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Comment Performance only par at 4K (Score 5, Interesting) 77 77

The Fury is really only competitive at 4K resolution. At lower resolutions 1440p, 1080p, etc., it gets beat pretty bad in pretty much every game out there (save for a very small handful) by the 980 and 980 TI. Given that the majority of monitors out there are still 1080p or 1440p it is hard to recommend this card.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 2) 843 843

I am also curious (haven't looked) as to what the flight/fight profile of the F-35 is in the first place. if it's Air Superiority, then that usually means higher altitudes where there may be a better advantage. Anything else appears to be a whole lot of incompetence in design.

It is everything... It was designed to need to be air superiority, air-to-ground assault platform, close combat support air-to-ground, stealth, and VTOL....

In other words they government wants it to do everything, and as such it can't do any of them as well as something designed to do a specific mission type would be able to do.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 2) 401 401

Maybe, but there's a lot less gunning down of civilians by the police in Europe compared to the U.S. (I don't know whether that's down to less racism or less guns or some other socio-political difference).

It isn't due to less racism for certain. It is due to less racial diversity at the local level. Someone forgets about a multi-million person racial/ethnic purge that occurred in Europe 70-80 years ago. Between the people killed and the ones who fled, the racial diversity in all of continental Europe was swept away. Researchers in Havard released a map a few years ago showing the racial diversity of different nations. It can be found on the following link:

Comment We had to go homegrown... (Score 1) 137 137

None of the things we looked at provided what we wanted either (grant it this was back in 2001). So 3-4 of us made our own. We didn't do anything with server racks (as at the time we were still mostly a Sun Micro house with the hardware actually being an entire rack or half rack). So we went the Apache+MySQL+PHP route, and made a HTML based system. We put in floor scans of the buildings/office/cubical layouts and made the cubicle/office regions as click maps so you could navigate visually to get lists of equipment in a location (as well as move equipment to and from locations). We also wrote a program that worked with a barcode scanner that allowed you to scan the barcode on the cubicle/office itself and then scan the barcodes in the office and it updated the records to that location. We had the basic info on the hardware itself (system type, mac address, serial number, barcode, cpu type and speed, hostname(s), system status (online, offline, maintenance, etc.), hard drive(s) (make, model, serial numbers, sizes), and of course location. We also had comment sections so that we could write up any issues we had, as well as a history of edits (previous locations, changes in hostname, or network information, etc). Hardest part to maintain the system is making sure everyone uses it if they move something. It worked very well for a number of years, but has been put asside lately due to politics (it wasn't the "official" corporate inventory system). We had it because the "official" one sucked with no interface other than search, no history of changes, and no graphical interface for being able to easily set/change locations (since many people didn't remember to look at the cubicle number, but remembered it was on the second floor, third isle, first one on the left... assuming they didn't bring the barcode scanner with them).

Comment Re:Learn about something before changing it (Score 1) 583 583

Before you start suggesting changes on a system, first learn why something is done the way it currently is. it's usually for a pretty good reason.

Unfortunately the people who need to read this are not the programmers/developers/engineers, and instead are the managers and project managers.

Comment Re:Why Didn't They Strike Down That Law? (Score 1) 144 144

Still trying to see how not striking down Obamacare because it includes a tax (penalty) for not having healthcare as unconstitutional is a failure. Basically you are ranting that SCOTUS didn't strike down a tax law passed by the group that can create taxes was unconstitutional because it created a tax...

Comment Re:We just need more talent! (Score 1) 249 249

There are plenty of 'programmers' in the U.S., but the ones who actually know what they are doing are very difficult to find and keep!

No, really, they are not that difficult to find and keep. They might be difficult to find and keep when another company is offering a 20% raise over their existing salary and you don't match it. But that isn't actually "difficult" in the sense of the word, that is just market forces saying that you arn't paying enough.

Comment Re:Still in the super-early adopter phase (Score 1) 227 227

(2) Game developers stop the exponential increase in scene complexity, fidelity, draw calls, shader complexity, etc. I don't see this slowing down at all; if anything, game developers are making their games heavier and heavier at a faster rate than the GPU manufacturers can keep up. There used to be a time when you could buy a single discrete GPU of the highest make/model available on release day of a game, and you'd be able to run it with the maximum detail settings. Now, you either need SLI/CrossFireX, or lower your resolution beyond what's "standard" for the present day. Unfortunately, if texture size and scene complexity continue to climb, it won't matter if the options menu has a detail slider -- if your GPU can't keep up with the required number of pixels per second, it doesn't matter whether you're using big textures or tiny ones.

