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Comment Re:Better transistors? (Score 1) 297

On the other hand, designs with less energy loss will open up the potential of higher speeds, once the techniques get refined.

No and here is why.

For a CPU of a given complexity, a specific area is needed for transistors, routing, etc in a given process. If the process density goes up, then the power has to be lowered to maintain the same power/area because the area largely determines the thermal resistance and for the past few generations, high performance CPUs already operate with the junction temperature as high as is reliable. So power is proportional to chip area and higher density processes yield smaller chips so power has to be lower.

You can see this trend in Intel processors since about the Core2. The highest power models all have a power rating proportional to area and since more recent models are smaller, they have lower power ratings.

This is also why stacking memory on top of logic is not going to happen for anything except low performance logic.

Comment Re:Give it time (Score 1) 37

Transhumanism is inevitable. Shortly after prosthetic performance exceeds human performance early adopters and those willing to push boundaries will opt-in to the technology. Acceptance is then just a few short generations away, all the while the state-of-the-art will continue to improve.

Can you imagine a future baseball league with a F1 style technology homologation committee to normalize the performance of the athletes' augmentations? I can't wait! Unfortunately I probably won't live another 80-130 years to see it.

Comment Re:Electronic Engineer Here (Score 1) 220

The use of non-volatile SRAM which has an embedded lithium cell might be considered this when it is not replaceable. A lot of test equipment built starting in about 1990 has this "feature" even if it was implemented by replacing the previous solution of an external lithium cell, low power SRAM, and backup circuits while using the same printed circuit board.

More recent is the problem with aluminum electrolytic capacitors which have a well understood and predictable wear out mechanism. I have older ATX power supplies which have lasted well past their warranty date but newer ones from specific manufacturers reliably fail just out of warranty.

Comment Re: Well, he did admit to breaking Swedish law... (Score 2) 325

If the "crime" had no equivalent in the UK, then Assange would have easily won his case in the UK at the very first court hearing, as the concept of "dual criminality" is paramount when it comes to extradition warrants and UK law - you cannot be extradited from the UK if the charge you are to be extradited for is not a crime in the UK, and on all the charges on the extradition warrant against Assange the requirement of dual criminality was satisfied.

It is amusing to see in these threads those people who actually know nothing about the facts of the extradition case against Assange.

Comment Re:Shit (Score 5, Insightful) 325

How is the UK acting "shitty" here? He was allowed legal representation, allowed to appeal his case to the highest court in the land, lost at each level with each judge giving a detailed reasoning to each of his legal teams arguments, and he still went on to commit a crime in the UK. Regardless of how Swedens case is ruled on, there is no way the UKs actions can be considered unlawful in this instance - Assange jumped bail. His bail sponsors already lost their case to have the money back, so Assange is facing an open and shut case should he surrender to the UK authorities.

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 2) 337

It is just silly nonsense that misunderstands rights and prerogatives.

If a restaurant kicks you out for saying [REDACTED] in their business in front of other customers, that is not censorship.

I didn't say it was censorship, I said it was pushing people to self-censo, ie intimidating them into silence.

There is no censorship, because Tesla doesn't have an obligation to provide a platform for anybody to speak.

They weren't providing a platform or venue for anybody to speak, your restaurant analogy doesn't apply.

Them responding to negative speech by exercising their own prerogatives, that isn't censorship; that is in fact the value of speech that is protected when free speech is protected!

A private company doing it isn't government censorship, but it can be still be censorship. In fact if reddit bans a really offensive forum that can be both censorship and the right thing to do.

Of course since Telsa wasn't providing the platform for the speech it wasn't censorship.

This idea that consequences for your speech in your relationships in the community somehow implies that speech isn't free, it is just wrong and stupid.

And the consequence of Elon Musks behaviour is I'm now giving it bad PR.

Nobody is controlling anybody's speech or actions here.

Well Elon Musk is trying to, he's saying that he doesn't care if you already reserved a car, if you publicly criticize something about the company he'll take away your pre-order spot.

You're free to say whatever you want, and enter into any business relationships with other people who are willing to do business with you.

And I argue that you should be less willing to do business with Elon Musk because he's going to try and control what you say about him.

Comment Re:Good for Tesla! (Score 1) 337

I think it's good that he got his order canceled. If you are going to complain in an "open letter", you are pretty much just attention seeking. If you wanted to help the company out or support it in a positive light, you would have kept your issues between you and the company. I also agree that it must be a slow news day.

Why is it my responsibility to help the company out and support it in a positive light?

If a public company treats me badly at a PR event why can't I make my complaint in public?

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 1) 337

And likewise, if you have to "censor yourself" to keep from being an asshat towards companies whose products you covet, you're probably a dick and the CEO should have an assistant put you on a list of people not to do business with, because risk.

Which is why I respond with criticizing the company so they don't feel so free to retaliate against people criticizing them.

He's not a customer, and they don't have power over him. Contrary to your implication, their act of not doing business with him prevents him from being a customer, and prevents them from having any power over him at all.

A major company who has a product you want has power over you whether you have a business relationship with them or not, that's why you pay them for the product. This is more true if there's not many companies providing that product. To re-iterate my previous example, if an ISP says they won't sell to me because I said something bad about them that's a pretty severe consequence for me.

And in this case there was a business relationship as evidenced by the $5k he gave Tesla and the hours he spent driving to, and attending, the event in question.

Also, luxury cars are not necessities. There might not be any moral angle at all to be outraged about, because Freedom. Tesla presumably deserves Freedom as much as anybody else. They can choose. They made no demands of him; there is no retaliation for not doing what they say, or any other type of "control" tactic. There is simply them exercising a choice that is theirs to make.

If I were a Tesla customer who's currently on the waiting list and experienced some really crappy treatment by Tesla (which if the blog post is to be believed, these customers did) then I think I'd be a lot more hesitant about airing my complaints publicly. So they are actually making implicit demands about what their current customers say and have demonstrated it by retaliating against one of those customers to broke this rule.

And did you actually read the blog post? It wasn't actually that rude and if it was accurate and I'd gone to that event I'd probably by a little pissed off at the experience.

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 3, Insightful) 337

Surprise, surprise. Being rude to a company results in bad service from that company. Hardly news except that it was Tesla that was the victim. Maybe the blogger has learned his lesson, but probably not.

So if I complain about FB are they justified in cancelling my account? What if I complain about my ISP who's also the local backbone, do I get kicked off the Internet?

Corporations can have a lot of power over their customers, you shouldn't have to worry about censoring yourself because the CEO is a dick who might pursue a personal vendetta.

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