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Comment: Re:no-harm no-foul my a** (Score 1) 567

by Visaris (#33062072) Attached to: Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats
"Perhaps you have never been side swiped by someone who failed to stop at a red light or stop sign?"

The cameras/law are unreasonable. I've been caught by the cameras driving through Knoxville, TN going 4-5 MPH rolling through a stop. I had time to slow to ~4 MPH, stay behind the white line while maintaining said speed for a good few seconds. This safe time behind the white stop line was more than ample to check every direction multiple times. I really don't think it makes sense to fine for that.

On the other hand, someone can come to a nearly screeching halt, stop for an unreasonably short time period right at the line, and then speed off past the light, accelerating so fast their tires are just under the screech threshold. This person is somehow considered "safer" than I am under the law, when in fact, my rolling stop is safer. I'm very sorry if you've been sideswiped, but it wasn't because of a rolling stop. It was because of a bad driver.

Comment: Re:They learned why it's a bard idea the hard way. (Score 0, Offtopic) 432

by Visaris (#32853318) Attached to: Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums
There are levels of investigation appropriate for various types of posts. For example, if I were submitting a story to Slashdot, I would spend more time looking into things. However, I don't have the time to fully research and vet every little thing I ever link to on the web. Be realistic.

Comment: They learned why it's a bard idea the hard way... (Score -1, Troll) 432

by Visaris (#32853092) Attached to: Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums
"""So Blizzard are now making it so instead of showing your character on those forums, it'll instead show your real name with the option of attaching your char name too it (no option of not showing your real name).

Now I think it's fairly safe to say that this is perhaps the dumbest idea that anyone has ever had ever.

To alleviate people's concerns, Blizzard employee Bashiok decided to say his real name on the forums, his real name is Micah Whipple World of Warcraft - English (NA) Forums - Will Blues also post with their real names? Post #16

So say hi to Micah Whipple

Address:
473 Avenue B
Lakeport, CA 95453-6032

Phone Number:
(707) 263-0190

Age:
28

Family:
Kimberly K Whipple, age: 54
Jason Stephen Whipple, age 34

It looks like he's staying in the same house as his mother =[

Free People Search | WhitePages
PeopleLookup People Search - Public Records, Background Checks More.

Oh btw, here is his facebook too:
Micah Whipple | Facebook

Music
Honeypie, Closed Heart Surgery, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, White Stripes, Tool Band, Radiohead, Disorient Express, The Mars Volta, The Unhandled Exceptions, As Tall As Lions, The Dear Hunter

Movies
*Big Trouble in Little China*, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Disney Pixar

Television
The Daily Show, Samurai Champloo, Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!, Freaks and Geeks, 30 Rock, Human Giant

I think we can all see what a great idea this is going to be."""


link to very indirect source

Comment: "and be less upgradable." is not true (Score 2, Interesting) 179

by Visaris (#31437296) Attached to: Intel's Core i7-980X Six-Core Benchmarked

"and be less upgradable."

Not true. AMD's platform is much more forward compatible. AMD chips can now run DDR2 or DDR3 depending on what board it's in (Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3). That means that new AMD chips are compatible with 3 socket generations. Intel boards have nowhere near this broad socket and memory compatibility. Even in the same socket, a new chipset is typically required by Intel for new CPUs. This allows Intel to fake that their socket+platform had a compatibility life of 6+ years, when really, it was more like 1 and a half because they released 4 different chipsets with different support in that time frame.

If you're building your own box, or just want to upgrade later, AMD really gives you a much more flexible route. Here's an example of Intel's mess on their _current_ generation lineup: Core i7 runs on Socket 1156, while a different Core i7 runs on Socket 1366. Socket 1156 is not future-proof and will be dropped in the future. People buying those boards and CPUs might not even notice and will be s.o.l. after the very next generation. That's just silly. AMD's platform is the one with the sane upgrade path. And it's cheaper. I don't get all the AMD hate going around.

