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Comment "a lie misquoting some spin" (Score 1) 328

Oh come on, of course failed and failing states breed instability and of course the US is actively destabilizing regions all over the world. Rubio knows that, we all know that unless we don't want to hear it, and the brainwash you quote is just sickening. "[N]o longer legal and has theoretically stopped"? You might not be a liar, but you are certainly naive.

Don't get me wrong, it would be nice if we could still see the world the way you do, but it takes an awful lot of ignoring facts to do so.

Comment Re:Windows isn't as bloated as it used to be. (Score 1) 115

I haven't used the Win10 install much, but just to nitpick:



  1. 2. Excessively or extremely large (...)
  2. 3. (computing, of software) Excessively overloaded with features (...)

  3. ...

In my book, both apply :-P

Without the rollback and backup stuff you mention, the frickin thing is still huge.

Don't get me wrong, but just the other day I was reminiscing with a friend about the times when our PCs ran at 4,77 MHz and how we dreamt of what those machines could do if they ran at 40 or even 400 MHz. Today, those things run at >2 GHz speeds on several cores (!), and most of the times we still wait and wait and wait ... which is the "bloat" I'm talking about. The waiting is in large parts due to -- but not exclusively and not only on Win machines -- modern OS architecture and feature bloat. Why MS is still pushing every last feature to every last machine instead of giving users a way of opting in and out of certain aspects of the OS only a small part of the user base will ever use is beyond me (as are most of their decisions lately). Yet, you have to click through several pages of privacy settings when installing Win10, unless you click "MS knows best, don't bother me with what it collects and phones home". What's wrong with a "Chose the components you wish to install now and add others later" option, so that for example desktop users can skip all the shiny new touch and tablet kinda stuff?!

End rant.

Comment Windows isn't as bloated as it used to be. (Score 4, Informative) 115

You almost got me up to that statement. I did a VM install of Win10 over the weekend; it failed the first time, because I thought that a fixed 16GB for the test partition would do. The dynamic container is at 24.738.004.992 bytes now after the Threshold 2 update. Nothing else was installed - just Win10 + updates.

Give it a try, grab the iso and fire up a VM. No need for a Windows key, you can skip entering it just like the activation.

Threshold 2, which like all updates is not optional, as we all know, took >1 hour on a 4 core system with a decent SSD and ~2,5GB RAM for the VM. I wonder what you'd call a "bloated" OS.

Comment Re:You described a Web Page or an App (Score 1) 148

It's so reasonable that the group that defines the EPUB format has updated the format to support HTML5 in EPUB 3.0

Exactly, and there's also the fixed layout ebook format Apple introduced on top of EPUB2 which EPUB3 standardizes. I've done PDF to fixed layout ebook conversions that work like a charm and look exactly like the print / PDF version -- given that your device supports fxl ebooks, of course. There are several pdf2fxl ebook / EPUB3 conversion services and tools. I like this one because it has a free (watermarked) demo so you can check if your project converts well.

Comment Please enlighten me (Score 2) 51

4k is cool and all, I get it. Still, why would I want my PC to render 4k at suboptimal frame rates, when I can play at full HD and have the display present me those 1080px in a way no native HD display could do? Really, I want one of those things just for the real estate and the freedom to place more better looking windows where I want and need them, but for gaming at native resolution, I just don't get it.

Comment Re:Country run by oil barons does nothing!!! (Score 2) 195


Countries like Russia and the likes probably don't care much about their population's irrational fears and would much rather present a solution, if only for the "Ha ha!" aspect of it. Instead, they dumped their waste in the seas, creating more risks and, eventually, costs. You reiterate your "just do x" mantra and ignore the fact that short term as well as long term storage is extremely complicated and very expensive if done properly. "Future tech y will solve all problems" is not helpful either. Keep ignoring the fact that we can't even handle crude safely enough not to pollute the environment repeatedly. Radioactivity is not primarily scary, it's a risk that must be dealt with accordingly, and your posts illustrate why this is unlikely to happen, because your "just don't spill it" approach cost "by BP's count, $54 billion in projected total expenses".

Comment Re:Country run by oil barons does nothing!!! (Score 4, Interesting) 195

Just bury the waste. Well, if it is that easy, why does no country in the world have a permanent solution for their waste? If just burying it is good enough, why does nobody do it? Hint: it's hard to do it safely, given the half life periods involved, since we're talking about 10,000 to 1,000,000 years, and I'd rather not touch those 500 years you mention, because you pulled that number out of a smelly place. Also, the article is talking about the problems arising from handling crude oil. Looks like we can't even handle that safely enough. What makes you think we can handle nuclear waste safely for long periods of time? Just do x and y won't be a problem. I just love that approach. We might discuss nuclear if it weren't for such utter "rational" BS.

Comment Re:Why Firefox pisses me off the least (Score 1) 142

Opera [] which my oldest boy swears is the greatest thing ever (boy is he still pissed they quit using presto)

Don't recommend it. It all went down after they abandoned presto. Compared to the Opera I loved, the chromium version, to quote Dr. Cooper, sucks the big one. They even started rolling out silent updates, and the last one broke the bookmarks (they are gone -- you need to install a 3rd party extension to access your old bookmarks). Alienating their user base this way, they'll be gone sooner rather than later.

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 4) 419

After Chernobyl we heard the same predictions

I already said that "whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades" because of "the long latency period for some cancers. WHO said in 2005: "The total number of deaths already attributable to Chernobyl or expected in the future over the lifetime of emergency workers and local residents in the most contaminated areas is estimated to be about 4000." Again, the numbers do not matter, or that they only look at the "most contaminated areas" in their estimate. All I was saying was that it is too soon to talk about the death toll, because it will take decades of science to say anything meaningful. The OP argument was like "I locked up 10 people in an airtight room and they were all ok when I checked on them a minute later."

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 5, Informative) 419

While it is true that people are not dropping dead in the thousands due to Fukushima, I'll leave this to consider:

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster, Jirina Vitazkova and Errico Cazzoli, Nordic PSA Conference (nuclear utilities in Finland and Sweden), September 2011 (emphasis added): The results with respect to health effects show that within 80 years the number of victims of the Fukushima disaster can be expected to be AT LEAST in the range of 10,000 to 300,000 people in terms of deaths due to infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, genetic diseases, and cancers; and about the same number of sicknesses/syndromes needing prolonged hospitalization and health care are expected to occur. This estimates accounts only for the population already living at the time of the accident. A comparable number of excess deaths and sicknesses may be expected in the population that will be born in the period. In addition to these, more than 100,000 excess still-births and a comparable or larger number of excess children born with genetic deformations (e.g. Down syndrome) are expected [...]

Whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades before it's safe to say "a nuclear reactor that didn't kill anyone". The actual outcome will also largely depend on how well the Japanese authorities will handle the cleanup. Judge for yourself whether they've done a good job so far.

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