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Comment: Re: Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 2) 145

by O('_')O_Bush (#48894891) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug
Except, to get the analogy right, it would be important to consider that: 1. 0.5 GB is only 12.5% of the total pool (not 75% as in your analogy), and 2. Probably 99.9% of users don't have applications or hardware to use more than half of that VRAM anyways, unlike 100% having a need for more braking performance, as with your analogy.

Comment: Re: what about spectrums rights? (Score 1) 104

by O('_')O_Bush (#48811867) Attached to: Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own
I am all for legalizing cannabis. I have no interest in legalising heroine, crack, meth, PCP, etc. I'd rather abusers spend time in jail than around me and mine. We have to draw a line somewhere, and crossing that line is how the black market makes money. Taking away that line altogether is akin to anarchy.

Comment: Re: 90 days to fix (Score 3, Insightful) 129

That really isn't Google or our problem. Attackers aren't going to politely wait for Microsoft to fix issues like this, and Microsoft won't fix issues like this unless they are pressed to. And this brings up the glaring flaw with closed source products. If a third party flagged an issue in an open source product, any user that is concerned enough could potentially fix it or patch their own systems themselves. With closed source, we have to wring our hands and wait for someone at Microsoft to care enough to fix it.

Comment: Re: Waste (teaching kids about the 'rich') (Score 1) 170

by O('_')O_Bush (#48673047) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft
*cont.. writing on a phone is hard. ...which is that we should pander to a minority and everyone else in the classroom will magically do better just by being around that minority. I make a very good living (my family income is about 4x the average) because I work hard and am an engineer, but I hardly believe I am completely entitled to it.

Comment: Re: Waste (teaching kids about the 'rich') (Score 1) 170

by O('_')O_Bush (#48673041) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft
I would think he should be upset, your analogy is terrible at describing reality is is really only beating home your worldview that wealth is earned and everyone deserves their lot in life. But this is way different than an economy. Classes don't have students that are guaranteed to get 100s because their parents had 100s, and neither do we want to teach in such a narrow way that only students who are doing well *will* do well so we try different approaches to teaching and offer outside help, as opposed to what your worldview suggests.

Comment: Re: WTF UK? (Score 1) 360

by O('_')O_Bush (#48669745) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
I still don't get how every discussion about the U.K. on Slashdot gets dragged off topic into a discussion about the U.S. or comparing the U.K. to the U.S. The U.K. is its own country. I'd think by now we'd be able to talk about it as its own entity. We don't frame it in comparison to other nations nearly as often. It is almost like a meme.

Comment: Re: Waste (teaching kids about the 'rich') (Score 4, Insightful) 170

The fault is that your argument builds a straw man that the wealthy do *no* good by holding/using wealth, but that isn't the argument. The argument is that they do relatively little with that wealth. One two million dollar car churns the economy, as in, provides jobs, taxes through fees, etc, much less than one hundred 20 thousand dollar cars. A similar thing could be said of a house. A 70 million dollar house doesn't generate 100x the economic activity of 100x 700k dollar houses. Partly this is because many "premium" materials don't generate more economic activity than less premium materials at a fraction of the cost...but the increase in cost is due to rarity and desirability only. Another part is that high priced items tend to require a one team work longer rather than more teams work, concentrating the transfer of wealth rather than spreading it out over broad actors who can trickle wealth down much faster and efficiently than a few who have a large share of it. The idea of "trickle down" is valid, it does happen, but it is more like accidentally watering some plants from a leak in water tank rather than watering a field with irrigation. And when your goal is to grow a crop like an economy, relying on minimal rainfall and tank leaks just isn't a productive way to go about it, as our Norse neighbors have shown.

Comment: Re: Stamps? (Score 1) 94

by O('_')O_Bush (#48652563) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google
Problems with method: 1. Stacks of soft things like paper are usually compressible. And in the case of stamp sheets, by a lot. It would be much easier to measure a single stamp with an accurate tool like a set of calipers or a micrometer. 2. Stamp sheets have wax paper backings. The question was only about stamps/glue, not including the backing.

Comment: Re: Whether it was NK or not doesn't matter (Score 1) 236

If they (U.S. and Allies) wanted to do that, they would just have to stop feeding NK and let the brilliance of freedom take roots on its own. Or let NK starve to death. As far as kookie conspiracy theories about the U.S. trying to make NK look bad... given their history of bizarre claims, nearly self destructing to become a nuclear power, and the mentality of their citizenry around the personality cult, I think it is laughable to the absurd to think that the U.S. even has to *try* to make NK look bad.

Comment: Re: of course it wasn't NK (Score 4, Insightful) 236

Except if your view was thought through to its conclusion, the NK would have claimed to have hacked Sony whether they did or did not actually do so. The fact that they regularly lie about what they have and haven't done makes any face-saving claim dubious.

Comment: Re: 65536 (Score 4, Insightful) 246

Your analogy misses the critical difference... A bum selling Rolexes on the street isn't a threat to the name or reputation of Rolex. If a jeweller claiming to be a Rolex authorised dealer was selling fake Rolexes as real, you'd better believe Rolex would be pressing charges, suing the living piss out of the shop, and working their PR department to save face. The issue isn't scammers, the issue is scammers claiming to represent MS, thereby harming MS.

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