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Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 680

by pla (#47778169) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
That fucker on the island almost wiped out DC. The most terrifying moment in human history was the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I have to presume you meant "almost wiped out civilization", because the erasure of DC could only serve to improve both the effectiveness of the US government, and the human gene pool as a whole. ;)

Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 1) 314

by hairyfeet (#47777659) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Sorry but I've dealt with more failed drives at the shop than you've had hot meals and if they fail "without" warning?

Then YOU sir are not paying attention! Before a HDD fails you will see several rather blatant warning signs, warning about delayed write fails being the most obvious but there is also temp spikes on the drive (as the motor heats up trying and failing seeks) and SMART changes (not talking SMART fail, which is usually at the end, we are talking large changes in the SMART values which can be read by one of several free programs such as HWMon or HDTune) not to mention most modern drives get REALLY noisy when they are getting ready to croak.

Compare this to the "dirty little secret" of the SSD world which is the majority of SSD fails are NOT the flash chips themselves but the SSD controller chip. When that fails? NO warning, NO chance to back up your data, just flip the switch and...poof. this is why I tell my customers they should use a religiously adhered to backup system along with cloud computing to insure no data loss.

Comment: Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (Score 0) 130

by drinkypoo (#47776981) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

This is why we use the terms "Instruction Set Architecture" to define the interface to the (assembler) programmer,

No, no we do not. That is called the instruction set. The programmer does not use the instruction set architecture, they simply issue instructions which the processor then executes as it sees fit, especially in [OoO] architectures with branch prediction. The architecture is the silicon, and the programmer isn't sitting on the die flipping switches.

Comment: Re:Microcode switching (Score 0) 130

by drinkypoo (#47776883) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

All these were made to make binary translation from x86 easy and reasonable fast.

And herein lies the proof that you know you are wrong, but are continuing to argue. Those things didn't make x86 translation possible, they made it easy and fast. Which is what I said previously. Thanks for the confirmation.

Comment: Re:Slashdot too huh? (Score 1) 1026

The problem was, what was said wasn't, it had nothing to do with it, it was completely off the cuff.

"Off the cuff" doesn't mean what you think it does, because it doesn't preclude racism or sexism. Indeed, it indicates it more strongly, where it appears to be present.

Comment: Re:No inherent meaning to this event (Score 1) 1026

Obviously such behavior is abhorrent, but it doesn't do to claim that most people that fit in any category are psychos publicly

It seems more like she's criticized a segment of a category, and then people like you have promoted the idea that she's criticizing the entire category as a defensive reaction.

Comment: Just tell them (Score 5, Insightful) 1026

You must ask yourself honestly : Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

Come on, we all know why it is. Just fucking tell them. Tell them that it's their first instinct because they don't want to believe that they could be part of the problem, however slightly. Tell them that they don't want to believe that people they know and call friends are actually acting like complete shitbags. Tell them that you know that they've been hurt, that they feel worthless and useless and powerless, and that you know they feel more powerful and thus more worthy and useful when they make someone else feel even worse about themselves.

And then tell them that the only way that they're ever going to feel better is by helping to create a world where we don't just shit all over one another. Because you've got to tie it into their self-interest.

Naturally, most of them won't listen right away. But perhaps eventually, after continuing to try making the world shittier as a way of making it a nicer place to live, they will start watching where they shit.

Comment: Re:Memes = Politics? (Score 1) 123

by drinkypoo (#47773953) Attached to: Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

You might be able to argue that "Death panels" was "engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns" (Sarah Palin is credited with coining the term), but definitely not "Obamacare" (the media promoted that one),

A quick glance around the internets suggests that it was promoted by the Romney campaign, including his self, but has a history going back reps calling single-payer health care "Hillarycare". So no, definitely "Obamacare" as well.

Comment: Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by drinkypoo (#47773925) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

That is correct. Every time this comes up I like to spark a debate over what I perceive as the uselessness of referring to an "instruction set architecture" because that is a bullshit, meaningless term and has been ever since we started making CPUs whose external instructions are decomposed into RISC micro-ops. You could switch out the decoder, leave the internal core completely unchanged, and have a CPU which speaks a different instruction set. It is not an instruction set architecture. That's why the architectures themselves have names. For example, K5 and up can all run x86 code, but none of them actually have logic for each x86 instruction. All of them are internally RISCy. Are they x86-compatible? Obviously. Are they internally x86? No, nothing is any more.

Comment: Re:What else can they do? (Score 1) 154

by drinkypoo (#47773889) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

OK, so this is an assertion that the reps are for reprocessing, and the dems against. So is this a deliberately static situation, in which both sides are benefiting from the status quo, or is this a case of the democrats being the ones profiting the most? Because even environmentalists overwhelmingly believe what they're told.

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