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Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 194

That is kind of interesting, everything I have read indicated there were warrants issued through the FISA court, and numerous rulings that what they were doing was constitutional, all published. Could you point me to an article stating that there was ANY unwarranted surveillance?

So you would accept it as Constitutional if the courts rule that police randomly entering & searching your home without a warrant or probable cause to believe a crime is or is about to be committed is not a violation of the 4th Amendment?

No US court has the power to overrule the US Constitution, secret or otherwise. Any such rulings are by definition unlawful and un-Constitutional. An un-Constitutional law is no law at all, and it is the duty of every US citizen to ignore and/or disobey/violate it if/when it conflicts with the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.


Comment: Re:Midrange? (Score 1) 113

by vux984 (#48907407) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

the screen size comes into play. i would play 4k with maybe a 32+ inch screen but then it may be too close for a desktop experience. I output to a 4k projector if I truly need color corrected picture quality, plus my old eyes really appreciate the beauty of high res but at a much bigger screen.

I don't get this at all. The only reasons ever not to game at the screens native resolution is

a) due to framerate losses due to pushing more pixels

b) due to poor game designs where the fonts become unread-ably small because they are fixed pixel size instead of scaled.

If your down sizing because of framerate on a 970GTX; that tells me that video cards really aren't ready to push 4K yet.

If your down sizing because of readability and font issues; that tells me that the games themselves aren't really 4K ready yet.

Or perhaps a combination of both issues; depending on which game we are looking at.

Either way, it tells me that 4K isn't really quite "there" yet for gamers.

Comment: Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (Score 1) 161

by hairyfeet (#48907209) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I'm running it on the weakest system I have ATM, an AMD netbook with an E350 APU, 8GB of RAM (yes I know that is overkill, I scored the RAM on sale crazy cheap) and a 320Gb 5400 RPM drive. I figured that if it ran well on a system this weak it'll run good on anything...the verdict? Even with all the drivers running in compatibility mode it runs BETTER than Win 7 on the same hardware, it even has hardware acceleration for video that is smoother than the Win 7 that came with it!

Anybody whose followed my posts know that I don't talk nice about a version of Windows unless it deserves it, I HATE Windows 8, thought it was a frankentard of an OS, hated everything about Vista except for the cool black theme (which I still use on my Win 7 systems) and think Win 7 is the best OS they've made since XP X64 so when I say Win 10 looks like its gonna be a GREAT OS I don't say that lightly, in fact the only way I see them fucking it up is on the pricing side, the OS itself? its damned good. Takes just a couple minutes to get rid of the social crap (which I can't even get mad at that, lots of people like to be tweeting twits taking social shits) and once I added 8 gadgetpack to get back my CPUMeter and NetworkMeter? I was a happy camper.

And I would just like to say how happy I am to see the death of the "Charms" bar, that thing was retarded! But then again damned near everything about Ballmer's Folly was shit design from the start so the fact that charms was stupid really isn't a surprise. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Comment: Re:^^Winner (Score 1) 208

by Opportunist (#48906777) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

So tell us, when did the US have a system that effectively allows more than 2 parties to exist? Aside of the few transition periods where parties died out and new ones emerged, there has never been a 3+ party system.

The last time a candidate in a presidental election won a state was 1968. The last time a non DemRep came in second was Roosevelt in 1916, though one may dispute whether that "counts" considering that he WAS prez before. But we might as well count it since there has not been a single other occasion since the civil war (which was the ONLY time when there was actually a "free for all" game). But that price is a tad bit high if you ask me just to break up the two party dictatorship.

Comment: Re:They do need a LOT of help (Score 1) 35

by WindBourne (#48906719) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab
Spend time in the model S.
Believe me, the physical buttons SUX once you spend time on the Model S.
Heck, you mention volume and and channels, and yet, radios can be changed. That makes it hard to deal with.
With the large screen, it is possible for Tesla to allow us to have our own layouts (and it will come).

Comment: Follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 35

by WindBourne (#48906677) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab
Germany is currently behind in driving automation, but by their gov. creating a lane between 2 cities in which only partial and fully automated cars car drive, well, they will move this up QUICKLY.
If Tesla and Google want to retain their lead and Ford wants to join them, then they should encourage California to create some lanes that are 50 miles or long on road that are heavily traveled by commuters. In addition, CA would be wise to let these companies use some of their cars for experiments.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 121

by afidel (#48906675) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Which brings up an interesting point, the WH doesn't seem to have an intermediate defense against things like small aircraft, cruise missiles, or mortars (the IRA attacked #10 downing street with mortars). I wonder why they don't add CIWS to the roof as a complement to the manpads which are intended for larger aircraft?

Comment: Re:Wow .... (Score 1) 98

by Rei (#48906547) Attached to: Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

It's a two-step process. The first is a chemical that dissolves the proteins (still in their "cooked" folding), and the second is some sort of centrifuge or similar (they don't go into details on the device in the article) that subjects the proteins to very high sheer strain, effectively mechanically unfolding them so that they can then relax back into their natural state.

Not exactly a spice you can sprinkle onto your steak, but still pretty neat. :)

Comment: Re:Contribution? (Score 1) 171

by phantomfive (#48906501) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

It probably didn't help that the GoF book was so hard to read.

Hard to read, plus poorly researched, plus didn't demonstrate that they are commonly needed, plus the fact that trying to jam everything into design patterns results in bad software, plus the fact that they don't really help programmers become much better......

Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 2) 161

by Opportunist (#48906487) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Nobody would mind a better OS, but when the GUI has reached the pinnacle of usefulness, why try to force a change?

To entertain everyone with the ever popular car analogies, a car has a steering wheel, two or three pedals and a dashboard with a more or less common way to display what you want. The designs changed over time, but that's fairly constant. Why? Because it's been tried and proven as useful and intuitive, and people all over the globe know how to deal with this. It works. It works great. You don't see car manufacturers try to come up with, I don't know, a HOTAS setup for cars (well, maybe in some far out "concept" cars to entertain the press, but sure as fuck not in series cars) or try to be "creative" with their user interface. Despite heaps of changes under the hood in the past decades. Quite seriously, cars ain't the same they were 2 decades ago, but the user interface didn't change at all!

And? Do you see people lament and complain how they don't need a new car 'cause it just looks like the old one? Slap on a new paint job and design the exterior differently and they'll go "ohhh shiny!" and buy it.

Same for GUIs. Keep the user experience the same, just round the edges and make it flashy and gadget-y (and PLEASE allow us to disable all the blinkenlights, for those that don't want SHINY but rather go for useful).

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.