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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Google's storage (314 comments)

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies was bought by Western Digital in 2011.

yesterday
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Me too. (314 comments)

Thinkpads used to have titanium frames, but those were internal and I don't think they were one-piece. The outside was black plastic, of course.

Milling a laptop body from a single piece of aluminum is over-the-top excessive and a bit silly. Of course Apple wanted to do it before everyone else.

yesterday
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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Where's the Android all-in-ones? (100 comments)

What you're looking for is a Chromebook or Chromebox. Stripped-down, does all the basics really well and the new generation of Tegra K1-based Chromebooks have over 10 hours of battery life.

Google has already shown a couple of Android apps running natively on ChromeOS, and the proof of concept of basically all Android apps running as Chrome apps is another step in that direction.

yesterday
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Sadly, the committee overlooked a potential win (124 comments)

Mozzarella should be the primary cheese, but there's nothing wrong with adding a bit of gorgonzola, parmesan, fontina, pecorino, provolone or scamorza for a bit of added flavor.

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Cortana??? (541 comments)

Microsoft Boob?

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Ungrateful (609 comments)

Sick burn, brah.

If you'd put any effort into it, it might even have worked a little bit.

5 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Ungrateful (609 comments)

This is a full-blown U2 album

Yes, and that's why people are calling it what it really is: A piece of shit not worth wasting your time on. Their music is trite, dull, focus group-marketed milquetoast dross with no substance, no soul and no edge. No, you don't get to be edgy just because your weak-ass guitarist calls himself "the edge".

Bono needs to shut his fucking gob and walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. He's a tax-scamming, wildly-polluting (private jets and all) traitor to the Irish people.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Gorilla glass works absolutely great, as long as you're not constantly dropping your phone or keeping it in the same pocket as your keys.

Oddly enough, I see a lot more iPhones than Android phones with busted glass. Either there's something in the design of Apple's devices that makes them more fragile, or iPhone owner are careless klutzes who don't know the basics of looking after their expensive toys.

about a week ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

KozmoStevnNaut Re:power consumption? (207 comments)

I wish I could find dumpsters with working PC components in them. At the company I work for, everything that isn't covered by a byback deal with the manufacturer is sent directly to a reuse/recycling company. Good for the environment and all that, but it sucks for us crafty fellows looking for free upgrades.

Luckily, my 2004-vintage Thinkpad T42 is still going strong (albeit on its third WLAN card, dunno what keeps frying them), but those Chromebooks are looking kinda tasty.

about a week ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

KozmoStevnNaut Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

The Dell U2713HM is 2560x1440 at 27", I'm using one right now, and it's great. Right now it's $800 at dell.com with no rebates or sales currently on, I paid $600 for mine. It may only be 108 ppi, but it's a noticeable upgrade from the 95 ppi monitor I was using before.

about two weeks ago
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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

KozmoStevnNaut Pretty awesome stuff (89 comments)

Similar to what Aureal was doing with A3D back in the 90s, but obviously not tied to a specific piece of hardware like back then.

I enjoyed the Quake 3 demo, but it while it works decently well with just the player in the level, it sort of falls apart during the deathmatch. I think that's probably because the stock Q3 sounds have a bit of reverb baked in. I would love to hear what it would sound like with a complete set of reverb- and echo-less sound effects, so the RAYA can handle everything by itself, instead of working in top of the baked-in reverb.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (455 comments)

That you don't consider what happened to you completely insane, just speaks to how aggressive and violent your society has become.

Not that mine is any better. The other day, police were on a veritable manhunt with automatic weapons drawn, to search for an alleged "terrorist with a bomb". Turns out it was a middle-eastern looking dude with a beard, on his way to his English exam on the subject of terrorism. He was already nervous because of his upcoming exam, so when his bag got knocked over, he made sure to check the contents. He was also reading a book about 9/11, the subject of his studies. Some busybody on the train called the police and all hell broke loose.

That the common reaction to all of this was "well, he shouldn't look like a TERRORIST, then!" saddens me enormously.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (455 comments)

So you're perfectly OK with the police drawing guns and aggressively approaching people, just because they happen to fit some vague description of a presumed criminal?

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Because a police officer walking around with his/her eyes open wouldn't be able to spot you doing something possibly illegal, completely unlike a camera?

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (531 comments)

There are divided opinions on the subject, and almost everyone who considers it anti-Semitic is looking at it from a very modern perspective, influenced by the happenings of the 20th century in particular.

Quoting Francis Wheen on the subject: "Those critics, who see this as a foretaste of 'Mein Kampf', overlook one, essential point: in spite of the clumsy phraseology and crude stereotyping, the essay was actually written as a defense of the Jews. It was a retort to Bruno Bauer, who had argued that Jews should not be granted full civic rights and freedoms unless they were baptised as Christians"

Even the chief rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks, regards calling Marx anti-Semitic as an anachronism at best. What Marx wrote about the Jews was no worse (or better) than just about any other philosopher at the time. "Anti-Semitism" wasn't even an expression and no one had any idea of the horrors that would later befall the Jewish people.

Please don't interpret historic texts as if they were written only yesterday.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (531 comments)

"The Jewish Question" was written by Bruno Bauer, not Karl Marx. Among other things, it agues that jews should give up their religious identity (presumably along with other religious people), to facilitate the creation of a truly secular state.

In "On The Jewish Question", Marx criticizes this idea, and argues that a secular state does not necessarily require individuals to give up their religions. Any number of religions can easily exist within a secular state with no state religion, in fact it is the best possible solution.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (531 comments)

And what, pray tell, is honest about exploiting the workers for personal gain?

The über-rich will need to be forced to accept a better society, but that's ok. They've had it coming for a long long time.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (531 comments)

You are aware that Marxism talks of the process towards a post-capitalist state with communal decision-making and limited government bureaucracy, right?

Totalitarianism, top-heavy management and the like are the polar opposites of what Marxism stands for.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (531 comments)

Again, come back when you've actually read Das Kapital, rather than just the Communist Manifesto (which was deliberately written to be provocative).

The end of private ownership of the means of production is the way forward, as is the move to collective ownership where instead of profits lining the pockets of a few fat cats, workers are fairly compensated for their work.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Not Net Neutrality (531 comments)

No, what I'm getting at is that every packet should be treated the same, and not receive preferential handling in relation to other packets based on which subnet it originated from, and how much cash the content provider put in the pocket of the ISP.

about three weeks ago

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MIT flow battery tech could benefit electric cars

KozmoStevnNaut KozmoStevnNaut writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KozmoStevnNaut writes "Researchers at MIT have developed an improved version of flow battery technology, which they claim could provide at large boost in usability for electric vehicles.

From the article: "Solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. In this design, the battery's active components — the positive and negative electrodes, or cathodes and anodes — are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte."

The researchers claim this could enable recharging times for electric cars on par with refueling times for conventional ICE vehicles. They envision replacing a vehicle's spent battery liquid with freshly charged liquid using conventional pumping technology. The spent liquid can then be recharged and reused."

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