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Comment Re:Can I reformat the Hard Drive and install Linux (Score 1) 91

I've never heard of this happening with a Chromebook. There are two ways to run Linux on these boxes, either in a chroot (Crouton) or to wipe the machine and install Linux.

For machines that just need a Linux app or two, I use Crouton. Crouton has a sweet Chrome plugin that pushes X Window frames to a browser tab. So, you can install a Linux desktop manager, and push the whole GUI desktop inside a tab. Or, you can install without a desktop manager at all, and just push the selected app inside a tab. This works remarkably well. Need Audacity on a Chromebook? No problem. Need Dropbox client? Again, no problem.

What's really great about this is you actually WANT Chrome to get all of its automatic updates, especially of the drivers and security. That really is a huge selling point for Chromebooks. Set it and forget it.

For machines that will really be a Linux desktop, such as my dev box, I did open up the laptop, replace the tiny SSD, and remove the silly little sticker that was preventing me from writing my own boot loader image. 10 mins., tops.

Comment Not exactly a neural lace (Score 3, Insightful) 63

The parts of the brain that most of us would like to be technologically enhanced - memory, facial recognition, mental math - are very poorly understood. Even if we had a device allowing us to fire neurons on command, we have no idea how to write a program that helps with these problems.

Musk is smart to focus on medical applications, where even an implant that functions poorly is much better than the alternative. It's a lot easier to make a pacemaker than to perform a heart transplant, and the same holds true for the brain.

Comment Re:Code 46 (2003) (Score 1) 1222

Another under-appreciated gem. I keep coming back to this movie time and time again, and it has yet to lose its appeal. The acting is very well done, but I would mainly credit the story arc, which follows a kind of relentless path of inevitability, but avoids being predictable. This is great story-telling, and very believable.

Comment Re:Children of Men (2006) (Score 2) 1222

This is one of those rare movies based on a book where they keep the heart and soul of the book while changing just about every detail that can be changed, almost like an alternate-history version of the book. The acting is just outstanding, you won't find a better A-list cast brought to a SciFi movie. And the camera work! Truly an unforgettable movie.

Comment The three golden rules of borrowing (Score 2) 399

1. Never, EVER borrow to pay off borrowing. That's a fiscal death spiral. If you can't pay it back, better to tell them and then take the hit. Maybe they'll settle for less than you owe.
2. Never borrow to pay for a sunk cost. Only borrow for something that increases in value over time.
3. Build up a cash hedge over time so you can borrow from yourself.

Comment Re:$700 card to run console ports? (Score 1) 51

The PC exclusive Ashes of the Singularity is a standard in graphics benchmarks, including the one from the article. Even clearly console-oriented games like Dark Souls 3 are significantly better in graphical quality, framerate and load times with expensive hardware like this.

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