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Comment Dell Precision (Score 1) 214

I got a precision with a touch screen and a Linux preinstall (No windows) a couple months ago and the thing works great. The default wireless doesn't connect so well, though. I found I get much faster wireless if I use wicd-gtk. Touch screen works with Ubuntu, as well!

Comment But without GIGO capability. (Score 1) 38

The problem with this computer that you wear on your wrist is that it doesn't do most things that I expect my computer to be able to do, is even worse for input than a phone, and the couple of things that it does do very well (tell time, show notifications, fitness tracking) are better done on a watch, a phone, and a fitness tracker.

My analog wristwatch is very highly legible, silent, accurate, and can withstand the elements and dives up to 300m. It is always visible, can be easily glanced at by someone across the table if they need to tell the time, and it rarely, if ever needs any kind of attention.

When I get a notification on my phone, I look at it, tap the notification, and can act immediately.

Get a notification on a smart watch and you have to look at it, then take out your phone, tap the notification, and act on it. The smart watch adds an unneeded extra step.

Fitness tracking was supposed to be the "killer app," but fitness activities are often both rough-n-tumble and happen outside in the elements. For that you want the cheapest, simplest device possible so that when you inevitably have to replace your destroyed one, you're not paying through the nose again (not to mention also losing your timekeeping for the period during which you are replacing it).

All this plus they are very high maintenance, needing to be charged all the time, limited in life span, and needing software updates from time to time, as well as the often finicky pairing with a phone—and the fact that there's not a single thing that I regularly do with my computer (or even phone) that I'd like to try doing on that tiny screen—and the fact that you can't even hack it to be used for low-input/low-output situations (say, embedded applications—not to mention the ridiculous cost)—and it's just not much of a wrist computer either.

Nope, I'm just gonna stick to my regular wristwatch, phone, fitness tracker, and computing devices. If I need mobile computing, a 5" Android display, octo-core CPU, and 32GB storage are already more than cramped enough.

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 191

So far, he hasn't really done anything except prevent a bunch of jobs from leaving the US.

Looks like you're swallowing the output of Trump's propaganda department hook, line and sinker.

Now, other than that smoke screen, what he has actually been doing so far is to tap into the drain spigot of the DC swamp to fill up his administration. This story is yet another example.

Comment Re:Hard specs, please. (Score 2) 176

Your slip is showing.

If you're going to make insults, you better make sure you're right.

First of all, joules are energy and TW are power,

No shit, Einstein.

so your conversion is nonsense.

Are you high?

Secondly, assuming you actually meant TWh, not TW,

You assume much, Grasshopper.

you are off by several orders of magnitude.

Nope, you're just highly confused.

The total worldwide electricity production in 2012 was 18,000 to 22,000 TWh

Why use a stupid unit like TWh/year? Hours/year is a dimensionless number. Just use the plain SI unit: 22,000 TWh/year == 2.5 TW. Which, as I said, is a fraction of the 16TW total energy use.

Comment Re:Hard specs, please. (Score 4, Informative) 176

648 MW ...
That's a hell of a lot of land for .0007% of India's electricity consumption, based upon 2011 figures... at that rate, they'd need to cover a fifth of the country with PV panels, never mind night time load.

Your numbers are way off.

648MW / .0007% = 92 TW

All of human civilization consumes about 500 exajoules of energy per year, which is only about 16 TW. (Of which electricity is only a fraction, BTW)

Covering 1/5 of India with solar panels would actually potentially generate enough energy to power the entire planet several times over.

Comment Re:Has the lord and savior told you (Score 2) 332

I did a contract with Sun, just before they went under. The employees were quick to tell stories about how they used to hire magicians to come and entertain on the campus. There was this one guy, sat a cube over from me. Near as I could tell, his job was to sit on the phone all day boasting about whatever next conference he was going to and how he was a certified black belt. That was the only time I'd ever heard anyone talking about it. At Sun. Just before they went under.

Comment Re:lets play yer wrong (Score 2) 101

"It used to be the case that the computer you bought came with schematics and"

This is just as wrong. Insofar as the percentage of the population that bought these computers was vanishingly small, instead of ubiquitously large. Apples and Oranges. Different day and age and world. There was never a time that ordinary people purchases such things. It's a nice fantasy though, I'll give you that.

Plenty of ordinary people bought the original IBM PCs and PC/ATs. They didn't come standard with the schematics, but you could buy technical reference manuals from IBM which included both the schematics and the BIOS source code for the systems.

Maybe few end-users made use of the available info, but it did ensure that 3rd parties could create a large ecosystem of compatible software, accessories and even competing computer systems. This greatly benefited the end users, whether they cared to dig into the underlying technology or not.

Comment Re:What do you do with the old ones? (Score 1) 35

So what do you do with all the old supercomputers when they're too big/power hungry vs performance? Helluva paperweight.

If they're anything like me, they'll put it on a shelf in their basement.

25 years later, they'll try turning it on again just for fun. One of four things might happen, with roughly equal probability:

  • 1. It works fine
  • 2. It boots, but acts really flaky with strange characters on the display
  • 3. It's a brick
  • 4. Some component goes up in a puff of smoke; goto 3

Comment Yes, but that's the point (Score 3, Insightful) 99

She received threats from Getty about not paying for using the images... which SHE HERSELF had taken and placed into the public domain.

None of this would have happened if someone hadn't decided to go after licensing fees for images that were taken from the public domain. Yes, they're free to sell what's in the public domain if someone is willing to pay for them, but the images are in the public domain. To go after people for using the images that Getty/Alamy themselves pulled from the public domain, and demand payment whenever they see those images used... is slimy.

Comment Re:A purpose for Google Glass? (Score 1) 80

You're absolutely right, but the two systems could work together to increase transcription accuracy. I can hear perfectly well, but it still helps me to watch a speaker's mouth when I'm trying to understand them in a noisy environment. And yes, this would be awesome as a tool for the deaf and for live language translation, but it would also be useful in auto closed-captioning of video.

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