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Comment Re:Not the best place (Score 1) 233

I didn't bother reading any of the articles shown in the link to the google search you did, but I don't think I need to. The titles of them all seem to say likely or predicts or could it happen not that it is happening. I suspect you didn't read any of them either and glossed over those points.

Taking the what if scenarios as proof that the storms _are_ getting stronger or more frequent is like believing someone is correct and factual who says what if their magic rock in their pocket prevents them from being attacked by a tiger when they take the subway down town and positing the belief that there _are_ magic rocks that _will_ protect you from the tigers on the subway.

In case I butchered that, the point is that are getting stronger means there is proof it is happening where could be or likely to be or predicted to be is simple asking the question without an answer or predicting it might be without the proof yet of it happening yet.

Comment Re:So what if they protest? (Score 1) 86

ha ha.. that's a good one. But if you actually believe that, it shows your ignorance. Obama being big or black or scary has nothing to do with them- or more precisely their citizens wanting to secede. It's the legislation and policy that seems to be the problem and that is separate from a government listening post unless it's like the IRS and used against them for political purposes.

Comment Re:So what if they protest? (Score 1) 86

Umm.. That is exactly what they said they might do. The part about complaining that the location isn't as attractive with the tax in place is a threat (hollow or not) to move it or build it somewhere else that doesn't have the tax. Yes, the Federal Government has taken the concept of off shoring and embraced it.

Except in this case, the NSA (and most companies for that matter) doesn't have to move it off shore, they can simply move it (or in this case, build it in) to another state that doesn't have the costs. Utah doesn't have to compete with China, they have to compete with Ohio, Kentucky, and every other state in the US. It's why Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, and some states other then Michigan (Detroit), has seen a huge investment by the automakers over the last 20-30 years while traditional strongholds get passed over in a lost of cases.

Now, with or without the tax, Utah has to determine if they are in a better position with or without the data center located there. In this case, they determined they are better off with it, even without the tax revenue and made an appropriate response. They have determined the benefits outweigh the alternative of no data center and that is the prerogative of the Utah government.

Comment Re:The Onion said it best (Score 1) 526

We've had this problem on PCs for a while, and it's one of the reasons the market is shrinking so fast. Once you have a dual core machine, more cores don't do anything for you given that most of your work is single threaded. There's nothing more annoying than waiting for something or seeing lag in a game with an i7 that never gets over 25% utilization (or 13% if you have hyperthreading enabled).

Does Qualcom make i7 chips?

The other consideration is

another consideration. I was replying specifically to the comment that "the workloads that people regularly do simply don't use 8 cores." If you're worried that your 8 core 2GHz CPU isn't doing things as fast as a 4 core 4GHz CPU, that's a different consideration, and hardly makes the 8 core system "dumb", if you realize that doing 8 different things at the same time is useful. And that those 8 cores are probably not going to be 2GHz, they'll be faster, since people wanting 8 cores will be looking for processing speed, not just being able to say "woot woot I have 8 cores you luzer lol!"

Comment Re: Do...or do not. There is no try. (Score 1) 233

I do not think you understand the article you linked. There was no regulations ignored according to it.

There was international standards, industry best practices and studies performed by the utility company that was ignored. That is a big difference as they are not regulation until such time as a regulating autority makes them so. In the end, they did exactly as I said and balanced the risk and didn't implement or retrofit with the international standards available before the disaster.. It was the same thought process as determining that your car doesn't need a parachute installed from the factory in case you drive off a cliff but with different metrics. In this case, hindsight can show they were wrong in making those decisions, how many times have you driven off a cliff so we know if we are wrong about the parachute concept?

Comment Re:Duh? (Score 3, Interesting) 245

What? Ayn Rand could be wrong? The shock and horror of it!

Um, didn't Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon cooperate to build the John Galt Line?

Rand's protagonists cooperated all the the time, and of course also provided value to their voluntary customers - what they tried not to do is let their property be controlled or taken involuntarily by government.

