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Comment: Re:Intentional sabotage? (Score 1) 105

by TheRaven64 (#46821129) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

That's already double what USB provides over data connections, and you shouldn't be drawing much more than that from a notebook anyhow

No, you shouldn't, but the laptop is probably drawing something on the order of 60-85W and there's no reason why it couldn't get that from a power supply in the display, rather than a separate wall wart...

Comment: Re:Thunderbolt does USB, so no. (Also PCIe and HDM (Score 1) 105

by TheRaven64 (#46821121) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector
Thunderbolt doesn't do USB, however the fact that it does PCIe means that you can run a USB controller on the other end. You wouldn't want a Thunderbolt mouse, because it would require sticking a USB controller in the mouse as well as a Thunderbolt interface and a load of PCIe bus logic. USB is nice because the client component is relatively simple and can be made very cheap. It's also nice because there are a number of standard higher-level protocols built on top of it (e.g. HID for keyboards, mice and so on, DUN for things that look a bit like modems). Thunderbolt doesn't replace USB, it's the connection that you use between your laptop and the display or docking station that has all of the USB devices plugged into it.

Comment: Re:Intentional sabotage? (Score 1) 105

by TheRaven64 (#46821105) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector
With Thunderbolt, since it can carry two DP signals, you can plug in one cable to drive two monitors. Since it also carries PCIe, you can drive a USB hub and SATA controller and NIC in one display and also connect the keyboard and mouse and an external disk and network at the same time. Having the same connector able to deliver power would mean that you'd be able to drop a phone in a dock and have it gain access to all of those things and charge, which sounds pretty compelling to me.

We're also finding it useful because you can get PCIe enclosures so we can plug FPGA boards directly into laptops, rather than needing to have a desktop sitting under the desk doing nothing except exposing a high-speed JTAG interface, but that's a fairly niche use.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 286

by causality (#46820197) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

I think the KJV has some distinct advantages. For instance:

1. It's written in Shakespearian-era English, which has been proved to be about twenty percent cooler and over seventy percent more epic than modern english.

2. Some of the edits were—pardon the expression—simply divine. "I have become a brother to jackals"? Weak. "I am a brother to dragons"? Loving it. Somebody deserved a bonus for that gem.

It's not as well known as it deserves to be, but the early Christians were actually a very diverse group. What we now call Gnosticism was representative of many if not most of them.

Sadly it was systematically stamped out, largely in part because there is such great power in organized religion and adherence to its dogmas.

Excluded, "non-canonical" books like the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Enoch, and the Gospel of Judas are really fascinating to read.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 286

by causality (#46820131) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Not implying. There are a lot of willfully ignorant people that prefer their religion's tale of a 10,000 year old universe

That's both sad and amusing. Having read and learned about the Bible, I can tell you this much: the geneologies in Genesis and elsewhere are not complete and exhuastive. They do not claim to be complete and exhaustive. Nowhere in the Bible is it so much as implied that they are.

The standard ancient Hebrew practice of listing such geneologies is to list only the most famous/notable ancestors. More mediocre and lesser-known ancestors are left out deliberately because they were not considered worthy of mention. Thus there are large gaps of unknown time in the geneologies listed in Genesis and elsewhere. Nothing to the contrary is ever claimed. This fact is not even difficult to find out, except that it does depend on doing your own homework instead of letting the TV and the culture do the thinking for you. The main point of all the geneologies in the Bible is to establish that the line of King David was known (old testament) and is the same line from which Yeshua (new testament) is descended, which is important because various prophecies concerning the Messiah predicted this (e.g. Isaiah).

To infer some kind of final ultimate Age of Humanity or Age of The Earth from this is madness. The Bible never represents it as such, and anyone claiming it does is simply unfamiliar with the very book (and ancient Hebrew culture) they are claiming to understand. The Bible makes no claims whatsoever concerning things like how long ago Adam lived, how long ago Noah lived, how long ago the Flood was, etc.

Most self-described Christians don't know this and that's just plain fucking lazy, to be frank with you. You believe this is the WORD OF GOD and yet you can't be bothered to learn a few easily researched facts about it?? This is what happens when people always have some excuse for why they won't do their own thinking and their own learning.

Comment: Re:I would think (Score 1) 372

by causality (#46818995) Attached to: OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

That's the problem: you're not.

If you are conducting the surveillance of me necessary to make that determination, then your surveillance is faulty. I merely gave an example scenario and I don't share this puerile urge to make everything into a personal matter. So I wrote in such a way that I made no claims about my own programming skill or lack thereof, in order to provide a hypothetical. What I wrote is equally true whether I've never seen a compiler before or whether I am an advanced expert.

