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Comment: Re:Bull (Score 1) 44

by hairyfeet (#48222435) Attached to: Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs

Or maybe he is just accepting reality, which is unless there is some major breakthrough we're pretty much finished innovating? The cost to get below 20nm has been calculated to be non-profitable for pretty much everybody, sure Intel is doing it but they are also shutting fabs because chips have been insanely overpowered for several years now and ARM? ARM don't scale, once you go past a certain MHz it shits all over its power budget which is why we are now up to octocore on the ARM side.

The simple fact is that all the really good uses for tech have been done, which is why Apple is grasping at straws with the iWatch. Computers, be it desktop or mobile, are gonna end up like washing machines, things you don't replace until they break. You can stuff 'em in tables and walls and watches all day long but unless we come up with either some super new battery tech or some new material that doesn't have electron leakage? We are pretty much as high as we are gonna go. Hell even gaming can't punish the systems like it used to, a C2Q from half a decade ago can easily play damned near every game out there, there just isn't anyway to go higher without blowing LOTR money on the game.

Comment: Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 1) 241

by hairyfeet (#48219001) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

And have the RAM soldered to the board? No thanks, I don't like getting buttfucked so some corp can charge Compaq RAM profit margins for commodity parts.

I'd much rather buy a quad with SSD for $210 or an octocore with HDD for $290 and use the money I save to buy a more powerful GPU and as much RAM as I'd like without getting bent over to increase Apple's quarterly earnings report.

If you like Apple because you like the design or having a girly UI bolted onto BSD? That's cool, enjoy your purchase. But don't try to sell us that horseshit that Apple is a "good deal" because its not, never was, and never will be. Its a boutique brand with insane profit margins on the exact same parts you can get from anywhere...let me repeat that, they use THE EXACT SAME PARTS you can buy anywhere, its the same bog standard Foxxconn made boards, same Intel CPUs, same old same. If you want to pay a hipster tax to apple? Its your money, spend it how you wish, but don't try to sell us bullshit, we ain't buying crazy today.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 282

Tech doesn't need to overcome it, that is the territory of the law. At some point, once self-driving cars are good enough and ubiquitous, they will simply be mandatory on public roads, and taking over to control it in an area where it can drive itself would be a crime.

Comment: Re:I had one for a while. (Score 1) 327

by shutdown -p now (#48215581) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Yawing/fragmentation is basically a factor of impact energy (which it itself an impact of velocity), and the structural strength of the bullet, and the latter in particular is affected by its length and the presence of cannelure. It's quite possible to deliberately construct fragmenting rounds in pretty much any caliber, by deliberately weakening the jacket with cuts (you can even make steel-jacketed bullets fragment that way). The nice thing about 5.56, at least in its original incarnation, is that it was capable of that without any special construction, just by virtue of being that fast and having a cannelure.

Comment: Re:Wrong distance away (Score 1) 22

by hairyfeet (#48215549) Attached to: Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System
What does it matter really? Thanks to that relativity thing we will never ever get anywhere anyway, it could be a trillion light years or 50 light years, it just won't matter because at the end of the day all we will EVER get to do is look at the past through our little telescopes because we are out here in the asshole end of a spiral arm, too far from anything good to get anywhere.

Sorry if that is depressing but if you look at pics of the Milky Way there is plenty of places where you can practically hop from star to star and then....there is where we are, this little island so far from the good stuff that if we built a probe with our best reactor its power would be long dead before it reached the next star, much less any of the real interesting places.

Comment: Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (Score 1) 161

by hairyfeet (#48215485) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

"Greetings valued user. As of this day our IP has been sold to MAJOR MARKETING COMPANY FRONT OF THREE LETTER AGENCY. As a result of said purchase we have now shut down and all user accounts are closed. If you wish to maintain your account and information, you may accept the EULA below and your account will be transferred to MAJOR MARKETING COMPANY FRONT OF THREE LETTER AGENCY's new social networking system that will offer all of the same functionality we did and more!" FTFY

A site dedicated to user privacy, with each user going to enough trouble of using this over the more....err..."open data" social sites? That would be probably worth an easy 20 million, after all to a 3 letter agency 20 mil is chump change. They also wouldn't care if the users ran or not, the past data is the value as it can be used to build detailed files on the kind of people that care about privacy, the same kind that protest or go to occupy events,the kind 3 letter agencies want big files on.

Comment: Synology (Score 2, Interesting) 167

by krray (#48214497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
You're living in a digital cave IMHO.
Don't worry, I was too until recently...

Always mucked with fast external storage as the "main" solution -- firewire, thunderbolt, etc. This system is the main and had a few externals hooked up, that system had another, another over there for something else. It was a mess all around. How to back it all up??

Gave them all away -- bought a Synology

Then bought another (back it up :).

180-200M/sec throughput is the norm. On the network. Beats out most external drives I've ever come across. Everything ties into / backs up to the array. Home and work now too.

