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Comment Re:native USB 3.1 is not that big of a thing (Score 4, Insightful) 112

One of the issues that I've been running into for a long while, and expect to be running into even more with the expansion of the M.2 and related slots, has been the serious lack of PCI-E lanes that Intel supports. It's very easy, running SLI and one of two other things that use PCI-E, to run out of PCI-E lanes on today's boards, especially if you're a power user. And with new expansion slots for SSDs and other applications starting to enter the market, using multiple PCI-E lanes (up to 4 for a single M.2 slot), it's going to be even easier to suck all those lanes up and still need more. Honestly, for some power users, Intel could probably double the number of PCI-E lanes natively supported, and still not provide enough.

Comment Re:FTFA a big laugh (Score 1) 153

I beg to differ. The new Comcast Xfinity X1 boxes are the biggest pieces of shit ever. Super slow, unintuitive, and full of bullshit like not allowing you to rewind a current show if you're not using the 'main' box (of which you get ONE per house, so good luck if you have 2 or more TVs!) It also drops connection regularly, and god help you if it gets turned off. You won't have TV again for at least 20 minutes, maybe more. Of course, Comcast's solution to all of this is 'don't ever turn it off, and all the other stuff is just the way it is, sorry, not sorry.' The most heartbreaking part though, is that when you look at it, it's got great ideas. The basic design is there, and it had the potential to be really amazing. But the implementation is SO BAD that none of the good about the system comes through. I think that's what I really can't forgive Comcast for about the X1... they built my hopes up, and then crushed them mercilessly beneath their cold, unfeeling heal. One would think I would be used to it by now. *sigh*

Comment Re:The Nazis Could Have Won (Score 3, Interesting) 295

If Hitler had supported Rommel in North Africa with as little as a few more battalions of ground troops and hardware, it's pretty likely that the Allies would have lost the campaign there, and Hitler would have been able to take the Middle East basically unimpeded. But Hitler didn't like Rommel, and he didn't trust him, which is one of the reasons Rommel was in North Africa in the first place... and because of that, Hitler wasn't going to provide the support that Rommel needed to succeed, since he believed he could easily seize the Russian oil fields. He saw the North African campaign as a minor offshoot of the war, and didn't realize the huge potential involved in being able to easily secure the most rich oil fields in the world without pissing off one of the more crazy dictators of the modern world.

Comment Longevity breakthrough? (Score 1) 60

I know for a while it's been thought that one of the main causes of aging (and hence death from aging) may be the bodies tendency to build up waste products over time. This technology sounds like it may be a first step to a potentially huge breakthrough in human longevity research... if much of aging really is about waste build up, the ability to clean that waste out by various means could mean that we start breaking the known barriers on human lifespans. It's going to be interesting over the course of the next 50 years or so to see what happens on this front.

Comment Re:Obesity still is an imbalance regardless (Score 5, Informative) 381

Part of the issue for people trying to lose weight is that their metabolism slows down to avoid burning calories. The body doesn't like giving up calories that it has already stored, and when it has to do so, it basically figures that times are tough, and it doesn't know when they're going to be good again... so it reduces the metabolic rate, and increases storage of excess calories when they do come in. It's thought that this effect may be permanent, but even if it's not, it is certainly a long lasting one, and it's one of the reasons that, even years after losing a large amount of weight, people have a hard time keeping it off (and most fail). Being able to re-tune ones metabolic rate would help overweight and obese people immensely in not only taking that weight off, but keeping it off in the long run. (Of course, this all ties back into the microbiome in the gut as well. The real takeaway from all the new research into obesity is hardly surprising: The human body is complex, and is extraordinarily good at storing and using energy in efficient ways. Modern diets are only about 10,000 years old, and the calorie rich eating of today is less than 100 years old. And our bodies are still evolved to run during boom and bust cycles, where even the boom cycles are pretty thin compared to the energy uptake/use ratios that the average person has daily.)

Comment Not terribly surprising (Score -1, Troll) 96

It's pretty damn well known that AMD is bad at drivers, so removing most of the driver from the equation would of course benefit them more. I wouldn't be surprised if nVidia were to spin off their own middleman program that specialized in providing support between the barebones of DX12 and what most game builders actually need to build things out. Seems like an opportunity for them, to be honest, to penetrate areas that AMD hardware is being used.

Comment Re:Does Laid off = fired? (Score 1) 179

I believe the fired part is 100% true only in at-will states. In areas that are NOT at-will, there may be laws in effect that the employer must show cause for a termination. (There is a middle area where they can fire you for any reason except those you listed, but have to provide warning a certain amount of time prior.)

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 385

Yeah, but you want to know the fastest way to run yourself out of investors AND drive yourself into the red? Hint: It included hare-brained monetization schemes and pissing off your users enough that you drive a large number of them off your service (or even just piss them off enough to jump ship once your next competitor starts to make a surge, with something as easily replicated as Reddit). Without users, internet companies are worthless. This is what I don't understand about a lot of monetization schemes out there. These companies go in and make huge changes that piss off their users, because they think the users are just the commodity to be sold. But if you drive them away, then you have no commodity TO sell anymore! Companies need to treat users as stakeholders in the monetization process if they want to make changes that will both allow them to make money, and build up a stable, loyal user base for them to make money off of.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 3, Interesting) 385

I am hearing that several subreddits that went private were forcibly reopened by the admins, and the mods were unable to do anything about it after. I don't have sources, but if it's discovered that it true, that would be the final nail in the coffin for me. The Reddit administration is interested in one thing, and one thing only right now: Milking the site for as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and fuck the users. Well, fuck them then, as a user. We'll see if they can make their sweet cash when no one wants to use their site anymore.

Comment Re:Importance Of Process (Score 1) 137

This can not be said enough. ITAM is alllll about process. The tool is secondary, at worst, and irrelevant at best. A well designed process will make any half decent tool work for you the way you need it to. That said, there are tools that will make your life easier, even with good processes (the process will work without a good tool, BUT the tool can make you happier to work within the process, and thus more likely to actually make people want to follow the process instead of half-assing it.)

Comment Worth taking a look at ServiceNow. (Score 2) 137

This may be overkill for JUST Asset, but ServiceNow is fantastic. The full enterprise version can tie into basically all your other systems, including requests, procurement, receiving, financial, etc, and can be set up for hardware and software management. Especially if you're maybe considering moving your service desk/help desk to something else, ServiceNow is worth looking at. It's honestly one of the best tool for this kind of management I've seen. Alternatively, I know Flexera is very well liked throughout the industry, although I've never worked with it.

Comment Re:"I'm not a troll, modded to -1" (Score 1) 169

I dunno. I see this kind of comment a lot, but I always have mine set to -1 also, and I rarely see -1 comments that are really original and thought provoking. Some of them don't deserve to be -1... but they don't really deserve upvotes either. And usually, if I come back a couple hours later, the rare comment that was -1 and DOES deserve to be upvoted almost always has been. Maybe you would say that I'm just part of the group think, but I have some opinions that diverge significantly from a large portion of the Slashdot base, and I often don't agree with many of the things that do get to +5. I like to think that I'm pretty independent on that front, and I do my best to inform myself on topics that I care to read and comment about. I honestly feel like, in general, the moderation on Slashdot is pretty good. Even on heavily charged topics like politics, there is almost always at least a couple of opposing view points represented by highly modded posts. (Obviously it's not ALWAYS true, but most of the time, from what I've seen, it is.)

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