You don't need to worry about this one too much anymore. You see, the "next gen" consoles are already out. That means if the game can't be played on a XBone or PS4, it won't get produced (by the mainstream producers). The only thing that will be pushing graphics much more are developers still trying to figure out what they can squeeze out of the existing hardware (which usually takes 2-4 years time, of which we are already in year 2). And given past generations, Microsoft and Sony won't be looking to replace these consoles for at least another 6 years or more (because it takes that long to make back their investments now due to selling the hardware at the losses they due, plus the R&D costs).

Comment If you live there, get your facts straight... (Score 1) 213 213

Stop reading the tabloids and get your information straight. The "600,000 gallons of tritium steam" is pure crap. The steam that was released was steam from the secondary water loop which run the steam turbines. You should learn a little about how these nuclear plants actually work if you are so worried about them. You see, there are 2 main water loops, the primary water loop which goes into the reaction chamber and is heated by the nuclear reaction, and the secondary loop which is heated by the hot water from the primary loop (think like a car radiator where there are pipes running back and forth to disperse the heat to all the metal fins and into the air, but instead of there being just one long tube in the radiator, there are 2 separate tubes, one with the highly heated water from the reaction, the other with cool water that just came from the cooling tower).

So in other words, water that doesn't touch the reactor was vented as steam. So instead of reading tabloids and other such sources that simply are trying to sell a paper or generate a click on an article, you might want to read the real information like an official report or given how bad the reporting on the incident was, a official corrections release by the government showing how bad the reporting was in certain "press" coverage of the incident:

Official NRC Letter of Corrections to Editor of New York Daily News

Again, since you live there, you should know that there is a history of New York not liking nuclear plants. In fact, New York hates them so much that the state of New York refused to sign any evacuation plans for a plant, causing the operator to not be able to turn it on. Approx 16% of every dollar Long Island Electric collects is being used to pay for that plant still to this day, along with a 5% rate increase every year for 10 years straight that happened all because of how anti-nuclear New York had become.

Comment Standard Safety Protocol Followed... (Score 3, Insightful) 213 213

This is just crazy. Yet more anti-nuclear spin on a non-event. The unit is turned off because of loss or risk of loss of off site power. Pure and simply, nothing to see here, move along, kind of stuff. You see coal fired plants shutdown when they create too much heat, or the steam powered turbines spin too fast (which by the way can happen to just about every power plant type out there since almost all designs use them, nuclear, gas, coal, oil, high temp thermo, molten salt solar, etc). These things happen all the time. Yet, somehow everyone goes crazy when it happens at a nuclear plant.

What gets me even more is that the slant that is put on these stories (sometimes even by /. itself). This isn't a safety problem. It is safety protocol. This is like screaming that metal detectors don't help at security checkpoints because you now see an increase in people with weapons compared to when you didn't have metal detectors, so obviously the addition of metal detectors caused that increase in people with weapons at that location...

Comment Re:Wah, "threatened" (Score 4, Informative) 87 87

1. I send you a letter saying I'm going to release security vulnerabilities about your house to your neighborhood residents and the internet in general in 30 days.

2. On day 29 with no previous contact or attempted contact, you send me a letter asking for time to fix your house's security problems, since, naturally, as a so-called "researcher" that's of equivalent interest with respect correcting future known-bad designs. You note that telling people in the neighborhood how to break into your house might have legal implications.

3. I say "fuck you, wrong law, noob" and publish because you obviously had plenty of time to contact me to discuss before and chose to not do so and instead decided best to threaten me on day 29 hoping to stall and did a poor job of threatening using laws that have nothing to do with the matter at hand trying to make your position look strong and scary when all you had to do was contact me earlier than the 29th day asking for more information on the vulnerabilities, and/or offer to hire my services as a consultant to help fix the issues your security product obviously has in place.

Fixed that for you...

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"