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Comment: passport +1 Re:Blackberry. (Score 1) 389

by Fubari (#49552817) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?
I'm about 6 months into driving a Passport.
I am pretty happy with it, I do like the larger screen when I need to read spreadsheets, email is well thought out, the "keyboard + touchpad" is clever.
Haven't noticed it crashing like my last android (HTC One).
Some Android apps easily available from the Amazon app store.
Built-in map navigation was hard to use, adding google maps helped.
The only thing I really miss is having the Uber app... but I'm getting by with traditional taxis (which is fine for work travel mainly, so I don't miss uber... much).
It does have a learning curve; worth taking an hour or two to learn ui-gestures and keyboard shortcuts.
*shrug* which is fine for me, I don't expect power tools to have zero learning curves.
I bought unlocked through Amazon, apparently you can see them in AT&T stores as of Feb 2015 (haven't looked myself, just passing the note along in case you are ever out phone shopping in person to try "look and feel."

Comment: ignroing upperBound()... Re:Not at all surprising (Score 1) 187

by Fubari (#49267879) Attached to: China's Arthur C. Clarke
Your "for instance" skips the upper bound each "theory" places on an individual's ability to earn.
It is possible the following equation is true:
Marxism.upperBound() <= tehcyder.desireToEarn() < Capitalism.upperBound()

Or maybe this equation is true if one is super-minimalist and has no material desires beyond air, food & water...

tehcyder.desireToEarn() <= Marxism.upperBound() < Capitalism.upperBound()

In other words, under Marxism no matter how much you might want to work to get a "better something", it doesn't matter because you can't earn beyond the Marxist upper bound of 'everybody is equal' or however resources are doled out.

Identifying other limits on an individual's "ability to earn" are left as an exercise to the reader.
Just as an aside, it isn't clear to me if there is a lower bound for desireToEarn() in Marxism.
(p.s Intrepid Imaginaut, well phrased!)

Marxism and all of its derivations are inherently horrible at effectively allocating resources....

No, you're wrong, because most people don't really care about economic competition or maximising their goods past a certain level.

For instance, if I was really desperate for a more expensive car or house than I have now, by your reasoning I would be working at another job in addition to my main one, as I could be buying twice the stuff.

Whereas, in reality, I would rather spend those eight hours a day enjoying myself by reading a book or having a drink, as my current job provides more than enough to live on. Now, I could decide that I want to drink only vintage wines at GBP 1,000 a bottle, or only read first editions at GBP 10,000. But in reality, I am happy drinking something for a fiver from Lidls and reading a couple of paperbacks or Kindle downloads a week.

Comment: Oblig MCP quote... Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 531

by Fubari (#49144883) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion
Master Control Program: No one User wrote me! I'm worth millions of their man-years!
Observation: Just because they believe in their creators doesn't mean they would care.

AI will believe in the creator. (Or will they?)

Of course they will, since they'll generally know their creator(s) personally, and they'll be in routine communication.

A very real problem for the religious folks is that their purported creator seems to refuse to communicate with his (her?) creations. True, religious people routinely claim to be talking directly to their god, but they can't demonstrate this communication to the rest of us. The result is that many of us just dismiss them as making it all up (probably for profit), and they're not really communicating with any such beings at all. If they are, why can't they show us the evidence?

Any real AIs wouldn't have this problem, since their creators would be out and about, showing off their creations for all the world to see (and also for profit).

Comment: hello turbolift? Re:LSM (Score 2) 248

by Fubari (#48921451) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator
That was a cool article, thanks for the link, this part made me think StarTrek style turbolift:
from the linked article (emphasis added):

Flexible configuration: LSM elevators can propel a vehicle in any direction, and cabs can be switched from hoistway to hoistway, enabling the creation of “one-way” hoistways with multiple cabs in each. Modular stators allow the height of the elevator to be customized at installation and extended in the future with minimal disruption. LSM elevators can also accommodate inclined layouts, providing an alternative to stairways or escalators.

Comment: The upside of nothing..Re:This is gonna be fun ... (Score 1) 514

by Fubari (#48880333) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

The upside of doing nothing is that it doesn't make things worse ...

... The "do nothing" Congress is flipping from a tie (House vs Senate) to mostly one side.

These appointments are meaningless if nothing gets done.

So actually, event nothing sounds like pretty good news to me.
How would things work out if Senator Orrin "The STEM sky is falling!" Hatch was heading that up?

Comment: Sager +1 :Take a look at Sager Systems (Score 1) 325

by Fubari (#48767007) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
I will second Sager, I have been very pleased with my Sager NP8255-S (aka Clevo P157SM). I is going into its 2nd year now. I ended up choosing the Sager because:
1. strong i7 cpu
2. up to 32gb ram
3. supports four hard drives
Actually "four hard drives" for this model means 2 x 2.5" and 2 x m2 slots. Which is huge, compared to the alleged mainstream performance workstations like Dell's Precision line or HP's z-books or Lenovo's W-series.
I'm running 3 x 400gb ssds in a raid 0 and I find that disk-intensive workloads are pleasingly fast.
I am getting the following in PassMark's Performance Test 8.0:
overall disk score: 5,558
seq read: 715 MB/sec
seq write: 523 MB/sec
random rw: 300 MB/sec
(just for the record, I run regular backups because because of the potential fragility of raid-0).
Why not a 4-drive raid? I figured I'd save a 2.5" slot for a multi-terabyte disk some day for on-board archives once I fill up the ssd's. (And I still have the optical bay to drop a caddy in if I need more storage).
Until 8x pcie ssd devices are available in laptops, raiding SATA together seems like the best way to boost lugable disk performance.
It loosk like the NP9752-S is the current model of this machine.