Ask yourself, what is the difference between cooperation and theft? Isn't it whether you volunteer to participate?

Go watch the movie!

Comment Re:The big question is... (Score 1) 245

Does it also hold for capitalism?

Indeed, when people cooperate to ensure individual property rights, it enables people to better cooperate to engage in voluntary economic transactions that are mutually beneficial, thus enhancing the wealth of both involved in the transaction (or else they would not have engaged in the voluntary transaction), and therefore the global wealth of all.

When government becomes selfish and wishes to take property from people, then there are problems...

Comment Has been done before... (Score 4, Interesting) 221

Symbiotica did this before in 2003 by growing tissue from skeletal muscle cells harvested from pre-natal sheep. And they ate the results.

There are two major hurdles with non-violent cultured meat for eating though:

1) Edible meat is a very complex tissue with muscles, fat, blood vessels, etc. and the precise relation of these cell types and their physical placement in the meat affects the taste and texture.

2) Most cell culturing media is not vegetarian - the nutrient baths are generally processed from living animals.

It sounds like this new effort is basically the same thing - culturing myoblasts and feeding them with fetal calf serum.

At the same time, I look forward to these challenges being overcome, and glad to see new funding!

Comment Re:Do...or do not. There is no try. (Score 2) 233

Sigh, as with anything else in life, you have to take the chances and determine is they are worth the costs. Take a car for example, we have the technology to ensure almost no one ever gets injured in an accident and that almost no accidents ever happen. Look at NASCAR where they roll the vehicles at 200+ MPH and smash into concrete walls and walk away. Now imagine that safety limited to 10 miles per hour in your every day driver. See, it doesn't make sense to increase the costs of the vehicle or slow the performance just because a life threatening injury could happen in an accident.

Take that example and figure the likeliness of something like Fukishima ever happening. You had an earthquake and Tsunami of large size. How often does that happen? How often will it happen in the future.

Not only did the energy company decide not to spend the money, the regulatory agencies and governments decided they didn't need to spend the money. This is because they thought the scenario that happened was unlikely to happen during the lifetime of the plant or the costs of protection outweighed the gains from it. This is something done every single day and something that needs to be done or else you will be riding in cars that only go 10 mph and have to dawn a fire suit, crash helmet, and 5 point harness to go to the corner store for a load of bread.

Comment Re:Can't That Get You Marked as a Terrorist, Now? (Score 1) 128

Well, the kid has the luxury of practicing to be a member of the mile high club I guess.

I doubt the kid is that old. He was probably just born when the project started so it might be a few years before he is aware of that stuff. But hey, this is in France so who knows.

Comment Re:John Hurt (Score 1) 249

He didn't destroy the Time Lords, either...

Well, other than himself and the Master, hiding at the end of the universe. River Song just kind of absorbed some Timer Lordiness because Amy and Rory were consummating in the TARDIS. That's a WAY better score than the Dalek from "Dalek," plus the Dalek Emporer, plus the Cult of Skaro, plus about a million in the Genesis Ark, plus freaking Davros. The Daleks have a pretty robust population considering the number of times the Doctor has committed genocide against them, including killing their creator at least three times that I can think of off the top of my head.

Comment Even the government (Score 3, Insightful) 86

Even the federal government is looking at tax rates and making location decisions based around them. I suppose this makes a little sense to those who understand business and how they operate, but I bet it blows the mind of those who think it is a crime to subsidies business or that government can just print money and pay out the nose for their crap.

Comment Re:The Onion said it best (Score 3, Informative) 526

The problem is that workloads people regularly do simply don't use 8 cores.

The problem is people who don't do much on their computers who then claim that more computing power isn't necessary because nobody does much on their computers.

I work in an environment where modelers are using quad-chip hex-core systems and could easily use more in a heartbeat. Load averages of greater than 100 on a regular basis. Small input, medium output, and lotsa lotsa CPU time.

Where did you get the idea that everyone is expected to buy an 8 core system and so 8 core systems aren't justified because some people don't need them?

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