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Comment Title IX and football plus budgets (Score 1) 75

As for the diversity issues they might as well not exist. As you said gaming is male dominated, but so is football, and at least in the case of football no one will do anything because there is too much money in it. Assuming (and I realize that my arguments rest on this assumption) that gaming can be as successful at the college scene as in the professional scene, the money will quash any significant action.

I'm afraid you are mistaken about the effects of Title IX. What would happen is that other men's activities (sports) would get pushed out to keep the gender balance. Football does that in men's college sports now. It takes all the oxygen out of the room for other men's sports. It gets something like 65 scholarships and there is no equivalent sport on the women's side of the ledger. Less popular men's sports typically get the ax to feed the beast. In my sport of wrestling there were something like 160 D1 programs 30 years ago. Now there are 77 last I counted. Most of these are casualties of the effect of football with respect to Title IX.

In addition its not like it would take much money to start the club.

More than you think if you want to do it in a big way. You'll need a travel budget, facilities to train, equipment to train with, insurance, etc. For comparison my sport is wrestling which is not a particularly expensive sport in D1 college and the typical budget of a D1 college wrestling team is around $400-600K per year. Some a bit less and a few a lot more. Usually the program exists thanks to alumni donations and the coaches do a lot of fundraising. Lately the big thing is to get an endowment for the program so that the funding doesn't come from the athletic department budget at all. I would imagine any esport program would end up with a similar sort of financial picture.

Comment Blow off classes? (Score 1) 75

Great, now we can meaninglessly give away free rides to college for people to blow off class and play video games instead of blowing off class and playing with some sort of equipment outside.

Don't know where you went to school but I was a college athlete and I didn't get to blow off any classes nor did I get a "free ride".

Comment The NCAA will never get involved (Score 1) 75

I am waiting for the NCAA's drool to start accumulating over another pool of exploitable labor.

You'll be waiting a long time. I was a college athlete in division one under the NCAA. I assure you that the NCAA wants nothing to do with so called esports. The folks in charge don't even consider it a sport no matter what you or I might call it. Plus if the NCAA gets involved then there are Title IX issues that come into play given that the player demographics skew heavily male. You seriously think a D1 college is going to cut an athletic sport for varsity video games?

No, even if esports become a thing in colleges the NCAA is probably not going to be the parent organization.

Comment Athleticism in shooting (Score 1) 75

Is shooting a sport or a game?

Both. Either. Plus it requires some amount of athleticism.

What athletic abilities does it require?

Both fine and gross motor coordination. Physical strength. A modest amount of stamina and balance in some cases. Breath control. Hand-eye coordination. Plus if you are talking about biathon which is a shooting sport it requires substantial cardiovascular conditioning plus the ability to run or ski. If you are talking about bench shooting though the amount of athleticism required nearly inconsequential.

Comment Call it a sport if you want to... Few others will (Score 1) 75

Honestly, if bridge and chess are considered sports, why not video games?

Very few people really consider bridge or chess a sport even including people who play seriously. Video games would probably fall into the same category as those would whatever that category happens to be. If you want to call it a sport then I can't really argue with that since a lot of activities are considered sports. (synchronized swimming anyone?) But it certainly does NOT fall under the heading of athletics. There is no appreciable athletic ability involved here including gross motor skills, balance, strength, or cardio-vascular conditioning.

Comment Sport? Maybe. Athletics? Not so much. (Score 1) 75

At the university, the League of Legends club has become an official club sport, just like rugby or rowing.

That means it is a club but it doesn't mean it is athletic like rugby or rowing. Being a official university club means that the university sanctions the activity and maybe gives it a bit of funding and support. Which is awesome. Universities do this for lots of worthy of activities and it's always nice to see a new one added. However, calling it a part of college athletics is a bit of a reach since the amount of athleticism involved is minute. (no appreciable strength, balance, gross motor skills, etc required) I was a college athlete and while I enjoy video games as much as most, I don't consider them athletics. Fun? Sure. Cool? I think so. Sports? Maybe. Athletics? No.

Comment Costs and game theory (Score 1) 194

Its not quite that simple.

