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Comment Re:Social Justice Twitter (Score 0) 48

Typical SJWNPAT (my acronym for SJW Normal Person Anti-Terrorist), all Twitter is doing is censoring people for criticizing Ethics in Western society. Sure, some people have claimed in ISIL's name to have murdered a few people here and there, but first of all THOSE people they supposedly "murdered" are professional victims and their claims of being murdered are highly suspect no matter how many videos we produced of them being beheaded and threads on /r/WesternSocietyInAction you can point at where every laughed at the Beta Cuck Infidels. And secondly, just because they said they were ISIS doesn't mean they were, I mean, it's a hashtag, you can't police that. You can't blame some guy on Twitter who is just concerned with Ethics and sends a few rape threats to Hillary Clinton THAT ARE CLEARLY NOT SERIOUS with some other guy who murders people because that's totally unfair. And also (continued on thread 94)

Comment Re:Power efficiency is good in some places, not al (Score 1) 281

John Cook (put his blog in your RSS feed if you don't already have it) made a very good point recently: The speed gains from Moore's Law are dwarfed by the speed gains from algorithmic improvements. And unlike Moore's Law, we're not yet seeing a limit approaching for better ways to solve stuff. The post in question:

Comment Re:Power efficiency is good in some places, not al (Score 1) 281

A lot of tasks intrinsically don't scale, or scale only up to some limit. Some people are running into this already in the HPC world, were we have big parallel machines that they can't take full advantage of. Their simulations simply don't scale above a certain number of cores.

This problem is becoming steadily worse, since people want to make models with more detail (that tends to not parallelize well), and simulate much longer timeframes than before. If you're simulating protein interactions over one millisecond, then it might not matter if it takes an hour or two. But if you want to use that to understand LTP in neurons and simulate a second or two, then it becomes a very major problem if your model can't parallelize further and the per-core speed stays put.

Comment Re:last chance to buy quality Sharp products (Score 2) 40

Geeks are just as good the world over, whether Japan, Taiwan, EU, US or China. Product quality has nothing to do with the quality of the designers and builders and everything to do with the budget and time constraints they have to do their stuff. And that is all about where their company wants to position itself in the price/quality/reputation landscape.

Sharp has a well-deserved reputation for good quality and sometimes off-beat or niche products that delight a few even if they don't become huge sellers. And that's of course part reason why they've been in trouble for some years now. Foxconn doesn't have a reputation for premium products or for doing their own thing.

I share the worry that Sharp as we know it will disappear, and just become another nameplate pasted on bland, forgettable me-too stuff.

Comment Re:Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 1) 156

The phrase is sort of used in two ways. As I used above, to refer to connectivity to less populated areas and to refer to the final leg to the premise... Obviously there is nothing prohibiting running fiber directly to the premise, there is fiber terminating on premise at my home right now.

Generally speaking, when people are talking about limits on broadband in the US we are talking about later as applied to the former. There isn't even a beginning to a valid excuse for a Telco not having fiber on "the last mile" in every residence in a densely populated area.

Verizon firmly established that it was easily accomplished with FIOS the map splitting I mentioned above is why everyone else hasn't needed to do the same to be competitive. While FIOS provides a low latency and stable connection up to 500mbps. In the same token, the reason 500mbps is so expensive from Verizon is also that same map splitting (combined with Verizon polymorphing between being a phone company and ISP depending on what regulations suit them). Instead of multiple providers competing on that fiber infrastructure driving the prices down and the speeds up (500 is an arbitrary cap) Verizon simply has to beat one competitor at most in any given area.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 232

So you're saying it's OK to scam people or lie to them because you can't get a better job, 'cause that's what it sounds like you're saying.

That's pretty close to saying that going on a crime spree is justifiable for the same reason.

Comment Re:What year is this? (Score 1) 156

One HD netflix stream would use most of that pipe and the telcos artificially throttle it causing all your "this can't be played at this time" and stuttering. Sounds like you are watching low quality streams.

How is paying to the evil telco better than paying to the evil cable company?

The issue is not so much what you need as being entitled to the best access that can reasonably be provided. If you currently have 12mbps dsl (which should be delivering 12mbps) then there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't have a 1gbps link available other than telcos refusing to upgrade infrastructure. Fiber runs can go for thousands of miles, I'm pretty sure they can reach you.

Now, if you simply choose a slower speed on purpose, paying that $6/mo that link should reasonably cost for dedicated bandwidth that is another story. 640gps chips run about $600/ea last time I looked and provide that bandwidth bi-directionally two ways.. They'll last about 10-15 years on average. So lets call it 10. It takes maybe $5k to build a box around those chips around it but then the box will cost maybe $800 if deployed everywhere on scale (this is what any telco can and should do not off the shelf from cisco and the like). So that is $12.5 cents per full duplex gbps so 1gbps AND 1gbps down maxed at the same time... once every ten years and that is only going down over time. Of course that is at the DC not to the premise. Just one of those chips will provide 10 64gbps links or 64 10gbps links over fiber or copper. With those distribution links there is absolutely no reason that nearly everywhere in the lower 48 that is called the last mile (think rural density, rough terrain can still be an issue) could have 1gbps service. Allowing for normal service tiers 100mb up/down connections for $12.50/mo are very reasonable. Maybe double that for the most rural areas. In the cities it should be more like 1gbps for $50/mo.

Comment Re:Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 1) 156

Yes but lets be clear, there is no technical or practical barrier to keeping you that fiber. Fiber links span the globe are work over ridiculously long range. There isn't even a practical or technical barrier keeping it from most places called the last mile. The true last mile is nowhere in the continental US it's the arctic and at sea even there nothing is actually blocking long flying fleets of blimps delivering wireless that can provide much lower latency links than Sat connections.

The problems aren't technical, they aren't even financial, the problems are major providers splitting the nation in such a way that there are only two at most in any particular place competing as minimally as possible and with as little overlap as possible because there is a higher profit in splitting the map than a race to max service for bottom pricing. Why upgrade infrastructure when people have no choice but to buy what you are selling for what has become an essential commodity?

Comment Re: Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 1) 156

Then you neighbor wasn't aware of VOIP or the evils of net neutrality have kicked and the telco is making voip services suck. If you have functional internet you should have voice communication, including the option of termination to phone #. If that fails in a truly epic disaster, that's why we all have radios.

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