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Comment 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina with Debian Sid (Score 2) 326

Laugh all you want, but at the time of release the 15-inch retina Macbook Pro was not that expensive.

I prefer 16:10 displays to 16:9 !
After three years, it still runs 8+ hours on its battery.

root@retinad:~# lshw -short (EDITED)
/0/0 memory 7895MiB System memory
/0/1 processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4750HQ CPU @ 2.00GHz
/0/100 bridge Crystal Well DRAM Controller
/0/100/1 bridge Crystal Well PCI Express x16 Controller
/0/2/0.0.0 /dev/sda disk 251GB APPLE SSD SM0256
root@retinad:~# uname -a
Linux retinad 4.6.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.6.2-2 (2016-06-25) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Comment Re:why is this on slashdot? (Score 1) 1011

Would you just shut up with your pathetic bleating.

It's stuff that matters and slashdot has never ever ever been nothing but tech.

What's is with all the whiners about topicality recently?

Well, maybe because Slashdot used to be a tech site ? (with the exception of 9/11 because all other news sites were not handling their massive web visitors)

We used to get news about hackers doing really nice tricks with hardware or software, about kernel releases, driver updates, mp3 or decss legal stuff, SCO vs IBM, space elevators, etcetera...
Now get off my lawn ;-)

Comment Re:why is this on slashdot? (Score 1) 1011

this is the first page i still read in the morning, and i havent heard yet. i have friends in Brussels, thankfully they are all ok, but still. i appreciate the occasional major story. its not like its new either, they posted about 9/11 as well and that was 15 years ago

The only reason 9/11 was on Slashdot was because most other websites (like were not handling the traffic.

Comment Re:Not far enough. (Score 1) 78

India and China have outsourced the West's pollution. They are building factories and power stations by the week with a 19th century regard [lack of] to the environment.

You do realize that this is exactly the reason a lot of *American* companies are building/using factories in China., right?

On a side note, you cannot just sanction Russia + China + India + Iran + N.Korea + Syria + Lybia + $evil_state_of_the_week since this would isolate the USA from most of the world's economy. Not to mention that the USA still relies on Russian rockets to get to the space station.

Comment Re:how low can it go? (Score 1) 45

Clearly it is at a good height now for imaging the whole surface, but as there is no atmosphere could it get down to a mountain scraping orbit? Just high enough to get round the lumps and bumps and variability in the roundness of the object? Would that enable it to image things at a really small pixel size?

Not really. The lower your orbit, the faster your spacecraft has to fly to maintain that orbit.

Comment Re:Republicans and their unhealthy space obscessio (Score 1) 110

5) There is nothing wrong with a good test platform.

Really? Now imagine what the posts on this article would be like if this was a Russian or a Chinese 'test platform'. It would be panic all over the place and 'invasion of our air space' etcetera. But somehow it's okay for the US to have secret military 'test platforms'.

Comment Morgan Freeman? Indiegogo ? (Score 1) 150

Why bother with Morgan Freeman or Indiegogo for asteroids when there is real information out there.

What are asteroids (90 minutes with a NASA expert):

What can we do against asteroids (again 90 minutes with an expert):

Form your opinion after you see these.

Comment Re:Macbook & Dell (Score 1) 97

I totally agree ... my mid-2010 macbook pro still holds about 89% of the original charge and lasts about 6 hours on battery in regular usage. It helps that it has only had about 170 full cycles (information obtained using coconut battery for mac).

Not a mac zealot here, but I can confirm. My mid-2010 macbook pro has been plugged in most of the time, yet it can survive a workday on battery attached to a projector/beamer from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. (with screen blank during three 30 minute breaks).

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