Comment: Re:Define "Winning" (Score 4, Insightful) 1211

by Visaris (#25568039) Attached to: Discuss the US Presidential Election & the War

I see news of marches by the Iraqi people frequently in the US news

I see news of marches by anti-abortion activists frequently. Clearly that means all Americans are anti-abortion.

Right?

That's interesting... I've never once seen any marches by the Iraqis where they are shouting chants about how much they love us and want us to stay. I must have missed that in the US media, which would have no reason to want to play that sort of thing... I'm sorry, I just don't buy it that the majority of the Iraqi people support our occupation of their sovereign country.

User Journal

Journal: Second Amendment Stance as an Indicator

Journal by Visaris
"How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of." ~Texas State Rep. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp
Privacy

Senator Proposes to Monitor All P2P Traffic for Illegal Files 626

Posted by Zonk
from the kind-of-strains-the-mind-to-think-about-huh dept.
mytrip writes "Senator Joe Biden (D-Del) has proposed an ambitious plan, costing on the order of $1 billion, aimed at curtailing illegal activities via P2P networks. His plan involves utilizing new software to monitor peer-to-peer traffic on an ongoing basis. 'At an afternoon Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing about child exploitation on the Internet, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said he was under the impression it's "pretty easy to pick out the person engaged in either transmitting or downloading violent scenes of rape, molestation" simply by looking at file names. He urged use of those techniques by investigators to help nab the most egregious offenders."
User Journal

Journal: State Control

Journal by Visaris
B'Trey (111263) on Thursday April 10, @12:21PM (#23025904):
Horsefeathers. You (that is, society) assumed that burden on its own. It doesn't place any obligations on me. It's as if I decided to come over and mow your lawn for you. You'd probably be delighted that you didn't have to do it yourself anymore. But if, six months later, I came banging on your door and demanded that you stop allowing your kids to play in your own back yard because they were leaving toys laying around that made it
Intel

Intel Skulltrail Benchmark and Analysis 111

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the coming-up-short dept.
Tom's Hardware has a detailed benchmark and analysis of Intel's new Skulltrail offering, taking a look at 8 vs 4 cores. The comparison uses games, A/V applications, office applications, and 3D rendering tools to help demonstrate benchmarks. "We were disappointed by the Skulltrail platform. Although we have tested and reviewed numerous Intel products, we have never had such a half-baked system such as this in our labs. If this sounds harsh, bear in mind that all we have to base this conclusion on is the Skulltrail system itself in its current state, which Intel provided as an official review platform. We do not know whether Intel plans to revise and improve the platform before the final versions ship to retail."
User Journal

Journal: What my Journal is:

Journal by Visaris
I think a few people reading my journal have missed the very first journal entry I have made. This is entirely reasonable, as I don't expect everyone to read the entire journal.
The Courts

Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act 673

Posted by samzenpus
from the but-what-about-the-terrorists dept.
Shining Celebi writes "U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of the ACLU and struck down a portion of the revised USA PATRIOT Act this morning, forcing investigators to go through the courts to obtain approval before ordering ISPs to give up information on customers, instead of just sending them a National Security Letter. In the words of Judge Marrero, this use of National Security Letters 'offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.'"
Be

Will Pervasive Multithreading Make a Comeback? 657

Posted by kdawson
from the let-it-be dept.
exigentsky writes "Having looked at BeOS technology, it is clear that, like NeXTSTEP, it was ahead of its time. Most remarkable to me is the incredible responsiveness of the whole OS. On relatively slow hardware, BeOS could run eight movies simultaneously while still being responsive in all of its GUI controls, and launching programs almost instantaneously. Today, more than ten years after BeOS's introduction, its legendary responsiveness is still unmatched. There is simply no other major OS that has pervasive multithreading from the lowest level up (requiring no programmer tricks). Is it likely, or at least possible, that future versions of Windows or OS X could become pervasively multithreaded without creating an entirely new OS?"

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