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Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 1) 275

You can buy a 4K monitor today for $700. And it's not some Korean mystery brand either:

One thing that isn't obvious though is that it's a 30Hz monitor. All the 60Hz ones, as far as I can tell, are still in $1000+ territory.

Comment: Re:see where your taxes go (Score 1) 322

by toddestan (#46741587) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Windows 8 requires the CPU supports the NX-bit, which rules out almost all of the 32-bit chips (no Socket 478 or Socket A system can run retail Windows 8). That means that the oldest systems that can run Windows 8 date back to late 2003 or so (for the very first Athlon 64 systems) and just about anything past 2006 (when most Intel chips had finally implemented the NX bit) will run Windows 8.

Comment: Re:Should be objective, not biased... (Score 1) 451

by toddestan (#46721677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

If you assume the machine runs 24x7, uses 100W on average, and electricity is 12 cents/kwh then it costs 0.1 * 24 * 365 * .12 = about $105/year. If they turn the damn thing off or put it to sleep when it's not being used you can knock that down by about 75%. In other words, it's probably not worth it.

Comment: Re:Not the first time this has happened (Score 1) 640

According to Memory Alpha, Galaxy class starships have 16(!) holodecks. With just over 1000 crew, each crew member would get about 2.5 hours a week. Now, given that the holodeck was often a social activity, I could see how several crew could pool their time together and spend a day on a holodeck "adventure" together. With that said, at least on TNG, it seemed that anytime any of the main characters wanted to use a holodeck, there was one always immediately available. Though it could just be that the senior officers could always bump someone else off the schedule.

Comment: Re:Entitlements vs. consumables (Score 1) 181

by toddestan (#46720309) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

The Simpsons Tapped Out has kind of an interesting model in the sense that they'll give out something for free for a limited time, then later bring it back as a "premium" item. For example, if one was playing for the Christmas 2012 update they would have had the opportunity to get Barney for free, but now he costs 250 donuts (about $20). They recently just did the same thing for Maude Flanders (free during Halloween 2013, now 150 donuts). I guess it can be viewed as either a way of rewarding the long-term players, or making it so that the newer players feel that they have to spend money to catch up.

Comment: Re:I loved WinXP (Score 1) 641

by toddestan (#46701211) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Maybe I don't interact with the OS enough to notice bugs, but I've never noticed any.
What kind of bugs have you found in windows 7?

The only "bugs" I've found is that Windows 7's Explorer is somewhat broken. It'll randomly lose network drives. Network discovery will stop working and you'll no longer be able to find computers on the network or connect to them by name (but IP address will still work). Explorer's thumbnail generator is a slow, buggy pile of crap and crashes often trying to generate thumbnails or otherwise takes ages. Windows Search behaves unpredictably and is useless for finding system files. Though to be fair, most of this behavior was carried over from Vista.

The other problem is that after a while (a few weeks to a few months) Windows 7's whole network stack will randomly just crap itself, and you'll get no networking until you reboot. This is something that was not present in Vista (I've personally had uptimes exceeding a year on Vista).

On some computers, XP mode pretty much crashes constantly. However, on others it's fine. Not sure what the cause is there either, but it seems to be worse the faster the CPU is.

Comment: Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 233

by toddestan (#46674139) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

They could land it in the ocean. It would be tricky, especially in the open ocean, but it would be possible to land the airplane more or less intact. If there was something (or someone) they were interested in, they would have plenty of time to retrieve it/them and transfer it to a boat (or a submarine?) The plane would sink after some time, but since it wouldn't have broken up there would be no debris to be found.

Comment: Re:The Highs and Lows can be a mess (Score 1) 257

by toddestan (#46666327) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Headphones are good for blocking out noise, but often can make anxiety problems worse because it makes it a lot easy for people to unintentionally sneak up and startle you while you're trying to work. Which means that you can end up looking over your shoulder constantly to see if someone is behind you. Now, if you can arrange things so that no one can sneak up on you then it can be great, but in an open office plan it's nearly impossible.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.