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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Ken_g6 Re:Think it through. (458 comments)

After retirement age, you also receive social security payments (in addition to your retirement income).

You hope.

4 days ago

LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

Ken_g6 Re:So what is it made of? (99 comments)

So it's still regular matter. It's just a little quarkier than most matter.

about two weeks ago

For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

Ken_g6 Re:Scale this up (94 comments)

to humans.

...and you get Rodents of Unusual Size?

about two weeks ago

How To Build a Quantum Telescope

Ken_g6 Re:Please proofread your post (60 comments)

Also, it's "early days in the world quantum imaging". So either this only works for seeing exoplanets, or the word "of" is missing.

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Ken_g6 Re:Cache money (353 comments)

SSDs aren't actually very good for caching. (Though they sell drives and software specifically to do that.) They're better at WORM (Write Once Read Many) or Write Rarely Read Many (WRRM?) tasks. Like installing an OS and other programs there and not modifying them often. (Where "often" = "every few minutes".)

That said, I do have my computer's swapfile on my SSD. But only because I only have 4GB RAM and can't upgrade.

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Ken_g6 Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

I disagree on 'maxing' it out. ... 8 GB will be fine for the next 4-6 years at least.

And 640k ought to be enough for anyone.

"Enough" RAM is not noticeable. "Not enough" is very noticeable. What "enough" is is likely to continue to increase. More than enough RAM can also improve disk caching, though this has diminishing returns.

Also, Lorizean said:

Put the 64GB in and use it as a ramdisk. Be blown away by the speeds.

Which is better than caching for something like a temp directory.

about two weeks ago

Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere

Ken_g6 Re:Stars have also gotten smaller. (126 comments)

At least, according to Van Gogh.

Or eyeglasses have gotten better.

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Ken_g6 I'd prefer air power (262 comments)

This air-hybrid system uses nitrogen, hydraulic fluid, a hydraulic motor, and a couple of high-pressure tanks. I imagine it shouldn't cost much more than this flywheel, and it should store energy much longer.

about three weeks ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Ken_g6 Re:Intensive study programs already know this (278 comments)

If kids are in an intensive study program, then the intensive study program can afford to give the kids one-on-one attention and help them learn. If not, then in many cases parents are the only ones who can afford to give the kids one-on-one attention and help them learn.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Ken_g6 Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

I'd even pay extra for a DRM-free version.

about 1 month ago

Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

Ken_g6 Re:Awesome! (103 comments)

Maybe, but in that case you could simply get a NUC instead.

On one hand, an equivalent NUC is cheaper at $290.

On the other hand, the ASUS comes with a (small) SSD, RAM, and "a custom wireless ASUS Chrome keyboard and mouse that are collectively valued at $49." The NUC comes with none of those. Together those probably cost more than the $80 difference in price.

On the other hand, you could get a last-generation NUC with an i3 for $180.

On the other hand, there's a lower-end ASUS Chromebox, with a Celeron, RAM, and an SSD, also for $180. (No keyboard/mouse with this one.)

On the other hand, I'm running out of hands!

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Ken_g6 Re:I was in the Peabody coal IPO (712 comments)

You'd be better off investing in more efficient coal-burning plants that cause less waste and less pollution, including GHG emissions, from the same unit of coal.

How about taking it one plant at a time? Make a list of the least efficient coal plants in the country. (Or, potentially, the world.) Buy them out and shut them down one at a time.

The industry then has the choice, in each case, of building a much more efficient coal plant, a much more efficient natural gas plant, or building a bunch of wind turbines, solar plants, or solar arrays. Any of which will substantially cut carbon emissions - though some more than others. Hopefully they'll start with the renewable and/or gas solutions. When they start building new coal plants, it might be time to re-think the strategy.

about a month ago

Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

Ken_g6 Re:to this day... (299 comments)

Im sure others have similar stories

I know they do.

about a month ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

Ken_g6 Re:Finally! (94 comments)

I've long thought this is an obvious application for electric vehicles, what with predictable routes and whatnot. Another one would be the small local delivery mail trucks, especially as those things are constantly stopping and starting - a very inefficient way to use an ICE, and one which puts a lot of wear on the engine.

You would seem to be right about that.

about a month and a half ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

Ken_g6 We need a new name for proven science (497 comments)

A theory is science that's been proven one or more times. A law is science that was proven a very long time ago. But it seems like we need a name for settled theories.

I suggest a scientific "conviction". How do you get a conviction? You prove something beyond a reasonable doubt. Of course, a conviction can be overturned. One piece of solid evidence can do it. But there is strong reason to believe that for most convictions such evidence will never appear.

about a month and a half ago

Stanford Team Tries For Better Wi-Fi In Crowded Buildings

Ken_g6 Re:pCells (43 comments)

I'm not referring to picocells for 4G, exactly.

1. I'm referencing the specific pCell technology I linked to, which apparently creates pockets of constructive interference around devices connected to the pCell, and generally destructive interference elsewhere.
2. I'm suggesting using similar technology, not to run 4G, but to run WiFi. It seems like it should reduce interference between individuals' routers, without requiring one big-brother network.

about a month and a half ago

Stanford Team Tries For Better Wi-Fi In Crowded Buildings

Ken_g6 pCells (43 comments)

Isn't there some way they could create pCells around each device, so nobody would interfere with anyone else?

The next question is, could that be done in each individual's router(s), or does it require the collective network described here?

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Ken_g6 Re:Upgradeophobia (860 comments)

Most non-Windows O/S users generally look forward to their upgrades, Windows users suffer from anxiety of losing data, being forced into a new UX paradigm, and a general fear of doing anything "technical". If it's not broken....

Speak for yourself. I'm a Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE edition user. Every time an Update Pack comes around, I suffer from anxiety of breaking applications. One recent update killed the pulseaudio driver I use to play Unreal Tournament '99. Also, a couple of update packs ago, they discontinued support for XFCE and dumped me on Cinnamon (a different UX paradigm). It took me awhile to figure out how to get back to XFCE, and now I just hope they don't break it by accident, since they don't support it anymore.

about a month and a half ago


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