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Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 207

One of the problems with Vista is that its prefetch (superfetch) algorithm was way too aggressive. So give it 6GB of ram, and it's going to sit there thrashing the the crap out of the disk preloading all your programs/data into all that memory. Even while you're trying to use the machine. One of the things they did in Windows 7 was dial it back.

I ran Vista on a P4 with 1.25GB of ram for several years, and it was surprisingly usable. My theory is that it was enough ram for the OS and a few programs but didn't really leave enough for superfetch to play around with. I also tried installing Vista on a P3 laptop with 512MB of ram. That... didn't work as well.

Comment Re:Let's face it... (Score 1) 260

I don't get why those people insist on believing that everything on Earth that appears to be old must have been created by some other process in the last 6000 years. If you're going to believe that the Earth is literally 6000 years old, the simplest explanation seems to be that it was created to look much older than it really is. However, I haven't actually met anyone who thought that way.

Comment Re:Colonize Antarctica first (Score 1) 194

Don't be no hater, use fewer cliches, and tell me, what is the population density in America East of Las Vegas and West of Pittsburgh... Note, that in Bay Area the density exceeds 1000 people per square mile, while Iowa has less than 55 [].

Yet almost all that land is developed, it's farmland.

I really don't care, where food is produced, as long as it is produced. America is currently using only about 44% of its land for agriculture.

That's for the entire country though, so you have vast areas of land that's not suitable for farming dragging that number down, like the entirety of Nevada. Which is a desert and makes Iowa look densely populated. And Alaska. Or the Bay area.

You can fit a hundred of Bay Areas (about 100 square miles each) into Iowa's 55 thousand square miles — and still have plenty of room left for corn.

But what are they going to eat?

Comment Re:Shop elsewhere if you need this drug (Score 1) 372

No, what should happen is that the government should back the R&D to develop the drug (chances are, there is already public money involved as it is now). Once the drug is approved, it goes into the public domain and anyone can manufacture it. The free market would then make sure prices stay low. Everyone wins, except big pharma.

Comment Re:what are the criminal charges? (Score 1) 301

Well, according to the linked article, what happened is that the Cadillacs were originally designed to be within compliance, but because of this they tended to stall when the heat or A/C was on. So GM's solution was have the car use more fuel when the climate control was on, which fixed the stalling issue but caused the car to go out of compliance. But GM know the tests were run with the climate control turned off, and figured they would not get caught. So in Cadillac's case, they weren't designed with a some special test-beating hidden mode, but rather GM just took advantage of the fact that they knew certain features of the car weren't tested. Quite a bit different that what you assert...

The odd part is that the article implies that if Cadillac had informed the EPA they had modified the car's programming so that it went out of compliance, they wouldn't have gotten in trouble.

Comment Re:Blaming American Engineers (Score 1) 301

I can't read the article, but I have no problems believing that there are a lot of very old VW's running around. It wasn't until about the mid-90's when their quality went to shit (same for Mercedes, really). Around here, VW's from about 1993-2005 are pretty much extinct. If I see a VW running around it's either a newer model, or a classic. The one exception might be the T4 (Eurovan), but likely that's due it being designed in the late 80's.

Comment Re: What? "We're sorry we got caught"? (Score 1) 301

Gearing does play a pretty big role. One of the reasons why automatic versions beat the manual versions of the same car is because the overdrive in the automatic almost always has a lower ratio than the top gear on the manual version.

With that said, my car (typical 4 door sedan with a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, automatic) gets its best mileage at about 50 MPH or so.

Comment Re:Confidence in your design (Score 1) 361

What I'm really curious about is if he actually provided the instructions to disarm the tilt sensor so that the bomb could be "safely" transported, would the bomb squad (or the casino owners) have actually taken their chances with actually toggling the switches as instructed and attempting to move the bomb, or would they have just gone ahead with their plans on trying to disable the device in place?

Comment Re:How to handle (Score 1) 361

Well, you could defeat the float sensor by building a container around the bomb to pour the liquid nitrogen into, and using something like a layer of plastic around the bomb itself so that the liquid nitrogen couldn't seep into the bomb. From there, you'd just have to hope that the temperature changes don't set it off from various bits contracting, and that the timer doesn't set it off before it gets cold enough to deactivate the explosives or the battery.

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