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Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 213

The freeloaders, parasites really, are the ones buying and selling my personal information for targeted advertising.

I have (almost) no ads now, but for the last few years I still manage to buy services and content. Sites like /. would be in trouble of course, and they might have to move to a wikipedia-like funding/shaming model. Eventually the stuff people aren't willing to pay for will wither and die, and we'll have to learn to accept that. I'm not willing to let my PC participate in blasting me in the face in ads.

Comment Re:There's an old curse (Score 1) 575

Could well be that Turkey's just inhibited their own ability to support the Turkmen 'rebels' and to conduct operations against the Kurds.

Well, the Kurds part isn't too big of a loss. The Kurds are the ones who have been most successful against ISIS (especially considering their lack of heavy equipment). The West should have been backing the Kurds all along, but the Us has obviously been hesitant to because it would really destabilize Iraq and the government we've been propping up there.

Comment Re:There's an old curse (Score 4, Insightful) 575

There's an old curse that seems relevant: "May you live in interesting times." Times are certainly interesting. At this point, it seems like some sort of full-scale war between NATO and Russia is more likely now than it has been any time since the 1980s (granted then it would have been NATO against the USSR but the basic point is the same).

This depends on who Russia focuses on as responsible, and how exactly they retaliate. Right now Putin is focusing mostly on Turkey and says it will hurt their "relationship". This could be something as small as a diplomatic tiff, maybe expel a diplomat or two; they could impose some kind of economic sanctions on them (not sure what the level of trade or cooperation there is between Russia and Turkey); or, most severely, retaliate in kind. Any kind of overt military action would be very dangerous as Turkey could immediately call in NATO for assistance. Russia doesn't want this, Putin certainly doesn't want this. He doesn't need war between Russia and the West, he just needs the relationship to be hostile enough to maintain his domestic support. The next few days will be very interesting to watch.

Comment Re: I have several drones and I support this (Score 1) 192

Can you provide a link to this law (and it must be a federal law)?

FAA is bound by Section 336 Special Rule For Model Aircraft from enacting new regulations regarding model aircraft which fall within the parameters described in Section 336.

On the other hand, a model aircraft operated pursuant to the terms of section 336 would potentially be excepted from a UAS aircraft certification rule, for example, because of the limitation on future rulemaking specifically âoeregarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft.â Public Law 112-95, section 336(a).


Of course, all it will take is a little creative reinterpretation. Not like that's anything new when some Amendment, law, regulation, etc gets in the way of what those in power want these days. The Rule of Law is pretty much dead in the US.


Comment Sell OS and Computer seperately (Score 1) 491

No pre-installed anything, you take the OS you already paid for on your last computer and install it on your new computer. It's just another piece of software. Or you buy a newer OS for your old computer. A lot of our problems could have been resolved if we never had so much damn lock-in that granted one company control over all our PCs.

Comment Re:No Goddamned grey text (Score 1) 491

Hey man, I don't want my CRT to get phosphor burn. It's not "light grey" it's regular intensity, versus "high-intensity". It was for bitmap fonts on CRTs that weren't really capable of multiple font weights, so different intensities were used to simulate different weights.

How would you like it if all text had the maximum weight?

Comment Re: pilots once they start flying their unmanned.. (Score 1) 192

Imagine if RC cars were a relatively new thing.. and people started attaching cameras to them and driving them on the freeway around emergency responders.

There are already laws in place to punish anyone doing such a thing. Just like there already are for flying model airplanes in the way of real aircraft.

Comment Re:Infringing on the freedom of the press (Score 1) 192

Because vehicle registration like that is a state-level activity, not a federal activity. And congress, in the 2012 FRMA law, explicitly fended the FAA off from doing some of this stuff. But the Obama administration is trying yet another counter-constitutional end-run by acting at the DoT level instead of the FAA level, and the task force is recommending that EVERY RC FLYING ANYTHING, including a kid's 9-ounce fixed wing toy plane, make that kid subject to federal registration and fines if he doesn't. Yeah, 9 ounces. 250 grams. Are you paying attention?

Comment Re:We're almost at the end with current tech (Score 1) 115

We've been moving sideways for 10 years. In the 20 years before that, clock speeds were doubling every year or two. For the last 10, we've moved from a norm of single cores to a norm of 4 (or 2 + "Hyperthreads"), rotating hard drives to SSD, and specialized architectures to support HD video, but clock speed has been basically stagnant while the processors are getting fatter, more parallel, and not just in core count.

We hit a wall on MOSFET clock speeds way before we expected. Turns out that power consumption is quadratic, not linear, to clock speed. Once you get over 4GHz or so, it becomes a substantial problem, and getting over 5GHz is a real ordeal. There are ideas for non-FET transistors, but so far none has worked out.

10 years ago, Intel was hinting at a massively parallel future (80 core processor rumored in development at the time), they've been slow to deliver on that in terms of core count, but are making progress on other fronts - especially helping single cores perform faster without a faster clock.

Well, Intel was right. They just aren't CPUs, but GPUs. Even a bottom-end GPU will have 80 cores, the price/performance is pretty good all the way up to 1500 cores, and if you really want, you can get 4000-core cards. Those "cores" mean "ALUs", but even if you demand your cores have discrete schedulers, an R9 Fury has 64 compute units (scheduler + 64 ALUs), so 64 separate threads at once, each of which has massive SIMD power.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga