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Comment: Re:They don't really want them. (Score 1) 543

On top of it all, the candy bar phone has Bluetooth and Bluetooth keyboards can be had separately or built into a phone case in the $20 to $70 range. This allows people willing to pay extra for a keyboard to pick the one they want and replace it separately from the phone if they need to replace it.

Comment: Re:Is it just me ? (Score 1) 96

by mr_mischief (#47551025) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

The link appears to be made in TFA (the first one):

Intel's new Xeon E7-8895 v2 processor is pretty much identical to the top-of-the-line E7-8890 v2, except it has the ability to put its cores into ultra-low power states and then bring them back up as needed, according to Intel.

Intel introduced the 8890 v2 model this past February. It is the absolute top of the Xeon line, the only one with RAS capabilities and other high-end functions found in the Itanium and other RISC processors. The 8890 has 15 cores running at 2.8 GHz and more importantly, a massive 37.5 MB of cache per core for high performance analytics or in-memory databases.

So the chip is great for things like in-memory databases and it's from Oracle. So the warning about that combination might be a bit over-the-top but not totally out of the blue.

Comment: not Gatling-like, only somewhat Gatling-inspired (Score 3, Interesting) 39

by mr_mischief (#47549861) Attached to: Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

There's no autoloading from a gravity-fed hopper. This is an interesting thing with the multiple barrels that rotate and it's a cool homage to Gatling. There's no quick reload with this thing, though. One of the neatest things about a Gatling gun is the feed.

Comment: changing your routes changes the interconnects (Score 1) 394

changing your routes changes the interconnects
changing your routes changes the interconnects
changing your routes changes the interconnects
changing your routes changes the interconnects
changing your routes changes the interconnects

Seriously, folks, changing your routes changes the interconnects.

His VPN provider probably has a much better route back to Verizon. Yes, Verizon is being somewhat dickish to not acknowledge that Netflix is a big driver for their higher speed plans and giving Netflix's bandwidth carriers a bit of a price break for that reason. No, this is no proof at all of throttling.

Is it evidence suggesting throttling? Well, yeah. Proof? Not even close. It's entirely consistent with what Verizon already said about an imbalanced interconnect that needs more hardware.

Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 2) 142

Just think of it as a jobs program/economic stimulus/enrichment of a random company on the public dole. It makes perfect sense if you buy into the economic value of the government scaling big bureaucracies that depend on a competent contractor to help them scale so big being beneficial to the economy. Just think about how much more beneficial it is, then, to have it done three or four times to get it right.

On the other hand, consumers could have spent that money rather than paying the government to pay those extra contractor costs. But then again, consumers tend to over-spend anyway and corrode the economy. Sometimes that's to the point that the government has to choose between bailing out the banks and bailing out the consumers. Then again, the government encourages that, too. And of course rather than bailing out the consumers they bail out the banks so they can create more consumer debt and start all over.

The main difference between big government folks and small government folks, you see, isn't that one thinks the government is well intentioned and the other thinks it is evil and needs to be kept in check. That's certainly a factor, but it's not the main one. The main difference is that big government people have an idealized concept of the government as a doer of good. Small government people are skeptical that anything too big and too detached from the lives of real people can reasonably accomplish good things for the majority of people on a regular basis.

+ - White House petitioned to save those in hot cars 13

Submitted by mr_mischief
mr_mischief (456295) writes "The White House, through the "We the People" petition site, has received a petition to allow civilians to proactively free children, the elderly, and animals stuck in hot cars and then contact authorities, as these situations are time-sensitive. The petition asks for a federal law granting people the right to do this uniformly across the country.

So far it has fewer than 1,000 signatures, but do we really need it to have more? Is there a jurisdiction in the US where breaking a window to save a human life is actually considered a crime by police and the courts? If so, what madness is that? Do Congress and the President really need to state in a statute that saving a life is justifiable grounds for what it basically minor property damage?

Is this a case of overly cautious people, overly litigious civil society, or overzealous enforcement of laws? How does it interact with good samaritan laws? What makes doing the right thing so hard?"

+ - White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The White House on Friday gave final approval to allow the use of sonic cannons in finding energy deposits underneath the ocean floor on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that finding energy resources off the Atlantic seaboard "could generage thousands of jobs, but has also acknowledged that the process will harm sea creatures." Sonic cannons "fire sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine." Mammals such as whales and dolphins that communicate through sound will most likely be affected, but scientists aren't sure to what extent. They also aren't sure how the cannons will affect fish and other sea creatures or how any physiological effects on them may impact the fishing industries of the U.S. and the other countries who rely on seafood that migrate in and out of the Atlantic Ocean."

Comment: Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (Score 1) 214

by mr_mischief (#47477573) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

In a way it does. They are offering that since the simplest answer was incomplete there's at least one slightly more complicated way things might work. You see, the simplest explanation isn't the thing. The simplest explanation that actually explains things is.

Comment: Re:They'd still be on Power if not for two things. (Score 1) 236

by mr_mischief (#47477463) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

A Cell is a PPC core with extra coprocessors, and was the secret processor that caused delays for Apple that IBM couldn't explain. IIRC it was no secret what chip was going into the PS3 before launch. Again, IIRC, Microsoft forced IBM into a minimum delivery rate and wouldn't allow them to disclose to other chip customers where the capacity had gone.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955