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Comment Re:What kind of gaming PC can you get for $400? (Score 1) 168 168

Anyway, console plus mid range PC is at the cost of high end PC.

The advantage of this is that you can have the console in the room with the large monitor and the mid-range PC in the room with the desk, plus all the other usability advantages of consoles.

I thought many things also required an additional xbox subscription to get updates or do multiplayer.

Only multiplayer requires the Xbox Live Gold subscription on Xbox One. Updates are included in the Xbox Live Silver, available without charge to all owners of unbanned Xbox One consoles. Noninteractive video streaming apps such as Netflix required a Gold subscription on Xbox 360, but this was phased out on Xbox One.

Comment Re:Forward error correction (Score 1) 152 152

ECC inside individual packets? Pointless. Every network standard worth its salt has at least a CRC32 covering the entire frame.

CRC32 is just error detection. It doesn't actually correct errors. Or are you claiming the packets would just get dropped along the way by intermediate routers that check the CRC?

Comment Re:magic unicorn wipe public information law (Score 1) 251 251

It is a private agreement between the French and a corporate entity.

wow! really? did you read the fucking sentence right after the one you quoted genius?

I have no idea what you are talking about with "music sharing" since I never mentioned it once. I'm going to assume you are trolling at this point.

What a laugh. They can certainly do so. All they need to do is ask Google and Google needs to agree to it in order for it to happen. DMCA requests to Google already expunge data from Google IN ALL COUNTRIES, not just the US.

any other help you need today moron?

at this point i have to conclude you're just trolling me

Comment Re:Convenient (Score 1) 75 75

i'm not a nice person. and this is not couple's therapy

if someone says something stupefyingly dumb (on a "news for nerds" website no less), they deserve to be pilloried

i understand the concept of educating the ignorant patiently. but then there is stupidity so amazing there is no hope

prideful ignorance exists in this world. it resists logic reason and patience. such stupidity needs to be attacked for the cancer it is (irony intended). blind and dumb people actually cause real damage in this world

Comment Jitter (Score 2) 152 152

As long as bits are not irrecoverably lost, how is it going to sound any different?

Jitter, the relative timing of when bits arrive. Audiophile tests led to its having been identified as a measurable problem in S/PDIF installations, which led to use of a circular buffer to mitigate jitter. True, S/PDIF is connection-oriented, and networks using Ethernet are packet-switched with such a buffer being implemented in the network stack and in the application. TCP in particular retransmits packets corrupted by noise. But if the retransmitted packet doesn't arrive in time, emptying of the buffer causes an audible interruption. And if the buffer is enlarged to prevent this, this can affect perceived responsiveness in interactive applciations such as music production and video games.

Comment Space to aggregate popular votes (Score 1) 311 311

Aggregating ballots for n candidates across precincts within a region requires O(n) space in plurality, approval, Borda, or other subsets of range voting. It requires O(n^2) space in Condorcet because Condorcet decomposes to a set of pairwise races. But in STV, it requires O(n!) space, as you have to track all possible orderings when transferring votes.

Comment Re:magic unicorn wipe public information law (Score 1) 251 251

Um, no. I never said that. Read it again. And use caps.

i understand exactly what you said. and i additionally understand that your comment does not address the actual topic. i will use caps just as soon as you actually try to understand the fucking topic in front of you, and then commenting

furthermore, to actually follow you down your lame red herring topic change, just to completely show your idiocy (as if you confusing music sharing with "right to be forgotten" didn't do that effectively enough):

you don't think that all sorts of countries twist the arms of all sorts of multinationals for all sorts of lame reasons already? that's just corporate life. this isn't new or even noteworthy

the hard line, the important point, is that the sovereignty of a *country*'s laws is not subjugated to the fickle bullshit of another country's ignorant laws

of course governments often go into treaties and agree on limited exceptions to their sovereign laws. these situations are narrow and up for constant review. that's fine too

but i can guarantee you no US government is going to respect French requests to censor based on this useless "right to be forgotten" band aid, ever. the request will be laughed at and waved out of the room, as it should be

finally, if france does kick out google, the usa reciprocates against french companies operating in the usa for the fickle bullshit of a logically incoherent and invalid law. so france won't do it, or they will hear from their influential multinationals

any questions? any other remedial hand holding you need today on this topic?

Comment There's no third option "Keep what I have" (Score 1) 256 256

The complaint is that there's no third option for "Quickly install while keeping all existing settings the same as they were". There are only "Switch to all Microsoft services" (mislabeled "Express") and "Time-consuming interview" (correctly labeled "Custom").

Comment Re:magic unicorn wipe public information law (Score 1) 251 251

it is a moral issue

and france has the wrong understanding of the topic and the immoral position

additionally, if france does kick out google, the usa reciprocates against french companies operating in the usa for the fickle bullshit of a logically incoherent and invalid law

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"