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Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War

David_Hart Re:All the Kindles are on sale... (36 comments)

For sufficiently loose definitions of "all".

The Kindle Voyage does not appear to be included in this sale, which is a shame.

I agree that the definition of "all" is being somewhat loosely used. However, anyone thinking that the "all Kindles" would include the Voyage would just be deluding themselves. After all, the Kindle Voyage was only released a month or so ago.

12 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

David_Hart Re:LOL (428 comments)

And 15 years ago I bought a massive 2GB drive for $350.

Computer stuff gets cheaper over time. There's no reason the same won't be true for SSDs. At some point SSDs will be cheap enough that even if HDD are still 1/100th of the price, SSDs will still win because of all their other advantages.

I agree, eventually SSDs will become cheap enough that it won't be worth it to manufacture spinning hard-drives anymore. It's kinda like Plasma TVs today. They are being dropped by TV manufacturers because it's cheaper to scale up LED TVs.

That being said, it's not going to happen overnight. The drive manufacturers need to make their R&D money back, at the very least....

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

David_Hart Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (628 comments)

Yeah, because nuclear is real clean and stuff.

The spent fuel is piling up at a rate of about 2,200 tons a year at U.S. power-plant sites. The industry and government decline to say how much waste is currently stored at individual plants. The U.S. nuclear industry had 69,720 tons of uranium waste as of May 2013, with 49,620 tons in pools and 20,100 in dry storage, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute industry group.

Spent nuclear fuel is about 95 percent uranium. About 1 percent is other heavy elements such as curium, americium and plutonium-239. Each has an extremely long half-life — some take hundreds of thousands of years to lose all of their radioactive potency.

And all of those sites are close to 50 years old with no maintenance and with no fuel storage because of the veto of Yucca mountain, etc....

Yes, there are some nasty by-products of nuclear power. But we have the technology to clean these sites up and store or re-process the waste. The only reason why these sites are left to fester is due to politics. It's pretty bad when the people who complain about these sites and nuclear power are the exact same people who block the solutions....

2 days ago
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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

David_Hart Future Office (144 comments)

I would think that the office of the future would consist of people working from home and connecting to VR environments. The only reason why people still go into work is because the boss requires a presence and it aids in ad-hoc communications. If you can accomplish the same thing through VR (i.e. walk around the office, stop at the water cooler, catch side conversations, etc.) then most information workers (those that don't require interaction with physical objects) can simply work from home and pocket the transportation savings. Plus, it would ease road congestion.

3 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

David_Hart Re:UPS (233 comments)

I'd add that the UPSs I have purchased in the past have failed more often than the computers I had plugged into them. No more UPSs for me, thanks.

I have two APC UPS devices. One for my desktop and one for my other accessories (cable router, switch, Vonage router, and phones). My area has short power outages every so often when they are working on lines, etc. Plus, using Vonage, I need to power my internet devices for phone service during power outages. I also have my cell phone and could use it as an emergency battery for charging as well.

I've had both for about 4 years now with no problems or issues. I have had to replace UPSs (or the batteries, depending on which costs less) as, like a car battery, the batteries last between 3 to 5 years. Most UPS that fail tend to be either under powered for the devices that are plugged into them or people don't maintain the batteries. Running the batteries down too low will damage them. That's why you are better off configuring your devices to shut down after being on battery for about half the run time. Mine is 13000VA and I get about 20 minutes of run time with my PC (300W during normal usage). I also run the APC battery software which checks the batteries once a week.

APC does have some crappy low end units but the Back-UPS XS models have been reliable for me.

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

David_Hart Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

I figure you could still drive on dedicated tracks, much like people can still ride horses.

Which doesn't help much if you need to tow things like boats, jetskis, trailers, etc.

The people who think that self-driving cars and not owning cars are a good idea tend to be people who live in dense urban areas and know little to nothing about the rest of the world. What they fail to understand are all of the circumstances where a generic rental and/or self-driving just will not cut it. Like it or not, any self-driving highway is going to have to make accommodations for human guided vehicles.

In addition, I somehow don't think that police, fire, ambulance, politicians, etc. would be willing to use self-driving cars. Just imagine the first political assassination through car hacking....

4 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

David_Hart Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Hats off.

Indeed. This is the kind of story I like to see here now and then, although I was surprised that the headline didn't start off with "10 year old genius builds super computer on a bread board..." as has been the trend here.

