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Comment Re:What idiocy (Score 1) 301

Oh man, I guess I'm too poor and / or stupid to leave my country over the completely irrational fear that I'm going to be shot by a gun.

Isn't it funny that even with the problems the US has, one of the biggest debates in the US is about immigration reform, because so many people are still trying to come here?

Feel free to stay wherever the hell you are. And anyone willing to uproot themselves and their family over a statistically irrelevant fear, feel free to be gone. I'm just fine here, where I'm far more worried about the idiot driving their car and texting than I am about ever coming in contact with someone possessing a gun and intent to do me harm.

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 4, Insightful) 301

It's not so much about people freaking out, it's about them being banned by the National Firearms Act of 1934 - the same legislation that bans full-auto / burst fire machineguns, grenades, bombs, missiles, poison gas.

In October, 2015 Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon introduced the Hearing Protection Act to remove suppressors from the NFA. So at least one Congress critter agrees with you. I'm not really sure where a sound suppressor fits in with machine guns and grenades, but apparently Congress thought so 80 years ago when they were still reeling from the crime associated with prohibition...

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 185

That's really not that shocking. Most people don't "upgrade" for the sake of upgrading. Usually, at least in Windows land, an OS upgrade is tied to a hardware upgrade, and nobody is upgrading their hardware because a Core2 Duo is still working just fine as the family PC.

Only enthusiasts, gamers, and businesses are buying new PCs. Everyone else's tech spend is going to phones / tablets / etc.

Comment Re:Wait, wait, wait. WHAT DID YOU SAY? (Score 1) 55

The US land-based nuclear deterrent force is made up of the Minuteman-III, which is a solid-fuel based booster. No Russian parts to be seen there.

And there's also the sea-based Trident SLBM, which is arguably the bigger deterrent. Everyone knows where the Minuteman-III missiles are. Only people aboard the submarines, and the upper brass in the Navy know where the Ohio-class SSBNs are.

Comment Re:Ever seen a ruskie car? (Score 2) 55

The Russians were ahead right until the Gemini program - Ed White's spacewalk may have been second, but it was almost twice as long, and due to far better pressure suits and maneuvering equipment, he was able to actually do something besides float there. Also, he didn't have to depressurize his suit just to get back through the hatch like Leonev did because his suit didn't balloon on him in the vacuum of space.

After that moment, NASA pulled ahead in rendezvous, docking, and of course actually sending people to the moon, landing on it, bringing them back, etc.

Russia's boosters have always been first rate, and that's what gave them the early lead. NASA recognized that if they got into a lifting capacity contest, they were going to lose for another decade. Kennedy moved the goalposts with a public declaration to land on the moon, and made other technologies more important.

Comment If it was from any other publisher... (Score 4, Funny) 126

I'm absolutely SHOCKED that EA would deliver a game that is marketed towards a fan base that will purchase absolutely anything with the franchise logo on it, and then skimp on content so that they can then double / triple / quadruple dip into that fan's wallet behind the disgusting practice of paid-for-DLC.

Won't even take a look at this thing with EA's logo on it. I'll continue playing games from publishers that don't have a Bill Cosby-esque relationship with their customers.

Comment Re:quite likely "intelligence" is monitoring (Score 1) 313

Exactly. Think of it this way:

A dumb cop that discovers a black market operation's stash house kicks in the door, makes a few arrests, and gets some B-roll on the news with drugs and guns on a table.

A smart cop that discovers a black market operation's stash house will sit on the location watching who and what goes where, and build cases on all of it and take the whole operation and it's suppliers at the same time.

Comment Re:If only the software... (Score 1) 179

The good news is that a Xeon Phi isn't ever going to be installed anywhere but a data center, so you don't have to worry about it. It will churn through data sets by running an application specifically written for it.

This isn't a high-volume product for Intel - they probably have a couple hundred customers that use these things. But when they do use them, they use a LOT of them because they are building supercomputers that have thousands of cores.

Comment Re:Still just 4 cores for the desktop... (Score 1) 179

I would imagine that the built-in video is actually wanted in the Xeon line, so you don't have to waste motherboard real estate adding a crappy video chip to the bill of materials.

Many, if not practically every, server uses on-board video. Unless they run completely headless.

Comment Re:CISC? (Score 1) 179

The complexity of the instruction set matters very little when you can just cache the decoded instructions in the processor. Intel solved that with Pentium Pro in 1995. By using ever-decreasing fabrication processes, they have die space to heap tons of cache in there - I think the current Xeons are somewhere around 2MB/core of cache...

So your 20 year nap is just about right.

Comment Re:3Tflops (Score 1) 179

It may matter a lot, but it's not the most important metric.

If you're building a supercomputer, you're building it to calculate shit, and to calculate it as accurately as possible, as fast as possible. You design the computer first, and then the facility to house it after the design is done.

Someone dropping tens of millions on a super computer isn't going to say "well, we already have this room here that can handle X watts of heat, so design your computer to simulate global weather patterns / thermonuclear detonations / astrophysics for that thermal capacity. After all, we absolutely cannot retrofit the room to add more cooling capacity."

A $200k HVAC upgrade is nothing compared to the $millions of equipment going into the room.

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