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Comment Re:40 hour week is a myth (Score -1) 146

Its funny that people today think 80 hours of work is a lot ... perhaps you should consider what humans did before modern society, even just a few hundred years ago, before you make stupid claims like that.

You're lying to yourself by pretending you'd get the same thing done in 25-30 if you ignored the 'unproductive' time ... because what you're deeming 'unproductive' is almost certainly a requirement of functioning in society as a whole ... which is the only reason you aren't out acting as a hunter/gatherer working pretty much every waking minute of your life just to survive.

It blows me away how people can be so oblivious to the fact that a 40 hour work week is a ridiculously short amount of actual week, especially for most of slashdot who sits behind a desk and doesn't actually 'work' more than pressing some keys and sitting through meetings.

Comment Re:I'm getting old. (Score 1) 127

But once you go SSD you do not go back.

I have a raid 0 SSD with samsung pros and a regular samsung pro. Besides benchmarks there is no noticable difference unless you sping up 4 VM's at the same time :-) Even then it is only a few seconds.

It is IOPS and not how many megs per second for the user. Speed in bandwidth is irrelevant as a PC needs lots and lots of read dependent on data from other reads in tiny small batches like reading hte registry, loading daemons/services, etc.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 1) 256

Microsoft wants to be like Google and Apple. Every time Android or iOS gets an update there is a big conference, news stories, people shitting bricks if they don't get it within hours of release... It's a big deal, people look forward to the new features.

It works for Google and Apple, but what people really want from Microsoft is stability and consistency and getting out of the way so they can run their software.

Yeah let's look at Apple? They suck with updates too!

MacOSX Yosemite has lots of wifi problems. Mountain Lion was one of the worst releases and broke Adobe CC their bread and butter of Apple users.

Linux sucks with updates breaking Xorg and NGNIX.

I am starting to become a fan of micro kernels again (I know 1990's stuff), but I think an OS is just too complex to go agile. Android is buggy too and a PC is more mission critical than a phone. Even Firefox had lots of troubles when it went agile due to it not being designed like Chrome to be updated frequently.

Comment Re: Take action (Score 1) 256

Frankly that's an irrelevant comparison. Win2k was around with Windows ME, not Windows XP. Windows XP was what we got after they scrapped ME and revamped Win2k for consumers. With service packs, and a little bit of dedication, the experience of Win2k by the time XP came out was not that different from XP. I used Windows 2000 on basically all of my machines until 2007, and never missed XP even once.

I used both. I bought XP for a new build the day it came out. I had 0 problems for years. I had quality hardware from intel. Yes the install was slower but I liked the built in firewall that was UPNP and I recall directX 8 was in w2k while directx9 was in XP.

There was only a year to a year and a half difference and yes XP and 2K were quite close. The only really bad problem for XP was security. SP 2 fixed many issues but man woe is you if you went on the internet without a firewall!! I mean 0wned in less than 30 seconds!

I think Windows 7 was a much better OS in my opinion as it was more secure, threaded, and was gorgeous with little bugs.

But time moves on. The sun unfortunately is starting to set on 7. Windows 10 could have been awesome too if MS did not bundle spyware and fire their QA team and do rapid releasing. I use 10 now except on my work computer and it is lighter, faster, and much more mobile friendly in power usable and touch support and I do dig Hulu and Netflix on my surface and Office 365, but bugs are annoying as hell.

Comment Re: Lots of cores doesn't mean shit (Score -1) 107

. . . and that only works in extremely specialized instances.

You do realize 99.9999999999% of the applications out there CAN'T USE THE SLI version right?

And you realize thats a very specialized instance, and they'll be the first to tell you its close to its limits for that specialized instance ... right?

Comment Re:Laissez Faire Capitalist Here... (Score 1) 200

Direct government control isn't required. The good capitalist solution is not that different to the socialist solution: make homeowners own the last mile (fibre from your house to the cabinet is yours, though you may jointly own some shared trunking with your neighbours). The connections from the cabinets should be owned by public interest companies, with the shares owned by the homeowners. Providing Internet connectivity to the network would be something that you'd open to tender by any companies (for-profit or non-profit) that wanted to provide it.

The situation in most of the USA is that it's been done using the worst possible mixture of laissez-fair capitalism and central planning. Vast amounts of taxpayer money have been poured into the infrastructure, yet that infrastructure is owned by a few companies and they have geographical monopolies and are now owned by their customers, so have no incentive to improve it. Oh, and regulator capture means that it's actually illegal to fix the problem in a lot of places. You can provide an incentive in several ways:

  • Tax penalties or fines for companies that don't improve their infrastructure. Big government hammer, and very difficult to enforce usefully.
  • Try to align the ownership of the companies with their customers. Companies have to do what their shareholders want and if their shareholders want them to upgrade the network because they're getting crap service then they will.
  • Ensure that there's real competition. This is difficult because it's hard to provide any useful differentiation between providers of a big dumb pipe and the cost for new entrants into the market is very high.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 164

Android and iOS have very different philosophies. Android devices aim to be general-purpose computer, iOS devices aim to be extensions to a general-purpose computer. I have an Android tablet and an iPad, and I find I get a lot more use from the iPad because it doesn't try to replace my computer. There's a bunch of stuff that I can do on the Android tablet that I can't do on the iPad, but all of it is stuff that I'd be better off doing on my laptop anyway (with the one exception of an IRC client that doesn't disconnect when I switch to a different window). I still use Android for my phone, because OSMAnd~ (offline maps, offline routing, open source, and good map data) is the killer app for a smartphone for me and the iOS port is far less good.

Comment Re: The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 1) 665

Alas, it's a shame that it doesn't mean anything. The point here is that the Earth has undergone many shifts in its climate, sometimes in a startlingly short period of time

Except that the difference in temperature between the peak of the Medieval Warm Period and the bottom of the Little Ice Age were significantly smaller than the difference between the current temperature and the bottom of the Little Ice Age. The last time we saw an increase in temperature equivalent to the last 200 years it was over a period of tens of thousands of years.

Go and read a news story about an area of science that you know about and compare it to what the original research actually claimed. Now realise that press reports about climate change are no more accurate than that and go and read some of the papers. The models have been consistently refined for the last century, but the predictions are refinements (typically about specific local conditions and timescales), not complete reversals. Each year, there are more measurements that provide more evidence to support the core parts of the models.

Oh, and I don't think the words objectivist or dualistic mean what you think they mean. You can't discard evidence simply by throwing random words into a discussion.

Comment Re: Take action (Score 1) 256

The reason I wrote that is because Windows 2000 was demanding at RTM and had compatibility issues with programs and drivers. XP had a firewall. XP had a upnp one which didn't require grandma to open ports manually. It had Windows Media player 9 and full directX 9c and IE 6 which was the best browser at the time if you can believe that and was finally supported for consumers that was now stable.

Windows 10 seems Ok on very new hardware like my surface pro 3 and homebuilt system. No bsod except on a AMD Radeon 470 install post anniversary update. Driver fix is up.

But bugs keep packing up. On an exgf laptop which has a shitty amd choose from 2011 I kept 8.1 on it.

If it were not for spyware and a QA team it would be a great OS. If they stop update drama and pushing drivers it would be fine. For now I have the pro version with defer updates enabled so I am on CBB business update channel. It is usable for me this way

Comment Lots of cores doesn't mean shit (Score 1, Insightful) 107

I've been hearing about massive number of cores for years ... the problem however is they are great for demonstrating that you can put a bunch of 'cores' on a chip ... not that they are actually useful for anything.

Connecting 8k of these things together? You've just proven you actually don't understand how the real world does things.

If you have 8 million cores that can add 20 super floating point numbers a second ... thats WORTHLESS because I need to do things other than add two numbers.

If you have 8k cores that can be interconnected ... that must be one awesome bus if those interconnects are useful because the congestion on that bus is going to be insane, oh ... you've got a solution to that problem? funny how that solution kills the theoretical performance

Sorry, but I've heard this stuff so many times over the years that I just get annoyed when some professor tells us about this super awesome CPU he has that is utterly fucking worthless outside of theoretical land.

And by the way, 25 cores is on the tiny side for these silly academic projects.

Blah blah blah I made this awesome processor but it only works for one tiny problem domain that can't even be used for that problem domain because of the constraints on it that allow you to make so many cores.

Not once has one of these things actually been useful in the real world, and I know thats not the point of research but the only reason you list something about so many cores is pure clickbait. No one with a clue believes you've built something useful when you make such ridiculous statements.

No, I didn't read the article. I don't have to. These papers are only about getting grant money by making ridiculous statements, not about producing anything useful and 9 times out of 8, its done using methods that the real world (read people who actually get shit done) has already deemed don't actually work outside of academia and theory.

Yes, I'm bitter. I hate useless people wasting money that could be spent doing real things, not reiterating something intel and amd knew in the 80s.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 5, Insightful) 256

What were you smoking? Win2K Pro was a fucking GREAT OS, rock solid, no eye candy bullshit, it just did what a great OS should do which is STFU and get out of the way so you can run your programs. XP was Fisher Price trash for kiddies, XP X64 (which was really Win 2K3 Workstation, MSFT got wind of so many of us turning 2K3 into desktops they just decided to sell it) was a damn fine OS, 7 is still a kick ass OS, and 8/8.1 is a good OS IF and ONLY IF you strip out the crapstore and spyware garbage and slap on Classic Shell, otherwise its UI will irritate the hell out of you.

But one thing we can all agree on is this...Windows 10 is trash. That is all it is, its trash. It gives you NOTHING better than the previous OSes, even its touted "features" are nothing but datamining trojan horse shit, takes away your ability to keep busted updates (which appears to be damned near a weekly thing with that POS) from being installed, has fucking ADWARE baked into the damned thing, has made BSOD a common condition again which I thought had died with XP, there is honestly not a single positive I can say about that piece of garbage.

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