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Comment My question would be.. (Score 1) 222

Why they didn't just buy the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer which is designed to be configurable for different missions so they could have just ordered it with whatever features they wanted?

One of the oldest rules is "don't build if you can buy" because you let someone else make the mistakes, iron out the bugs, and you can then just get a working solution OTS instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Was it a case of NIH? Or one of those "bringing home the bacon" deals where spending money in the right districts mattered more than the finished product? Because looking at what they expected this turkey to do could have just as easily be gotten by simply buying the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with the right package and it would "just work" since they have been in service since the 90s.

Comment Re: Last DRM free media (Score 4, Informative) 295

Sigh...do I REALLY need to provide the actual A/B tests that were done when Pono Player (wow that was some snake oil huh?) came out when they put 320k MP3 ripped from CDs against the 24bit masters in FLAC and found those "ears that can tell the difference" couldn't tell shit from shineola? It got a ton of press thanks to Neil Young making out CDs and MP3s to be shit, look it up.

At least with tubes versus solid state there is actual science there, tubes naturally accentuate even order harmonics and add a bit of organic compression to certain frequencies with a breakup that follows a smooth curve which is difficult for a solid state amp to replicate (this is why bass players like myself have no issues with solid state, our signal need to stay clean and thus the same effects the tube has on guitars produces mostly unwanted affecting of the signal on bass) but as we saw with Pono Player there are limits to human hearing that adding more fidelity simply will not change.

BTW if you wonder why if this is the case that studios record in much higher fidelity than what you get on CDs? I have spent a lot of time in studios and can answer that, headroom. When you are recording an instrument its extremely rare these days that the signal is gonna go straight from the recording to master without alteration, you need that extra headroom for effects and equalization so that you have more room to experiment before clipping. If one puts some serious thought into everything from mike placement to effects before one hits record? Its quite possible to get VERY good recordings using only 16bit CD audio quality, just look up demos of the Tascam and Zoom portastudios on YouTube or check out the low fi movement and we have certainly seen many artists create timeless recordings using equipment that any audiophile would consider absolute garbage.

Many think CDs sound like shit today NOT because of the format but because of the studios pushing the loudness war max compression, but go to a show where indie artists sell their own CDs and you'll find some really awesome sounding CDs because they are not slamming compressors on the entire mix. its not the format, its how its being misused.

Comment Re:Nice (Score 4, Insightful) 66

Uhhh isn't it ALREADY a FOSS product, they just have a free and paid for version and they have removed some features from the free in the hopes of getting some to buy the paid and thus stay in business?

I always wondered if the day would come when a part of the "blessed trinity" of FOSS would break down. For those that do not know the blessed trinity is the only way one can make money in FOSS, every other way leads to failure and bankruptcy. You have to 1.- Sell services and support (which is what Xenserver is doing), 2.- Sell hardware (the Android/TiVo model) or 3.- eBegging (community projects) and while I always thought #2 would be the one to fail first as we have already seen the "TiVo clause" which caused GPL adoption to plummet (if you do not believe it has I can provide pre and post GPL 3 stats, the chart looks like a classic triangle going down) a close second would be the first part of the trinity as it really is not hard for people to have a sense of entitlement that allows themselves to justify fucking themselves in the long term for short term gains.

Because looking up this company they appear to be exactly what the FOSS community claims they want companies to be, they make FOSS software, they support the community and give back, no different than Red Hat. They aren't even making a ton of profit, 300 million in net income on 3 billion in sales for a company that large? Really ain't shit, especially when you consider how much of that is having to be spent on talent and R&D. Yet here we are, with the company still offering a 100% free product to the community and simply trying to tweak their free product so they can get some more sales (which considering how crazy expensive it is to hire the kind of talent you need to build complex virtualization software? Is probably warranted and needed to keep up with megacorps like AMZN and MSFT) but does the community try to build a dialog? Maybe come to a mutually beneficial compromise? Nope the community fucks them over by crowdfunding a bunch who promises to give you all the benefits of the paid version for free....now do you think if Citrix goes under or is bought out by another company because they can't hire the great coders and compete that this crowdfunding bunch is gonna be able to build the product from the ground up?

