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Comment Re:speak ENGLISH WILL YA? (Score 1) 81

I would say: just try the Google lookup of "define trainers" for yourself.
I did, and the first hit was http://dictionary.cambridge.or..., which gives as definition:
"a person who teaches skills to people or animals and prepares them for a job, activity, or sport:" and
"[ C usually plural ] (UK) (UK also training shoe, US sneaker) a type of light, comfortable shoe that can be worn for sport"

The second and third hit are directly for "trainers", not "trainer", and give
"A British slang word for Shoes." and
"plural noun / British / shoes that people wear, especially for running and other sports"

So, you are right that it is a British word, but not that a Google search for "define trainers" will not give you a definition.
I'm not a native English speaker myself, and I had no problem understanding the meaning.

Comment Re:So a newer processor is faster? (Score 1) 82

As far as I can recall, neither the 386 nor the 386SX had a mathematical coprocessor built-in.
The 386 had a full external 32-bit databus, the 386SX was 32 bits internally, with only 16 bits externally, so you only needed 2 8-bits-wide SIMMs instead of 4. The coprocessor was always external, 387 vs 387SX.
With the advent of the 486, the 486DX had the coprocessor built-in, which the 486SX didn't have. Both had an external 32-bit bus.
There was a mathematical coprocessor for the 486SX, the 487SX, which actually included a full 486DX, but tested for (and disabled!) the 486SX on the mainboard.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 2) 564

I used to get the Maxell high bias tapes...can't remember the exact model, but those sure sounded good for the day

Maxell XL-II / XL-IIS?

I mostly used TDK SA-90. Very good sound for the price.
Still have two Nakamichi decks that I haven't used in years, but I still have tapes with music that I cannot find anywhere else, so I will play them again one day...

Comment Re:Typical of today's programmer (Score 1) 196

On my Atari ST,with it's OS in 192 kB of ROM and 2.5 MB of RAM (upgraded from the stock 1 MB by soldering in two 1 MB SIMMs), I could run Calamus Desktop Publishing, Finale music scoring, PureC C-compiler (very compact and fast code), Bugaboo debugger, Signum typesetting, and many, many more. All in a windowed desktop environment. It may not have been as refined as contemporary counterparts, but is was not at all as difficult to use as you indicate.

Comment Does not compute (Score 4, Insightful) 117

They claim that all your data is stored on their servers in encrypted form, yet they will be able to search that data - on their servers - for something that you are looking for.
How will they ever achieve that?
The data is encrypted so they don't have themselves access to it, yet, when you want to search something, they apparently have it all indexed for you.
How can they ever index it if they cannot read the data itself?

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 3, Interesting) 228

As I read it, TFA _does_ give a clue as to efficiency.
60% of the electrons are used for producing ethanol.
Equilibrium potential for the ethanol reaction is 84 mV.
The total voltage that is used is 1.2V, which is 14 times as high.
That means that only 7% of the voltage is used effectively.
This gives a total energy of a little over 4%.
In the conclusion, this is mentioned as "The overpotential (which might be lowered with the proper electrolyte, and by separating the hydrogen production to another catalyst) probably precludes economic viability for this catalyst"

So, they don't (dare to) mention efficiency directly, but data is presented by which it can be calculated.

Comment Re:I don't (Score 1) 385

And, as a result, the merchant will need to increase their prices to stay profitable.
In The Netherlands, most people I know don't have a credit card, but a debit card with chip and pin.
Guess how many fraudulent charges most of us get per year (or even in our lifetime): none!
Most people here act as if credit card fraud is a given, but only a minor nuisance.
They ignore that in the end they will bear the cost nevertheless, and that it is preventable.

Comment Slashdot leadership is stupid, or they cannot read (Score 1) 150

It still says
"Polls on the front page of Slashdot? Is the world coming to an end?! Nope; read more about it."
at the top of every story, one week after it had already become obviously clear that the Slashdot community unanimously judged polls on the front page to be a monumentally stupid idea.
Either Slashdot leadership do not read the page they urge us to read, or they are monumentally stupid themselves (or both, which I do not exclude)

Comment Re:For that matter... phones. (Score 1) 790

I dialed phone numbers by rapidly depressing the hook. Worked like a charm.
I then found out that 11 pulses followed by a few (2 or so) 'normal' digits would also give you a connection.
Judging by the response I got, I presume this was a number within the telephone company.
I was 10 years old at that time, so I hung up in a hurry ;-)

Comment Re:We Wish (Score 1) 663

If it would consume more energy to produce a solar panel than it will produce in its lifetime, then either:
- I would not be able to ever recoup my investment (but I can with current energy prices reach this in 15 years), or
- Solar panel producers pay far less for their energy than I do, or
- they would make a loss and go bankrupt.
The price of a solar panel will (except for subsidies) never be lower than the price of the energy needed to produce it.
As long as I can install one and make a profit, I don't believe that producing it will have cost more energy than it will ever produce.

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