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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Ost99 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

Desktops won't go away, but the industry will have to adapt and find new markets / new products when the upgrade rate changes from once every 24 months to once every 10 years. As a technology driver, desktops are dying (or dead).

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Ost99 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

Yes. And that means that the Desktop is dead as a technology driver.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Ost99 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

The desktop will not disappear. I don't think that's what all the "the Desktop is Dead" hype is about. The desktop will no longer be the primary technology driver and will become a much smaller part of the overall computing-device market - probably to less than 10% of the overall market (including phones, tablets, laptops and whatever comes next).

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Ost99 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

The desktop IS dead, at least in one sense.
If you buy one now, you might never have to buy one again.

Acknowledging that I might be pulling a "640k ought to be enough for everybody", I predict that a current generation mainline i7 and i5 will be sufficient for any "desktop" task more or less for ever (or until we move away from a physical interface like keyboard / mouse and touchscreens).

My 5 1/2 year old desktop is still a solid workhorse and significantly faster than my new $3000 ultrabook.

about two weeks ago
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The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

Ost99 Re:Cool idea until you see the beta price (28 comments)

You can always wait for the finished game and buy that when it arrives next year.

Elite is crowd funded - early access is one of the perks of contributing. Alpha access was a $300+ tier.

about 1 month ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Ost99 Re:No Bid Contracts! (417 comments)

Partly right, but still wrong.

You're right about them not being for dogfighting over Canadian territories, the F35 is not that kind of aircraft.
The F35 is a bomber that can run bombing missions without an escort (when not expecting to meet state of the art interceptors).

about 3 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Ost99 Re:Russia (417 comments)

Sweden and Finland have the means to produce nuclear weapons.
Same goes for most other countries with nuclear research facilities. It's not as if it's difficult.

about 3 months ago
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Lepton Universality In Question, a Standard Model Assumption

Ost99 Re:How convenient! (62 comments)

Wan't the confirmation just slightly different from what they expected.
The deviation might actually be traces of this unknown 2nd Higgs particle.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Ost99 Re:Why? (259 comments)

If H+ is slow for video, you're not getting H+ speeds.
H+ is supposed to be 20-42Mbit. Should even be enough for Netflix 4k

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

It's great for coding, webdesign or anything where you are interacting with two or more windows at the same time.

My coding days are more or less over, but I still find it very useful in almost all tasks. Keeping everything you're working on visible is a great productivity booster. I've had my monitor for roughly 3 months, and it has already paid for itself.

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Sweet, now we just need to wait for OS Support (207 comments)

Both Linux and Windows 8.1 deals just fine with 4k.
Requires a decent graphics card with drivers that actually work, but other than that there's no problem.

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

There's a whole bunch of 27" 1440p monitors out there, and they sell a lot.
At the office we've not bought one single 1080p since starting up in 2010. We started off with 1200p when that was still possible to get, and moved on to 1440p and now 4k for those who want it.

about 3 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Ost99 Re:Please quit conflating TV's and monitors. (207 comments)

It's not a 28" TV, it's a monitor.
I have a 4k monitor at work now, and would really like that at home as well - but until know it's been way to expensive.
At $650 it's below what a decent 1440p monitor costs, and will be within budget for most home-office users.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo To Split Ad Revenue With Streaming Gamers

Ost99 Re:Sorry, but no. (110 comments)

None of this has any relevance, Nintendo is selling software.
Following your logic Adobe should claim ownership to anything produced by Photoshop.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 apply tags (784 comments)

There's very few areas where the cost of renting is lower than interest unless there's some form of rent control.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 apply tags (784 comments)

Again with the claim of big $$.
Do you have any idea how moronic that looks when the "let it burn" crowd is the oil and coal industry?

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Ost99 Re:In a century... (784 comments)

All of the claims the past 15 years have been about the expected state in 2050 or later.
If you know none of it came to pass, I'd like to borrow your time machine.

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Bad example (800 comments)

I guess drawing the line in instances like this is difficult, but here is my thoughts:

* If you are passing by a car accident or someone bleeding out in the street, action is required (often by law - depending on the country / state).
* If you're parking your car in a downhill street, you're required to engage the handbrake/emergency brake before leaving the car - action required of you to avoid hurting other people.

As the chain of actions (or people) between the (missing) action and the outcome grows, our perceived responsibility is diminished. The same is true if the distance (or time) from us to where (when) the impact is felt increases. As you pointed out, we need some kind of filter - or the consequences of all our inactions would crush our sanity.

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Bad example (800 comments)

Completely agree.

Our sense of responsibility only stretches a certain distance (or time) from ourselves. We don't let ourselves be affected by deaths far from us (either in time or distance), even if we could have (contributed) to preventing it. There are certainly interesting moral discussions to be had about that trait, but I think we would have been driven insane if we didn't have a filter like that.

Some inactions are more easily identifiable as bad, for instance not pulling the handbrake when parking in a downhill street.
Not assisting someone who's been badly injured (car accident for instance) would be criminal inaction where I'm from, but it's not like that everywhere.

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Ost99 Re:Car driver ethics: What do I hit? (800 comments)

For my example I assumed identical cars and velocities, and a head-on collision. That should have been stated.
My point was that equating the other vehicle with an immovable barrier is only correct for a very specific case, and as you pointed out - I'd forgotten to include all the details (head- on collision with identical speed, mass, crumple zones, elasticity etc).

Mass, speed and angle of impact matters. GPs statement of "mass of the object you're striking isn't relevant" is wrong.

about 4 months ago

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