But hey biting the hand that feeds is something the FOSS community is quite adept at, right? After all look at AMD who spent untold millions opening all their software, hiring FOSS coders to work on FOSS software which they gave away, everything from a truly CPU agnostic compiler to drivers to even an entire new low level API in Vulkan, did the community embrace AMD, sing their praises and urge everyone to support them? Nope instead every article on Linux has a dozen "buy Nvidia" a company so FOSS hostile that no less than Linus Torvalds flipped them off. But just as AMD gave a great lesson to other companies that supporting FOSS gets you nothing in return so too will Citrix getting fucked provide a nice lesson that you either have to make your software so bug ridden they HAVE to pay for support or simply do not offer a free version at all because it will ultimately come back to bite you in the ass.

Comment Re:Morons At Youtube. (Score 0) 174

Actually in GOOG's case it would be trivially easy not to discriminate, which is what makes this obviously insidious. It is trivially easy to do targeted marketing when it comes to vids when you have the amount of data GOOG has, if a person is watching video game reviews, hardware reviews, and movie reviews, guess what ads should be on those videos? Ads for video games, hardware and fricking movies DUH!

Instead what we are seeing is GOOG purposely fuck advertisers to push their narrative, like putting gay cruises on Crowder or putting ads for transgender support groups on Ben Shapiro. They are obviously doing this on purpose (because we are NOT seeing pork ads on Muslim vids, right wing ads on pro SJW vids, etc) so they can claim that "advertisers complained so we are doing this for business" well no fucking shit if you put an ad for gay sex toys on a Christian's channel do you think they are gonna get more customers? Think their feedback is gonna be positive?

And I agree if they want to be biased as fuck? Then come out and admit it and take the stock hit but like most left wingers they won't own up and tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, instead just as we saw in their Hillary search rigging (and that shit was blatant as hell, you could type "hillary email" during the big email scandal and while Bing and Duck Duck would come back with scandal Google was coming back with shit like "Hillary sent an email to Obama" or "how to email Hillary") they would rather lie and pretend that they aren't rigging the game when in reality its as rigged as a game of three card monty. This is why I hope Damore totally wrecks their shit and their stock gets royally hosed because its time everyone knows that GOOG doesn't think you are smart enough to hear a differing opinion.

But if anybody doesn't think GOOG is rigging this against the right? Just look at Crowder who is about as offensive as Jerry Seinfeld and who is getting constantly demonitized when the person GOOG sent to show them what is acceptable showed them vids where it was just a constant n*gger this and n*gger that and when Crowder asked this person if they had EVER had been demonitized despite their vids being nothing more than a stream of racist and foul language? Nope never. Same goes for Shapiro whom I don't think has ever even cursed in his vids who gets hit with demonitization all the time meanwhile the pro jihad vids or the death to Israel vids? Nope perfectly fine.

BTW slashdot? Eat a bag of dicks you left wing racist fucks, because you have the filter go off for n*gger but have no problem with cracker, white devil, or chink? Go fuck yourselves you worthless racist pieces of shit.

Comment Re:Morons At Youtube. (Score 4, Insightful) 174

Sorry but horseshit, Google is trying to push their political narrative. Look at Steven Crowder who has had NO TROUBLE finding tons of advertisers for his channel...did you see what ads google was running before he was demonitized? Shit like gay cruises...on a conservative Christians channel!

Google knows exactly how to make sure that advertisers will scream and they use that knowledge to demonitize. Its like running ads for pork sausage on a Muslim's channel, sure its a legit ad but does anybody think its a good match for the product? But seriously what do you expect when their former CEO was actively spending millions to put Hillary in the white house and rig search results to make Hillary look good is it any surprise they are trying to silence those that do not fit the narrative?

Steven Crowder met with Google and talks all about it on the recent Joe Rogan podcast, if anybody wants to learn more about how one sided Google is I'd urge them to watch the podcast.

Comment Re:Yes, finally (Score 1) 234

I always wondered if he was playing on one of the bazillion Atari clones, as some of them were seriously buggy. What some kids don't remember is that when Atari was #1 the courts ruled that because you could build an Atari with COTS parts that pretty much anybody could build an "Atari Compatible" game console, which is why the NES and later consoles had lock out chips.

