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Comment: Re:This is the long way to say... (Score 2) 73

by Microlith (#49516155) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

We've reached the limits of the flash technology which drives both the SATA and PCIe versions of the storage device

Individual chips have an upper cap on speed, but that's why every SSD on the market accesses numerous devices in parallel. All you need to do to make an SSD go faster is add more NAND devices in parallel and a slightly faster controller to support them.

Flash is not all that fast and it quickly becomes the limiting factor on how fast you can read data out of it.

Maybe if you have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment: Re:good to know (Score 1) 105

unlike most of the business ppl, such as Romney, Fiorina, McNerney, Welsh, Koch bros, etc, they focus on nothing but making money and have no interest in the future of America or Mankind

None of the people you quoted appear to give a damn about the future of America or Mankind, either. They simply chose a different route to more money and power for themselves - one that hurts far, far more.

Comment: Re:Billionaire saved by taxpayer (Score 3, Insightful) 105

That is not capitalism, but corporatism (which is the politically correct modern name for fascism).

No, "corporatism" was Mussolini's preferred phrase, over that of "fascism." It is not "fascism" by any stretch of the imagination for a company to get a loan from the government.

Since there was another option, although less palatable to Musk, he should not have received a federal bailout.

And subjected himself to the whims of the corporations that gave him money? I'm sure they totally wouldn't interfere with the way the company operated, they'd never start demanding ridiculous growth at the cost of product quality and customer service, not at all.

unlike the GM bailout, this bailout was to somebody in the 1% group to enable him to make luxury automobiles for others in the 1%.

At worst there is no difference. At best, it prevented an actually innovative company from sinking and its technology dispersing into the market, never to be heard from again while GM et. al. continued doing what they were doing.

Comment: Re:you cannot fight the tide (Score 2) 407

borders/barriers are less and less effective lately against a flood of competition from people who are cheaper and better (or hungrier).

Only because those borders are as porous as can be for corporations and what they desire, for you and me they are quite well sealed. And the notion that they're "better" is illusory. Having worked for several years with one outsourcing firm, I know the crap they churn out and their utter inability to move fast enough to get the job done. If you want it done right, or at all, do it inside.

Americans I believe will have to come to grips with the possibility of a stagnant or even decreasing standard of living as the rest of the world takes what was once our position.

You mean as the oligarchs in this world take more and more of the profits and shit on everyone below them. Well, yes, we'll just come to grips with the fact that we're all being robbed by a small number of monied elite. I suspect it won't end well for them.

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by Microlith (#49416235) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

No, Im asking why there is a double standard whereby you can "ethically" refuse to patronize a business whose beliefs you disagree with, but they cannot ethically refuse to service you.

It's not a double standard. A business exists by virtue of the rules imposed by society, and said license comes with conditions.

The person does not come with any such rules.

You're insisting that you have the right to force other people to violate their beliefs to fit your whims.

Presumably we've made it clear that there are conditions one must agree to in exchange for setting up a business in this country. One is that you don't discriminate against people for certain specific reasons, particularly when those reasons cover large swaths of people. We fought this battle ~50 years ago, with the same bullshit arguments ("God says it's a sin!") and it's still no more right or sane than it was back then.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 3, Insightful) 886

by Microlith (#49339413) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Suppose you owned a business, would you serve a white-hooded KKK Grand Wizard who came in for supplies for his next hate rally? I'd rather not.

"Klansman" is not a protected class. Of course, would you know if he came in while not dressed so as to call himself out so obviously? No!

And if you knew who he was, you could refuse to sell to him individually.

You are being silly, would might change a place would be a boycott organized against a business, dropping sales even ten percent would probably wake them up.

Or whole towns could adopt similarly hateful attitudes and make it de-facto. Why the fuck are we wandering back down this path? Oh right, because Christian Love^WHate.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 5, Insightful) 886

by Microlith (#49339401) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

in order to get them to curtail the freedom of people that don't agree with them.

What is this nonsense? They aren't trying to "curtail the freedom" of anyone. Businesses are already prohibited from acting in an arbitrarily discriminatory manner towards people. They're calling it the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" to feed a bullshit persecution complex, while enshrining their hateful nonsense into law. If you can refuse business to gays because your religion says so, then you can refuse business to anyone, and that's bullshit.

Well, religion is bullshit, by and large, which is why laws like this are terrible. You have the First Amendment, you don't need to have your superstition put on a privileged pedestal.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 3, Informative) 886

by Microlith (#49339389) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

They're trying to punish those who believe that homophobes or racists have that freedom.

They already have that freedom. What businesses don't have the freedom to do is to treat people differently on an arbitrary basis, and the government of Indiana is trying to change it so people can, via companies, treat others like shit on the basis of their personal superstitions, which is unjustifiable and destructive.

Comment: Re:Don't be so sure of that! (Score 0, Troll) 93

by Microlith (#49231355) Attached to: Linux Kernel Adopts 'Code of Conflict'

With GNOME and Firefox, it was said early on that bad UI changes were just experimental, and could be ignored. If they were bad, they'd be reverted. Well, they did turn out to be bad. They were very bad, in fact.

Sounds like someone is presenting a subjective opinion as fact.

Any critics were ridiculed and silenced.

Nonsense, the critics got louder and more irritating while failing to seriously substantiate their arguments.

Linus' leadership role is on its way out, I fear. Linux is done, too. It's suffering from the same disease that has affected GNOME, Firefox and Debian: technological correctness taking a backseat to political correctness.

I see, you're not here to present anything rational, you're here to troll.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't they be after Google? (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by Microlith (#49220985) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

Google could actually fight back, while the handset vendors are far more likely to buckle if their business is threatened with a block. They also resist tipping their hand to reveal what patents they want licensed, but Google would actually demand to see it - and possibly file a patent counter-suit.

Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.