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Comment Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 491

>Sure there is, embodied as UCC 2-314 [https://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/2/2-314]: courts may imply a Warranty of merchantability when (1) the seller is the merchant of such goods, and (2) the buyer uses the goods for the ordinary purposes for which such goods are sold. Thus, a buyer can sue a seller for breaching the implied warranty by selling goods unfit for their ordinary purpose.

The problem that I see with this argument is that the PC came with Windows installed, and it is known to run under the included operating system. Thus it can be argued that the Ordinary Purposes is to run Windows to complete tasks that the user wants to complete. Installing another OS seems to fall outside that, even is said OS is known to run properly on the device.

Your second argument might hold water if the buyer specifically asked if Linux would run on the computer, and the answer was an affirmative.

SDLeary

Comment This layman needs further explanation (Score 2) 189

OK, slight background. Basic applied physics knowledge from 20+ years ago.

How does this qualify as teleportation if you have an optical particle, and a optical transport medium? Isn't this the photon hitting the surface of the fiberoptic transport medium, changing state to an optical waveform, traveling along the transport to the endpoint, exiting and changing state again, and then being detected as a photon?

Also somewhat confusing as photon's have no mass.

If this had been a neutron, or some other actual subatomic particle with mass, then I could certainly conceptualize it as teleportation. Couldn't this simply be the researchers finding a "sweet spot" in "transmission frequency" for said optical fiber to allow transmission nearer theoretical maximum (i.e. the speed of light). Have they tried the same experiment on a different optical fiber from a different vendor and achieved the same results?

SDLeary

Comment Everyone is in ... (Score 1) 301

Decline! Tablet market as a whole is down. Most people only use them for consumption, inside their home or office. Even the plastic crap that a lot of the Android vendors are peddling will last a while with that usage model, so when you start talking about well built tablets like the iPad or TabS, the damn things should last forever barring breakage or too many charge/discharge cycles. The one that comes to mind that will probably break this is the SurfacePro, because it is a full windows machine and MS is trying to make it straddle the laptop and tablet worlds, hence more needed upgrades... presumably. SDLeary

Comment Re:God I hate to say this, but (Score 2, Interesting) 562

Took no chances?? Thats not the movie that I saw. As for "retro"... it had much the same tone as the original movies, without dismissing anything (at least that I saw) from the prequels. And I fail to see how space flight with artificial gravity, blasters, world size battle stations, and FTL would fit into retro.

Comment Short Sighted pt.2 (Score 1) 232

"...A company that actively works to offer all employees the chance to learn and to engage with modern technologies is a company that good people are going to work for, and to stay at." So, what this guy is saying is that Programming is not a Family Friendly occupation, and that companies that hire lots of programmers think that being Family Friendly is a liability? Extremely short sighted.
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Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps 142

bbretterson writes "From an interview Bitmob conducted with Civilization 5 Lead Designer Jon Shafer: 'You can import Civ 4 maps into the world builder and convert them into Civ 5 maps, including all the units and cities and stuff on it — the conversion process will just do that for you automatically. We're hoping that the first week Civ 5 is out, people will use that function and port all of the Civ 4 stuff over to Civ 5, so everything will be out there already.'"

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