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Comment Re:Read the second sentence too, idiot (Score 1) 235

In case you're not aware, Windows installs updates when you shutdown or reboot. This can be rather annoying when you're in a hurry to leave.

Change your power settings (Control Panel > Power Options > System Settings) so that the power button on your machine acts as a "Hibernate" button instead of a "Shutdown" button. The system uses zero power while hibernating, and as an added bonus all your windows will still be open when you fire it up next time.

But yeah, if you haven't done that yet then updates might catch you at inconvenient times

Comment Re:Inhibit growth != sustainable solution (Score 1) 17

Plenty of tumors are inoperable. If treatment can delay growth while simultaneously improving quality of life (i.e. by not causing unpleasant side effects associated with other forms of chemotherapy), then surely that's a worthwhile goal?

We can't exactly cure HIV, either, but modern drugs allow infected individuals to live for years longer than they used to.

Comment Re:Milestone (Score 1) 338

And it's not just the number of moves. Go also differs from chess in that there's not a quick evaluation function to decide who's winning. With Chess, you can just count the value of the pieces that have been captured or not. Queen: 9 points, Rook: 5 points, etc.. But Go requires a deeper (read: slower) analysis just to figure out which stones are still alive.

Comment Re:Dead on Arrival (Score 4, Informative) 174

Input lag. If you move your head but the screen doesn't update the view until 1/60th of a second later then apparently that causes some (all?) people to feel motion sickness. But reducing the lag to 1/120th of a second alleviates the symptoms.

I would definitely trust Occulus's engineers on this one. They've actually tested these things and they'd have no reason to make things more difficult on themselves (by requiring higher refresh rates) unless it was a genuine issue affecting potential customers.

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 2) 364

Inflation in the US has been negligible because (most) of the money created by quantitative easing has not been used to purchase tangible goods. As long as demand for tangible goods and services does not go up, prices will stay flat.

The Fed creates money by purchasing bonds from private investors. If investors immediately used the proceeds to purchase things like food, housing, consumer goods, etc... then that would certainly cause prices to rise sharply. There would be shortages, because the economy wouldn't have enough capacity to create an extra $80 billion a month in household goods (not immediately anyway).

But that's not what they do with the money. I assume they just dump it into other investment vehicles: stocks, bonds, maybe real estate. *cough* maybe some Chinese stocks... Prices rise, but not everywhere.

Consumers don't experience inflation until enough investors decide to cash out and buy real stuff with their money. That's when the economy suddenly decides, "Oh crap, there's not enough luxury condos to satisfy the 70 million baby boomers who just retired with $1 million portfolios!"

Comment Re:To hell with taxis... (Score 1) 295

Prices that low hardly seem sustainable to me. Of that $14.50, Uber takes 20% immediately (correct me if I'm wrong, just Google'd it). Ten miles of fuel plus wear and tear on your vehicle will probably cost another $4 in this case. The driver ought to have commercial insurance (and if he doesn't then it's not sustainable), so we gotta subtract another... what, $1? I'm pulling that one out of the air TBH.

That leaves $6.60 for the driver. A reasonable time estimate might be 40 minutes for a 10 mile trip, given that traffic might be lousy and you gotta drive to your next fare. Maybe 30 minutes if everything goes smoothly. So unless your down time between fares is less than 10 minutes you'll be making less than minimum wage.

Can any commercial drives give more accurate estimates?

Comment Re:"Server Stack"? (Score 1) 525

Sounds like it. The article says that this announcement applies to .NET Core, not the entire .NET framework. The .NET Core does not include WPF or WinForms at this time. Maybe they'll get there eventually...

The wording is a little confusing, though. They use the term ".NET Core Framework", which I assume refers to something less encompassing than the entire .NET framework, but honestly I can't tell for sure.

Comment Re:Max RAM? (Score 1) 353

Not entirely true. If your motherboard has dual-channel support then you'll definitely get a performance improvement (though maybe not a noticeable one outside of gaming) when you upgrade from 1 stick to 2 sticks of RAM, even if you can't use the extra capacity. Plenty of systems ship with only 1 stick installed.

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