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Comment Re:Collusion, in tech? (Score 1) 130

Even if, and that's a big if, their pay is only a decimal percentage of their expenditures, I still say do it. Using percentages in this argument is smoke and mirrors. If you say it's only 0.1% well that doesn't sound like much at all does it? But when an absolute figure is thrown out there we see the real picture. Say just one CxO's pay is $500k. 5 Hundred Thousand is a fuck load of money for most people. If that company got a work contract for 500k they'd be partying like it's 1999! But then they want us lowly peons to not worry about that 500k salary cause it's just chump change. However, they then turn around and tell us that they are gonna have to trim the fat by laying off a bunch of folks, cancelling all of our vacation and raises, and oh BTW, you guys will have to go without toilet paper in the bathrooms too. We all gotta tighten the belt afterall. That kind of shit is what disgusts me. As normal, they won't feel the pain when it comes down to it because they've shifted the pain to the lowest labor level. Ya know, those laborers who made them all that money in the first place.

Comment Re:Transcode (Score 1) 37

Uhhh...where is he gonna get a phone that will actually play the resulting 64kbps Vorbis? Like it or not while most phones will play MP3 from what I've seen very few will play Vorbis and while most phones have hardware MP3 decode to cut down on battery usage Vorbis is strictly CPU decode which will end up costing more in battery life.

I'd say he'd be better off encoding to 128kbps MP3 or simply investing in a bigger microSD, not like you can't get those cheap nowadays.

Comment Re:Burn after reading? (Score 3, Interesting) 222

So ultimately, if you want to keep your data secure, you need to shut down your laptop at least several minutes before it could be potentially seized. I remember last year reading a piece about how even volatile RAM, if kept very cool, could be read with some fidelity even after a computer had been shut down, but these seem like lab conditions. I think we're along way from declaring disk encryption "crackable", providing appropriate measures are taken.

Comment Re:Possible! (Score 1) 63

For anyone that holds the book of genesis as a literal telling of events, it has to. I forget which day it was, but the bible pretty clearly stipulated that on day X, God created light.

Well yes, but some dispute the meaning of the word "day". But it also contains an ancestry from Adam and Eve via Noah and Abraham down to Jesus - either you have a world only a few thousands of years old, or you have one where people lived to be many millions of years old. Here's the first part to Abraham:

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 male and female created he them; Mt. 19.4 Â Mk. 10.6 and blessed them, Gen. 1.27, 28 and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 and the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 and all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 and Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 and all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Ca-i'nan:
10 and Enos lived after he begat Ca-i'nan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 and all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
12 And Ca-i'nan lived seventy years, and begat Mahal'aleel:
13 and Ca-i'nan lived after he begat Mahal'aleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 and all the days of Ca-i'nan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahal'aleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 and Mahal'aleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 and all the days of Mahal'aleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived a hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
19 and Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 and all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methu'selah:
22 and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methu'selah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 and Enoch Heb. 11.5 walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
25 And Methu'selah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
26 and Methu'selah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 and all the days of Methu'selah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
28 And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 and he called his name Noah, 6 saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 and all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arphax'ad two years after the flood:
11 and Shem lived after he begat Arphax'ad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
12 And Arphax'ad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
13 And Arphax'ad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
15 and Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
17 and Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Re'u:
19 and Peleg lived after he begat Re'u two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
20 And Re'u lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
21 and Re'u lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
23 and Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
25 and Nahor lived after he begat Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram [ed: later called Abraham], Nahor, and Haran.

I'll spare you the rest of it, but it's another one of those cases where you have to either get really creative "interpreting" the Bible, or just ignore all of science and tale what the Bible says as fact.

Comment Yep (Score 2) 76

Amazon operates on very thin margins. This is partially because they want to give customers a good price, which means they don't make a lot of profit per sale. It is also because they reinvest their profits in their business, buying more infrastructure, that kind of thing.

They are not like Apple, just hoarding tons of cash, they don't actually have a tone of money left over.

Comment Totally flawed model (Score 4, Insightful) 169

If you're trying to find a balanced diet using many ingredients and take one of those away, the rest of the diet might change totally. For example, let's assume the removed ingredient was a very good source of protein. Now you're scrambling to replace it with other protein sources, introducing foods you didn't need before. And now you're high on carbs, so your high-carb food goes out and is replaced by something else, so now you lack vitamin D so we add another new food and so on. It's a set ordering not a factor ordering because if you've eaten beef all week you'd rather eat pork, even if you prefer beef.

Comment Re:but, but, racism and diversity is strength! (Score 5, Insightful) 271

Why is this not modded up? The only ones that believe in free trade and multiculturalism anymore are the 1%ers and politically correct, the rest of us can plainly see the only "trade' is the importing of slaves and the exporting of misery.

In my own area not only is the local college shutting down the programming courses (because only a fool would go 60K+ in debt to compete with someone who paid peanuts for theirs in India) but construction USED to be a good job for those that weren't able to go to college, now? you can go by any job site and yell "immigra!" and watch them scatter like deer. oh and if they take a header from a scaffold YOU PAY for their medical bills as they are dropped off by the nearest ER with a "tough luck Paco".

I've been all over the flyover states and have seen first hand what "free trade" has gotten us, its gotten us abandoned factories, boarded up buildings, and for many areas the only "jobs" are applying for government handouts and flipping burgers. To quote George Carlin "You know why they call it The American Dream? because you have to be asleep to believe in it"

Comment Re:My Jeff Dean story (Score 1) 173

Even if you're not very materialistic, few people like being significantly underpaid for their services particularly at a large, for-profit company. It smells of being taken advantage of and played for a sucker, even if you don't need it for your lifestyle. And the whole story adds up, the most difficult employee to keep is one that doesn't care much about the money but see a lot of "interesting problems" to work on at a competitor. Still even the selfless tend to like money they can spend on their charities and what they care about, if you're talking sums like that.

Comment Re:Am I the only one who wants a *CPU*? (Score 1) 123

What made you think they don't? They have multiple CPUs that are just CPUs including the best CPUs under $110 according to Tom's Hardware. I have built several with both and can say they are nice chips, in fact I've started using the FX 4 and FX 6 pretty exclusive now that the Phenom IIs have thinned out.

That said your best steal on a "quad" would be the Athlon X3 455, it looks like nearly all of those were perfectly good Propus quads with just a core disabled and they can be had for crazy cheap. There is even several dealers on eBay selling "pre-unlocked" 455s where its been tested and guaranteed to unlock for less than $50 shipped, can't beat that.

Comment Re:Best choice for 4 out of 5 desktop users (Score 2, Insightful) 123

Sorry but I call bullshit as the ONLY way you can compare a dual to a quad is if frankly you aren't even stressing the dual. If all you are doing is web surfing or watching videos? Then sure but by that argument a C2D will serve you just as well. If on the other hand you have more than 2 tabs on Chrome or are using any other SMP supporting software you WILL notice a difference between a dual core and a quad, I don't care who makes what.

And before you trot out the usual benchmarks it might do well to remember that thanks to most if not all of them using ICC they are as rigged as quack.exe and to this very day any code compiled with ICC will be crippled and there is no way to stop it, all Intel does in later releases is tell you its rigged, that is all. Why Intel didn't get an antitrust for this I don't know, other than the DOJ is toothless because this is NO different than "Windows isn't done until lotus won't run" as in both cases you are dealing with a market leader using dirty tactics to rig the market against competition. Go down that page and see what happened when they changed the CPUID of a Via chip (the only chip you can softmod the CPUID) from "Centaur Hauls" to "Genuine Intel" because when they did that? Tada, the "Intel Via" suddenly scored 30% higher on the benchmarks with the ONLY change being the CPUID.

Try running your own tests using programs compiled with GCC and I think you'll find there is MAYBE 20% - 30% difference on the high end and much lower once you get to the i5 and below. Personally after finding out about the compiler rigging, the bribing of the OEMs and the killing of the Nvidia chipsets I stopped carrying Intel and my customers couldn't be happier with the performance. I urge all of those that believe in a free market to not support market rigging and stay away from Intel. Chips like these only make it that much easier IMHO.

Comment Re:99.99% are freeloaders (Score 2) 120

So if you remove all the "freeloaders", most of the purpose of the software is gone. In the official GPL rationale, the whole purpose of the GPL is to make sure that the "freeloaders" cannot only use the software, but are free to modify it - without contributing anything. (Not that I agree with the rationale, because the percentage of end users who can actually take advantage of these rights is minuscule).

Most people aren't auto mechanics either, but using third party repair shops and aftermarket parts is common. Everybody who's used a patched/forked version that the "main" project didn't like - anyone using x.org instead of xfree86 for example - has had benefit of the distribution right, which wouldn't exist without the modification right. I agree that without the distribution right your personal right to dig into the software and patch it is almost meaningless, but so is the distribution right without the ability to modify it - it'll just be mirrors. If you don't look at those two in context, you're missing the whole point.

Comment Re:Here's hoping... (Score 1) 188

I've been using WMP 12 myself and it works but ya know what? I miss Winamp. It always had the best skins, nice EQ, it was just a sweet little player. And man would that thing run on anything, I had an old Celeron 733Mhz stuffed full of drives at the shop I used to use for a dedicated Winamp player, it was always well behaved.

But after V5 I started moving away and soon after I did I remember reading an article by one of the original founders on why he quit and I'll never forget it as it was like "Oh so THAT is why its going to crap!" He said "I knew when we were in trouble was when all AOL would do is talk about "the service" (AOL Dialup), no matter what we said it was every conversation...how were we gonna push the service? What were we gonna do to bring more users to the service? It was ALL they cared about and I was never able to get them to see that winamp users had no desire to use AOL dialup".

So here is wishing them nothing but the best but I do have one question....how in the heck are they gonna make money in the era of free media players bundled into everything? The only ways I can think of I shudder at the thought,either spamming it with ads or crippling the hell out of the player and then charge you to uncripple it, and if either is the case maybe it'd have been better off dead. The last thing I want to see is Winamp get crippled and spammed for a few years before slinking off and dying.

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