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Comment: Re:Just in time for the End of the Line (Score 1) 86

by Dutch Gun (#49634405) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

Maybe that could account for a few cases, but there were other issues at least some researchers didn't think would be solved so quickly either. In the link I provided (unfortunately, the original article isn't found, just the summary), a researcher in 2002 was claiming that CMOS would end up at 45 nm and halt there because of the issues with thermal noise. I also remember these types of predictions being made by researches at Intel as well.

Look, I'll I'm saying is that *every* time so far the prediction was made, it's turned out that manufacturers figured out how to push the envelop a little further. Eventually, it's got to end at some point, but so far the scientists and researchers manage to surprise us each time. It's hard to predict when or how the next breakthrough will occur, because by nature, it's something that no one has though of yet.

Comment: Re: nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 465

by Rei (#49630453) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Really? We in countries with single payer are clamouring for a system more like America's? That's fresh. America's healthcare system is a boogieman concept here, the sort of thing that one scares voters with - "my opponent's policies will make out healthcare system end up like America's!" Even conservative Americaphiles are usually scared of it.

Comment: I have a solution. (Score 1) 465

by Lumpy (#49629055) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Hospital bills are null and void if they are not easily read and understood by someone with a 10th grade education. If they are unable or unwilling to do a full explanation then the bill is invalid and does not have to be paid and can not be reported to credit reporting or sold to collections.

Maybe that will get the morons running hospitals off their asses.

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 303

Yup, if it wasn't Microsoft, all kinds of other companies could have dominated the desktop market. IBM (OS/2), Quarterdeck (DESQview/X), Apple (Mac OS), NeXT (NeXT), any number of *nix companies (X11), and others.

Microsoft got big because they got the consumers interested, and questionable deals with vendors.

Plenty of people only know the tunnel-vision version of computer history and they believe Microsoft is it. They either don't remember (or are too young to have seen) software boxes (ahh, the good ol' days) had logos to indicate which OS they worked on so you could pick the right one.

Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 1) 274

by JWSmythe (#49625111) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

Saying "We're sure he had..." without evidence is not evidence. They have to have the evidence that he actually *did* have what is claimed.

That's the hard part. They have to gather the evidence to get the conviction. Without evidence, they can't get a conviction. At least if you have a competent attorney. If you have a crappy one, you'll get the 5 years because they talked you into taking a pre-trial plea agreement. That's how innocent people go to jail.

Weekend, where are you?