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Comment Re:My kid's new laptop is an i7 (Score 1) 310

Etch-A-Sketch. The ones who figure out that it's not a computer get upgraded to a PIII with 4GB of RAM, and a 27GB HD; when they can make a coherent argument for needing a more modern machine, even if it's unflattering, they will be further upgraded.

If they break, attempt to eat, or otherwise molest the Etch-A-Sketch, they will be immediately upgraded to an Apple iPod of their choosing, restricted to the guest WiFi network, and barred from entering any IT-related area or speaking to any IT person without a correctional officer present.

Comment Re:The only security our nuclear weapons need (Score 1) 62

Meh, those ICBMs are all underground, in bunkers designed to withstand a nuke. They have time.

Plus if the enemy is attacking the farmland that houses these bunkers, it's not attacking any major population centers. Major population centers, of which many have an AEGIS cruiser (I think it's AEGIS, need to double-check, but it's late here), capable of providing limited anti-ICBM capability.

Russia is the only player who could attempt such a feat, and while national pride is currently swelling, it doesn't pay the bills; if and when they relax and money rolls in again, they'll focus on the more important stuff, like making better vodka and more of it. They're not here to play king of the parking lot.

China, India, etc. don't have enough nukes to feasibly damage enough of the US and not expect to be a parking lot, complete with B&N, Walmart, & Peace-A-Pizza within 24 hours (Air Force delivery) of said launch.

And our allies, like the UK, France, etc., aren't going to nuke us, because they've already had their fill of crazy nutters for the past two centuries, and seriously don't want any part of their land to need 'freedomizing' from their best neighbor.

Comment The only security our nuclear weapons need (Score 0) 62

The only security our nuclear weapons need is for a designer to go in, remove one piece, and keep it locked in a safe fifteen feet away from said weapon. Given the complexity of our nuclear weapons (I don't think we are using any Gun-type Uranium models anymore, could be wrong), and the required timing of the explosive charges (I'm thinking of another type here; may not apply to all), that piece of hardware has to be reinstalled in the nuclear weapon in the right place (according to the right measurements, etc.), or you have anything from a dud to dirty bomb to a less-capable nuclear bomb.

I mean, it's not something you can jerry-rig. And you need to disassemble the weapon to put the part back in, then reassemble it. People are going to notice. You can try moving the weapon to somewhere else, so you can disassemble / reassemble it in peace, but again, a spot-check will show the nuclear weapon is gone (you could try replacing it with a fake, but....etc.; if it's to be dropped from a plane, that's one thing, if it's on a ballistic launcher, that's another).

Comment Well, you know (Score 1) 310

When you've been shipping value PCs for the last 40 quarters with 5400 RPM hard drives, etc., etc., and that costs 2-4 times as much as a tablet which has solid statish memory, you've kind of made the argument against your 'premium' product. We call that penny-wise, pound-foolish.

Comment Re:$$$ Workstations (Score 3, Interesting) 310

The reality is CPU stagnation because AMD pulled a Pentium-4, and Intel decided to get in touch with its Green side, instead of pushing further in the Hz-race. So, what did we get Bob? Intel selling us the same processor over and over again, each time with more energy-efficient features. And the rest of the industry taking an LSD-inspired trip to nowhere with recycled ideas like 'replacing the x86' but with arm chips this time (the AMD CEO should have stepped down after making that public announcement), and so on.

We have, what, Germanium and Graphite, along with like half a dozen technologies that are 1.) proven to work (got the lab work to prove, IBM's lab work in a few cases), and 2.) need all but a phone call to begin implementing.

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