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Comment Re:WOW! (Score 1) 132

I've got an Acer laptop I bought in 2005. It has a 2.6 GHz Celeron--living proof that they did, once upon a time, make computers with only one CPU!--and 2 GB RAM. The CD-ROM drive is toast, and more than about 30 minutes of full-screen video heats it up to the point where I have to let it cool off for a few minutes; otherwise it does pretty well, all things considered. Not sure why I keep it around except that it still runs.

Submission + - UN, IPCC Report: "Nobody Left Untouched" By Climate Change (bbc.com)

Zontar The Mindless writes: A major new report from the UN states that the impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible." Scientists and officials who've been meeting this past week in Yokohama, Japan say this represents the most comprehensive assessment of the world-wide impacts of climate change to date. Up until now, natural systems have absorbed most of the effects of human-induced climate change, but this is beginning to change, with humans set to experience these effects more directly. Quoth the BBC:

This is the second of a series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this year that outlines the causes, effects and solutions to global warming. This latest Summary for Policymakers document highlights the fact that the amount of scientific evidence on the impacts of warming has almost doubled since the last report in 2007.

The report's summary says that rising temperatures will mount threats to our health, homes, food, and safety. This report is the second in a series expected this year from the IPCC discussing causes, effects, and possible solutions to global warming.

Comment Re:Sleep -1? (Score 2) 240

Hej hallå där, Anonymous Bonehead!

I cordially invite you to come and live in the wonderful Kingdom of Sweden for a few years and see just what it's like what to bob back and forth between 18-hour days in summer and 6-hour days in winter.

*Especially* if your natural clock is already a bit off from the 24-hour norm, like Opportunist's--and mine.

Then we'll talk. :^)

Comment Re:State of openSuse? (Score 1) 51

I've had absolutely no problems with 13.1 on either an Ivy Bridge laptop or a desktop with Nvidia GPU.

Same here, with one exception. If you've not hit this yourself already, here's a tip from someone who just found out the hard way with a machine that came with a GeForce GTX660 which I absolutely checked out for support/drivers before buying the box... BUT:

Don't use the Nouveau driver any longer than absolutely necessary. It is supposed to support this card, but it's flaky as hell, with lots of flickers, hangs, and eventually a crash of the desktop that leaves the driver caught in an endless loop.

Also, do not use the RPM to install the Nvidia driver unless you really like hosing your system. Scads of missing files and/or wrong permissions--I couldn't even begin to figure out how to fix all the issues, uninstalled it, had an even bigger mess, and finally just reinstalled the OS.

Use the .run installer. Worked like a charm for me.

Submission + - Continued Rise in Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a new report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don’t know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both.

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