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Comment Re:Amortization of fixed costs (Score 1) 194

Its not quite that simple. So I decide I am going to start making memory. I do all my up front capital investment. Now I have to decide how much of my fixed costs I want to try to recoup per unit. One question I might ask myself in the chip industry is how long will this stuff be in mass market demand. Nobody will want my chips if a new tech comes out that doubles density. My current equipment won't be useful anymore. Now I don't know when this will happen so I am going to probably start off with higher prices, pessimistically assuming the window of viability will be small. My competitors are naturally doing this as well so we can all charge high prices.

Suppose a few years have gone by and there have NOT been any major process improvements. My initial capital investment is paid off. My variable costs have been controlled as well as they can. My contribution margin is maximized fully. I now have every incentive to sell as many units as possible! So its a question of capacity. If can produce 20% more chips running another shift or something I probably will. If I have to cut my prices to sell those chips some, I probably will still do it. On the other hand if I don't have spare capacity, I probably don't want to expand my capital investment into three year old technology. My competition may or may not be in the same position. If all of us are selling all the chips we can produce at current prices, than nobody has any reason to lower prices.

The moment it looks like a new technology is coming down the pike, even if its just a die shrink though suddenly we have inventory to clear..

Comment Re:Forget about the neighbourhood e-cat (Score 2) 181

And I'm still waiting for one of the LENR/CANR dudes to blow themselves up mini-nuke-style.

Any invention capable of producing enough useful energy in small enough a package can be, and will (accidentally or not), eventually turn into a bomb. It's the boom-threshold of power engineering.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 637

Exactly, this isn't news or if it is its only new because Linus has gotten much more open and liberal about what he will except for inclusion these days. In the 2.4.x era there were tons of popular patch sets for Linux. Things like alternative schedulers, IPSec implementations, Access control layers, and customizations for vendor specific architecture variants were downright common to have as patch sets.

There were tons of reasons, code quality, license constraints, conflicts with other subsystems, and more often than not someone on the core team just did not like the engineering decision made around interfaces. That person being Linus himself frequently.

I haven never tried to get a kernel patch included up stream but just as an observer it seems the situation is much better than it used to be. The kernel team is larger, and thru the 2.6.x period kernel internals have improved in terms of coupling, the added flexibility has been used to allow more stuff to flow up stream. Linus does not like the BSD secure level model, this guy disagrees, that is all there is to this. Maybe if people think that functionality is useful and not better met by something else Linus will change his mind. That has happened before too. Especially if somone finds it commercially useful and Red Hat or IBM or someone picks up the patches and starts using them.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 141

Most RAID controllers have pathetic parity data computation performance.

You are right about that point. Which is why ZFS "does it in software" that said, because existing implementations do the job poorly is not a case against the design decision to provide those functions at a given layer. metadata-integrity needs to be done at the filesystem layer. The storage layer does not and should not know about filesystem internals. As far as parity and general data integrity the storage system can and should do that. I mean if the FS layer says give that block this bit pattern, it really should expect that block to have that bit pattern later.

Comment Re: Ban ALL NUKES NOW (Score 1) 137

The difference is when nuclear goes bad the damage can be very big.

No the difference is the damage from operating coal and hydrocarbon fuel plants is spread over a large geographic area (diffused in the atmosphere) and period of time. Individuals, societies, and ecosystems are generally able to cope with and absorb those impacts.

What is missed is the concentrated calamities that are oil spills, tail pound leaks, ash spills etc. Those are also consequences of traditional generation even if indirectly.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 2) 137

There is some truth in parts of what you say but its still a highly biased view point. Firstly the relatively small size of the Native American population made all that land management easy.

When your numbers are that small you don't have all kinds of problems you do with larger populations. Simply burying your shit works when you only have a handful of people living on a large acreage. That does not hold up when your numbers get much larger.

Forest does not in fact provide much food. It takes a lot of forest land to provide enough food for a person sustainably, thru hunting and gathering. Certainly way more than land cultivation. If you are a village of a hundred it might work, much beyond that and the area over which resource must be gathered will be farther than people can walk.

would be known as "the flyover states", just a bunch of shitholes with poor civil rights?

This ^^ really gives your leftist history rewriting away. "The flyover states" are also "America's bread basket" they are not empty. They do have a good deal of forest, more than they once did in fact as agriculture has become more efficient and we have been able to allow places to reforest. Good thing too that helps air quality and reduces climate change.

The rest of space is very much being used to group the wheat and corn that went into your breakfast cereal this morning.

Comment ubiquity and Git (Score 5, Insightful) 892

Is Linux successful? Debatable. It has success in limited uses,

These limited uses being "pretty much everything outside the desktop".

Servers, embed, high performance computing clusters, smartphones, robots, home appliances, etc.
And new uses still pop up on a regular basis.

Hardly a niche.

Though you probably are proud of explicitely using a non-Linux OS on your computer (Mac OS X ? Windows ?), fact is that you probably interact with a dozen of Linux powered device each day without noticing.

Linus accomplished a lot, but what groundbreaking thing has he done in the last 20 years?

Yeah, the guy has done nothing more that the Linux kernel in he's life. He's a one trick poney.
It's not like he would be ablto to do anything else like starting a distributed source control management (DSCM) that in practice almost replace any other SCM.
Oh, wait...

Without Linus to create Git, you probably wouldn't have had communities like GitHub emerge nowadays (or they would have tried to built on much less optimal technology. Github is born out of the specific feature that with git, forks/merges/rebases are cheap - a specific feature that Linus needed to build in order to be able to use git for the kernel work).

Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 132

The medallions avoid a couple things,
- drivers charging on a hail unsafely then haggling over who can carry them
- lots of empty cabs driving around

Gas prices and the expense of operating a vehicle in the city takes care of the second. Taxi companies won't run cabs if they're not making money, so the problem is self-limiting. Medallions only serve to artificially limit supply.

Comment Re:Tech circles vs slashdot (Score 2) 276

I haven't decided yet if I like the TPP or not - particularly as we haven't know the full details

That is people problem though. FASTTRACK essential means our elected representatives HAVE decided they like, and they largely haven't seen the full details either! More than that the smaller group of officials actually negotiating the thing did not let larger group look at it except under insane conditions where they could not even take notes.

It does not matter if its a good law or not, they way its being enacted amounts to a total subversion of how our system of representative democracy was supposed to work. That should be enough reason to oppose the thing on its own. We need to send the message we demand sunshine in the legislative process!

Comment Re:And we STILL can't read it (Score 5, Insightful) 276

At least Nixon knew when the jig was up and still had enough sense of shame to step down when he was busted. When modern presidents wantonly ignore the law AND get caught they claim is some !$MYPARTY conspiracy to discredit them and carry on.

We would lucky to have a president with half the integrity or Richard Nixon again.

Comment Re:Bullying (Score 1) 446

That is sorta my point though. My unsupported theory is we have a lot of mal adjusted adults, especially young adults because when they were adolescents forming behaviors, developing coping skills, learning empathy etc, they spent all their time around other people who like them had not yet developed those skills.

People seem to not even know how they are supposed to feel anymore. Practically ever 20 something I meet thinks if they don't feel 'happy' every moment of their day they are depressed. They then conclude they either need to be on medication or the world is against them or something equally crazy. They have no ability to 'talk' themselves up or down.

It takes a profound lack of empathy to commit mass murder. I am really what have those people does to you that is so bad you feel entitled to deny them another sunrise, another cup a tea? That is deeply messed up thinking to be able to justify such an act. If there is one thing we know about adolescents its empathy isn't a strong suit yet. Its developing but its not there, I suspect its partly learned behavior. Adolescents not being made to conform to a world run by adults but instead allowed to raise themselves in these little lord of flies micro societies we call schools, i think leads to a lot of the narcissism we see out there.

Comment Re:Cool article... (Score 2) 132

One of the reasons Uber, Lyft and all the other "ride sharing" app companies get so much flack because they are breaking the law.

I'd be more sympathetic if 1) Uber and Lyft were offering the same services as taxis (you can't flag down an Uber; you have to request one), and 2) many jurisdictions hadn't already ruled that you're wrong.

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