I use everything but Microsoft products. They're shit.

My filesystem is 60T w/ under 10T used today. I'll consider plugging in more drives or changing them out in the Synology somewhere between 2017 and 2020...

Comment: Re:Except it's not (Score 1) 521

by shutdown -p now (#48214303) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

With rifles, sure. I don't see any particularly good reason to openly carry one anywhere but range or hunting grounds. And I cringe every time I see one of those videos where some idiot straps an AR to himself and goes walking around the block just so that he can be stopped by a police officer (after they get half a dozen calls) and then argue with him on camera, and upload it to YouTube to bitch about his 2A rights being infringed.

With handguns, though, concealing them is ridiculously easy. Even a full size service pistol can be carried IWB with a baggy t-shirt with no-one around being aware of it at all. Not to mention pocket carry etc. So I don't think that prohibiting carrying those is going to be easily enforceable in a manner that you describe.

Comment: Re:Considering (Score 1) 521

by shutdown -p now (#48214243) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

It would seem to indicate only that he was not specifically preparing for the spree, and little else - just went nuts, grabbed what he had, and went for it. As noted, if desired, he could have easily gotten any of those other things on fairly short notice, and there's nothing in Canadian gun laws that would stop or even delay him (if he has a shotgun legally, it means that he already has a PAL). Unless he has a criminal record, in which case American laws would have done the same.

Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 336

by hairyfeet (#48210595) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Why go to TPB when Win 10 is free to download straight from MSFT? And YES the tiles are only on the right side, where devices and printers and control panel used to be (they are on the left now, big whoop) and its easy enough to simply remove those tiles.

On a positive note you can make those tiles anything you want (as well as nothing at all) so I have stuck the weather there, although now that I have my Windows 7 gadgets back I'll probably get rid of it as I can easily add weather along with my beloved CoreTemp there.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 327

by shutdown -p now (#48210287) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

I never said anything about AK-47. The standard issue service rifle for Russian armed forces today has been AK-74 since, well, 1974 (in practice, since the beginning of the Soviet war in Afghanistan in 1979 - my dad served there early on, and they all had AK74s by then). It had all plastic furniture except for the stock (which was steel wireframe) since the very beginning, excepting some early pre-production prototypes that used wood. The latest modification, AK-74M, adopted in 1991, also adds a folding plastic stock.

I won't bother with citations, since you can find it trivially by starting with the article for AK-74 in Wikipedia. Or, hell, just punch it into Google image search, and you'll get plenty of pics. Here's some choice examples, most of them from Crimea (you can tell these are Russian soldiers by their camo):

And Chechnya:

Or here's the page on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Bulgarian Arsenal SLR-104FR is probably the most accurate civilian clone on the market.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 327

by shutdown -p now (#48209969) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Well, the main firearm for police is the sidearm. The weight that a suppressor adds makes the gun more difficult to handle. Granted, my only experience is with the old fashioned suppressors with the rubber grommets, but I don't think the new suppressors are that much lighter. Additional weight at the muzzle of a handgun may not matter in target shooting (my forte) but it really matters in tactical situations.

For a sidearm, yes, I agree. OTOH, most police aren't really using their firearms in "tactical situations", to be honest. They sure like to pretend they do, but in practice, not so much.

I was thinking more about integrated suppressors, though, not the kind that screws at the end. When you can wrap them around the barrel, they can be that much lighter, and the overall length is also much shorter. I don't think anyone does this with handguns in anything other than .22 LR currently, but there's no reason why they couldn't make a service pistol in .45 ACP like that.

Also, the new types of suppressors are much less effective in quieting a weapon. Even the volume of a suppressed weapon is enough to cause hearing damage (it's the attack portion of the envelope that causes the damage as much as it is the volume).

With rifles, a modern suppressor is really quiet enough (with subsonic ammo, naturally) that all you hear is the action of the weapon working, even with something like .300 BLK. With handguns it's definitely louder, since the pressure is going to be higher out of a barrel that short, and yes, you'd still want hearing protection... but it will reduce the amount of damage that it causes even so.

I'm pretty sure the suppressor regulations are local, not national, by the way.

It's both. Some states ban them outright (though the recent trend is to legalize in more states), but on federal level there's NFA, which requires a $200 tax for every transfer, and several months of waiting time for BATFE to process the paperwork. Plus a sign-off from a local LEO chief (or a gun trust to work around that requirement).

If anything, local police are too eager to go to their weapon to solve a problem as it is. I'm not sure you want to encourage more of it by making gunfire quieter.

I want them to have the tools that they might realistically need (i.e. handguns: yes; MRAPs: no), and to make those tools safer for me if they do have to use them. A better way to discourage their misuse would be mandatory body cameras, IMO. There's already some statistics on departments that have started using wearable cams for their officers, and the drop in police use of force, and in citizens' complaints about police abuse, are quite remarkable.

Pause for storage relocation.