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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Ihlosi Re:Update cycles (175 comments)

But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once?

Because some thing don't upgrade well individually.

Say you want a new processor. Unfortunately, that sometimes requires a new mainboard, and new RAM. The new mainboard might require a new power supply, and since the old PC case doesn't have front-panel USB 3.0 connectors, you're getting a new case, too.

While you're at it, you might as well upgrade your video card and hard drives, and at that point you've ended up with an almost completely new PC.

12 hours ago

Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Ihlosi Re:Only 90% to pass??? (121 comments)

Umm, nuclear missile command, 90% to pass? I'd expect 100%

No, the test needs to be so difficult that no one can get 100% without cheating. Then it's easy to spot the obvious cheaters.


Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Ihlosi Most accident scenarios ... (129 comments)

... unfortunately only regard one major failure (e.g. main coolant feeding line failure), with other failures (e.g. one emergency generator fails) covered by redundancies.

This might work for technical breakdowns, but not for external events. ("All coolant pumps and emergency generators fail - because the whole power plant compound is under three meters of water.").

4 days ago

One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Ihlosi Yes, absolutely! (190 comments)

Would you prefer pounds (or kilograms) of X, with no measure of the rate X is releasing radiation?

Yes, absolutely. I can look up what kinds of radiation X emits and its specific activity.

about a week ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Ihlosi Bloat vs. clutter. (322 comments)

space shows how bad the bloat has gotten.

You have a point. Lets put it this way: I don't really care if the OS eats up 5 MB or 50 GB of my hard drive as space is cheap these days. I do mind, however, if the OS or the software it is bundled with is annoying, obtrusive, obnoxious, useless, superfluous, unnecessary or outdated and makes me spend time to get rid of it.

about a week ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Ihlosi Hunting. And that my myopia is still getting worse (546 comments)

My myopia is increasing by about 0.25 diopters every two years. Even if had my eyesight surgically corrected, I'd be wearing glasses again in a few years and have all the possible drawbacks of the surgery.

about a week ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Ihlosi Re:Yay.. This is easy to imagine (322 comments)

3. Super fucking bloated edition

Actually, that's the job of the PC manufacturer. You know, stuffing the recovery partition with four dozen marginally useful programs that make you spend two hours to remove them after a Windows reinstall.

about a week ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

I need to isolate the passengers from each other. Otherwise, they'll tear up the passenger compartment and/or I have to make unplanned trips to the emergency room.

about two weeks ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)

Certainly the government admitted to shooting down the plane.

Admission, in a legal sense, usually implies not only admitting the facts, but also that there was an error or wrongdoing by the party doing the admitting.

And this has not happened.

Its also really hard for the US to offer an apology to Iran

Oh, um, yeah. Maybe they could offer an apology to the relatives of the people that got killed? Most, if not all of them, never took any hostages in any embassy. Some of them weren't even Iranians.

Nobody can say the US didn't admit to shooting down the airbus, and the US government did offer up an explanation.

And that isn't an "admission" in a legal sense - since they give themselves an acquittal in the same paragraph.

People may not like the explanation, or agree with it, but at least the US stood up for its actions.

If you call giving yourself a complete acquittal "standing up to your actions", yes.

about two weeks ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)


What you're quoting isn't an apology or an acknogledgment of wrongdoing.

"The U.S. government deeply regrets this incident,"

To feel regret over something isn't the same as apologizing for it. You can feel sorry (i.e. feel regret) if a relative of your friend dies. That doesn't mean that you were involved in any way in the death of that relative.

about two weeks ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

... to separate the rear into two passenger compartments that are isolated from each other. This would remove most of the reasons for chewing out the passengers there.

about two weeks ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Unfortunately, they were not trained in distinguishing civilian from military planes.

As someone else stated, the system should be doing this automatically, and you need to override this safety to fire on planes with civilian transponders.

I hope this safety is more than a pop-up window:

Target is civilian. Fire anyway? yes/no/cancel

about two weeks ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

It takes a conscious effort and training in advanced operation of the Gadfly to disable the civilian IFF safety of a Gadfly system,

And you're sure there isn't an unofficial (maybe even unwritten) checklist with things to do if the missile doesn't launch, that, somewhere close to the bottom of the list, contains the point "Try disabling the IFF decoder."?

They managed to blow up a nuclear reactor by doing things they shouldn't have been doing while trying to make it work a certain way ...

about two weeks ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Ihlosi How boring ... (106 comments)

I want the version that gives the driver a shot of adrenaline if he or she is drowsy.

You know, just like the jolt of adrenaline from almost running off the road, just without the almost running off the road.

about two weeks ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Ihlosi Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

It's easy: User interface design is a completely different skill.

Also, if you want a program to be easily usable by someone who didn't write it, you need to let someone else design the user interface.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Ihlosi Not quite sure if I'm following ... (183 comments)

What exactly is the point of the dev system? You write/compile MCU software on it and then download the software to the MCU?

A simple, cheap small notebook computer should be able to do this.

about three weeks ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Ihlosi Hate to break it to you ... (176 comments)

The Russians are masters of passive aggression when it comes to law enforcement when it suits them: the place is corrupt from top to bottom, and it manifests itself in a complete lack of desire to cooperate in international law enforcement. They have a convenient clause in their constitution which lets them refuse to extradite anybody, no matter what -- but is only exercised when it suits them.

I hate to break it to you, but the phrase above remains true if you replace "Russians" with any country powerful enough to get away with this kind of behavior.

about three weeks ago


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