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Comment: Re:Youtube? (Score 1) 198

by dkman (#49327405) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

If a fee is charged to access content...

Your post clearly states that if money is required to view the video then it's commercial use.

So if you are required to be a member of the non-profit group (ergo you paid) then it's commercial use, but if the non-profit makes a video and slaps it up on its site or youtube for everyone to view then they're OK.

Comment: Re:This plus Anthem (also Blue Cross) (Score 1) 69

by dkman (#49295163) Attached to: Personal Healthcare Info of Over 11M Premera Customers Compromised

How often do you hear about a government personal info data breach? The DMV, IRS, VA? Part of the problem is that the insurance companies are only interested in fleecing their customers for as much as possible. They're not interested in protecting your data, so it slips through their fingers. "Oopsie, sorry about that." is all we get.

The government, OTOH, is interested in data security. If there were a breach on that side the government also has the power to track you down and throw you in Gitmo claiming you threatened national security. Random corp doesn't have that kind of power.

Comment: Re:With apologies to (Score 1) 140

by dkman (#49293553) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response
And that's the thing. If it's a well known well understood thing then medicine / doctors work great.

If it's something rare or not well understood then doctors are very hit and miss.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture have worked much better than doctors in my case, but I certainly know that doctors have their place.

Comment: How much power do you need (Score 1) 385

by dkman (#49293325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
You mention running simulations, compiling, etc. You have some Dell and generic "mac" suggestions.

Sager is a company a lot of people have never heard of, and they market more to gamers, but the systems are very solid, have great performance, and cost less than comparable mainstream systems. I have run different Linux distros on 2 of them (4+ years old, and new).

I'm going to say around $1500 will get you 16GB RAM, 1920x1080 display, i7 CPU, 120GB SSD, 1 TB hd, backlit keyboard, DVD burner, etc

Because they are performance based you may need to tweak settings if you want more battery life, but you didn't mention an interest in that. I've never cared, I wanted a portable workhorse and that's what I got.
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Comment: Re:Considerable resources? (Score 0) 214

by dkman (#49236153) Attached to: Billionaire Teams Up With NASA To Mine the Moon
It's more about the opinion that if you fuck up the moon you could very well destroy life on the planet. That said we're not likely to mine enough of the moon to mess things up that bad. But I don't trust a billionaire to care about performing that process in a non-damaging responsible way. Cutting corners and squeezing people may be how he made his billions (I didn't check). And if he did fuck thing up he wouldn't pay the price, "we" would.

Of course, using the moon as a base to build and launch things deeper into space makes perfect sense. If he helps get that process figured out it could do a lot of good for humanity.

Then we can spread like a disease across the solar system. For all the good we do this planet it's probably better for the universe if we die here.

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 393

by dkman (#49080113) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
You left out Valve. If (and that may be a big IF, but one can hope), if they are able to get enough game developers supporting Linux as a real option then I think a double digit shift in market share is certainly possible. The biggest problem then is the legacy games. My main system has been running Linux for a while now (though I had dual boot there to play some games). Now I have a secondary system that runs windows for those games (with a dual boot to Linux, just because), but they generally stay in their primary OS in suspend mode.

Ideally I always wanted to have something like a hypervisor that runs on the bare metal where I could install both OS to run at the same time and some key combination to switch between the two. I don't care about dedicating a core to an OS I'm not looking at right now - I've got 8 after hyperthreading. I'd happily give 1/2 the cores and 1/2 the ram to each. But I want the full video performance for gaming in whichever I'm looking at. I don't know if anything (vmware, etc) does that..and they probably wouldn't be at a price point I'm willing to pay. Hell, having two systems is probably cheaper.

Comment: Re:Marketing Genius Move (Score 1) 227

I also appreciate the "We'll go build out our service where better service already exists" logic when it would be better to improve service where Google fiber doesn't exist, making it economically difficult for Google to justify the investment.

Right now I pay TWC $65 a month for 50Mbps. I have the option to pay AT&T about the same (and enter a contract). I would gladly take Google fiber here. Luckily I live in Charlotte, where Google fiber is in the works, sadly I live far enough from the center that I may not be able to get it.

Comment: Re: This sewer of hate is not about gender (Score 1) 779

by dkman (#48961897) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Before you flame... I know that they aren't threatening to take funding away, they are giving funding to those who do fit. The thought remains the same, but I have no problem with passing money out - it's your money do what you want. But I don't appreciate when they take that money from places that do have students who just happen to be white males.

Comment: Re: This sewer of hate is not about gender (Score 3, Insightful) 779

by dkman (#48961733) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Along the same lines I can point out 2 good reasons boys are generally driven in that direction.
1. Boys are into video games - for the very same reason that big gaming is targeted at boys and that the majority of players are male. Those gamers are into computers and the possibility of coding future games, so they go into computer science. Girl gamers are starting to become a little more common, and their representation in computer science might increase organically if everyone just left it alone.
2. Boys like to build things - along the lines of Lego, blocks, and carpentry. Boys dominate "shop class", but I don't recall any big push to change that. OK, the shop class I had in high school did have a fair amount of girls in it, so maybe that's not a big concern. The building enjoyment flows into programming because the program that comes out at the end was "built" by you.

There are some toys aimed at getting girls into building things, so that's a good thing as well. I don't know that threatening funding is the best plan. That puts all of the pressure on the teacher or school to try to drive girls in that direction (and makes me think that down the road "unwillingly" isn't out of the question, or granting a passing grade for sub-par work just to keep the numbers up). Games that girls are interested in and getting girls into "building things" at an earlier age is where the attention needs to be. So that lies more in the parents, and asking parents to make their daughters good little cogs isn't likely to garner much traction...which is why nothing has worked so far.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein