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Comment: No need to be a genius (Score 1) 318

by Loki_1929 (#49500303) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Even being above average means you're surrounded by (relative) idiots. Hell, just stay informed about world events, history, literature, and then stand there in disgust as all people can talk about is the latest episode of "Naked and Afraid". This is by no means a recent thing either; every generation throughout history has repeated the same sorry story.

Comment: Re:Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD (Score 1) 125

by Loki_1929 (#49494483) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

This is exactly correct. I myself replaced a SQL Server cluster that was using boxes with dual 12-core AMD procs with one using dual 4-core Xeons a couple years ago. Performance and responsiveness went way up while the bill to Microsoft dropped massively.

I was a solid AMD enthusiast from the original Athlons all the way up until about 5 years ago. They went from huge underdog to reigning champion for a long time while the marketing guys ran Intel's product offering into the ground with everything from Northwood to Prescott and all the stuff in between. But the landscape has shifted for AMD. They've simply gone downhill. As of the last couple of years, I can no longer justify buying AMD procs at work and I'd already switched at home. That AMD could boast significantly more cores was the last leg they had to stand on in the server market; now they're a has-been.

I sincerely hope they recover and blow past Intel as they've done in the past. I think that's healthier for the market and I think we all win when that competition heats up. But at this point, there's little to justify their existence in the server space and the market share numbers reflect that (dropping from >25% share to ~3%).

Comment: Re:= paracetamol (Score 5, Informative) 186

by Malc (#49468013) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

Growing up in the UK, I'd never heard of Tylenol until I moved to Canada as an adult. You occasionally hear it on American TV shows these days, but unless you know what the characters are referring to, it will just pass most people by. Even "acetaminophen" is an unknown term in the UK, it's always just "paracetamol"

Tylenol is most definitely a N. American thing that nobody else knows about. Panadol seems to be the generic antipodean headache drug - I know this because my wife is Aussie and after six years in London she's still confusing people by saying "panadol" instead of "paracetamol" :)

Comment: Re:Give "the cloud" a chance (Score 1) 443

I've found TrueCrypt to be unreliable and slow, and totally fails if you have large files (e.g. I have some 70+ GB video files). Then again, cloud storage isn't practical/cost effective for a personal user when you're dealing TBs or even hundreds of GB of data.

Comment: Harder? Are you sure? (Score 5, Interesting) 104

by Loki_1929 (#49429937) Attached to: Biometrics Are Making Espionage Harder

Because it sounds like you're placing nearly absolute confidence in a solution where a back-end server storing biometric template data is one compromise away from being used to make all your efforts completely useless. Gone are the days when someone intent on espionage needed a wig and fake mustache; now they can compromise your back-end server, overwrite some template data, and become a whole other person that you firmly believe should be trusted and provided all kinds of privileged access.

What you've done is come up with a system where the good guys can't change the passwords, but the bad guys can. It's among the dumbest ideas ever.

Comment: Re: Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by Malc (#49425465) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

Apple's graphics pipeline is notoriously 8-bit. This is most noticeable for me in Lighroom in photos of glorious blue skies, with a smooth gradient from the horizon.

I am referring to MacBook Pros and can't speak for other devices. Disappointing that the "Pro" part of the name isn't very pro.

Comment: Re:Account number? (Score 1) 289

Calling out the government for violations of the US Constitution is not illegal, regardless of what laws are passed. The US Constitution is the highest law in the land; bar none. No mere law passed by Congress nor order issued by the President nor opinion handed down by the Supreme Court can supersede it. The only thing that matters in this case are the facts. If the facts demonstrate that the government has been violating our rights and that Snowden was left with no legal avenue but the one afforded by the US Constitution due to a lack of whistleblower protections or other oversight failure, then a jury of his peers must - necessarily - find him not guilty.

There's a common misconception that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution's true meaning. The fact is that the people of the United States have that distinction. The SCOTUS is merely the government's final arbiter. They can't get a conviction against Snowden without stacking the jury thanks to nullification.

Comment: Casa Particulars (Score 5, Informative) 41

by Malc (#49391835) Attached to: As Trade Restrictions Crumble, Airbnb Offers Rooms In Cuba

Cuba is easy to travel around. Reserve a room in a casa particular in Havana before you arrive, or just turn up. After that, the owners will just call ahead where ever you want to go and help you out. Or take your chances and just turn up and see what you find.

I loved Cuba, but accessing Internet wasn't much fun (my mobile phone company charged through the nose, and the equiv of USD$10/hr at one of the rare internet cafes that barely worked wasn't worth it. Go to Cuba and enjoy the music, interacting with people and being generally unplugged.

Comment: Re:Fukushima and Chernobyl not worse case failures (Score 1) 227

It's certainly not a 'hoax'. Coal contains (to varying degrees) all of these pollutants.

Coal plants do often have filters these days, but always:

the emissions are significant, and not everything gets filtered out.

Also the filtering is expensive and the carbon dioxide that coal emits is becoming a *massive* problem. Although carbon capture has been trialled, it makes coal non competitive with other technologies.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye