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Comment Re:Why should this be funded? (Score 1) 97 97

Sure, it's interesting that American ancestors included native Australians. The summary indicates a desire for more funding to be allocated to such research. I'm failing to understand why this work is worth funding and how it affects us today. We face a lot of dire problems including food and water shortages, climate change, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and deadly viruses like Ebola. Even projects like exploring space result in new technology being developed that eventually makes its way into our lives. I just don't see any of those benefits from throwing more funding at researching our ancestry. Why should this work be funded? Most proposals to government agencies don't get funded because the money is just so scarce. Why should something like this be funded, quite possibly at the expense of other research?

Science boo!

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 2) 633 633

I'm even seeing this in my early 40s. Where as before I could just waltz in, display a little attitude and walk out with a job, I'm getting passed over for candidates *clearly* less experienced than me, in companies where even the boss looks like a kid to me.

Its a bit frusturating, to be honest. I'm bloody good at what I do.

Comment Re:Smaller vs. thinner (Score 1) 152 152

Yeah I'm kind of miffed at this. I love macs. I have my PC for games and when I need to do windows or linux coding work, but my main tool is my macbook. I'm still on the 2011 macbook pro however, because I can service it, replace most of its parts, upgrade it and what not, and frankly she's still a pretty snappy laptop. If I get a newer macbook pro, I cant update the memory, I cant update the hard drive, I cant even replace the battery. If I get drunk and spill beer in it I cant repair it at all. As a result, I'm not going to upgrade until apple starts making expandable laptops again. Which might never happen :(

Comment Re:Forget Esports (Score 1) 46 46

Some suckers still believe that Half-Life 3 will eventually be released?

If HL3 is released, and its anygood, theres a billon dollars worth of sales for possibly the most hyped vaporware of all time. Duke Nukem forever flopped, because it was terrible, but Valve doesn't do bad games.

Its absurd they'd leave that money on the table. Its there for the taking and it makes no business sense not to.

Comment Re:Something to hide? (Score 2) 203 203

I wouldn't say he was in the closet. He didn't make any announcements, but it was widely known around Apple and nobody cared.

I imagine he likely however would have taken his time before letting his folks know, which is usually a big reason people stay in the closet. Many "in the closet" folks are out to their friends and workmates, but hide it from their parents , who might be religious or bigoted or whatever. Whatever the case is privacy is *very* important to people who are gay or transgendered or whatever.

Comment Re:This isn't surprising (Score 1, Insightful) 156 156

Don't be so eager to chant for AMDs downfall. Competition from AMD (Both to intel in processors and Nvidia in GFX cards) keeps intel and nvidia honest. Without competiton they'd have no incentive to innovate and keep prices down. The browser wars prior to firefoxes rise showed what happens when a market is without competition, it stagates, and thats bad for everyone.

Comment Re:All they really need as a compelling feature is (Score 1) 244 244

I don't think you can get 4K projectors yet.
Also, my long long room with peaked roof wouldn't be ideal for the projector.
Otherwise I'd be interested.
Yes you can. In fact its been around longer as projectors than its been a thing for TV screens. However traditionally thats beause they where used for movie cinemas.

There are however now domestic models.

Comment Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 5, Informative) 469 469

No it wasn't that. Andrew Tannenbaum had no intention of using Minux as a general purpose OS kernel like people wanted it to be. He wanted it to be a teaching kernel and thats all. He didn't accept patches for the most part because he wanted it to remain simple enough for an undergrad student to completely understand (I know that because my WANG hard drive patch couldnt be accepted because of that very reason). Even patches to add networking where rejected.

Comment Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Informative) 62 62

Fat load of good it did her. She got sexually assaulted by a drunk studio exec (And refused to ever name him. She didnt want to cause trouble and only revealed what happened later on). However Nimoy was aware of what happened and becamse a staunch defender of her. So whilst Kirks good graces where of doubtful providence, Spock was certainly on her side.

Comment Re:This sh*t again? (Score 1) 247 247

Thats a trickier one. The reason Microsoft was held to be anti-competitive was because by tying it to windows , it *leveraged* windows near monopoly to artificially create a an IE monopoly over Netscape Navigator. Chromes desktop dominance seems to be based on consumer preference which is perfectly legal.

Now as to mobile phones, THAT is a completely different kettle of fish and one that might just get it in hot water.

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