I remember taking logic gate classes in University using Motorola 68000 chips and assembler. It gave me a decent understanding of how things work at the hardware level vs the abstracted software level.

5 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

David_Hart Re:Which says what? (276 comments)

I'm guessing that you are trolling... I too took the NT 4.0 exams and not one of the answers were ever "reinstall Windows". Microsoft also never had answers that ever involved editing the registry.

I do agree that many of the questions could be solved in multiple ways, if you knew how, and that the exams expected the answers from the book or exam guide. That part was very annoying, especially when they listed both correct answers.

about two weeks ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

David_Hart Re:Great plot (77 comments)

AI is made to invent magic tricks.
AI starts creating more and more complex magic tricks.
Magician stops understanding the tricks but keeps following the given steps and is as surprised as the audience about the result.
After a while, the AI starts giving really strange steps and it becomes clear that there is no explanation in current science that justifies the results of the tricks.
Humanity has meddled with incomprehensible forces, awakening He who was never dead.

When the "AI" can invent magic tricks outside of the basic programming, then I'll be scared.

Basically, they programmed in one trick and then programmed it to compute more variations of the trick. Not much different than programming a computer to fill out a matrix based on the calculations for a single square.

We'll know that we have a true AI when it can go from calculating new card tricks to counting cards in Vegas.....

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

David_Hart Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

in places like Denmark, the average hour of sunshine in cloudless sky per day is, -- let me be generous and put it as, -- 5 hours a day

I understand we're all geeks here. However, I think we can be expected to have a basic academic knowledge of environmental facts. For example, even though from my basement I may see very little of The Big Fireball in the Sky, I still know, based on YouTube videos, that clouds don't entomb us in pitch darkness.

True... While that works quite well in a fantasy world where storing and moving energy doesn't involve cost, energy loss, and other real world factors. The sun shining in California doesn't help Denmark as there is no efficient way to transport that energy. Also, with today's solar energy conversion rates, you'll end up covering large swathes of nature with solar panels and wind mills.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

David_Hart Re:Always RTFA (245 comments)

If you're relying on the MTA to keep your email communications secure, you're doing it wrong. If data is important enough to encrypt, encrypt it at the sender side first.

This....! Anyone who trusts a network to pass traffic untouched, maintaining privacy, etc. that is not owned by them is just fooling themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

David_Hart Re:What is the point, really? (265 comments)

My Windows 7 laptop for work crashes 2 to 3 times a week with a reboot and a popup that says there was a "BSOD Error" After months of diagnostics by the help desk people and days of down time the best they can say is it looks like a "Video Driver issue" but there are no updated drivers. Thus I have to live with it rebooting and crashing tell microsoft/intel/someone releases a new driver.

Compared to my Linux Desktop at the house

07:42:39 up 316 days, 19:56, 7 users, load average: 0.97, 1.07, 1.20

Windows is still crap in my book and still "Blue Screens" on a regular basses they just call it a BSOD error and use a pop up to tell you instead of a blue screen. Hoping no one will ever realize that BSOD == Blue Screen Of Death

My Daughter has a Windows 8 laptop that I had to get her for school, in the last year we have had to re-install it three times. It gets an update that causes it to continually reboot with an error about the update failing and it rebooting. After the third time she brought it to me and asked me to wipe the crap and put linux on it. Why? Because in 10 year of her running a linux laptop it never crashed on her, yet the first windows laptop she had crashed every couple of weeks and the new one crashes to the point of re-install several times a year.

Don't give me the crap that windows is stable or good. Would you put up with a car that broke down twice a week? or even 3 times a year? Then why put up with windows doing it?

It sounds to me like your support guys are not very good at their jobs, or perhaps, just don't care. I'm willing to bet that you have faulty hardware and not a driver issue. As for your daughter's computer, there is no reason why you should have to reinstall after a patch. I'm wondering if she doesn't have bad sectors on the hard-drive that is corrupting OS files.

about two weeks ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

David_Hart Re:Making Desktop Linux a major player will be har (265 comments)

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I hate however having to boot to windows to play games. It drives me nuts.

Which part? Simply the fact that you have to run Windows or that you have to wait for it to boot?

If it's an amazingly fast boot time that you want, then you need to get a nice fast SSD drive. I installed these in my desktop gaming system and it boots up faster than the consoles....

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

David_Hart Re:Meanwhile... (250 comments)

Another long-term study found a link between empty wallets and gaming PC upgrades.

Ain't that the truth. I just got done doing a little shopping hoping to get my PC up to spec for the games coming out this month and next.

I'll hate to have to tell my daughter, "No college for you", but that Geforce GTX 980 looks sweet.

Get the GTX 970 instead and invest the difference. Your daughter and wallet will thank you. It will also reduce the violence in your household when your wife finds out... (grin)

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

David_Hart Re:Prices are because OPEC (334 comments)

What the article fails to address is that the Saudis have flooded the market with cheap oil that they can make money on at 30 dollars a barrel while tar sands require about 93 dollars a barrel and fraccing requires about 83 dollars a barrel to remain viable. These groups have already cut back and started layoffs.

If I remember right, Hybernia, off of the coast of Newfoundland, needs about $75 a barrel to make money.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

David_Hart Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

Germany is not the United States. Everyone pointing at Europe seems to miss one large difference: there's a whole hell of a lot more room between people and places they need to go in most the United States than in Europe. If you live in Massachusetts, half an hour is a "long drive,"

Obviously, you have never lived or talked to anyone who lives and commutes in Massachusetts. 30 minutes is a short drive. The average commute for my colleagues is between 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Yes, there are people who live and work in Boston/Cambridge and who take public transportation or even walk/bike. But a large number of people who work in Boston live well outside due to sky-high housing costs. Plus, a large majority of employers have offices along or outside of the i95 belt.

Yes, one benefit of living in a high population area is that various box stores are no more than 5 to 10 miles away. So, running errands, getting groceries, etc is much more efficient. But, commuting to work is a different story.

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

David_Hart Overreach... (251 comments)

Everyone knows this is an overreach by the prosecutor and an abuse of the very intent of the law. All the Judges need to do is read up on the history of what lead to it's creation to understand that it was developed purely as a way to ensure that publicly traded corporations weren't reporting fictional financial statements. There is no way that this should have EVER reached the Supreme court, let alone this fisherman being convicted under this law. But, of course, we now have a legal system that prizes conviction over justice.

I also love the argument for why this conviction should be upheld. "The government replies that the "records only" argument would make it a crime for a murderer to destroy his victim's diary, but not the murder weapon." Um... The destruction of evidence to cover up a crime is already against the law (Tampering, Obstruction, etc.). Saying that the Sarbanes-Oxley law is needed for this is just plain silly..... I guess it's a good thing that I am not a Supreme court justice. If I were I would have laughed my head off at the pure stupidity...

FYI: I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV... The above are my personal opinions...

about three weeks ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

David_Hart Dewey, Cheatem & Howe... (82 comments)

I moved to the Boston area in 2000. Flipping through the local radio stations I found WEEI (local sports radio) and Click and Clack on NPR.

Whenever Click and Clack was on I had to listen all the way through. No matter how small the car problem, Tom and Ray found ways of making it interesting, entertaining, and funny while teaching us how cars work along the way.

My condolences to the family.

about three weeks ago
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Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

David_Hart Power of the tides... (216 comments)

The Bay of Fundy has the most powerful tides in the world. "The estimated potential of the Fundy region alone is upwards of 60,000 megawatts of energy, of which up to 2,500 megawatts may be safely extracted."

Nova Scotia had a trail running in Nov. 2009 with OpenHydro and they ended up having to remove their turbine when, "20 days later, all 12 turbine rotor blades were destroyed by tidal flows that were two and a half times stronger than for what the turbine was designed."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

David_Hart Re: how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

That's the great thing about Obamacare, now those people pay for health insurance coverage and can't get care. Whereas before, they didn't pay for health insurance, but were able to get health care when they needed it. Isn't Obamacare great?

Yeah, cause emergency rooms are turning away people in droves.... try again...

about a month ago

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Sony Cuts PS2 Price By 23%, PS3 untouched

David_Hart David_Hart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

David_Hart (1184661) writes "Sony is reducing the price of the PS2 by 23%, from $129 to $99. The price of the PS3 remains untouched, despite an anticipated $100 price reduction. Analysts now expect the price of the PS3 to be reduced in the next 60 days."
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