Now... if if you're looking for insane power in a laptop form factor, take a look at Eurocom's Panther.
If you really need crazy CPU cycles, this seems like a good choice:
PassMark for xeon E5-2687W v2

Here are the specs; I didn't go with the Panther because the cost-curve didn't work for me (money actually is an object in my case).
All-in-One Server with XEON 12-cores/24-threads, integrated display, keyboard and built in UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS: 5.5kg (12.1lbs); 419(W)x286(D)x57.9-62.1(H)mm (16.76x11.44x2.31-2.48inch)
SECURITY: TPM 1.2; Fingerprint, Kensington Lock
OPERATING SYSTEMS: Microsoft: Server 2012, 2008R2; VMware, VMware ESXi; Linux; RedHat 6.4 Enterprise Server Edition
CORE LOGIC: Intel C600/X79 Express Chipset
PROCESSOR: 12-core, 10-core, 8-core and 6-core Intel XEON E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 series; up to E5-2697 v2 (12-cores/24-threads); socket LGA2011
MEMORY: up to 32GB; DDR3-1333/1600/1866; four physical SODIMM sockets
EXPANSION: Built-in ExpressCard 34/54 slot (for optional Expansion box required for Dual/Quad Port or Fiber LAN Adapter for i.e. for VMware ESXi)
STORAGE: up to 8TB of storage with four physical HDD or SSD, RAID 0/1/5/10 support; SATA 6Gb/s
NETWORK:on-board 1Gbe LAN (Intel 82579V); 2nd or Dual-port LAN Adapter(s) available via ExpressCard slot or via external expansion Magma box
OPTICAL DRIVE BAY: DVD-RW or Blu Ray Burner or 4th Hard Drive
I/O PORTS: 3x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; eSATA; Firewire-800 (TI XIO2221ZAY); DisplayPort v1.2; DVI-I (SL); HDMI 1.4a out w/HDCP; Headphone; Microphone; S/PDIF out; Line-in; RJ-45 / LAN

Comment: exponentially.... Re:huh? (Score 1) 300

by Fubari (#48751199) Attached to: Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners


That word does not mean what you think it does.

While everybody loves a good Princess Bride reference, could you spell out where steelfood went wrong?
If traveling faster takes exponentially more fuel, then the cost of that fuel must drop by a similar amount - wait for it - an exponential amount, for it to be cost effective, where "cost effective" means the same overall cost as traveling at a slower speed.
That seems logically consistent.
Maybe the economic model was a bit simple; being able to travel somewhere twice as fast may well be worth paying 4x in fuel costs.
*shrug* I just thought steelfood made a valid point; I don't see why "exponential" was an incorrect choice of word.

steelfood wrote (excerpt):

The problem with high speed travel is that the higher the speed, the costlier the travel in terms of energy. The curve is exponential, so that at some point, even a small increase in speed requires a significant amount of energy to achieve. Without a source of energy exponentially cheaper than what already exists (like cold fusion), that sweet spot of price to performance is never going to move.

Comment: before you hit Kickstarter... Re:The Price of Art (Score 1) 97

by Fubari (#48751049) Attached to: Hubble Takes Amazing New Images of Andromeda, Pillars of Creation
Sounds like it could be a kickstarter project. But hold that thought.
The James Webb space telescope is scheduled for 2018 launch at the bargain price of only $8.8 billion.
The Webb's mirror is 6.4 meters across, compared to the Hubble's 2.4 meter diameter.
So roughly 32 square meters for the Webb vs. about 4.5 square meters for the Hubble.
Considering Nasa's usual tempo, another three years (2018) isn't all that long.
Very cool stuff. It is thinks like this that make me think the human race is more of a "glass half full" species.

Comment: bifocal suck, adjustable lenses = sweet (Score 1) 464

by Fubari (#48720379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I have tried bifocals (traditional and progressives) and they pretty much suck.
Sadly my favorite glasses, SuperFocus, have gone out of business and it seems like they're not coming back.

So, I am looking forward to seeing what the Adlens people can do; this will probably be my next pair of glasses. Blog post with an Adlens review
Link to an overview of what Adlens does:

With any luck I'll never use fixed lenses again; adjustables are just that nice.
My current SuperFocus glasses were kind of expensive ($700+), but I would buy them again in a heartbeat... they are just that awesome. It is hard to describe how nice it is to see all 3 of my computer monitors in sharp focus at the same time without having to maneuver my head to position the progressive's sweet spot. Or to watch television, or look at my ipad, or drive, all in sharp focus with a really easy adjustment to the glasses' slider.

Comment: passport anyone? Re: la-la land. (Score 1) 132

by Fubari (#48634339) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

...but do miss the QWERTY keyboard like mad. I've been waiting for any company to launch an Android phone with QWERTY keypad., that don't suck . But I guess the Blackberry Classic is as close as I can get to that.


I'm comfortably easing into using my passport. Currently on day #3, so far so good.
The passport's keyboard is very well done, they have put a lot of thought into the user interface and hardware: here is an interesting video of the keyboard in action. Limiting the physical keys to just 3 rows of letters actually works really well with the virtual rows that can pop up on screen.
I'm sure I will find some things about the passport that I dislike, I just haven't found any thus far.

Comment: exposure? Re:Consider Your User Base (Score 1) 247

by Fubari (#48527109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
What is the exposure?
If your company was ever hacked, what would the consequences be?
If the consequences could be serious, follow the advice of educating your decision makers as brilliantly outlined by Captain D, above.
Otherwise, what difference does it make if your company's machines and network(s) were actually compromised?
I mean, what difference will a few more zombies in some bot-net actually make?

Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.