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Comment Re:Because 64-bit WinOS doesn't support 16-bit app (Score 1) 367

I think you found the answer. Where I work there are still applications will run on 32-bit and not 64-bit, although technically that's speaking of Windows 7 as OS. Not sure the software in question would run windows 10, 32 or 64-bit.

I did buy some windows tablets and a small Raspberry Pi-sized device that run Windows in the last couple years (something about sub-$100 windows devices, I don't know, novelty I guess). The Raspberry Pi-sized device identifies the Atom as a "64-bit CPU" but for whatever reason the UEFI has locked it to 32-bit only operating systems. Which does conveniently prevent Windows 7 from being installed on the device (32-bit 7 doesn't do UEFI while 64-bit does). Maybe I could do some kind of GRUB magic, I don't know. The devices have as little as 16 gigs of storage or sometimes 32gigs with 2 gigs of RAM so I don't feel like I'm missing out on that much with the limit of 32-bit.

So another reason could be there's still hardware out there that literally can't run 64-bit windows that are still technically within the support time frame and/or under warranty. Apple doesn't have to worry about generic off-brand Chinese OEMs using weird UEFI firmware/SoC combos but technically Microsoft does...

Education

Harvard Pulls Student Offers Over Online Comments (go.com) 689

Reader joshtops shares a report: Harvard University's student newspaper says the school has revoked admission offers to at least 10 prospective freshmen over offensive online messages. The Harvard Crimson says the students posted images and comments in a private Facebook group mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust and racial minorities. The newspaper reported that several group members said at least 10 people were told by Harvard in April that their acceptances had been withdrawn.

Comment Re:This should work out well... (Score 1) 175

I take it you've never seen this video. I don't think it's so much guns, religion, border walls, tax cuts for the rich, etc as you put it as just not wanting to lose a good paying job. I'll let you get back to your Rachel Maddow.

That clip with the coal miner might have a big influence on the election by the way. Never hear it mentioned in the media in that context for some reason. Just my personal theory.

Medicine

Anti-Aging Start-Up Is Charging Thousands of Dollars for Teen Blood (vanityfair.com) 243

An anonymous reader writes: A startup called Ambrosia is charging about $8,000 a pop for blood transfusions from people under 25, Jesse Karmazin said at Code Conference. Ambrosia, which buys its blood from blood banks, now has about 100 paying customers. Some are Silicon Valley technologists, like Thiel, though Karmazin stressed that tech types aren't Ambrosia's only clients, and that anyone over 35 is eligible for its transfusions. Karmazin was inspired to found Ambrosia after seeing studies researchers had done involving sewing mice together with their veins conjoined. Some aspects of aging, one 2013 study found, could be reversed when older mice get blood from younger ones, but other researchers haven't been able to replicate these results, and the benefits of parabiosis in humans remains unclear. "I think the animal and retrospective data is compelling, and I want this treatment to be available to people," Karmazin told the MIT Technology Review.

Comment That Futurama episode "Baywatch" movie... (Score 1) 316

If anybody remembers, there was a Futurama episode ("A Fishful of Dollars") that mentioned Baywatch: Pamela Anderson is surprised to hear Fry hadn't heard of Baywatch: The Movie, her follow up comment included "the first movie shot entirely in slow motion" and "so he doesn't know I won the Oscar?".

I think I'd like to see that version of a Baywatch movie: entirely in slow motion and award winning. Couldn't be any worse than what we got.

Comment Mini review (Score 1) 49

I happen to have pre-ordered it so I got it day 1. Outside of popular youtube channels I'm probably one of the first ones to even have this game never mind play it.

I should mention I didn't realize until recently this was the Switch version of a Wii U game. So I don't know what's new the Switch and what was already there. And also the last console mario kart I played win "Mario Kart Wii". I don't know how many there have been since then.

