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Comment Buy, of course (Score 2) 323

If it's for standard office use or similar, just buy a pre-built one. You can get nifty tiny, silent cases that are vastly overpowered for anything you might want to do with it. If you need more power, I would select the components myself, but leave the grunt work of building to a retailer. Where I live that costs about 75 euro and gets you three years of warranty, so it's a great deal.

Pre-built gaming systems tend to be unbalanced, throwing lots of money at high-end components where only very marginal gains can be expected in actual real-life performance. You don't need "black" CPUs or hand-picked memory, and you don't need dual graphics cards either - unless you enjoy paying through the nose for a problematic component that will be outgunned six months down the road anyway.

As for the notion that you need to build one yourself to prove your manhood: look buddy, unless you soldered your own graphics card or whatever, all you are doing is clicking together some premade components. A monkey could do it.

Comment Re:Two reasons (Score 1) 222

I prefer FiveThirtyEight to Real Clear Politics. As they point out frequently, national polls mean little or nothing in the primary race because primary elections don't work the way polls do. The rules are also malleable right up to the moment before the actual selection takes place at the convention.

FiveThirtyEight places a great deal of weight on what it calls the Endorsement Primary. This is a points system where each endorsement of a candidate by a member of the House of Representatives is worth one point, each Senator's endorsement is worth five points, and each governor's is worth 10 points. By this scale, there are theoretically up to 1435 points to award, though members of one party are unlikely to endorse someone from another party. In any case, Clinton leads the Endorsement Primary for Democrats by 447 to Sanders's mere 2 points (and O'Malley has one point). Republicans are a much more mixed bag with Bush at 41, Rubio at 29, Christie at 25, and Huckabee at 24. Everyone else is at 15 or fewer points (Trump and Carson have zero), and only 168 points worth of endorsements have even been made among candidates still in the race, so there's still a lot of wait-and-see going on.

I expect the party will push for some of the others to drop out to make the Iowa slate a little cleaner, but Iowa and New Hampshire are worthless as predictors of the nation, doing little better than chance at predicting the actual nominee. They act as filters: if you can't make a halfway decent showing there, you're probably not going to do it elsewhere. But ultimately, the party has a great deal of control by pushing superdelegates to vote in a certain way, and even a seemingly close match-up going into the convention could turn out to be a nearly runaway victory for whomever the Establishment prefers.

Comment Re:Holy crap ... (Score 1) 222

Clinton is almost a lock. Something hugely catastrophic would need to happen for her to fail to get the nomination.

Jeb Bush is another story. He's faltering, but he may also be waiting for others to tear down Trump and Carson before trying to mount a serious comeback. Still, Rubio seems to be slowly becoming the Establishment favorite, and that counts for a lot.

Comment Re:I think this is fair. (Score 0, Offtopic) 222

Al-Qaeda affiliates and ISIS actually do fight each other. ISIS and al-Nusra Front have been at opposition for a while. Remember that ISIS came out of what was al-Qaeda in Iraq, and announced a merger with al-Nusra without discussing it with anyone else. Al-Nusra told them to get bent, AQI declared they were going ahead with it, Zawahiri told everyone to chill out, and AQI announced it was breaking from al-Qaeda. Al-Nusra has remained allied with al-Qaeda, and sometimes coordinates with the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups, especially when fighting ISIS.

This is one of the weirdest things about ISIS: even al-Qaeda is against them, says they go too far, and thinks they're more extreme than the Quran allows. They have basically the entire world--including most terrorists--against them.

Comment Close the f'ing borders already! (Score 1, Flamebait) 275

Let's see, what might be a good way to stop foreigners from killing our citizens... Ah yes: DO NOT LET THEM INTO THE COUNTRY.

It's so easy, so simple... And so utterly without benefit to the ruling class. Arguments we've heard so far include "...but there are many here already so it won't help". Well, KICK THOSE OUT, then. Europe is unique in that we apparently cannot kick anybody out of our countries. Other countries certainly have no problem getting rid of undesirables - why can't we?

