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Comment Re:Not truly the fastest desktop processors releas (Score 1) 29

At a higher frequency, every computation occurs faster. CPU utilization has no bearing on how fast the processor is performing operations until you get to 100% and the queueing starts. What I'm getting at is that a overclock would make your computer faster (likely not percievably however) even if you aren't seeing 100% CPU utilization.

Comment Re:I'm not renewing prime this year... (Score 1) 79

Well it used to say "expidited handling" but they may have dropped that. My problem is that I will make 5 orders over the course of a month and they will arrive in 2 days (awesome!) so I will get an expectation of quick delivery times. Then I will make the mistake of depending on something arriving in 3-4 days, but it will take 6 or 7 (or way more!) and I end up having to go buy the thing somewhere else because I needed it, and then return the one from Amazon. All of this is a pain in my ass. As someone else noted, using USPS on the weekends has boned me a couple times already (one package, a mothers day gift, took 4 months!). Basically I'm cutting back how much stuff i order because I can't depend on Amazon for reliable delivery times, and prime doesn't seem worth it if I'm not ordering as much stuff.

Comment I'm not renewing prime this year... (Score 2, Interesting) 79

Our household spends a lot of money on Amazon, but we are not going to renew Prime this year. I ahve been rodering thing from Amazon since the 90s but my satisfaction level with the company peaked a couple years ago adn has been sliding down since. The reasons we are cancelling are varied:

- Items listed as having Prime often do not arrive for 5-6 business days. This is typical for larger items. It annoys me that Amazon lists tham as prime (to me this means item will arrive 2-3 business days), and their practice of having fine print about extra handling time for some prime items is abrasive. Just don't list it as Prime if it won't be shipped for 3-4 days!
- The streaming video options are weak and I don't like the picture quality
- "Prime day" is a joke
- They raised the annual price of Prime 3x since I signed up
- Items shipped prime from Amazon have shown up obivously used or broken multiple many times over the past year (much more often than before)
- Amazon's support people were really hard to deal with when things in the above bullet point happened
- As far as I can tell "super saver" shipping usually only takes one additional day (and sometimes none) to arrive compared to prime
- I have been finding better prices on many things from retailers like Costco and Walmart compared to what Amazon offers
- Amazon uses a variety of tactics to make the camelcamlcamel plugin not work relably to show price history on an item.

Maybe I will regret the decision and we will sign back up, but we are definitely going to try living without it.

Comment DNS server (Score 1) 620

We used an old 386 Compaq desktoip for a DNS server at my first IT job. That thing was manufactureed in 1991 and we were still using it wen I left the company in 2001... It was funny the day I asked "Hey whats this thing doing here?" and tapped the space bar and my boss freaked out a little. He said something along the lines of 'we really need to upgrade that..."

Comment banksy on advertising (Score 1) 351

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. “You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. “Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. “You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.” — banksy

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

Where I live (San Diego, CA), base electricity rates start at $0.15 per kWh.

The iPhone 6 (4.7" screen) has a 1,810 mAh 3.7 V battery in it.

Assuming the man got a full charge from a completely dead battery...

Wh = mAh × V / 1000
1810 X 3.7 / 1000 = 6.697 Wh
6.697 Wh / 1000 = .006697 kWh

Let's assume the transformer is only 70% efficient, .006697 kWh / 0.7 = .009567 kWh

And now lets convert this power to cash money at San Diego rates... .009567 kWh X 0.15 $/kWh = $0.0014

Well that came out even lower than I anticipated! $0.10 seemed high, and I was thinking it was closer to a penny, but not such a small fraction of a penny.

So assuming my math is right (big assumption!), it cost the train operator a fraction (7/50) of a penny.

Comment Re: I don't see this working (Score 3, Insightful) 166

Bullshit. I work with a few women developers/testers (5 our of the 40 software engineers on our floor) and they is no "boys only club" mentality. Sure their might be the occaisional off color joke that appeals to men more than women, but over all they are well respected and treated as equals. It's like when my fiancee and her friends are hanging out and they make a joke that appeals to women more than men. Do I get offended and call them sexist because they made joke from the female perspective that doesn't apppeal to me as much as them? No, because that would be abrasive and lame.

If anything I'd say the women I work with are given more slack and more respect than the male developers. I have never seen anyone jump on any of the female engineers here (or anywhere I've worked) for making a mistake. Yet I have seen that happen to male engineers quite a bit, where a colleague or manager forces them to admit to a technical transgression, which sucks because now that female engineer might not learn as much from her mistake. In my experience, male engineers avoid confrontation with women in the workplace, even when it would be constructive.

I agree with OP, most women just don't want to work on the technical side of software development, and the majority of women that I have seen come into software engineering as interns or associate devs have ended up in project maangement. Hell, most men don't want to be software engineers, but there is a minority of men and even smaller minority of women that just have the knack for it. Forcing women who aren't interested into the feild and will make poor engineers is not the answer. If anything that will cause the men to discount minority of talented women (and treat them even more differently than they do now) that deserve to be in the feild.

Comment Re: Haggling for Rates (Score 1) 229

Ha yeah it went up $10-30/month 4 months in a row as our various discounts ran out and our 2 year contracts came up. After seeing how high the bill was I got fed up and started bitching/cancelling/waiting on hold. This time all the discounts are supposed ot run out at the same time (12 months) so hopefully I can do the cancel/retention deal rodeo again and it won't take as long as it did this year.

Comment Re:Haggling for Rates (Score 1) 229

I spent 3 horus on the phone last month with Directv and AT&T Uverse to get bundling setup (they now bundle together). In the end we have everything we had before with a one year contract for 1/2 the price (went from $180/month (out of contract) to $90/month).

It was really degrading to have to go through so many hoops to save some $$ but when I look at my kids and think about what $1200 can buy them, I guess it was worth it.

Comment Re:Dear Mr. Obama (Score 1) 389

Why would the NSA and CIA be spying on Congress? Is it someone's goal to set up the apparatus of a police state?

I'd guess they have also spied on Obama and they have dirt on him (like most of congress). Maybe it's where he was born, maybe it's somethign from his past in Illinois, or something from his time with ACORN. Who knows... It is a relatively simple thing for the NSA/CIA to leak information to the press and get a President impeached. I think this is the simplest explanation for the reversal of Obama's positon regarding the Patriot Act and wiretapping. The CIA has been known to use these types of tactics in the past to maintain power.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.