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Comment Re:But intel... (Score 0) 103

But intel keeps telling us we only need 4 cores for games?!

They're right. A quad-core intel chip beats the pants off an eight-core AMD chip... for twice the money. The maximum frame rates are only maybe 5% higher, but the minimums are almost 50% higher. If it's worth the money to you to keep your minimum frame rates up, which really can make the difference between killing and being killed in an online match mind you, then you buy the Intel chip.

To me, saving a hundred bucks (and almost another hundred on the motherboard, which was also cheaper) was more important. But to each their own.

Comment Oh it's comparable. Things actually got easier. (Score 1) 486

Actually, it would be FAR easier to run a propaganda campaign while drowning the opposing side's comments in silence, today.
Internet is FAR more fragile than radio and far easier to control or simply to cut off.
Meanwhile, people age at the same rate and bullets only got better and airstrikes got cheaper.

Only thing that is lacking is an actual willingness to go full hog with the extermination of the opposition.
Spain was a fascist dictatorship back then.
And nobody wants to go full jackboots goose-stepping mustache twirling evil any more.
Even terrorists are selling the story that they are actually fighting on the side of the angels.
Everyone wants to be the liberator, the freedom fighter, the righteous crusader... or at least a grieving victim, wronged and abused.

And silencing the other side's propaganda is sure a good place to start if you want to make your version of the story the official truth.

Comment Re:Free Publicity For Amazon! Yay! (Score 1) 262

I'm guessing that Amazon plans to mail these out to customers when they sign up to a premium delivery service.

Or you could just print a QR code and staple or tape it down someplace. Maybe slip it into a plastic envelope. Then you could have one-time-markers that would help prevent spoofing.

Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 262

They may not even be using LiPos. The energy density of Li-Ions is very good these days. Lots of people are apparently powering their 250-size quads with LiIons, and maybe even some 450s. I aim to try powering my 450 with a 3S2P Li-Ion pack, but I haven't come up with a replacement for my USB power bank yet and there's where all my 18650s are right now. The ESCs will support it, and I think I can get enough current out of it. If I can come up with three more cells and two more servos I'll have everything I need to build another foam plane, too... save for the $11 motor/esc/prop combo

Comment Re:You are all hypocrites (Score 1) 122

when Uber greatly improves the taxi industry

For who? Certainly not the owner-drivers, for them it is an uninsured race to the bottom.

That is a problem that should be fixed. Insurance companies should not be able to deny you coverage while you are on your way to pick up a fare. Uber provides additional insurance while you are transporting them.

As for customers - Uber do not have any "taxis", they are a plain old (illegal) limo company "on a computer".

Oh, so it's better than taxis?

Taxi's can be hailed on the street,

Not in most cities.

taxi's have ranks and other infrastructure to manage street queues at popular locations,

Not in most cities, or at least, they don't function.

you can talk to a human to book a taxi or use an uber style booking app,

Most companies don't have a booking app, and it is not uber style in any case. It's just like making a phone call. It doesn't do any of the things that the Uber app does.

taxi's have appropriate insurance,

You said that already. Having trouble following your own conversation? Are you new?

taxis have regular mechanical inspections,

A problem best solved by demanding mechanical inspections at mileage checkpoints for all vehicles, taxis or not.

and yes, you can legally negotiate an up front price with a taxi driver.

In my experience, they always tell you that they can't do that in the USA. In other countries, I've had more luck.

Uber brings absolutely nothing to the taxi/limo industry that wasn't already illegal 30yrs ago.

having failed to make a valid logical argument you resort to the false idea that legality equals morality

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 1) 122

The Unions did a lot for the average worker. But now they've stopped doing that, and only serve their own ends. Since union workers get paid multiples of the minimum wage, they do campaign to raise it occasionally, but never enough to actually help anyone who is not in a union.

Unions have done a great deal for the average worker. But now we have reached a point where it is difficult to unionize the rest of the workers, yet they still need rights. It is time to move beyond the trade union, and work again to secure rights for all workers.

Comment Re:Not true (Score 5, Interesting) 486

This post, and many others in this thread have been modded "-1 Troll" just because they don't show Israel as an evil state bent on the destruction of human kind.

No, it's because it's self-serving bullshit posted by an anonymous coward, and therefore should be ignored at best, or alternately modded down as propaganda. Especially the line "The biggest complaint arabs have is checkpoints" when in fact Israel is bulldozing crops, removing water systems, etc.

Comment Re:Here are a couple of more objective news accoun (Score 1) 486

Actually, YouTube removed videos which were encouraging Palestinians to kill Israelis (and were actually faked),

And now they're meeting to talk about removing a whole bunch more content. What do you want to bet that they will only be removing things that should legitimately be removed?

Comment Re:Sorry guys, Israel doesn't care what you think. (Score 1) 486

But I do wonder why the West fixates on Israel the way they do.

By that, do you mean, I do wonder why western countries keep pouring money into Israel in spite of their poor record on human rights? It's because we're intentionally funding their bad behavior to keep down the muzzies. As long as we keep Israel going, we keep that region at war with itself. It's not because we give one tenth of one fuck about the Jews. If we did, we would have entered WWII a lot sooner, when we first knew about the holocaust. Instead, we waited until our "allies" had their asses pounded, then moved in and picked up the scraps... and the economic concessions.

And ironically, many of the perpetrators of those crimes are on the UN human rights council.

What's ironic is that the members of the UN security council are the nations which most commonly compromise the security of other nations. For example, by founding the nation of Israel smack dab in the middle of them, and then pouring money into that hole for decades.

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