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Comment Re:Survey bias (Score 1) 105

Seriuoosly cancer does not work like that most of the time. As in the really rare cases of spontaneous remission.

We don't actually know that. We know that thyroid cancer that gets bad enough to be symptomatic doesn't just go away spontaneously. We have no idea what percentage of cases detected in intensive screening will just go away because intensive screening is rare. We don't know how many of the positives are false.

We have much better data on breast cancer screening. The big surprise there was that 20% of the detected (but asymptomatic) cancers do spontaneously regress.

That may or may not be the same for thyroid cancer. We better figure that out fast or a lot of kids will get a lot of unnecessary procedures done on them and will end up on replacement therapy for life.

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 356

True. It will be worth checking for evidence of VW like fraud, but there is no evidence for it currently.

The good news is that the results in TFA were a comparison between the current test and the one that will become law in the EU in 2017, so the problem is already being corrected. The results suggest that the manufacturers have their work cut out for them.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 325

The point is that some people are more naturally managers. All things being the same, even if that person had your qualifications and experiance, he would remain a manager even if he could make just as much in a technical role.

The artificial division in the pay scale is what pushes you away from your preference and natural talent. It's not that management is actually a more difficult job, it's just that it's out of your wheelhouse even though it is still within your capability.

Given how everyone seems to be screaming about a STEM shortage but not a management shortage, supply and demand suggests you should be able to get a raise by going back to tech. Reality begs to differ.

Comment Re:Then start your own router company. (Score 1) 143

Mostly, they already have the separate processor. They have to because the analog gear won't put up with the jitter caused by the CPU running an OS and userspace. So it's just a matter of having the flash not be co-mingled with the flash that holds the OS. OR, the processor can check the signature of the blob it gets handed before enabling Tx (that one would add no hardware).

Now, go fetch me a fab, and a team and I'll get right on that for you.

But if you object to those pennies, you should object to the new FCC reg that demands that they actually secure the things and write a detailed report on how they did so. It's cheaper still to just leave it the way it is now.

The sad part is that this regulation will do nothing. People who want to use the forbidden channels will just order the hardware from somewhere that permits those channels.

Comment Re:We are screwed. (Score 1) 54

the problem with wireless data isn't so much how slow it is; but how costly it is(in part because of scarcity, which more efficient RF technology might actually alleviate, the 'because we can' part is a separate issue)

I'd like to know the difference between the high costs due to real scarcity and the high costs due to profit-taking.

I'd love to see a heat map of cell sites based on RF congestion and backhaul congestion to get an idea if the limits being imposed are really about site limits or mostly about extracting maximum profit.

Comment Fuck off, I decide what's fair (Score 5, Insightful) 285

Many websites only exist because of user generated content (like /.).

Don't impose your idea of what's fair to the content I provide for your site.

Web sites had the chance to go the NPR route and be low key about advertising but by and large they went the obnoxious way and embraced pop ups, pop unders, Flash, animation, and widespread invasive tracking.

Fuck that, I'm not participating in your scheme to get rich off my content, at least the part where I provide you with content and am then expected to be shouted at by ads and tracked. That's not even remotely fair.

Comment Re:Thanks for this, NYCL! (Score 1) 67

If you don't have the $10 to spare for it (often true of teens and early 20s who are the largest market for music) then downloading a copy changed nothing for the copyright holder. If you didn't think it was worth $10, you wouldn't have bought it, but you might download it. Either way, they were never going to get $10 from you and you downloading the music doesn't change that.

Comment Re:The right answer *is* to Tivoize it. (Score 1) 143

Support?!? You mean the guy with a thick Indian accent who claims to be "Bob" who talks you through the process to unplug and replug the device? What support?

As for what makes it cheapest, that would be leaving it unlocked and terminating warranty if you do anything like re-flashing.

As for cheapest to the consumer while being in compliance, a lot of people saved a lot of money by using a re-flashed Linksys rather than the much more expensive (but no better) APs that had the needed features in the OEM software. It's a great way to correct an unhealthy market.

Of course, you're forgetting that this will also include WiFi cards in laptops Enjoy your driver compatibility hell and OS lock-in.

Comment Re:Shouldn't that be fixed by the vendor? (Score 1) 143

The correct response, rather than locking up the entire OS and driver layer is to handle the low level stuff with a separate processor with it's own flash. The separate processor is almost an absolute requirement since the hardware is unlikely to deal well with a processor delay caused by handling an exception/fault in the OS kernel. The latter is the contentious part. The manufacturer might enjoy saving that dime by having the OS driver verify and load the firmware on init rather than loading it from onboard flash or having the radio processor verify it like it should.

The FCC seems to believe that they'll spend the dime to be compliant. I believe they are being naive and they need to be more specific and force that behavior if that's what they want.

To be more specific, different countries allow different subsets of the channels and different signal strength. Typically, the OS driver tells the radio what regulatory domain is in effect. The FCC doesn't want the end user to be able to change a config file or recompile the driver to select a non-US domain in order to use a forbidden channel or turn the transmitter power up. The FCC thinks the manufacturer will embed the domain in the radio firmware and verify that signed firmware in the radio (creating no problems for Free software). I'm pretty sure they'll leave all that like it is and forbid re-flashing anything at all (Tivoize it)

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 96

And the simplicity... well they did just come out with the SCv2000 which is all wizard-driven and about as dead simple to set up as the EQL. I predict we'll see that same level of simplicity making its way into the higher tier products pretty soon.

That would sure be nice. I like the statistics and most of the features of EM, but their I/O configuration is lunacy, up to and including the required license for virtual ports. All of that feels like a networking configuration system that was solved (and better) elsewhere. I'd like to think they don't make it horrifically complicated just to drive reseller/support revenue and that there's something deep inside that makes it worthwhile, but I find it hard to believe.

The auto tiering if configured correctly can certainly make for an interesting performance story. Put SLC at the top where you want fast writes and allow it to trickle down to MLC and/or TLC... just like 15K->10K->7K. There's a question mark over whether current controllers can really take advantage of the potential performance in this kind of setup, but we're seeing controller performance increasing over generations anyway.

IMHO, new flash technologies like Intel/Micron 3D-Xpoint will moot the need to tier between older generation flash technologies. I also suspect that for all but a few workloads MLC is just so much faster that it won't matter at the customer side. Any performance increase is probably offset by the need for heavier weight controllers needed to manage tiering and data page management.

And as you suggest, interconnects would remain a limiting factor -- how many 24 drive MLC shelves until you saturate even a SAS-12 bus?

Even in networking... they've shit-canned the atrocious Powerconnect line of switches (that some people loved) and replaced with a whole new line of switching from low end to high.

I think the N series is pretty good. I don't see much uptake of Force10 since N series came out and the price/performance/features of the 10 gig N series are pretty good. I'd love for someone to give me a couple of the 10 gig models...

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".