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Comment Re:Is this good-bye? (Score 5, Funny) 71

Oh yes, Intel's reign of terror that includes foisting tens of millions of systems that can easily boot practically any version of Linux and their insidious plot to use standardized system interconnects has truly ushered in an age of darkness from which the world will never recover. Don't even get me started on their insidious projects where they infiltrate the Linux kernel with completely open-sourced GPL'd graphics drivers! Truly they should all be put up on war crimes charges!

Now excuse me while I return to my secret resistance base where we are attempting to load updated ROMs on our Android phones. One of these weeks we'll download the right set of magic files & instructions from some random forum and hopefully not permanently brick the phone in the process. Only ARM can save us hobbyists from the tyranny of well documented and easily modified computing systems!

Comment Re:SOUNDS LIKE FRACKING! (Score 1) 168

I was actually referring to the infamous youtube videos of supposedly ordinary tap-water that was incredibly flammable due to fracking and just so happened to burn in exactly the same way that Everclear/Bacardi 151/etc. would burn when lit on fire....

Comment SOUNDS LIKE FRACKING! (Score -1, Troll) 168

This sounds WAY too much like that bad evil fracking thing that I've been programmed to be scared of. I've seen videos of Everclear-- uh, I mean "tap water" -- that lit on fire because of fracking!

We need Matt Damon to make a move (funded by Abu Dhabi of course) that exposes the evils of this non-OPEC produced energy source immediately!

Comment OpenAFS REally? (Score 1) 150

" I think the issue of file storage was solved by openafs a long time ago, certainly at the scale of small University."

LMFAO... and yes, I am a Carnegie Mellon Alum and yes, when I was in Grad School I did manage to hack my research Linux box enough to be able to mount my Andrew share. Having seen how people who aren't in grad school at CMU actually use computers in the real world, somebody needs a bit of a wakeup call.

Comment Re:Same old, same old... (Score 1) 107

Uh... so you are saying that ARM is copying Intel's strategy with the never-ending harping about how great the A57 cores will be? I seem to recall sitting through 3 years of ARM hype about how the Cortex A-15 was going to permanently destroy Intel, and here we are with real systems running real tests that show that it isn't even insanely better than 32nm Atom parts. How come ARM hasn't completely taken over yet? I've been promised miracles!

Comment PEAK OIL! (Score -1, Troll) 430

The consumption figures can't go down because, as is posted constantly on Slashdot, capitalism is a lie and supply and demand are evil conspiracies created by corporations to repress the sheeple.

The U.S. couldn't possibly produce more oil since everybody knows that peak oil happened in the 70's and there is no more oil anywhere. Peak oil is right and Holocaust^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H "Peak Oil" deniers should be executed for the greater good.

Comment Re:Which tablets? (Score 4, Interesting) 561

So basically you are assuming that the Microsoft locked-down bootloader is impervious to hacking while all the Android ones suck and can be circumvented easily. Without knowing it, you've just complimented Microsoft's software engineering ability.

If the Surface doesn't just bomb out in the market, there will very probably be some hacks that make it possible to load on a new OS. Frankly, my Android phone is much harder to install a new OS on that any other piece of hardware that I've ever owned even though it theoretically isn't "locked down" so I'm not going to point fingers at Microsoft for copy-catting everybody else in this space.

Comment Chernobyl was not a light-water reactor (Score 5, Informative) 258

Chernobyl was a graphite moderated water-cooled reactor. Any commercial nuclear plant in the U.S. is a water-moderated and water-cooled reactor.

  Despite the normal perception of the word, a "moderator" actually increases the nuclear activity in a fission plant since it slows-down ("moderates") neutrons and therefore increases the probability that the neutrons cause a fission event. In Chernobyl, the coolant (water) was blown away in the pressure explosion, but the moderator (graphite) remained in place which led to the runaway meltdown.

By contrast at Three Mile Island & Fukushima, the loss of coolant led to a meltdown (literally heat causing melting to occur), but since the water moderator was also missing, the accidents did not lead to a runaway that was anywhere near as severe as Chernobyl. If Fukushima had included a pressure vessel of the same caliber as the one used at TMI, then hardly any radioactivity would have been released during the Fukushima accident.

Comment Re:I'm on the verge of not caring (Score 1) 107

Is this the usual propaganda where corporations having your data == scary bad and government having your data == It's OK, the government is your friend and you need the government to take care of you because you are a helpless moron?

How about: Corporations suck and shouldn't have my data && Government sucks *more* (getting shot by the government is a lot worse than having advertising sent to you) and *definitely* shouldn't have my data?

Comment Uh... (Score 5, Insightful) 101

Dave Winer has just launched a petition to Obama asking the President to declare the Flickr API a National Historic Landmark, thus (by Dave's reckoning) legally protected from arbitrary withdrawal or wholesale changes by its corporate masters."

Yeah nice meaningless stunt.

If the API is truly "open" then this guy can buy the servers and the network connectivity and the electricity and the hosting support needed to host the sotfware that keeps it going in perpetuity and he won't have to worry about Flickr suing him becuase it's "open".

Something tells me he is more upset that somebody else won't be paying for all of those things for his personal gain. Well guess what: When you live by the "free" service you die by the "free" service.

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