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Comment Where? Oh, yeah... (Score 1) 208

The thing they always gloss over in these "the Internetz is SLOW!" articles is where the slow internet is.

"there are still many parts of the country where slow DSL or satellite is sadly the best option"

Yeah, like way out in the boonies, where a lot of people move to get away from the "fast lane." That's where a bunch of the slow satellite connections are.

Comment Re:What happened to the 50 million climate refugee (Score 3, Informative) 331

Nope. Plain old wars and good old fashioned political corruption did that.

The "drought caused the Syrian civil war" theory is, frankly, crap. It was based off of one paper, which built a big statistical mountain off of a molehill. They exaggerated the number of people affected by the drought, and failed to show any sort of cause and effect. For that matter, the ACTUAL cause of the migration was a financial - subsidies for diesel and fertilizers were cut.

The civil war in Syria, by the way, started two years AFTER the drought ended. If it was caused by the drought, it seems like the events would have been closer together.

Comment What happened to the 50 million climate refugees? (Score 1, Interesting) 331

You know, the ones we were already supposed to have?

By 2010?

That was according to the United Nations Environment Program. You know, a bunch of those experts who are telling us about all of the disasters global warming was supposed to have caused by now.

All of the "endangered" places that they talked about have had population increases since then, and no serious out-migration.

Of course, they noticed that prediction had failed spectacularly, so in 2011 they changed the date to 2020.

And no, the trend still hasn't changed.

Comment Re:my second vote goes to Warren or Dean (Score 1) 1429

Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that six electors, "mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado," are already urging electors pledged to Clinton and Trump to instead coalesce around "a consensus pick like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

Why do republican candidates get their favor as 'consensus' picks?

It's a sneaky way for them to try and get some Republican electors to vote for someone if they won't change to Hillary, just so Trump could lose some votes.

Comment Of course... (Score 3, Insightful) 299

There's no actual promise by the Green Party to actually spend that money on the recount effort.

For that matter, they shouldn't need to spend much money at all on it. So why is Stein asking for even more cash?

Oh, yeah. Graft. So, Jill, who gave you all of that money? Since it's a political campaign donation, I'm sure you kept track of the names of all of those donors, right? And you'll give it back if the recount fails?

What? No? What a shock...

Comment It's... (Score 2) 32

Pretty freakin' awesome.

Flying over places like Manhaattan, the Fukushima power plant, Gibraltar, et cetera.

Looking up places you lived when you were a kid.

Humming the theme music to the first Superman movie... ...or maybe that was just me.

Comment In related not-so-news: (Score 0) 243

On election night, one of those fake news sites had an electoral college map that they were gaming the election with.

For example, they didn't list Georgia as being won by Trump until 100% of the votes were in, even though it was mathematically impossible for him to lose at that point (99% counted, Trump 5% ahead). They showed Pennsylvania as being officially won by Clinton for a while, too, and we know how that turned out. They also held off until much, much past the "can't beat the math" point for other states, when most other sites had already given him the win.

Meanwhile, they listed California and Oregon and Washington State as being won by Clinton before ANY of their election results were counted, at all. This was obviously a way to keep the Democrats from giving up early, just in case.

The fake news site? The New York Times...

Comment Not so (Score 1) 29

What usually makes lag is compression.

Uncompressed wireless, even at higher resolutions, doesn't have to be laggy. The latency of a straight-through digital signal is vanishingly small in this context.

The real problem is getting access to enough bandwidth to let it work. Wi-Fi certainly won't work with uncompressed 90 Hz VR signals. Getting FCC permission for very short range (less than 5 meters with no obstacles in the way), very high bandwidth connections is the real issue.

Comment Already Sold Out (Score 1) 29

...and the Chinese web site wouldn't sell to people outside of China in the first place.

Other companies are working on similar products, though.

The biggest problem is that it takes a good solid 6 gigabit/sec connection to push the amount of bandwidth the Vive and other headsets need.

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