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Comment Re: Fundamentals (Score 1) 319

So, you just want to let them go? Forget all this trial business and just SAY that up front....

If the military can't prove that they should be held, then yes they should be released. Right now there are 46 people there who are designated to be detained indefinitely because the military says they are too dangerous to release, and that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute them. That doesn't sit right with me, I don't like the idea of that. If the military can prove that they are too dangerous to release, fine, let them. If the military just wants to claim that they are very dangerous but they have no evidence then I don't like what that says about us as a country.

I realize that several of those people that might get released would try to fight us again, and frankly I'm more comfortable with that possibility than letting our military just claim that they are going to be held indefinitely without trial. If they get released and go right back to the battlefield, fine, we'll kill them on the battlefield. If they want to plot attacks then what's the difference if it's them plotting or one of the existing free people plotting? Either way, the intelligence services should be able to do their job and stop the attacks, and then you have evidence that you can use to try them and legitimately lock them away. If the people have no desire to fight at all, and they don't want to plot, they just want to go try to live their lives, then I don't want my military keeping them locked up just because the military claims they are dangerous.

I don't see much of a very valid reason why they should have fewer rights than I do, I don't see much of a reason why the military should be able to lock them up indefinitely because there isn't enough evidence to charge them. I just don't like it, that's not who we are supposed to be as a country. The fact that those people may (or may not) have taken up arms against our soldiers doesn't diminish their humanity.

Comment Re:Intel's trolling us (Score 1) 175

I don't see how in the world *Windows* is going to break into the mobile market. They have been trying for over a decade, repeatedly without success. Particularly now it seems a pretty cemented Android/iOS landscape. The only hope I could see is Intel getting some hardware makers onboard and that being a platform for MS to push their continuum concept (yes it can work with ARM, but back to square one, a bunch of my enterprise applications are not about to spend money to dust off the build trees and build ARM for the fun of it)

MS mobile strategy is going to have to settle for trying to make money off of iOS and/or Android users/developers. They can (and do) provide hosting, applications, and services. They miss the revenue opportunity of a curated application distribution platform, but I think this is the best they can hope for.

Comment Re:Intel's trolling us (Score 1) 175

The issue is that a lot of applications people need won't bother to update, and many current applications will forgo the managed runtime upon which MS cross-architecture strategy is based.

Sure, the ecosystem could move, but there's now adequate x86_64 implementations in the space at fairly low cost.

MS' safer bet is to encourage an x86-centric market. Sure, keep ARM port viable and encourage cross-architecture as a matter of course for as many of the developers as they can to hedge their bets, but backwards compatibility is a big selling point for MS platform.

Comment Re: familiar (Score 1) 76

I think he's recommending military applications of pizza technology. It's a workable idea. Leave serverely overheated hot pockets on the enemy battlefield, enemy soldiers can't resist picking them up and biting into them once the outer crust cools (while the interior is still as hot as the inside of an operating fusion reactor), and then this happens.

It'll work until new treaties outlaw the use of hot pocket weapons as a war crime.

Even then, the technology could help medics cauterize wounds on the field. Dude's bleeding out through two severed thighs? Extrude some overheated hot pocket cheese from an insulated container onto the wound!

Comment Re:Shoddy excuse... (Score 2) 175

Except they have, in terms of work done per clock (even ignoring multicore). A Haswell 1.2 ghz can achieve the same sort of results as a 3.0 ghz AMD core from 5 years ago in a balanced set of CPU constrained work. It actually comes out ahead in a number of specific workloads. Note I'm comparing to a core significantly older, with less cache for the sake of demonstrating only the senselessness of being fixated on clock, not saying this is a fair Intel v. AMD comparison.

On the other hand, a 1.2 GHz AMD K7 back in the day could beat a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 of the same time. There's a lot more to processor performance than clockspeed.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 2) 184

The point is to get through to a person though, and then waste their time. Listen to the video in TFA. The bot will ask the caller if they are a person, and if the caller does not stop to consider the question then the bot will press 1 a few times to get through to a person, and then proceeds to waste that person's time. In other words, the bot does exactly what a robocall bot does, tries to reach a person then wastes their time.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 2) 184

Oh yeah? Well I know someone who makes a piece of software that modifies the hosts file, with the intention of blocking advertisements, but then in order to market his software he goes online and spams Slashdot. He knows that people hate spam, but he has to feed his ego.

Comment Re: APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 204

Live in the UK, never driven an automatic, don't know anybody who owns one.

Automatic gearbox uptake is way up in Europe. More and more manufacturers are ditching the stick and going to CVT-only for mileage reasons. All the top-end cars have dual-clutch transmissions, which are manual only in concept. They are all automatically controlled, and all have an automatic mode. Or at least, so says the automotive press. Mostly I get this stuff from watching Autoline, but other shows factor in as well.

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