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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 89

by Nemyst (#47538281) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO
If we "someday" discover that radioactive decay is not inherently random and unpredictable to an atomic level, it'd mean we suddenly contradict a hundred years of scientific research, models and theories. While not impossible, your post implies that there's a model and we just don't know it; the truth is that it's extremely unlikely to be the case.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 2) 120

The big deal ain't the range, it's the range considering the battery. The highest range Model S has an 85 kWh battery, rated for 265 miles (426km). This eVe has a 16 kWh battery, yet manages 310 miles (500km). That's a massive difference, especially when you consider that battery charge time is one of the big downsides of electric cars right now. Obviously, the smaller the battery, the faster the charge. Alternatively, you can keep the same size battery but quadruple the range. Oh, and this doesn't even factor the solar panels.

The point of cars like this is to maximize efficiency. Then, you try to take what you've learned making it and apply that to production cars.

Comment: Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (Score 1) 872

A tweet and (I presume) some heated words and you get them off the airplane and threaten to call the cops? If this were about his behavior, that'd be one thing, but no: he was allowed to board the plane after removing the tweet. This is purely the SWA personnel not wanting to look bad, and doing an absolutely inexcusable thing in the process.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 322

by Nemyst (#47522219) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
That's not true. The Xbox One uses a hypervisor, based on the latest Hyper-V, to run two kernels: the Xbox kernel and a Windows kernel. They're both permanently online to allow for instant switching to the main menu. I've seen very little details as to the origin and evolution of the Xbox kernel, so I have a hard time simply acknowledging an unsourced claim that it's still derived from the original Xbox kernel. Since the tech behind it is DirectX 11 level, with multicore support as a first priority, it makes little sense to use something that old and unsuited.

Comment: Re:4 year degrees have a lot theory & fluff / (Score 4, Insightful) 223

by Nemyst (#47519331) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
They're not fluff. They're just not about getting a job, but about getting an education. If all you want is a degree, go to a technical school. You'll be happy. University is (or rather, should be) for people who want to learn and expand their knowledge, even in fields unrelated with what they hope to be doing once they graduate.

The "4 years places" you speak of so lowly may not have professors doing IT work, but they have highly knowledgeable researchers who have done stuff you wouldn't even be able to grasp for years, often decades. They're just not the people I'd ask about IT.

Comment: Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (Score 1) 192

by Nemyst (#47491409) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is
This. As is often the case with /., it's an all or nothing deal. There's no way in hell that anything the publishers or record labels provide the authors and artists could actually be worthwhile. What antiquated notion! Anybody can produce a bestseller in their bedroom or record the best label of the year in their garage.

Editors are very important. They're the sanity check of the author. They're a reliable and honest reader. They help form the books by taking the often jumbled and incoherent source material that was jotted down in hundreds of sittings, sometimes in the wrong order, and shaping that into the final product. While some authors can do without them, few books would be just as good (let alone better) without an editor's involvement. This is also why good publishers can be distinguished from bad publishers on multiple levels, not just on who they sign up.

The same thing can be said about record labels, but I'm not going to go into detail. The point is: YES the publishers, record labels and all that have been exploiting content creators and taking a much too large part of the pie. That does not however mean that they are of no use whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Freedom of Expression... (Score 1) 424

by Nemyst (#47466321) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review
And that's also the case for the US. Wait, you think Massachusetts and Texas have the same values? I could pull any two states and the discrepancies would be fairly large. The US is just as much of a patchwork of political and cultural lineage as Europe is, the major difference being that they all speak (mostly) the same language.

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