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Comment: Budget never reformed (Score -1) 70

by amightywind (#47792179) Attached to: NASA's Competition For Dollars
This is all because even though there was a deep recession NASA's budget was never reformed. Over the decades more and more non-core programs accreted. Obama didn't help by axing Project Contsellation, or declaring the central role of NASA one of muslim outreach. So here we are, with our center piece program dependent on Vladimir Putin! Way to go America! Is this where you really want to be?

Comment: Re:If systemd is deemed going against unix philoso (Score 1) 810

by dbc (#47750819) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Yes. launchd is a royal pain.

I got my original MacBook because it was a good BSD Unix that ran on a lap top and would sync to my PDA (as we called them back then) and everything worked well. OS X Mavericks is getting far enough away from Unix that it is a royal pain to get real work done. Also, Linux now runs quite well on nearly every laptop I throw it at, with minimal hackery. Which leaves only syncing -- but syncing is moving to "the cloud", and with the advent of things like owncloud, OS X is looking less and less compelling.

Comment: Re:new dmca brickdown request... (Score 1) 299

Yes...this will be the best way to stop criminals...especially IP thieves and copyright violators. Just brick everyone in the bit torrent swarm by court order. The next step is to extend this to all computing devices...AMD and Intel and homeland security can come up with a bricking standard that runs in like ring negative three :)

Hey once the ability is there, why not?

Comment: Re:Vote with your feet, literally (Score 1) 181

by dbc (#47708973) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Oddly, my cabin in the mountains has a fiber going through my meadow where bears are regularly seen, yet here in the middle of Sili Valley I can get either indifferent DSL speeds or unreliable cable connectivity supplied by idiots. Of course, I admit that having "fiber to the bear turd" is largely a matter of have a lucky rural location positioned between wireless operators that will pay for a carrier-grade fiber connection.

Sadly, moving to where you can get decent internet connectivity is not an option for most people -- I believe economists call that an "externality".

Comment: Electricity is Complex (Score 1) 442

by Nom du Keyboard (#47690371) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

So ignorant.
He probably doesn't even understand Power Factor -- let alone any real complexities in electrical generation and distribution.
He seems like a guy who added up all generation and all consumption, said that those numbers are essentially equal, meaning that this is just a question of distributing the power to where it's needed. It it were only so simple.

Comment: "more than a year" = "immediately"? (Score 1) 174

by SuperBanana (#47686511) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

There's a problem and they're handling it immediately and responsibly,

Uh, these drivetrain failures have been happening for at least a year. Google around and you'll see reports of failures around early 2013.

Edmund's Tesla has had the drive unit replaced FOUR times since they bought it last year.

Comment: can't cross chip in one clock. big deal. (Score 5, Interesting) 168

by dbc (#47684637) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

"Even if signals in the chip were moving at the speed of light, a chip running above 5GHz wouldn't be able to transmit information from one side of the chip to the other." ... in a single clock.

So in the 1980's I was a CPU designer working on what I call "walk-in, refrigerated, mainframes". It was mostly 100K-family ECL in those days and compatible ECL gate arrays. Guess what -- it took most of a clock to get to a neighboring card, and certainly took a whole clock to get to another cabinet. So in the future it will take more than one clock to get across a chip. I don't see how that is anything other than a job posting for new college graduates.

That one statement in the article reminds of when I first moved to Silicon Valley. Everybody out here was outrageously proud of themselves because they were solving problems that had been solved in mainframes 20 years earlier. As the saying goes: "All the old timers stole all our best ideas years ago."

Forty two.