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Comment: Re:What about the soot (Score 1) 279

by tweak13 (#49588267) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
I had heard the same thing, that particulate matter in the atmosphere had a cooling effect.

Usually when people are complaining about soot from airplanes, it's that we're dumping it on all the people living in the departure path of major airports. Which does seem to be a legitimate health concern.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 279

by tweak13 (#49588225) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
Your link to pretty clearly illustrates why this isn't going to be happening to commercial aircraft anytime soon. By making some fairly absurd assumptions about efficiency gains from changing aircraft design (and ignoring all aspects of aircraft design other than efficiency) you still need batteries that have 6x the energy density of modern technologies. Using some numbers that might actually be realistic and you'd need more like 10x the energy density.

Comment: Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 279

by tweak13 (#49587971) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
The Cessna 150 is a pretty terrible design. To be fair, it is really old and there have been a lot of advancements in aerodynamics, as well as in materials and construction techniques that make more efficient designs easier to make. A more modern two seat aircraft would get more like 150mph ground speed at 5 gallons per hour. That's 30mpg.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 629

by tweak13 (#49571133) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
Sorry, but rubycodez is 100% right here. You can not take a single study of limited substances on a single species and claim that it applies to every sweet tasting thing in humans. We have no clue by what mechanism that insulin response is triggered. They may have a good theory, but we won't know until extensive testing is done. That's the way science works. A single study may be interesting, but proof it most certainly is not.

Comment: Check_MK (Score 3, Informative) 170

by tweak13 (#48214575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
We switched to Check_MK for monitoring. It's basically a collection of software that sits on top of Nagios.

The default disk monitoring allows alerting based on trends (full in 24hours, etc.) or thresholds based on a "magic factor." Basically it scales the thresholds so that larger disks alert at a higher percentage, adjustable in quite a few different ways to suit your tastes.

+ - Canonical Asked Linux Mint Maintainer to License Binary Packages

Submitted by tweak13
tweak13 writes: According to statements made by Clement Lefebvre, the maintainer of Linux Mint, Canonical's legal department informed him that Mint needed to license Ubuntu's binary packages. These packages are critical for a wide range of Ubuntu-based distributions, and the loss of the availability of these packages would doom many of those projects. According to Lefebvre, the request for licensing was probably not about money, but about controlling Ubuntu's position in the commercial marketplace.

From Distrowatch:

Clem responded, "Money isn't a primary concern. Although the original fee was in the hundreds of thousands pounds, it was easily reduced to a single digit figure. The licensing aims at restricting what Mint can and cannot do, mostly in relation to the OEM market, to prevent Mint from competing with Canonical in front of the same commercial partners."

Comment: Re:Unhelpful article (Score 3, Funny) 449

by tweak13 (#42435351) Attached to: FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet
This is exactly what I was thinking. It's the FAA's job to keep planes flying and keep the people on them safe. It sure as hell is not their job to promote internet usage.

Basically the article is saying: "When you arbitrarily assign a job to a government agency, they're not very effective." Wow, I'm so glad that got cleared up. I was about ready to tell the local water works that they need to get me faster internet speeds.

Comment: Re:Also opening up their code isn't simple (Score 1) 946

by tweak13 (#41625533) Attached to: Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

Go look it up, OpenGL isn't a free "do whatever you like" setup. There is licensing for it for companies like nVidia.

I decided to do exactly that. This is from their licensing website.

The following are the currently available licenses:

Open source license, for use of the S.I.. This is a Free Software License B closely modeled on BSD, X, and Mozilla licenses.

Trademark License. for new licensees who want to use the OpenGL trademark and logo and claim conformance. This license is available free of charge if you are developing open source implementations on open source platforms. For closed source licenses or licenses on proprietary platforms, a charge will be associated with a trademark license.

Emphasis mine. There's also a note on the page that former licensees can open source their code and no longer need a license. If you're making an open source implementation, OpenGL seems pretty open.

Comment: Re:No need for a tuner (Score 1) 232

by tweak13 (#38509784) Attached to: DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012
A huge portion of that 90% has either basic or extended basic cable. Those plans typically do not require a cable box. You can't equate subscribing to cable with not using a tuner.

I currently get basic cable, and my provider sends all the local stations in HD via Clear QAM. I don't have a cable box, and if my provider forced me into getting one (along with the rental fee and $50 increase in programming fees) I'd drop cable altogether and buy an antenna.

Comment: Re:Brilliant Games especially SpaceChem (Score 1) 276

by tweak13 (#37686056) Attached to: Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million
I think the controls are just fine, my mouse doesn't lag, and while you can't get any window size (which is annoying) you have many resolution options available as well as fullscreen.

I remember having a few problems back when the demo first came out, but the finished product has worked quite well for me.
The Almighty Buck

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House 384

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the this-just-got-real dept.
trawg writes "At a special event at Blizzard HQ in California, gaming press were treated to the first look at the Diablo 3 auction house — featuring real-world money transactions across different regions allowing you to buy and sell items with real money. There'll be a listing fee and a sales fee for auctions, and while they're not talking dollar numbers just yet, Blizzard assures gamers that they're not looking to pinch pennies." Update: 08/01 17:41 GMT by S :The other big piece of news about Diablo 3 is that it will require a persistent connection to to play, even for single-player mode. Eurogamer has a detailed write-up about the current state of the beta.

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