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Comment: Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (Score 1) 201

by brxndxn (#48890293) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network
There is no free market when Verizon is granted an anti-competitive monopoly on property-owners' easements and given tax breaks for infrastructure that equal more than Verizon pays for infrastructure. Verizon needs to be held accountable for their failure to live up to taxpayer promises. They are hardly a private company.

Comment: Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (Score 5, Informative) 160

by brxndxn (#48832349) Attached to: AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming
AMD is most certainly not a shit company ~ you have a shit opinion. AMD was pounded into the ground financially by Intel competing unfairly when AMD had the clear performance advantage. Intel made their agreements so companies like HP would actually save money if they went 100% Intel even though the market was clearly calling for AMD processors. This was made obvious when AMD offered to give free processors to HP and HP still refused. Since Intel is basically a monopoly and our regulatory agencies are run by ball-less cowards, AMD has a tiny research and development budget compared to both Intel and Nvidia. AMD continues to exist with research money being their only real limitation. History shows that AMD can create processors that outperform Intel with less than a quarter of Intel's research budget. AMD has nowhere near a quarter of Intel's research budget at the moment. As far as ATI/Nvidia competition, Nvidia tends to make things as proprietary as possible while AMD makes them more open. AMD's graphics hardware tends to be more advanced while having a simpler design than Nvidia. However, AMD's very limited software/driver development budget keeps AMD graphics cards performing less than optimally. Further, my experience of gaming on Linux a few months ago gave me no issues with the Metro 2033 Redux and my Radeon 7970.. so I am going to take this 'benchmark' with a grain of salt. Perhaps the latest driver is slow or has a bug - but they do tend to get fixed from my experience. Even if you hate AMD as a company, you can thank them for the reasonable prices of CPUs and graphics cards. Without AMD, both become extremely expensive.

Comment: Re:Build your own fab (Score 1) 230

by brxndxn (#48749615) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks
No, it isn't. The entire market cap of AMD is less than the cost of building a new fab. Intel royally fucked AMD in 1999-2003 and AMD has been in a dismal financial position ever since. Intel does not play fair - and until Intel is forced to play fair, the best you can expect from AMD is for them to stay alive. Intel was forced to pay a fine that was about 5% of where AMD should have been financially.

Comment: Re:More centralised control (Score 1) 386

by brxndxn (#48697559) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making
I have to agree with this sentiment. As an automation programmer, I integrate new technology into existing systems all the time. No matter how old something is, there is usually an interface or way to make it communicate and work seamlessly with newer components. I'm sick of every goddamn writer saying generalized idiocy to the effect of 'we need more government for everything.' If there are enough 'sensors' on existing roads for humans to make good driving decisions, then there are enough sensors on existing roads for machines to be programmed to make the same decisions.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 0) 166

by brxndxn (#48673841) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force
Gotta agree with your sarcasm. Se-yul is also saying the exact things US officials would want him to say if they're trying to justify a typical bloated 'cyberwarfare' budget and new laws that limit freedoms in the US. "OMG the scary North Korea and their elite hackers are going to bring the US (home to the programmers of most of the worlds' major software) to its knees!"

Comment: Good job, FBI (Score 2) 229

by brxndxn (#48511673) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents
This is what the FBI should be doing with our taxpayer money instead of going after individual software pirates or trying to push for easier backdoors into consumer devices. Teachers often get handed expensive devices that they don't really need - and they get denied funding on simple things like books, crayons, and copies. Meanwhile, teachers get paid shit and county officials get paid 3-5x as much.. The FBI should be cracking down on these corrupt jackasses.

Comment: Re:Confession - I didn't like Interstellar (Score 3, Insightful) 289

by brxndxn (#48493331) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"
I loved this movie.. It wasn't perfect - but no science-based sci-fi movie is. It's up to us to figure out how to make the impossible possible. No one needs another engineer or scientist telling us what we cannot do. We need more people like Elon Musk saying what we can do - and going out and proving it. The laws of physics are there to be broken. Defy them. Prove them wrong. Einstein broke Newton's laws.. Someone needs to break Einstein's laws.

I'll take Interstellar over any one of the normal Hollywood we get fed to us.. (ie.. XMen, Random war movies, save-the-world CIA shit). So please tell me you think this movie was at least better than the typical Hollywood movie.

If engineers and scientists tended to be optimistic rather than pessimistic, engineers and scientists would be running the world. Obama didn't get elected by telling us what mankind cannot do.

Comment: Dear Judges, (Score 1) 165

by brxndxn (#48442873) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records
Clandestine agencies in the US have circumvented all pillars of free and open government in order to slice off your balls, and tell you that you do not need to look down when you notice the pain. Please act with urgency while there are still means to sew them back. It is your duty to push back. No matter what maze-like justification is used to create a framework that undermines the foundation of our country; it is never justified nor does it serve to create justice. Stingray breaks the law just by existing.\

Comment: Re:Use Bitcoin Blockchain technology.. (Score 1) 388

by brxndxn (#48347977) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches
That is bullshit. That's like saying "Nobody understands the inner workings of a jpg file format so the average Joe cannot understand how to benefit from the technology."

Paper can be thrown away.. Hidden.. burned.. counted wrong.. etc.. Not everybody can verify the paper. No matter what, with paper, you are trusting it in the hands of a few. You cannot cheat the blockchain. Further, you can make a paper printout with the blockchain that has a web address where any average Joe can in fact verify that he voted for Turd Sandwich.. with a date and everything. Here is an example of one of my Bitcoin wallet transactions. Notes can be entered for each Wallet location that show what candidate they are (or business.. or whatever). For the life of Bitcoin, that transaction cannot be changed or recorded differently.

For the average Joe to verify, it's as simple as him going to a website he feels he can trust, clicking the 'verify my vote' button.. and typing in his unique voting hash from his printout. The average Joe does not need the same experience it takes to program fucking Bitcoin just as the average Joe right now does not need the experience of counting the whole US set of votes to feel good about his paper ballot.

Like I said, there's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done using the blockchain.. while still making it simple for the average Joe.

Comment: BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (Score -1) 716

by brxndxn (#48329035) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment
The gaming community is angry because the whole GamerGate scandal exposed how the entire gaming media industry works together to control the opinions of the gaming community through lies and propaganda. Further, no major media publication is actually trying to explain GamerGate. Even Wikipedia leaves out the details.. Here's a quick GamerGate explanation: (I believe this one is closer to the truth) It's really sad how every major publication leaves out half the story and instead tries to paint the gaming community as the source of the problem. Also, I really doubt the gaming community as a whole would condone any threats of violence against these women.

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