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Comment: Re:Thus showing CO2 is hardly related to warming (Score 1) 173

by SuperKendall (#49636165) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

You can only say that if you only look at the atmosphere and cherry pick the extremely hot year of 1998

No - you can say that if you simply observe ANY measure of temperature rise over the last two decades. CO2 has skyrocketed - temperature did not (it has gone up some but is now far below the most conservative estimates of warming, even though CO2 has risen as predicted). Thus, no correlation and certainly no indication a runaway effect is going to occur.

It's crazy that people are still treating a gas that the entire biosphere of the Earth was built to process as a danger, when there are real threats to the environment aplenty. Guess we'll all just ignore those while we go wackoid over nothing.

Comment: Re:Extrapolate? (Score 1) 91

by Kjella (#49636007) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

Uhhhh...just FYI but Intel has come right out and admitted it rigged the benchmarks so you can trust them about as much as the infamous FX5900 benches with its "quack.exe" back in the day.

Yes yes, you spam that to every thread. That's exactly why I compared Intel with Intel. Unless you think they're creating benchmarks that's increasingly inaccurate for each new generation, the point was that AMDs "jump" isn't actually more than Intel has improved through yearly releases since. Do you think the benchmarks are more "rigged" for the 4790k than the 3770k? Is the lack of new FX processors not real? By the way, even Phoronix's conclusion says:

From the initial testing of the brand new AMD FX-8350 "Vishera", the performance was admirable, especially compared to last year's bit of a troubled start with the AMD FX Bulldozer processors.
  In other words, the AMD FX-8350 is offered at a rather competitive value for fairly high-end desktops and workstations against Intel's latest Ivy Bridge offerings -- if you're commonly engaging in a workload where AMD CPUs do well.

In not all of the Linux CPU benchmarks did the Piledriver-based FX-8350 do well. For some Linux programs, AMD CPUs simply don't perform well and the 2012 FX CPU was even beaten out by older Core i5 and i7 CPUs.

I guess "bit of troubled" was the most pro-AMD way he could describe the FX-8150. And the FX-8350 is a mixed bag. And there's been zero improvement since. I realize your anger but Bulldozer was a disaster, the number of AMD fanboys that swear to their AMD Phenom II X6s should be a clue. When you can't even sell it to the ones drinking the kool-aid, good luck selling it to everybody else.

Comment: Re:You mean, ensures detection (Score 4, Interesting) 66

by gstoddart (#49635251) Attached to: Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs

Sure, but by which point you're doing much more involved forensics and hunting this down.

In many companies, a misbehaving computer is just re-imaged.

We used to have a receptionist who put so much crap on her PC that every couple of months when she decided she'd broken it enough, they'd just re-image it.

Why nobody ever told her to stop putting that crap on in the first place I'll never understand.

In that kind of scenario, nobody would even know she had any specific malware or what it did.

Comment: Thus showing CO2 is hardly related to warming (Score 0, Flamebait) 173

by SuperKendall (#49635239) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

Warming is obviously a lot more complex than CO2 levels, because warming has continued to basically flatline as it has for decades now. So why are we still so concerned about CO2 emissions when the runaway effect predicted is simply not occurring?

There are simply too many natural processes in the earths climate that deal with variances in heat, most variances from other causes are vastly greater than the current minuscule levels of CO2 we see (they are historically high but factor in very little in terms of atmospheric mix).

If we're lucky, we'll get a nice 2C boost for a few hundred years out of all combined warming effects, before sliding into yet another ice age. Sadly I do not think we will be that lucky.

Comment: Re:You mean, ensures detection (Score 1, Interesting) 66

by gstoddart (#49635021) Attached to: Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs

Honestly though, a borked Windows box often just gets re-imaged because people aren't all that surprised by one which has gone flaky.

So, you know your machine is having problems, but that doesn't mean you know you have malware.

And, as TFA says:

The code replacing the MBR makes the machine print out a message mocking attempts to analyse it.

Restoring a PC with its MBR deleted involves reinstalling Windows, which could mean important data is lost.

Basically it sounds like there's not much left to look at.

Comment: Re:Let them shut it down, I'm done... (Score 1) 20

by gstoddart (#49634917) Attached to: Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction

Or, alternately ... why would I rely on someone else in the first place? Why would I waste time and bandwidth copying my files around the internet?

I'm probably in the minority, but I still buy CDs, rip them to MP3, and then put them on whatever the hell I like.

