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Comment Re:Is the expense of electrolysis the main inhibit (Score 1) 113

Steven Chu: I think, well, among some people it hasnâ(TM)t really shifted. I think there was great enthusiasm in some quarters, but I always was somewhat skeptical of it because, right now, the way we get hydrogen primarily is from reforming [natural] gas. Thatâ(TM)s not an ideal source of hydrogen. Youâ(TM)re giving away some of the energy content of natural gas, which is a very valuable fuel. So thatâ(TM)s one problem. The other problem is, if itâ(TM)s for transportation, we donâ(TM)t have a good storage mechanism yet. Compressed hydrogen is the best mechanism [but it requires] a large volume. We havenâ(TM)t figured out how to store it with high density. What else? The fuel cells arenâ(TM)t there yet, and the distribution infrastructure isnâ(TM)t there yet. So you have four things that have to happen all at once. And so it always looked like it was going to be [a technology for] the distant future. In order to get significant deployment, you need four significant technological breakthroughs. That makes it unlikely.

⦠If you need four miracles, thatâ(TM)s unlikely: saints only need three miracles.

Comment Golden Age Comics (Score 1) 165

My Grandparents used to buy me comics at flea markets for a couple dollars for a whole box in the 1960s. I actually read quite a few of the old Tales of the Crypt and Vault of Horrors books. I also read Doctor Fate, Sub-mariner, Captain America and the Justice Society books as well as the original Captain Marvel and Shazzam comics.

Comment Re:350mm (18inch) wafer (Score 1) 267

more transistors per unit area on a chip is worthless atm. you can have a million cores on a processor, but it will still be slowed down dramatically due to issues with parallelism. someone needs to find a way to increase parallel processor speed.

A guy named Amdahl says it can't be done except for embarrassingly parallel algorithms.

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

You are aware that one of the Nazi regime's first acts was the abolition of democracy, right? Nobody had to support those shits. And you don't ever have to support or respect a government that suppresses, tortures, imprisons and kills its own people. Neither in Germany nor in South Africa or the United States of America

Fixed that for you.

Comment Re:technology vs. quality (Score 1) 617

They're saying that as good as you might be as a musician you're probably shite as a recording engineer. And just because you can afford a few (what you think are) decent recording tools doesn't mean that you can use them to create as well engineered and sounding a recording as a person who studies sound engineering and practices mixing (not that easy to do well) every day... as much or more than you practice playing your instrument. Now maybe you can make something that can stand toe to toe with a real studio, but personally I sincerely doubt it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you personally... I doubt anyone could given the limited experience amateurs have compared to day in day out recording engineers, and the amateur equipment you listed

This is false, the current crop of professional sound engineers for the last decade or more have been total crap. They over compress the sound, clip it, and lose all the dynamic range all in the quest for increased loudness. Because loudness sells, quality be damned. I would take an amateur sound engineer over a professional any day.

Comment Re:Does it have to? (Score 4, Insightful) 147

Is Skype disappearing today? If not, then Microsoft does not need to have recovered the cost by now. To make economical sense, they only need to have recouped their losses by the time Skype closes down. And that includes the funneling, loss leader and etc that connecting to all of these other systems will allow for.

You are obviously neither a CPA nor an MBA. The general rule of thumb is that an investment must have a ROI of less that 7 years max, and ideally under 3 years. Otherwise, you are much better off making a different investment choice with 8.5 Billion dolars.

Comment Re:Good to see the progress (Score 1) 99

You had me right up until I found they were using RPM. I had far too many RPM database corruptions and circular dependencies to even consider using any distribution that uses it, ever again.

I broke my arm once turning the crank on my Model T Ford. The experience was so horrible, that I will never purchase a Ford again.

Comment Re:Let me get this right (Score 2) 330

We need another De Gaulle. He gave the finger to the US and to NATO in the sixties, and he absolutely didn't want the UK in the CEE (later to be known as the EU). We don't need Turkey nor Israel in the EU and we certainly don't need the 51st american state either (aka the UK).

The 51st state is Canada. The UK would be 52nd.

Comment Re:What about more cores for us mortals? (Score 1) 57

Uh... that's what these Xeon Phi cards are. Lots of cores. FYI, that 80-core research chip wasn't x86.

Actually larabee was exactly 80 486DX cores on one die. They just couldn't figure out how to get them to do useful work (They were thinking graphics processing of all things). So they rethought their approach and canceled that project.

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