You are correct that it isn't that simple but I don't think may people want to read about all the gory economic nuances involved. Nevertheless the biggest driver of cost early in the life cycle of a product like a RAM chip is going to be the fixed costs to begin production. The effect on unit costs won't become negligible until quite a lot of units have already been sold. It's not the only factor in play but it's normally the biggest. Once enough units have been sold other factors like the ones you mention tend to become dominant.

Nobody will want my chips if a new tech comes out that doubles density. My current equipment won't be useful anymore.

Old chips routinely continue to get produced long after they have been surpassed by newer/better technology. They don't just shut down production the moment something better comes along. There is a wind down period, often a rather protracted one - sometimes measured in years or even decades. Once the equipment is paid for they can continue to produce the product. Sometimes they'll sell the production once demand falls low enough. I deal with this sort of thing in my work when my customers specify old electronics. I had a customer request a specific Schottky diode that the original manufacturer (Motorola) stopped making 20 years ago and sold the business to a small volume maker. But you can still get the part even today if you had the need.

Comment You are the vendor, not the product (Score 1) 376

Hint: You are NOT a Google customer. You are Google's PRODUCT.

Not quite. Information about me is the product. If I were the product then that would be called slavery. I am the vendor and sole distributor of information about me. In a sense I am "selling" said data to Google in exchange for online services. Arguably this is a rather bad deal for me but I'm not the product - I'm the one selling the product. It just is that most people don't value data about themselves very highly.

Google's CUSTOMERS are INTERNET ADVERTISERS looking to strip mine your life for data.

Exactly. Google's customers want DATA about me. The data is the product. I just happen to be the source of said data and the only one that can "manufacture" actual true data about me.

Comment Cautious committees (Score 4, Informative) 16

At 77 (Lindahl), 69, and 69 years of age respectively, it has the feel of a lifetime achievement award rather than an innovative breakthrough.

Nobel prizes routinely ARE a form of lifetime achievement award. It's very common for them to be awarded 20-30+ years after the discovery was actually made. Part of this is conservatism on the part of the Nobel committee. They don't want to hand out an award for something that later turns out to be wrong or not so important after all. That has happened a few times. The breakthroughs ARE innovative at the time they are discovered even if the award comes many years later. The Peace prize tends to be the only exception to this and it has awarded the prize several times to individuals whose achievements were of questionable, insufficient or later dubious merit.

And multiple winners is nothing unusual or bad. There often are more that one deserving recipients in a year so why not award two or three if their discoveries merit recognition? Occasionally the prize is awarded to groups rather than individuals but this serves little purpose since only individuals can really benefit.

Comment Amortization of fixed costs (Score 1) 194

Why would it get lower? Are they using newer, cheaper process technology?

Largely because of amortization of fixed costs. To build the parts the company has to spend a large amount of money up front on production equipment, buildings, overhead, R&D, etc. Let's call it $1 Billion just for a nice round number. If they just produce on DIMM then to make that money back they have to charge $1 Billion for it. If they make two they cut that in half to $500M each. If they make 1 million of them they can charge $1000 each. So the more units you make the lower the unit price can be. That is the primary reason why products like semiconductors start off expensive and their costs lower over time. By now they have made several million of the chip and the fixed costs have been recouped so the price can get lower even if nothing else changes.

This is why you can get volume discounts on stuff you buy. Bigger volumes allows amortization of fixed costs over more units and results in a lower unit cost.

And yes them might have improved the process along the way to reduce costs.

Comment Contracts and consideration (Score 1) 97

Of course they are unenforceable - a contract requires parties to consider, understand, and agree to terms.

A valid contract does NOT require both parties to evaluate or understand the the terms, though they do have to agree to them. A contract does require an offer, an acceptance, two legally competent persons, an exchange of something of value (called consideration) and a mutuality of obligation. Comprehension is not required for the contract to be valid. The value of the things exchanged does not have to be equal and there is no requirement that both parties carefully consider their actions. They merely have to be considered capable of and have an opportunity to understand what they are agreeing to (which is why children cannot sign valid contracts) but they don't have to actually understand them.

