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Comment Re:Nice biased wording there (Score 1) 339

You realize that those CPU's are still on the market even though they're not in production right? Then again, if you notice that it's "lifetime trends" which was rather the point.

It's at best disingenuous to argue that a manufacturer's product is "a better bang for the buck" when they're not actually selling the product you're talking about. I understand now--your point was to lie with data, after all.

Comment Re:Nice biased wording there (Score 1) 339

Yeah...well no, you might want to look up the price/core cost vs AMD and Intel, then you'll quickly see AMD tromps all over it. And really with the Vishera cores, you're seeing a negligible loss in real world performance. The only place where Intel beats AMD in cost-per-core is with the celery(celeron) line.

You do realize that your chart is heavily skewed toward CPUs which aren't current production, right? I mean, the top 11 SKUs on that chart range in price from $11 to $22 and can only be purchased from random 3rd parties on Amazon at fire sale prices. You have to get to the 12th SKU in order to find something available at retail (from New Egg)... and it's an Intel product. #13 is also an out of production unit, while #14 is another Intel product. #15 is an honest to god current production AMD chip, though.

While I won't accuse you of lying with data (I've done quick research that appeared to support my conclusion and ended up with egg on my face, as well) the point you're trying to make (other than that Celeron beats AMD in price/performance) is totally undermined by your supporting data.

Comment Re:Does anyone have a list of the patents? (Score 1) 309

Plus backup, server licence, admins, storage.... Outlook licence. And to add insulte to injury, the licence is even more expensive than direct competitor like IBM lotus note and Novell groupwise.... and that's not considering open source alternative.

Exchange cost a lot.

Backup, admins, storage are going to be required no matter what you're running--even if you're only running postfix and courier. I'll grant the cost of the server license, but that too is fairly cheap (around $700 last I looked). Amortized it across a user base of any reasonable size, and it's at most a couple of bucks a user per year. If it's more than this, your userbase is so small that you should probably be looking at a hosted solution, anyway.

In either case, "horribly expensive" is a gross overstatement at best.

Comment Re:Does anyone have a list of the patents? (Score 2) 309

Problem is, it is Microsoft, and horribly expensive.

Exchange costs about $60-70 per user for a CAL. Even if you're constantly upgrading to the latest version of Exchange, that's a hair over $20 a year. You and I have different definitions of "horribly expensive." Compared to the cost of a full time employee, $20 is noise.

Comment Re:Fourth Amendment (Score 1) 457

But if you simply give your stuff to someone else, you lose that protection. I pay nothing to Google for their gmail. It's on their servers.

I find that to be an indefensible position. Just because Google has my data on their servers does NOT mean that the government has the right to access that data (or at least, according to a simple reading of the 4th amendment, SHOULD not mean so). Things are different if Google decides to give my data to the government--the government didn't violate my privacy, Google did, and my remedy here is limited to suing Google for breaching my privacy in this way.

The obvious next step down the slippery slope here is Google agreeing to supply all of my data to the government (in return for some consideration) but I would argue that, at this point, they are functioning as agents of the government, and the 4th amendment again applies.

I don't believe case law backs my interpretation--but then again, case law says that growing wheat and eating it is "interstate commerce" so YMMV...

Comment Re:Ultimately we do need more government intervent (Score 3, Interesting) 717

The NRA is a sportsmen's organization that advocates for the rights of hunters. Historically the NRA has been for gun control, having helped draft the ban on fully automatic weapons in the 1980's.

I will be charitable, and assume you are misinformed. Otherwise, you're either talking out of your ass, or just plain knowingly lying.

The NRA was incorporated after the end of the Civil War by former Union general officers to improve the general level of marksmanship among the population--because, as Ambrose Burnside put it, "Out of ten soldiers who are perfect in drill and the manual of arms, only one knows the purpose of the sights on his gun or can hit the broad side of a barn." It's mission is TRAINING the same and effective use of firearms. Hunting had exactly nothing to do with the purpose of the organization--though, of course, the NRA DOES support hunting, since it is one of the shooting sports.

