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Comment Re: Do good ... (Score 0) 569

The Soviet Union didn't "give up" on anything. They were one of the world's leading powers with all the benefits of such. Then they had Chernobyl explode and immediately suck "9 Billion Rubles" out of their economy. During a major recession. Add to this that the 9 Billion figure flouted by Gorbachev is likely much MUCH smaller than the real cost between 1986 and the fall of the Soviet Union. (We know this, as the true costs today are much higher, even adjusted for inflation.)

Comment Bad (Score 1) 214

Okay, lets take your example of Supermarkets. Most of them are union. The only major non-union Supermarket in my area is Wal-Mart. Working for a Union outfit, I do have to pay more in union dues. But I make whole hell of a lot more working for a union place than I ever would at Wal-Mart. Everyone I know at Wal Mart is on the edge, barely making ends meet, and on assistance programs, such as Food Stamps, TANF, etc. (California already recognizes the problem here, drafting a new law where by places where workers are encouraged to use Food Stamps to make up their shortfall in pay would be fined $6000. That number is based strictly off of Wal Mart, where each employee on Food Stamps costs CA $5,990 per employee.)

Now tell me again how less regulation and less power to the Unions is a good thing again? We've been there before. Individual citizens are powerless against Grover Cleveland and the U.S. Marshals.

Comment Re:Coming to a town near you (Score 1) 397

I'm actually rather disappointed. See, theoretically most Anon members are North American or European. Countries in these particular areas have been really turning a blind eye on anything that isn't Afghanistan, Iraq, or off Sudan's shores. So - presume a drug cartel starts picking off lots of citizens in Hometown U.S.A just because of their I.P. addresses. Even if said people were involved directly or just host to a zombie client, it would instantly make the national news. People would demand answers. Politicians would be forced to act - especially with campaign season coming up. So in effect any mass-scale "meatspace" retaliation against Anon would have set off some serious fireworks.

*Disclaimer - the above is a theoretical thought exercise of cause and potential effect - I am in no way affiliated with either Anonymous or the Zeta Cartel, nor do I support bloodshed or potential new clusterfucks^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h wars.

DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo 201

MojoKid writes "The PC demo for Codemasters' upcoming DirectX 11 racing title, Dirt 2, has just hit the web and is available for download. Dirt 2 is a highly-anticipated racing sim that also happens to feature leading-edge graphic effects. In addition to a DirectX 9 code path, Dirt 2 also utilizes a number of DirectX 11 features, like hardware-tessellated dynamic water, an animated crowd and dynamic cloth effects, in addition to DirectCompute 11-accelerated high-definition ambient occlusion (HADO), full floating-point high dynamic range (HDR) lighting, and full-screen resolution post processing. Performance-wise, DX11 didn't take its toll as much as you'd expect this early on in its adoption cycle." Bit-tech also took a look at the graphical differences, arriving at this conclusion: "You'd need a seriously keen eye and brown paper envelope full of cash from one of the creators of Dirt 2 to notice any real difference between textures in the two versions of DirectX."

Comment Exception, for now... (Score 1) 756

They should be selling the 64-bit version. They should be preinstalling the 64-bit version. People *shouldn't* be using the 32-bit version, becuase there's still a very real architectural limitation in the 32-bit version: a given process can only see 3 GB of memory, no matter how you set up your licensing.

There is one very real exception to this rule, in the current market: the netbook. Netbooks tend to have less than 2GB (or only 1GB if Windows is installed - once again MS licensing greed) and the Atom is currently a 32-bit processor if I'm not mistaken. Could be wrong, but even so netbooks and people who specifically *need* 32-bit should be the only ones buying it. Almost all new computers being sold have 64-bit processors regardless of memory installed - why preinstall 32?

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