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Comment: Re:Without cheque deposit, you can bank in a brows (Score 1) 239

by TheRaven64 (#49504087) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post
Hmm, this sounds like a US bank thing (cheques are pretty much gone this side of the pond). The main feature of the app is that it can be the second factor in two-factor authentication for the web-based banking, so you don't have to carry around the chip reader device. It's also a bit more convenient for quickly paying someone that you've paid before or checking your balance on the go.

Comment: This may be why (Score 4, Interesting) 320

by reboot246 (#49502135) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
The danger when you have the intelligence to do anything you want to do in life is doing nothing. You hesitate to focus narrowly on one field of study because that means you'll have less time for all the others.

I won't say what my IQ is, but it's up there. My grades, especially in science courses, were practically perfect. People were expecting me to go into all kinds of careers, including medicine, chemistry, physics, computer science, etc.. But, I'm interested in everything! Always have been. I chose a career that didn't need much thought so I could keep up with what was happening in science and technology. It's worked. How many 62 year olds do you know who build their own computers? Or just bought two new microscopes? Or diagnose their own problems before going to the doctor?

I know a lot of successful people. Most of them have very little time for fishing, hunting, camping, going to ball games, watching television, listening to music, playing with the children & grandchildren, or working in the garden. I have all the time in the world to enjoy life. Isn't that what it's all about?

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 2, Insightful) 300

by reboot246 (#49498055) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
I don't question the science of GMO foods. I question the safety of GMO foods. I just don't want to eat a food that manufactures its own pesticide. You do?

I also know that genes don't stay put in one plant - that's science, too. We are already seeing Round-Up resistant weeds. I have enough weeds on my property, thank you.

Comment: Re:IRS - Taxes (Score 1) 86

by reboot246 (#49496639) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
Income taxes are immoral. You're paid for your time (that's your life) and nobody should just take part of your life. If you pay income taxes and the money is given to somebody else, then you're essentially being their slave. They are claiming part of your life as theirs. That's wrong.

Taxes should be consumption based. That way everybody pays something, even drug dealers, illegal aliens, and tourists.

Since people with more money tend to buy more expensive things, they would probably wind up paying more in consumption taxes than they do now in income taxes.

The poorer people would be exempt from paying consumption taxes on basic necessities.

Hey, this is beginning to sound like the start of the Fair Tax! Call your Congress Critter and tell them.

Comment: Re:Late to the market....need to be special (Score 3, Interesting) 125

by TheRaven64 (#49491963) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business
Xeons aren't really the competitors for those, they're replacements for Cavium's existing MIPS64 offerings that end up in filer and network appliances. Apparently (according to a somewhat biased source at Cavium) they're competitive with current Xeons in aggregate performance per Watt, doing better on parallel workloads but less well on single-threaded ones. They really shine on anything I/O-intensive though, due to the integration of the ethernet and SATA controllers on the die (and the design of the DMA engines). They're not likely to be in general-purpose servers, but companies in the same markets as NetApp and Juniper are very interested in them (hence Cavium's investment in getting FreeBSD supported on them).

Comment: Re:Late to the market....need to be special (Score 2) 125

by TheRaven64 (#49491931) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

8 core 64 bit ARM chips with GPU built in are fairly common and 10 core chips already announced (Mediatek), with 16-48 core vaguely hinted at for servers by other vendors

A bit more than hinting: Cavium is selling 24-48 core ThunderX (ARMv8) chips. I think the first one shipped a month or two ago.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 191

by TheRaven64 (#49491783) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google
I switched to DuckDuckGo a while ago. I periodically check Bing and Google (adding !bing or !google to the DDG search line will send you to either) if I don't find results that I want. On one occasion in the last year, I've found a useful result on Bing that I didn't get with DDG or Google. The last time I had anything useful from Google was about 18 months ago. Note that Google and Bing may be fine for most searches - I only try either if I don't quickly find what I'm looking for on DDG. I had one fairly obscure search a couple of days ago (FPGA synthesis problem) where DDG only returned six results (one of which was helpful), so I tried the others to see if there was something more useful. Google gave 10 completely irrelevant results (pages that didn't even include my search term), Bing returned no results at all.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 2) 191

by TheRaven64 (#49491767) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google
The EU also fines more EU companies than US ones, but those tend not to make the news in the US either. Actually, most of them don't make the news anywhere, it's only when it's a household name that it is considered newsworthy at all, and when it's a household name that's considered American then it becomes more newsworthy in the US press because they can run with the tired old 'EU picking on US companies and jealous of their success' narrative rather than bothering with any real journalism.

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