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Comment Re:Am I The Only One... (Score 1) 40

... who laments the loss of the humble 2.5" HDD [or, at the very least, a removable 2.5" SSD] from a laptop or netbook these days?

I understand why companies are moving away from the idea of removable, normalized-size drives [it's cheaper to make the machine when it's just a daughter-board] but the loss of flexibility really chafes.

There are standards for smaller flash drives, but the situation isn't looking quite universal. One thing that bugs me is the smaller version of SATA in 1.8'' drives; the shared connector between 3.5'' and 2.5'' drives was an incredible improvement over the PATA situation.

Generally, I find it dumb when "desktop" and "mobile" components are artificially segregated by the use of different connectors etc., while it's really the same computer tech underneath. I like to use quiet and low-power stuff for my non-mobile needs, basically because I have to pay for the electricity and listen to the fans myself. Also, you'd think it were cheaper to build fewer different models of everything. SATA for 2.5'' and 3.5'' was a brief moment of sanity, and now we're in the same mess again.

Comment Re:Uh (Score 1) 54

If you could find out how many subscribers it has in each country, it might not be odd at all.

Also, you have to factor in things like the potential for natural disaster (Japan) and the gub'mint horking your servers in a political/ransom/whoknows move (Russia). Sweden's a good, stable location from which to serve content across the top of the world with little worry.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 4, Interesting) 635

Hard for me to be critical of this woman. I would do the same thing, if I owned both a house and a gun.

Someone once predicted that drone deliveries are going to devolve into "skeet shooting with prizes."

The neighbor a couple of doors down has a drone that he likes to fly up and down the street looking in the second-story windows of the houses. I doubt he's seen anything interesting because those things are LOUD! Hard to sneak up on someone with a flying leaf blower.

Comment Re:Linux - Gentoo based (Score 1) 599

Gentoo since 2003. Back then, there were no install CDs and the documentation was kind of lacking, so you had to start with another Linux distro and work from there.

At the time, I had also experimented with NetBSD and I loved the cleaner Unix style, but hardware support was seriously lacking. Fortunately, I found Gentoo which takes the BSD framework into a GNU userland with the Linux kernel, and everything has been perfect ever since.

Comment Nope, and missing the point (Score 5, Insightful) 76

I know you are going for funny point mods, but the real advantage here to Dominos is that NO gratuity is expected at all. If the price is the same then they will sell far more pizzas as people won't have to worry about tipping enough, or being dressed well enough to greet a stranger at the door, or have the front living room clean enough as said pizza person casually stares past you as you fumble for your wallet. Just talking to a stranger is a task for some socially awkward people. It will be perceived as safer also. No one casing your home as they deliver pizza. When you factor in the energy and gas savings and once it is perfected I bet the per mile cost is 1/10th the amount with a delivery person.

Yes jobs will be lost. Drudge jobs we as a society shouldn't be expecting people to live by. As for students, their time is better spent studying than trying to pick a few extra bucks, because like it or not, the no skill jobs are going away. Even many skilled jobs are in peril. This will be an awkward 10-50 years as we learn to adapt society to a not-everyone-has-to-work society. Corny as Star Trek's 'we work to better ourselves' slogan is, the only non-dystopian future will have to be this way -- where you are not compensated for the work you provide, but by how well you prove you are constantly learning and helping society as a whole, and yes for same that will be a regular job kind of work, but for most it will be community service and continuing education.

Comment Re:Price Point (Score 1) 82

One problem is that a lot of FPGA hackers write their functionality in Verilog or VHDL. Those provide a fairly high level syntax that makes it easy enough to design the hardware. The original chips, however, were designed using schematics.

I'd like to elaborate on this one: if you're using an FPGA to begin with, you don't really have the choice of using anything lower-level. First, the FPGA equivalents of machine language and compilers are usually closed systems, so Verilog and VHDL are often all you can do.

Second, the FPGA hardware itself is not infinitely malleable. You have a limited set of circuit elements and interconnects, and this coarseness is also a limiting factor on clock speeds. When implementing something new, decent hackers will use the FPGA quirks to their advantage, instead of trying to ape the features of hand-drawn circuits. This is of course a problem if you're trying to emulate a given piece of hardware exactly. OTOH, in the case of NES and its few MHz, you can probably make up for it in raw speed and software-like solutions.

FPGA design isn't a magic wand that just makes emulation perfect. You still need to figure out how the chips work internally.

Yes, the FPGA chips in particular.

Comment Re:More like 11 reasons to be depressed about tech (Score 1) 282

7, is just silly, blockchains dont in any way suddenly revolutionise anything - they are one cute solution to one specific problem.

You forgot the usual "it's a pyramid scheme, and besides I'm bitter for not being an early adopter, waaaaaaaa!". Also, what new technology _suddenly_ revolutionizes anything?

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