We don't want muslims. We've had 40 years to get to know muslims and by know we are entitled to an opinion about them. Muslims are trouble. Muslims make constant unreasonable demands. Muslims want us to become muslim, and our countries to be ruled by islam - and WE DON'T.

"But you are bombing Syria!" That's like saying we should be punished for bad behaviour, and we should do nothing to stop the punishment from happening. Not just that: the choice to bomb Syria was made by the same politicians that now want the punishment to continue! Which sounds a lot like "I did something bad and now you all have to suffer for it". Let's face it: we are at war. The war was started around 700 with the muslim invasion of Spain, and continues until today. We have EVERY RIGHT to defend ourselves and our countries, and we have EVERY RIGHT to deport who we don't want here.

"But when we close the borders we must also stop all trade!" That's a truly sad argument. We don't want muslims. Trade can continue fine. Any politician that doesn't understand that should be removed from office because anyone with the understanding and IQ of a sea cucumber really shouldn't be ruling anything, never mind an entire country.

"But..." No. Fuck you. This is about survival, and we are not obliged by any historical context or event to cease striving for our own survival.

Comment Re:r u srs (Score 1) 519

There are plenty of English-language publications from media sources in the region. There are also reports from various groups that consistently paint the same picture.

The view of ISIS as "evil" isn't a twisting of the media. When you've managed to turn the entire world against you with such disparate groups as the West, Russia, and al-Qaeda essentially on the same side opposing you, it's usually a good sign you're on the wrong path.

Comment Programs using BitTorrent (Score 5, Interesting) 175

Aside from file sharing, how many programs use BitTorrent? I'm not challenging the defense here, as I also don't equate BitTorrent with piracy, especially since my main use is personal file synchronization using BitSync and downloading Linux ISOs.

I seem to recall that Blizzard's uses it, which I suspect is a non-trivial percentage of traffic. Do any other game management systems make use of it?

Comment Here's a partial solution (Score 1) 187

We set up a public database where companies can register the fact that they are not creating any backdoors. This registration has to be renewed each year. This registration is not illegal - it simply informs the public that the government has not made any special demands, which is perfectly lawful.

Of course, if the government does make any special demands, the company cannot register the lack of backdoors anymore, and the registration will automatically be removed from the database. From that point we know that company is under government orders to include backdoors.

Comment Re:No no no (Score 4, Interesting) 607

The outsourcing is already in progress. Look up the term "nighthawk radiologist".

That was in 2004. As digitization has spread through healthcare, the practice has only gotten more prevalent.

If you can pipe the data to somewhere else and get someone accredited to sign off on your work so they are the professional of record, you can outsource anything to anyone anywhere. Use a nurse practitioner for in-office visits, outsource case review to a medical professional somewhere else.

Same deal for lawyers. For contracts, research, etc. you can outsource to paralegals. For discovery, have someone else scan, index, and cross correlate everything before you turn it over to the junior partners, but bill at the senior rate.

BTW there are a lot of unemployed/underemployed lawyers...

Comment Re:The AMD chip (Score 3, Informative) 311

Intel doesn't want AMD to die off because that would subject its practices to monopoly scrutiny. It shares just enough patent information with AMD to allow it to trail a bit behind (in exchange for access to AMD patents, of course) and not completely collapse. The one time that AMD managed to move ahead of Intel (when the Athlon was the king of the hill), Intel pulled out all the stops to prevent it getting a solid foothold in the PC market until Intel's Core 2 Duo could come along and put Intel technologically back in the lead. AMD hasn't had the money to effectively compete since then in part because Intel ensured that its bank accounts couldn't build up too far.

Comment Re:I look forward to the ISIS publication.... (Score 1) 546

They do, but they're not remotely the threat that they used to be. The various non-KKK white power groups are more of a problem.

I despise the KKK and what they stand for, but as long as they're not using violence or threat of violence, they have the right to undertake their actions anonymously. The ACLU has sided with them several times on free speech and anonymity points. Publishing this list is a form of presumed guilt, and as others have mentioned, there's little way to prove that it's accurate.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.