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Comment I don't see a problem here (Score 1) 484

As long as the office furniture keeps pace with technology. Basically from the synopsis, people have gone from 8x8 cubicles to 7x7. Since flat panels have pretty much taken over for CRT's, the loss of one foot of space in either direction isn't that big a deal, as long as the table space has shrunk accordingly. Basically, the cubicle worker hasn't lost much usable space.

Comment Re:Why is being on the the Top500 important? (Score 1) 175

The advantage is that, contrary to the arguments of TFA, the test is very representative of scientific and engeneering problems. That way, if you want to be at the top at the available computing power, you'll very probably want to be at the top 500 list.

Not necessarily true. It is representative of a CLASS of scientific and engineering problems. If the science that you want to run involves heavy use of vectors, then you want a computer that would be high on the top 500 list. Derivatives and integrals? Not as much. Problems that require a high degree of interaction between nodes? Get a computer with a faster interconnect. It all depends on the science you intend to do with that computer. The NEC Earth Simulator (mentioned in another thread) would do poorly for chemical models compared to another machine. Climate models wouldn't run as well on a cluster of Dells as it would on a Vector based box like the Earth Simulator.

Comment Re:Quelle surprise! (Score 4, Insightful) 175

Agreed. It seems like the issue is "big enough" only now that other people are catching up.

I call bullsh*t on this comment. Around 8 years ago, the top computer on the list was a Japanese machine, and it rode atop the list for 3 years straight. Those of us who have worked in high performance computing have known for years that the top 500 list was a load of crap. It's something to write a press release about so that the people that give us money to build the big computers feel like their money is well spent. I worked on a top 5 computer at one time, but our focus was always the science that we wanted to do on the computer. Running the linpack benchmark for the top 500 list was an afterthought (though it was a pleasant surprise to score as well as we did).

Comment Here's the problem I have with this... (Score 1) 230

Browsing history is a horrible way to determine anything. You don't know exactly how someone got to a particular page, you can only surmise. Also, if I clicked on a video and then immediately closed it, my browsing history would still say I "watched" the video. Even if the video downloaded fully, it's no guarantee that he watched it. Quite frequently, I'll pause a video to allow it to download fully before I begin watching it. My browsing history has no concept of whether or not I watched it fully or watched 2 seconds and then closed it.

Comment Re:Good thing (Score 1) 949

Your response didn't make a lot of sense in places, so I'll just reply to the one part that did. Yes, we are the people, but so are they. Just because you feel like copyrights get in the way of you being able to do what you want doesn't mean that copyrights are wrong, and doesn't give you the right to simply ignore them. You do not have the right to say that they can't try to make a profit off their creative work. There is no right to free entertainment.

Furthermore, you state that "More people have voted against copyright as we know it than have voted for any political candidate in history." When did these votes take place? I wasn't aware that copyright has been put before the voting public in recent history. I'd love to see a reference that backs up your statement.

Finally, I'm inclined to side with you, that these people could be considered to be an advertising resource. However, the copyright owner is not obliged to view them that way. I can't fault them for trying to get money from those who have illegally copied their work, and actually, I think that suites of this scale might encourage copyright owners to use more realistic values for damages.

Comment Re:Good thing (Score 1) 949

So, using the legal system to go after people who are misusing their copyrighted works is abusing the legal system? What are they supposed to do? Give up making money at something they enjoy? I never had a problem with the **AA suing people in court over their IP being misappropriated. My contention was with their "accounting" practices in estimating piracy and it's effects, and the monetary "damages" they were claiming.

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