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Comment Umm... Hoax Listing? (Score 5, Insightful) 48

I'm surprised that no one here has pointed out that this is likely a hoax listing.

The photo in the listing is from Razor's CES suite. There's no proof, photographic or otherwise, that the seller actually has the laptops.

This is a hoax listing; a bored nerd having a giggle. Which shouldn't surprise anyone given that even after 20 years, yahoos are still putting up listings like the Ark of the Covenant on eBay.

Comment Re:The rest of the story (Score 4, Insightful) 216

Their economy is going to take a hit.

It definitely will. But I'm not sure there was any other way around it.

India's corruption is legendary. You all but have to buy houses and other real estate on the black market, because the seller doesn't want to pay the taxes on a legitimate transaction. Which leads to a status quo of well-off families hoarding cash from illegal deals and essentially never paying taxes. There are other countries that are more corrupt, but these tend to be 3rd-world countries without a functioning government. Of any semi-developed country (or of nuclear powers, for that matter), India's economy is massively corrupt. Something had to be done.

Replacing bank notes in this fashion is undoubtedly the nuclear option. But the argument is (and I agree) that anything more gradual would have tipped off many people, who would have found ways to convert their cash to other forms in an effort to perpetuate the black economy. India will be in a lot of pain for the short term, but in the long term they will have a much stronger economy with proper funding for public services. They are never going to fully transition to a developed economy (and enjoy the benefits thereof) with that much corruption.

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 4, Informative) 143

It's like a diesel-electric locomotive: separate electricity generation and then propulsion using an electric motor.

Power for the entire ship is provided by a pair of Main Gas Turbines (MGTs) and a pair of Auxiliary Gas Turbines (AGTs). The AIMs are the electric motors that drive the propulsion shafts.

In the case of this failure, both propulsion shafts seized up. It's not entirely clear if it's the AIMs that failed, or if something else sized up the shafts first.

Comment Re:Time Capsule (Score 2) 238

Has this changed, and do other routers support Time Machine these days?

Yes, the latest version of macOS (Sierra) supports Time Machine backups to SMB 3 volumes. This opens the door to a number of devices, and once Samba fully catches up (and they're almost there), it will be even more. It's also a welcome replacement from NASes and other devices having to support AFP, as their support has always been a bit funky.

Comment Dumb Story (Score 4, Informative) 95

Given that we spent the majority of the previous version of this story bitching about how the math is rubbish and that the story is clickbait, why the hell would you bring it back?

Nothing's changed. The math is still rubbish, and trying to claim that 62% of iOS devices failed is dumb enough that it makes one's head want to implode. Please go look up the definition of insanity and then go sit in a corner and think about how many man hours of time across the globe has just been wasted by posting this dumb story on Slashdot.

Comment Re:Trek's M-class tells you plenty (Score 2) 69

It also tells you it's likely to [...] look a lot like parts of California.

And to be fair, California is pretty nice. A good variety of biomes, plenty of arable land, fresh water, etc. "How much like California is it" is, in practice, probably a great definition for the habitability of a planet.

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