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Comment: Re:You jest (Score 5, Interesting) 730

by giverson (#45515053) Attached to: Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Seventh-day Adventists actually can be categorized quite nicely into conservative evangelicalism. They step outside the mainstream on issues like the weekly sabbath, the state of the dead and by maintaining a historicist approach to prophetic interpretation. They also have an unusually strong emphasis on religious liberty and the separation of church and state. But their soteriology/christology/etc... tend to be very orthodox evangelical.

Source: Grew up Adventist, still am a practicing Adventist, MA in Religion, and I read the work of many non-Adventist theologians and scholars.

Comment: Re:Was it justified (Score 1) 372

by giverson (#42120731) Attached to: Apple Axes Head of Mapping Team

You're actually more correct than you know. The term "scapegoat" actually came from "escape goat". It goes back to early English translations of the bible (Tyndale and KJV) and references the goat that is sent out of the camp during the Day of Atonement ceremony.

Feel free to look up the term scapegoat on Wikipedia.

Comment: Yup. (Score 1) 5

by giverson (#30820832) Attached to: Party Lines

Absolute agreement.

There is something to be said for the state legislature picking electors and senators, freeing them from the need to be in constant campaign/PR mode that they're in these days. The "public" is swayed so easily by the media and the opposition party that it makes it impossible for politicians to look beyond their next election. The end result is politicians passing bills to buy votes.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 629

by giverson (#27312167) Attached to: Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras

In most (all?) states the camera has to show that the light was red before you entered the intersection. Two pictures are taken - one of you outside the intersection with a red light and one of you in the intersection with the red light.

Oh, and the citations in Maryland include your speed. Can't speak for any other states.

Comment: Re:AMD price : performance linear (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by giverson (#27268757) Attached to: Phenom IIs, Core I7-920 Win Out In Value Analysis

It's because Intel dominates the high end. AMD can't sell a processor with a premium pricetag because its performance would compete with Intel's midrange which is priced pretty reasonably.

AMD is the loveable underdog, but don't forget how expensive their X2s were when they were dominant. AMD isn't cheap because they're doing us a favor, they're cheap because they have to be.

Comment: Re:How can anyone be against net neutrality (Score 1) 409

by giverson (#27064357) Attached to: Obama Picks Net Neutrality Backer As FCC Chief

Poorly written net neutrality legislation could cause problems and reduce service quality.

For example, Akamai could work out a deal so that Comcast could cache Akamai's most popular content close to the end user. This requires less internet bandwidth and so Comcast could deliver the content to their users at a faster rate (a higher tier).

Poorly written net neutrality legislation could stop this from happening.

This is why there is some push back on net neutrality. If the legislation is screwed up, QoS and local caching that benefits the end user could end up inadvertently outlawed.

Comment: Re:the computer is not just the cpu (Score 1) 115

by giverson (#26134283) Attached to: Intel Quad-Core Price and Performance Showdown

Actually, I had to look that up recently. It's not 3GB, it's 4GB. Here comes the science:

RAM starts from address 0. The BIOS allocates RAM from 0 up to the bottom of the PCI memory addresses mentioned above, typically limiting available RAM to between 3 GB and 3.4 GB."

I actually learned something last week, thought I'd pass it on...
*Cue the "The More You Know" logo*

Looks like you ended up arguing his point. 32-bit Vista/XP are limited to a little over 3GB. How much over 3GB is determined by your hardware.

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