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Comment Re:Ooops, misread the headline (Score 1) 457

"I feel the same way about DEC, who flushed thirty years of Alpha architectural superiority down the drain..."

What 30 years is that? Alpha lasted 12 years, not all of it (if any) with "architectural superiority". Loved their integer divide...or total lack of one. ;) It's not so hard to design a processor to be fast at doing very little. Power consumption was absurd as well. The Alpha failed for well deserved reasons, not the least of which was lack of a value proposition.

Comment Re:Drunk driving is still a problem (Score 1) 178

"Umm, what gives you the idea that drunk driving is no longer a problem?"

Umm, what makes you think making "drunk driving is no longer a problem" was their "original" objective? It is their recruitment phrase, nothing more.

MADD's ideal achievement would be prohibition. They support preposterous minimum drinking ages and absurdly low definitions of "drunkenness". They want mandatory ignition interlocks on all cars. They feel entitled to insert themselves into law enforcement practices. MADD is a problem, not a solution, and they should be opposed.

Comment Re:Jesus (Score 1) 111

"To me that would suggest that there's some long-term survival advantage."

It does not suggest any such thing, though "to you" it might.

"I don't see a problem with religion attempting to give people a method to approach those questions."

If you sincerely thought about it you would.

"But to throw out the baby with the bathwater by flat-out criticizing faith is overstepping pretty far."

It's not stepping far enough.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 2) 184

"Reads are satisfied as soon as either drive returns the data. And if the raid controller has a battery or supercap so it can cache writes, you'll almost never notice the difference."

RAID controllers do not launch reads on all involved drives. That would be stupid.

Implementing battery backed write back cache on an array that uses SSD would be similarly stupid.

RAID 1 with mixed SSD/HDD is the worst of both worlds further complicated by people who don't understand it.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 137

This is wrong, of course.

Humans have 3 unique cones. Less than 3 means some form of color blindness.

Women, by virtue of having 2 X chromosomes, have two slightly different codings for one of the 3 cones. Most of the time one is switched off but occasionally a woman may have both versions of that cone resulting in a 4th unique receptor. The difference is very minor and there is no evidence that this leads to superior color sensitivity or that their brain even realizes it has some additional information. The claim that women have better color vision is complete BS.

Comment Re:Muscle memory - where UI designers go wrong (Score 1) 140

"Just because you're 60 and have been using these paradigms for the last 25 years doesn't mean everyone is happy with them."

Only an ageist bigot would cast an acquired skill as a liability. Once upon a time if we weren't "happy" that we lacked a skill we'd put in the time to learn it.

Comment Re:Still some way to go (Score 1) 128

I'm impressed by the stupidity displayed in this comment.

If what you say is actually "the point of this", then you've proven your very first claim false. If the device is designed to recover lost energy in the motion of the center of mass, then there must be lost energy there unlike the motion of a pendulum. It's not a "bounce" if it requires "muscular energy" for its movement.

On a bicycle you absolutely have to move your leg up and forward with each pedal stroke. It cannot get there any other way. Now, the leg may be moved there by the effort of the other leg or it may not, but either way the energy comes from you and nowhere else.

You should probably just stop talking.

Comment Re:I wonder how the Gen Con people would feel (Score 1) 886

"Liberty is about having the right to be "openly racist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, and homophobic", without fear of physical aggression."

No it's not.

"That's not to say there aren't consequences for one's actions..."

What you are saying is that consequences are equated to a denial of liberty.

"...but a free society isn't one that mandates everyone conform to specific belief system..."

Liberty and freedom aren't a belief system and they do not include the concept of freedom to deny liberty to others due to your belief system.

Comment Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 886

"You don't want to exert the effort to convince people of something, you would prefer just to force a specific belief system upon people through the govt."

Interestingly, that "belief system" you refer to is the central topic in the Declaration of Independence. The nation was founded on it and the government exists primarily in support of it. "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." isn't simply a belief system shared only by those with a gay agenda.

Comment Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

Well, black men are men and homosexual men are men, so if you think service has never been refused to those men by the businesses you list then you are willingly uninformed. As for "winning a discrimination lawsuit" some have and many haven't, but this type of action is already recognized as both unacceptable and often illegal, otherwise there wouldn't be an interest in a law to preserve the discrimination.

Comment Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 2, Insightful) 886

"Furthermore, most of the "civil rights successes of the last sixty years" have to do with race, and race is not an issue of Christianity for any but a very few loonies."

Wow, you couldn't be any more ignorant.

"This whole subject has come up because a small bunch of homosexuals are trying to make other people miserable."

And an bigot as well.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.