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Comment: Bang-bang control in action. (Score 4, Insightful) 485

by sshir (#48301575) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans
for non-techie types

Basically, if democrats refuse to listen to us - this is what they'll get.

I'm as liberal as people get, but that NSA thing pissed me off so bad that I consider voting Republican.

For those, who say that Republicans will not act on NSA either, I say this: Listen, elections is what in game theory considered a repeat game. In such situations it's often advantageous to enforce beneficial cooperation by employing fear of retaliation. And we're not bluffing this time...

"No Country for Old Men" tactics if you wish.

Comment: Re:I'm a big Elon Fan but... (Score 1) 583

by sshir (#48240875) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"
Where is that "Strong AI" notion is coming from?

You do not need an AI capable to operate in the real/physical world to wreak havoc in it. All you need is some super smart out of control worm capable of penetrating a highly automated military defense system (e.g. "dead hand")

Comment: Re:Which Filesystem? (Score 2) 316

by sshir (#47764935) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
I would recommend explicit checksumming in data backup scenario. Main advantage is that this way your data is "multi-modal" (in shipping industry lingo). I.e. you can move your data between different computers, different filesystems and all the checksums move along. So when it's time to move your data to a newer disk you just copy it and you're not tied up with the choice of file system you made before. Scrubbing is easy too.

Plus you will not lose any files without noticing the fact - even when file is deleted it's still in your md5 file.

And you don't even need any scripts to handle your data - all decent filemanagers (e.g. "Total Commander" / "Double Commander" etc.) can do md5/sha/whatever on selected files on the click of a button.

Comment: Re:minutes to midnight (Score 1, Informative) 252

That's bullshit. There were no bread lines in 80's (lines, indeed, were everywhere, but not for basic stuff). And Gulag for dissidents was practically over too (for casual rumblings anyway). Sure, it was a shitty place to live, but not for reasons you stated. Stop trivializing.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 1) 336

by sshir (#47593579) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
I'm in a scientific field, so here is my anecdotal take on it. Yes, I use Mac. No, I don't give a shit that it's a unix. No actual development happening with Mac as a target - everything is running on Linux servers (desktops are too puny). The only reason - Mac has better xserver comparing to what we have for windows. And IT guys refuse to support any kind of Linux on desktops.

Comment: Re:Not surprised. (Score 1) 570

by sshir (#47562213) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Happened to me too! Had to call Comcast several times until got through drones to a supervisor. He confirmed that account was properly closed, said "what's the fuck?" and faxed me a letter to send to collectors. Also, it seems, he did something on his side too - issue got resolved without any blemishes to my credit history.

Comment: Re:Wrong tests (Score 3, Informative) 151

by sshir (#47207867) Attached to: $3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2
Result of Nvidia's crippling DP floating point performance on mainstream graphic cards is people started to look for ways around this bullshit.

Case in point: linear algebra libraries (like 80% of scientific computing). Basically people are modifying algorithms so that bulk of computation is done in single precision and then cleaned up in double. Those mixed mode algorithms often outperform pure DP ones even on non crippled cards (for example MAGMA library).

People don't like to be screwed with...

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