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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Blaskowicz Re:Simple (171 comments)

But what if you do it regardless on the phone, will the carrier know it and terminate your contract?, or will no one ever know.

9 minutes ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Blaskowicz Re:impressive specs (172 comments)

It's not even that, who will pay for the certification of it with every FCC-like agency, and how can you possibly go through that process every time you build it or change a single line of code?
And even if that were possible : no, they won't let you have a user-modifiable SDR that operates (receive/transceive) on the GSM/LTE/3G frequencies.

To the original AC : get a HAM radio license and play on your alloted or unlicensed frequency slots. (what does HAM mean by the way?, I'm thinking of the stuff that's a bite like bacon)

yesterday
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Blaskowicz Re:hmmm really.... (142 comments)

Spacefaring ought to be postponed to the 22th century or late 21st.. We have more pressing things right now, mankind has yet to learn how to feed itself without destroying the land, rivers, climates and even the oceans.
When we'll be able to have many terawatts of clean power at home as well as decent energy storage (maybe make fuel out of water and air, or water and CO2 found in the oceans) then maybe we can dream about making shelter, food, air and water from moon or Mars materials.

yesterday
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

Blaskowicz Re:Toot little too late (188 comments)

As usual we have figure for branded PCs, so the small computers shops and raw parts are left out. I'm saying "as usual" because I remember such studies where the Ipod had a huge ass market share well over 50% ; except the no-brand players were collectively dominating the market and were not accounted for.

yesterday
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Blaskowicz Re:Waste? (217 comments)

Fine but I'm helpless now, cannot buy linked articles at 34 euros a piece and remember the warning from Wikipedia that the article was low quality.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Blaskowicz Re:Waste? (217 comments)

Since you value lazyness here's what's written there :

"Nuclear reprocessing reduces the volume of high-level waste, but by itself does not reduce radioactivity or heat generation and therefore does not eliminate the need for a geological waste repository."

But indeed there's that "UNEX" processing and other stuff though they seem to be about studies and such, not a proven and high scale mature process.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Blaskowicz Re:Waste? (217 comments)

How do the Strontium and Cesium go away with reprocessing? Maybe processing removes some useful and some harmless stuff from your waste stash and so you're slightly better off, but I fail to see where the issue of hazardous nuclear waste is actually dealt with.

In fact it's not even clear that reprocessing spent fuel is useful. You get more energy out of fuel, but the fuel is cheap and plentiful (and you need little of it). I'm glad that France is doing it, but just because maybe having that capacity and experience may be useful some day if we can transmute harmful elements by throwing fast neutrons at them or something.

about a week ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Blaskowicz Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (177 comments)

Further info : Mint 17, 18, 19, 20 (assuming they keep a 6-month release rate) will be based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the changes supposedly will be linux and Xorg updates for compatibility/performance of newer hardware, and newer versions of Mate and Cinnamon.

about a week ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Blaskowicz Re:RAID? (256 comments)

As people said PCIe SSD always have been available as cards, but they're typically damn expensive. So what is needed is a more standard and common format. Intel touted SATA Express, a connector that you can use either as a couple SATA 6Gb or as a single PCIe 2.0 2x link at 1GB/s ; but that didn't work out (for now at least) and instead the next round of motherboard with Intel Z97 (maybe lower end ones, we'll see) will have a connector for M.2 format drives (a small "chocolate bar" form factor), which is PCIe at 1GB/s again. Maybe that'll get to 2GB/s some day.

about a week ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Blaskowicz Re:RAID? (256 comments)

If you want to do something that needs IOPS (I/O per second), e.g. running Slashdot's comment system, you can use RAID. But maybe you'll be running eight 15000 rpm disks in RAID 10, and not using the slower half or third of the drives (that makes the heads fly back and forth on a shorter segment as well).

When you're down to that point, using a single SSD will allow you considerable savings on all manners of cost and you get higher performance even.

about a week ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Blaskowicz Re:That drawing was a joke, but (275 comments)

The blue guards in Wolfenstein 3D shout "Mein Leiben!" when they die, or that's what I seem to hear.

about a week ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

Blaskowicz Big data, spying? (117 comments)

Does Valve know any time I've played such and such games, on which servers and so on? Are data anonymized when surveys or such sociological studies are made?

It is one troubling aspect, or the biggest one. DRM philosophical arguments almost do not matter. When Amazon knows what books you've read, even down to the last page you've viewed for every book (that was in the news about recently) you have a situation that goes further than what the science fiction books and movies from the 60s and 70s and earlier anticipated.

about a week ago
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

Blaskowicz Re:Okay, so Pluto isn't perfect (47 comments)

But what was the influence of social media on the build up to this shift?

about two weeks ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Blaskowicz Re:Opt-out is the new default... (152 comments)

You want a browser to auto-update, though (or have it be handled by something like Windows Update, APT, yum etc.)

If a browser doesn't update, your freedom and privacy is at risk and assuming the current story is a bug, that's how it gets fixed. Silly maybe but there's no way around it. Or use a browser that doesn't know about javascript, video, sound, mics etc.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Blaskowicz Re:Debunking Myths about F2P (181 comments)

Not everyone can be Valve or Blizzard, and Valve has that game free (as well as a couple other) so that they can gain a lot of Steam users, which then gives them new revenue unrelated to the game. They will even lure users to an OS where you almost cannot run games outside of Steam (I'm not putting a judgement on that, just reporting a fact)

b. You may pay for some in game character visual-enhancement kits, but none of the money incurred goes to valve, it goes to the kit developers(so its basically not part of the business)

Citation needed. I thought the whole business of Valve was to take a cut on everything that happened on their platform. They invented the "app store" model.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Blaskowicz Re:Linux: obese or anorexic? (451 comments)

Having so few memory on such a powerful computer is a shame, it is very worth looking for that stick of DRAM.
XFCE is about the same weight as Mate, I think you would be better off running LXDE with XFCE's window manager and then there's a little GUI named something like xfwm4-advanced-settings where you can toggle that little option you're after.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Blaskowicz Re:Should be objective, not biased... (451 comments)

That's because 4-year-old is not "old". A PC from that era probably even came with Windows 64 bit out of the box.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Blaskowicz Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

Being hot is enough of a reason to emit light (see a classic lightbulb, tiny metal threads are heated at around 3000 Kelvin and they don't burn, else the bulb fails).
In fact, in that weren't true then the flames over an open wood fire wouldn't emit light either. My guess is we have "flames" simply made of hot air when the gun fires, instead of a flame made of combustion products.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Blaskowicz Re:New Railgun? (630 comments)

Thanks! so General Atomics won.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Blaskowicz Re:Lots of problems I can see. (630 comments)

The huge energy storage is ultimately the ship's diesel fuel, or what variant of heavy fuel oil it uses. That makes the logistics and storage easy (more accurately, already done).

about two weeks ago

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