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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

fox171171 Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

Based on what we know about simulators, they are inherently slower and smaller in scope than the system they run on. You're never going to have a virtual machine that is more powerful than the metal that it runs on. Similarly, you're probably not going to have a simulated universe be more powerful than the universe that is hosting the simulated universe.

I don't think that is necessarily true. You just can't simulate something more powerful in real time. Maybe the simulation takes an day in the simulator's universe to "render" one second in our universe (or any other ratio, it's just an example). To the people in the simulation, everything seems "real-time" from their point of view. We have no way to know how long the hardware in the "real" universe takes to run our simulation.

I'm sure new CPU designs that are more powerful can still be simulated on older CPU designs. Again, the simulation may run a lot slower.

about a month ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

fox171171 Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

Free touchscreens is not the answer. My new laptop has a touch screen and the first thing I did was disable it. I have no desire to try to operate my laptop by holding my arm up all the time touching stuff on the screen. I hated it doing things when I reach up and flick a piece of dust off the screen. There was a virtual keyboard on the task bar that is very difficult to make go away. Why would anyone want to type on the screen when there is a keyboard on the laptop? If you want to start putting inappropriate user interfaces into things, then try a keyboard in your car to drive with.

about 2 months ago

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

fox171171 Re:Parents are all guilty (255 comments)

Who sold the fuel to the people driving the Volkswagen? Clearly without fuel they could not have completed the crime using the Volkswagen.

about 3 months ago

India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

fox171171 Re:Great for India (85 comments)

They studied hard and ensured they fully understood every aspect of basic satellite lunch systems domestically before moving to the next stage.

I can imagine an Indian scientist thinking "Hmmm... what do satellites like to eat for lunch, and what type of system can we build to feed it to them?"

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

fox171171 Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Or just switch to Open Office or other derivatives.

That is exactly what I did. Unfortunately every once in a while one of my colleagues will send me a document (usually a power point presentation) that won't open in anything other than the newest version of office.

Just tell them "I'm sorry, but your file is in a non-standard format and I can't open it."

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

fox171171 8.2 (681 comments)

Isn't that supposed to be windows 8.2?

Windows 8.1 update (as opposed to Windows 8.1) is supposed to be Windows 8.2.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

fox171171 Trade crap for crap (365 comments)

So first Apple thinks its target customers are dumb enough to buy someone else's product by mistake, now MS too?

about 2 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

fox171171 A better life? Get rid of your damned phones. (711 comments)

sought a better experience and a better life.

Better experience? I get nothing but frustration from my wife's iDevices. I haven't used Android, so I can't compare, but Android would have to be pretty bad if Apple is a better experience. (I have an old flip phone. Makes calls. It's off most of the time.)

A better life? Get rid of your damned phones.

about 4 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

fox171171 Re:I'll ditch it (403 comments)

Good don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

That's right, cheer for your enslavement. You deserve whatever you get. Don't worry about my ass, it's yours that will be sore from the DRM.

I've had far too many problems with this crap. Games that I paid for not working (claiming I had software on my computer that I did not (for mounting images), and even if I did, that would be my own business), DVDs from the store that failed to play (gave up on ever using MS WMP after it told me the content of the DVDs was protected and I couldn't watch it), wife paying for Treehouse on her iPad to keep the youngster pacified at times and it not working (wrong region! WTF? In the same damned region as every day before when it worked), video from a sonar causing recorder to stop recording (claiming copyright flag), video from a camera 100m under the ocean also causing the recorder to stop recording (claiming copyright flag). Not being able to use the HD feed from some of those subsea cameras with a video capture device that will only accept the analog feed from them (for fear it might be copyrighted). This is the future you are embracing. Hope you enjoy it.

Their lack of DRM support is what is causing them to lose market share.

What lack of support is causing loss of market share? I have yet to see anything that requires it in my browser. I realize my own personal experience is hardly representative of users as a whole. If nobody supported it, no market share would change. Since that is unlikely, market share will change. Some, like myself, will not support DRM laden things whenever possible. Sadly, it's not always possible. Others will say "Yay! My browser doesn't work right, and I can't watch the "premium content" I paid for." and take the DRM in the ass.

What the hell do you need DRM in a browser for? The internet is getting messed up badly enough now, without that crap. Defective by design.

The users have spoken and they don't want ideology, they want technology.

So do I... technology that works. And we'd have a lot more of it without DRM. DRM is not about tech, it is about content. Apples and oranges dude. (Anonomous Coward at that.)

about 4 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

fox171171 I'll ditch it (403 comments)

loss of browser market share

They'll lose market share for implementing DRM.

about 4 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

fox171171 Re:SpaceX (522 comments)

This might be one of the best things to happen for SpaceX.

Time for SpaceX to jack up the price!

about 4 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

fox171171 Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

My parents had me on technic sets before I hit third grade.

I gave my nephew his first Technic set for his 4th birthday. He looked and the box and it said "8+", and he said "You know, I'm only four!" He wasn't long figuring out how to build with it though.

about 5 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

fox171171 Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

"Oh, you should see him use the iPhone!".

He uses an iPhone?! I'm sorry to hear that, I didn't realize he had brain damage.

about 5 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

fox171171 Re:Kids these days... (355 comments)

Exposing children to new technology is a terrible idea.

An Egyptian legend relates that when the god Thoth revealed his invention of writing to King Thamos, the good King denounced it as the enemy of civilization.

He probably would have been okay with it if the writing was on papyrus, and not on a tablet.

about 5 months ago

The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

fox171171 Chimps are more intelligent (509 comments)

Scientist goes to Congress to celebrate Jane Goodall's 80th birthday.

about 6 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

fox171171 Telephone sanitizers (357 comments)

Depends upon your definition of "qualified"

There would be millions of volunteers. If you need a thousand, you could pick the top 0.1%.

Well, we all know that the telephone sanitizers are the first to board...

about 6 months ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

fox171171 Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

I know it's a hard concept to understand, but gold only has its value based on consensus as well.

Largely true, but not entirely true. Gold is useful, and therefore valuable for that reason alone.

about 6 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

fox171171 Living in a simulation (745 comments)

It could explain that weird green diamond thing floating over my head.

about 7 months ago


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