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Comment: Re:sigh (Score 2) 627

by sharknado (#46936769) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe
By that logic, investing in your 401K is silly. Predicting that you will reach old age is pure arrogance; nobody can predict the future. It's likely that you will die of cancer, heart attack or stroke before you use up your savings. Many people predict how and when they will die. But no one has ever gotten it right yet.

Comment: Re:Math is not an opinion (Score 1) 557

by sharknado (#46930771) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

I would say that math can indeed be an opinion. Much (most) of modern physics is based on math, and there is a lot of debate as to how mathematical models translate into the "real world". String theory is one example...some people believe it's real, some don't.

Of course, you don't have to get THAT complex to start seeing strange behaviours. For example, did you know that the sum of all positive integers (1 + 2 + 3) is -1/12? http://www.numberphile.com/vid... Do you agree with this result?

Comment: Art (Score 1) 155

51% agree with the statement: "Computers will be able to create art as well as humans."

I wonder if people realize that this requires an AI so advanced that it's indistinguishable from the human brain, with fine motor skills to match. I see this as highly unlikely.

At least, it's far less likely than controlling the weather, which is something we can do already: http://www.geoengineeringwatch...

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 1) 328

by sharknado (#46761461) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Internet. Interconnected networks. No where does that mean unlimited bandwidth or even guaranteed connectivity from network to network. It is not Comcast's responsibility to provide enough bandwidth for you to stream a 3rd party software at maximum bandwidth, just like it's not their responsibility that you have 10 ping to a Counterstrike server in South Korea. Cogent is just as much responsible for this as Comcast. Cogent is serving as Netflix's ISP and they are not providing enough bandwidth to Comcast end users.

And if they're the only option?

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 1) 146

by sharknado (#46693971) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500
Yes, copper heat sinks get hot fast because they have high thermal conductivity. But once they are hot, they don't cool down very fast. The limiting factor is the copper-to-air interface, not the CPU-to-copper interface. Why do you heat sinks are designed to maximize surface area? Why do you think case fans are so important? Because these improve the heat transfer from the metal heat sink to air. Copper's thermal conductivity obviously isn't the limiting factor. Water cooling is far superior because water has a very high thermal capacity, so it stays cool over a much longer period than a metal heat sink. In addition, the warm water is pumped out and replaced with cool water constantly, so the thermal differential stays high (where in a metal heat sink, once the metal heats up to 70 or 80 degrees, it loses its ability to cool the CPU).

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