I had the Colecovision with the Atari add on and my cousin had a clone and while my Colecovision Atari module would play pretty much everything his would play the Atari titles fine but some of the third party stuff would be "off" so he would have to bring them over and play them on mine. I always figured those were the games pushing the system, probably expecting everything to be 100% like an Atari and I guess his wasn't.

If he used one of these clones? i could see it not clearing memory correctly or having some other bug that would give him an advantage a real Atari wouldn't.

Comment Re:DuckDuckGo's promise (Score 1) 48

The problem I've found with targeted advertising? Just forget the privacy implications or any of that but just look at the concept itself...it just doesn't work at selling you anything, it just annoys the hell out of you!

I'll use myself as an example, when all the "OMG targeted adverts OMG!" thing hit I decided to see what it was all about so I left all adblocking of the box I use at work? Result? They sold me exactly ZERO PRODUCTS when compared to those that simply based their ads on what type of site it was! I did some searching for a laptop BATTERY for a customer, not new laptops, not cases, just a battery for his older unit...did they give me ads for new batteries? Anything that would actually be useful even for that laptop like a case or power adapter or anything that made sense? Nope it was "ZOMFG we got NEW LAPTOPS HERE buy buy buy!" and that was FOR MONTHS, long after I had stopped searching for anything to do with a damned laptop!

Now when you compare it to the sites I went to that did NOT use targeted but simply went by the site I was on, like a tech site having an ad with sales on RAM or an article abut GPUs having GPU sales or a music site having sales on things like strings and amps? They actually gained some sales because it was simply common sense, if I'm looking at a review on RAM then, shock surprise, I might actually be looking for some RAM! But the ones that targeted? They are trying to sell me shit that I looked for ages ago and have already moved on so they had ZERO chance of selling me a damned thing because I had already bought what I searched for ages ago!

So at the end of the day not only do targeted ads invade your privacy but frankly they just do not work because they only care about what you did yesterday, not what you are looking for now or even what site you are on.

Comment Re:You miss the point... (Score 3, Informative) 170

Oh horseshit! They had more armor than fucking robocop, outnumbered the guy something like 20 to 1, he is a fat guy with nothing but a pair of shorts versus an entire fucking SWAT team and despite them having tasers and flashbangs and rubber bullets and riot shield and a dozen other NON LETHAL methods of taking someone down...their FIRST and only reaction is to shoot someone in the head? Really?

And lets us not forget these dumbfucks were told it was a hostage situation....who answers the door when there is a gunman holding hostages? it sure as fuck ain't the gunman, nope he forces one of the HOSTAGES to answer the door as a shield! So even if they 100% believed what they were told by the dispatch that means this braintrust SHOT THE HOSTAGE, again despite having armor and shields and all those non lethal methods...now are you REALLY buying their line of bullshit, really?

Those cops are killers, full stop. I wanna see a drug test on these cops, wouldn't be surprised if half of them are running on roid rage and just looking for a fight. In either case I don't give a shit if someone called and said Jigsaw was in that house holding hostages because there is NO way in hell you can spin this in any way, shape, or form to make their actions justified, none. They should be looking at murder two FULL STOP and anything else is nothing but a cover up.

Comment Re:What did you THINK would happen? (Score 5, Insightful) 428

And don't forget a modern SWAT unit has rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, tasers, flash bangs, they have tools up the ass that don't kill yet despite having more armor than a fricking knight AND shields that will take anything.he.could.possibly.be.carrying. their first reaction is to shoot the guy in the face?

They are either trigger happy killers or they are cowards, neither should be in law enforcement. I mean he has a pair of shorts, they have 20 to 1 numbers AND top to bottom armor...and they couldn't find anything less than a shot to the face a reasonable response? Really? The fact that anybody is sticking up for these clowns makes me want to puke, I don't care if the guy who called it in said he was Hannibal the cannibal there is NO EXCUSE for going lethal force in this situation, none!

