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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

alva_edison Re:As long as it works (723 comments)

Actually the Mas and Pas is a easy Linux market, just setup a desktop with a functioning copy of firefox or chromium, remote administration via ssh and you're set. Add open office for the random document and that pretty much covers the Mas and Pas requirements.

As long as it has functioning Java and Flash. Unfortunately, Java in Firefox on Linux tends to break a lot and my experience has been Flash only works correctly on 32-bit systems.

13 hours ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

alva_edison Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

FYI, that is an example of incorrect behavior. They raped him.

I don't have a bible in front of me to double check. As I remember it they tried to rape him, but he was able to pull out at the last second. He was punished by G*d for pulling out. I've never been able to determine the exact lesson that story was trying to teach. But it could be a case of poor reading comprehension over the years.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

alva_edison Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Turbines kill an insignificant number of birds by comparison with Windows.

We need to get rid of Windows. Who knew?

https://www.sciencenews.org/ar...

How many birds does BSD or OS X kill?

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

alva_edison Re:No wonder (243 comments)

No wonder microwave radiation is harmful, then. It is even higher energy than blue light.

Microwave energy is lower than blue light.
A blue light photon is about 4.4 x 10**-19 J. Microwaves have photons at about 0.6 x 10**-24 -- 1.6 x 10**-24 J. That's 5 orders of magnitude difference.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

alva_edison Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

7 Billion * 0.02 = 140 Million.
Other people have more eloquently responded to the rest of your argument.

about three weeks ago
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They Might Be Giants "Dial-a-Song" Returns, Online

alva_edison Re:They may be giants, (29 comments)

Well, that's just like your opinion, man.

Ana Ng, Birdhouse, and Istanbul (not Constantinople) are pretty much classics of, well, whatever genre they are.

Istanbul (not Constantinople) was originally by The Four Lads. But it's a decent cover.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

alva_edison Re:I know! (545 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.

about a month and a half 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.

about a month and a half 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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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