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Comment Re:Have you ever been to a grocery store? (Score 1) 259

You think a business that makes 10-20 % margins on 20 milllion in revenue gives a fuck about whether they can hire a 5000$ electrician during a 50,000 renovation? The layout is set up for business purposes, and hasn't hinged on any of this nonsense you're BS'ing in many decades.

You think a business that makes 10-20 % gross margins cares? Yes... because the net margin on that business is less than 2%. When your net profit just about paces the rate of inflation, you care about everything.

Comment Re:I don't see the problem (Score 1) 99

The problem is that we have valuable die real-estate being taken up by this shit when additional L1/L2 cache, a core, or other SIMD instruction sets would be better. The market is full of DSP chips, why this, and why on the fucking die!

Because a separate chip, additional chip-to-chip interconnect, and additional PCB-type lithography is far more expensive than on-die lithography?

For instance, USB 3 really took off when Intel integrated USB3 into their chipsets. With the 6-series chipsets, USB 3 was a more expensive feature requiring a separate chip - NEC, Asmedia, etc. - and you pretty much would only find it on premium or gamer motherboards. With the 7-series chipsets, it was everywhere.

Intel is trying to incorporate more cheap-to-provide features to support their existing consumer price point and give you a reason to upgrade. You're free to buy chips with more cores or more L3 cache -- they're on socket LGA 2011 and they'll cost far more than a DSP using a far smaller quantity of this "valuable die real-estate" (254 mm2 versus 356 mm2 for the 22nm Haswell parts).

Comment Re:This was all about convenience (Score 1) 303

Dude, have you ever walked around with two phones? It's inconvenient.

All the time. I call them "personal phone" and "work phone." Because work does not need access to my personal emails, contact lists, apps, etc.

Meantime, please let me know how "it's inconvenient" can be used as an affirmative defense to complying with workplace policies or, in this case, the actual law. There are hordes of people not named Clinton who'd like to be able to play that card...

Comment Re:book was boring (Score 1) 60

Yes, it's a book for people who don't know science.

Well you've certainly taught him, you professional hard sci-fi writer...

He wrote a fictional novel for entertainment. Critiquing other's work under standards it was never intended to meet is easy. Demonstrating that you can do it better is infinitely harder.

For example: You complain about the hydrazine-to-water conversion because it might yield 15% more water by volume in an ideal process? And you're insulted because the author didn't walk through calculations of density and mass-to-mole conversion, but instead made a like-versus-like comparison in units that a casual reader would understand with 1 significant figure of precision?

Hint: You think and write like an engineer. Engineers are not his audience.

Attempt to write something better. Then, watch it die miserably since, given your writing sample, you're not going to have an appreciably-sized, paying audience for that mess.

Comment Thank you Second Circuit (Score 1) 688

[A]lthough modern handguns were not in common use at the time of enactment of the Second Amendment, their basic function has not changed: many are readily adaptable to military use in the same way that their predecessors were used prior to the enactment.

Thank you Second Circuit. I look forward to exercising my right to bear swords, pikes, and various firearms with accompanying bayonets. All these being Napoleonic melee weapons in common use at the time of enactment of the second amendment. When I open carry these arms (note: the second amendment is not restricted to "firearms"), I fully expect you to back me to the hilt despite the fact that most people consider them to be more threatening and deadly than a taser.

Comment Re:The quality of trolling on here... (Score 1) 193

Go look up "straw man" then maybe you'll get a clue.

You need to stop telling others what to do and start explaining your own arguments in your own words. As we've asked you repeatedly to do.

So far all we have is you claiming that all those people were sublte trolls and then running away from your own claims like poor and less skilled version of Donald Trump.

Comment Re: Bandwidth? (Score 0) 64

I would far prefer a reliable 13Mbps that covers a while multi-acre lot than 54Mbps that I can't even use at one end of my house.

It doesn't matter because if they open up a new band with more range then you'll just have more stations to compete with because you can fight for spectrum with people who are farther away.

That comment wasn't insightful. It was a small piece of knowledge drowned in Three Stooges-level hyperbole.

Even if we accept for sake of argument that any band with more range will "just have more stations to compete with because you can fight for spectrum with people who are farther away," it's a new band.

