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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Lifyre Re:Cortana (387 comments)

So mostly PC ports?

about 6 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Lifyre Re:What about 2012R2??? (387 comments)

Is it because for a company that can't employ a full time server guy (much less a server team) it is usually a more effective use of money?

I really really want to like linux especially with games starting to make the plunge but in the decade or so of using it on and off it has always seemed to need more hands on TLC during setup and maintenance than Windows. This could be my lack of dedicated experience time on it certainly but I don't think that's the whole story.

There are some things that are HUGE for linux (at least some distros) like having an all in one update solution like repositories and generally being more stable in between maintenance windows but it honestly doesn't seem to be a big enough improvement these days to warrant the additional headaches for most people.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

Lifyre Re:Best use for Windows 8.. (172 comments)

I believe they call that Reddit these days.

about 7 months ago

Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

Lifyre Re:Pumping more efficient than desalination? (273 comments)

Fun fact! It's actually cheaper to produce oil off shore (lifting cost of $10/barrel vs $12.75/barrel) at least in the USA. It is much harder to find the oil though (2.5x the cost of onshore oil). Since the water reservoirs are already found and we can use the same tech as oil drilling there is a real potential there for comparatively cheap water.

Source: The numbers are about 5 years old so it may have changed.

about 9 months ago

Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

Lifyre Re:web mail for enterprise? (292 comments)

I work as support for a large number of small businesses and honestly it doesn't work very well there either. Every company we've worked with that had more than 5 people weren't happy with it for one reason or another. A very very large reason is having to have an internet connection unless you use a third party app (such as Outlook) or Chrome.

about 10 months ago

Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

Lifyre Re:Kevin Turner = massive exodus (196 comments)

Don't count on it. I think they're seeing a massive cultural problem that is finally starting to hurt the bottom line and they want to do something about it. I don't know if they go the direction the employees want but I think they'll go a non Ballmer direction.

1 year,21 days

Global Warming 5 Million Years Ago In Antarctic Drastically Raised Sea Levels

Lifyre Re:Causation or Correlation? (437 comments)

I'm pretty sure you typed that wrong. If what you meant to say was "Please explain why you are sure that the cessation of the ice age, with an accompanying moderation in temperature, is what permitted human agriculture [This is the assertion he makes, that consistent temperatures allowed/was favorable for farming] -- and not the reverse. [Are you suggesting that farming permitted the cessation of the ice age and moderation in temperatures?] Please describe an experiment to falsify your premise." I might be able to help with an experiment to test if moderation in temperature helped facilitate farming; otherwise please clarify what you are asking.

To the possible suggestion that human farming could have ended the ice age and moderated temperatures I can only suggest you go try and farm on a glacier and see how that works out. After you have sufficiently tested the farming on ice theory for the melting of glaciers and cessation of the ice age I believe we could create an experiment to test if consistent environmental conditions are conducive to more productive farming (and thus more favorable to cities and civilization).

First create an artificial controlled environment (Control) that exactly matches the conditions in a designated location (that has successfully maintained farming for an extended period of time) while removing variables such as pollution, vandalism, and other external hazards that would not effect the other environments.

At the same time we will create another artificial controlled environment (Variable) where the weather conditions will randomly selected (in a way to still coincide with the seasons, and within reasonable limits of annual extremes over the past 8,000-10,000 years) from year to year. The first year will be identical to the first year in the control environment with random selection beginning in year 2. This won't perfectly replicate long term variations (and the effects) in environment but should sufficiently test the effect of variability of environment on agriculture.

I propose one more artificial controlled environment (Constant) that has perfectly predictable weather conditions from year to year. Thus all years will have the same conditions as the first year of the control.

Further we can measure the performance of these environments in relation to the selected location to further control for possible unforeseen factors and for comparison to real world conditions.

The environment to have produced the greatest yields with the lowest costs/losses over an extended period (say 20-40 years) will be deemed the most successful and conducive to agriculture.

