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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Rhywden Re: TCO (341 comments)

Um, this is a timespan of more than a decade, we're talking about here. The technological advances in hardware alone should mandate an upgrade.

And last time I looked, a filing cabinet is very different from IT. Unless you're calling yourself a carpenter when replacing a graphics card?

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Rhywden Re:Cellular doesn't work (449 comments)

You're forgetting the windows. Chances are that the windows are also coated in a thin metallic film (intended to reflect IR) to either keep heat out or in.

Can see that easily at my parents home - as long as the glass door to the garden is open, their handheld has a connection to the base station. Glass door is shut - connection to the base station is lost.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Rhywden Re:UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh (357 comments)

First of all, the situations wherein you are eligible to become an organ donor are usually not as time critical as for this procedure. I mean, in most cases there is time to actually ask the relatives or search for the organ donor card.
The cases in question? They're a matter of mere minutes.

Secondly, you're asking for a multi-million dollar campaign. The fun part with this? Your companions (one who also replied to my first post on this topic) complain about medicine being too expensive. Well, sure, if you have to cover every angle in your moron lawyer-sharkfest society, then you can bet your ass that it's expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Rhywden Re:UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh (357 comments)

Yeees, because if you're bleeding to death and are probably unconscious to boot, you're in such a great position to make a rational and informed decision.

It's the nature of this particular beast that there's NO WAY of giving consent.

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Rhywden Re:Space travel (357 comments)

Not a viable population size due to lack of genetic variety.

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Rhywden Re:Passengers (367 comments)

A normal passenger shuts up when he senses a dangerous situation, or may even alert the driver to a situation.

about three weeks ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Rhywden Re:Still a ways to go (131 comments)

Definitely looks interesting, but highly unpractical for vehicles. After all, you have to keep the metal molten all the time. And that means some heavy-duty insulation, something akin to a Thermos bottle with a large volume. The problem then is the fact, that such bottles are not exactly great when it comes to vibrations, abrupt stops and crashes.

about a month and a half ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Rhywden Re:Ha! Ha! Ha! (695 comments)

Least common denominator and all that.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

Rhywden Re:Heat and noise.... (110 comments)

By your standard, almost anything would be subjective. Let's go through your line of thinking:

The tester chose an enclosure you probably don't have at home. As such, the card will not demonstrate the same values in your enclosure at home. As a result the tests are "subjective".

Power consumption? Well, you've probably got a different PSU. Subjective.

FPS? You've probably got a different CPU, different OS configuration, motherboard, harddisc... Subjective!

In summary: If the tester uses the same enclosure for every card they test, I don't see how it's subjective. Sone or dB as a unit of loudness are measurable, as is temperature. Or do you want to tell us that, say, the distance to Betelgeuze is subjective just because you don't happen to have the proper equipment to measure it?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

Rhywden Re:Not a good sign (255 comments)

Nokia did that just fine (for a pretty while at least). So, branching out doesn't have to spell doom.

about 2 months ago
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Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance

Rhywden Re:Use an underground cable (176 comments)

I'm all for it - as long as the guys opposing the "normal" cables also pay for the increased costs. Last time I looked DC high voltage cabling was about triple the costs of AC, all things considered (like the need to convert from AC to DC to AC)

about 2 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Rhywden Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Just think of what a boon this kind of thinking would be to the automobile industry!

A new car mandatory after three years.

about 3 months ago
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Safeway Suspends Worker For Sci-Fi Parody of His Firing

Rhywden Re:Slow news day (191 comments)

Wow. Two weeks of paid vacation. A bit more money for working on Sundays?

That's "generous"?

I shudder to think what non-generous work is, then. Probably "no vacation, ever!" and "overtime compensation? Are you dreaming?"

about 4 months ago
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Safeway Suspends Worker For Sci-Fi Parody of His Firing

Rhywden Re:Slow news day (191 comments)

The problem is, however, that the guys ultimately responsible for the failure of Dominick's won't suffer one bit. On one hand you have 6,000 people losing their jobs, on the other hand you have the managers from Safeway who are ultimately responsible for the failure - and those guys always have their golden parachutes at the ready.

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Rhywden Re:So what? (944 comments)

So, because you can't educate your morons, erm, people on the proper way to discard such stuff, we can't replace energy-hungry bulbs?

Good gracious! Better begin lamenting all the other electronic stuff which is already thrown away by such morons. Or did you think that this is a problem exclusive to LED lighting? Seriously? That's your argument?

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Rhywden Re:Bad math (944 comments)

By that logic you also needn't consider the energy costs to manufacture LEDs. Why don't you rant against the guy who originally brought that up instead of me?

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Rhywden Re:So what? (944 comments)

With a 40 W bulb, you won't have much of a shadow...

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Rhywden Re:Crony Capitalism (944 comments)

Damn. That should have read: "more of the simple lighting devices". Because of their limited lifespan, you'll quite simply need an increased number. Not to forget that the energy needs to produce LEDs have gone way down.

about 4 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Rhywden Re:Crony Capitalism (944 comments)

Right. And you shouldn't neglect the increased energy needed to manufacture more

about 4 months ago

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