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Comment Re:New Console Hardware (Score 2) 223 223

There are people running Batman: Arkham Knights on Titan cards with 12GB VRAM that are having problems maintaining 60 fps and other users with top of the line NVidia cards are getting frame rate drops into single digits. It reportedly runs even worse or not at all if you're using SLI. And there isn't any good explanation why the PC version doesn't even include high resolution textures, anisotropic filtering, ambient occlusion options, or any option for anti-aliasing other than On/Off, other than its a terrible port. Based on some reports, it seems that one of the biggest bottlenecks is streaming of data from the hard drive. Users with SSD are reporting less issues than users with HDD, so it seems to be severely lacking in some optimizations.

Comment Re:You're doing it wrong (Score 1) 93 93

I think most ThinkGeek users will continue to shop the website; the inventory there is too big to somehow fit it into really any GameStop store. This system actually makes sense, and provides a service for customers who can't do home delivery for some reason; for example, no secure package drop-off; or they are ordering a gift and want to keep it secret. Plus it bring a customer into the store where they might make an additional purchase.

Comment Not that surprising.... (Score 3, Insightful) 83 83

It really isn't surprising that the defense and intelligence communities would interact with the APA or at least with some group of psychologists. The defense and intelligence communities would have a vested interest in training their own members in how to deal with torture and interrogations in case they are ever captured. And unfortunately its hard to study and practice those defensive techniques without also learning how to actually conduct those techniques on your own detainees. The nature and tone of the discussions is somewhat relevant though - did they approach the APA asking how best to torture someone to get info, or did they go in asking for defensive techniques and training for their own agents?

Comment Re:Sharepoint (Score 1) 343 343

One big problem Sharepoint can have - If you open the document from Sharepoint and then your office application crashes out (which used to happen fairly often with some macro laden Excel spreadsheets my company has used), then you have two problems: 1) There usually any autosaved version to recover your changes from 2) The version you were working on from Sharepoint is locked out by "another user" and can't be reopened for editing. It's possible they've fixed these issues in the last few years, but I doubt it.

Comment Re:MUMPS! (Score 1) 242 242

Most of the "clever" M code I've seen is in that state due to limitations at the time it was written, such as the need to save as much space as possible due to storage/memory limitations. So comments are almost non-existent, variables are a single character, etc. Additionally, the original implementations of M didn't have a For loop command so a lot of old code is full of goto commands, with and without conditions, and the tags it goes to often have names that are 1 or 2 characters.

"Modern" M still has its oddities but at least now there's no legitimate excuse not to include internal documentation and more verbose names for your variables and tags.

As an aside, here's one of my favorite snippets of M code, even if all its good for is figuring out how deep the stack can go before it overflows
s x="x x" x x

Comment Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 521 521

If feral cats are spayed and neutered, then they can't have feral kittens, which then 2-3 years later have more kittens, etc. Its not an immediate reduction in the number of birds killed, but by reducing or reversing the population growth of the feral cat population, less birds will be killed as prey.

Comment Re:Old News (Score 1) 172 172

Do you have a citation to back this up? I can't find anything indicating that blood banks (at least in the US) were ever entirely based on a system of personal credits. The first "blood depots" were setup in the UK during World War I to store blood for treatment of battlefield injuries, and "blood bank" now almost always means the storage are of the hospital or medical center where the blood is kept Most, if not all, American blood centers allow both replacement blood drives which can replace the units used by someone and put credits towards their hospital bill, and some allow you to get credits in advance for yourself if used within a short period (like 2-3 weeks). Additionally, many of them will allow you to make autologous donations, or to donate for a specific person in advance, but those cases both require doctor's orders and processing fees. Here's an example:

Comment Re:$30,000 per year (Score 2) 1040 1040

Plenty of adults are stuck working part time as well. They may be perfectly willing to work full time, but the new management style in retail and some other areas is to use software at the last minute to create the schedules and get the optimal number of employees on site at any given time without ever having any extra employees. As a result they will typically be scheduled with erratic schedules of 30 hours or less a week, and because they schedule is constantly changing, they can't easily schedule in a second job either. It's even worse for employees who need to juggle work schedule with arranging child care. And the argument of "they should find a better job" doesn't really hold water either. Depending on location, transport and the local job market, there may not be any other better jobs available. You can find plenty of articles about this over the last few years if you search for "just in time scheduling". Here's one representative article discussing the problems it causes for a significant portion of the workforce.

Comment Guess I'm one of the lucky ones (Score 1) 216 216

I have a thermostat control in my own office, as does everyone else in this building and all the newer buildings on our campus. On the first campus of office buildings built a few years earlier, it was divided into zones which you could control through your own info page on the company intranet, and you could also see the history of who else in your zone was changing the setting. Our system is regulated by a ground-source heat pump system with thousands of geothermal wells. Overall our temperatures are pretty well maintained in the low 70s, and I find the more common problem is that it sometimes feels a little stuffy in the winter, so I just keep a small fan on my desk to create some airflow when its too cold or too hot to open a window.

Comment Re:1KW/hour? (Score 2) 1010 1010

What the writer most certainly meant to use is - kWh or kilowatt-hour. The wikipedia entry on the kilowatt-hour even includes separate sections on both the confusion between kilowatt-hours (energy) and kilowatts (power) as well as the misuse of "watts per hour".

1 Kilowatts/Hour, can make sense, but not in this context. It could be used to describe the change in power of a system. For example, if a generator reaches its maximum power output of 5 kW from 0 kW in 10 minutes, then it has a ramp-up rate of 30 kW/h

Comment Re:Article troll (Score 1) 312 312

Of course, half the shows you listed are on subscription service only channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz) and the others, except for Doctor Who are/were on cable only. Doctor Who does eventually show up on PBS in most markets, after a significant delay. There is some decent TV out there, but there's also a lot of crap, especially all the "Reality" shows.

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