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Comment Re:At least two other OSs will "optimize" Kaby Lak (Score 4, Insightful) 276

Furthermore, Windows 7 or 8 out of the box CANNOT recognize these new chipsets and CANNOT refuse to install because of them.

This is just plain wrong. You could very easily make an OS that uses a whitelist of CPUID responses and PCI probe responses and refuses to install/boot on anything else. CPUs provide features for detecting/identifying generations, it would be easy enough to abuse this to make an OS refuse to install/boot on a chip that was released after it.

I'm not saying any mainstream OS does this, just that it's by no means impossible, and pretending that it's impossible just makes you look uninformed/ignorant.

Comment Re:Actually, in this case... (Score 4, Interesting) 118

There actually haven't been many nuclear-powered civilian ships at all:

  • NS Savannah (US, merchant cargo ship, demonstration platform
  • Otto Hahn (Germany, ore/passenger configuration, re-engined with diesel propulsion, re-commissioned for container service)
  • Mutsu (Japan, freighter, never carried commercial cargo)
  • Sevmorput (USSR, icebreaking LASH carrier/container ship)
  • Lenin (USSR, icebreaker)
  • Arktika (USSR, icebreaker)
  • Sibir (USSR, icebreaker)
  • Rossiya (USSR, icebreaker)
  • Taymyr (USSR, icebreker)
  • Vaygach (USSR, icebreker)
  • 50 Let Pobedy (Russia, icebreaker)

    No luxury liners on the list. Ocean liners typically burn heavy fuel oil.

Comment Re: Rule of thumb: believe the man (Score 1) 410

Problem with the place we had booked, and since it was Hong Kong right after Chinese New year, everything was full or close to it. So we spent a night in the "executive suite" at the Cosmopolitan, enjoyed the view, and got the admin lady to find us another place to stay (with separate rooms) the next day.

Comment Re:Heterogenous (Score 1) 326

Text editors are vim most of the time, and TextWrangler or Notepad++ if I decide I want a GUI. My compilers are gcc and clang.

I use Firefox and Safari as web browsers, also have Opera and IE11 for testing against other rendering engines. I'm still using ageing Apple Mail, iCal and Address Book. I don't like their new versions in the later OS X versions.

I use GNU Lilypond for typesetting music. I occasionally use GarageBand for basic sequencing and mixing, but nothing particularly serious.

I use Adobe Lightroom for processing my photos, and I wouldn't want to be without it. I have Photoshop as well but I barely use it.

My web/mail server runs CentOS 7 with Apache, dovecot, postfix, Horde and MySQL.

I don't actually use much more software than that. I occasionally fire up Visual Studio to look for bugs using iterator debugging. Oh I have VLC and Quicktime for media, and Steam for games, but I don't play with them very often.

Comment Heterogenous (Score 1) 326

Dell PowerEdge R730 running VMware ESXi with VMs running CentOS 7 and OpenBSD.

Dell Precision T3610 running Windows 7 with Fedora 20 and CentOS 7 VMs. 31.5" wide gamut (Adobe RGB) at 3840x2160 resolution. Sanwa compact JIS keyboard, Wacom Intuos 5 pen and touch tablet, Logitech G502 mouse.

MacBook Pro (2010), 17" matte 1920x1200 resolution display, running OS X 10.6.8.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 96

Saturn modchips connect between the laser unit and the rest of the CD drive to detect when the system is trying to identify whether a disc is genuine and return the required data. This device plugs into the expansion slot and uploads code to run on the CD block processor the way the VCD playback add-on did. It causes CD block commands to read from the flash storage rather than the optical drive.

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