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Comment What about AMD Godaveri? (Score 4, Informative) 126

Tom's didn't test against AMD Godaveri, which has a substantially faster GPU than the Kaveri chips Tom's tested against. Godaveri is about 20% faster than than Kaveri, so would be competitive with these chips, as well as being about 1/3rd of the price.

Comment Re:AMD more FLOSS friendly than most (Score 1) 88

"Actually works"? More accurately "works better than the only alternative". That's a very low bar, and they don't clear it by much. Using the nVidia driver on Linux is a giant pain in the butt unless your chosen distribution happens to ship with their binary drivers and you're OK using outdated drivers. It's also probably the largest software source of system instability for consumer Linux.

Comment Re:Those who ignore history... (Score 1, Interesting) 160

Certainly, the chances of a nuclear weapons attack have lessened significantly, but the danger is still very real.

Over 10 thousand nuclear weapons still exist, held by 9 different countries (assuming Israel still has them). That list includes North Korea and Pakistan. I don't have to say anything about North Korea. Pakistan can almost be called an active war zone. Putin appears to be deliberately antagonizing the States, and has just had his primary income source taken away from him. Incidents have come to light that even the nuclear weapons in the United States are not necessarily overseen and maintained correctly. Maybe some of the other 8 countries take better care, but I doubt that all do.

Historians have concluded that we've been damn lucky that we haven't already had a nuclear incident. Some things have changed, definitely lowering the chance of an incident, but not enough to lower it to zero.

It's a common human fallacy: it has never happened, therefore it's not going to happen.

Some experts place the probability of a nuclear incident in the next 10 years at 29%: http://nuclearrisk.org/3likely... That's a lot lower than the 10 year risk during the 60's and 70's, but it's still damn high. Even if they're off by an order of magnitude, a 3% risk of a nuclear incident is still damn scary.

Comment Re:Cheaper (Score 2) 349

You're right: the price of (domestic) air travel has nothing to do with expenses or distance. But that's because the cost has very little to do with variable expenses or distance.

The costs of airplane travel are pretty much fixed. It costs basically the same thing whether there is 1 passenger or the plane is full. Given turnover times, there's surprisingly little difference between shorter and longer domestic flights.

Comment Space flight failure rate is around 5% (Score 3, Interesting) 165

http://marginalrevolution.com/...

I could accept a 5% risk of death if I was doing something worthwhile: contributing to science or the colonization of Mars. But for a joy ride? Even if it's an order of magnitude better, a 5 in 1000 chance in death is still pretty high. That's a couple of orders of magnitude riskier than skydiving (0.0007%) or driving 10,000 miles. (0.0167%)

Comment Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (Score 4, Insightful) 255

Waiting 15 years is a better deal than everybody else gets. Everybody else gets to wait indefinitely; most have to realize a loss before it can be claimed. In other words, if you overpay for an asset you don't get to claim a loss until you sell that asset to somebody else.

Comment Re:which idiot is letting these people fly... (Score 1) 372

He won't do it because it would be stupid.

Right now if they ask you at the airport if you've been to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, people have no incentive to lie, so don't. If you make that illegal, it won't stop them from flying out of somewhere else, it will just make them lie to the immigration officials, making the problem worse, not better.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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