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Comment: remote doesn't equal secure (Score 5, Interesting) 213

by spineboy (#47074139) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

While having a remote storage location is iseal for minimizing fallout risks, having an area that is sparsely seen y people can have security risks. It may be prone to terrorist type invasions, looking for dirty bomb material. I'm still not sure why a Nevada military type storage facility at Yucca mountain was blocked. - Guess NIMBY applies, even if your nearest neighbor is 200 miles away.

Comment: Al engine blocks (Score 1) 521

by spineboy (#45796957) Attached to: Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

I think Porsche might want to argue against your quote about "being handled in a gentle manner" with the Al engine block on their GT3. It's been their most successful racing car engine for years and is bulletproof as far as those things go. In no way will the truck engine exceed the strains of a racing engine designed to run at high compression at 5-8.4K for hours on end. As far as strain - the truck has an automatic transmission which is easier on the engine, and puts out less HP and torque perdisplacement, lower compression, etc.

Of course there will be a few problems as there always are with something new, but to blame in on AL will be foolish. Hell, they even have had Al DIESEL engine blocks for a while.

Comment: You both have it wrong (Score 1) 208

by spineboy (#44148665) Attached to: The Father of <em>Civilization</em>: Profile of Sid Meier

Probably the vast majority of ANYTHING coming out - movies, music, books, etc is not very good. The stuff that survives is tried and tested good. A lot a good things are popular (Beatles, Sinatra, Nirvana, Stravinski, etc), but not all popular stuff is good (Brittany Spears, etc). The same goes for anything old, and the notion that they don't build them like they used too- well the hardy ones survived, and the crap broke.

Comment: Multiple small supercaps (Score 1) 295

by spineboy (#43768089) Attached to: Charge Your Cellphone In 20 Seconds (Eventually)

Easy solution would be to have multiple smaller ones - I don't know enough electronics to know the advantages/disadvantages of having them in this situation in parrallel or in series, In this way, you might be able to "pop" charge your battery in very small increments. That is - have multiple small supercaps, that you quick charge, and have them hooked up to your battery (or even be the batery).

Comment: LongTie Gnome-KDE (Score 2) 267

by spineboy (#43309917) Attached to: GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

Been using LInux since 97-98, and using Gnome pretty much most of the time (OK, did use WindowMaker and Enlightenment at first).

And now I'm using KDE (Kubuntu), because I just can't stand Unity, and Mint at work.

I just can't stand scrolling through pages of apps trying to find the infrequently used ones. I've given it a fair shot several times, and it's made me a KDE.

Can I hear from someone the reason(s) as to why they like Unity better than the old Gnome?

Comment: Longtime Linux User Uses Ubuntu (Score 2) 573

by spineboy (#43265771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Heh - Started in 97-98 using LInux with early version of Redhat, then went to Suse, and Mandrake, back to Suse for a long time then to Ubuntu. I'm not going to talk about my experience with Gentoo, other than I spent too much time compiling. I think I had a couple of Suse boxes running for about 3 years of uptime before a power outage.

Been on Ubuntu for about 3 years or so, and run KDE on top of it.
I just want something that works - and Ubuntu is that - makes the computer more transparent.. Package system is much better IMHO than Suse, and that's why I switched a while ago.

Oh yeah - and it runs Steam

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.