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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

When I was talking about ship to ship, I mean if one of our destroyers or cruisers had to engage a similar class of ship from an opposing navy. They would not come alongside at a few miles distance and lob shells at eachother anymore - even if equipped with cannons of some kind. They would fire cruise missiles from many miles away, and hopefully counter any opposing missiles with point defense guns or interceptor missiles. That is what I meant when I said we don't use cannons for ship vs ship combat these days.

If you instead mean do we fire smaller caliber cannons at fast, tiny boats from pirates or terrorists - then yes, we absolutely still do use guns for that... but it is hardly real ship to ship naval combat at that point. The rail guns we have been testing for years, and which the article talks about, bring back the option of direct capital ship vs capital ship combat (at extreme ranges, too) as well as countering incoming missiles and bombarding shore positions.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

Tiny cannons on a close-to-shore (littoral) ship are a bit different. We don't have battleships and cruisers with massive cannons anymore, though, like we did in WWI / WWII. The last time a battleship shelled an on-shore location - or fired its main guns in combat at all, so far as I am aware - was back in the Kuwait war in 1991.

Yes, we (the US) have *one* ship now with a serious cannon system... but even it is more like artillery than a traditional ship cannon, from my limited understanding.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

It isn't built to compare with cannons / guns, which our naval ships no longer use for ship to ship or ship to shore engagement. It is designed to replace or augment missiles, and the cost of the round fired is ~$25k which is an order of magnitude or two less than similar-ranged missile technology.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:What version are they changing? (294 comments)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 - then next they will do Windows 8.1 Update 1 Service Pack 1 ;)

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Oh, I see - that is unfortunate. The rumors I had heard were that the big update today was going to include all of that... rather disappointing that it doesn't. Sorry for the confusion!

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

That is what the *current* (read: before today's update) version of 8.1 has. I believe this is the update that is adding back a Start Menu, and letting you run "apps" within windows on the desktop.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Doesn't this update have the Start Menu again? I wonder if alternatives like Classic Shell or Start8 would still work now, for those who insist their start menu look more like the one in Windows 7.

Disclaimer: I am going off things I have read, and have not had the chance to update the Windows 8.1 system I am typing from yet.

about two weeks ago
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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

WilliamGeorge Re:Let them be. (87 comments)

Perhaps those who cannot tell the difference between "fair" and "fare", and use the proper one in the right context, should not be the first to demean others.

about three weeks ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

Seamus Heaney... that name sounds really familiar. It may well be his translation I have read. I agree that it is a difficult story, and I am hoping that Tolkien adapted it more than translated it. Keep the meaning, the characters, the events - but rephrase the wording if needed, slow things down or speed things up as necessary for modern (well, early 20th century) pacing, etc. We will see when it is published, I suppose :)

about a month ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Please don't let Peter Jackson film this one (94 comments)

I agree, though I haven't even seen DoS. Here is my record with the Jackson adaptations:

FotR - Saw 10 times in theaters, own extended edition DVD
tTT - Saw 3 times in theaters, own extended edition DVD
RotK - Saw once in a theater, own extended edition DVD
aUJ - Saw once in a theater, didn't bother with the DVD
DoS - Haven't even bothered to see, in a theater or on DVD / digital rental

The only way to keep up with this trend is to somehow *negatively* watch the next one. Maybe I need to prevent it from being released? Hmmm... ;)

about a month ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

Well played, sir! If only I could mod things on a thread I'm already participating in...

about a month ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:News for nerds..? (94 comments)

If you aren't a fan of Tolkien's writings, you can turn in your nerd card right now.

I kid, of course... but only just barely...

about a month ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

I have read another translation of Beowulf (not sure which one - it has been over a decade now) and I saw the last CGI film adaptation. It is an interesting story, and with how much I love Tolkien's own fiction I greatly look forward to reading his translation / adaptation. Crossing my fingers for a nice hardbound version, to sit next to my leather bound LotR and Hobbit books :)

about a month ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

WilliamGeorge Re:Stop (349 comments)

Forcing you to use their router? Is this a Comcast-wide policy, or something local to your area? I have never used their router... and for that matter, I even use my own (owned, not rented) modem. I also have a different DNS set up, one that blocks a large amount of potentially objectionable websites (OpenDNS Family Shield).

about a month ago
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$2,400 'Introduction To Linux' Course Will Be Free and Online This Summer

WilliamGeorge Hmm, might be worth checking out (84 comments)

I've been a Microsoft user myself, since about age 4 (now 30) - so I know Windows backward and forward, and knew DOS pretty well for a time. I'd like to branch out, and a top-notch training course in Linux for free seems appealing. I'm sure I could self-educate if needed, but having a more organized study laid out - for free! - sounds great.

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

WilliamGeorge Re:Not going to happen (75 comments)

I don't doubt the goal can be achieved at some cost, but they seem to want it for 'less than a penny per unit'. Considering that they admit it is 'a very advanced piece of hardware' I don't see how it could possibly be fabricated and installed for such a tiny cost.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

WilliamGeorge Re:Easy (75 comments)

Indeed, the 'woosh' appears appropriate here. From that I take it your response was meant in jest, though how I cannot tell (other than that your comment seemed largely to consist of techno-babble - but maybe that was intentional?). Anyway, I took it as serious and wanted to point out that I don't care how feasible the item they describe is... the cost they want is impossible for anything 'very advanced'.

If I have missed some grand joke, then I apologize :)

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

WilliamGeorge Re:Easy (75 comments)

Perhaps I should have highlighted the problem I see with their statements. They want "a very advanced piece of hardware" that "costs less than a penny per unit". This is the impossibility in their reasoning, not that it couldn't technically work in some way.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

WilliamGeorge Re:Answer too long to fit in subject line (445 comments)

Although, at times I have used facial recognition on my phone - so that could be the 'something you are'... though it falls back to a password or PIN if the recognition doesn't work, so I guess that is a moot point.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

WilliamGeorge Re:Answer too long to fit in subject line (445 comments)

Fair enough - I was thinking about whether that was the right way to describe it as I wrote. Thank you for clarifying :)

about 2 months ago

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WilliamGeorge WilliamGeorge writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WilliamGeorge writes "In their off-time, some of the folks over at Puget Custom Computers did a fun modding project — a mineral-oil cooled computer, in a small fish tank. Surprisingly functional and also reasonably good looking, this could be a great DIY project for those in the modding community. The charts showing temperature build-up in the cooling solution are interesting, and the linked time-lapse video on YouTube is definitely worth watching."
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WilliamGeorge WilliamGeorge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "As I'm sure most Slashdot readers are aware, Windows Vista won't be available in time for the upcoming holiday season. In order to encourage consumers to buy PCs this year anyway, Microsoft recently began an upgrade program so that computers purchased today with Windows XP can get discounted or free upgrades to Vista when it is released. What many people are not aware of, though, is the restrictions on what upgrades are available and the true costs that consumers will be responsible for. This article posted on a custom system builder's website has a lot of details on this program that I could not find anywhere else."

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