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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 37

I don't understand why people freak out when a tech vendor releases a new model, as if they are forced to buy it or the one they have is suddenly going to explode. I do think some large vendors are guilty of abandoning support for their legacy products a bit to quickly. Nobody gets all nuts about the fact the Chrysler/Ford/GM/Honda/VW/Mercedes/etc bring out new models every year; often with slight improvements, usually with other changes you may or might not like.

Comment Re:...uhh (Score 2) 127

My thoughts would be that any intelligence we could ever recognize and have any communication with would have to work like our own at least in that it seeks out patterns in stimuli.

Even if you communicate ultrasonically, heck even if you see that way you still exist in the same N-dimensional universe we do. So if you are looking at a TV signal that you have notices does not fit the normal background pattern of EM and start trying to make sense of it. Eventually you might be able to work out hey this is a series of half resolution projections from three dimensions onto two over a range of spectrum. Would it be one hell of puzzle, you bet but I think a solvable one for the sufficiently intelligent, interested, advanced extra terrestrial species even if they are quite different from us.

4/3(pi)r^3 describes the volume of a sphere, pi is still the relevant constant. pi describes both circles and spheres nicely with multiplication. 4(pi)r^2 gives you the area of a sphere. Ah but area of a circle (pi)r^2, you think that is more natural and apparent that ((1/2)tau)r^2. Whole number multiplication is a more natural operation than division. I have studied the matter of tau greatly but the equations I can think of off the top of my head let me do more with pi being the only non integer coefficients. Which I think makes it clearer what the 'special' relation is.

Comment Re:Amortization of fixed costs (Score 1) 207

Its not quite that simple. So I decide I am going to start making memory. I do all my up front capital investment. Now I have to decide how much of my fixed costs I want to try to recoup per unit. One question I might ask myself in the chip industry is how long will this stuff be in mass market demand. Nobody will want my chips if a new tech comes out that doubles density. My current equipment won't be useful anymore. Now I don't know when this will happen so I am going to probably start off with higher prices, pessimistically assuming the window of viability will be small. My competitors are naturally doing this as well so we can all charge high prices.

Suppose a few years have gone by and there have NOT been any major process improvements. My initial capital investment is paid off. My variable costs have been controlled as well as they can. My contribution margin is maximized fully. I now have every incentive to sell as many units as possible! So its a question of capacity. If can produce 20% more chips running another shift or something I probably will. If I have to cut my prices to sell those chips some, I probably will still do it. On the other hand if I don't have spare capacity, I probably don't want to expand my capital investment into three year old technology. My competition may or may not be in the same position. If all of us are selling all the chips we can produce at current prices, than nobody has any reason to lower prices.

The moment it looks like a new technology is coming down the pike, even if its just a die shrink though suddenly we have inventory to clear..

Comment Re:The best summation I've seen (Score 1) 99

They know, but the people paying their bills don't care, so the "don't care" trickles down through the ad networks.

Brand X wants an in your face ad. Ad company Y can persuade brand X with common sense, but then Brand X isn't filled with marketers full of common sense, just avarice. So Ad company Y sells Brand X's "vision" of an ad because Ad Company Y's employees need to eat.

The only way to fix this is to do a eugenics program on marketers.


Comment Re:Pseudonyms have a cost to social networks (Score 1) 231

>And they aren't obligated to provide you with anything.

And I'm not obligated to give them anything either.

>you have no rights to anything they provide.

They put it up for free use. I'm going to use it. If they want to make money legitimately, they can paywall it. They don't arrest the people who walk the shopping mall every day for exercise and don't buy anything.

You really are some sort of fascist.


Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 668

Exactly, this isn't news or if it is its only new because Linus has gotten much more open and liberal about what he will except for inclusion these days. In the 2.4.x era there were tons of popular patch sets for Linux. Things like alternative schedulers, IPSec implementations, Access control layers, and customizations for vendor specific architecture variants were downright common to have as patch sets.

There were tons of reasons, code quality, license constraints, conflicts with other subsystems, and more often than not someone on the core team just did not like the engineering decision made around interfaces. That person being Linus himself frequently.

I haven never tried to get a kernel patch included up stream but just as an observer it seems the situation is much better than it used to be. The kernel team is larger, and thru the 2.6.x period kernel internals have improved in terms of coupling, the added flexibility has been used to allow more stuff to flow up stream. Linus does not like the BSD secure level model, this guy disagrees, that is all there is to this. Maybe if people think that functionality is useful and not better met by something else Linus will change his mind. That has happened before too. Especially if somone finds it commercially useful and Red Hat or IBM or someone picks up the patches and starts using them.

