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Comment Re:warranty length (Score 1) 189

the more annoying thing is, that for a device this expensive, the warranty is only 1 year long. apple even tried to bring that crap to EU. fortunately, apart from UK, the whole EU has 2 year warranty on everything.

Beware of the reversal of proof after 6 months though - if your device breaks past those first 6 months, you have to prove that there was a fault from the manufacturer, or else they won't need to fix it. Many will take up the warranty anyway (customer satisfaction and all), but definitely not everyone.

Anecdote: my telephony provider (through which I acquired it) didn't agree to have my Nexus 5 fixed after 1 1/2 years, despite warranty... and I'm 100% sure I wasn't at fault - but good luck proving that. Guess what: no more devices acquired through them, I've reduced my subscriptions with them, and I'll avoid them as much as possible in the future... and certainly no more recommendations for good service.

Comment Re:Aern't most of China's chips based on the Alpha (Score 1) 247

These systems are directly derived from DEC Alpha.

I seriously wonder where they got the Alpha stuff from. Did HP (after the DEC merger) sell it off (Carly?), was it stolen outright?
I for one mourn the Alphas, they packed serious punch. If only HP had kept those on instead of Itanic... we might be seeing a
bit more diversity in CPUs than what's essentially a duopoly x86 / ARM (yes, I know there's still SPARC etc., but seriously...).

Comment Re:Requirement should be 3 year warranty (Score 1) 224

In the EU, the minimum warrenty is 2 years. But! Only for the first half year, you can go back to the dealer to take back the faulty merchandise and it's automatically assumed to be a problem at the source (i.e. manufacturing). Afterwards, it's up to you, the consumer, to prove that there was a manufacturing fault, and you're in luck if the dealer will just accept the return or will send you home. Good luck bringing that proof, even if you're in the right.

Anecdote: I had a Nexus 5 go bad after 1 1/2 years - loss of the connection between microphone/speaker and the mainboard, then the connection of the screen also got flaky. The technician inspecting the phone judged I had dropped the phone or whatever, which I *know* not to have been the case. How do I go about proving I didn't mishandle that device? Yeah, right.

Comment Re:No Profit...Ever! (Score 1) 216

And not many people are about to trade a nice comfy seat traveling at 5000 MPH for a cramped, drafty, noisy cockpit...

Especially since 5000 MPH is over twice as fast as an SR-71 and is way the fuck faster than any commercial aircraft available. New York to Los Angeles in 30 minutes is kinda hard to beat.

Umm... is that a hint that Aurora actually exists? I'd sure like to hitch a ride there...


Comment Re:Driving 100mph (Score 1) 496

Depends on the highway. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people drive 100MPH or more every week on the Autobahn, and Germany's highway fatality rate is lower than that in the US.

100MPH on in the rain on a crowded 2-lane road with a 50MPH speed limit? Really dangerous.

100MPH on a clear day on a multi-lane highway where the average driver in the middle lane is going 80MPH or more? Not a problem.

Posting to undo moderation that went wrong.

This! Know when (not) to speed.

When I drive my Yamaha XT 600 on the highway, I won't go above 120km/h as it gets unstable (speed limit around here is 130km/h). I've driven my Triumph Sprint ST 2005 at over 200km/h and had no problem whatsoever, provided the autobahn was more or less clear of traffic (like, early sunday morning), or on a circuit.

Also, as someone else posted, tests for the driving license tend to be serious enough in these parts (western Europe), especially for the motorbike.

As to distracted driving, it suffices to look around even on a short commute - you'll pretty much see someone with their portable phone glued to their ear or doing something else rather than concentrate on their driving. It's a wonder there aren't even more accidents. But, as the germans say: if someone called out: "Lord, let it rain brains", and the Lord actually went with it, that kind of people still would use their umbrellas...

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 154

What people want is ssh -X and yes it is a top priority to many.

That, plus the ability to reconnect to the same session (à la screen),
in case your connection goes lost for some reason, or if you want to
move to a different terminal (think remote/home work first via your mobile
device, then move on to your workstation as you get home after being
called when on call duty).

Similar as to what Sun did ages ago, with their Sun Rays,
of course updated and more flexible.

Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 1) 339

Aside from the duration of the plasma heating, I don't quite see the newsworthyness. JET (a research TOKAMAK in UK) has achieved temperatures of 100 million C and several seconds of fusion to boot.

Comparison with the german Wendelstein 7-X may not be appropriate, as it's a different type of reactor (stellarator vs. TOKAMAK). Also, its experiments have just started; longer durations are fully expected, but will be a while to achieve.

Comment Re:Why on Earth? And why in Chile? (Score 1) 105

Don't forget the bane of all new telescopes - it will definitely be cloudy the first time you try to use it.

Heck, even buying a new eyepiece can clause clouds in my neighborhood!

Yep. My astro club calls it the "new equipment curse" and if a star party clouds out, they look for the culprit (in good fun of course).

It's one week of clouded sky per inch of aperture, according to astro lore from some german-language facebook astro groups I'm following (one of the very few reasons for being on facebook I might add).

There must be many such acquisitions around here lately, hardly any CS (clear skies) in months.

Comment Re:QWERTZ auch (Score 1) 315

Every single European keyboard seems like it's been designed by a committee to make it impossible to code in. French, German, Norwegian (the ones I've used), it's no wonder most of the world's major software comes from the US, every time you want to type a square bracket or tilde or hash you have to spend five minutes figuring out how to generate it. Even this UK keyboard for some stoopid reason moves punctuation (= coding) keys into odd corners, so the # is way down there but at least there's a handy  key for all the times you need to use it (zero, ever). I know European programmers who import US keyboards because they're the only ones you can sanely code in.

I'm from Luxembourg. As we're stuck between French and German regions, we use swiss (they're in the same boat) keyboards, which provide for both languages (really only missing the german "ess-zett" which is replaced by double-s in swiss german). Thankfully, special characters as used in writing computer code are all present too, so while not everything is easily accessible, it's still ok for coding IMHO (even if I do prefer US in that context). One might imagine the EU to put together some monster-keyboard layout featuring all the characters normally used somewhere in europe and mandating its use... ups, let's not put ideas in their heads.

I have noticed grave omissions on (at least some) swiss Apple keyboards though - no @, no curly braces etc. (most of what's accessible via alt-gr), so unless you're used to it, you'll search for a long time e.g. if you simply want to send an email to somebody from some Apple machine.

Comment Re:I would love an Ubuntu tablet (Score 1) 63

I would get an iPad Pro or the Pixel C but the office apps on them are crippled (I regularly use regex, mail merges, macros, etc.). So an Ubuntu tablet with an attachable keyboard would be perfect for my usage. Looking forward to it!

Question: why not go the laptop / notebook / ultrabook / whateverthecurrentmarketingnameis route instead, if you need a physical keyboard anyway? Or, in case you don't need mobility, a classic desktop PC? You can usually run Ubuntu just fine on these. You know, right tool for the job and all...

Comment Re:Suppression (Score 1) 259

One man's hate speech is another man's opinion.
A sentence like: 'lets gather tomorrow in front of the refugee camp, burn it to the ground, kill every man running out and rape every woman ...' is hardly an opinion. It is hate speach, no need to argue about it.

Who are you to judge which is which?
I'm not judging that. A judge is judging that.

That's the entire point of "free speech".
That is not even true in your country. Free speach in Europe means: you can attack the government in any way you want with words. And the government has no base to prosecute you for it. It does not mean that you are allowed to agitate the populace into rape and plunder and pillaging.
You may disagree, I for my part, don't.

It certainly seems like what is being considered "hate speech" in the context of this article has a pretty broad and over-reaching definition.
The context of this article does not mention what hate speach is. Hint: read the relevant laws, I guess you easily find english translations.

Thank you for this sensible view. I'd like to add that what much of what GOP presidential candidates are spewing forth, especially Trump, would be considered hate speech over here in ol'Europe - I frankly wonder whether those people would end up in prison or in an asylum.

Let's also add that while us europeans do have an issue with hate mongers, we don't have bigoted views on such natural things as a woman's breast, which apparently maims children for life over the big pond... a wonder breastfeeding hasn't been outlawed outright.

Comment Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 1) 290

I'm sure things like avionics and perhaps engines have been updated over the years.

I'm positive that's a yes for the avionics. I'm less sure about the engines though. One should think that 4 engines as used on a modern 747 would out-perform the 8 old jets from the B-52 in most if not all possible categories - the only thing that comes to mind would be ground clearance.

Btw, NATO also hasn't upgraded the engines on their AWACS planes (at least those registered in Luxembourg, flying around Europe), unlike the US did for their own. I always wonder why when I get to see them and listen to them - they're noisy, generate loads of (very visible) soot, and can't possibly be as efficient as modern engines - replacing these engines should pay off pretty quickly.

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