If you are proposing that cities and civilization either arose independently of agriculture or facilitated agriculture (instead of agriculture facilitating cities/civilization) our conversation is over and I would refer you to the extensive studies of early human civilization.

about a year ago

Global Warming 5 Million Years Ago In Antarctic Drastically Raised Sea Levels

Lifyre Re:FUD title (437 comments)

Great way to describe this! It's not that it's changing... it's how fast...

about a year ago

Do Kiosks and IVRs Threaten Human Interaction?

Lifyre Re:There has to be a way to get out of the IVR (294 comments)

Except when they just disconnect you. Which has happened to me more than one time. However I've found in those cases it is almost always effective to start swearing at the IVR and it gets you over to a CSR.

about a year and a half ago

Barnes & Noble Founder Wants to Take Retail Division Private

Lifyre Re:Costco (131 comments)

Not everyone running the company has enough power to do this unfortunately and many that would try would be removed by the board.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want

Lifyre Re:Sorry, Ballmer (403 comments)

To be perfectly fair this is roughly how Microsoft achieved success. Let someone else blaze the trail and then come pave them over.

about 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

Lifyre Re:Bring on the Android Pi (178 comments)

I suspect it is your phone mostly. The biggest problem Android has is that there is a huge quality range from phone to phone and manufacturer to manufacturer. The software and modifications that HTC, Motorola, and Samsung force on Android users are horrendous and lead to some absolutely horrible experiences with worse performance.

If you use the Android that Google releases (or something close to it, like Asus) there is a world of difference and (to me) a superior experience to iOS.

about 2 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 5

Lifyre Re:Looks nice so far (1052 comments)

To be perfectly honest it's not really "in" the cargo pants...

about 2 years ago

Samsung Expected To Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 LTE Networking

Lifyre Re:Doesn't Samsung provide critical iPhone parts? (283 comments)

Apple has been steadily decreasing the number of Samsung parts. Also is Samsung has to stop selling a few parts in order to sell a few phones (which I suspect are higher margin AND higher revenue) it makes perfect sense.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Expected To Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 LTE Networking

Lifyre Re:This is not possible (283 comments)

You're reading it wrong. He is saying Apple objected because they were asked to pay more for Samsung's FRAND patents then other FRAND patents (from other companies) not that Samsung was trying to charge them more than they were charging other companies.

The post was not worded as clearly as it could have been.

about 2 years ago

NASA Splits $1.1B For Three Commercial Spacecraft

Lifyre Re:Bittersweet (184 comments)

So you're saying the Real GDP quadrupled? Seems pretty good to me...

more than 2 years ago

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

Lifyre Re:Zynga Games Writ Large (247 comments)

Heh, it required a little back in the days of 40 man raids but it was never that hard.

more than 2 years ago

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

Lifyre Zynga Games Writ Large (247 comments)

When they completely removed all challenge and need for skill WoW became a very pretty Zynga game that was all about grinding out time and not about fun... Since we don't care what Zynga does (unless it's go bankrupt) is this even still new for nerds?

more than 2 years ago



Tulane Uses Bacteria to Power Cars

Lifyre Lifyre writes  |  about 3 years ago

Lifyre (960576) writes "Scientists at Tulane have found the a natural bacteria (dubbed TU-103) that produces butanol. While butanol producing bacteria aren't new there are a few important points about this particular bacterium. It is the first natural bacteria that converts cellulose directly to butanol without the cellulose needing to be processed into sugar first and it can do this in the presence of oxygen, which kills other butanol producing bacteria. The simplification of the process could significantly decrease the production costs of butanol. This bacteria could allow virtually any plant product, such as paper or grass clippings, to be used to produce fuel for conventional vehicles."
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Windows 7 RC Released

Lifyre Lifyre writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lifyre (960576) writes "Microsoft has put the Release Candidate for Windows 7 into the wild. The download page seems to be a bit slow at this point. Try to get your copy here."

Lifyre Lifyre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lifyre (960576) writes "Kruger says he will introduce legislation on Wednesday to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street. "Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Kruger said in a telephone interview from Albany, the state capital. "This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it's becoming not only endemic but it's creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand."

Honestly his reasons for it sound more like natural selection than a need for government intervention. reut/index.html?eref=rss_topstories"


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