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Re: Don't far more people live in California?
Lay out a contiguous area the size of Cali in the NE US and count the people.
Let's just say there's good reason the NE US supports about 8 yearly SF cons and the whole west coast supports 3.
Re: Vaguely reminds me
What do you mean 'in the 80s'?
My understanding is if you own a Jag, you still need a second car for the days when the Jag is in the shop. And if you were planning for the second car to be your other Jag, you'll need at least 2 more.
Re: Estimates of how much oil, coal and gas is left vary wildly
Only if you're still wet behind the ears.
I'm pushing half a decade now and those projections have been steady at '50-70 years left' since I was old enough to read books without pictures. And my parents always told me I was a precocious young thing.
Re: I haven't driven more than a hundred miles in a go for about five years!
And you Brits accuse us 'Merkins of being provincial?
Re: highway milage
For petrol vehicles, yes. For battery powered beasties all the articles I've read say city mileage per charge is higher because you get to stop it more frequently and it can use some of the braking to recharge the battery.
I'll admit I have no experimental data, as it's always sounded entirely too much like a Brooklyn Bridge/Tower of London investment opportunity to me.
Re: Vista was revolutionary...
Oh, I'd put 98ME up against Vista. People are always forgetting about 98ME, which pretty much paved the way for Windows 2000. Had one system for a VIP that needed to be rebuilt every 3 months because he insisted on 98ME. Could not talk him into using 98SE even though for MS, it was about as solid as 3.12 was for Novell. At least Vista had the good graces to fail miserably on install if it was going to blow itself up.
Boy was I glad when 2000 came out.
Re: whisky rebellion.
And the Whiskey Rebellion pretty much provides the other bookend for when a declaration of independence is warranted: if you have enough of your fellow citizens on your side to win the war, it's warranted.
Re: f they could keep Blacks or women or any other minority from having even a bb gun
I guess you missed all of history between the Missouri Compromise and the 1960's. It was the Demoncrats in the south who opposed that. Republicans efforts to allow all citizens to vote and own guns.
Re: at the time of writing the constitution, African-Americans were not citizens
Actually there WERE negro citizens at the time. And I guess you missed that whole Madison case where the slaves who escaped as a result of a shipwreck were granted citizenship as a result of a SCOTUS decision. As I recall the King of France was mighty pissed about his lost property, particularly as the sitting President and the US ambassador to France were assuring him it was pretty much a done deal. The exact phrase from the Constitution was "slaves and Indians not taxed." Either a negro or an Indian who paid taxes to the US government was considered a person for purposes of apportionment. Yes, most were slaves, but not all. This was part of the 'house divided against itself' to which Lincoln referred, although the more obvious reference was to the opinions of whites on the slavery issue.
Re: Duped by the clueless and the media
Every single mass shooting we've experienced in the last 5 years has been the result of someone who was KNOWN to be mentally unbalanced and a DANGER TO SOCIETY not being locked up until treatment was completed.
Every single start of a mass shooting which has been started and stopped short has been stopped by someone in the local vicinity who happened to be carrying a gun being able to bring it to bear on the situation.
Those are the FACTS, but you wouldn't want to let that get in the way you fear guns now would it?
Re: Duped by the clueless and the media
Australia like the UK has seen its gun crime go up on a per person basis, not down since it implemented its so called gun control laws. And it's legislation was in fact QUITE draconian.
Re: AC @ 09:41 @proto-robbie
States with "loose" gun laws that actually implement real criminal control, like say Virgina which is right next to DC and gets blamed for DC having so many criminals with guns, wind up with less crime. When Virginia implemented their 3 strikes policy (3rd strike they partnered with federal enforcement to move convicted gang members to prisons outside the state, thus breaking connection with their base of operations) with respect to gun crimes, homicide fell around 20% immediately and continued to fall thereafter. In DC we have multiple people breaking their laws on national TV who go unpunished and the rates stay steady and near the top for the nation. But that couldn't possibly have anything to do with their criminal coddling mentality now could it?
Re: Glad it never made it
Not sure it's the monolithic registry per se that is the problem, more the lack of adequate tools to work with it after the fact, including but not limited to:
- an efficient editor
- a consistency/integrity checker
- a workable solution to ensuring third parties correctly implement the monolithic solution on both installation and removal*
- trust the MS have f*&^$*! it up again on the odd numbered rev.
*insert I hate Java and it's inability to update OR uninstall if a dll gets clobbered rant here.
Re: we need a Windows upgrade and we need it now
Mostly yes, but MS was also well aware that they managed to grab the network/server crown away from Novell because Novell lagged too long between 3.12 and 4.x for Netware. During that time MS released NT 4.0 and ate Novell's lunch before start work on their dinner. If MS didn't get out a release with incentives to upgrade they feared the same thing would happen. And that might have been the case. Without Vista, we might all be running Linux systems now. Or be still stuck on XP with IE6.
Re: Statistics say no.
