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Comment One or two good games can certainly make a change (Score 2) 410

One or two Good Game can certainly make a difference

One decent game would get me into Linux; I dual boot Win7 and Mint, but only visit Mint, I don't really
use it as there's nothing "special" I use it for.

Doom took me from the Amiga and to the PC, as did Quake II (made for my video card (3DFX drivers)) graphics were incredible.
Installed Win3.1, the easy networking and abundance of programs shelved the Amiga.

I have Portal 2 I can play from Mint but have played it on the PC already, and it's not as good as the first.
Guess the cake was my carrot and an out right lie.

The Games I've found for Mint are Civilization types, build this then you can build that; but those can
impede your progress or even stop you if not taken care of.

I tried Red hat in the 1990's bought the book and CD. The Red hat disk partition tool was so confusing
I quit at the very start. If the instructions had just said "or you can just use FDISK" things would be much different now.

I'm a new linux user that used Unix commands to get around on old shell accounts. So have a leg up;
but still trying to get know to the command line while Linux is swaying folks to the GUI.

Then there's the flavor of Linux I started with Ubuntu as it was very popular at the time, the Live CD
didn't work so stopped there. Another serious approach was Mint as Ubuntu was sending search
query's to third parties - and where I'm at now. Just that I have no reason to use Mint, at the moment
I play Battle Field 3 all the time - a very enjoyable game for me for close to two years now.

Submission + - Fusion "Breakthrough" at National Ignition Facility? Uh, Not Really (

sciencehabit writes: One unintended effect of the U.S. federal shutdown is that helpful press officers at government labs are not available to provide a reality check to some of the wilder stories that can catch fire on the Internet. They would have come in handy this week, when a number of outlets jumped on a report on the BBC News website. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, it reported, had passed a "nuclear fusion milestone." NIF uses the world's highest energy laser system to crush tiny pellets containing a form of hydrogen fuel to enormous temperature and pressure. The aim is to get the hydrogen nuclei to fuse together into helium atoms, releasing energy. The BBC story reported that during one experiment last month, "the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world." This prompted a rush of even more effusive headlines proclaiming the "fusion breakthrough." As no doubt NIF's press officers would have told reporters, the experiment in question certainly shows important progress, but it is not the breakthrough everyone is hoping for.

Comment Dr Quantum - Double Slit Experiment - a video! (Score 1) 242

A quote from the comments (saves time):

jon manock 1 week ago
"this video is extremely misleading. the electron does not know it is being observed and decide to behave like a particle.
it is the electron interacting with the test equipment that collapses the wave function. consciousness has nothing to do with it."

Comment Re:Cookies (Score 1) 251

It's not enough to log out, you have to wipe the cookies, too. Google sets a lot of them and then there are Google-related sites like Youtube which also set Cookies. I'm not sure how much these other sites share Cookies with Google, but I wouldn't trust them on it.

It's much more than not logging in to block tracking, just one step. Web Beacons are the concern logging in or reading html email. running a huge a$$ HOSTS file is also very important.

Ever hear of flurry
that's a biggie to block. It's Google analytics, for a price they provide advertisers
user demographics and what ads to send to you.

Mostly used for mobile devices will let you opt-out if you give them your device ID. every time I change the OS on my rooted Xoom tablet the ID changes
so I block it at the router level (just got a new router with firewall). Also your device ID isn't all that easy to find.
- for Android > look for: Device ID

Read the ToS, Privacy Policy at it explains in detail what angry birds does with your collected data.
One is they send your info to who in return sends them prospective clients.


Here's a good one... Read the ToS at you'd never know it was Google.
I registered at to keeps a data base of my connection rates; of course I read their terms of service,
it led you to

There was a thread about tracking I happened on after my registration, the operator of that site
replied to the thread mentioning he was very happy to be working for Google, it was a good company.
I replied that it's odd your so up front about being part of Google yet one would never know through the ToS was Google as well. Now reading the ToS you'd never know is part of Google. :}
unless you went to

Yes Google provides a service and expects something in return, they can have my searches and the links
I visit, as I find them through Google. But I don't need Google+ shoved not only in my face, but into my lifel
Google+ isn't a service it's totally different.

