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Comment Re:Optimizing for AMD (Score 1) 191

Oh, I was thinking someone buys a bunch of XBox One units (like in the hundred/thousands), shell the casing and rack-in-stack in a custom enclosure with custom cooling. Linux OS booting to mine coins etc. Again, thinking large scale here, not little Timmy letting his console mine at night with the TV turned off.

Comment Re:hmmm... (Score 1) 191

ASIC vendor price to the value of whatever the coin is worth at the time; essentially directly tied with valuation. What they're really selling is the ROI at current rates.

It's not my place to tell if whether or not to invest. But IMHO, if I was diving in, I wouldn't be mining. I would be buying low and selling high. That's how volatile the market is. And, with an impending crashing looming, do you really want to be holding the bag on a debt of hardware that might never reach its payback period? Food for thought.

Comment Re: Proof of US police incompetence (Score 1) 395

The generalized situation leads directly to this specific one. If you hire goons, they will act like goons. In every situation they're allowed to touch. If that's not what you want, hire people capable of and inclined to a measured response appropriate to the situation

Often, the latter will result in friendly and helpful activity.

Comment Re:What a revolution... (Score 1) 350

Easily said by someone who doesn't believe his will be one of the jobs lost and who feels sure he won't be left with no prospect of ever having a job again.

Thought exercize, Trump signs a law that Kjella shall never be employed again. Do you now choose to starve in the streets or take what you need and the law be damned?

Unlikely. More likely, someone else in that position notices that you have what they need...

Comment Re:Climate changes. It always has. (Score 1) 349

Bill Ayers addresses Venezuela, praises socialist system. This is the man who taught Obama everything he knows about politics. I think he knows a thing or two about socialism.

Where are all the socialist success stories? It's failed everywhere it's been tried. And before someone jumps in to mention Scandinavia....Scandinavia is not socialism, as much as Bernie Sanders sold many young, naive millennials with that talking point. This was something that was rebuked by Denmark's PM himself. In the Scandinavian countries the means of production are primarily owned by private individuals, not the community or the government, and resources are allocated to their respective uses by the market, not government or community planning. Scandinavian countries are highly capitalist. This is why they're successful, they avoided socialism. Like smart people do.

Comment Re:No more privacy (Score 1) 247

Just wait until Facebook or whoever starts analyzing your purchases, and then when you try to leave the store with beer, beeps and won't let you go. It's bad for your health, you see. It harms all of society. Then cigarettes, then sugar products, then products made by companies that donated to Republicans. Once they start analyzing what you buy and finding problems with it, it's gonna be Pandora's Box.

Comment Re:This is why we don't trust your "experts" (Score 1, Flamebait) 144

The left's visceral hatred of poor whites overflowed like a broken sewer when John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. It would be impossible, and disturbing, to attempt to identify the single most offensive comment that leftists lobbed at Palin. One can report that attacks on Palin were so egregious that leftists themselves publicly begged that they cease; after all, they gave the left a bad name. The Reclusive Leftist blogged in 2009 that it was a "major shock" to discover "the extent to which so many self-described liberals actually despise working people." The Reclusive Leftist focuses on Vanity Fair journalist Henry Rollins. Rollins recommends that leftists "hate-fuck conservative women" and denounces Palin as a "small town hickoid" who can be bought off with a coupon to a meal at a chain restaurant.

Comment Re:Is there any other option, Linus? (Score 1) 451

The problem is Intel calling it a permanent fix and implying that every future CPU will be unsecure by default unless the OS flips a switch.

It might be enough for Linux to put his foot down and make it clear that the OS will be flipping that switch to "secure but slow" mode until Intel provides a bit that tells it that bug is fixed.

Intel can point fingers at the OS if they like, but that doesn't make the bug go away.

Comment Re: Is there any other option, Linus? (Score 1) 451

I wouldn't be surprised at all if the patches for Intel to actually be almost as secure as the specs claim it should be tim the scales in AMDs favor. Certainly for the last generation (where AMD has a bit of advantage even without the patches as long as you don't use the Intel compiler).

Best market outcome is that people see the new Intel CPUs as the Ford Pinto of the computer world. Then Intel can either fix the problem the right way or resign themselves to being the #2 CPU manufacturer after AMD.

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