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Comment: Intel x86 CISC is converted to RISC via Microcode (Score 1) 155

by VTBlue (#47774773) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

As mentioned over many years of slashdot posts, x86 as a hardware instruction no longer truly exists and represents a fraction of the overall die space. The real bread and butter of CPU architecture and trade secrets rests in the microcode that is unique in every generation or edition of a processor. Today all intel processors are practically RISC.

Comment: Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (Score 1) 601

by VTBlue (#47768113) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

US Federal government is never revenue constrained. Federal taxes are not for the purposes of revenue. Ricardian equivalence doesn't apply to federal spending. The fact that current politician believe that federal appropriations need to be "paid" speaks to their ignorance. While I hate to say it, Dick Cheney was right, "deficits don't matter."

Comment: Re:No more "Cloud", please (Score 1) 59

by VTBlue (#47761149) Attached to: VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

Enough. No, I do not want "Cloud" services, thanks. I want my good old desktop with local applications that do not need be connected to the internet 24/7 to work, not everyone have a fiber connection available all the time for this.

I was about to moderate but I couldn't resist to say that Slashdot moderators should be given a new mod tag called, "GOML" or "Get off My Lawn" because that's what this is lol.

Nothing is stopping people writing desktop applications. Are you just annoyed that people are choosing cloud services out of convenience?

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 338

by VTBlue (#47732679) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

You'd fail law school. 10th amendment is an throw away amendment that holds no legal meaning or legal standard. It's used today to galvanize the states rights / confederate base but there is no sound legal jurisprudence that has ever been accepted by the Supreme Court.

I have a JD and a Texas bar card that say otherwise.

I'm pretty sure the bar card phrasing makes for a convincing argument in court lol. I'd also wager that the Texas bar doesn't align with the crazy 10th amendment rhetoric in Rick Perry's book, which, if were being honest, is where the current 10th amendment advocacy and thought leadership is at the moment.

Comment: Re:Full of it (Score 1) 338

by VTBlue (#47725887) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

You live in a fantasy world if you think the internet usage scenarios I'm referring to are Facebook and social media. I'm talking about the ability to actually live a respectable life that resembles modern society. Today the private sector directly and indirectly cut off services because there is an expectation that people can just use the internet. Banking is a huge example here where the poor are literally off the grid, which hurts them and us in the process.

Susan Crawford's book sums it up quite nicely.

As for your direct competition, municipal broadband is not direct competition, because that would require comparative services with what the private sector offers. I for one am quite happy with USPS, Medicare, Social Security, DoT, and host of other public services that used to be private. UK provides a great broadband model where wholesale capacity is public and service setup, internal performance and sales is privatized. Today in the US, you have 4 giant telecoms controlling the Tier 1 back haul capacity and the residential and commercial endpoints. It's the same shit AT&T was doing prior to the Ma Bell breakup.

Comment: Re:Full of it (Score 1) 338

by VTBlue (#47725711) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Nice explanation in theory. Unfortunately the infrastructure equation and values change when an infrastructure classes moves from being "new capacity" to "mission-critical." Today our politicians are treating mission-critical US broadband infrastructure as a cute side project, when it reality the internet has become a vital and essential part of our societal fabric. You can literally slice America in half between the haves and have nots. The poor, rural, and uneducated, homeless, the low income, all have a more difficult time functioning in today's internet driven economy than if they were living in the 70's and 80's. Broadband accessibility literally is a proxy for the new racial and classist divide.

Comment: Re: Infurstuctsure (Score 1) 338

by VTBlue (#47725669) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

I have specialized in PPP deals in my masters program. The deals in the US are all disasters for the public. They are backdoor taxes by the states. Regulatory and long-run fiscal outlooks for all the bond deals are piss poor and a net loss for the local and state governments. On top of this, there are horrible financial implications for the public if the private bonds default. The states should not be the ones paying for roads in the first place, especially during the economic conditions of the past 25 years. The federal government should be appropriating block grants for roads.

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