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Comment Pretty Laughable (Score 5, Insightful) 311

Why is this even reported? This suit isn't going to go anywhere (unless AMD's lawyers are extremely incompetent, and the judge is extremely incapable of understanding basics about computer architecture and ISAs).

The AMD cores shared an FPU, sure, but sharing a resource doesn't mean that cores cannot execute simultaneously. The AMD cores still have independent integer-based execution units (instruction registers, register files, ALUs, branch counters, etc.), after all, and are fully capable of executing integer instructions simultaneously (which accounts for the vast majority of instructions under typical loading).

Comment Re:Both Sides Are Terrible (Score 1) 618

Perhaps you think it was all coincidental that her business just happened to get blasted the day Thunderf00t made his video?

Look, pretty clearly, people weren't thinking about posting poor reviews about Laughing Witch's business before Thunderf00t made his video. The subsequent video that he released, in which he's obviously reveling in all of the shit-slinging, also shows that he's not opposed to their actions. How you can claim that he isn't tacitly endorsing the tactic is beyond me.

I love how you say his followers "contact a business" as if they're just leaving friendly notes about the unethical actions of their vice president, by the way. They are pretty clearly seeking to lower the business's rating, not just make contact. These reviews often lie about the business's services, and, at a very basic level, violate the terms of review sites like Yelp, where you're supposed to actually have done business with whomever you review before writing the review. This is just pathetic, and the fact that people seem to think it justified is mystifying.

Comment Re:Both Sides Are Terrible (Score 1) 618

Yeah, sure. Watch this segment of Thunderf00t's video again. Thunderf00t explicitly showed her business, showed Yelp, and said, "Internet justice tends to be swift," and "If I was looking about getting my bath done or something, and I watched a video like this... about how reprehensibly their vice-president was acting, goddamn straight, I would take my business elsewhere." Did he explicitly tell his minions to attack her? No. Was it something he tacitly endorsed. You'd have to be pretty damn intellectually dishonest to claim he didn't. I mean, if someone like Anita Sarkeesian made the same sort of video, would you really be claiming her innocence in everything?

Regarding Laughing Witch's information. I didn't say it wasn't already publicly available, but I don't think you're being honest about how easy it was to find before Thunderf00t's campaign. Regardless of how easy it was to find, though, it's not like that absolves him for what he did.

Way to illustrate my point, by the way. The funny part is that you're acting essentially just like the SJWs, and you don't even see it.

Comment Both Sides Are Terrible (Score 3, Interesting) 618

Thinking of just a recent example, some feminist (Laughing Witch) started and participated in a letter-writing campaign in order to get a particular anti-feminist (Thunderf00t) fired from his job. This letter contained several falsehoods and embellishments, and sought to leverage laws that could potentially lead to an unwarranted arrest. Pretty damn low.

In response to this, Thunderf00t found out where Laughing Witch worked and initiated a campaign to leave negative reviews of that business, since she was one of the company's officers. Answering the call with cult-like obedience, several of Thunderf00t's followers left fake, negative reviews of the business, and also tried writing letters of their own to get the woman fired. They reasoned that anyone else who happened to work for the business simply should have known better than to work alongside such a woman. Just as low.

Out of curiosity, I tried to point out how unethical the actions of both Laughing Witch and Thunderf00t were. Talk about bonkers. On the SJW side, Laughing Witch was of course justified, and any criticism of her tactic was somehow victim blaming. On the MRA side, any employees who would be harmed were just acceptable collateral damage in a round of karmic justice. On both sides, reasoned argument was something no longer considered of any use; instead, silencing the opponent (somewhat viciously) was considered the only option.

Both sides of this thing now view the debate as a war, and both sides are resorting to ever more despicable tactics.

Comment Re:So ... (Score 1) 171

I don't think that Hollywood (or at least, people creating stories for them) have run out of ideas; I think that they would rather get a fairly stable return on investment for simply rehashing existing stories that people already know and care about than risk an unknown return (or no return) on a new story that is unfamiliar to the public. If they lack imagination, it's at the executive and marketing levels. They've become too reliant on expensive actors and directors to draw crowds (driving up the cost of movies, thereby warranting a conservative approach), and have no clue how to market the actual story-line anymore.

Comment Weather isn't the only reason to close windows (Score 1) 51

This looks like a neat idea and all, and I'm sure that the open idea could work well, strictly considering temperature. That said, one reason why people desire to go home often comes down to the sense of privacy and solitude it provides. To do this, some isolation -- especially noise isolation -- from the outside world is needed. Unless you're somewhere quite rural, you're guaranteed to get a lot of racket (people chattering, motors running, dogs barking, etc.) from the outside world, and that's probably not often something that you'll want to put up with. To get around that, windows are shut, but, for a house like this, that means the temperature goes up. That would lead to some sort of air-conditioning requirement for many people (at least the hum of an air conditioner is temporary, and monotonous), which would seemingly blow through a big chunk of the energy savings.

Comment Blogger Uses One Weird Old Trick For Headlines (Score 1) 100

The method Eidnes used is hardly anything new. Frankly, I'd be surprised if many existing clickbait headlines weren't generated in this way to begin with. After all, it'd be, I think, easier to run some statistical analysis on the headlines that get the most traffic, training the generator accordingly, than to try to conceive of catchy-sounding headlines for every piece.

Still, it's obvious he put some effort into this, and it's somewhat interesting to read about, so at least there's that.

Comment Library of Babel (Score 1) 339

I've confirmed that the star has a Dyson Sphere by consulting the comprehensive Library of Babel. Concealed in page 304 of one of its texts is the sentence, "kic eight four six two eight five two is a star fifteen hundred light years away, which is known for its elaborate dyson sphere." Clearly, we will have much to discuss our new sphere-building brethren.

Comment Re:Terraforming Mars? (Score 1) 142

Don't know about you guys but I'm ready for a ski resort on Olympus Mons. 26km vertical in a single decent? Sign me up!

A bit off topic, but that nearly 26km vertical averages a grade of only about 5 degrees at the flanks (the steeper parts of the mountain), and you'd be descending with roughly 1/3 of Earth's gravity. Sounds more like that'd be an exceptionally long and exceptionally dull bunny slope.

Oh, another fun fact: If you were actually standing near the summit of the mountain, you'd have no idea since the slope of the mountain actually extends beyond the horizon.

Comment Re:Is quantum mechanics a theory? (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Gravity exists because spacetime, curved by massive bodies, effectively changes what it means to have inertial reference frames from the more intuitive Newtonian notion. Take away the massive bodies and spacetime flattens, straight lines are Euclidean, and gravitational attraction goes away. Gravity, then, exists due to the interaction between mass and spacetime.

Of course, you could ask why that interaction exists, and keep asking the question as more explanations are found. I don't know that that'd ever end, but I guess you could eventually hit some inherent axiom or self-referential property of nature. If you're asking for some ultimate underlying conscious intention, though, you may find yourself disappointed, or at least you should accept the possibility that such a question may simply not apply.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 2) 119

Worms are basically a subset of viruses. They are self-replicating malware, just like typical viruses, but don't rely on a human action, such as installation of an infected application.

Assuming that your post wasn't intended as a joke (the dubious claim of viral invulnerability leads me to think it was a joke), how exactly is vulnerability to something like the worm mentioned okay to brush off (claiming mis-classification is a tactic to steer conversation away from the subject discussed)?

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson