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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Ecuador Well, it's more like they said... (130 comments)

That it will go 200 MPH like the equivalent model from other brands like Lamborghini etc but it turns out it goes 175, i.e. slower than those. Sure, you would not have realized it until you actually found a road good enough to test over 175 MPH (if you ever did) and otherwise the car feels good and accelerates as expected, but max speed is something that some people care about especially when comparing one sports car with the other. The excuse is sort of like "yeah, we put in an engine that would theoretically handle 200 MPH so that is what we list, but we sort of skimped on the transmission system on this less high end model so we had to put a limiter at 175 MPH since the transmission cannot address more speed...". If they had said 3.5GB addressable from the start, nobody would have minded except the 5 people who really wanted those 4GB that other cards might have, so it is sort of a poor decision to not mention it from the start...

yesterday
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Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

Ecuador Re:Not that easy to see (53 comments)

Eh, a 4.5" Newtonian is not that well-suited for planets if it is fast (e.g. around f/5) - it is not about price. That said, the OTA of a modern decent quality 4.5" Newtonian costs around $100-$200, so it is one of the cheapest you can get - most people pay several times that for their phone. Now, if you want to see Jupiter in some detail and stay within budget you can go for a 5" Mak at around $200-$300 (for the OTA, or $400 for the full package with a computerized goto mount and tripod) and for example when coupled with a $10 webcam it will give you an image of Saturn like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r2vh... (note that Jupiter is quite larger than Saturn so it is an easier target to get surface detail). So that's a very cheap telescope (still less than a smartphone) that would give you a good view of the event. If you want to spend more money but not too much, you can look into used scopes. E.g. I recently grabbed an 8" Celestron SCT for $400 which gives even greater planetary views.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Ecuador Re:Lucas has lost it. (410 comments)

Ahaha. I watched the trilogy before going watch to the Kingdom of Crystal Skull. I was surprised at how well part 1 and 3 were holding on, especially in comparison to the Temple of Doom - even the effects were sub-par. I forgot all about it though after watching part 4. Thanks for reminding me... :p

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Ecuador Lucas has lost it. (410 comments)

I recently watched THX 1138. It is a good reminder of how brilliant he was. Years ahead, great vision, but as the years passed he started losing his edge, more and more. From the Director's Cut of THX that is evident from several unneded CGI scenes that distract from the otherwise great film. The prequels and special editions show the same thing even more prominently. And let's not even talk about Indiana Jones 4 (what, there are only 3 Indiana Jones movies? Ok, I feel you). So we should be grateful when he is not writing scripts nowadays... Now, J.J. on the other hand is being made fun of for his "flares" etc, but he actually made us Trekkers be the cool kids for once! Yes, it was not "Star Trek" in the traditional sense, however it was highly enjoyable action sci-fi. Given that Star Wars was in any case not "cerebral" to start with, he should be even more at home working on it.

2 days ago
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Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

Ecuador Huh? (55 comments)

it doesn't require the installation of additional software components and it doesn't need the device's alteration.

On the other hand, it only works on jailbroken devices

Too bad jailbraking actually requires the device's alteration / installation of additional software components...

5 days ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Ecuador m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (329 comments)

You don't even need to check $STEAMROOT, I mean what could possibly go wrong...
But still for extra points the script should have asked to run as root...
And a little advice to Valve, next time have developers familiar with Linux working on your Linux client. That /* is how a Windows developer would write the command to delete a directory if they simply looked up the equivalent command for Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Talk to the World Through Ubi -- and Use Gestures, Too (Video)

Ecuador No Majel Barrett voice? (38 comments)

That seems like a missed opportunity...
Oh, and thanks for the ad slashdot...

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

Ecuador Re:Better (69 comments)

Unless you count compilations as "works of literature", in which case your black piece of paper is missing one work.

about two weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

Ecuador Oh, wait, my bad! (203 comments)

I confused medium.com with the other site that is often the target of /. article links. Dammit now I am stuck, I can't remember it, it has a simple name as well, it is one with "scientific" topics but really crap content in a fancy css scrolling article... Sorry about that...

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

Ecuador Medium.com (203 comments)

Thank you for mentioning it is medium.com on the summary. That's how it should be done, since we hate being click-baited to such websites.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Ecuador Re:English-ish? (578 comments)

That's true. In fact I find that the only people who speak English whom I don't understand at all are some native speakers from some parts of the UK. They drop half the phonemes from the words, which would alone prove a challenge, but since they are "native" speakers of that thing they speak, they mumble several sentences in a single breath. E.g. you are in Manchester and everyone has a funny accent (I go to the poob 10 times a moonth etc), which is easy to get used to, but dare to go outside the city and find someone who grew up in Salford or Stockport and you're in trouble. At least if you did not grow up in the UK and are used to this sort of "English". E.g. I thought it was peculiar that a British boy's name was "Avi", until I heard someone with a different accent call him "Arvy" which made it obvious that he was called "Harvey".

about three weeks ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Ecuador Re:Just to make one thing clear: (190 comments)

You still clicked though, didn't you? That's all it takes. And.. oh, damn, I did it too! We seriously have to stop if we ever hope to have a Bennett-free slashdot...

about a month ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

Ecuador Re:Flame-bate (171 comments)

And to top it off, it does not even mention how great it is to live in the Ecuadorian embassy, the world's nicest embassy.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Ecuador tl;dr (312 comments)

I can't handle summaries more than 3-4 lines long, can someone sum it up for me?

about 1 month ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

Ecuador I clicked... (91 comments)

but that rubbish site "medium.com" came up. They are not tricking me into reading crap again.

about 2 months ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

Ecuador Half of the credit... (164 comments)

... for the successful rick-rolling goes to the "informative" mods...
Even though "beats the 64bit integer" was very obvious BS, I still clicked...

about 2 months ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Ecuador Re:iPhones do use Gorilla glass (189 comments)

Hmm, looking into it I do read that at least the original iPhone had the Gorilla Glass. However, I am not "making shit up", several iPhone 4 and 4s in the office had very scratched screens to the point that they were replaced, and we found out this was a very common replacement. The Galaxy phones do not seem to scratch. I have a Galaxy S3 with no screen protector with me for the last couple of years and it does not even have a minor scratch. Coincidence? I don't know. But why are Apple products not listed in the Corning page with the full list of products with Gorilla Glass?

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Ecuador Ooohh, "unexpected".... (171 comments)

I thought I read that this game had a review embargo until the release day, isn't that right? So they knew and they just tried to hide it. I don't see an apology to that.

about 2 months ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Ecuador They don't seem to care... (189 comments)

They don't seem to care about losing customers. Perhaps they know that their customers are mostly fans who will always buy whatever overpriced gadget they throw at them, as long as the new product carries a new buzzword or two. That's what the sapphire screen was, a buzzword, and that is made clear by the fact that instead of switching to something about as effective like Gorilla glass, they shipped a scratch-able glass screen instead. It was not about using the best material for their screen, it was just about using the most marketable material. When the plan failed, their response was to change the marketing campaign.
In the meantime, at the office, all iphones without protectors are full of scratches, while the Samsungs have mostly pristine screens...

about 2 months ago

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Man with tiny brain lives normal life

Ecuador Ecuador writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ecuador (740021) writes "In a story that is sure to spur Civil Service jokes, Reuters reports:
"Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue.
"He was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant," Dr. Lionel Feuillet and colleagues at the Universite de la Mediterranee in Marseille wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.""

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