Comment Re: Meh (Score 1) 148

Most RAID controllers have pathetic parity data computation performance.

You are right about that point. Which is why ZFS "does it in software" that said, because existing implementations do the job poorly is not a case against the design decision to provide those functions at a given layer. metadata-integrity needs to be done at the filesystem layer. The storage layer does not and should not know about filesystem internals. As far as parity and general data integrity the storage system can and should do that. I mean if the FS layer says give that block this bit pattern, it really should expect that block to have that bit pattern later.

Comment Re: Ban ALL NUKES NOW (Score 1) 139

The difference is when nuclear goes bad the damage can be very big.

No the difference is the damage from operating coal and hydrocarbon fuel plants is spread over a large geographic area (diffused in the atmosphere) and period of time. Individuals, societies, and ecosystems are generally able to cope with and absorb those impacts.

What is missed is the concentrated calamities that are oil spills, tail pound leaks, ash spills etc. Those are also consequences of traditional generation even if indirectly.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 2) 139

There is some truth in parts of what you say but its still a highly biased view point. Firstly the relatively small size of the Native American population made all that land management easy.

When your numbers are that small you don't have all kinds of problems you do with larger populations. Simply burying your shit works when you only have a handful of people living on a large acreage. That does not hold up when your numbers get much larger.

Forest does not in fact provide much food. It takes a lot of forest land to provide enough food for a person sustainably, thru hunting and gathering. Certainly way more than land cultivation. If you are a village of a hundred it might work, much beyond that and the area over which resource must be gathered will be farther than people can walk.

would be known as "the flyover states", just a bunch of shitholes with poor civil rights?

This ^^ really gives your leftist history rewriting away. "The flyover states" are also "America's bread basket" they are not empty. They do have a good deal of forest, more than they once did in fact as agriculture has become more efficient and we have been able to allow places to reforest. Good thing too that helps air quality and reduces climate change.

The rest of space is very much being used to group the wheat and corn that went into your breakfast cereal this morning.

Comment Re:Pseudonyms have a cost to social networks (Score 1) 231

What a load of corporatist bullshit.

>alias users are misfits or troublemakers

No. Fucking NO.

You have the right to call yourself whatever you want in real life so long as you are not trying to defraud anyone while doing this. That this right supposedly suddenly doesn't exist because a corporation demands it is insane.

This does not make you a misfit. It does not make you a troublemaker.

Aliases have a history going back decades online and thousands of years offline. This sudden "hurr, you must use your real name" in a contract-of-adhesion is such bullshit.

You may believe that corporations have special rights to deny you your rights, but I don't, and neither do a lot of other sane individuals.

If Facebook's share price loses a few pennies because people like me use aliases, it's not my problem. They can find another business model.


Comment Re:Tech circles vs slashdot (Score 2) 277

I haven't decided yet if I like the TPP or not - particularly as we haven't know the full details

That is people problem though. FASTTRACK essential means our elected representatives HAVE decided they like, and they largely haven't seen the full details either! More than that the smaller group of officials actually negotiating the thing did not let larger group look at it except under insane conditions where they could not even take notes.

It does not matter if its a good law or not, they way its being enacted amounts to a total subversion of how our system of representative democracy was supposed to work. That should be enough reason to oppose the thing on its own. We need to send the message we demand sunshine in the legislative process!

Comment Re:And we STILL can't read it (Score 5, Insightful) 277

At least Nixon knew when the jig was up and still had enough sense of shame to step down when he was busted. When modern presidents wantonly ignore the law AND get caught they claim is some !$MYPARTY conspiracy to discredit them and carry on.

We would lucky to have a president with half the integrity or Richard Nixon again.

Comment Re:Bullying (Score 1) 446

That is sorta my point though. My unsupported theory is we have a lot of mal adjusted adults, especially young adults because when they were adolescents forming behaviors, developing coping skills, learning empathy etc, they spent all their time around other people who like them had not yet developed those skills.

People seem to not even know how they are supposed to feel anymore. Practically ever 20 something I meet thinks if they don't feel 'happy' every moment of their day they are depressed. They then conclude they either need to be on medication or the world is against them or something equally crazy. They have no ability to 'talk' themselves up or down.

It takes a profound lack of empathy to commit mass murder. I am really what have those people does to you that is so bad you feel entitled to deny them another sunrise, another cup a tea? That is deeply messed up thinking to be able to justify such an act. If there is one thing we know about adolescents its empathy isn't a strong suit yet. Its developing but its not there, I suspect its partly learned behavior. Adolescents not being made to conform to a world run by adults but instead allowed to raise themselves in these little lord of flies micro societies we call schools, i think leads to a lot of the narcissism we see out there.

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