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Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 4, Insightful) 150

And people flipped shit when they thought there was a big difference in CPU quality. It turned out that this was completely overblown after people did more testing, but it didn't stop it from devolving into a complete shit show for a few days. Imagine if they used different manufacturers for their OLEDs and one had slightly better color accuracy. The baboon screeching and shit flinging would never cease.

Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 1) 251

Shouldn't rational people be examining each argument based on its own merit rather than grouping an argument with others that it may not correspond to simply because someone chose to use a particular analogy which is perceived as overused or often inappropriately used?

A rational person should be more aware and mindful of their own cognitive biases more than another person's. The biblical quote about failing to notice the log in our own eye as we rush to point out the splinter in another's comes to mind.

On a side note, when did ACs get mod points?

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 136

How did these clowns get everyone acting like trained fucking monkeys?

You have it backwards. Someone in marketing realized that people behave in predictable ways in response to certain stimuli and have taken advantage of it.

A market economy is simply one where natural selection is applied to favor whatever generates the most profit. It turns out that using simple psychological tricks (e.g. big savings, "can't miss" opportunity, implied scarcity, etc.) are a great way to get people to spend money. Businesses that engage in this behavior have better long term success than those that don't, so we tend to see more of it. We're just reaching the point where because almost everyone is doing it, it becomes a less effective strategy and so it becomes necessary for the companies to start trying new strategies which may yield more effective long-term success.

If you have enough people complaining about a lack of meaning or pointless consumerism, companies will attempt to take advantage of that in order to sell their wares. Some would say that this has already happened.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 788

Although he didn't name it the big bang theory, Lemaitre was the first to propose the idea that would bear its name. Lemaitre was an ordained priest, though he worked as a professor. Gregor Mendel who conducted the first empirical experiments on genetics at a monastery was also a member of the clergy.

Not every religious person is some creationist nut that believes the earth is only 6000 years old. For a portion of Europe's history, one of the best ways to get an education if you weren't rich was to become a member of the clergy.

Comment Re:Though spoiled is a likely side effect... (Score 3, Interesting) 162

Which does raise an interesting point as to whether or not the effect is due to spending additional time with children or is merely a byproduct of the fact that those who can take time off to spend with their children are far more likely to be wealthy, which is more responsible for the outcome.

In looking for a study to back those assertions up, I immediately found an article from earlier this year reporting on a recent study which reported the opposite results, i.e., that time spent with children didn't matter. I haven't read through it yet, but here's a link to the study in question. (PDF Warning)

I'm all for workers getting maternity or paternity leave if they want to spend time with their newborns, but we shouldn't delude ourselves into why we're doing it.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 2, Insightful) 200

While accidents at higher speeds are likely to be worse simply because more kinetic energy is involved, there's a difference between speed limits being low and speeding causing accidents. It doesn't matter what the speed limit is if they are vehicles that aren't adhering to it (either going too fast or too slow) as that's what tends to disrupt traffic and cause accidents more than the speed itself.

It could also be that if you set the speed limit artificially low, that it makes the problem worse as there are more people willing to exceed it than there would be if it were raised slightly.

Comment Re:Is AMD Better Now? (Score 2) 110

Fallout 4 runs terribly on AMD cards right now (although there was a recent update that bumps performance quite a bit) but it doesn't do that much better on NVidia hardware either. The biggest culprit seems to be the Godrays that are part of GameWorks (A proprietary NVidia set of effects that developers can use in their games) where the visual difference between the ultra and low setting is practically non-existent to most people, but the performance penalty (even on NVidia cards) is huge.

The new Star Wars Battlefront benchmarks show what an absolute mess the game engine being used for Fallout 4 is. Not only does it look a lot better, but the frame rate is significantly better no matter which company's GPU is being used. Fallout 4 is still a great game, but the performance is crap for what the game looks like graphically.

Comment Re:Another day, another language. (Score 1) 106

Considering that you have now heard of it, apparently that $600k "advertisement" did indeed change that.

