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Comment GFWoC (Score 1) 108

I thought the .sx address was being blocked by the GFWoC, but apparently the DNS just hasn't propagated, because I can't access the new address from my USA based VPN, either, at this point.

  While trying to retrieve the URL:

The following error was encountered:

        Unable to determine IP address from host name for

The dnsserver returned:

        Server Failure: The name server was unable to process this query.
his means that:

  The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL.
  Check if the address is correct.

Your cache administrator is webmaster.
Generated Wed, 01 May 2013 05:48:57 GMT by (squid/2.7.STABLE6)

Comment Re:Just in: Rechargable batteries suck! (Score 1) 157

'94 Ford Taurus SHO stick, daily driver for about 15 years: I replaced the battery about the middle of every Texas summer- yeah, heat kills, but still, in spite of buying 60+ month batteries. Had a vampirism problem with a faulty alarm that took out two in one year, but other than that, eating batteries was just the price I paid for the enjoyment that car gave me.

Strangely enough, I am using an ACER notebook now that I keep plugged in probably 80% of the time that I use it (and, yes, I know better, I just don't care enough to change). The battery life is down only 20% over when I bought it close to a year ago. I am thinking that the BIOS might be limiting the battery charge to 80% to slow down the destruction of the battery, because I didn't get the expected life out of the battery compared to my previous notebook at the start, but at the one year mark and same usage pattern, this Acer is doing much, much better.

Comment Re:What if PC spec to low to update? (Score 1) 712

In my building, there are computers running Windows 7 on single core 2.4 GHz Celerons and on-board graphics happily, as long as they have 2 GB of RAM (max the mobos can handle), just with zero eye candy (fine by me). Granted, they aren't computers I would be willing to use on a day-to-day basis, but I have higher expectations. Same computers with only 1 GB (or less, there are some with only 256 MB of RAM) run XP like dogs. Your parents computer can't handle 2 GB of RAM? Are they running a CPU older than a Northwood or AMD equivalent? That is some serious pain there if so.

Comment Re:your sarcasm is rubbish (Score 1) 893

Sorry for the late reply, but if what you said is really what you believe:

If I make 1 billion dollars and pay 10% tax, and you make 50 dollars and pay 10% tax, the system would be fair.

Then the system we have is not fair, even with all those loopholes you referred to. Wealthy people pay far more than non-wealthy (please make sure to go all the way down the page to 'Average Tax Rate By Average Gross Income').

Tax laws are going to change (example proposal), because the govt. beast is insatiable as long as fiscal insanity reigns as it has for many decades, but the problems are a) not taxes as much as spending and b) the income spreads have gotten too great for any tax system to be 'fair' to anyone. Whatever tax system you want to return to (including 0%, at least with respect to income taxes), it would have a far greater chance of success if wage disparities were at a 1960's level instead of the tax system.

Comment Re:Dram (Score 1) 114

Rude of me to reply to myself, but I should have added that when the vector units were added to PowerPC in the mid-late '90s, dst (data stream) instructions had the ability to indicate whether the fetches were transient or not and affect only the L1 if they were. gcc has supported the ability to do this since not long after the MPC7400 was released, IIRC.

Comment Re:Dram (Score 1) 114

You say newer, I was teaching people to use dcbt/icbt in PowerPC (and similar instructions in other architectures) to do that in the 90's (granted, they affected the L2 if one existed, no one had implemented an L3 on-die at that point). I love the instructions, and used the heck out of them when I hand optimized assembly code- not a career choice I would recommend at this point in time, btw. Compilers exist that can make use of them, fortunately, and they do help maintain the performance curve, but they don't break it out to a new level.

Comment Re:Dram (Score 2) 114

Back in 1997, it was determined that ~90% of the benchmarks and customer applications (provided to us for testing purposes, the NDAs were amazing) used on PowerPC were completely dominated by cache misses. That means that if we knew how many times the processor touched a bus (data easily obtained in real time), we could be accurate to within 5% of what the performance would be using a spreadsheet calculation (Thanks, Dr. Jenevein) vs running the apps on a cycle accurate system simulation which could take weeks to develop a meaningful profile. Every time the caches got bigger, the code to solve customer problems would get proportionally bigger. That hadn't changed in 2007 and isn't anticipated to change by 2017. There are edge cases, but until people are satisfied with continuing to play Lode Runner instead of Crysis N, it won't matter for the mass market.

That doesn't mean that CPUs don't need to get bigger/faster, but it does mean that there is a meaningful limit on performance relative to the cache size, the calculation of which is probably left to an exercise for the student in H&P's Computer Architecture.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 456

And... here we jump off into the deep end of the pool. Iraq was stable under Hussein. He was predictable, in full control of the country, the military and the population. That he did so through brutal means does not change that by all definitions of the word stable, Iraq was a stable country. Now, it is anything but. It could be taken over by Shia or Shiite hardliners, become a vassal state of Iran, taken over by Al Qaeda affiliates, fracture along tribal lines (or at least even more so than it is now), collapse into total chaos, or even possibly stabilize and become something like Libya, Egypt or Jordan.

At best, Iraq is a massive geo-political problem that will fester for at least a generation. At worst, it will be a base for suicidal foes of the US.

Iran pre-1979 was stable under the Shah, who was supported by the USA. He was predictable, in full control of the country, the military, and the population. That he did so through brutal means does not change that by all definitions of the word stable, Iran was a stable country (right up to the point that it wasn't). Now, it is anything but. It was taken over by Shia extremists and has become a base for suicidal foes (and supporting puppet actors aimed at other targets doing the same in Hamas and others) of the USA that has festered for more than a generation.

I see based on your logic, the USA supporting the Shah of Iran militarily to keep him from being deposed would have been a good idea, n'est pas? I have worked with many Iranians who escaped from Iran post-1979 who would agree with you. Not that I do, though I think the USA probably would have been better off contributing to further destabilization during the recent uprisings rather than giving moral support to their current leadership.

Comment Re:and then (Score 1) 209

In China, India, and quite a few other Asian countries that I am aware of, at least currently college age students were vaccinated against smallpox and have the scars to prove it.

Where I lived in the USA, they stopped vaccinating for smallpox the year I was supposed to receive it (1972, IIRC) according to my mother, but my sister (older by 3 years) has the scar.

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