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Comment: Re:Who's getting slow internet? (Score 2) 513

by Sardak (#46320657) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
Where I live is in the midst of a moderately dense residential area a few miles from downtown. We have a single high speed provider available, and our current plan is about $65/month for "up to 12/2 Mbps". And, indeed, on speed tests and the occasional Linux ISO torrent, I actually see those kinds of speeds. However, for practical applications, such as streaming videos on Hulu, we're lucky to have things play smoothly at the 0.5 Mbps resolution even at off-peak hours.

I don't think we necessarily need faster rated connections, but ones that can actually perform to their specifications under average usage conditions.

Comment: Well, there's the problem (Score 4, Interesting) 337

by Sardak (#44022263) Attached to: Snowden NSA Claims Partially Confirmed, Says Rep. Jerrold Nadler

claiming that 'the president had the constitutional authority, no matter what the law actually says, to order domestic spying without [constitutional] warrants,'

Where on earth does the constitution say this? Once found, it needs to be removed immediately, in my opinion. Further, any president willing to use such an outrageous power should also be removed immediately. And anyone who supports them using it.

I am a bit curious about the past tense wording (had the authority), though.

Comment: Re:You can't have infinite density (Score 1) 412

by Sardak (#43371709) Attached to: How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?
This has always bugged me, too. If, for example, you take the black hole at the center of our galaxy, assume all of its mass is located in a singular location and that it is roughly a sphere with a diameter of one Planck length, you get a density of about 3.88 * 10^141 kg/m^3. Very high, but a far cry from infinite.

Comment: Re:Where is the 0-cent option (Score 1) 248

by Sardak (#43155597) Attached to: Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia
That's understandable. It would likely be more interesting and useful (and intrusive) to have some kind of passive means of measuring actual visitors taking part in your system such that a zero-cent option would be unnecessary. There's a world of difference between making $3.44 split between 10 people and making $3.44 split between 10,000 people.

Comment: Re:Isolate them. (Score 2) 1218

by Sardak (#41025509) Attached to: Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Don't punish the students just because the adults are bumfuck retarded.

I agree. I don't often admit this, but I grew up and attended school in Kentucky. Seeing news like this makes me sad for my home state. I don't recall much from my high school years, but I don't think there were any overtly religious topics discussed. However, I don't think students should be screwed out of a proper education just because some biased idiot in a position of power can't keep his personal and political beliefs separate.

Comment: Re:Flat-Line (Score 1) 485

by Sardak (#40632429) Attached to: PC Sales Are Flat-Lining
I would disagree (to an extent). In ages past, I used to upgrade my computer at least once a year, if not more frequently. I've been a software developer and gamer for a very long time, and tend to try to stay on top of things.

That said, my last major upgrade for my main system was about 3 and a half years ago. I can still play just about any game that comes out on the highest settings with no issue. When I end up using a newer system with a "faster" CPU and more RAM, I would be hard pressed to discern a significant performance difference from my 3.5 year old machine.

The only notable difference is I have a (now "out of date") gaming video card, but for non-gaming related tasks, my computer is just as quick to perform anything the newer hardware does. I'm not going to drop another $1500 for such an intangible increase in speed.

Comment: Re:Participant Psychosis? (Score 0) 540

by Sardak (#40454049) Attached to: Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

I would surmise that someone would need to be legally insane to willingly go to a place without society, without parks, without schools, without culture, without even atmosphere, without children, without the elderly and without the prospect of seeing those things first hand again.

What a coincidence. Aside from the atmosphere, those are all the things I dislike about living on earth.

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