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Comment Re:Well.. (Score 1) 254

Do you have any evidence that Microsoft has or is intending to send out banned consoles through warranty claims?

Banning a person who has done nothing but ask for warranty repairs seems like poor business practices that could easily be fixed with a quick database update. I doubt even Microsoft would use such underhanded techniques to exploit warranty policy into increased console sales.

Such practices would not only be blatantly illegal, but they would also lead to a strong backlash upon being perceived as scamming the average Joe Gamer.

Comment Double speeds on Docsis 3.0 (Score 1) 698

Comcast recently upgrades my area to Docsis 3.0, giving me double the speed I previously had for the same price. For the last few months I have been getting a consistent 9-12mbps instead of the 4-6 I previously had.

Last night, after watching a movie on netflix, however, I checked my bandwidth, and I was getting only 5-6mbps. As it appears, they've lowered my speeds after 15 minutes of usage. While I did enjoy the 9-12 mbps, getting a consistent 5+mbps means that with a good QOS policy on my router I can stream from netflix in hd without any interrupts, so I am satisfied.

When I get home tonight, I am going to set my router to throttle at 8.3 mbps, that should put me just under the limit, so I can get a consistent speed instead of dropping to 5. If that works I'll still be getting a 50% boost in speed, which is not too bad considering I'm still paying the same amount, though I do wish they were a little more honest about "doubling" my speed.

Comment Re:Jocks win wars? (Score 1) 401

No, all the jocks ended up in the Marines, Army and other best equipped fighting forces on Earth, and the nerds ended up at Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing, making them the best equipped fighting forces on earth. The marines would not be any better than any other troops without fighter jets and UAVs backing them and telling them exactly where to find the enemy. Who needs jocks when you have exoskeletons carrying hundreds of pounds of the most sophisticated fighting equipment on the planet for you?

World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Found 108

jage2 writes "Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly 'cultivated for psychoactive purposes,' rather than as fibre for clothing, or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China."

Comment Re:Intelligent Drivers (Score 1) 883

Actually, what we need is intelligent cars that CAN tailgate. You get much better fuel efficiency following an inch behind the car in front of you than 40 feet. In fact, all the stuff they teach you about not following trucks to closely is completely wrong when it comes to fuel efficiency. On the highway, tailgating that huge line of trucks is actually the most fuel efficient place you can drive. Also, don't think that driving faster is necessarily less efficient. One road I drive on daily has the lights timed so that you hit every yellow light at 18mph over. I drive 20mph over the speed limit and make it through every light. Because 60 mph is also my cars peak fuel efficiency point, I get much better fuel efficiency than all those "intelligent" drivers driving 10 over and hitting every red light. I've found that driving at 40 also gets you through every light. However, because I drive 15 miles on the road, the extra gas used to accelerate to 60 is negated by the gas saved driving at a more efficient speed. Maximizing fuel efficiency is a much more complicated problem than you think. Until we have computers that can drive cars that are touching bumper to bumper and can compute the most efficient speed based on fuel used to accelerate, and fuel saved over the driving distance, we will not come even close to peak fuel efficiency.

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