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Comment Re:Thank you, Captain Obvious (Score 4, Interesting) 125

If you've ever read Mao's Little Red Book, that's one of the key devices used in it. The thing basically repeats the same philosophy over and over. It's funny because when you read the sentiments on page 1, it sounds fairly ridiculous. By the time you reach page 30, however, it starts to sound more plausible.

Human psychology is interesting that way.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 262

But not certified to run at those clock speeds at a certain power consumption level. They have an SDP, but that's a maximum, not average, power consumption. Nobody's actually bothered to look into variations between bins of the same device because it's always been the same model number. But there can be very drastic differences even within the same chip model of how much the SoC consumes at a given performance level.

That's the nature of the semiconductor beast.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 2) 394

Privately funded transit systems always have the problem that their most needed resource -- land tracks to build rail/road/etc. -- is a public resource and require a functional government to grant them right-of-access. Something local multi-millionaires, NIMBY suburbanites and just about everyone has a vested interest in stopping.

It's the most classic example of "I got mine, so screw you" attitude there is; despite all the BS about altruism and "making the world a better place" that Silicon Valley seems to purport.

Comment Re:BULL (Score 3, Insightful) 417

While true, it doesn't mean foreign workers don't affect US employment at all. Just not on a 1-to-1 basis like simplistic politicians claim.

Of course, there may be more long-term benefits that far outweigh the short-term drops in domestic employment. As others mentioned, these are hard-working, semi-skilled to very skilled individuals who want to come to this country to work, pay taxes, buy property, etc. Hardly the type of people you wanna be turning away considering your own population is dominated by people of retirement age....

Comment Humans want scarcity (Score 4, Interesting) 503

I think the idea of a "post scarcity" world is incompatible with some pretty basic human psychology. Even in the modern world, there are some resources (information) that have, for all practical purposes, become infinitely available. Yes, getting access to it isn't universal yet, but even amongst those who have a broadband connection, information is still locked away behind paywalls, media stores, etc.

This leads me to think we'll always have some kind of scarcity, even if it's artificial scarcity. Because there will always be some things that aren't infinitely available. As technology increases, those finite things won't be material, resources or even dare I say it energy but it could very well be abstract things like ideas (copyright) and inventions (patent). Part of it is probably that people need distinction in order to differentiate themselves from their peers. Another is just pure greed; some people like being perceived as better than others.

Comment Re: It's an algorithm (Score 3, Insightful) 352

One could point out that there are fewer instances of white males being miscategorized. I suspect this has less to do with any actual racism and more to do with the fact that the people who developed the algorithm are likely predominantly white males and they tend to first test the algorithm on their own collection of photos or those in their circle.

This is an argument for a more diverse workforce...

Comment Re:How is this relevant? (Score 1) 204

That depends. I own an SP3 but also have a Nexus 7 from 2013. I still use the Nexus not just because of the lighter form factor (and far superior battery life) but because there are actual apps on it that aren't available on Windows. We're getting to the point where Android and iOS *are* the de facto platforms for new software to come out on and Windows ends up waiting months to forever for the web interface to even remotely offer the same level of functionality as the app version.

Comment Re:The iPad Has Plenty of Horsepower (Score 5, Informative) 204

In these form factors, it's no longer a question of peak CPU performance. These processors all thermal-throttle to the point where none of them are going to be performing at peak while in these form factors. The same i5 in the Surface will provide significantly more performance when in another form factor (like a NUC).

Which is interesting in that it means today, the design of the device itself -- in terms of heat dissipation coupled with total system power -- is what determines performance, not which processor model you have.

Comment I don't see the big deal (Score 1) 194

I really don't see what the fuss is about. I have a lot of empathy for people who lost their jobs but software -- especially if you have Yahoo on your resume -- is a booming industry and there are plenty of jobs out there. I honestly can't muster too much sympathy for software developers who are unemployed right now.

That being said, Yahoo did need a "remixing" and whatever word you use to describe it is rather unimportant. I don't see why that was a point of focus in the story. Companies aren't around to just give people jobs for the sake of giving them jobs. If these people weren't important to the eventual strategy and success of Yahoo well...they should go, or be "remixed" or "downsized" or whatever.

Comment Re: Try and try again. (Score 2) 445

I think that's an exaggeration. What the iPhone -- even first gen -- could do, it did miles better than the WinM 6* or any of its competitors did. Did it lack a lot of features? Of course. But like just about everyone who couldn't get their heads around the idea that features aren't the end-all-be-all of gadgets (and yes, that's what all of these things are), what it could do at release was 99.999% of what people wanted a mobile connected gadget for -- text message, make phone calls, play music/videos on a small screen. It put that in a decently small package with decent battery life and a UI that teenagers and soccer moms could figure out with ease.

If you want to attribute all of that under "fashion" then it's pretty telling.

Comment Re:Few Million a Year is a BIG Stretch Goal (Score 4, Interesting) 181

The stated ambition was "about a million cars" The article is incorrect in its quote. The liveblog (and video) are much more accurate.

One thing unique about Tesla's manufacturing is that the supply chain is materials. Most everything else is produced by Tesla themselves at the Fremont factory. Many questioned why this decision was made but there are many long-term benefits. When your supply chain is all raw materials, availability becomes much more predictable and your ability to influence the supply by pumping some money into a mine is far easier than say, getting a different company to shape up and manufacture more parts.

The only part of a Tesla that isn't produced at Fremont are the batteries and that's why the Gigafactory is coming online.

Comment Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (Score 1) 181

Maybe not but every politician represents the needs of his electorate and that electorate certainly want to keep their jobs.

I'm not saying it's a good reason but often times, technological changes can blind-side a good portion of the population and we have to consider that. Perhaps not stop progress but definitely slow down adoption to give the population time to find new jobs.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.