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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

Whatanut Re:The USA (182 comments)

I fail to see how we're "very close to a large percentage" being able to do this. Sounds plausible on the surface. But I still see a huge amount of infrastructure that needs to be put in place. It's not like it's good enough to just have a power outlet somewhere in the building that you can use. Number one, a parking garage would basically need a receptacle at every parking space. Along with a system for charging the person recharging their vehicle. Energy is not free.

That being said, are these difficult obstacles to overcome? No. But it's still a lot of infrastructure somebody needs to invest in before it becomes a plausible solution.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

Whatanut Poor experience for those that do have kinect (174 comments)

Doesn't that then lead to a bad situation for kinect users? If you design a game that relies on that overhead, then those that don't have it will have a poor experience. Granted, you can probably just disconnect the kinect and be just fine. Be all know what the general masses will do. Complain.

about 4 months ago

London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Whatanut Re:Awesome!!! (417 comments)

In what world is negotiating a better price illegal?

about 4 months ago

Today Is International Day Against DRM

Whatanut Digitl Rights Management (256 comments)

How has nobody pointed out yet that DRM stands for Digital Rights Management? Or did I just woosh it?

about a year ago

Superstorm Sandy Shook the Earth

Whatanut Please stop (77 comments)

Plesae stop calling it "super storm". It was unusual for that area. That is all. It was no where near has large a storm as have been seen in other places.

about a year and a half ago

Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

Whatanut Re:Wireless wire? (392 comments)

Of the three things I have plugged in via USB right now, two of them have the USB logo facing away from me. So, it's not surprising that most people don't know this...

about a year and a half ago

26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Whatanut Re:Around here (392 comments)

The wikipedia page on containment buildings has this blurb.

In 1988, Sandia National Laboratories conducted a test of slamming a jet fighter into a large concrete block at 481 miles per hour (775 km/h).[14][15] The airplane left only a 2.5-inch-deep (64 mm) gouge in the concrete. Although the block was not constructed like a containment building missile shield, it was not anchored, etc., the results were considered indicative. A subsequent study by EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, concluded that commercial airliners did not pose a danger.[16]

While not a direct proof of design criteria, it seems to line up with the original statement.

about 2 years ago

Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

Whatanut Re:how about (396 comments)

Too be honest, NT 4.0 had it's fair share of quirks. I had one of those three month evaluation copies. I never once hit the timeout. I bounced back and forth between that and Windows 95. Whichever one was pissing me off least at the time...

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court Won't Hear Body-Scanner Appeal

Whatanut Re:Checks and Balances (170 comments)

How is this a violation of due process. As has been said by several others, the guy filed in the wrong court, got his lawsuit rejected and wanted SCOTUS to over turn that decision. This guy is the one not following process.

about 2 years ago

Motorola To Cut 4,000 Jobs, Focus On High-End Devices

Whatanut Re:More reasont to give up hope on a good dumb pho (247 comments)

Of course, you realize this is nowhere near being in the best interest of manufacturer. You're asking for a low priced phone (margins aside) that you'll buy today and use for 10+ years. It's much more in their interest to get you to upgrade every couple of years. Repeat customer.

I'm sure your answer to that would be "Screw 'em! I'm the customer! This is what I want!" However, I'm sure we're all aware that it doesn't work this way. There is always the other spectrum where they are simply losing overall sales because they don't provide you what you want. But I don't see that happening with phones much these days. Most people want the bling...

more than 2 years ago

Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Whatanut Re:Unusual Pricing (263 comments)

Well, sure. $70/month isn't bad at all. But $75!? Come on! That's an outrage!

more than 2 years ago

DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels

Whatanut Re:Please sign in to your cable or sat account (378 comments)

Why would they. Those sites are a complete end run around the cable/satellite companies. With the the cable/satellite partners they sell their content and walk away. The cable/satellite companies charge the end users for the content and then lather it up with advertising to get as much money as possible out of it. The web sites that make the shows available provide the content straight from the source and tack on the same advertising. It's just straight profit for the content creator (used loosely). Why should they care if you have a cable/satellite account? They're still making profits either way.

more than 2 years ago

Avian Flu Researcher Plans to Defy Dutch Ban On Publishing Paper

Whatanut Re:Sounds like government censorship to me (118 comments)

I'm not sure why everyone assumes this research is suddenly dangerous just because it exists. I find one of three scenarios likely.

1. The "terrorists" wouldn't understand the research and, therefore, wouldn't be able to do anything with it. So, no harm done and very little risk. Continue the research and our overall understanding.

2. The 'terrorists" have the people they need in their fold which can understand and do something with this research. Doesn't it stand to reason, then, that these same "terrorist" scientists could just do the same research on their own and produce similar results without this particular piece being published? "Oh! But it'll be easy for them now!". I don't really buy that one. If they wanted to do something along these lines they would have already.

3. The "terrorists" can now go recruit people that would understand and be able to do something with this research. Same scenario as number 2. They could have done this ages ago and done the research on their own.

I have a hard time believing that just because this paper is published it will be any easier for the bad guys to do harm.

more than 2 years ago

AOL Patent Deal Means Microsoft Now Holds Vestiges of Netscape

Whatanut Re:Nothing, if Microsoft is smart. (129 comments)

It did when those selection pages were introduced. I remember seeing it there. However, ever since then it quickly fell in the rankings and wound up somewhere in the weeds. Now I have to search for it every time I get a new install and want to change that.

more than 2 years ago

Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

Whatanut Re:killed? (408 comments)

You keep saying this like it's true...

more than 2 years ago

Single-Ion Clock 100 Times More Accurate Than Atomic Clock

Whatanut Re:Eventually... (169 comments)

Not if you're using 24 hour time. Then it's only right once per day.

more than 2 years ago


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