I don't have ads either. I also don't have DRM, annual fees, or any of the other crap associated with keeping my stuff in the cloud.

Comment: Re:no it isn't (Score 1) 20

by gstoddart (#49634789) Attached to: Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction

Yes. They are going to learn very quickly that there is no such thing as "outside of U.S. jurisdiction".

Of course not, the US government has become the enforcement arm for the multinational copyright cartels.

Which is why industry groups write the text of trade agreements and then tell the US government to go implement it and pressure other countries to adopt it.

Comment: Re:Spot the Fed comments in TFA were pretty tame (Score 1) 75

by gstoddart (#49634687) Attached to: FBI Releases Its Files On DEF CON: Not Amused By Spot-the-Fed

I think there is some kind of law that says all reports must be written in in passive voice

But, honestly, anybody old enough (by which I mean over around 30) who had a decent enough education had passive voice hammered into us for many many things.

Pretty much anything which was intended to be a factual reporting of something is supposed to be in passive voice.

So much so that when Microsoft introduced their annoying grammar checker it would give me warnings that I was writing in passive voice. Unfortunately I was writing technical stuff, and had no intention of writing "and then I'm all like pew pew, take that sucker".

By the time you're talking about anything written within the FBI, you're going to have this be even more pervasive.

I'd bet some of the Feds found Spot the Fed humorous...

Don't they surgically remove the sense of humor?

Comment: Re:Just in time for the End of the Line (Score 1) 91

by Kjella (#49634317) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

None of those other nodes pitches involved dimensions of which quantum mechanical tunneling was the dominant effect, nor of gate thickness being one atom. But that's what 10nm is.

Not even close. They have on the research stage made functional 3nm FinFET transistors, if they can be produced in the billions is unlikely as it requires every atom to be in the right place but 10nm still has some margin of error. The end of the road is in sight though...

Comment: Re:Extrapolate? (Score 4, Interesting) 91

by Kjella (#49634193) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

Anyone care to extrapolate from current benchmarks as to how this new processor will compare to Intel's desktop offerings? I would like to see Intel have some competition there.

FX-8350: 2012
"Zen": 2016

The 40% jump is more like 0%, 0%, 0%, 40%.

If you compare a 3770K (best of 2012) to a 4790K (best of today) you get a ~15% frequency boost and another ~10% IPC improvements. If the leaked roadmaps are to believed Skylake for the desktop is imminent which will bring a new 14nm process and a refined micro-architecture at the same time as Broadwell missed their tick for the desktop, so in the same timeframe Intel will have improved 30-40% too.

Anyway you asked about AMD and I answered with Intel but it's a lot easier to get a meaningful answer without getting into the AMD vs Intel flame war. In short, even if AMD comes through on that roadmap they're only back to 2012 levels of competitiveness and honestly speaking it wasn't exactly great and AMD wasn't exactly profitable. They're so far behind that you honestly couldn't expect less if they weren't giving up on that market completely, which honestly thinking I thought they had. And I wonder how credible this roadmap is, I remember an equally impressive upwards curve for Bulldozer...

Comment: Re:Snowball effect (Score 1) 319

by Kjella (#49633767) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

It's not a big mystery. Linus released a primitive kernel that worked, at the right time, with the right license, and then diligently kept rolling up contributions and releasing the result.
  These days he writes very little code himself; almost all he does is manage patches. I'm not sure how much code he wrote in the early days, but I think his diligent application of patches sent to him helped Linux to become stable and useful.

He wrote huge parts of it himself and in 2006 about 2% was still written by himself. I can't find how many LOCs it had then, but it was 5 million in 2003 and 11 million in 2009 so 8 million-ish. That means in the ballpark of 160.000 lines of code over 15 years, along with managing the whole project. And when that's not enough, he bootstraps what's possibly the most widely used source control management system today.

Now I've met people who are absolutely brilliant, they're rare. I've met people who truly excels at making everybody pull in the same direction, they're rare too. But I've never met one that's both, he could have been overly possessive and not let anyone else work on his pet project. It's one thing to say you want contributions, it's another thing to mean it in practice. Or he could have been the one pointing out a direction with nobody to do the heavy lifting.

Most of us don't even want to do both, the more I have to rely on others to get something done the more I realize how much I'd hate it if everything I did was manage other people. Those who want to run the business/organization/project get out of the doer role quickly, those who don't avoid management and get into some kind of technical guru role, to use a military analogy more like the special forces than a general. If you find one that both can do both and want to do both, you've hit the jackpot.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.