As for your comment about the 1986 ban on machine guns, the NRA most certainly did NOT help draft that legislation. The ban was attached to legislation that the NRA DID help draft, the Firearms Owners Protection Act, which undid some of the worst parts of the Gun Control Act of 1968. After the amendment was adopted, the thinking was that the ban on machine guns, while not desirable, was worth getting the rest of the bill enacted into law.

Comment Short term thinking (Score 1) 58

Sounds like short term thinking to me--EMC makes some short term cash, but now their brand is associated with low end NAS devices instead (or at least in addition to) top tier back end storage? This sounds like when Cisco bought Linksys, and rebranded some of the products, with rather predictable results. What idiot wants a low end product associated with a premium brand name?

Comment Re:Totally arbitrary anyway (Score 2) 215

Move to suburbia. Even if the kid still doesn't make the cut for the gifted program, he'll receive a far higher quality education than he would in even the best of urban schools.

Complete bullshit. Just to pick a name that everybody knows, Bronx High School of Science is as good as, and maybe better than, any suburban schools, by any standard. There are some very good high schools in New York City, and every upscale parent knows which ones they are.

You're ignoring the fact that suburbs are expensive, and they self-select for wealthy families. That's often the reason people move to the suburbs.

Speaking as someone who went to Brooklyn Tech, I have a high respect for Bronx Science and find your description of it as "as good as, maybe better than any suburban school," to border on insulting. The specialized schools in NYC are some of the best in the country, hands down. That said, this in no way invalidates the point the GP was making--that suburban schools are, typically, of higher quality than large city schools. Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and Stuyvesant are places where the entire school is in the "gifted program" and do not reflect the quality of city schools overall.

Comment Re:being your own boss (Score 1) 426

A police officer or firefighter can retire at 50 with 90% of their base pay...

And that was part of the compensation package the city agreed to pay them when they took their job. Retroactive compensation cuts are bullshit, fraud to the nth degree.

Apologies on one point, I misread part of your post, so my coming off as correcting you just looks dickish. That said, while I agree in principle that retroactive cuts are bullshit, I disagree that the cause of the problem was financial mismanagement. The real root cause is that the compensation packages were not viable from day one.

Comment Re:being your own boss (Score 1) 426

Bullshit. Some towns became insolvent because they entered into agreements to pay employees some money now and some at a later time, and then so badly mismanaged their finances -- largely through giving more and more tax breaks to the wealthy -- that they couldn't follow up on their obligation to pay people the agreed-upon compensation. Blaming unions for right-wing policies that benefit the 1% while screwing workers is ludicrous.

While on the high end for public sector employees, "Public Safety" pensions in California most certainly do not fall into your rant above. They are, frankly, obscene and are indeed a large part of why many municipalities have financial problems. A police officer or firefighter can retire at 50 with 90% of their base pay (which is usually considerable--a CHP officer earns between $68-84k per year not including overtime pay (which is $48-61 per hour). Their pension is calculated based on the 3 highest earning years.

Please note that the above numbers are BASE pay, and they can (and do) earn significantly more. See here for details. I would assume that CHP officers are probably paid more than a local sheriff's deputy, but my understanding is that many municipalities in CA are competitive with this structure.

To sum up: While the devil is in the details, it quite easy to make the statement the OP did and NOT be full of shit.

Comment Re:being your own boss (Score 1) 426

Bullshit. Whether or not you're unionized, you can thank unions for the 40 hour workweek (which is dying with the unions), weekends off, lunch breaks, coffee breaks, vacations... any working stiff who is against unions is an idiot that has fallen for the right wing's bullshit.

Because Henry Ford was a well known organizer of unions, and all...

Comment Re:Sense of proportion (Score 1) 346

Gotta love sense of proportion. You've got companies like Monsanto and Academi (formerly Blackwater) and a raft of multinationals polluting and doing bad stuff - but the one that causes the outrage? EA..

Bank of America vs EA:

1. Cratered the economy? ehhhh...
2. Botched launch of a time waster game? GET THE TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS!

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