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Comment So, business as usual for the FBI. (Score 1) 189

So, what, I guess this is stingrays on drones overhead? Collect IMEI numbers of every person there, drop them in their little database of "umamerican agitators"?

I mean, that's always what it is, right?

"Drugs" is that magical code word for "the dangerous evil of non-conformity of decent hard-working American values, like having no problem with g-men goons watching every move you make? Fuck the FBI and its gang of morally-bankrupt thugs.

Comment Re:Installed in a VM (Score 0) 284

Just making sure I understand you here - you're a businessman, and one of the services you provide is to assist your customers in violating their software licensing agreements because "it was a long time ago", or "they just don't want to upgrade". I mean, because from what you've just described, you're not even talking about a 1:1 physical-to-virtual, but rather, multiple virtual copies of one physical license.

Gotta tell you - you sound like a real classy professional.

Comment Sigh. 28nm... (Score 4, Interesting) 77

..and just like Nvidia, still using .28nm process for the GPU, same as it has been since ~2010-2011... by "technology standards", this is and incredibly long period of time. I totally understand the issues with supply from TSMC, Samsung, etc, and that the products of "latest-and-greatest" in chip fabrication are supplying the smart phone and tablet industry as fast as they can.... But my point is that these days, every time I see either AMD or Nvidia releasing yet another hot and power-hungry rehash, I sadly shake my head. Gigs and gigs of RAM are great - so is 1440p and 60 fps, but I want lower-power consumption and I want less heat. I don't want increasingly complicated cooling solutions.

Comment Pull the Other One (Score 3, Interesting) 89

Given the challenges Intel faced with yields at 14nm.... and indication they face the same challenges with 10nm, evidenced by the push back to 2017 for the technology - I'm pretty goddamned skeptical that IBM has "beat" anyone to anything. Could I go to an Intel laboratory today and see a proof-of-concept 7nm chip? 5nm? Probably using all manner of interesting silicon replacements? I bet that I could.

No, as you can see from the market today, this is merely an attempt by IBM to resurrect their flagging stock prices (which has worked).

Comment Re:Writing on the wall (Score 1) 177

I'm not so sure. I agree there'll be initial resistance as there is to all major societal change. But, particularly in Europe's densely packed major cities, that tiny prototype 2-seater concept (probably Google's?) without any steering controls or unneccesary "fluff" starts to make a lot of sense when you think about the challenges currently faced with regards to traffic control. Fast, tiny, space efficient, zero-emisions. Seems unlikely for it to not be a competitive space, as well.

Comment Writing on the wall (Score 1) 177

I'm all for protecting folks' jobs and I'm solidly on the side of labor in most things. But a minister ordering police to begin seizing cars without any kind of due process is beyond the pale.

I'm also inclined to wonder how France plans to handle self-driving cars which will 100% definitely be replacing cab drivers in the next 10-15 years.

The profesion of taxi driving and trucking is _over_. It is just a matter of time.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 277

I feel like you have to be trolling. But in case you're not, Windows 7 is vastly, vastly easier to manage as a fleet than Windows XP. Improvements to group policy alone make it a "killer app". But, the important stuff like roaming profiles, document redirection, etc etc etc. There is no comparison. I suppose I could see how it might be a minor inconvenience to add a domain prefix to your user account. And I suppose if you were an inexperienced systems admin who didn't understand how to optimize network access and configure your LAN properly, yes there are some obstacles.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.