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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

FlyHelicopters It doesn't make any difference what we do... (374 comments)

The really sad thing is that people will post back and forth about this change and that change that we should make.

Close coal power plants, build more electric cars, install more LED light bulbs...

None of it matters... not a single bit of it...

Why? Because over the next 30 years, the four nations that make up BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) will increase their output by about as much as the US produces today.

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The United States of America could cut our output by 100%, we could all go back into caves... and it wouldn't make any difference, in 30 years our entire output will be replaced by other people.

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The only real possible solutions are those that work worldwide, it doesn't take very many people ignoring them to make the entire effort pointless.

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I'm open to suggestions that actually might lower the global total output by 50% over the next 50 years... Not reduce the increase, but actually lower the global total from today.

Because if you aren't reducing the global total, then you're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic...

13 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

FlyHelicopters Re:God, what drivel ... (208 comments)

How many PDAs were sold in the 90s? How many iPads did Apple sell last MONTH?

How many Android tablets were sold last WEEK?

The Newton was a nice idea, but the wrong product at the wrong time. 13 years later, it was ready... called the iPad, and a wild success...

And to be clear, the smartphone and the tablet are really the same thing, in different sizes...

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

FlyHelicopters Re:God, what drivel ... (208 comments)

:) You have to think bigger... to when computers are smarter and we no longer need to sit in from of them as often...

Like I said, we aren't there, and we won't be in 5-10 years... This is long term stuff...

Consider... The Apple Newton was really just a VERY early iPad... But it flopped because the technology and supporting infrastructure wasn't there yet. 15 years later and it was... It needed Wi-Fi, flash memory, Internet everywhere, touch screens, new batteries, low power CPUs, etc.

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

FlyHelicopters Re:Eye candy (208 comments)

Let me guess.... Linux sucks for you because it won't run Microsoft Office and other Windows applications?

That is a common reply that I see...

First, yes... Microsoft Office is indeed important... for people who share documents, spreadsheets, etc. with the outside world, using the standard does matter. OpenOffice doesn't convert them perfectly and small errors creep when you try.

Second, yes... other windows applications do matter, many such as Quickbooks are important for many businesses. It is what their CPA uses, so keeping your accounting files in the same format that allows you to easily upload your data to your CPA, they can do their thing, and send them back, is more important than what OS you run.

Finally, Windows just works. XP was "good enough" and killed off most further interest in Linux on the desktop. Windows 7 took it further and torpedoed the rest of it... Windows 8 got a lot of flack, 8.1 fixed much of that mess... You install Windows 8.1 on almost anything made in the past 6 years and it runs very, very well.

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As a side note, if the reason you want Linux is because it is "not Windows", that will never be enough of a reason. You need a reason beyond that to get the bulk of the people to care.

Apple OS X has three times the Linux marketshare (if not more), and it is one of the most expensive options you can pick. That more than anything else should pour cold water on the Linux Desktop idea...

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For servers? Wonderful, totally wonderful, I get that it does have a bright future there.

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

FlyHelicopters Re:Eye candy (208 comments)

Linux has been going for decades and still nobody wants it, you cant even give it away on the desktop.

This is SO the truth...

Lord, I've been waiting for Linux on the Desktop for 20 years now... installed Linux on a 486 nearly 20 years ago...

It is a great server OS, it is never going to be a widely adopted desktop OS.

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

FlyHelicopters Re:God, what drivel ... (208 comments)

I don't want my fucking computer to feel like it's on a first name basis with me. I don't want to talk to it. I don't want my computer constantly listening to and parsing everything I say. I sure as shit don't want that crap integrated with an ad platform.

While I get it, and I understand... it is the future...

Just not in the current version...

I've played around with Siri on my iPhone, it works, sort of, most of the time...

It needs to work all the time and be smarter... but it will get better...

The "vision" is the way people talk to the computer on Star Trek: TNG. It won't happen in 5 or 10 years, but I think we'll see that within our lifetimes...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

FlyHelicopters Re:DVD (250 comments)

It is not hard to find large numbers of cheap motherboards with IDE controllers...

Heck, you can still buy addin cards new with such controllers.

This won't be an issue for awhile and the data should be moved to newer drives by then anyway.

4 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

FlyHelicopters Re:I have an idea.. (465 comments)

No, you're missing the point... In Texas, you fool me twice... you won't be fooling anyone ever again... that is the idea...

Over 50 million guns are in Texas... it is estimated that 20% of all the guns in the US are in Texas...

And the irony? We actually have one of the lowest murder rates via gun of any state in the country.

http://texaslesstraveled.com/g...

http://nation.time.com/2013/09...

4 days ago
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Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

FlyHelicopters Re:Let's hope ... (38 comments)

For commercial airliners built for multiple customers, the company designing/building the aircraft usually has at least a few test articles that they have full ownership of. These get tested with their own pilots.

