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Comment Re:Of course they have. Carry on for 50+ generatio (Score 1) 63

what would be the point of doing a copy of a copy etc?, the point is always having the original and using its dna, you can always make more stem cells of the original and keep that batch alive, if you fail to do that then it seems you will not have any business in cloning?

Because much of the market is cloned stud service, with clones of famous studs.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

I have the front panel of the VAX 11/780 used to render that scene hanging on my wall, but I got to Pixar after that project. This year and last I've contributed some designs that will fly on a FEMA satellite, and a long time ago did a little work to support the Biosciences mission on the shuttle.

Comment Re:That's Interesting & Irrelevant (Score 1) 55

My picture was nice too, but they had system boards that shouldn't have made it through basic inspection, and of course the mechanical design was absurd. Since there was no provision for mounting the system boards in a conventional way I have to conclude that the sloppy construction at least was by design.

Now as for whether LeEco build quality will be better, worse, or the same, I have no opinion. I'm just reacting to the notion that Vizio makes a quality TV. In my experience it doesn't. Your experience doesn't negate that, because the tough thing isn't turning out quality units, it's turning them out consistently. That's why it's called quality "control" or "assurance".

Comment Re:RIP (Score 4, Informative) 55

Errr... the build quality for Vizio TVs is dreadful. I had one fail twice in the warranty period and then of course immediately after the warranty expired.

Opening the thing up the mainboard of the device was fastened to the backlight panel chassis with packing tape. I'd never seen such shoddy construction, not to mention the very poor quality of the boards themselves.

In general I think the idea of "smart tvs" is bad for the consumer economically. On top of that selling our viewing habits a profit center for Vizio on their already crappy throw-away TVs. And to add insult to injury, the UI for most smart TVS is just terrible. I replaced the Vizio with a Samsung, not because I wanted another smart tv, but because it was cheap. Not only was the search function hopelessly broken, the damn thing interrupted stuff I was watching on Netflix or Amazon with service change bulletins for Samsung services I neither subscribed to nor used. How could any UI designers be so damned stupid.

But you almost can't get a smallish HD TV that's not "smart". I ended up with a Hitachi "Roku TV" which is just a plain old TV with a Roku stick stuck in one the HDMIs. I'm much happier with Roku's UI and service, but if I wanted to I could just pop the Roku stick out and have a plain old TV.

Comment Terraforming (Score 1) 329

What I don't get is why those Kingdoms don't use their wealth for something useful.

When the Roman empire broke down the Iberian peninsula was half a desert, because the romans chopped off most of the oak woods for ship building.

When the Arabs conquered it, the first thing they did was building up irrigation systems, reforming agriculture and reforesting the woods.

Can't be so hard in our times to build salt water based, evaporating channels, lakes and perhaps cataracts on which the water can evaporate, or simply build desalination plants and irrigate the land into fertility.

Cities could be like Semiramis' garden, full with green. Skyscrapers could be covered in green. If a city is basically a concrete structure with green on top, it is minimum 10C colder than it is right now.

And considering how everything there needs to be imported anyway, I can't imagine that building a 'green city' is significantly more expensive than having a copy of an american city that simply does not work in that climate.

Building a concrete desert inside of a sand desert ...

So what are they doing with their money?

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