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THQ Clarifies Claims of "Horrible, Slow" Wii U CPU

Lanteran Re:What does it matter? (281 comments)

Good thing console sales have been on the decline every month this year, hopefully console gaming will die and we'll get decent PC games again.

Uh, it's much more likely that it's because the current generation's achieving market saturation than because console gaming is dying.

about 2 years ago
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Super-Earth Discovered In Star's Habitable Zone

Lanteran Re:Fermi's p (135 comments)

For the last time, quantum teleportation has nothing to do with moving things or people around instantly- obligatory xkcd. Most likely thing is that they use a project orion style system for launch- only realistic system I can think of to escape from a world with 300% earth gravity.

about 2 years ago
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Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

Lanteran Re:It's an Internet (351 comments)

Er, just pointing out, the 1% is not all "super rich". Not all 311,592 of them. Of course, there are super rich people in the 1%, but in order to be considered a 1%-er, statistically speaking, you "only" have to make about 3-400k a year.

Of course, this just serves to underline the income gap in the US when it's not the top 1% that's the ultra-rich, it's the top .01% or .001%.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Spending $245 Million On "Second Generation" Body Scanners

Lanteran Re:Post Removed (335 comments)

You know this is a joke?

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Lanteran Re:Delusional senile old man (266 comments)

Well, humanity's already sent people to the moon, visited every planet in the solar system, some several times, and several non-planetary bodies.

Technologically speaking, humans have had spaceflight capability since before the dawn of the nuclear age- the first man-made object to leave earth under its own power did so in 1942. So yeah, it is pretty easily accessible. I mean, I understand the sentiment... in about 1920. But when humanity's already been and are continuing to go, your continued denial makes very little sense.

But my original point, yeah there's a little more than nothing in space because, by definition, everything is in space.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Lanteran Re:good thing to spread us around (266 comments)

After all, according to Agenda 21, in order to create a sustainable world on this planet we'll have to shed about 97% of our population by the end of this century.

Seriously? Use your brain. We've had a population higher than that since before the Roman Empire.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Lanteran Re:Delusional senile old man (266 comments)

It will still be an enormous, inimical, utterly hostile radiation-blasted vacuum with nothing in it.

You know, among other things (for instance, the entire universe), Earth is in space?

Then of course there's the vast mineral wealth of the asteroid belt, potential gaseous resources in the outer planets, the technologically habitable Mars, Phobos, Deimos, Luna, Mercury, probably countless moons of the gas giants, the bodies of the Kuiper Belt, the Oort cloud, and beyond.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Lanteran Re:I think its gonna be a long long time (266 comments)

You do realize that population growth naturally levels off as standard of living rises, rendering that a solution to a nonexistent problem in a civilization advanced enough to remove significant portions of its population through spaceflight? I'd guess not.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Lanteran Re:Am I the only one against terraforming? (266 comments)

Why? Mars has nothing at all to gain or lose- it's just a planet. Most likely a lifeless planet. How could we possibly fuck it up beyond that? You can't kill something that's already dead.

more than 2 years ago
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4chan Undergoing Major Revision, Getting Public API

Lanteran Re:Uh oh... (166 comments)

I'd guess he doesn't. Neither do half the people on slashdot, for that matter.

more than 2 years ago
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4chan Undergoing Major Revision, Getting Public API

Lanteran Re:Uh oh... (166 comments)

You didn't see it coming? I thought this place was news for nerds?

more than 2 years ago
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Robots To Go Spelunking In Martian Caves?

Lanteran Re:Core Samples? (80 comments)

Not really. Considering that the Martian atmosphere is something like 0.5% of the thickness of earth's, while the gravity is only lower by a little over 60%, it would take so much energy that it's really not possible with our current energy budget for spacecraft.

However, blimps or even zeppelins would be damn near ideal because of low gravity. Simpler and cheaper, too.

more than 2 years ago
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How Long Do You Want To Live?

Lanteran Re:Longer lifespan = greater population (813 comments)

Of course, you could mean that technology will push the price of fixing hunger so low that a relative minority of charitable individuals could solve it, which I would find believable.

That is indeed what I mean.

about 2 years ago
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How Long Do You Want To Live?

Lanteran Re:Longer lifespan = greater population (813 comments)

By the time we have the technology to extend a human life past 150, I don't think feeding the planet's going to be a major issue. Of course, it shouldn't be a major issue now, but that's another topic entirely.

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

Lanteran Re:Almost Meaningless (398 comments)

Greenpeace. I might have known.

A wise man said that the only way to save the Amazon jungle is to spread nuclear waste all over it. I say he was right.

Considering how comparatively well the environment is doing near Chernobyl, I'm inclined to agree.

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

Lanteran Re:Almost Meaningless (398 comments)

There are people that oppose ITER? I have never heard this before.

more than 2 years ago
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Black Death Discovered In Oregon

Lanteran Re:Darwin in action. (404 comments)

inventor of the geosynchronous satellite

Actually, that was Arthur Clarke.

more than 2 years ago
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X11 7.7 Released, Brings Multi-Touch Input

Lanteran Re:Wht not sound? (128 comments)

Some years back it was quite tricky to get working in distributions that didn't pre-configure it, required equal proportions of skill and dumb luck. If you stuck to the more user friendly stuff like ubuntu, mint, etc. it's likely you never would have experienced issues. I remember a great deal of frustration before finally just going back to alsa with arch. Damn thing was impossible...

But, like the former difficulty of wifi, it's mostly a distant memory. Mostly...

more than 2 years ago
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No Intelligent Aliens Detected In Gliese 581

Lanteran Re:Are you guys stupid or something? (239 comments)

You ought to be able to see that from a long way off if it's pointed at you.

Yeah, but directly?

The problem with that, probability-wise is that space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...

more than 2 years ago

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Which graphics card should I get as a linux gamer?

Lanteran Lanteran writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lanteran (1883836) writes "Yes, I am the contradiction, the linux gamer. Anyway, I'm pretty much (for now) locked into nVidia for the brand, my main issue is over which series. Basically, I can get a fairly high end card in the GeForce 9 or 200 series or an entry level GeForce 430 (unless anyone can find a good price for a used 450). Ordinarily I'd just get a 270 or 280, but I like to buy hardware that lasts for a good few years, and I'm cautious since if I got a 400 series card, I'd at least have OpenGL 4.0 and DX11 (when wine supports it) for years to come, whereas I'd be stuck a generation behind with anything older."

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Back in KDE's comforting arms

Lanteran Lanteran writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I recently gave gnome 3 a go after doing a fresh arch install on my desktop. It was alright, but my main problems with it were the lack of customization (I felt the "our way or the highway" vibe strongly) and multi-monitor implementation. See, the thing is, gnome 3 treats your non-primary monitor as if it's exempt from the workspace system- when you swap workspaces, anything you have up on your secondary monitor stays up. Those two things drive me back to kde, as most of the interface bells and whistles that are a nice addition to shell are available and duplicable in the comfort of my nicely customizable kde install. There's also a point at which sacrifice of any more functionality for the sake of simplicity is counter productive, and gnome crossed this line in this release, if not earlier. The window switching method flat out sucks- the whole panel at the top is basically pointless as it plays no role in window management, instead you have to either alt-tab (which I don't like) or wave your mouse/click on the activity button to have all of your windows displayed.

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