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Comment: Re:Car analogy? (Score 1) 81

by GrandCow (#47478225) Attached to: NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Think of a monster truck show.

All those junk cars lined up in a row, that's the diamond. Then out comes Gravedigger. The driver revs the engine and hits the ramp, landing on the cars and crushing them. Bam, denser diamonds.

Then Truckasaurus comes stomping out into the arena and starts grabbing the smashed cars and eating them. Flames and sparks are shooting everywhere and the cars (diamonds) explode into little pieces half a second later.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin stopped being distributed a long time a (Score 5, Interesting) 281

by GrandCow (#47243867) Attached to: Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

Bitcoin stopped being a distributed system a long time ago. All the serious miners now have data-center sized installations of custom boards with custom ASICs. Some are liquid-cooled. The original idea was millions of end users running Bitcoin mining as a background job on their CPU. That's totally dead.

This is absolutely hilarious. Not because it's a fake post (I honestly don't know if it is or not), but just the fact that someone would even think that this is a good enough idea to post that 'serious' miners are actually doing this. This is the California gold rush all over again... the only people making a profit off of the mining are the people selling the ASIC's/shovels. Mining isn't profitable and hasn't been for quite some time. While it might be if you ignore the hardware cost and only think of the electricity cost, you're still BARELY making a SLIGHT profit. That's only in places that you have very cheap electricity (or can find a way to make someone else pay for the electricity). And once again, that doesn't even count the cost of hardware in the first place. Lets not forget that there are other idiots funneling money into even faster hardware which makes your very expensive highly specialized and unable to be repurposed board basically worthless in a few months time, once the electricity cost passes what you'll make back from mining.

HINT: this is before you get your initial cost of hardware back out of the system. You will never make a net profit. Ever.

The only money in bitcoin right now is in speculating, and even then it's a suckers game. Your profits are based entirely on someone else guessing wrong and losing money into the system that you might be lucky enough to cash out at the right time. You can do that easier and without a datacenters worth of hardware with penny stocks. Also penny stocks are LEGAL! You don't have to worry about some new law negating all of your money like you have to do every day with bitcoin.

I'll just stop here because anyone that legit cares about bitcoin already had their opinion made before they even read a word of this comment.

Comment: T-Mobile $30 unlimited everything (Score 1) 273

by GrandCow (#46443615) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Back last year I used AT&T upping their rates to get out of my contract, 6 months into a 2 year contract. Had them unlock my phone and took it to T-Mobile. They have a web-only plan for $30/month that gives unlimited text/data and 100 minutes. $20 for their startup fee that included the sim card and activation, and another $20 to port the number to google voice and using that over data instead of minutes, I'm on unlimited everything for $30/month.

Cheap phone service is easy if you're willing to put a couple hours into making it happen.

Comment: Re:screw you Brite (Score 1) 459

by GrandCow (#45999599) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

I believe the topic is laptop keyboards, no? So if you're stuck on a laptop with a weird layout, even adjusting back to a standard keyboard can be a problem.

Just moving between a standard keyboard and a microsoft curve (with only a slight curved layout) can be challenging

Since when do laptops not have USB ports?

Comment: Not really sure what I was expecting (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by GrandCow (#45170045) Attached to: Aeromobil Flying Car Prototype Gets Off the Ground For the First Time

I've been checking up on the company every couple years since the 90's, and every time they redesign it just gets closer to a small plane with retractable wings. I guess that's to be expected though, since we've had 100 years to come up with a good design. Every new design has also moved away from the space of being in a road vehicle and become more and more cramped like in a cockpit.

At what point does it stop being a compact car and just become a plane that can be stored in smaller places? It's not like he can just take off from the road, he still needs an airport. Doesn't that defeat the entire purpose of a flying car?

Comment: Re:Marketing Numbers (Score 2) 75

by GrandCow (#45077409) Attached to: AMD's New Radeons Revisit Old Silicon, Enable Dormant Features

Why didn't AMD's Marketing team name these 8000 series cards? Do they keep changing the naming scheme to be intentionally confusing?

Because there's a psychological barrier to naming a card 10,000 or higher, and as you approach that, the effect starts to show. It diminishes the numbers in your mind and makes it "pop" less. Because in certain peoples minds, going from a 7000 series to an 8000 series means more than going from a 10,000 series to an 11,000 series. The other option was to start using k, but then how do you differentiate different cards in the 10k series? 10k1? 10k2? Now you're in a different area where people don't want to pay $50 or $100 more to bump up a notch and "only" get 1 number higher.

Now most /. readers will laugh and say "that's stupid" but that's not the group of people they're renaming the cards for. It's your novices or the guys that have the disposable income but don't care about doing research, they fall victim to things like model numbers and more expensive = better than.

TL;DR: It's for the rich idiots.

Comment: Re:but all the old stuff is still good, right? (Score 2) 302

by GrandCow (#45075831) Attached to: New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

So why would I bother trying to counterfeit the newer more difficult bills instead of just doing the older easier ones since they remain legal tender?

Because change takes time and you need to start somewhere? They'll start phasing out the old $100's at the bank and replacing them with the new ones. The old ones will be destroyed. As people use them and more leave circulation it will be more and more suspicious for people to break out the older bills. Will there still be counterfeit bills popping up for years? Sure. But the point is that it will become more suspicious if someone tries to cash in a lot of them.

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