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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

SuricouRaven Re:Meh (212 comments)

The problem is testing: Many manufacturers bodge up enough EFI boot support to load windows and proclaim it done. Then when you try to boot linux you find it doesn't work, because it isn't properly following the EFI spec: It's following the parts of the spec that Windows needs.

3 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

SuricouRaven Re:Build more nukes! (187 comments)

Nuclear ships have a very simple way around this: They run at full power most of the time, and dump the excess energy when not needed to run the engines. It's horribly inefficient, but even used with such inefficiency nuclear reactors still pack an energy density that puts any diesel engine to shame.

Remember what happened after the Fukushima reactor's unplanned shutdown: Emergency pumps had to be rushed in to keep cooling water running through the core. It's called decay heat: Even if you shove all the control rods in full, it still takes a long time to stop emiting heat. Ramping up is easier, but still not thirty seconds.

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

SuricouRaven Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (468 comments)

Well-written legalese is the law version of a programming language. Like programming languages, legalese can also be used to conceal intent.

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

SuricouRaven Re:Wait a minute (468 comments)

The article doesn't give reasoning, but as he has no objection to high-speed internet once the filtering is in place I'm guessing his objection isn't to the technology but the content. The internet is full of things that would be regarded as corrupting by many in Iran. Not just the obvious pornography and blasphemy - this is a country where forign films often have to be edited to raise the necklines of women's clothing or chop of the arms off an unmarried couple so they aren't holding hands.

yesterday
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

SuricouRaven Looking for an alternative? (126 comments)

http://retroshare.sourceforge....

It's an IM program. Fully decentralised. All communications encrypted, authenticated by swapping public keys to make a contact. Supports realtime chat, mail, even distributed forums. Also excellent file sharing capability. The protocol is written to support voice or video, but the client doesn't include that. It can't be shut down, it's near-impossible to monitor without compromising an end-point, and it's very difficult to block at a network level without blocking all SSL traffic. Use it and annoy the NSA.

Not my project, I've no involvement at all. I just think it's really good. I've quite a few friends on it now. It's like the old WASTE, except less buggy and still under active development.

2 days ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

SuricouRaven Re:Given current tensions, ... (155 comments)

A joint effort between many nations who, in the event of conflict, will act as one allied block. Probably alongside the US.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

SuricouRaven Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (247 comments)

You assume it actually works. There's no evidence it's actually stopped any terrorist attack. Further, even if it did, it's still on dubious legal grounds - the government is effectively harming people by restricting their ability to travel, and is doing so without any accountability. No independent judge, no trial, no legal representation, not even the most basic right to see the evidence against them. It's the type of unaccountable secret legal process you'd expect to see in North Korea - given a bit of a PR makeover and introduced to the US.

4 days ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

SuricouRaven Re:Given current tensions, ... (155 comments)

I think they would be very happy if the rest of Europe were utilizing GLONASS, a system they can shut down or manipulate if they need to. There's a reason for the four different sat-nav systems currently under operation or construction: No country wants to be dependent on a system operated by someone else. It follows that they would like other countries to be dependent upon theirs.

4 days ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

SuricouRaven Re:In other news... (155 comments)

The most plausible explanation I've seen so far is that the separatists were supplied with the missiles but, due to the need for Russia to maintain deniability, not an expert in their use - just a crash course in how to fire the things, without full training in target identification. That would explain how they were able to make such an error as mistaking a giant passenger airliner for a small military aircraft.

It's possible that Ukraine shot it down, they use the same missiles, but their army consists of trained professional soldiers who would be less likely to make such an error. The separatists have some of those now (Russians who just happen to be on leave and came to fight 'voluntarily'), but didn't at the time of the incident.

4 days ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

SuricouRaven Re:On Banco Santander reports (50 comments)

I'm a former A&L customer too, but I never really noticed any change at all. But maybe that's because I use them only for the current account service, no loans or credit cards or other tools of finance.

But I've got to contact them soon about a soon-to-mature savings bond I got years ago, so we shall see.

5 days ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

SuricouRaven Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

Given that heart disease is one of the biggest causers of natural death, I'd think there would be plenty of pressure to research that.

Ebola, for all the scaryness, doesn't actually kill many people. That's why there's no drug for it: Not enough dead to be worth the research investment. It's generally too lethal to spread, baring the occasional outbreak.

5 days ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

SuricouRaven Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

They are quite happy to support 'big government' when it advances one of their more specific agendas, though.

5 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

SuricouRaven Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (316 comments)

There's an old story posted in a comment on The Register once - someone posted about having an old storage rack with so many hard drives in it that when the power was applied and all spun up together, conservation of angular momentum would make the whole rack rotate slightly in the opposite direction. Solved by configuring them for a staggered spin-up.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

SuricouRaven Re:Book burning... (158 comments)

Christianity was around before 300AD, but the record is poor because they were just another weird cult - and there were plenty of those around. It may well have started in exactly the manner Christians claim: As a cult of personality built around one charismatic individual in the vicinity of Jerusalem in the first century. That information has been lost to history. The Council of Nicaea wasn't the birth of Christianity, but the point at which the previously-pagan Roman empire began to adopt it - a process that required first wading through the mess left by the many competing sects with in Christianity and the establishment of a formal management system. It took some decades after that before it was ready to become an official state religion.

Contrary to a very popular belief though, the council did not establish a canon. They condemned a lot of views as heretical, yes. But they didn't pick a canonical set of documents. That came later, in a process that took many centuries, and there are still ongoing disputes.

I still don't know what the bishop who included Revelation was thinking. It reads like the ramblings of someone high as a kite on 'shrooms, and probably was.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

SuricouRaven Re: What about.. (158 comments)

Half true. Copyright isn't intended as a tool of censorship - it isn't to stop people getting access to information, but to make sure they pay for it. Generally if a copyright holder is trying to stop you downloading a movie off the internet, they really do want you to see it - but through their own approved channel.

That said, it can certainly be abused for censorship, and frequently is. But that isn't the purpose of it. Just an incidental effect.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

SuricouRaven Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (251 comments)

The problem though is that those UI ideas fail dismally on small-screen touch devices. What MS is trying to do is create an interface that is applicable to conventional mouse-keyboard, tablets and phones. What they actually did was make an interface that tries to be usable on everything, but is pleasant to use on nothing.

From a business perspective, it's about maintaining consistent brand identity across platforms.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

SuricouRaven Already? (251 comments)

Is Windows 8 bombing so hard they have to rush the successor that quickly?

about a week ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

SuricouRaven Re:I thought it was bad (119 comments)

Bioshock games are story-driven. You fight to bring a sense of immersion and interaction, but a fight on which the player can be stuck for hours would become a barrier to the story rather than a way to draw them in.

about a week ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

SuricouRaven Re:Substitutability (119 comments)

That's because up until a couple of years ago, game budgets were getting bigger and bigger. They hit the same problem as hollywood: When your next release is going to cost many millions of dollars to make, you can't risk that kind of money on something new and untested. You have to go for something with a history of market success, like a sequel or a franchise installment. That's not so much of a limit in games now because of the rise of mobile games and electronic distribution (Thank you, Steam), both of which provide an area in which lower-budget and independent games can achieve exposure and thus success that were denied to them back when buying a game meant you were limited to what the local shops stocked.

about a week ago

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