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Comment: Re: So low carb vindicated again (Score 1) 178

by bill_mcgonigle (#48441817) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

hey, it reduces end-of-life welfare costs by killing off the population more quickly. The "food pyramid" is good policy if you're a sociopathic bankrupt program.

I got a full blood panel before and after doing a ketosis diet for four months. All my numbers were much better, but to be succinct my total relative risk metric for coronary heart disease (1.0 is average) fell from 0.8 to 0.3. I was using a half gallon of heavy cream and several cups of coconut oil every week. Some bacon and steaks too. Plenty of nuts and cheese.

Most people see similar results. None of these blood tests are new science. All of these studies could have been done in 1980. I wonder if they were.

Comment: Re:Amazon Elastic Cloud? (Score 1) 233

by Animats (#48439281) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

decades ago, Cray Computers were assembled by people (housewives) who were allowed to spend no more time than they could be maximally effective in, using wires cut to millimeter-precise lengths.

Yes, and there's a Cray I at the Computer Museum here in Silicon Valley, upholstered base and all. You can sit on it if you like. It's not useful for much else.

All modern supercomputers are composed of a large number of microprocessors. The interconnects are faster than with ordinary hosting/cloud operations, but the CPUs are the same. The biggest supercomputer in the world, in China, is 3,120,000 cores of Intel Xeons, running at 2.2GHz each.

The question is whether the problem you're solving needs tight interconnection. If not, you can run it on a large number of ordinary computers. Weather may not be that tightly coupled; propagation time in air is kind of slow.

Comment: Re:What do they spend the money on? (Score 1) 144

by BZ (#48438847) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Browsers are pretty complicated, yes. Things like low-latency high-performance VMs, hardware-accelerated video pipelines, plus the details, like actual HTML parsing, CSS layout, a network stack, and so forth. Also, what matters is not just the complication but how fast you're trying to change things, and people are adding new things (flexbox, more complicated CSS layout modes, mode DOM APIs, etc) faster than ever before.

But also, in addition to a browser Mozilla is working on FirefoxOS, which involves a whole separate bunch of developers, since it's not like the browser developers are writing things like the dialer app for FirefoxOS. Also, you need QA, not just developers.

And yes, Mozilla has 1000-ish employees, for what it's worth.

It's not just Mozilla. If I look at I see on the order of 600 committers with commits in the last month. And that's not even counting whoever is working on the non-open-source parts of Chrome. And not counting, again, QA and so forth.

And the worst part is, this is not a new development. Microsoft had over 1000 people working on IE6 in 1999, according to

So yes, browsers, complicated.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 2) 174

Eventually Obama is going to be a civilian again. If he pleases the right people, he (or his immediate family) can make tremendous amounts of money as a lobbyist, consultant, guest speaker, etc...

Just look at the money that Chelsey Clinton earns from her array of jobs at various consulting, investment, educational, media and humanitarian companies and organizations. Her success was handed to her on a diamond platter as political thanks to her parents.

I don't know if Chelsea Clinton's employers are getting anything, but there's some truth to that.

For example, Billy Tauzin, the Republican representative from Louisiana, made sure that the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill would prohibit Medicare from negotiating cheaper prices with the drug companies, the way the health care systems do in every other country. After he left Congress, he went to work for the drug industry lobbying organization, PhRMA, for $2 million a year. Pretty good investment. PhRMA paid a few million dollars, and got back billions in higher drug prices. That's why all those new drugs cost $100,000 and more a year.

Comment: Re:How's this going to work (Score 4, Funny) 144

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438087) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

With 90% of their revenue coming from Google yet they just signed a 5 year deal with Yahoo how is this going to work out?

I guess we'll see, but Yahoo is probably guaranteeing at least as much revenue as Google, for the opportunity to be the default search engine.

So that gives MoFo five years to have FirefoxOS take over the smartphone market.


I'm sorry, that was wrong.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 2) 288

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438053) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Population count (507 mio. vs. 319 mio.) and GDP (18.4 trio. US$ vs. 16.8 trio. US$).

Given their superior regulatory environment, why does the EU only make less than 70% per-capita of what the US makes? Especially given that many US-headquartered companies are recognizing most of their revenue in Ireland.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 309

The whole global warming scare made it abundantly obvious that the current state of science (plus politics) is incapable of intelligently managing the climate, or perhaps even managing it at all, much less intelligently.

But, hey, look what Harvard Economists have done with engineering the economy! Can't we have some ivory tower academics "fixing" the planet too?

But seriously, an upper-bound projected sea level rise of 4 inches is completely unprecedented, so we should seek to thwart the productive capacity of humanity, and whatever happens, don't put one tenth of that money into ensuring clean water for every human on Earth, eliminating malaria, or building fusion reactors. Where the regulatory victory in that?!

Comment: Re:Considering the success Nintendo has had. . . (Score 1) 59

by hjf (#48436261) Attached to: The Nintendo DS Turns 10

You don't talk to kids, do you?

Remember when ALL YOU WANTED was your own computer?
Kids are over that.
They're also over the ALL I WANT IS A LAPTOP

Now, all they want is a tablet. Kids don't want PCs anymore. It's unbelievable.

And even worse: many don't even want a tablet. they want just a smartphone.

Comment: Re:OBD2 (Score 1) 184

by bill_mcgonigle (#48435713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

and a matching array of iOS and Android apps that will read all the engine stats off the dongle onto pretty dials on your phone or tablet.

Yet some OBD2 ports output certain data elements and other don't.

I was looking for battery voltage with Torque on my Forester, and it's a non-reported value, though other cars support it.

I'm sure somebody maintains a wiki with the matrix of models and values.

Though when he said "most hackable" I was thinking '82 F150 - no special tools required at all.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 132

by bill_mcgonigle (#48434955) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

They were taking OTA signals and retransmitting them across the internet for profit without paying the broadcaster a dime.

So, exactly like broadcast.

You don't see a problem with this?

Of course not - do you have a problem with broadcast? That's the very business model the broadcasters are in. Aereo was in the business of being an outsourced antenna provider - what problem could you possibly have with that?

If anything, Aereo was bringing them additional customers to watch their ads.

All this is is the broadcast corporations wanting to get in on some sort of nebulous not-yet-defined Internet business model that they think will make them even richer. A company (Aereo) is now out of business, all those jobs lost, the advancement of science and the useful arts is diminished, customers no longer have a service they value, and what - for the possibility of further enriching six multinational corporations?

The government fucks up again, news at 11. Or not, because all the news is owned by six multinational corporations.

Comment: They'll be replaced by robots soon. (Score 1) 480

by Animats (#48428561) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Don't worry, most of those jobs will go away soon. Amazon's newer warehouses use Kiva robots to move merchandise around to picking stations. Picking is still manual; the computers do all the thinking, the humans just pick up what the laser pointer points at. But Bezos owns a robotics startup working on automating that. At Amazon, being replaced by robots isn't a future problem. It's here now.

Customer service is already mostly automated. It's can't be long until customer service chat is with a computer, not a human. Then Amazon will need fewer people.

Comment: Re: This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 0) 213

by bill_mcgonigle (#48426057) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

government sponsors the basic research, then they kill it, then they prevent industry from commercializing it when it would threaten extant corporate profits, especially in energy, and by extension military spending and petrodollar advantage. Google 'integral fast reactor', Branson, etc.

We've known how to make all the clean energy we need and clean up our nuclear waste problem at the same time for the past 20 years. We have a government problem, not a technical one.

Chairman of the Bored.