Submission + - Fusion milestone passed at US lab ( 1

Bizzeh writes: The BBC reports that Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion — the process that powers the Sun — could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion

Submission + - Fusion Reactor Breaks Even 2

mysqlbytes writes: The BBC is reporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Livermore in California, Has succeeded in breaking even — "During an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world."

Comment Google is becoming meddlesome (Score 1) 251

I don't log onto a site unless I have to, then log off when I'm done, keeps the tracking down a tad.

I have two Youtube accounts Googles aware of. Yesterday I logged in to do some work on the videos
and joined Google+. I don't want to be part of Google+, I've no interest in the "social networks".
I've changed the settings to send no Email my way and keep from displaying my actions, but
don't wish an account I want no part of. Took me 4 years to finally get out of Facebook,
an account I started but never did anything with.

Youtube videos have always been in the lowest resolution as I've no cookie to remember a setting,
no big deal. Now all of the videos are muted as well on all browsers.

Youtube has a lot of full length movies, I have a PS3, A HDTV, and a Motorola Xoom tablet that can access youtube.
I wanted to watch Dogma on the HDTV, I can't.
The searches never came close; even spelling them out word for word, there are quite a few I can't access.
The links can't be accessed by any thing but the PC, no way to enter them or the PS3 reverts to a Youtube program that can't find them either.

I've started downloading the videos transferring them to each device; the start of my inadvertent youtube movie collection.

Comment Re:Automatic barriers (Score 1) 608

After the 1983 Beirut Barracks bombing that killed "241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers" Areas of high security have barriers put in place so you have to weave, no more straight shots.

But using Google Earth I get pillars that autos can't get between

For a car to set them off defeats their purpose. Her cars front end wasn't damaged, even after the chase
her front end looks to be fully intact, and these pillars are seen as well in the pictures of the event.

Yet they still refer to it as a ramming. "The Connecticut woman who rammed a White House barrier with her young daughter in the car before being gunned down by police was suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth last year, her mother has revealed."

Beirut Barracks bombing:
The 19-ton Mercedes-Benz truck then passed between two sentry posts, passed through an open vehicle gate in the perimeter chain-link fence, crashed through a guard shack in front of the building and smashed into the lobby of the building serving as the barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (BLT). The sentries at the gate were operating under rules of engagement which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the truck.

Comment Re:tragedy of errors? (Score 1) 608

Sounds like all the shooting was police or Secret Service. Car impact, female with babe in a car with out of state plates, chased, and shot ?

What if she was lost, confused and just made a wrong turn while talking on her cell phone, surprised by the barrier?

Perhaps the true price of paranoia.

Yes it was tragedy of errors and mayhaps bad timing on her part (being in the area).

Shots reported fired, a helicopter reported landing in front of the Capitol. The cop car that hit the barricade appears
to of hit it sliding sideways, he was at first reported as being injured by gunfire - and an "active shooter" scenario was called.

Submission + - Adobe hijacked, user information compromised (

sfcrazy writes: Adobe switched its business model from license to subscription base, which wile make it more affordable for user also required access to critical information such as credit card which was not needed earlier. This critical user information has now fallen in the hands of cyber criminals (cracker and not hackers) who hijacked Adobe leaving behind 2.9 million affected customers.

Comment 1912 Diablo Canyon knocked offline, jellyfish like (Score 1) 123

A horde of jellyfish-like animals has forced the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in California.
The gelatinous creatures, 2 to 3 inches long, are called sea salp.

Sea salp can reproduce sexually and asexually, and "you can have millions in a couple of days," e

Actually jelly fish took down a California reactor many years ago but 1912 (the above links) is all the shows.

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