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Comment Re:They can't afford it (Score 1) 412

This really deserves to be modded up. It's ridiculous to equate households to individuals, and to assume that a proportion receiving some benefits are likely receiving maximum benefits. Also, can anyone actually name a program aimed at reducing bureaucracy that actually succeeded... I mean, on a large, federal scale? Something unintended always comes about with these sorts of programs, and I have no faith that there will be any savings in oversight, compliance, or any number of other bureaucratic requirements.

Comment Impressive Robotics Work (Score 1) 153

I remember watching Boston Dynamic's BigDog demonstration, and being thoroughly impressed by the robot's ability to maintain balance and regain footing when kicked or slipping on ice. That said, the video also demonstrated exactly the Marine's concern, but I thought that they'd be able to reduce hardware requirements and increase battery efficiency to the point of overcoming the gas engine requirement. I guess that battery efficiency (and requisite durability) just hasn't gotten to that point yet, or gasoline was just specified as a requirement.

It's a shame this didn't work out. I could see the benefit of having a pack mule that won't spook, hee-haw randomly, or refuse commands.

Comment Re:Robotics revolution is just around the corner.. (Score 1) 223

I'm in a similar boat, only on the IC side of things...

Maybe the answer is California (doesn't seem to be anywhere in the Midwest or West). To me, though, that environment seems to have a lot of people "crushing it" who are really just crushing whatever financially independent future they might have had. I wonder how many truly succeed there (and for how long), and how many end up attempting to set up shop with some organic fusion bar or whatever... not that there's anything wrong with organic fusion bars.

Comment Re:Its always someone else's problem (Score 2) 303

The high pH the river water is more prone to carrying particulate lead (lead from the poor plumbing infrastructure) than the lower pH water that had been used before switching sources. That being the case, the water source switch had an indirect impact on lead concentrations in water ultimately provided to Flint's citizenry; it wasn't that the Flint River was just inundated with lead to begin with. Here's a paper to better illustrate how that indirection isn't as bullshitty as you seem to think.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate (Score 2) 174

What the AC said was a bit overblown, but, then again, so was your response... as was your snarky (and not at all clever) retort to ShanghaiBill.

The AC's point wasn't that something like MS releasing source code is entirely altruistic; their point was that, if there's any hint of self-interest, assholes looking to assert their own moral high-ground by pointing out flaws in others will jump all over that self-interest. ShanghaiBill's point was that, yeah, self-interest may exist, but that doesn't mean that the act itself lacks any altruism, or that it can't still be beneficial to everyone, overall.

ShanghaiBill also wasn't saying that people shouldn't criticize anything, or even that people shouldn't criticize good deeds -- I don't even know how you came to that conclusion (unless you just like to set up painfully obvious strawmen). Pretty clearly, he was saying that there is such a thing as constructive criticism, and criticism that doesn't benefit anyone (aside from, maybe, the critic). Those that choose the latter, as you have, are generally just looking to stir shit in an effort to see how high on the douchebag scale they can ascend.

By the way, the AC was correct about those attempting to prove themselves holier-than-thou: they're always on the lookout for any misstep by anyone. Such criticism is easy (and lazy) since nobody is perfect, and, if you buy into that type of criticism, ultimately cannibalistic. There will, after all, always be someone waiting to catch you in such a misstep, and someone waiting to catch them, and so-on.

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.

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