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What To Expect With Windows 9

alva_edison Re:I know! (535 comments)

And brantondaveperson's comment was that the ease of the Linux install was due to the newness, and had you installed an equivalently new windows (7 or 8.1) you wouldn't have had as many problems. Conversely had you tried to install Debian 3.0 or 3.1, or a similarly aged Linux distro; I would expect you to have similar problems to the XP install.
As to system requirements, most performance tests I've seen indicate that if you meet the minimum requirements 7 is faster than XP and 8.1 is faster still.
However, you appeared to have the constraint of "low cost", and if you had the XP license it's not a surprise that's what you went with. Just be aware you aren't comparing apples to apples.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

alva_edison Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

If they found a cure that worked very well, was easy to administer, safe to administer, and cheap to produce - it'd mean they'll be throwing out their billion dollar -treatment- routines that people keep having to come back to otherwise.

That's what patents are supposedly for. No matter how cheap it is to produce, they would have a limited monopoly on it, so they could charge much more than a free market would normally allow.

Not that I normally endorse free markets, I believe from a consumer point of view they break in half once you get two or three large players that shut out other competition.

4 days ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

alva_edison Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

Microns / femptofortnight is a speed. Or, if time is interpreted as a dimension, a dimensionless value like a dozen or a mole.
2.76E-6 i

Of course since it's dimensionless, then that means it isn't a dimension, therefore the line is 2D.

about three weeks ago
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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

alva_edison Re:What about water? (81 comments)

Well, it's north of 36 deg 30', so that makes it North in one sense.
On the other hand, it's located at about 39 deg 30' N, so it's closer to the southern border of the U.S. (about 34 deg 30') than to the northern border (49 deg).

about a month and a half ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

alva_edison Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

But the data was improperly restricted to people with experience with both slideout keyboards and virtual keyboards. You can't say anything about the general phone population with this restriction in place.

Why is this a big deal?

...

I would assume that most people have had experience with more than one phone and probably most people
have considered a physical keyboard at some point. The ones who have actually bought them are probably
more likely to be heavy typers/texters so that biases it a little bit but if 30% of the population...

The first half of your second paragraph shows why it's a big deal. In order to make any sense out of the numbers we have to know how many people have owned slide out keyboards (not just physical keyboards in general) vs the total population, and we don't.

Saying 20% of people who have tried both prefer pepsi over coke makes alot
more sense that saying 95% of people who have tried pepsi like it.

Neither of these answers the question of the viability of the market, so they are both equally poor choices if that is what you are looking for.

There might just be too small of market for people who type/text alot and also are willing to pay for an
expensive phone

I can agree with this.

about a month and a half ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

alva_edison Re:500? (171 comments)

They are using the entire case as a heat sink, both the GPU and CPU are mounted directly to the top of the case. The foam is a gimmick, it would probably work just as well with fins.
This will likely make upgrades difficult/impossible.

about a month and a half ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

alva_edison Re:I still don't get it... (183 comments)

That's the +40 in the GP. Ernie only had 40 shares.

about 1 month ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

alva_edison Re:Oh please. . . (183 comments)

You seem to think that Pathfinder Society is Pathfinder. That's like saying the RPGA is D&D. Pathfinder as a system can be run any number of ways by any number of GMs, like many other RPGs. However, it may be that you've not met a Pathfinder GM that will run the game like a sandbox, which it sounds like you prefer.

Now, given your other comments, Pathfinder has a similar feel to 3.5 and 4th so you probably wouldn't like it on those grounds.

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

alva_edison Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

But the data was improperly restricted to people with experience with both slideout keyboards and virtual keyboards. You can't say anything about the general phone population with this restriction in place.

about 2 months ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

alva_edison Re:Diabetic and Cancer patient - sign me up (253 comments)

A bunch of big-pharma executives are plowing their hookers extra hard tonight. A "cure" that you have to keep taking for the rest of your life, for a relatively common disease. If anything, they are slightly worried the tip of their penis will pop off.

Yay! It's the crazy person who believes in crazy things. Next up, vaccines don't cure anything. They're a method of mind control, and that's why research takes forevar!

I am hoping that this drug does work. If it does, then because of U.S. drug patents it will be relatively expensive for the foreseeable future. It has the potential to be the next Viagra, a drug that has to be taken frequently and is very common. Which, would be a sincere reason to celebrate for the executives of the company that brought it to market, no conspiracy/craziness required.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

alva_edison Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Are you arguing that they can keep their security procedures static because the results are good enough?

Yes, there are many sayings about both corner cases and not fixing what isn't broken. Do you honestly think we can improve on a rate of 6-9's? Do you honestly believe the routine humiliation and violations are worth it?

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

alva_edison Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

How effective does it need to be for you? 1%, 10%, 90%? There aren't numbers on how effective the screening is, but there are numbers on flights and bombings (and that's all bombs, not just shoe bombs of which there was one). Roughly 0.00005% (about 10 in 19 million) of all flights (where part of the flight lands in the US) are at risk of bombing annually.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

alva_edison Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

This source seems to think differently. In either event, explosives aren't something you really want passengers to have, and multiple passengers could have multiple shoes. Are you seriously suggesting that they not screen shoes now?

The linked source agrees with me, 50g would not be enough to do serious damage, you need to have 100g to do serious damage to a car, which (for explosives as opposed to impact) is not much stronger than an airplane fuselage. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/854...

Being required to check your own bag is OK. Although some of the searches bags are subject to is questionable, but that's a slightly different topic.

Shoe screening has never been acceptable, especially because it's ineffective.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

alva_edison Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

If the measures were actually successful, the TSA should be tooting it's own horn. From what I can tell all of the bombing plots in the 2000s were avoided by either misfires or security measures in place since the mid 90s. Also 50g of PETN in a shoe bomb would have been ineffective even if it had detonated.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

alva_edison Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

So putting "non-existent" as a criteria means that you will always fail.

That is exactly my point. Security does not have to be perfect to be valuable.

And you will never know if the money being spent is not being wasted because there incidents are so rare already.

There are many places where traditional methods of statistical research will fail. This is one of them. Instead we have to learn from our experience. For instance: some incompetent people were recruited to light bombs in their shoes - now shoes go through the x-ray machine. People found a way to mix the explosives behind security - now we can't have substantial amounts of liquids. People hijacked airliners with box cutters - now we have reinforced doors and pocket knife restrictions.

Now I'll concede that it is entirely possible that this latest regulation is based upon some scenario in some bureaucrat's mind. It is also possible that, like the liquids regulation, it is done for a perfectly good reason. Only time will tell.

None of the regulations you cited are actually reasonable. The vanishingly small amount of security we gained is not worth the large amount of freedom we've given up for it.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

alva_edison Re:Age of the earth (98 comments)

Sorry for the reply to myself, but that number conflicts with the estimate for the formation of the sun given in Wikipedia (4.567 billion years, but looking at the references that estimate seems to be indirect).

about 3 months ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

alva_edison Re:Age of the earth (98 comments)

Curious that within two separate articles about the age of the earth, no estimate is given at all. The only mention of an actual age is given in a footnote to the sciencedaily article (which says the earth must be younger than ~4.6 billion years).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...
About 4,533 million years. So I'm guessing the new estimate would push it to ~4,593 million years.

about 3 months ago

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Paid App adds Ads

alva_edison alva_edison writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alva_edison writes "Angry Birds fans are not very happy after ads appeared on the loading screens in the AngryBirds HDiPad version of the app. In addition to a new golden egg and 15 new levels, a news screen now appears when the game is loading or paused. 9 to 5 Mac had the story first this morning, saying the news screen pushes Angry Birds merchandise and cannot be skipped. The Android version of the app is already free and ad-supported."
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