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Comment: Re:AMD is still in business? (Score 1) 117

by Hadlock (#49497133) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

All PS4 and XBones combined = less than 40 million units total, since fall of 2013.
 
Compare that to 130 million desktops, 200 million laptops annually. Not quite, but the latest gen consoles over 18 months represent about 10% of 12 months' worth of PC + Laptop sales.
 
Add to that, tablets, of which 15% are Intel powered (and this will trend upwards over the next three years) which sell about 200 million a year. I wouldn't imagine the console contracts are particularly valuable, as they had to under-bid Intel to get that.

Comment: AMD is still in business? (Score -1, Troll) 117

by Hadlock (#49492033) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

Intel trounces AMD in the Laptop, Desktop, Server markets.... where else is there to go? Other companies own the embedded, automotive and industrial markets. It's been half a decade since it was even worth looking at AMD for a consumer product. Maybe they should just join forces with Blackberry...

Comment: Re:Oh For Crying Out Loud (Score 1) 161

by Hadlock (#49369455) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

If the target, the target's friends and target's friends friends are all using encryption for 98% of communications, while you can still crack it (presumably?) you have to know what you're looking for in advance, like you would when applying for a warrant. That sort of defeats this huge plaintext scanning system the NSA and English governments have been putting in to place for the last half decade or more. Without all the supplemental background information their job gets exponentially harder and there's more data to decrypt than they have computing resources for.

Comment: Re:Oh For Crying Out Loud (Score 5, Insightful) 161

by Hadlock (#49368649) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

PGP isn't exactly known for being user friendly. Gmail does not support it out of the box. The average person just can't be expected to understand that kind of cryptography.
 
That said, if you encrypt the device, encrypt the transport method, and the receiving device, that's pretty damn secure in about 98% of situations. WhatsApp just rolled out end to end encryption for their service as well, and they only charge a dollar a year (I think). That's encryption the average person can use. When an 18 year old mother of two in Sao Paulo can review her grocery list with her mother via secure encryption and neither of them know they're even doing it, that's a whole new level of secure. Compare that to the plain text emails I get from my boss about what I might consider vastly more important things at the office.
 
The golden era of unencrypted plaintext email is just about dead, I think, is the problem for intelligence agencies. At least for those people outside of gleaming glass corporate offices.

Comment: Re:Putin's getting desperate... (Score 1) 83

by Hadlock (#49367991) Attached to: NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia

Leading is a relative term when you're discussing countries capable of human spaceflight. Last time I checked, the United States was paying a princely* sum to space-taxi their Astronauts to the ISS.
 
*When I say Princely, I mean, "the United States pays more to go to the ISS than the King of Malaysia", because that's totally a thing that happened as part of an arms deal, and we still pay more than he did for the privilege, despite our station being connected to theirs.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 2) 886

by mog007 (#49343367) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Furthermore, most of the "civil rights successes of the last sixty years" have to do with race, and race is not an issue of Christianity for any but a very few loonies.

Who do you think were the biggest opponents against civil rights issues for non-whites during the mid 20th century?

The same rhetoric about gay marriage was espoused back then, only it was targeting interracial marriage. Verses from the bible were even used to justify it as a "sin".

Christians, on the whole, have probably come to accept the idea that non-whites should be treated equally under the law, but that wasn't the majority opinion back in the 40's or earlier.

In 50 years it's not inconceivable to imagine that the majority of Christians will accept that gay and bisexual people should be treated the same as straight people.

Comment: Re:Running only Windows on a Mac (Score 1) 209

by Hadlock (#49312027) Attached to: For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or Newer

The new Dell XPS 13 (2015 version) is a pretty solid contender for "best Macbook Air-like device that runs Windows 8". Either that or the new X250 Thinkpad. I own the X230 and will probably pick up the XPS 13 to replace it here soon. It has a keyboard, the base model costs the same as a MBA, and has a 1080p screen. Hard to beat. The high end model has some insane 3200x1800 touchscreen which Win8 actually scales pretty well.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Hadlock (#49242433) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Solar still works just fine in urban spaces too, it does not scale as well there due to population densities, obviously, but urban spaces take up a tiny proportion of available land. I will give you that solar does not work for the minority use case of nighttime industrial solar, but given the tiny portion of the energy market that represents I don't see it being a major issue. As solar power continues to drop, nighttime industrial may simply vanish as solar continues to drop in price. I don't see the point of arguing this, solar will be cheaper than coal by the end of the decade even without subsidies. You will need nighttime generation capacity but long term the writing is already on the wall, business will opt for the cheaper solution.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Hadlock (#49241977) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Solar can be installed locally per house for cheaper than the cost of grid power. General rule of thumb is you need 60% of your roof covered in Solar to meet 100% of your daytime residential needs. Solar doesn't need to be centrally located in giant farms, it can be distributed in urban areas with overlap on existing structures with no problem.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Hadlock (#49241801) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Nighttime power use is a lot lower than the 3pm-7pm peak daily usage block when residential and commercial is at it's highest. People are generally watching TV on their couch and commercial properties aren't being lit/climate controlled as much. This isn't a major , unsolvable problem.

Comment: Re:This is really old news (Score 4, Interesting) 91

by Hadlock (#49236949) Attached to: Google's Angular 2 Being Built With Microsoft's TypeScript

Interesting use of TypeScript, an entire rougelike (i.e. Nethack, i.e. the '@' game) game authoring library written in TypeScript, from the author of libtcod:
 
Game: http://roguecentral.org/doryen/yendor.ts/game/index.html
60fps example:http://roguecentral.org/doryen/yendor.ts/bench/index.html

Library:https://github.com/jice-nospam/yendor.ts/releases/tag/v0.4.0
 
What's interesting is it does alpha shading, fluid mechanics, cloud mechanics, terrain generation etc all inside of a text based game, somewhat like Dwarf Fortress but a lot more flexible graphically.

Comment: Re:Another piece of software to uninstall (Score 1) 275

by Hadlock (#49200935) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

I would be willing to pay for utorrent, it has a fantastic web interface, and now that I have it setup as a service and use the web interface instead. It also interfaces with the XBMC utorrent plug in. So for that I would buy it for maybe $30 one time purchase, instead it's on a subscription model, which is annoying. There's no one time payment option, and I have too much going on to manage a billion tiny subscriptions each month and review if I'm still getting X value out of them each month. I'm not going down that road.

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