^ This..

Boeing has test pilots on full time salary who do nothing but fly for Boeing...

Boeing also owns the planes and builds them...

But keep in mind that Virgin Galactic is the airline here, with a spaceplane being built for them. So VG shouldn't really be involved in tested, it should be 100% within Scaled, unless VG actually owns this thing, in which case it should be 100% within VG.

4 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

FlyHelicopters Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (197 comments)

None of that matters... The fact is, a thousand of these crimes are committed every day, how many of them have international arrest warrants with all the money spent on them that this one has?

The sheer effort put forth is beyond nuts... the whole thing stinks...

5 days ago
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

FlyHelicopters Re:Bullshit (211 comments)

The Mk-48 ADCAP torpedo does require prep time, they aren't generally kept in a "ready to fire" situation all the time.

I would imagine one simple solution would be a capacitor, since the battery has to be good in storage for long periods of time, but when actually needed, only has to work for between 10 minutes an hour. So the torpedo has some spin up time while the battery charges the capacitor, however it is also possible to get its initial charge from the launching vessel (while in the tube), they are wire-guided after all so in the tube, they are "plugged in" to the ship.

Why an hour of battery when the run time of the motor is 7 minutes? Because in a combat situation, the captain may well order torpedoes loaded and they may sit in the tubes ready to go, so the batteries are running. It is possible that if they drain the tubes and pull them out, the batteries have to be replaced.

These are all minor considerations, considering that each Mk-48 ADCAP costs $3.5 million dollars each, they can (or should) be able to afford both the best batteries as well as spares and replacements.

Also worth noting is that a torpedo is not a small weapon, the modern versions being over 19 feet long.

about a week ago
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

FlyHelicopters Re:Bullshit (211 comments)

Why would they need that much instant current? The battery doesn't power the torpedo through the water, it just runs the guidance system.

Population is provided by "Otto fuel II" which is a hot expanding gas that provides an average of 7 minutes of run time, but at 55+ kts it is enough.

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

FlyHelicopters Re:= $912,000,000,000 (247 comments)

That sounds so nice, doesn't it...

The law of unintended consequences would kick in... because the minute the government goes around taking companies, everyone else sees this...

Then the government discovered what a great money maker this is, and goes after all companies for anything they might be doing wrong...

It is a bad path to go down... and the people hurt are the employees and customers, not the big fish...

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What you are suggesting has actually been done, in other countries... it isn't pretty...

about a week ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

FlyHelicopters Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

Why in the name of royal fuckery would anyone operate such a machine in a public library?

Thank you for saying what I was thinking...

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

FlyHelicopters Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

People DO all that, they are just not caught... We're hearing about this guy because he didn't and was caught.

Or do you think the FBI catches everyone?

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

FlyHelicopters Re:NASA Doesn't Think So (666 comments)

That solution requires that the whole world do it...

It doesn't work if only the US does it, or even the US and Europe.

Just the 4 BRIC nations alone over the next 20-30 years will increase their carbon output as much as the entire US puts out today.

We could cut our output to zero, unless everyone else joins in, it will make no difference. That is what the talking heads never point out because it isn't the message being pitched.

It is just a power and money grab, those who actually know, know that we've passed the point of no return anyway. The only way the world is going to be forced to change would be war, and it would be a nuclear war before it finished.

That is not the preferred solution, IMHO.

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

FlyHelicopters Re:NASA Doesn't Think So (666 comments)

Changing to LED bulbs won't alter the outcome, whatever it is...

Changing to electric cars won't alter the outcome, whatever it is...

The changes required to alter the outcome are far greater than anyone wants to talk about and far greater than we will accept, so it is moot.

The entire argument is a pissing contest and a challenge for money, nothing more or less.

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

FlyHelicopters Re:Needed! (105 comments)

The satellites aren't very far away, and light travels much faster in vacuum than through fibre optic cable.

Define: "Much faster" :)

It is slower in fiber, but not half the speed...

about two weeks ago

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OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers

FlyHelicopters FlyHelicopters writes  |  about 3 months ago

FlyHelicopters (1540845) writes "Dropbox, Google, Microsoft, and others have been competing to become your favorite place to store stuff in the cloud. Just this past June, Microsoft upgraded Office 365 users from 25GB to 1TB, now they are upping the ante again to unlimited.

Google is also competing with Google Drive for Work, for $10 per month, you get 1TB of space, or if you have 5 or more accounts, then you get unlimited space. Since 5 accounts to get unlimited space is $50 per month, and Office 365 offers 5 accounts for $10 per month total, the Microsoft option would clearly be the less expensive choice. Microsoft also offers a personal account option for $8 per month for a single user, also with unlimited OneDrive storage.

There remains a single file size limit of 10GB per file, it is not clear if that limit will be removed with this upgrade.

How would you use unlimited cloud storage?"

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