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Comment: Re:NVidia engineering sucks badly (Score 1) 197

by Kesch (#32882522) Attached to: Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

Well, the good news is that these new 460 boards (GF104 based) have shown to be some of the coolest and lowest power contenders in their performance range, which is a big contrast to the previous three 4xx cards (GF 100 based) which are known as hot, noisy monsters.

Each new batch of cards come with their own pluses and problems. You shouldn't make generalizations. If you're really worried about overheated cards, find an nVidia or ATI vendor that puts a better cooling system on the card and offers a lifetime warranty.

Comment: Re:Bargain? $200? (Score 1) 197

by Kesch (#32882390) Attached to: Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

nVidia actually just came out with their eyefinity rival called nVidia Surround. It isn't as good as eyefinity though, since it only drives up to six monitors, and you'll need 2x cards in SLI. I'm also not sure if it can do different resolutions on different displays.

The one advantage it has is that it can do 3d on the displays if somehow have the cash to spend $200 on the glasses setup, and whatever it costs to get 3 identical versions of one of the supported 120hz monitors.

Comment: Re:This November.. (Score 1) 427

by Kesch (#32351772) Attached to: Congressmen Send Letters, Hope For Net Neutrality Fades

Voting for third parties can actually get their policies into play without them even needing to win. With most races being so tight, even the small percentage third parties gather can change the outcome. If a third party starts to draw votes, one of the two main parties will likely absorb some of the third party's policies in an effort to win back those lost voters. At that point, congratulations, you third part vote has helped influence the platform of a major party.

Is this ideal? No, not really. Actually having representatives you want voted into office would be much better. But voting for third parties is a way of expressing dissatisfaction with both major parties and likely getting at least one of them to change.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 3, Insightful) 86

by Kesch (#30435786) Attached to: Hand Written Clock

While the Industrious Clock is probably a better "hand-drawn" timekeeper, I'd say the real draw of this is not just the clock face, but the entire mounting in a man sized box with the clock sunken. It then truly looks like you have kidnapped someone, shoved them into a box, and forced them to keep time with whiteboard markers. I'd like to see a pocket watch version with a tiny demon inside.

Comment: Re:I didn't know they could do that (Score 1) 145

by Kesch (#30382508) Attached to: Court Says Fair Use May Hold In Some RIAA Cases

He was uploading them too - his violation of copyright wasn't just making a single copy for his own use, but rather distributing them to others. Thus, the damages would include $1.40 for every he uploaded each song to, and everyone they then uploaded the song to. That's going to be much higher than a total of $33.60. How much higher? We don't know - it's too speculative to say, which is why Congress put in the statutory damage provisions.

You seem to have a decent grasp of the laws at play here and offer an interesting counterpoint to NYCL. I'm curious on this one part. Why do you believe that he should be liable for secondary infringement (or more specifically, that statutory damages should reflect assumed secondary (and maybe even tertiary) infringement)?

Comment: Re:Well.. (Score 1) 286

by Kesch (#29700377) Attached to: Is Valve's Steam Anti-Competitive?

I'm actually pretty surprised by the prices on Steam though. Despite a strong second-hand market for PC games, the prices on Steam (and PC games in general) still seem to have some strong pressure from somewhere (piracy?). New game prices sometimes start below their console ports, and the price gap just widens from there. On top of that they offer sometimes crazy good sales and some amazing value bundles. Of course, they're not the only digital distributor with good deals. The recent D2D $5 sale has had me buying tons of games.

Are these two companies both being driven by some pricing pressure in the market, or is Valve just pro-consumer and everyone else is racing to catch up?

Comment: Re:So let's get this straight... (Score 4, Informative) 86

by Kesch (#29700303) Attached to: FCC To Probe Google Voice Over Call Blocking

Well... no. There's no real bad guy here, but it isn't such a cut and dry blame game.

The FCC starts asking why AT&T is blocking Google Voice on the iPhone.

AT&T tries to shed some of the heat by changing topics and asking why Google doesn't have to connect these expensive rural providers that AT&T is legally forced to connect to.

Now, these expensive rural end points are apparently a little slimy since they like to partner with high volume services to draw calls into their network which they can then charge a premium for.

Of course, Google and AT&T aren't exactly analogous. So it's not clear that Google should be held to the same standards. One company is providing a completely free service while the other receives subscription fees. Also one is providing full phone service complete with a dial tone, while the other is fancy routing for your existing services. Finally, one has gotten government subsidies to support expensive coverage of rural areas while the other has received nothing.

I appreciate that the FCC is asking these questions though. They're fairly reasonable questions. In fact, the FCC has been fairly competent as of late. They might still be a little weak when it comes to laying the smackdown and righting the wrongs of telecom industry (of which there are a lot). But they have shown active interest in investigating possible abuses, and know the right questions to ask when they show up.

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