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Comment Re:I am afraid the answer is, "Yes!" (Score 1) 517 517

Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?

When patches and updates together end up being larger than the original [OEM] install, you can see why the slowdown is inevitable.

Sounds easy to see why. No?

No... Why don't my other OS's slow down when I update them?

Comment Re:So Austrailia (Score 2) 57 57

has gone back to its roots as a Prison Colony again?

Well spotted. It's a little known fact that England sent all of its internet copyright infringers over to Australia in 1788. Of course this was only after America declared independence and stopped accepting England's internet copyright infringers.

Comment Re:Just a thought (Score 1) 57 57

Maybe you shouldn't elect those people.

This legislation had bi-partisan support, so unless the majority of seats were populated by an independent or a member of one of smaller parties such as the greens, not much would have changed.

Incidentally the greens are doing a lot better these last few elections than they have in the past... go figure.


Past a Certain Critical Temperature, the Universe Will Be Destroyed 143 143

StartsWithABang writes: If you take all the kinetic motion out of a system, and have all the particles that make it up perfectly at rest, somehow even overcoming intrinsic quantum effects, you'd reach absolute zero, the theoretically lowest temperature of all. But what about the other direction? Is there a limit to how hot something can theoretically get? You might think not, that while things like molecules, atoms, protons and even matter will break down at high enough temperatures, you can always push your system hotter and hotter. But it turns out that the Universe limits what's actually possible, as any physical system will self-destruct beyond a certain point.

Does a Black Hole Have a Shape? 108 108

StartsWithABang writes: When you think about a black hole, you very likely think about a large amount of mass, pulled towards a central location by the tremendous force of gravity. While black holes themselves may be perfectly spherical (or for rotating black holes, almost perfectly spherical), there are important physical cases that can cause them to look tremendously asymmetrical, including the possession of an accretion disk and, in the most extreme case, a merger with another black hole.

Comment Re:dont' engage it with people there? (Score 5, Informative) 392 392

The article seems to indicate that hammering the accelerator bypasses the pedestrian avoidance system. So, whether or not one was installed, activated and functioning correctly the driver still would have hit those pedestrians because of the way they were driving.

Comment Re:The plural of "anecdote" is not "data". (Score 1) 484 484

So, how do you "look at" an iPhone?

An iPhone doesn't have syslog, an event viewer or console. It doesn't have debugging tools. It doesn't have a task manager or activity monitor that shows you what's using the most CPU or memory. It doesn't have strace.

Mine does. Ofc if yours doesn't you could always take it to an authorised service centre and get the logic board tested.

Comment Changed for me (Score 1) 420 420

The first time I saw the picture I could swear it was white / gold. I could see a slight blue hue to the white part but it was more or less white with gold.

After I read another article and saw the dress in a catalogue I read the first article again and it appeared blue / black. I couldn't believe it appeared so differently and had to check I was reading the same article with the same photo again.

Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity. -- Robert Firth "One, two, five." -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail