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NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

steelcobra Re:Set course for accountability... (372 comments)

It could be argued that the forward viewscreen and top-deck bridge are pointless anachronisms in TNG and later eras, too.

They have cheap non-physical desktop holographics (Data's hologif of Tasha Yar, the holographic display built into the Captain's ready room desk), and the screen is just that, a screen that generates an image based on FTL sensor data synching visual light images to real time. They could just as easily build the bridge in the middle of the saucer section so one lucky shot wouldn't kill the command group, and have a central holographic display that gives the big picture. Tactical and Navigation don't use visual information for their activities, and they could just project a holographic "screen" at the front for communication or on the rare case they need to manually pilot the ship.

about a year ago

Should Next-Gen Game Consoles Be Upgradeable?

steelcobra Wifi is a bad example (348 comments)

The WiFi on the slim isn't integrated. It's a tiny USB adapter plugged into a hidden port on the motherboard. So from an "upgrade" standpoint it's a worse setup than the external model with two full-size antennas.

more than 2 years ago

America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

steelcobra High-level hardware not going anywhere (630 comments)

As long as the really high-end fabs are US-based (Intel, TI, etc.) there will be high-tech clean room work that can't really be built elsewhere. Even Global Foundries is moving INTO the US for chip production.

more than 2 years ago

UK Government Breaks Open Source Promises

steelcobra Reality (145 comments)

"Favoring" in procurement just means it gets weighted more than the closed source project. It doesn't automatically mean they'll pick it instead.

about 3 years ago

Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad

steelcobra Didn't they already learn this lesson? (329 comments)

Who else remembers the short-lived iteration of the iPod Shuffle with only the on-off on the device and the goofy control built into the earbuds?

It was an experiment in eliminating buttons just like this that failed because of multiple reasons.
#1 was that it was no longer compatible with any other headphones, since Apple didn't simultaneously release a controller to plug them into.
#2 was that the controller itself was built around a "count the taps" system you had to memorize.

The reality is that Apple might release this "no home button" concept in real life, but sales will drop so hard they'll be forced to scramble to release a new version so everyone will forget the fuckup.

more than 3 years ago

The Encryption Pioneer Who Was Written Out of History

steelcobra Historically... (238 comments)

Cryptography is a long series of people reinventing schemes because A: they didn't know about them (the secrecy of the existence was maintained), and B: it was effective. A great example is the Jefferson disk (1795) and Bazeries Cylinder (US-Army M-94, 1923-1942), which were functionally identical.

more than 3 years ago

SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

steelcobra Re:Vitual center (183 comments)

VMWare could handle that. It dynamically assigns resources of the hardware to the the VMs so they are running at maximum efficiency. Unlike with traditional physical servers where the hardware is mostly at idle while the processes take maybe 10% of operating ability, or run up when overtasked and lock up when maxed out.

more than 4 years ago

SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

steelcobra Vitual center (183 comments)

Wow. Just think how many servers you could run in VMWare on that. A hundred would be a decent functional number.

more than 4 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

steelcobra "Poisoning Education"? (926 comments)

I don't know about you, but except for a C++ class in my sophmore year every single computer in my school district was an Apple system. And I'm sure quite a large majority of districts use Macs as well.

It was only once I actually had to do things that mattered that I really got into using Windows.

about 5 years ago

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

steelcobra Re:Script (460 comments)

I'm not an average user, have some odd peripherals, and like to play games. Thus, Windows and decent hardware.

And considering you can get a decent PC for 600 or so now WITH Windows...

As to OSX that's because they refuse to sell the entire OS standalone and support the open-hardware environment.

Ubuntu does not do enough to make me happy.

more than 5 years ago

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

steelcobra Re:Not OSs (460 comments)

If you want to get technical, Apple-, MS-, and Linux-centric hardware are all PCs. Especially now that Apple runs on x86 and the hardware itself doesn't matter.

more than 5 years ago

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

steelcobra Script (460 comments)

Mac/PC ad freezes, nerdy looking guy walks in front.

"And hi!, I'm linux. I'm free, unlike these guys. And I've been configured to run on just about any hardware!

"As long as you don't care about using all the software these guys use, and are willing to deal with no real customer service, I'm a great alternative! I admit that unlike with these guys I don't easily work with the hardware you already have...

"Ummm...I'm really best in a server...en..vironment..." (trails off)

Walks off with head down.

more than 5 years ago

NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

steelcobra Re:Dark Matter/Emergy Does Not Exist (106 comments)

The key problem with this view is that even if the paper is accurate, based on observation and experimentation, and is reproducable, if it's outside the current dogmatic system it will be rejected.

Look up Halton Arp, Peter Duesberg, and Immanuel Velikovsky. The latter, for using all available evidence to construct a wildly different view of the solar system that matches history, was ignored, criticized without the critic having read his work as unscientific or being biblically based, when in fact all his references to such texts are verified by other sources.

So be careful about the idea that just because it's generally accepted it's right.

more than 5 years ago

NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

steelcobra Re:Dark Matter/Emergy Does Not Exist (106 comments)

You should check out James P. Hogan's Kicking The Sacred Cow. It presents a variety of alternate, observationally/experimentally proven alternatives to the mainstream view that have been ignored or flat out rejected by the dogmatic mainstream science. Such as that an electromagnetically formed plasma universe concept actually explains everything. Or that "Dark Matter" is really just molecular hydrogen (H2), which isn't detected easily, but is far more prevalent than atomic hydrogen. As well as a variety of other subjects.

more than 5 years ago


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