Statistics say Yes regardless of how much you deny it. There's even a whole book about written by a statistician who expected to prove your statement before he started running the numbers.
In a very, very generalized sense, current file systems are databases, just without schema and the rest of the things we associate with databases in the way we use them.
As I see it, the key problem for MS (even if they had overcome the internal problems they had developing and implementing the code) is that outside of the types of file systems we currently use, all of the Windows based software which has done something similar lost the whole db whenever a part of it became corrupted. I'm not sure even Linux has completely solved that problem, although they seem to be much further along than MS is.
Re: about 80 times fewer per capita, IIRC.
wrong stat. Britain always had less gun crime than the US. The relevant statistic is how much has gun crime gone up since you implemented gun control. That's up significantly, even when you exclude thing related to The Troubles.
Re: Taken in context
Taken in context, the amendment is pretty damn clear. Let me refresh the context for you:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
So what the 2nd amendment is really all about (valid claims to the right of self-defense which would be covered by the 10th Amendment) is the right of the people to overthrow the government when it becomes insufferable. And that means (SCOTUS opinions which substitute the prejudices of jurists for the words of the Constitution not withstanding) that the people necessarily have access to weapons sufficient to the cause of overthrowing the government.
Re: why are they not now (as far as we can tell) trying to row back?
Actually that one is fairly easy. Once you've deployed the lawyers, it's not over until either a) the lawyers say it is, or b) it's so obviously going to cost more to pursue it than you can possibly get out of it at the end, that no one will question dropping the suit. As things stand now, if Apple drop the suit, an upset shareholder can bring suit against them for failure to fulfill fiduciary responsibility and they're losing money on the case no matter how it comes out.
Re: Variable Relays
No, a full rehearsal is pretty much standard fare for that. You need to check the lights are hitting where they are supposed to and that the sound is up where it is supposed to be. Furthermore, the nitwit signing the national anthem said she'd done a full rehearsal so it wouldn't be lip synched like she did at the Presidential Inauguration.
But, it was probably only full load for the stage and related equipment (probably including the billboards), and therefore well below the threshold set for the power draw. It's only after you fire up all the concession stands, and lights and heaters/air conditioners for internal hallways and bathrooms that you move into the danger zone.
Re: The sad thing is
and most of them will be Reg commenters who still have a Hate On for Bush Sr.
Re: tank the stock the requisite 7 dollars.
If the stock were at the price that the raiders/strippers were demanding, there would not have been a plan to take Dell private in the first place. So there's no need to tank the stock. It's already been tanked by unrealistic Wall St. expectations.
Re: Linking basic staples like corn to the oil price
Now that's utter bullocks.
I don't object in principle to using food stuffs for fuel instead of fossil things. It's just that corn and its various derivatives are totally inefficient. I hate communist greenies with a passion, but if there were an efficient food based alternative that cost about the same as a tank of gas I'd use it. And no, that doesn't mean you just need to jack up the taxes to make the food alternative "cost effective" to me. It has to do that without government intervention.
Re: the idea is rather good as
You were doing rather well until you slipped on the corn oil and fell flat on your face.
To the first paragraph I would add that if properly structured, such a system might remove one of the other major bugaboos for electric car buyers: the huge cost of battery replacement when they die before you are done paying for the car. You could do the quality checks at the recharging stations and remove the failing batteries there and distribute the replacement cost amongst all the users.
I doubt it would be enough for me to personally give up my fossil fuel burner, but it might make it more palatable for some. In fact, it is the biggest objection my roommate has to buying a hybrid, and a pure electric car simply wouldn't work for her. She makes an 8 hour drive to see her mother on a somewhat regular basis. In fact, I'm not even sure she'd be able to get TO work in one, let alone return without recharging.
Re: is in fact a registered trademark
Yeah, another trademark that should NEVER have been issued.
I'll take very, very, very small consolation that at least this time it wasn't my side of the pond fouling things for world plus dog.
I think in some sense most of what's been published since Hugo Gernsback was running his pulps back in the 30s is derivative of what was done back then. Sometimes the derivatives have been better written or more interesting, but they covered most of it back then. Particularly space marines.
Re: Send in the Marines to sort these fools out!
No need for the plural, just one should do.
And I expect he won't be using the full force of his hand. A thumb should suffice.
Re: The problem is the ill-defined...
No, the problem is the LAWYERS who keep trying to sail Supertankers through those holes to rake in untold sums of cash.
Re: MS's UI design teams
I'm not sure exactly who (I suspect the executives, not the drones), but somebody at MS is spending too much time reading the Apple PR and not reading enough of their customer responses.
Re: I hate the arrogance
I expect few Penguinistas hate MS's arrogance as much as those of us who use MS products when they do a generally good job. They may make more frothing and foaming noises, but if you aren't using the product, it just isn't the same.
Re: MSHTML has a published API
Rewrite the API to call browser functions instead of specific code, then allow the API to point to whatever browser. If you can't reliably write that, you should never have made such a hash of things in the first place.
