica comment... they're much snappier opening and switching between apps now.

Comment: Bollocks. (Score 1) 335

by msobkow (#48174271) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

...we don't have a way to ignite and sustain that reaction without needing to input more energy than we can extract in a usable fashion from the fusion that occurs

Bollocks. The break-even point was passed this year. Sure it's not reached a point of economy-of-scale, but it was a critical change in the fusion story.

Comment: Um, how is this news? (Score 4, Informative) 154

"Two NVIDIA Tegra processor modules are at the heart of the electronic components in the Model S, which "command a sizable price tag," according to Rassweiler. Here is a look at how they work."

Um no... Nearly all of Tegra3's design wins (including 2012 Nexus 7) were due to it being cheap...

Also, how is this news? It's been known for ages that the Tesla HU used Tegra3. (March 2013) - and I've seen documentation dating back as far as 2012 that Tesla was using the T3.

Comment: two or three Tegras? (Score 4, Informative) 154

"powered by two 3, 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors"

Couldn't find those details in TFA, but from (the much more readable) article at:

seems to imply that should read:

"powered by two 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors"

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 185

by msobkow (#48166979) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Why so popular? Because the storyboarding and visuals are already sketched out by the original issues of the comics themselves.

Adapting a novel requires an imaginitive F/X team to create the F/X from mere text descriptions of the scenes and items to be depicted. Having existing pictures makes it cheap and easy to skip that creativity in the process.

There is also the fact that an awful lot of movies adapted from novels just tank at the box office because they don't express a vision that the readers of those novels had in mind. Even short stories tank. Take, for example, "Enemy Mine." It was a great short story, but kind of sucked as a movie.

I'd like to believe that a better job could be done by a competent team with a good budget, but then along comes something like "Ender's Game", which was so bad I gave up on watching it less than half an hour in. Yet I'd devotedly read the entire series of novels set in that world in my high school days, and enjoyed them thoroughly.

I've often wished they'd get around to adapting some of C. J. Cherryh's universe to a movie format, but I fear they'd butcher her excellent writing and characterization and leave us with yet another F/X fest that tanks at the box office and loses all the appeal of the novels.

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev