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Comment Attenuation (Score 2) 53

The biggest caveat is distance and indeed many such lab tests have measured the distance of their THz transmissions in centimetres, which is somewhat limiting. A few teams are now starting to talk in terms of metres, but right now anything up to 10 metres can be a real stretch to achieve

As usual, distance is a huge consideration in such announcements. Not that I'm not interested; heck, 10m (~33ft) would be sufficient for most of the cases where I would personally care about high-speed wireless...if/when they can sustain such throughput at that distance.

Comment Re:Not what he said. (Score 1) 594

one could argue that he Holocaust was essentially moral since it gave rise to the U.N. and governments reluctant to engage in global wars.

I don't believe that was a very well thought out comparison, though it's certainly inflammatory. Drinkypoo (imo) wasn't arguing that the ends justify the means; he was arguing that one's intentions are a significant part of the equation.

I sincerely doubt any of the aggressors involved in the Holocaust had any real expectation that it would somehow ultimately save more lives. Also, I happen to think that taking a life is only morally justifiable in the presence of a direct threat to your own life or the life of another (from the life you are taking).

Comment Not much of a stretch (Score 1) 102

I don't have much of a problem with this. Currently, if an application I download for Windows has prerequisites, they are often bundled with the installer. However, I may already have them installed; if so, wasted bandwidth. Triggering a request to a remote repository for additional necessary components doesn't seem terrible.

Of course, it's yet one more thing for Microsoft to ram down Windows users throats.

Also, what if some applications stop mentioning certain prerequisites, due to the operating system silently accommodating them? You know, the ones enabling additional....*a-HEM*...telemetry?

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 222

Not a big fan of how they try to force-feed you the updates. Have you tried setting the "Windows Update" service to disabled? IIRC, that will chop the update process off at the knees. If their only real job is outputting video, patching is something you could relegate to a manual task; might be less frustrating!

Comment Re:Formatting (Score 1) 116

That was intended as a two-part joke about how Word files are saved.
First:
- .doc: a binary output file, read somewhere it was some kind of memory dump from within Word. Definitely not "plain-text"
- .docx: a zipped collection of XML files describing the document and contents. Not quite plain-text.

Second:
I've seen a few of those documents entirely formatted in bold and/or italics. So, not "plain" text.

Coins in the hat, tomatoes in the face, please!

Comment Golden Rule (Score 2) 193

"The F-35 program has a proven track record of solving issues as they arise, and we're confident we'll continue to do so."

Funny, isn't it? If you throw enough money at most problems, they go seem to go away! From almost start to finish, this "program" has been an exercise in "work richer, not smarter".

Comment Re:So, what's her other option? (Score 2) 412

You're telling me it's "absurd" for her to sue, and she should "Grow The Fuck Up (tm)". But you're not telling me what she should actually do. What choices does she have other than suing?

I interpreted the GP post a bit differently. I agree that it is absurd that she is suing her parents over this stuff...but that it's not as absurd as her parents not taking them down (or changing the sharing to "Me only"). The whole situation has gone sideways.

Perhaps her parents are considering it on the same level as a scrapbook/album? I only hope that someone explained to them a key difference:
Facebook sharing is like a picture album that you have no problem lending out to any of your friends (or FoF, or member of the public, depending on sharing settings), any time they want it, with no idea what they are going to do with it (including making copies), while still having 100% certainty that it will be returned in perfect condition).

I won't lie; the idea horrifies me.

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