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Comment: Re: WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 168

by xyzzyman (#46379737) Attached to: Damming News From Washington State
Unless the damn was built after using 3d rendered models and ran through thousands of simulations then it isn't "tech". It took no math or science to build the Erie Canal, the Hoover Dam or the Panama Canal. In seriousness this is a better story on the site than a story about outstanding student loan debt. The engineering in projects like this and what it will take to fix it requires the same skills as people who design realistic game environments and physics simulators, etc. Many facets all come into play. Anyone who doesn't see this as "news for nerds" should probably go visit the Hoover Dam or tour an aircraft carrier.

Comment: Re:Sure! (Score 1) 242

by xyzzyman (#41353297) Attached to: Are Commercial Games Finally Going To Make It To Linux?
And the step after that, is to just standardized the hardware for a generation, so that everyone has the same video card, processor, ram, etc and ship games on DVD's and play directly off of them... End-user support will drop even further to the point that your only calls are hardware failure and scratched disks (Outside of a buggy game). They could go with some trendy name, like XBox or Playstation.

Comment: People need to lose their feelings of entitlement (Score 1) 360

by xyzzyman (#40886443) Attached to: Why Internet Pirates Always Win
I'll never understand why someone would pirate. There are things I want to see but don't want to pay what they want, but I wait until it's at RedBox or on NetFlix, or I just wind up never seeing it. Just like there are restaurants I'd want to eat at all the time, but I choose to eat at home as I don't think what they charge is worth it, except for a special occasion. That's not to say I won't pay though. I'm going to a matinee of the new Batman movie later today. I'm not going to see The Watch until it's $1 though.

Comment: Re:users will just deprioritize updates (Score 1) 287

by xyzzyman (#40407437) Attached to: Fedora Introduces Offline Updates
Why not just shut your computer down when you're done with it? Unless you're on your computer 24/7... Why keep paying the power company? Years ago I realized I really didn't need to have a whole separate tower running as a server AT HOME. I've had to adapt but I haven't used any of my towers in over a year as I acclimated to using a notebook which is much more energy efficient than my towers were. It was nice always having an asterisk server, or file server set up incase I ever wanted to access something away from home but turns out not that important!

New systems generate new problems.