Comment Re:What did you THINK would happen? (Score 5, Insightful) 428

Please quit making excuses for those psychos, okay? Now when the guy walks out onto his porch and he is a fat guy wearing nothing but shorts and you are with 20 other guys, you are ALL wearing enough body armor to pass a Robocop look alike contest, are armed to the teeth with both lethal AND non lethal weaponry AND have bullet proof shields that can take a 12 gauge shot dead on and despite all that you feel so threatened by a fat guy in a pair of shorts you feel you have NO other option but lethal force? Your cowardly ass doesn't need to be doing that damned job!

I mean for fucks sake people the biggest gun one could possibly hide in those shorts still wouldn't have even scratched the paint on all that armor, yet despite outnumbering the guy 20 to 1, having armor and bulletproof shields AND enough firepower to rival most third world army battalions they STILL can't simply repeat a command or use a fucking taser or bean bag round? Really? Give me a fucking break! THIS, this right here, is what happens when you give a bunch of poorly trained yahoos army surplus hardware and if you can't keep your collective shit together despite having such a lopsided advantage and use one of the mountains of non lethal options at your dispoal? Then someone needs to call a spade a spade and tell these dumbasses to go into another kind of work, because they suck at their jobs worse than a porn star on a Bang bros set!

Comment Re:Maybe... (Score 2) 132

Exactly nobody killed Gawker they committed suicide by acting like the grade A douchebags they were and saying shit like if they had celebrity child porn they would publish it, showing what kind of sick clickbait whores they were. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Comment Re:With all the homosexuals Obama appointed (Score 1) 1175

Don't forget Keith Ellison also tweeted his support for antifa...now do you REALLY think mainstream USA is gonna be for a party whose head supports black masked thugs burning city blocks?

Of course I have to give Trump credit, he has taken off the gloves and made it clear the right isn't gonna be browbeaten by calls of "you're an ist!" and being told you are a monster for wanting the USA to have borders or for the USA government to put USA citizens first, and by doubling down all they are doing is driving more and more away. Mark my words the USA is about to have a HARD right shift, much harder than what happened in 79-80. those of us old enough to remember can tell you the country changed overnight, it went from being an apologist to the world and as hard left as you can get to moral majority virtually overnight and the same thing is about to happen because people are tired of being called an "ist" just for caring about their own country.

Comment Re:Why Meldown? (Score 1) 100

My Bad, I avoided all of the Intel chipsets like an STD, they were so much garbage that we shop guys knew to stay the hell away from anything Intel when it came to chipsets. Back then you wanted Nvidia or ATI, Intel was the crap you got stuck with if you didn't watch what you were buying.

The only positive I can say about Intel chipsets is I made a killing on entry level PCI and PCIe cards when Win 7 came out, all these folks would say "I want Win 7!" and I'd take one look and go "not with that board you don't, not unless you upgrade from those crap graphics".

Comment Re:Why Meldown? (Score 4, Interesting) 100

Because its not called "Wintel" for nothing? Remember this is the same company that royally fucked their own flagship OS just to allow good buddy Intel to sell a bunch of garbage 945 chipsets with the "Vista Capable" fiasco, I seriously would not be surprised if Intel picked up the phone and said "You damned well better fuck AMD with this patch as much as we are getting fucked".

Never let it be said that old Hairy don't give credit where credit is due and in this case the Linux guys have it better as no less than Torvalds himself said that Linux shouldn't treat all CPUs (meaning ARM and AMD) as crap so I seriously doubt Linux users with AMD have a thing to worry about when it comes to the meltdown patches, it'll be us Windows users that will be going to forums and looking for .bat files or reg keys that will kill the meltdown patch on our AMD systems.

Oh and on a personal note as someone who stuck with AMD FX while everyone was singing the praises of Intel (and still quite happy with my FX-8320e as even my games run buttery smooth at an average of 90 FPS+ while recording gameplay footage) I would be lying if I said it didn't give me a bit of a smile to see Intel getting bit right in the backside after their years of cripple compilers and bribing OEMs, the only thing that could make it more delicious would be if it turns out that Intel chips get a performance hit equal to what the cripple compiler did to AMD systems. Man would that not be some delectable irony?

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