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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

GNious Re:Six Missoins Each (186 comments)

It wouldn't suck if they made more profit on less revenue.

Sure it could.

For example, Boeing could take the $4B and spend $5B on R&D having negative profit; while SpaceX could take the $2B and make $1B profit.

But then Boeing's technology will have improved by $5B in R while SpaceX's will have only benefited 1/5th as much

Boeing could take the $4B and spend $5B on R&D, then be awarded another $2B to cover unforeseen expenses ... (FTFY)

5 days ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

GNious Re:Now they Ignore It (131 comments)

you forgot to include the word "Dingo" in there...

5 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

GNious Re:Lucky them (158 comments)

How about we "bing" that?

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

GNious Re:Ads (329 comments)

They are purchasing this to get Minecraft on the Windows Phone-no-longer-called-Phone platform, in the hope that people will buy their devices to play Minecraft on.

Yes, I'm not actually bullshitting you on that one.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

GNious Re:What's in the EU water? (249 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I'm fond of my language when it comes to identity and culture. But when it comes to communication having global terminology and one way of doing it makes everything so much simpler. Yes, there's a whole lot of "English" speakers out there but any resemblance of a common tongue beats trying to use translators. It's something of a first world issue though as 16% of the world is still illiterate in their first language but I hope that in 100 years you could talk to at least half the world's population in one language.

Now you know why I started to learn Mandarin a few years ago - yeah, I've accepted that I won't get far on Danish alone, and there are more people knowing Mandarin/Hindi/Spanish than English :)

Meanwhile, I'm trying to recall the short-cuts in MS Office's Danish version ... thinking they are the same as in the UK version.

about a week ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

GNious Re:"console shooter" (93 comments)

Play your console-shooters using a mouse+keyboard then?

There is nothing technical in the current and previous console generations that keeps you from using a USB or Bluetooth mouse in shooters. The game-developer might have decided to not support it, but that is a question of the game, and not the platform.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

GNious Re:What's in the EU water? (249 comments)

Language support. MS is American and only do English well. Any other language is a total clusterfsck on Windows.

That's kinda impressive - from experience, there aren't all that many Americans, that "do English well" :)

about a week ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

GNious Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

Fahrenheit is based on the coldest you can get brine before it freezes and the approximate human body temperature.

Well, the average temperature of inmates living in inhygenic conditions.

about a week ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

GNious Re: obligatory (114 comments)

And ladies ... he's single.

With that much toilet-usage ... I think (hope?) not...

about two weeks ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

GNious Re:Two factor authentication time! (203 comments)

Would suggest people also go through and revoke any logins, computers and devices after they set up 2FA - should be right there in the Security tab on Google account settings.

about two weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

GNious Re:Hypocrits (199 comments)

We (Denmark) would be doing it up around Greenland ... and thats a fracking cold and inhospitable place to be building islands.

Instead, we're planning on going to war with Canada over Hans Ø / Tartupaluk.
(not really)

about two weeks ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

GNious Re:Pricing? (47 comments)

This seems designed as a demo-kit, for inclusion in IoT stuff, not for use at home in funny projects.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

GNious Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (528 comments)

Purely observation: In recent months, firefox has become mostly unusable for me when watching streamed video - I have to use Safari to get anywhere near fluid playback on a laptop with more than enough CPU power. It seems a recent'ish change to something in firefox messed up plugins....

about two weeks ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

GNious Re:Good thing it didn't hit US. (107 comments)

I'm glad it didn't hit the US - newspapers would have been screaming "INVASION" or something equally silly for days....

about two weeks ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

GNious Re:Autoplay is EVIL (108 comments)

Why is it any more evil than animated GIFs? Both play automatically, neither happen with sound, and compression on x264 is *way* better than with animated gifs.

I was initially opposed to autoplay on FB, but after thinking about it, I changed my mind. We already see tons of animated stuff on web pages, and the videos from people who show up on my page about are usually things I'd find interesting (if the user posting them didn't usually post interesting things, I'd have stopped following them). There's no unexpected sounds to bug me, and the quality to size ratio versus animated gifs is, what, two orders of magnitude better?

1) I suspect videos tend to be larger than Anim-GIFs by an order of magnitude
2) Anim-GIFs do not have any sound, while video tend to have sound (ie. more data transferred even if muted during playback)
3) Modern browsers have options for disabling auto-play of Anim-GIF, while similar control for video might be up to a 3rd party plugin

Note how Google can use Anim-GIFs as a preview for YouTube videos on Google+ - I'm thinking they aren't doing this because it is fun.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

GNious Re:Last night (819 comments)

I think there's a ferry you could take... More service, luxury etc compared to the flights, shorter travel-time than the longboatds.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

GNious Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (819 comments)

Well, if the comfort for the luxury-class up front comes at an increase in flights being diverted or returning to the departure airport .... I'm thinking the people up front would be willing to yield a few inches to ensure the flight gets to its destination.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

GNious Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (819 comments)

Wish I could upgrade. My company will only book the cheapest fare (X or lower), which ....

This is actually a core part of the problem - as companies switched to this policy of Cheapest-Fare-Only, and only looking at the immediate costs (and not extras, like luggage, meals, oxygen etc), airline companies got into a race to the bottom in costs (services etc per passenger) without any profitable group to help offset their bottom-line; business customers used to be good money for the airline companies when they traveled Business or First class.

So now we have a setup where the immediate ticket price is the only thing that matters (try getting approval for a route that costs 20USD more while taking 30 minutes less); Service, well-being, flight-time/route and other things that the traveler might be interested in have gone away, and if you're scheduled to meet a customer it is your own fault for looking like shite after 5-6 hours squeezed into a painful, static sitting "position".

The airline companies are giving their largest customers (i.e. companies) exactly what they want: a seemingly cheap flight for some employee.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

GNious Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Some reports I read on this topic was for people flying "Economy Plus", which tends to be advertised as having more leg-room...

soo...

about two weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

GNious Re:Equivalent to the energy of 20 atomic bombs? (68 comments)

purely guess-work, but perhaps 19.9 of those atom-bomb-units were spent by the fragments passing through the atmosphere?

about two weeks ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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