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Comment Backers don't want DRM (Score 3, Insightful) 128

If you read the comments on the project, nearly all of the recent comments are backers that would be perfectly happy with a device that didn't have any DRM. Why don't they just completely the device development as is and skip the DRM? It's what most of their backers want anyhow.

Comment Re:What bothers me (Score 2) 434

So she illegally ran a private email server.

Actually, her use of a private email server was legal. The requirement that email servers for official government business must be on a government server was an amendment to the Federal Records Act that was passed in late 2014, *AFTER* Clinton had resigned as secretary of state. It's worth noting that previous Sec of States, including Colin Powell, also used private email servers (legally) for government business although the RNC-hosted services "lost" all of his emails so we'll never see what thoughts went into, say, the Iraq War Part 2.

Deleted requested emails after a subpoena for them.

She claims that she deleted only e-mails of a personal nature and handed over all of the "requested" emails. It's your word against hers.

Emailed classified information from an unsecure server to Sydney.

The information in question was classified at a later date. It was not classified at the time it was transmitted.

Lied to Congress about it.

Again, no proof of wrongdoing yet, unless you believe everything that Fox News is saying. So far there is only the fact that a couple of officials have asked to open an investigation.

Also, considering that there have been something like 55 investigations and hearings into Benghazi and not a single one of them has found any fault for Clinton, I'm going to take any "inquiry" requests with a grain of salt until there is an actual factual finding of wrongdoing.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1, Flamebait) 434

Do you remember when the RNC accidentally wiped as many as 22 million emails from their private servers -- including 379GB of data from gwb43.com, the email server that was used by Bush and Cheney as well as White House staffers who were told to use the private servers rather than the gov't ones.

Not to mention that for 2001-2004, these servers automatically deleted emails older than 30 days. And then there's the fact that Karl Rove used these private servers (also RNC hosted) and continued to delete emails for at least a year after they changed their rentention policies.

Furthermore, Colin Powell used the private email server as well as Secretary of State and all of his private emails were lost.

And mind you... here's a few disasters they discussed in those deleted e-mails on private servers: The leaking of Valerie Plame's CIA identity, the decisions to fire 7 US attorneys who were investigating Republican political scandals, the Patriot Act and the initiation of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program, the highly-secretive Cheney Energy Task Force, lobbying of Medicare Part D (which they knew was an unfunded deficit bomb), the administrative response to Hurricane Katrina, etc. Not to mention the whole Iraq War and the Abu Ghraid prison torture policies.

Oh, and NO ONE WAS EVER PUNISHED.

Comment Re:Monster Business School (Score 1) 288

Ugh... sorry bad formatting, the quote parent didn't come through?

What you really want is a connector plated the same as the connector you're connecting it to. If it's tin-plated, use a tin-plated connector. If it's gold-plated, use gold. What I don't know of is any tin-plated cables which include a sacrificial zinc anode. In motoring (and presumably other places with metal bolted to metal) we use zinc anti-seize where dissimilar metals meet because it gets eaten up first, which is handy. I'm not sure if that applies to tin, though. Also in motoring, tin is what's used as an intermediate between steel or copper and aluminum.

Tin is used for solder but in alloys which reduce whiskering, but you certainly don't want pure tin or zinc used for your connectors with tons of very close signal lines because both of them have issues with whiskering which can lead to shorts... especially at points where mechanical stress can occur (flexing of the connection).

Comment Re:Monster Business School (Score 1) 288

What you really want is a connector plated the same as the connector you're connecting it to. If it's tin-plated, use a tin-plated connector. If it's gold-plated, use gold. What I don't know of is any tin-plated cables which include a sacrificial zinc anode. In motoring (and presumably other places with metal bolted to metal) we use zinc anti-seize where dissimilar metals meet because it gets eaten up first, which is handy. I'm not sure if that applies to tin, though. Also in motoring, tin is what's used as an intermediate between steel or copper and aluminum.

Tin is used for solder but in alloys which reduce whiskering, but you certainly don't want pure tin or zinc used for your connectors with tons of very close signal lines because both of them have issues with whiskering which can lead to shorts... especially at points where mechanical stress can occur (flexing of the connection).

Comment Re:Access time latency (Score 1) 162

Until the engine decides to redundantly load the same package again, it won't be cached (ie first time is off disk and latter times off RAM). A good engine limits the number of times redundant loads occur. And unless you have an abundance of RAM, it's typically pointless to cache a very large file that is read at a slower speed than what the disk will actively serve as well.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 678

Ah, the Australian plant has 3X the output. I'm not sure if there is higher efficiency (operation cost) for larger plants, but typically, desalinization is a process which has some efficiency scaling. Anyhow, 7-8% of one very metropolitan/urban county isn't going to put a dent in overall CA water consumption when the vast majority of it is going to agricultural uses.

Comment Re:Opinion from a game developer (Score 1) 162

Game engines are constantly improving on this too... with file read ahead, and multithreading decompression of chunks, as well as other optimizations. Over time, this process has been gradually getting faster and at some point, SSD's will come out ahead. It's just that the current bottleneck is quite often CPU and memory bandwidth, not HD linear read speed.

Comment Opinion from a game developer (Score 1) 162

NOTE: I'm speaking for myself here, and not for my company, but I have been working full time in the games industry for 23 years.

Most games use pack-files (sometimes called packages) that are large binary blobs on disk that are loaded contiguously in a seek-free manner. Additionally, these blobs may have ZIP or other compression applied to them (often in an incremental chunked way). The CPU's can only process the serialization of assets (loading) at a certain speed due to things like allocation of memory from the kernel and graphics drivers (which on secure OS's typically involves remapping and clearing pages). There are additional CPU constraints for the decompression, and for the serialization "linker" phase to associate assets in a package and present them to the game engine.

All this stuff takes time, and in a game with streaming (loading while game-play is going on), there are a limited number of CPU cycles as well as memory bandwidth to process the serialization after running the game engine.

These processing constraints impose a limit on the speed at which data can be loaded and consumed by the engine. And in many game engines on a typically powered PC, that number may be anywhere from 50-200MB/s but probably averaging closer to 100-150MB/s. Since this is in the linear contiguous read speed of many hard drives, as long as the package file is not fragmented on the disk, using an SSD will result in minimal speedup during this type of loading process.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 678

For $30B, you can build a LOT of desalination plants.

Define "a LOT"??? My calculations are that you could build maybe 4-5 plants or actually build and operate 2 plants going on costs from other similar plants in the world.

Australia built a desalination plant with an intial estimated construction cost of $3-4B AUS. Final construction was $6-7B AUS -- however, the total costs including operation of the plant at $1.8M a day over the 27yr contract will be around $19B Australian or roughly $15B US.

Assuming the US could operate as efficiently cost-wise (and we rarely do on large public works projects), we could afford to build and run 2 Desalination plants for $30B US.

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