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Comment: Re:Taxes suck but... (Score 1) 197

by 0123456 (#49192733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

To use a car analogy: Most people don't, and shouldn't, forfeit owning a second car simply because the first car has most of the same advantages.

Except, in this case, the second car burns a gallon of oil every hundred miles, and randomly sets the first car on fire every now and again.

Comment: Re:Dual passports is usually a win. (Score 1) 197

by 0123456 (#49192635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Dual passports is usually a win.

Except if one of them is American, thanks to the IRS. No-one I know who got a Green Card has any intention of becoming a US citizen, because they don't want to be lumbered with the IRS for the rest of their life.

Plus, you continually have to be figuring out which passport you should be showing to which burrowcrat when you travel anywhere.

Comment: Re:Open Worlds (Score 1) 68

by 0123456 (#49190657) Attached to: Source 2 Will Also Be Free

The MMO Tera uses the UE3 engine. So I would say that it handles huge, open worlds just fine. The others I couldnt tell you.

To be fair, the Tera world isn't that open. It tends to be separated into relatively small areas with hills and walls between them that would allow you to avoid drawing most of the map... not sure whether it actually takes advantage of that fact, but I would presume they designed it that way for a reason.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 1) 114

by 0123456 (#49129005) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

Except if you bothered to watch the video linked above for actual in-game performance testing (NOT synthetic benchmarks), you'll see that most of the time Intel is neck and neck with AMD - not "smoking" them.

Is this the lame old 'look! If I run a game that's GPU-limited, my AMD machine is just as fast as that Intel machine that costs twice as much!' nonsense?

AMD fanboys have been doing that for years when they can't find any legitimate way to beat Intel.

Comment: Re:Seagate (Score 0) 159

by 0123456 (#49102887) Attached to: Nvidia Faces Suit Over GTX970 Performance Claims

It does work. There's 4GB of RAM. It's fully usable. It's just slower. Just like my laptop.

So are you saying I should be suing Toshiba because the top 2GB of RAM in my laptop is half the speed of the bottom 4GB?

And note that the actual frame-rate tests I've seen show only a few percent difference, because you'll rarely be accessing data in that upper 512MB. You need artificial tests to make it run drastically slower.

Comment: Re:probably won't go anywhere (Score 3, Insightful) 159

by 0123456 (#49102563) Attached to: Nvidia Faces Suit Over GTX970 Performance Claims

I don't get your problem with the people suing. They were promised X for Y dollars. They only got a fraction of X.

They were promised 4GB. They got 4GB. Complaining that 0.5GB of that runs slow is like complaining that 2GB of the 6GB in my laptop runs at half the speed of the other 4GB.

The only valid complaint they have is that Nvidia said it had 64 ROPs when it only has 56. That's not really something worth a lawsuit, when, as I understand it, the chip isn't capable of generating pixels fast enough to make use of 64.

As I said above, the only people who will really benefit from this are lawyers.

Comment: Re: Overstamp twice. (Score 1) 133

by 0123456 (#49102031) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

Yeah, this must be the reason the UK has such a high crime rate in comparison with the US.

Oh wait...

It does have relatively high crime rates (just not murder), and those rates were significantly lower when gun ownership was common and anyone could carry one so long as they had ten shillings to pay for a license.

Comment: Re:Replicators (Score 1) 207

by 0123456 (#49101981) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

Ah, an optimist, I see. 'Agitating for access to the technology' would inevitably result in eliminating most of the government and business in that country, and they will fight that to the bitter end. Big Business and Big Government just don't work in a world where anyone can make anything they want at any time.

I think it's far more likely that most of the West will ban it, until their economies collapse as other nations that don't have the same industrial baggage overtake them.

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance. -- James Bryant Conant