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Comment: Re:Harbingers? or just early adopters? (Score 2) 280 280

Its not early adopters, its a specific subset of early adopters. I highly suspect that this subset is drawn to these products for one of two reasons: First, anti-advertising, meaning that they are attracted to products whose advertising campaigns suck and something about that suckitude or quirkiness draws this subset in. Second, the underdog lovers. Because of bad advertising or press, writing is on the wall early that the product isn't going to launch well, and this subset then looks to buy the "underdog" product.

Comment: Re:Been standing for years... (Score 5, Interesting) 299 299

I'm a coder who stands all day ...and I've been doing it for over two years now. I used to experience back pain when I sat all day, but that went away after a month or so.

Interesting to hear your anecdote, but just wanted to make sure on something...do you keep your wallet in your back pocket? This results in a very significant percentage of men's back problems in office environments. My back pain went away when moving the wallet to the front pocket, no change in sitting/standing required.

Comment: Thief 1 and 2 processing redirect on newer comps (Score 1) 145 145

I didn't work on this specifically, but this is my way of saying thanks to the people that did. A couple years ago, I got nostalgic and wanted to replay Thief 1 and 2. Turns out, the game looks like crap because the way shading/shadows are handled by graphics cards is completely different than the way it used to work. Correct me if I got this wrong, but some guy wrote a hack that redirected the graphics processing of the game through CPU cycles instead, bypassing the graphics card entirely. With newer hardware this was possible and made the games playable again. Rejoice!

Comment: Re:So, some odd choices for games (Score 1) 103 103

I can't speak for their specific choices, but sometimes games are chosen for the variety of their demands not the specific demand of a title itself, or its ubiquity in previous comparisons as a point of reference. Also, some games tax the shaders more and some games tax the memory more, and some games are poorly optimized resulting in untrustworthy results. They build a "benchmark suite" based on these factors and use it for a good half year or a year. Bioshock Infinite is a demanding and beautiful game at high settings, and was used as a performance target when it was released, so you can compare it to older cards previously benchmarked as a point of reference.

Also, for the high end cards, most of the benchmarks for these are being done at QHD/4K. Because of these newer resolutions, there's a big demand for powerful cards that can run at those resolutions all the way up to 120FPS. Graphics cards makers have a lot of headroom to work with, 50% performance increases would be well received right now and not be considered excessive.

Comment: Re:This isn't a "perfect" example for more regulat (Score 1) 175 175

On top of awareness and education, accountability is part of the issue. Significant fines, or possibly jail time for a 2nd offense, would go a long way to preventing this kind of nonsense. Also, a way to identify drones easily should be mandated if they are causing these kinds of problems. I do like the option for firefighters to shoot em down, and think it should be added on top of everything else.

Comment: Gran Turisimo (3) taught me how to drive (Score 1) 79 79

I say this without sarcasm. I played through that game's entire progression and learned a lot about the physics of a car. Playing the harder races and difficulties taught me how to corner properly before I ever took the wheel myself. While I can't stand racing as entertainment, it also gave me a bit more appreciation for those guys that have to do so many laps.

Comment: Re:$2b / 9m users (Score 1) 80 80

I doubt the valuation is based purely on user count. Maybe moreso critical mass - unless they do something monumentally stupid, I can't see any situation in the near future that replaces GitHub as the go-to. I said the same thing about facebook during its IPO, and apparently I was wrong as hell.

Comment: Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 2) 637 637

The facts are the facts regardless if those facts take 25 years, 100 years, or 200 years to catch up to us. It's going to happen.

Timeframe matters more than anything in the climate change debate. 50% of the world's current population centers being underwater matters if its going to happen in 25 years, but it doesn't mean shit if its going to happen in 200 years. Our society can handle change quite easily, unless it is abrupt and drastic, then we can still handle it but with a bit more pain. How fast current climate change is in relation to previous geologic events means absolutely nothing, all that matters is are the species on this planet able to adapt to the rate of change that appears to be on the horizon. Based on current projections, the answer to that question is yes, and that's why a lot of people don't really give a shit. 1C over the next 100 years is manageable, 2C over the next 20 years is not.

Many that are labeled as 'skeptics' are not in debate over whether climate change is real, but over how fast its happening and if we should take drastic measures to stop it.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

Really, it boils down to student loans surviving through bankruptcy. That's the only problem because it completely voids all risk of student loans for the lenders. I understand their intentions when it was enacted, but its simply not working the way that they likely hoped it would, unintended consequence being a loan bubble/tuition hyper-inflation.

If you want to fix that law without completely abolishing it, the best way would be to cap the bankruptcy-immune debt. Tie the immune debt to say 60% of non-private university tuition. This means students can't bankruptcy-void reasonable obligations while forcing 'prestiguous' universities to eat huge losses if their graduates don't find reasonable levels of success after graduation.

Comment: Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528 528

There tends to be a very large variety. In my city, there's about 3-4 local breweries that are so appealing they're sold at almost every restaurant in a 60 mile radius, and do quite well. On top of that, you have 50-100 eclectic small breweries and you'll find 3-10 on each restaurant menus. Then, if you go to a BWL store, there's almost as many beer options as there are varieties of wine.

I live in North Carolina, which you may have learned in history was a heavy Tobacco state during the colonial period. As tobacco has crashed over the past hundred years, it's been replaced with wineries and beer. There's a very large selection in my state, but I can't speak specifically for other states.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 830 830

Americans care about the cost of the change vs the benefit. The cost, on signage alone, is in the billions. The benefit is warm fuzzies from Europe.

People in the US are taught both systems, and anyone who needs to use metric does. Its really a non-issue for anyone living here.

Comment: Re:Melissa Mayer (Score 1) 176 176

I wouldn't really say that. Mayer inherited a failed business and failed business model death-spiral company. Staying the same was a death sentence, competing directly with google et. al. was a death sentence. I think what they're doing now, trying to find a niche with a shotgun scattershot approach to different strange endeavors, is the only move that they had to make. Carly, on the other hand, inherited a very successful business and completely destroyed it through management+profit > product methodology.

He who steps on others to reach the top has good balance.