You may be confusing consideration in the legal sense with the act of considering in the sense of analysis. They are not the same thing.

Submission + - Porsche chooses Apple over Google because Google wants too much data (

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc...) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Speculation is around what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.

Comment Definitions of words (Score 1) 635

A clue: saying you're not doing something and then doing it doesn't mean you're not doing it.

A clue: When someone clarifies their intent because they are aware that others will misinterpret them you might consider actually taking them at their word. The word snide means to mock and I was in not mocking anyone. I merely wish to understand the motivations at work here. Had I wished to mock it would have been trivial to do so.

Saying you're not being snide then making snide personal attacks on the person in question means you actually lied about not being snide.

Never made a personal attack on anyone. I asked if the guy was "having a snit" (the word means to sulk or to have a fit of irritation) which is a reasonable question in this context. I've seen plenty of projects fork because of personality disagreements. Merely curious if that might be the case here. I also asked if there was any tangible benefit to his proposed additions to the kernel that an end user like myself would care about. If he has a good point and it matters to me then I'll sit up and pay attention. But it seems to merely be a personality conflict based on what I'm reading so I no longer care.

Well done on not reading my post or utterly failing to understand it.

Likewise. Pot meet kettle. (see THAT is being snide...)

Comment Single parents (Score 1) 229

In the old days when someone got pregnant without being married they were considered irresponsible. Society gave them two choices. Either they would get married or give the child up for adoption to a married couple.

Yeah, it didn't really work that way a lot of the time. Single parents and pregnant teens have always been a thing since the dawn of mankind. You really shouldn't get your opinions about how the real world works from 1950s sitcoms.

We know a child will be much more successful in life if they are raised by a mother and father.

No we don't "know" that because it isn't actually true. Most studies of this sort of thing badly confuse correlation with causation and fail to control for other factors. Having a mother and a father can help but the relationship between success (which you conveniently didn't define) and living in a traditional Norman Rockwell family is a weak one. What matters is having parents and guardians and family that are involved. Whether they are married or not is irrelevant.

Today what we do is tax the responsible people and give that money to the irresponsible people to raise their kids.

Even if that were true (and it mostly isn't) the VAST majority of the money we tax goes to the military and medicare and social security. I'll start worrying about a few folks taking advantage of my tax dollars once we stop spending trillions on fighter jets we don't need and wars in the middle east that we can't afford.

The liberal feels bad for the girl that gets pregnant without being married.

Why should I feel bad for that person unless they are underage? I don't care at all. What I do care about is whether society helps that person or not. Sounds like your attitude is to tell them to fuck off and then complain about the bad results after you couldn't be bothered to help a fellow human.

Meanwhile the single moms raise children that are a drain on society.

As someone who was raised by a single mom allow me to give a hearty FUCK YOU to you and your ignorant opinion of single moms. You have NO idea what you are talking about. The real world isn't an episode of Leave It To Beaver and there are millions of single parents who are doing a damn fine job raising their children to be fine productive members of society. I'll be happy to introduce you to some and you can tell them what a drain they and their children are to their face.

Comment $400K is a lot but not THAT much (Score 1) 229

$400K/year is the kind of salary that strat getting a high investment/expense ratio. Also the kind of salary that eventually buy $200,000 cars.

I have family members and friends that have make that kind of salary. (doctor's, lawyers, private equity, etc) Even in a location with low cost of living, it's not nearly enough for most to justify buying $200K vehicles and very, very few do. $400K becomes about half to two-thirds of that once taxes are taken out. Comfortable to be sure but not enough to start acting like a rap star. I assure you that very few people making that kind of salary are driving around in vehicles that cost anywhere near $200K. Just go look in the doctor's parking lot at any hospital if you don't believe me. You aren't going to see a lot of Ferrari's there. It's not that they can't eventually do it but the people who buy $200K cars tend to be folks that either come from money or who make close to seven figure incomes.

So a once in a lifetime $250,000 expense is not necessarily out of the question.

VERY different statement. Yes someone making $400K/year who is reasonably thrifty could drop $250K on a trip to space if they wanted. Most won't but it's possible.

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