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Comment: Re:Well its really just another ARM CPU (Score 1) 125 125

It's not the core instruction set that's the problem with booting alternate OSes .. as long as you stick to the base archtecture you'll be fine. It's the lack of standardization when it comes to boot firmware and device configuration that's the problem. The server ARM initiative at least is standardizing on UEFI and ACPI .. hate them or love them, making ARM hardware more similar to Intel Architecture hardware will likely make it easier to support both.

Comment: Re:Horizontal scalability? (Score 1) 162 162

Is there a reason for adopting a different license from core PostgreSQL ? Seems like it makes the information flow a one-way street (from SQL into XL but not vice versa). Looks like an interesting project! Throw in EnterpriseDB-level Oracle compatibility and there's a captive market out there

Comment: Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 1) 1215 1215

A one-off investment in Codeweavers' Crossover Office (the commercial offering by the company that does the core development of Wine) is much more cost-effective, time and money wise, than spending the effort on Windows. Don't get me wrong, I have Windows on my laptops (you don't get nice laptops without pre-installed OSes where I live), so I'm not objecting to the purchase price. But the Windows update experience is shoddy - I've been bitten with broken updates for .NET that are never registered as being done, and other annoyances like that.

Comment: Re:No Surprise There (Score 1) 405 405

It's a broad alliance that includes many manufacturers - I don't see it as a racket myself. And of course the customer still has to take his/her old computer to a recycling center if they want it recycled - there's no magic involved. The point is that adhering to the standards makes recycling easier, and Apple's recent moves, starting with the battery and now having the non-detachable Retina display on the 15" MBP, are regressive in terms of recycleability.

Comment: Re:The US will just cripple its own tech (Score 1) 622 622

It's utterly amazing that the patent system in the US is still this bad. Where is the reform we keep hearing about?

The financial industry cut a deal and got a partial reform that only fixed the situation for them. No, really, I'm not joking! [arstechnica]

Comment: Social login, new? (Score 1) 273 273

The social login is not new -- they've used it for location verification for a long time, if you suddenly log in from, say, another town within the same day. My pet peeve is that some profile pictures don't contain actual faces, and some tagged pictures are tagged incorrectly -- so sometimes there's no way to correctly ID a person. You are allowed a few misses, but it calls for (a) Facebook to perform facial recognition to make sure the pictures they show at least show recognizable faces, and (b) for us to prune friends list to keep only those contacts whose profile pictures we recognize (either because it's their actual face, or because one knows them well enough to recognize silly non-facial logos)
Transportation

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197 197

MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."

Comment: Re:works in reverse too: (Score 1) 834 834

women are in fact just as shallow as men: they always choose the taller men, and excuse character shortcomings if the guy is tall

That's interesting, actually. In most US presidential elections, the taller candidate wins. Now, if we break the votes down by the voter's gender, do female voters prefer the taller candidate more, or are both genders equally biased in preferring the taller candidate?

Comment: Re:The birth part is silly. (Score 1) 834 834

If anything the reasons a woman has a baby has nothing to do with her looks and everything to do with her sense of well being, security along with cultural beliefs.

Everything else being equal, a better-looking woman has more chance of securing a more prosperous male, and therefore has a better sense of well being and end up having more kids, no?

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"

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