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Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 547

by skids (#48189527) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

But I'm pretty sure a 10+ year old computer hardware would choke on the latest version of most modern Linux distros too.

The big problem there is graphics drivers for old cards, for which the vendors have discontinued their binary blobs and the opensource drivers never had good thermals and bus timing configurations for lack of documentation. In general, though, old machines can carry most of the newest distros while breaking a moderate sweat.

Comment: Re: Overly broad? (Score 1) 420

by skids (#48184199) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Maybe slashdot posters are all the prejudiced stereotypes you have in your mind, or maybe they just are frustrated with constantly reading about studies being invalidated by other later studies, with further salt rubbed in the wounds by pooor science journalism on top of that (like headlining an article about sugared soda as if it applied to all soda when diet soda accounts for over 25% of soda sales.) and perhaps they remember this article avocating larger sample sizes and more sound statitsical treatment in such studies.

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 984

you know that the central process of most power generation involves "just creating heat", right?

Actually it isn't "just creating heat" it's creating a temperature gradient suitable for efficient conversion of heat flux to work, since the efficiency of that conversion is limited by the second law of thermodynamics.

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 984

Without weighing in on TFA or any of the other subject matter, or even the economics of nickel isotopes since I have no clue, materials that have little current use can and do cost more than they would were there reason to produce them, so to make that statement one must assess the projected cost of large scale production.

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