It doesn't sound like something that most of us will use based on the problem domain and the other languages mentioned, I'm sure that there are some people who will find it highly useful and create some products that enhance all our lives.

Comment Re: Wrong specs on Skylake (Score 1) 167

The current AMD architecture has crummy IPC (instructions per clock) compared to Intel so you'd likely have to get it running close to 5.5 GHz for it to have competitive performance and the FP units are shared between each module's cores, which means for non-integer workloads you really have 6 cores.

However, for what AMD is selling it for, it's a better deal than the comparatively priced Intel chip, especially if you're doing anything that can make use of all of those cores.

Comment Link to source (Score 1) 97

I know that no one reads TFA, but at least link to the source. I'm assuming it's the following article:

However, that data points to Democratic candidate Jim Webb as having the highest rating with an A- and doesn't include Ben Carson at all.

Comment I'm rather excited (Score 1) 34

I'm rather excited about this as Qualcomm's Krait-based SoCs were a cut above the rest of the options available for Android devices at the time and only when Qualcomm used the stock ARM design and big.LITTLE configuration did their performance degrade. AnandTech had a recent review that mentioned this problem specifically:

The key points to get from the graphs above are that for some reason the Snapdragon 800 SoC in the Nexus 5 only ends up using 3 of its 4 cores most of the time, with the frequency on the other three Krait 400 cores oscillating between 1GHz and 1.6GHz. The Snapdragon 805 in the Nexus 6 keeps all four cores at their max frequency for about twelve minutes before they all throttle down to 2GHz and remain there for nearly two hours. Meanwhile, Snapdragon 808 can only keep its two A57 cores at their peak frequency for two minutes before throttling both down to 633MHz and putting the A53s up to their peak 1.44GHz. After twelve minutes the A57s are just shut off entirely, and you're left with a cluster of 4 A53 cores at 1.44GHz. I didn't bother running this test as long as I did for Snapdragon 800 and 805 because the events at the two and twelve minute marks tell you everything you need to know.

Part of the blame is probably the 20 nm TSMC node that apparently had problems with leakage at higher voltages, but that's unlikely to be the only issue.

Comment Re:mnemonic assumes everyone speaks English (Score 2) 304

It's less of an issue for the newer high level languages that are either strongly typed or don't implicitly treat numbers like a boolean. for example:

int x = 5;
if(x = 7)

This gets caught at compile time because x = 7 evaluates to an int which can't be used as a condition by itself.

The only problem you get is if you have a case where x is a boolean type and you're doing assignment instead of comparison, but you shouldn't need to check (x == true) or (x == false) anyhow as you can just use (x) or (!x) respectively.

Besides, if we had to use := instead of just =, we'd be complaining about the zillions of hours lost typing that extra keystroke when an '=' would be a perfectly serviceable operator choice because of course we're such good programmers and would never mistake the two for each other.

Also, is there a way to get white-space in a /. post? It seems as though the non-breaking space is stripped out.

Comment A better idea (Score 5, Interesting) 284

How about H1-B Visa holders get paid 110% of the prevailing wage so that only the companies who seriously need a specialist and legitimately can't find any local talent will hire them. Also, give H1-B holders a ten year window to work in the U.S. that isn't dependent on staying with a single employer. If someone else hires away your H1-B employee, that's your company's problem.

Comment Re:the interesting part (Score 1) 63

I don't find it surprising. You could ask anyone their opinion about something and they'll probably give you some amount of truth mixed with a little bit of what they want to believe is true. On the other hand, if asked to wager on something, there's potential loss involved and no matter how much you might like to lie to yourself, it cannot affect reality.

Even the most devoutly religious would not actively wager money to put their faith to the test. The clever ones would probably quote some scripture about it being immoral so as to duck the issue entirely, but for anyone else claiming spiritual powers or divine influence, it would be a losing proposition. This has occurred enough over time collectively that in the West religion is slowing being morphed into a glorified social club that many people stay in more so out of tradition than actual belief.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne