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Comment Re:Ancient Aliens (Score 1) 213

It's non-trivial based on our current understanding of physics, but we're so primitive we've barely even left our own planet, so I don't put much faith in our understanding of physics being complete. We still haven't reconciled General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. The problem with the Ancient Alien theory is that there just isn't any good *supporting* evidence. It does make for a nice-sounding though farfetched hypothesis as to how humans might have invented various religions, but again other than crazy religious texts making wild claims about supernatural phenomena, and trying to explain it away with this ET stuff, there just isn't any evidence. But still, it's more plausible than that supernatural stuff (gods, demons, angels, etc.) actually being real. Biological beings from another planet with highly advanced technology not understood by primitive peoples is still more believable than what major religions claim is real. So, the way I see it, while I don't really believe either one, the guy who spouts ancient alien theories is less of a crackpot than the people who go to church or mosque.

Comment Re:Can't wait for solar power and electric cars ta (Score 1) 111

The problems with mass rapid transport and rail are that they seldom go exactly where you want them to go.

That's why PRT is good. It's cheap, small and light enough to go places that rail won't go. Then you can use the ordinary rail for long hauls. You can load PRT vehicles onto railcars if you like.

Comment Re:Ancient Aliens (Score 1) 213

I'd like to know why people laugh so much at "ancient alien theorists" or anyone who believes that stuff. Personally, I don't, because the evidence is just way too flimsy, however, what I question is why they get derision, while the large majority of humanity who believes in one of the main religions does not. Why are everyday Christians and Muslims not called "crackpots" too?

Which "theory" is more plausible? Ancient aliens visited the Earth and had some kind of hand in humanity's development, OR there's a supernatural being who talks to ancient peoples with burning bushes and orders some tribes to commit genocide against other tribes and doesn't want us eating pork? At least the first one has some sort of scientific plausibility. There's no evidence aliens exist, but there's a LOT of stars and planets out there, and if we evolved on this one, it's possible a civilization evolved somewhere else, and it's remotely possible they visited here. Again, there's no evidence for this really, but it's still more plausible than some angry deity magically parting the Red Sea, killing all the firstborn in Egypt, causing "miracles", "angels" existing and having something to do with us even though no one can produce any evidence for it, the Earth being 6500 years old despite all geological evidence to the contrary, etc. Yet people who believe all this stuff are never dismissed as "crackpots", only "devout" or even "normal", depending on the extent of their beliefs (the 6500yo Earth people are generally considered extremists most places except the USA).

Comment Re:GAO is right (Score 1) 186

How exactly then will this work when one DNS server has a record for one Ip address and another points to another such as an anti Putin site?

Also the DNS is replicated off the core servers and trusted so your solution does not work unless you use your own DNS server but really who does this outside of IT geeks?

Submission + - Windows Server 2016 goes RTM. Evaluation is available for download (zdnet.com)

Billly Gates writes: The next version of Windows Server has arrived. This new version is more cloud and virtual machine oriented with more features such as Docker container support, a new tiny headless version designed to run as a docker VM in Hyper-v called Nano Server, 3d graphics support in remoteFX for OpenGL and Open CL for Hyper-V vms, nested virtualization, Powershell Direct, Shielded VM support, stable REFS file system, Hyper-V Linux secure boot support, Storage Spaced Direct which now are clustered and ADFS v4 which supports multifactor authentication with OpenID support. You can find the features listed here as well as here.

Nano Server has a 92% less footprint requiring significantly less rebooting, patching, and security updates than a traditional Windows Server virtual machine.

Comment Re:Can't wait for solar power and electric cars ta (Score 1) 111

Unless you are constantly locking up the wheels during braking, I'm not sure how braking would wear the tires more than driving.

It puts more force through the tires than cruising. But yes, just driving does the same thing, just not as rapidly as accelerating or braking.

Comment Re:Protect their IP? (Score 2) 78

It isn't rocket science, but it also isn't just taking a bucket of carbon black and mixing it with water. The claim that there is IP involved is hardly ridiculous.

The claim that HP inkjet ink is *that* different from the inkjet ink used in all the competitors' products is, however, as is the claim that only HP could possibly make ink that works well in their printer.

Comment Waste of time (Score 2) 39

This is a waste of time and effort. Cable TV is not a need, it's a luxury service, and it's quickly becoming obsolete anyway. Internet service is a real *need* in modern society, just like other telecom services and electricity, but cable TV is not like this, it's purely for entertainment. Let the cablecos treat their TV customers however they want, and focus regulation on ISPs (which also happen to be cablecos in many cases).

Why should I care if Rolls-Royce, Coach, or DeBeers were screwing over their customers?

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 2) 270

While it took a while to come up with a better base chipset to replace OCS/ECS, the engineers were still belting out some fantastic designs, most of which were squished by upper management.

The above was a really good case study in business ecosystem dynamics.

When the Amiga 1000 came out, it was alien technology -- probably 10 years ahead of its time. The Amiga OCS chipset's graphics and sound hardware of its contemporary competitors look like historical artifacts, and it's OS was an actual pre-emptive multitasking operating system, not just a glorified disk loader.

However, any company in the world could design, build, and sell a new PC sound card or a new PC graphics card, any many of them did. The PC sound and graphics cards continued to suck (relative to the Amiga) for quite a while, but simply due to the fact that so many different companies had hired so many engineers to work on developing them, they improved every year, and eventually surpassed the capabilities of the Amiga sometime in the mid-90's.

Amiga's engineers were undoubtedly some of the most talented on the planet, but their small team eventually couldn't compete with the sheer numbers of PC-based engineers. By the time AGA came out, the writing was on the wall: An open system that gains traction will eventually outgrow and out-innovate a small, closed system, no matter how awesome the skills of the closed systems' engineers.

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