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WY Teen Cut From Science Fair For Entering Too Many

Analog Penguin Re:A working fusion reactor??? (204 comments)

We can achieve fusion without too much trouble. The elusive white whale so far has been a sustainable fusion reaction that puts out more energy than you have to put into it.

about a year ago

In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

Analog Penguin Re:Game is part server-side, not 'always on DRM' (511 comments)

Do you suppose there's any technological reason why some of their servers MUST be doing the work for you? Perhaps there's some code they couldn't possibly get to work on a local client, despite plenty of games over the past forty years working just fine locally? Or is it more likely that they intentionally designed the game to be split between client and server so that you had to be connected in order to play it? Because that latter scenario sounds a lot like DRM to me. They don't have to be using military-grade encryption for it to count as DRM.

about a year and a half ago

GNU Hurd To Develop SATA, USB, Audio Support

Analog Penguin Re:freedom and respect (274 comments)

Why did the "norwegian major" go to Finland to find their guy?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

Analog Penguin Clevo P170EM/150EM (260 comments)

I recently bought a Clevo P170EM with a hybrid Intel HD 4000/Radeon 7970M setup. The Intel card was supported perfectly in Linux out of the box. Getting support for the 7970M took a few months, but the most recent Catalyst release supports it under Ubuntu 12.04, and setup was relatively painless. The only minor hassle of this setup is the need to restart the X server to switch the active card. I understand 12.10 is a little dicier due to the new version of X, and I don't know about any other distros, but I've been running this setup for a few months now without any problems and can highly recommend it. If the P170EM is too big, the P150EM is essentially the same hardware with a smaller screen. Every other hardware component except the fingerprint reader works perfectly in Ubuntu as well.

System76 also sells machines with Ubuntu pre-installed, and they recently introduced a model with discrete graphics, so you could also look into either their computers or the Clevo computers upon which their models are based (I believe the Bonobo, their discrete-graphicsed model, is based on the P370EM).

about 2 years ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

Analog Penguin Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

Large sequential reads/writes (which are, obviously, a huge part of audio and video production) are one of the very few places where HDDs still have an advantage over SSDs. I work in audio production and don't know anyone who uses SSDs for scratch.

about 2 years ago

Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

Analog Penguin Re:Microsoftesque? (352 comments)

This was true only for Honeycomb, and even then only for a while; they eventually released the source for that as well. All other Android versions have had source drop before they were available on a device. Anything else you want to be wrong about today?

about 2 years ago

Can Android Revolutionize Spacecraft Design?

Analog Penguin Re:Or are they? (110 comments)

The Nexus One was made by HTC, so I doubt Samsung got into any trouble for it.

about 2 years ago

AT&T Defends Controversial FaceTime Policy Following Widespread Backlash

Analog Penguin Re:AT&T. Never had 'em, never will (220 comments)

The controversy is that this is the latest in a long line of examples of AT&T bitching about people overburdening their poor network with their evil data-hogging ways instead of spending a goddamn dime to upgrade it from its current twine-and-tin-can infrastructure into something that can handle the needs of a 21st-century world superpower.

about 2 years ago

Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages

Analog Penguin Re:Apple is the new Microsoft (377 comments)

You might find it worthwhile to try to sell that MacBook. Everything else you said is spot on, but older Apple hardware tends to hold its value for way longer than would seem reasonable. Poke around eBay and see what similar models are going for; it might surprise you.

more than 2 years ago

Preparing For Life After the PC

Analog Penguin Some people do need an actual computer (636 comments)

Whenever I see people saying this, I wonder how many people actually use their computer to do real work.

I work as a recording engineer. You can buy non-PC devices to do the actual recording if you want, but even in that case mixing and post-processing really does require a computer with vast amounts of local CPU power and storage, in addition to some highly specialised equipment (such as external audio interfaces that connect via Firewire or even PCI cards). You can't record ten simultaneous tracks of uncompressed 24-bit, 48 khz audio to the cloud. I'm sure the same is true of many other fields like video and graphics production, software development, and scientific number crunching.

Sure, grandma probably doesn't need a full-blown PC to look at emailed pictures of her family, and maybe the "post-PC" era will benefit her. But I do worry what will happen to the PC world if major manufacturers keep taking their focus away from people who really do require serious equipment. (Hello, Apple, selling 2010 Mac Pros for 2014 prices, with an operating system that's leading the charge towards turning your desktop computer into an iPad!)

more than 2 years ago

Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

Analog Penguin Re:On the bright side... (498 comments)

Except that this case deals with the Galaxy Nexus, for which Google controls the updates directly.

more than 2 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Analog Penguin Re:2.3.5 here (255 comments) I don't *think* Android...

more than 2 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Analog Penguin Re:2.3.5 here (255 comments)

2.3 is over 18 months old so I don't Android is incrementing terribly quickly.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

Analog Penguin Re:That pay is just for the first few months (654 comments)

If you can't figure out why the New York Times considers New York City labour issues to be news, then maybe you should do a bit more research before spouting off.

more than 2 years ago

NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

Analog Penguin Newegg RMA... (518 comments)

Newegg's RMA department seems to be a little crazy. I once received a scanner with a damaged box from them. When I opened the box, it was obvious that the power adapter had fallen out of the hole in the box sometime during shipping. Since neither they nor Epson could just send me a replacement adapter, I had to RMA the whole thing. The RMA was initially denied because I hadn't included all parts that shipped with the scanner.

A phone call cleared things up, but really? They didn't even read the RMA closely enough to see that the missing part was the entire point of the RMA?

more than 2 years ago

Is Facebook Working On a Smartphone?

Analog Penguin Re:Do Not Want (160 comments)

Facebook also tracks your movements on other, non-Facebook sites. Since he specified that FB gets nothing when he logs out, I'm guessing he's installed a browser extension to block the widget that allows them to track you outside of Facebook.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price

Analog Penguin Re:Troubling signal, why? (471 comments)

Not if your shares were among the ones being sold as part of the IPO.

more than 2 years ago


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