Re: Note to Microsoft
I'm guessing most of the coders at MS would agree. Unfortunately, the legal eagles won't agree. See, decades ago MS insisted in an anti-trust case that IE wasn't an App, it was a critical part of the OS. And the court bought that fraudulent argument and left them off the anti-trust hook. But now, if they EVER admit it IS an app... Well, let's just say there aren't many things that would bankrupt both MS and Bill Gates, but that's one of them that could.
Re: bunch wackos decided to remove themselves from the gene pool.
I don't mind when idiots remove themselves from the gene pool. It's only when they forcibly take someone else with them that I get upset.
Re: what the hell are they spending it on
I imagine some is from ads, but most of it is from pay to play items. Yes, the basic stuff is free (paid for with in game coins), but the really good stuff you have to pay cash to them to get (paid for in the game with dollar bill type thingies [which can also be bought with FB points]). Either that or you've installed a cheat tool that manages your game while you are away from your PC.
Re: the games just became tiresome after a while.
This is the real key to understanding the downfall of Zynga and social games built around their models.
I played a number of their games at their peak. But instead of keeping it stable and making it interesting they started "encouraging" me to play all their other games. At some point you are trying to run to many Skinner boxes and they cease to be even playable let alone fun. And that's BEFORE the damn things start to engage in sustained crashes because they never load tested their servers or their products. And when the game becomes too much WORK people stop playing. Just like I did.
Re: So much for the argument that carrying a gun would prevent massacres.
Do realize that within the last two weeks we've had two more school shooting situations? And that in both of them, the shooter was stopped by someone who was carrying and stepped in to stop the problem before we had another massacre.
Re: Trayvon was the exception, not the rule.
Actually he fits the rule. Pursuing dude had broken off following the Trayvon at police direction. Trayvon went after him. He pulled the piece after being attacked and shot him. Oh, and the dude only got classified as "white" because they wanted to make it about racism. If it had been a real white guy attacking the dude, he would have been reported in the media as "Hispanic" so they could still play the race card.
This drive technology needs a new name,
when I read the headline, I was wondering what angle HP was going to try to work by teaming with Adobe.
Re: But the same is true of my government, too.
Not a chance. I'd trust five random people at an unknown company sooner than I'd trust ANY government.
Sadly, for the DoE this is an improvement.
At least this time they KNOW they were hacked.
Re: former BOFH himself
I thought the only former BOFHs were dead ones.
Re: couple of hundred thousand into four million without apparent embarrassment.
Maybe, but what's catching the eye here is the "double digit drop" part of the story. I might buy an 8-9% drop, but not the double digit. SSD certainly is replacing some HDD. But mass storage needs are going up, not down, and that ultimately means HDD for reasonable access speed. Yes, I see hybrid systems where the OS and the computations run on SSD, but the big near line storage will still be HDD.
And the bit for optical drives dying is just completely over the top. Initially I was thinking about the really old opticals that competed directly with HDD in some segments (yes those pretty much are dead) but upon seeing the posts for CDs, DVDs, and BD... No that's not happening soon, probably not even within my lifetime. Sure, the plain CD drive will die, but the DVR/CDR and BDR/DVR/CDRs will fill that niche.
Re: Optical Drives Abandoned
USB is a non-starter in places worried about security. Optical will never die.
Re: rather than the technical ability to do it.
If you think that, you haven't been keeping up on your technical reading here on El Reg. SSDs are starting to run into indexing limits. They run fast at low storage densities because the current solutions work faster at those densities. Start bumping it up much above where they are and they start to slow down to HDD speeds. Bump it to current HDD max levels, and the SDD actually performs worse. Yeah, at some point there will be a breakthrough that fixes it. But at some point there will also be a breakthrough which bumps up HDD density. If HDD vendors maintain quality instead of cutting corners to make up for lost profits, they still have better lifetimes than SDDs, which are another factor for servers and desktops.
Yes SDDs make sense on laptops, db farms, and home gaming systems where speed is the uber-critical factor, but for big active storage, magnetic is still king.
You obviously don't contract for the DoD, and more government agencies will go that way: No USB drives allowed because they're a prime vector for malware.
@Silverburn: following are not OS requirements: - Games
You sir have OBVIOUSLY never worked on a help desk. Having walked down a good many rows of cubicle farms I can assure you that FREECELL is the MOST important application in the OS.
Re: @Boris S.
Minor nit: It is also a Linux issue as can be seen from the fact that a closer inspection of the code resulted in a fix, and from the sounds of it, an improvement in working, but problematic code. I'll go a bit easier on the Linux guys than the vendor on this one because it sounds like the vendor was unhelpful when they were trying to write the driver. For the Linux code writer the punishment is a stern email from Linus, and public embarrassment (which from the sounds of it have already been delivered).
I concur that even if they hadn't been gits about supplying code documentation, Samsung still comes in for higher criticism because they SHOULD be testing for this. Maybe not every version from every distributor, but certainly Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, and SUSE with either CentOS or Slackware taking 5th position for minimal testing.