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Comment: false flag (Score 3, Interesting) 6

by PopeRatzo (#47809221) Attached to: NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Don't tell me this doesn't have more to do with filesharing than "cyberattacks".

Most of the cyberattacks are state sponsored now anyway. Anything involving NATO and the internet is all about the new TISA "free trade" agreements. If Western governments want to stop cyberattacks, then maybe they should stop attacking their citizens in cyberspace. It's pretty hypocritical to rattle sabers regarding "cyberattacks" when your own intelligence services are eavesdropping on phones and distributing malware.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 64

by PopeRatzo (#47809141) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Curious what your wife does for fun?

She makes fun of grown-ass men who put on helmets with horns on them and play computer games in their underwear.

Personally, I think I look pretty cool in the helmet with the horns, and playing in just my underwear makes me feel more like a level 50 battlemage.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 64

by PopeRatzo (#47809047) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

I'd say just a new GPU would be fine. I use an Asus 770GTX and can play everything I've tried on max settings @1440p, so you should fine @1080p.

That's good advice. Do you happen to know if new cards like the 770 are backwards compatible with motherboards that don't have the latest PCI-e 3.0? My motherboard has PCI-e 2.0.

Oh, I guess I can go look it up. Thanks for the good advice.

Comment: Re:gaming rig (Score 1) 64

by PopeRatzo (#47809011) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

If one takes care of their responsibilities appropriately and is prudent in their spending, it doesn't really matter if a grown man plays computer games or watch telly tubbies or whatever they like so long as it doesn't screw up other people's lives.

You're not married, are you?

Thanks for the advice, though. Right now, "Can I Run It" shows that most of the games that have published requirements will run on my machine. I'll save the dough and wait and see. It's not like I can't get a new video card in a day or two from Amazon or Newegg, if it turns out I need it.

Comment: gaming rig (Score 1) 64

by PopeRatzo (#47806983) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

OK, since Slashdot is running these weekly Tom's Hardware-type posts, lemme axe you something:

I've got a system I put together maybe three years ago. I used a good motherboard bought a good case, good RAM, very good PSU. It was when the first i5s were coming out, so it's an i5-750 (2.7ghz, I think). I didn't spend a lot of dough on a GPU, but I've been able to play everything up to and including Watch Dogs on this setup.

I want to be ready for the fall games (The Crew, GTA V, Dragon Age Whatever, Witcher 3, Arkham Whatever). Should I just start over with a new mobo processor or can I get value out of a new GPU (say, an nVidia 770 or AMD R9 285)?

mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UDsomething
RAM: 8 gig
GPU: HD 6850
SSD for system drive and Caviar black for games (maybe I should drop $150 on a 250gig SSD for my games? I'd have to trim down how many Steam and GOG games I have installed though, because now I've probably got 300gig including Wolfenstein (40+gig!)
24" 1920x1080

So what about it. It looks like this fall I might bump up against some of the new games requirements. Whole new rig or can I get mileage out of a new GPU?

Also, my wife thinks a grown man playing computer games is a little bit pathetic, and I can't really argue with her, so it's probably best if I keep the same big coolermaster case so maybe she won't notice I've spent more money my gaming rig. Bad enough when that new keyboard with the Cherry MB Brown keys came and all of a sudden my keyboard was glowing bright blue and I had to explain why I had to replace the old logitech keyboard.

Comment: Re:not surprised (Score 1) 78

by Black Parrot (#47806763) Attached to: Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

The idea that neanderthals are too dumb for cave art is just as rediculous as the notion that some humans are practically animals compared to other humans (what most racists believe).

I imagine that, prior to the discovery of evidence that they painted cave art, the argument was that there was no evidence that they had, not that they were unable.

No, there's a long tradition of viewing the Neandertals as "incapable of symbolic behavior". In the latest edition of Scientific American there's still a guy peddling the argument with moved goal-posts.

Comment: Re:Arevas failure (Score 1) 104

by Black Parrot (#47805293) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

ISTM that Homo economicus is almost incapable of resisting the urge to cut corners in the design, construction, operation, and inspection of nuclear power plants. (And in non-nuclear projects as well, though few have the destructive potential of Cherynobyl.)

I wish the whole world was on nuclear powar, but our species simply isn't mature enough to "drink responsibly" when it comes to such things. And with the past few decades' huge increase in pressure to cut corners in order to maximize short-term profit, I suspect things will get worse before they get better.

As for the Chinese... have they hit on a better approach than capitalism, or are they practicing the Soviet-style corner-cutting that gave us Chernyobyl?

Comment: Re:Hate!? (Score 0, Troll) 78

by Black Parrot (#47805235) Attached to: Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

ISTM that Republican anti-science-ism is mostly limited to two areas, evolution denial and global warming denial. The latter is easily explained by the party's tradition of ruling for the benefit of Koch types (and having their campaigns funded by same), and the former is easily explained as an easy way to get religious traditionalists to vote against their own best interests.

Comment: Re:Arevas failure (Score 1) 104

by Black Parrot (#47804875) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

You'd think expectations for "the plant's automation system" would be pinned down before the contracts were signed, let alone before construction started.

The Wikipedia article leaves the impression that the actual problem has been shoddy workmanship and poor project management.

FWIW, In my experience with small-time contractors in the petrochemical industry (back in the day), common practice was bid an untenable price and make the profit by finding or "finding" problems that had to be fixed at great expense, and with little ability for the buyer to bargain on the price. (And sometimes the findings are real; I have seen the blueprints showing a foundation with an 8' radius for a tower with a 10' radius, the problem not discovered until the crane tried to lower the tower onto the bolts in the foundation.)

Comment: Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (Score 1) 238

by PopeRatzo (#47801839) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

No, it is still the lowest forms of argumentation, not because of the factuality of the ties of a speaker with the technology or industry they are defending, but because they attack the speaker instead of the arguments they present

But the son was not presenting an argument. He was putting words in his dead father's mouth.

In any case, whatever he meant, it was a rhetoric statement, torn completely out of context and expressing a personal sentiment, not the official stance of the atomic energy program.

At least you're tacitly admitting that saving consumers money was never part of the nuclear fission story.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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