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Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 875

by MatthiasF (#49349187) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
No, the civil rights battles STARTED with religion and continued on to race, women and homosexuals.

This law would literally blow away ALL civil right progress since Philadelphia in 1776, not just Montgomery in 1955.

Completely un-American to support discrimination of any kind for any people and I would even debate un-Christian as well.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1, Insightful) 875

by MatthiasF (#49340045) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
Extremist strawman is extreme.

Any public shop must allow the public to enter and purchase products or services. A merchant doesn't have to do everything the customer asks and they can refuse service if they have good reason. But any shop that discriminates on any stereotypical ground is at least being unprofessional and unethical but at worst breaking discrimination laws.

This law is a thinly veiled attempt to remove all of the civil rights successes of the last sixty years.

Anyone can make a religion and say they aren't allowed to do X or talk to Y, then discriminate against anyone they choose. The entire point of the United States of America (LITERALLY) was to avoid that kind of thing.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by MatthiasF (#49282751) Attached to: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN X Becomes First 12GB Consumer Graphics Card
I completely disagree. The majority of the HPC realm still uses Nvidia only because they know CUDA and not because of any technological advantage. AMD has held the line at not allowing sloppy programming methods into their OpenCL compiler and that has held back a lot of HPC users from jumping ship. You can even see this in many complaints from open source projects, like Blender, where they refuse to produce proper multi-threaded code and rely heavily on the CUDA compiler to do the work for them.

The rest of your complaints, "shitty drivers", "piss-poor memory handling" and "worse performance per watt" are also bogus. I own or manage machines using a large number of Nvidia and AMD video cards, and have seen as many driver issues between the two that neither has come out worse. This is a typical fanboy stereotype that keeps being repeated with no real fact behind it.

Your second complaint is seen a lot in programming forums, but I have never seen anyone do a proper write up of any memory issues with any of AMD's generations and most of the conversations lead me to believe it was an issue of the programmer's personal preference not wanting to learn a second platform with less market share than an actual technical issue. Most of these issues would be alleviate if the programmer would just use a common optimized library and stop trying to redo the work themselves.

Lastly, AMD's offerings have historically produce more performance per watt and their latest offerings continue that trend. This, besides the bit shift ability you mention, is also one reason why AMD was used for Bitcoin mining and supercomputers.

Now, my latest personal computer has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 inside because I more often need to fix CUDA code and noticed some of the games I wanted to play ran better on it (again, from the game designer's preference and not a technical merit). I personally own eight other video cards across AMD, Nvidia and Matrox (who use AMD GPUs these days) and three generations for testing.

And I am only sticking up for AMD because I admire their push to get people to code for multi-core better. Nvidia has been too conciliatory in the last six years in that respect, which is fine for their revenue stream and market share but not a good thing in the big picture for the broader computer industry. Since Moore's law has begun to slow, we are going to need a massive shift to multi-core optimized applications and we need programmers ready for that day.

AMD seems to be ready with the tough love to get everyone there while Nvidia keeps enabling bad behaviors.

Comment: Re:Might as well have the doomsday popomatic (Score 1) 145

by MatthiasF (#48878241) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move
I agree. Several of the moves seem completely political and not realistic. For instance, the fall of the USSR should not have been seen as such a positive development for world safety. The army in Russia was severely underfunded up to and for much of the decade after the USSR dissolved, meaning the likelihood of a nuclear warhead being stolen and sold was significantly more realistic. Or worse, a rogue general going ballistic about the union breaking up.

Comment: Re:Am I missing the point? (Score 2) 124

No, they literally copied over the LAN and are intentionally being vague to throw people off that fact. The original Sync blog post did not use Sync across the Internet but the Venturebeat author did disclose sharing across the Internet and stated:

"The transfer process was much longer. Times were in the double digit minutes, and largely depended on what connections my friends had."

In other words, in real-world scenario using the Internet, Bittorrent's Sync was not any faster than the times posted for the other services.

This is a terrible hack job by Bittorrent to spread lies and a horrible job by Venture beat repeating them with no critical thought.

Original Sync Blog post -

Comment: Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (Score 1) 124

a.) Yes, we do because the blog post says as such.
b.) True, and that is why they intentionally nerfed the Dropbox test by creating a new random file to not only avoid "deduplication" as they say, but the LAN Sync being available as well (which they do not admit).


Comment: Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (Score 5, Informative) 124

Maybe because 3-4 people actually read the Sync blog post where it states, and I quote:

"Our tests were conducted over local LAN – on the same switch – in order to rule out available bandwidth as a limiting factor. It’s important here to note that Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive all rate-limit uploads and do not fully utilize the 1 Gbps bandwidth available (in regards to the office Internet connection, not the LAN switched). We’re confident that a slower Internet connection would yield similar results."

In other words, people agreed with me because they knew what I said to be true.

Not only did they give themselves the preferential treatment of same LAN, they also intentionally adjusted their tests to discount an advantage of a competitor. Again, quoted verbatum from the blog post:

"Dropbox has a deduplication scheme in place – what this meant for our tests is that even though we deleted the video file from our Dropbox folder, traces of it still remained and Dropbox got ~50% faster at transferring the same video file each subsequent time we uploaded it. To correct for this, we needed a new file that wasn’t bit-for-bit identical to the video file we previously transferred. "

Why don't you RTFA.

Comment: Re:OwnCloud? (Score 2) 124

If the OwnCloud server is on the same LAN as the laptops, I bet it is the same speed or faster than Sync.

If off-site from the server, I doubt the OwnCloud clients are smart enough to know a friendly computer is on the same LAN to share already downloaded chunks.

Which I might add is the only advantage to Bittorrent Sync. The technology only provides an increase in speed if one of the clients on the LAN has pieces of data already downloaded so the Internet connection is not as necessary. If neither computer has any of the data and both start downloading the same file, there is no advantage at all since the bandwidth shared between the two of them is the same finite amount.

Comment: Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (Score 2, Insightful) 124

They compared the transfers between two laptops on the same LAN using a direct P2P client (BitTorrent Sync) and several Internet-reliant sync options, finding the direct file copy was faster. No, duh.

In other news, you spend less time on an airplane when you take a staycation.

Comment: Re:please no (Score 1) 423

by MatthiasF (#48074317) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming
[quote]In the Southern Ocean in particular, they estimate past heat tallies were 48% to 152% too low. Globally, past estimates could be as much as 25% off. [/quote]

So, article states there was a massive underestimation of measurements but you state that past models were accurate. Yet if they were accurate before then they are not now. Which is it? They were accurate before but not accurate anymore or they were inaccurate before and are accurate now?

Hint: They were never accurate.

Comment: Re:Reporting bias? (Score 1) 460

by MatthiasF (#47950951) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
Um, 30% and 20% means Women are 50% more likely.

That is pretty drastic.

The article mentions "71% of women and 41% of men respondents", which is a 75% difference.

If your study was indeed accurate and the numbers from this article plays out too, than academic environments have a significant issue with sexual harassment. Either it literally is an issue, or the young men and women in academia are poorly educated on what is sexual harassment (and are over reporting it).

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990