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Comment Re:Baddly worded summary (Score 2) 103

Really kind of sad that this is called making your own computer.
So system 76 is going to go to Foxconn, ASUS, MSI or some other OEM and have them make laptops for them. For desktops they will probably make their own case and go to Gigabyte, ASUS, ASUS or some other OEM and buy a motherboard.
It used to be that "making" your own computer actually made the CPU. Companies like DEC, CDC, IBM, Data General, Ti, HP and so one all made their own CPUs sometimes several different models.
So IC based CPUs came along. Then making your own computer meant making the motherboard and often the OS. Kaypro, Atari, Commodore, RadioShack, and so on.
Today it means making the case.
The only real computer companies left in the none mobile world seem to be IBM and Sun. Maybe Apple, HP, and Dell if you take the making your own motherboards as being good enough. The rest are just putting stuff in boxes

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 4, Informative) 296

Our boomer and attack subs are decades more modern than the junk that North Korea has. Their ocean-going subs are all old Russian Romeo, Whisky, and Hotel class subs. They have a few midget subs but they could not reach the US.
In other words, you also do not know what you are talking about if you compare the subs of NK with US.

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 4, Interesting) 296

The fact that this is marked as insightful shows just how bad Slashdot has gotten.
1. We know where the subs home ports are.
2. Subs make noise and move under their own power.
3. North Korea's subs all have to run their diesel to recharge their batteries.
4. The subs of North Korea are old and loud and easy to find if they leave home waters.

To give an example the USSR lost a Golf class SB just like the one the North Korean's have sunk 1500 miles off the coast of Hawaii in 1968. The US found and recovered part of it.
Had that airliner been of interest to the US it would have been tracked from the start until it hit the water. Also if the airliner was still an airliner and not a collection of parts spread across the Indian Ocean we would have found it.

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 1) 296

"I would only point out that in WWII, the Japanese managed to build subs that could reach the US coast. Assuming some NK hardware is not at least as capable is absurd."
True, but it is absurd to think that the US's ASW capability has not improved massively since WWII. The only SB the North Korean's have shown is an old Golf Class sub they bought as scrap from Russia that they put back into service. It is 1950s tech as far as the hull form and power plant. They are working on the Simpo but it only as 1500km range and none are in service. So a 1950s class SB has to get close enough to the US to launch. I would bet good money that the US has at least one SSN tasked to keep track of that SB any time it leaves port. If it got too close to the US I would bet that it would have some kind of accident. Maybe a collision with the SSN or it would just sink because of??? BTW NK still has not had a successful launch from a sub.

Comment Yet another case of Moore's law abuse. (Score 1) 269

Do you want to lower CO2 emissions? The answer is simple.
1. Ban coal.
2. Replace coal with natural gas, nuclear, and wind.
3. Stop worrying about cars, trains, and planes. Power plants are the biggest producers of CO2 and are centralized.
4. Understand Solar is not the answer. The demand vs production curve does not work out. It is a good supplement in hot areas with a lot of sun in the summer but unless we go with orbital solar power stations it is not a good baseload solution. It just looks good and seems easy.

Why natural gas since it does produce CO2? Simple it produces about half the CO2 per BTU as coal does and is cheap. If you replaced every coal plant with natural gas you would have a massive savings in CO2 for a low cost. The next step would be to move large trucks, trains, and ships to natural gas. That would save about 20% on the CO2 they produce but since large trucks and trains have centralized fueling locations it would again be pretty simple to do.

You need to also think about the social cost of ending coal production You will be converting towns into ghost towns, Mining coal does pay pretty well and is pretty labor intensive. Sure you can retrain the miners for new jobs but those jobs will not be in the same location as the mine. You will not pay to relocate all the people in the town that depend on the mine. Think of the people that run the shops, restaurants, car lots, teach in the schools and so on. You can not get around the fact that you are going to cause a huge amount or problems and the idea of "job retraining " will not prevent it.

Comment Re: One word (Score 1) 474

"but few apps besides raytracing can genuinely put it to good use."
Well yes and no. Most apps can use a few threads, one of the ones I am working on used 40 but that is not super common. I have not worked on any program that does not use a least three in a long time.
On most, workstations you have more than one program and or service running at a time so you can use a good number of cores on most PCs. Thanks to VMWare and Xen once you get to servers I doubt that you could even have too many cores at least where I work.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

Except Office and Outlook are better than LibreOffice and Thunderbird.
I was a hardcore OpenOffice and Thunderbird person for more than 10 years. They do work but Office and Outlook work better. I still spend 90% of my time on my Linux machine at work but I also have a Windows machine just for Outlook, Office, and Skype for Business. I still have a lot of problems with Windows like my machine dropping the network connection, getting the installing 1 of 5 updates until I restart it, and every now and then an email I send sits for a day or two before it goes out. Those issues are probably EIT's problem and the crazy level of security we have to have.
LibreOffice is pretty good but Office is still better. BTW Photoshop is also better than Gimp and you will not find a 3D FOSS CAD system that is close to SolidWorks.
If I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux box at work I could drop the windows computer. The Outlook web interface works really well and I use that with Chrome on my Linux machine all the time.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

"There isn't a huge difference in terms of capabilities and usability between Office 16 and LibreOffice, "
No, you are wrong.
I had not use Office for about 10 years and just got a new version. It is really much better than LibreOffice in terms of performance. For grammar checking and spell check, it is not even close. As an OS Linux is fine, I use Linux every day for development at work but I also have a Windows box that I just use for Skype and Office.
Honestly, if I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux machine I would not need the Windows machine. Before anyone suggests Whine, a VM, or some other solution let me add this. I work for a large company so they have to dot every i and cross every t. We can spin Linux VMs up and down all day long but when we touch Windows it must be done by EIT.

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