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Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 420

by toddestan (#48950127) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Actually, people are quitting smoking simply because it's too expensive of a habit. This has actually caused a problem for some states as they're not getting the revenue they were expecting out of some of the recent tax hikes, and naturally that money is already spent.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 420

by toddestan (#48950103) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Actually, the big problem with the program was that you had to buy a new car with it. Sure, Uncle Sam gave you a few thousand to help you out if you turned in a "clunker", but you were still buying a new car, and the dealers were all demanding (and getting) MSRP for them too. So the poor, who were driving the real clunkers, couldn't take advantage of the program and those cars stayed on the road. For the most part it was a bunch of mostly middle class people who had an older vehicle that was still perfectly fine (otherwise they would have replaced it already) getting new cars subsidized by everyone else. And instead of their old cars being resold on the used market to people who could really use them, they were destroyed instead.

Comment: Re:Cloud Cities? (Score 1) 61

by toddestan (#48949467) Attached to: How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

Theoretically this is possible on the outer three gas giants. As Jupiter goes, it's gravity is far too strong, plus it has the most intense radiation. So you would want to set up shop on one of the three outer gas giants. Gravity on the outer gas giants is close to Earth's, about 1 g for all three of them. There are actually layers of their atmospheres with Earth-like temperatures, but they are low in the atmosphere where the pressure is extremely high (we're talking about enough to liquidity hydrogen) so you'd want to be higher up. It's pretty cold in the upper layers, plus you're far away from the sun. Venus is probably a better target for a cloud city - about 50km up the atmospheric pressure about 1 atmosphere, temperature is about 0C, gravity is about 1G, and plenty of sun during the day. Plus the atmosphere is mostly CO2, which is denser than breathable air, so a balloon full of breathable air would float on Venus.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 291

by toddestan (#48945093) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

The last B-52 made was in 1962. The ones left flying all all the last B-52H variant, though NASA had a B-52B operational until about 10 years ago.

Many 747-100's were converted into freighters and I assume some are still flying. There were several flying in Iran for a while, but not sure of their current status. GE uses one as a testbed for engines that's very much still active, and it was one of the first ones flying in 1970. There may not be any left in regular passenger service though.

Comment: Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 2) 208

by toddestan (#48937105) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Actually, pretty much every Linux distribution I've ever played with (that comes with an installer) gives you the option of not installing a boot loader if you don't want to. Some will even make an alternate boot media for you to get into your Linux installation, such as a boot floppy or a USB stick, while others will leave it up to you to figure it out. And if you do choose to install Grub, they will almost always add an entry for any Windows installations it finds.

Of course, there are the Linux distributions that come without installers, but if you're that hardcore you know what you're doing anyway.

Comment: Re: But does it matter any more? (Score 1) 174

by toddestan (#48929769) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

The term "PC" is short for "IBM-Compatible Personal Computer" where the defining characteristic is the BIOS. The thing that Compaq reverse-engineered to build the first "IBM Compatible" back in the 80's. If you think that a Mac is a "PC" then try booting DOS on it. Doesn't work, huh? Even booting a PC Linux ntaively on Macs isn't always easy unless it also supports Apple's EFI implementation. Macs are not PCs. Chromebooks aren't PCs either.

Comment: Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (Score 1) 376

by toddestan (#48920613) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I have to say my experience is the opposite. I'm running the technical preview on much weaker hardware - first generation Core 2 duo machine with 3GB of ram, and Windows 10 is sluggish, occasionally unresponsive, and likes to grind the disk a lot for no apparent reason. I ran Windows 8 on the same hardware, and Windows 8 absolutely flew on it, even before I managed to scrounge up an extra GB of ram. Now, it's likely that the Windows 10 build is not very well optimized at this point, so it's hard to draw conclusions. But I wouldn't call the current Windows 10 release faster than Windows 7 by any means, and certainly not faster than Windows 8 which is noticeably more responsive than 7 is (shame about the UI though...).

Comment: Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (Score 1) 429

by toddestan (#48910941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

I've seen something similar. My main computer has a basic Logitech mouse (Logitech G1) where I have no problems middle clicking. My other desktop has a Microsoft mouse (Comfort Mouse 3000) where it can be tricky sometimes to execute a middle click without it scrolling. The same mouse also has an small delay between middle clicking and the computer registering a middle click. It's short, maybe 100-200ms, but it's enough that if you click then move enough you'll end up middle clicking someplace you didn't want to. It's not a mouse you want to use if you do a lot of middle clicking. It's a shame because it's otherwise a nice mouse, but at some point I'll probably end up replacing it.

To be back on topic, the Logitech G1 mouse has a small button below the scroll wheel that by default maps to the 'back'. I rarely use it, but if you install the Logitech drivers you can remap it to be the middle button.

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