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Comment Re:So this means I shouldn't... (Score 1) 79

Streaming video over in-flight WiFi? So this means I shouldn't check my notebook?

Sadly more and more people refuse to pay to check any bags, leading to flights over boarding first, massive problems in the overhead bins, high stress, and delayed flights.

seriously, a total ripoff. i'm surprised they don't start charging for overhead luggage space. although if you bring your stuff to the gate and there's no baggage bin room, they usually gate check it for free.

The airlines I fly allow you to check for free. Doesn't help. I'd be delighted if they charged for overhead space, or just make a charge for any "hand luggage" with wheels. If you're too lazy to carry your essentials, you should be forced to check them.

Comment Re:cut peak-hour electricity use by 2 percent (Score 1) 296

Hey, my laptop could power the whole building! (For ten seconds or so. Before it exploded.)

A typical AA battery stores about 3WH of power, or 10kJ
That's 10kW for a second
It's 10MW for a millisecond
It's 10GW for a nanosecond

P.S. You'd need 15,000 of the things (with the right capacitor) to travel through time (1.21GW provided along a 50cm lightning rod at 88mph - so 1.21GW * 120ms = 145MJ)

Comment Re:Why not batteries (Score 1) 296

They just need to use the Renault clone of the Nissan. You get the same battery but the car owner leases it from Renault, so they are the ones stuck with the cost extra failing batteries (and will certainly not pass it down to customers, right...).

Of course they will, but if the revenues are your lease charge at $xx per month, and the costs are the new batteries, they have an incentive to make the battery replacement cheap.

If they sold you the car then you pay for a new battery every year, they don't have that incentive.

Comment Re:uhuh (Score 1) 321


Unless you are working on the nsa's main database. Then you should run these commands several times, just To be sure the backup is complete. Then take a sledge hammer to the original files, for securit. And restore from the backup, to guarantee the backup worked.

Book a flight to Moscow first though

Comment Re:What a great man (Score 1) 311

How many buildings did Gandhi blow up?

Not nearly as many as Reagan did.

Who's claiming Reagan is "this generation's Gandhi"?

Gandhi was known for his non-violence. Mandela was known for his violence, just like George Washington, Obama and Churchill. Now that violence may have been justified, but Mandella was far closer to those men than he was to Gandhi. Hell Gerry Adams is closer to a "this generation's Gandhi" than Mandela.

(P.S. for anyone currently under the age of 30 Communism and apartheid both fell before they were teenagers. "This generation" is an interesting word.)

You're making the assumption that violence from someone you agree with is good whereas violence from someone you disagree with is bad.

No, you're making the assumption that there's no difference between "good violence" and "no violence". I have no problem with Mandela's tactics, but he's no Gandhi.

What about all the founding fathers of the US who burned down a lot of buildings and tortured or killed a lot of British supporters? Ie "tar and feathering" which we are taught about in grade school was not just some mild public humiliation but a form of torture that could sometimes cause death. Were those people brave patriots fighting for freedom or terrorists using fear tactics?

Terrorists (as in they employed terrorist tactics to get their own way) that rose up in arms against their (ridiculous) government. For profit. I don't think anyone would say Washington was that generation's Gandhi, nor was George 3rd.

Comment Re:What a great man (Score 3, Informative) 311

Was he still considered a terrorist by the US

It's so much worse than just Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher calling Mandela a "terrorist".

When congress passed anti-apartheid sanctions, Reagan vetoed them, and then actively called the Senators before the veto override vote to try to convince them to let it stand. Congress went ahead and overrode the veto, giving Reagan one of his worst political defeats as president. It was the only time in the 20th century when congress overrode a president's veto of a foreign policy bill.

Reagan still refused to enforce the sanctions against the apartheid regime, asking South African President Botha to call congress himself and lobby to have the sanctions lifted.

Reagan's successor, George H W Bush, included in his platform a promise to enforce the sanctions to their fullest extent, which he ultimately did.

Mandela's legacy will ring out long after Reagan and Thatcher's have been relegated to the trash.

I continue to feel Reagan is overrated. Mandela was the Gandhi of our time.

How many buildings did Gandhi blow up?

Comment Re:Finally (Score 2) 311

That took forever...

That took forever...

Aww, was it upsetting for you to go through those 22 weeks his health and body were failing?

Imagine what is must have been like for him.

We wouldn't do it to pets

Comment Re:What they don't mention (Score 1) 393

Is that computer hardware has become much more reliable over time. In fact some business now waits 3 or so years before refreshing hardware. And personal is anywhere from that 3 to 5 years range.

3 years? Don't make me laugh. Most businesses used to have a 3 year cycle at tops. Most businesses I encounter are on 5 or 7 years of sweating assets, and the staff really don't care.

Comment Re:Victory at last (Score 1) 393

Disagree, they've changed the fucking keyboard layout and I will hate them forever for that. As a touch typist since 1977, and a computer keyboard touch typist since 1992, it irritates the crap out of me that they've swapped the left Function and Control key, moved F1 where Escape should be, and put Escape where you need to actually take your hands off the keyboard to reach it. Then the Delete/Home/etc cluster is messed up too. The worst part of it all is that there is absolutely no reason for it, so I work on this Lenovo fucked up layout and then go home and have to re-adjust to my normal keyboard on my laptop at home. Absolutely unforgivable as far as I'm concerned.

I managed to get a new T410s a couple of months ago to replace my old one which was literally falling apart. I'm not looking forward to 18 months time.

Fn/Ctrl is swappable in the bios, at least it is on the t410.

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