That new band increases the bandwidth available within the area. Traffic exhanged along the new band in not exchanged along the old bands, which matters for all.

Jesus Christ. 5GHz equipment is not magical simply because it has a lower effective range. It's an entirely alternate band with a larger number of independent channels than 2.4GHz. It's highly recommended precisely because it's an alternate band that currently has less congestion.

Comment Re:The quality of trolling on here... (Score 1) 193

So genius, which bit of:

"yet in your mind they were all definitely trolls. Why is that?"

isn't a straw man to you?

All of it. Because I am literate. Let me illustrate:

Whatever happened to the subtle trolls (yes they did exist) that had - on the surface at least - had very convincing arguments?

Perhaps they [the subtle trolls] weren't trolls at all, and simply had different opinions than you do. They [the subtle trolls] were subtle and had convincing arguments, yet in your mind they [the subtle trolls] were all definitely trolls. Why is that?

The problem is one of your own creation -- they [the subtle trolls] are not all subtle trolls? "Subtle trolls (yes they did exist)" includes non-trolls? Because the last time I checked, when you craft a category based upon a combination of characteristics, everything within the category should have each of the characteristics. Hence all subtle trolls would be subtle and would also be trolls.

You're unintentionally conceding his point -- not all "subtle trolls" are trolls -- for reasons that you now recognize but are unwilling to admit. Properly labeling someone as a troll requires that you know their intent, yet if they're being subtle you pretty much cannot know their intent. There is no strawman because you yourself set up the category, and he's merely questioning your ability to accurately apply use it without being overinclusive.

Got it, non-genius? Or perhaps subtle troll?

Comment Re:The quality of trolling on here... (Score 1) 193

How about first you explain why so many people are fond of straw men.

GP is not required to explain others' reasons for doing what they do. I suspect he was motivated by the fact that you wrote "Whatever happened to the subtle trolls (yes they did exist) that had - on the surface at least - had very convincing arguments."

A strawman argument requires that the person responding changes the proposition and then refutes the changed proposition rather than the addressing the actual point of argument. GP neither changed your proposition nor directly refuted it - instead he questioned your premise. You literally claimed that subtle trolls existed and had superficially convincing arguments.

All in all a poor attempt at a red herring.

Comment Re:Impossible with #6 or lesser shotgun shot (Score 1) 528

but i get to punch you in the face after you shoot me...right ?

.70 ft-lbs per pellet, and there could be more than 1 based upon spead versus apparent cross-section of the drone. All you have to do is destablize the drone to get most to automatically shut down.

As to your question - yes. From a standing position 2 yards away. (:P) Distance tables are handy.

Comment Re:Impossible with #6 or lesser shotgun shot (Score 4, Informative) 528

You're simply wrong.

Source: actual ballistics tables

60 yards is 180 ft -- 20 ft short of the target distance. 500 FPS will still hurt quite a bit.

Maximum range with "no" ballistic energy is 200 yards, and we're talking about smaller birdshot (#7.5-8), not #6.

Sign a liability waiver, stand 200 ft away, and allow me to blast away at you with Remington 12 guage #6 if you're so sure of yourself...

Comment The Privacy Mess is because of? (Score 3, Insightful) 485

[I]n this context I trust Microsoft about as far as I could throw a heavy old steel-cased 1980s PC.

Being careful with your data isn't just a Microsoft thing. My views of Microsoft and Google are pretty much diametrically opposed -- I have enormous faith in Google and Googlers doing the right thing with respect to protecting the data I share with them, but even in the case of Google -- with whom I share a great deal of data -- I'm selective about what I do share.

Anti-Microsoft, pro-Google, and no stated reason for faith in one "doing the right thing with respect to protecting the data" while the other, apparently, will not.

Except for this:

You may have heard concerns about the sharing of Wi-Fi passwords by Win10. This is largely not a problem in practice, given the details of the implementation.

How this suffices for posting on Slashdot with the headline tease "Privacy Mess" eludes me. Google = Bing. Google Drive = OneDrive. Chrome = Win 8+ windows-account-synced favorites and settings. Pot and Kettle both the same color, black or otherwise.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.