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Comment Re:Guess what Elon has never seen (Score 1) 231

We get hail storms, tornadoes, heat waves, flooding, and blizzards here.

In $DEITY's name, where the hell do you live? WHY are you still living there?

That describes a huge portion of the central USA and Canada. I live in Chicago, we get all of that. When I lived in LA we had earthquakes, mudslides, fires, riots, kale shortages, etc. In Florida it was hurricanes, flooding, lightning storms, and elderly drivers. Every place has its disasters.

Comment Re:Something's missing (Score 2) 151

Yeah, same here. We have a 3GB/line plan, but they've always been clear that you can use more than that but at a slower speed. I've only ever seen marketing to this effect. Were they offering something somewhere without including that disclaimer? That'd be surprising to hear, as they're generally quite up-front about the conditions. As for those saying "unlimited means unlimited, and any limit of any kind means they're lying", well, no, they've specifically said the amount of data is unlimited, not the speed. Two different things.

More worrisome to me is that they just announced they're going to implement throttling of wi-fi tethered data when the network gets "busy", which seems a clear violation of net neutrality. What happened, T-Mobile? You use to be cool!

Comment Re:guilty! (Score 1) 80

Here is the argument that the DOL is making:

"For the QA Engineer position, from a pool of more than 730 qualified applicants, approximately 77% of whom were asian, Palantir hired six non-Asian applicants and only one Asian applicant. The adverse impact calculated by OFCCP exceeds three standard deviations. The likelihood that this result occurred according to chance is approximately one in 741.

That is, they are making an argument (in statistical terms) about random samples from the population of applicants, and that argument is utterly wrong.

So if I understand correctly, the DOL is saying that when presented with qualified candidates of this racial distribution, the odds that the "best 7" would consist of one Asian and six non-Asians are 1 in 741? As far as odds go, that's not so low as to be mathematically impossible. Consider the number of companies hiring for a position at any given time, and the odds of one of those companies facing a 1-in-741 scenarios is not that low. I think you'd need to actually examine the particulars of the applicants to determine whether the chosen candidates were not actually a better choice in some way than those not chosen, but allowing the federal government to nitpick individual candidate evaluations is a can of worms. Absent actual material evidence, a statistical analysis is not evidence of wrongdoing. Stranger things have happened.

This isn't to say they didn't do anything wrong, just that "there's a 0.135% chance you're not racist" shouldn't be enough for a conviction.

Comment copying to new media (Score 1) 348

The earlier media seem to have a kind of timeless longevity while modern media from the 1800s forward seem to have shrinking lifetimes. Just as the monks and Muslims of the Middle Ages preserved content by copying into new media, won't we need to do the same for our modern content...?

Well, I don't know about Vint Cerf, but every time I upgrade my hard drive, the old one gets copied to a subdirectory of the new one. It's "C:\OLD_C_DRIVE\..." all the way down!

Comment Re:The big difference is... (Score 1) 75

Eh, not really. Compression is relative, sure, to the codec/methodology, but Netflix 4k streams require 25Mbps while their 1080p requires a measly 5Mbps...definitely a tremendous amount of additional information in the 4k stream, compressed or not.

It's surprising that 2160p would take 5x the bandwidth of 1080p when it only has 4x the pixels... Is it less compressed to allow for increased decoding time?

Comment Re:True 4K = 4096 (Score 1) 147

Your comment at odds with your comment here

Well that was a different user, but anyway the claims are not conflicting - they are in agreement. By "doesn't mean anything", I obviously don't mean "has no meaning in the English language," rather it has "no technical meaning". The thing is that TVs and monitors are typically characterized by their resolution. VGA monitor, SVGA, HD, FHD, 720p, 1080p; these terms all tell you something about resolution. In the case of TVs, the normal description is number of horizontal lines. But what's being called "4k" is actually 2160p, which logically should be "2K" since its resolution has two thousand lines. This would make sense and be consistent. "4K" sounds like a technical description, but doesn't actually describe capability of the display, and is only close to four thousand of something if you switch from counting horizontal lines to vertical ones, which is silly.

So by virtue of something being marketed it means something ... an argument over what to call it is nothing more than companies and businesses waving their penises at each other. If it's close enough to 4k it's good enough as long as the marketing people agree.

Your opinion is bad and you should feel bad. Saying that all marketing language imbues itself with sufficient meaning to justify its use totally obliterates the concept of false advertising. If Cadillac starts calling their 4-cylinder engine a V12 because it has 12 valves and claims it's better than BMW because they only have a V8, you'd be okay with that? Because the fact that they marketed it as a "V12" means that's what V12 means?

Why does this matter? Because companies misusing technical terms to imply capabilities their products don't have is a dishonest business practice, and hurts the consumer. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go attach some onions to my belt, as is the style, and yell at a cloud.

Comment Re:True 4K = 4096 (Score 4, Insightful) 147

OK, for the pedants. But for the real world "full HD" was 1920x1080 (called 1080p) and 4 times that is indeed 3840x2160. That is exactly 4 times the pixels, so it is indeed 4k.

No, that would make it "4X". The suffix "k" means "thousand," and neither dimension of 3840 nor 2160 is >4000. What people call 4k should be called 2160p or UHD. "4k" is made up marketing hype that doesn't mean anything.

Comment Re:But we still have to put up with (Score 1) 98

They are (generally) bulkier than the equivalent USB stick.

I linked to the large one because it supports full-size SD cards, and 1TB SDXC in the article is that form factor. But I have several readers for MicroSD that are barely bigger than the card itself. I've seen readers that fit mostly inside the USB port itself, so there's minimal protrusion.

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