The hostility you have makes you appear stupid because it prevents you from thinking of such things. After all, such things might make me seem reasonable and level-headed. That would be like giving aid and comfort to The Enemy, right?

That the old tired meme used to keep honest competent people out of critical jobs; but unlike generals and politicians, programmers able to work on OpenSSL don't grow up in trees, so you will have to make do with (almost) the same people and stuff your "incentives" and "reactions" up your ass.

At no point did I say that anyone should or shouldn't work on this project. Re-read it yourself if you doubt I know what I wrote. To paraphrase: what I said is that it's an unusually important project and therefore the work involves higher stakes. No one is really going to care very much if you screw up a free single-player solitaire game. If you screw up SSL, that can impact many other people in negative ways. By saying that I am hardly keeping competent people from their jobs, though it's flattering that you would ascribe to me such power.

This isn't difficult to acknowledge; at least, it certainly shouldn't be. Is there something about saying it that makes you so angry? Were you built up by praise you didn't really earn and are coming to realize how fragile a foundation that really is, or what (by means of my "platitudes")? Beware of hating someone for no good reason, someone who means well by you and wants good things for you. It's one of the more toxic ways you can pollute yourself.

Comment: Re:I would think (Score 1) 372

by causality (#46818919) Attached to: OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Well written and very insightful except for one thing...the guy really was trolling.

Ever heard of the principle of non-resistance? If he really was trolling then my post will affect him more than it could affect anyone else.

I don't really think he was. I think he made an emotional outburst reflecting his view of an unpleasant (but improving) situation. That can seem like trolling especially when it turns into a big story (among techies anyway) like this did. But I don't claim to know his heart and I could be wrong, in which case the above applies.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 170

by jfengel (#46818703) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

I'm just saying there ARE a lot of people who really want that. I'm not one of them; I actually kind of prefer things "spoiled". (Hell, if I'd waited until Lost had finished completely, I might have skipped it altogether and had a few dozen hours of my life back.)

I do think it's a real part of culture to discuss TV that's on Right Now. Not my thing, but I can see why a lot of other people are into it. Perhaps fewer than they think; maybe a lot of people would be happier ditching the cable and getting Netflix. I think the cable providers definitely fear that.

But I don't get the hate for DVRs; people time-shift things a few hours or a few days and can still get in on the conversation. Yeah, if you let it go for months you might as well just wait until it's on Netflix (though a LOT of Netflix material is still DVD-only, and I still maintain the mail service).

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 107

by jfengel (#46818063) Attached to: Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

You can't put a f/1.4 on this for shallower depth of field and better low light performance, or a 10mm wide angle, or a fish eye, or a better telephoto lens, or a tilt/shift for architecture.

I thought the point of this contraption was that those were things you could do after the exposure (except perhaps for the "low light performance"). Am I off base?

Comment: Re:Boozer backpackers (Score 1) 157

by jfengel (#46817093) Attached to: The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

They had the (dubious) advantage of having already been exposed to whatever was in the local wells. You get the same thing today: go to any third-world country and you'll get sick drinking what the locals drink. After that, your immune system will be primed to whatever they've got.

The worst offenders are the wells contaminated with human waste, which brings you whatever bugs everybody else has. A good well is deep enough to avoid that contamination, and you keep your latrines downstream of it. Still... every once in a while you'd get it really bad, especially in cities, where space for both wells and latrines are limited.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 170

by jfengel (#46816745) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

It's cheaper because it's giving you second-run content. If you want to talk about the ending of last night's Mad Men or bet with your coworkers about who's going to win whatever reality TV is most popular, you need cable. News and sports are available for free OTA, but your selection is very limited.

Cable gets to charge a premium price, even with commercials, because the traffic will bear it to have that content right now.

If you're willing to wait to know how Lost turned out until a year after everybody else (like I am), Netflix is indeed a bargain compared to cable. Its back catalog makes it even more valuable, though for me at least it didn't take all that long to see everything I wanted to see. Plus the lack of commercials. But if you're like a lot of people, access to current content is worth paying the price.

Comment: Re:Neat (Score 1) 212

by jfengel (#46815945) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe

It's a lot more fun when you're splitting a few logs for a long weekend. It's a lot less fun when you're doing cord after cord for a whole winter!

As they say, a wood stove keeps you warm so many ways: once when you cut it, then when you haul it, then when you stack it...

Comment: Re:Chinese Room 2: Simian Boogaloo (Score 1) 85

by causality (#46809753) Attached to: Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

Don't know, but to most people, math seems to be nothing more than "money see, monkey do". Understanding never comes into it.

Public schooling was never intended to encourage curiosity and deep understanding. People like that would be too difficult to manipulate via advertising, PR, carefully cherry-picked news, and other forms of propaganda. No one in politics or business wants that.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan