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Comment: Re:so... (Score 4, Informative) 71

by Nemyst (#47585155) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year
So what you're saying is that the backwards states pollute a lot. Gee, whodathunkit. Sadly, your crude assessment clearly designed to make electric cars look bad is rather... laughable. You include transmission losses for electricity, but not distribution pollution/losses for gas? Nor refining? You assume that ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of your electricity comes from coal? You assume that efficiency between electricity and gas is in any way comparable? I could go on, but I doubt you care about that.

Go ahead and enjoy your Hummer.

Comment: Re:It's almost sane(really) (Score 5, Insightful) 434

by Nemyst (#47581461) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers
To both cases: this is why organizations like Interpol exist. So a police force from one country can work in tandem with another to solve a case that crosses national borders. If the US want data stored in an Ireland server, they should work with the police there to get it, instead of saying that their jurisdiction extends worldwide unilaterally.

Comment: Re:Been programing for 28 years, never heard about (Score 2) 204

by Nemyst (#47574259) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
It's not a "CS club", it's one of the largest academic communities in the world. Their weight varies by discipline, but in mine (computer graphics) they're ubiquitous: SIGGRAPH is run by the ACM. That's a conference with tens of thousands of attendees every year where major companies like Microsoft, NVIDIA, AMD, Intel, Autodesk and more go to show off their new research and products, both hardware and software.

The problem the ACM has is that joining has little incentive if you don't go to a conference. If you do, especially as a student, the steep discount makes it more than worth it, but otherwise there's little to gain that cannot be had elsewhere. Computer science in general has always been strong on giving out pre-prints of articles published in journals and conference proceedings, so you rarely need privileged access to eg. the ACM's publications. Their newsletter is neat in that they give job listings that I probably would have a hard time finding elsewhere, being so very focused, yet it's not particularly useful due to geographical spread and it's most certainly not worth the standard admission fee. I've had no incentive to dig around and figure out what else a membership offers, which goes to show...

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 90

by Nemyst (#47538281) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO
If we "someday" discover that radioactive decay is not inherently random and unpredictable to an atomic level, it'd mean we suddenly contradict a hundred years of scientific research, models and theories. While not impossible, your post implies that there's a model and we just don't know it; the truth is that it's extremely unlikely to be the case.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 2) 120

The big deal ain't the range, it's the range considering the battery. The highest range Model S has an 85 kWh battery, rated for 265 miles (426km). This eVe has a 16 kWh battery, yet manages 310 miles (500km). That's a massive difference, especially when you consider that battery charge time is one of the big downsides of electric cars right now. Obviously, the smaller the battery, the faster the charge. Alternatively, you can keep the same size battery but quadruple the range. Oh, and this doesn't even factor the solar panels.

The point of cars like this is to maximize efficiency. Then, you try to take what you've learned making it and apply that to production cars.

Comment: Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (Score 1) 894

A tweet and (I presume) some heated words and you get them off the airplane and threaten to call the cops? If this were about his behavior, that'd be one thing, but no: he was allowed to board the plane after removing the tweet. This is purely the SWA personnel not wanting to look bad, and doing an absolutely inexcusable thing in the process.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 322

by Nemyst (#47522219) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
That's not true. The Xbox One uses a hypervisor, based on the latest Hyper-V, to run two kernels: the Xbox kernel and a Windows kernel. They're both permanently online to allow for instant switching to the main menu. I've seen very little details as to the origin and evolution of the Xbox kernel, so I have a hard time simply acknowledging an unsourced claim that it's still derived from the original Xbox kernel. Since the tech behind it is DirectX 11 level, with multicore support as a first priority, it makes little sense to use something that old and unsuited.

Comment: Re:4 year degrees have a lot theory & fluff / (Score 4, Insightful) 224

by Nemyst (#47519331) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
They're not fluff. They're just not about getting a job, but about getting an education. If all you want is a degree, go to a technical school. You'll be happy. University is (or rather, should be) for people who want to learn and expand their knowledge, even in fields unrelated with what they hope to be doing once they graduate.

The "4 years places" you speak of so lowly may not have professors doing IT work, but they have highly knowledgeable researchers who have done stuff you wouldn't even be able to grasp for years, often decades. They're just not the people I'd ask about IT.

What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.