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Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 315

It's fair to suppose they hate large volume torrenters, but seem to want to cut down on every big user. So, why don't they just limit torrent use and aside from that, leave the plans unlimited for any other use (e.g. constant netflix/hulu/youtube watchers)?

Anyway, 2TB seems pretty big to me. I'm following about a dozen shows at any given time, and, adding all my other internet activities, I hardly ever reach 100GB a month. I'd have to really think hard to come up with legitimate uses (besides home-run public servers, most of which are not allowed on non-business connections anyway) for 20x that data amount.

Comment future? (Score 1) 45

Well, FPGAs being the choice for NN implementations is just as a reiteration as the whole deep learning and convnet field is - which is quite OK, since we have now computational tools and resources that we never had before, thus a lot of the NN/convnet/deeplearning theory suddenly became applicable. However, FPGA implementations of artificial/cellular neural networks and convnets dates back something like 20-25 years now, so it doesn't sit well to suggest it's a new direction. What's new however, is that while they could only do max. ~30 fps template matching with FPGA-based NNs back in the days, on very low resolution images, today's FPGAs are real monsters and we can do a lot more now.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

"Well, I know that in public schools they will compromise the health of the rest of the student body by removing healthy nuts from the menu due to one child's allergy, so I would not be surprised if they required the school to hardwire every classroom."

Well, if they manage to actually reliably prove the kid's electromagnetic intolerance, which I don't think anyone ever could prove before, then yeah, they might make all schools rewire every classroom, plus they'd be the most famous people on the planet.

Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 1) 519

Bye free content, don't let the door hit you on the ass when you leave.

This is just like saying "I shouldn't leave my abusive spouse because they pay the car payment". Yea, we might (and probably not) be without free content, but the abuser will be gone.

Anyway, sites won't go away, they'll just adapt. The ads will become part of the content, or something that we've not even thought of yet.

Comment Re: Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Indust (Score 1) 519

> I really can't wait until everything is a pay service and everyone is complaining.

Won't happen. As storage, processor time, and bandwidth gets cheaper a site like ./ will cost almost nothing to run. Some business will figure they can run a social media site like this with embedded employees flogging their goods and be able to profit from it. Yea, maybe free video will die, maybe free images will, but text is so cheap to transmit and manage that what you're talking about just won't happen.

Comment giving up ... again (Score 1) 515

"This may cost us some amount of privacy, but we'll tend to get something in return: software that can do more things and that works better.

Well, crazy a** stupid. First, one should prove that what they expect us to give up is less than what we can expect to gain. We are _very_ far from that, oh, so very far it's not even funny. Also, I call bollocks on the quoted line of reasoning - what history has taught us repeatedly, so many times over, is that giving up our freedom and privacy for that "something in return" is not worth it.

And well, let's be honest, is Win10 really worth giving up anything? At all? Bleh.

Comment Re:Installer allows you to customize your settings (Score 2) 492

"3: ...on non-Enterprise systems, you cannot disable the forced updates. You can delay them on Pro, but not forever. So eventually, those files are going to find their way back on your system eventually... "

Not really true.

In the Home version, if you set your WIFI connection to be metered in network settings (so they don't download when they want), then use the KB3073930 to hide updates you don't want (also good for stopping some drivers to update), then basically you can delay the updates.

Comment quantity, rather than quality? (Score 1) 365

This issue pops up from time to time, and it's inevitable, if you think about it. As computers bec{a,o}me more available and more accessible to everyone, more people began producing some sort of code with 'easy' tools, churning out truckloads of low quality, unreliable and sometimes even dangerous software. There's not much you can do about it, aside from trying to be informed about the third party software you try to use. Well, it's not like professionals don't produce crap sw, but there's a world of difference there. All we can hope is that in time education will change to include enough general computing knowledge for everyone, that can at least provide some minimal required knowledge level to make further autonomous improvement of abilities easier.

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 317

"Well, whatever they want to label it as now it's still optional."

Well, it is, but there is a huge difference between pick and choose what driver update you want, and enabling or disabling all driver updates. The former is OK, the latter is bollocks.

Comment craptastic (Score 3, Informative) 120

"83 Internet access providers have joined Google to offer gigabit Internet access service (all priced in the $50-$150 per month range)."

Meanwhile, people still pay ~$40 for a 4mbit at&t line. There being lots of smaller regional players providing some service to a limited population doesn't mean crap in the more global view of how things are standing. Reality is, very many cties how only 1 to 3 choices, none of them really good, and absolutely none of them priced realistically. I don't care about statistics, when we can see the reality wit our own eyes.

Comment Re:Adderall?... Complicted. (Score 1) 155

WTF does naturally even mean?

If you take two 'master race' parents (because epigenetics) bred them and then trained their child every day and only fed them a very good diet, and they were sponsored their life so didn't have to worry about making a living, would that be natural? By your definition, yes, it's just selective breeding for the purpose of sports. That's the kind of stuff that is happening already.

Comment Re:What about "legitimate" use? (Score 1) 155

>The whole point of a competition is to find people who are *naturally* extraordinary

Ha, in professional and olympic league sports that's not been true for quite some time. You see it in China where they take young kids and their entire life becomes training. They eat special diets, they take weird drug cocktails that influence their growth. Buy the time they compete they are not on anything you can test for, but they have been grown just for that purpose just like a plant. Ya, a lot of them fail out, and god only knows what happens with them after that point. The issue is now there is no 'even' playing field, the people that have the highest likelihood to get there are going to be the ones that were lucky/unlucky enough to be a trained robot from birth.

Comment Re:Uber should countersue (Score 1) 247

What a terrible analogy.

Sets say you go to the store to buy a chocolate bar, but when you get there they are all $20 each and you have to wait in line 30 minutes for one. So you go out and buy chocolate bars for $1 each and sell them for $5 and people only have to wait a minute or two to purchase them, the customers are very happy with this as they are getting what they wanted.

Now lets say the store that was selling the bars is now very pissed, because they have to pay the city $200,000 a year for the ability to sell chocolate bars and is now trying to sue you for violating the law.

Who is 'stealing', who is wrong?

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