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Comment Re:What will the market bear? (Score 2) 75

At face value quadrupled prices seems bad but it incentivized drivers to pick up people, putting their own lives at risk in the process, rather than just leaving everyone stranded there. It may have even enticed some drivers to head towards the danger rather than staying comfortably away. Depending on local laws they sometimes have to cap the surge pricing in disaster/emergency situations so if you don't like the idea inflated prices during these events then perhaps you should try to get your laws changed.

IMO surge pricing for cell networks would be fine as long as there were a small buffer before the surge pricing kicked in and that it notify you beforehand. Say it's a 1MB grace allotment, you could upload one picture, talk for a couple mins, or send hundreds of text messages. That last option is key, if you really need to communicate information then texting is the most efficient way to do it.

Comment Re:Amazon Model (Score 1) 75

Building a few huge data centers to handle lots of customers that each have small surges (relative to your capacity) at different times than each other is a far easier task than deploying a national network that can have huge surges relative to your capacity at any given location. Even if they litter the streets with micro/fempto cells on every block, it still would not be enough to handle large temporary gatherings of people such as: conventions, block parties, marathons, protests, etc. Cell networks also face lots of push-back from every community (some people don't want cell towers ruining their view, some are afraid of the radiation, some just want something to protest) which can prevent them from covering areas as well as they'd like to.

Comment What it actually shows (Score 1) 96

All that these results show is that AMD has higher draw call overhead than nVidia does on DX11 but DX11 and older games were not designed to make massive amounts of draw calls so it doesn't matter all that much when playing games designed for these older API's. DX12 was designed to minimize the API overhead to allow games to start drawing way more stuff and games that are designed to take advantage of this are going to suck on older API's when they support it. If developers were to write support for DX12 in their current games that don't draw much stuff then you wouldn't see nearly as much of a performance gain.

Comment Re:People isn't the issue, farming is (Score 1) 390

The article you linked opens by saying that farms do get 80% of human water usage so you answered yourself. It then goes on to explain that everybody wants to account for water usage in different ways to make them look good or someone else look bad.

As that article explains, it's not feasible to tap into every water source, especially all the little streams and rivers in nor-cal, but I haven't seen anyone clearly explain what water can actually be moved around and what use it is going towards when it is moved. In the bay area we're paying a lot for the hookups but almost nothing for actual water usage and we're way below our pricing tier cap which makes me wonder if any of it could be diverted and why do we have to pay so much to barely use any water?

Comment Re:Feminist vs egalitarian (Score 1) 557

If infinite money exists, but right now I have $50 and you have $30, egalitarianism says you should get $20 more.

Infinite money does not exist. So if I have $50, and you have $30, I would have to give you $10. Which isn't equal for me, because you get $10, and I lose $10. I lose. Why should I have to lose?

Of course, civil rights aren't money. Which is why the idea of egalitarianism seems sound. But when the exercise of equality influences the course of zero-sum decisions (like money decisions), the idea of egalitarianism doesn't work. Whoever already has more wins.

Last time I checked, infinite money has existed ever since we stopped backing it with finite resources (gold, silver, etc.). Now we have governments printing as much as they like and banks that are "too big to fail" that are allowed to gamble with our 1's and 0's however they choose all the while knowing that there will be no repercussions for failure.

Comment Re:Fortunately (Score 1) 212

Even 15 years ago my high school tech/engineering teacher (taught a variety of classes) was giving extra credit to anyone who could get another girl into any of his classes. The classes went from small 15ish people classes with a only couple girls to 25-30 people with half them female. Tech started out rather gender neutral in the 70's and the education side has been trying desperately to fill the gap ever since it appeared.

The real problem is that tech companies have been abusing their employees for so long. They hire the most desperate cheap labor and that will put up with being overworked, often without extra pay, which are mostly young men and foreigners. It doesn't matter that they are male, it just matters that they will work as much overtime that you throw at them. That has created the stigma throughout society that you have to be a basement dweller to be in tech and females want to be social so it drives them away at an early age. The few that stay are then subjected to all the other shit that comes from being in a gender unequal field but the root cause is that tech workers don't fight for better working conditions.

Comment outdoing each other? (Score 1) 208

Last time I checked ISP's in the US aren't competing to out-do each other at all in most markets. A few places have fiber and catch internet headlines but most don't. The phone companies are sticking to slow 20mbps ADSL2+ tech while the cable companies put the fiber a little closer to you so that they can offer 100mbps service but the cable internet fees are ridiculous from top to bottom.

I actually have worse speeds than I did 15 years ago because of my distance from the CO but at least my ISP (Sonic) is one that won't hand out my info to anyone that asks. Sonic has been rolling out fiber in a few markets over the past years and has incredibly affordable rates for fiber ($40/mo 1gbps with no hookup fee or "free" 5mbps if you pay a $300ish hookup fee) but their ADSL2+ speeds are limited by your distance to the CO since that is the closest they put their DSLAMS to you.

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