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Comment Re:Skylake is two weeks away (Score 1) 73 73

Even a megapixel display at 24 bits required 3MB per frame... and a megapixel display has been "low end" for a lot of years now!

Seriously, though -- why does everyone sneer at the fact that not everyone is a gamer? Why are gamers so god damned fucking ARROGANT about their "my dick is bigger than yours" hardware?

Comment Re:May as well ban rain (Score 1) 237 237

The point is to write a "feel good" letter because "we tried to stop them."

Besides, everyone knows the US military and it's mega corp providers are probably the biggest researchers in this area, probably have been for 50+ years, and are unlikely to ever give up their funding just because a bunch of people with degrees think they should do so.

As the letter points out, the technology needed is widely available. That means that even Joe Blow in his basement could work on such AI systems. From there it's just a matter of connecting the AI to a weapons system, and there is no shortage of remotely-controllable weapon systems already. (Drones, anyone?)

Personally I applaud the letter writers for trying. They're incredibly naive to think their letter will have any impact on the decision makers, but they did try! :P

Comment Re:Skylake is two weeks away (Score 1) 73 73

Not everyone wants the noise of an add-on video card. Some of us don't game, and only need "good enough" graphics to drive the display manager requirements. Add on a dollar or two saved on the power bill per year, less money spent on the power supply, and the money saved for the no-longer-necessary add-on graphics card, and built-in CPU graphics sounds like a "win" to me.

I might keep on using my fanless NVidia card on my next box, but I'm going to wait and see whether I can saturate my drive IOs while putting up with the shared memory of the built-in GPU first. If I can saturate the drive, I'll save the power load and stick with the built-in graphics. Besides, Intel has a better reputation for their drivers on Linux than NVidia does. Not that I've ever had problems with the NVidia drivers myself, but in theory they can be a problem.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 3, Insightful) 127 127

Not so. CTV and CBC here in Canada pay the BBC for the shows they air from across the pond. I presume the BBC buys content from CBC and CTV as well. I know, for example, that BBC America buys "Orphan Black" from Space here in Canada. Were you to allow foreigners to access CTV's website, they could watch Orphan Black for free instead of their local broadcaster paying for the rights.

I'm sure the BBC offsets a pretty penny selling Doctor Who around the world.

Still, I'm not so sure Hollywood would object all that much to being able to sell to a market of half a billion people with a single broadcaster's contract. But what it might do is price the media out of the range where any single broadcaster could afford to pay for it, because they're still constrained by the market revenue of their local nation and not getting paid by the entire half billion worth of people.

It's all well and good to say "down with geoblocking" until you realize that geoblocking is how the market share is divied up between broadcasters. None of the broadcasters in the world is set up on the basis of serving the globe, not even "giants" like NBC, CBS, ABC, or the BBC.

Comment HP tried to step back in history today (Score 3, Insightful) 450 450

HP tried to step back in history today to more profitable and professional times, unfortunately reality refused to cooperate and they were still bleeding money like a sieve. Worse, their engineers were now leaving because they were pissed off by the dress code.

Comment Re:Makes sense to me (Score 1) 157 157

But they leave ownership of the posts and content the responsibility of the user. In fact they explicitly deny responsibility for content in their TOS.

There is a world of difference between claiming ownership/copyright over something and claiming you have permission to use something. And that difference is key in this ruling. The content targeted by the warrants is the property of the user, not Facebook.

Therefore Facebook has no more legal standing in the issue than someone who leases a storage locker to someone who gets served with a warrant, or a bank that provides a safe deposit box to someone who is subsequently served with a warrant. Their only option is to raise the issue of the cost of servicing the warrant.

I do not want some corporation arbitrarily deciding whether it is going to interfere with an investigation, nor do I want them having the authority to decide which warrants are valid and which are not. Those decisions are up to the judges who sign the warrants.

Any beef you have with the judges involved or the secrecy of the courts involved is a separate issue. It is not up to arbitrary corporations to pass judgement on the courts.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 4, Insightful) 157 157

It is no more "bullshit" than a bank being required to open a safety deposit box when a warrant is presented against whoever is leasing the safety deposit box. That search is happening on bank property, but the bank does not have legal standing to challenge the warrant.

We do NOT need internet-enabled corporations running rampant over the law as if they had no legal responsibilities nor limitations on the scope on what they're allowed to do. There are often CLEAR examples of similar situations with physical property, but the weasels in the "new" digital world would like to claim that they're above those precedents.

Comment Re: Makes sense to me (Score 4, Informative) 157 157

You're talking about something completely different. I'm talking about when you have the opportunity to challenge the validity of a warrant. If you're never charged and never defending yourself, I don't believe you have an opportunity to challenge the validity of a warrant.

But your argument is specious at best. There have been numerous examples of government agencies using information obtained by the secret warrants, only to claim it was a "traffic stop" instead of a targeted drug search. The abuse of information obtained by secret warrants is a known fact and not up for discussion just because you're a government shill.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. -- John Naisbitt, Megatrends