There are the different CC kart classes as always and the different cups as always. I think there's 48 Grand Prix courses and I didn't try to count the number of characters to choose from (across at least three different weight classes). Also a ton of different vehicles a number of types.

One of the main things I found annoying about Mario Kart Wii was being by far in first place (while playing solo) and getting hit but a blue shell then multiple red shells, thus going from 1st to 8th place about 3 feet from the finish line. That just seems like broken AI to me. I haven't experienced that in this one.

I'm knowledgeable enough I know what the popular consensus is with the different cc classes. I know 50cc is entirely too easy and I get beat every track by half the track. And the 200cc is super-crazy-fast-tough (again, as a single player thing). But as with a lot of games now the single player is really just practice for multiplayer. At least that's the vibe I'm starting to sense.

Overall I would say it's very good game well worth the money but it seems very clear it is really intended as a party game.

Comment In my case, (Score 1) 47

I reserved BotW a few weeks before launch but never got a reservation on the Switch. Then the night of March 2nd I found a bundle-only console for sale online that included BotW. So naturally I opened one copy to play and I have a "sealed in box" copy to keep (neither are "special" or "limited" in any way). I probably should have just returned the extra back to amazon but didn't for no particular reason.

Not sure if that explains the greater than 1:1 attach rate but it could be part of it.

Comment So....gift card? (Score 5, Insightful) 35

Based only on this description it sounds a lot like a new featured added to the existing gift card functionality already available. So it's not "amazon cash" it's "amazon adds bar code to gift cards". So effectively this is "native content" or maybe just really poorly written. Not sure which.

Comment Re: Working roms... (Score 1) 47

Search github for "ia-mame". It's a CLI utility that downloads ROMs directly from internet archive. It will grab dependencies like bios files too, auto-magic. I've been writing scripts to get entire console sets at a time (Nes/SNES/Sega CD...). Still have to filter out regions/prototypes/etc you don't want if course, but it's better than a 45 gig zip file. Haven't tried an arcade game with chd dependencies yet but no reason it wouldn't work. I'm not involved with ia-mame at all, just a big fan.

Comment Re:the stimulus! (Score 1) 435

Not sure what getting rid of all those CRT TVs would have accomplished. There's a whole community around finding the best CRT TVs for old retro game consoles (they look best on CRTs having been designed for them and functions like light guns won't work with flat panels). There's also an albeit shrinking MAME cabinet community who insists upon CRT for authenticity. Cash-for-CRT-TV-clunkers would have been a disaster for these communities.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

I so look forward to the day if the National Popular Vote legislation gets enacted... of a Republican winning the popular vote and all those Democrats having to vote for the Republican....

Before the Republicans went absolutely insane, "Blue" states voted for Republican presidential candidates plenty of times.

The Republicans are the ones desperately trying to hang-on to power. They're the ones passing all those voter ID laws, which courts keep striking down. They're the former home of Jim Crow laws. They're the ones gerrymandering voting districts, which is the only reason the GOP is able to keep their House numbers up, even though the population is mostly Republican. It's a Republican governor and senate in North Carolina stripping the powers of the incoming Democratic governor. Lets be clear which party the facts show are desperately trying to corrupt the democratic process to hang on to power...

It would appear you don't live in California if you think it's Republicans doing the gerrymandering. I don't think gerrymandering is right by any group under any circumstances. But since California won't be changing any time soon I can't exactly blame Republicans for doing the same. Districts of California have the worst representation ratio of any state in the country. It doesn't get any publicity but there are a lot of people who would rather not be apart of the state. California is a complete "banana republic" and has been for a very long time. And don't point the insanity finger any anybody else if you share a party with Uncle Jerry. That guy is bat-shit-insane.

Not sure what the issue is with voter ID laws. If you have to show ID and sign 17 pages of forms to get a library card why is it so much to ask for a simple "are you who you say you are" when you vote? You're right though. That's completely unreasonable.

Also, it was Democrats with the Jim Crow laws.

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