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Best kind of engineering:

MalusCaelestis Re:No "Cowboy Neal" option? (491 comments)

MacGyver did more than his fair share of repairing things with readily available items. In the show's pilot episode, he seals a leaking sulfuric acid tank with a chocolate bar. I'd say that counts!

more than 5 years ago
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Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads

MalusCaelestis Re:+1 troll (254 comments)

This is not an either/or scenario. There's room in the market for both streaming and locally-stored music because they serve different needs. Having locally-stored music means you get to the music you want to listen to when you want to listen to it. Having streaming music means you get to listen to a variety of music that may or may not be in your collection.

These ideas have coexisted for decades, with radio being the streaming medium and CDs (or, earlier, 8-tracks and records) being the local storage medium. Despite the availability of music on CD, people still listen to the radio. And despite the ubiquity of music on the radio, people still buy CDs.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Debuts Full-Body Controller-less Gaming At E3

MalusCaelestis Re:Activator (242 comments)

The problem was that the technology to make them work well was prohibitively expensive if even available.

This was George Lucas' reasoning for creating the Star Wars Special Editions. Just because the technology is there doesn't mean we should use it.

(I kid, I kid. Natal looks awesome.)

more than 4 years ago
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Build an $800 Gaming PC

MalusCaelestis Re:I Just Don't Get It... (296 comments)

I don't understand why gamers have this die hard loyalty/borderline bias for Intel.

Then:

Granted, they are better than AMD hands down [...]

Then:

Unless you're an extreme gamer [...]

How many times can you answer your own question in the same paragraph?

[...] it runs all these games just fine with excellent graphics at a 1680x1050 resolution.

If you're only gaming at 1680x1050, then you don't need top-end gear to play games. For those of us on 1920x1200 or higher, beefier components are necessary in order to achieve playable framerates.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter

MalusCaelestis Re:Tax breaks for the rich? (260 comments)

Not necessarily. If you're trying to attract high-tech companies to an area that has no tech workers, then it makes sense to give the *first* company an incentive to build there (with smaller and smaller incentives as more companies come in). If there aren't any tech workers already in the area, it's going to cost a big company a lot of money to bring them in. That's a very real, tangible cost to the company.

Once the area is established and has a good number of tech companies and workers, the tech workers (who tend to make good money) will settle in because they can always find a new job at another company nearby. Then they'll spend their larger-than-average salaries on eating out, going to the movies, and all those other things that bring in sales tax dollars and put money into the pockets of "regular Joe" types.

To give you an example of this, consider the neighboring Colorado towns of Boulder and Longmont. Back in the early '60s, Longmont was largely an agriculturally-focused town and Boulder was, well, Boulder. In the '60s, IBM built a large plant smack dab between Boulder and Longmont and it employed thousands (my parents met while both were working for IBM, incidentally).

Before long, other tech companies (like Maxtor, Seagate, WD, StorageTek, National Semiconductor, DigitalGlobe, Amgen, Intrado, Xilinx, AMD, Webroot and more) opened up new offices and plants (or started in) in the Boulder/Longmont area. Housing prices started growing faster than the national average. Longmont's population exploded from about 23k to about 71k; Boulder's population increased by half, from about 66k to about 94k.

By the tech boom of the late-'90s and early-'00s, the Boulder/Longmont area had more tech workers per capita than Silicon Valley and housing prices were well above those of the surrounding areas. Even after the tech bubble burst, there was still plenty of new activity. The Boulder/Longmont area has seen amazing economic growth, and a much of that can be traced back, directly or indirectly, to IBM opening up its plant and employing thousands of tech workers where there were none before.

Now, in the case of this Apple datacenter, with only 100 employees, it's hard to see if that will make a large enough impact to help the local economy in the way that IBM's plant helped that of Boulder and Longmont, but sometimes you just need to take that first step to bring that company that everyone's heard of to your area; then maybe others will follow.

And *that's* why it sometimes makes sense to give businesses tax breaks.

more than 5 years ago
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IE8 Breaking Microsoft's Web Standards Promise?

MalusCaelestis Re:SURPRISE! Not. (329 comments)

I think we need to extend Godwin's Law to include child molesters...

more than 5 years ago

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