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Comment Re:GPUs (Score 3, Interesting) 215

That's not really the same thing. The Intel 80 core prototype was still a CPU at heart, they just made improvements to communication. GPUs are quite different. GPUs are designed as primarily floating point processors (though newer ones can do low precision integer math with similar efficiency), but more importantly, they are vector processors with virtually no support for conditional statements and optimized for sequential access to memory instead of random access. They're halfway between dedicated circuitry and a general purpose CPU; what they can do, they do *very* well, and they can generalize a little, but tasks they weren't designed for need to be rewritten to accommodate their quirks, and eventually reach a point of diminishing returns. Integrating GPUs into the CPU will allow more programs to use it (and possibly speed processing and enable new scenarios where the CPU and GPU need to communicate frequently), but for run of the mill computing tasks, the relatively inflexible design of GPUs is a problem.

Comment Re:Other Amendments (Score 1) 490

Yup. Originally, that would have meant Congress has to declare war, and then Congress has to pass a law enabling the quartering of troops. Since the advent of the atomic bomb, Congress de facto relinquished its power to declare war and left it to the President. The War Powers Act codified this, basically allowing the President to wage limited war without congressional approval, while escalation or extension required approval from Congress, though not a proper "declaration" of war. I'm sure constitutional lawyers would have a field day if Congress passed a law allowing quartering today, since we're de facto at war. The question is whether it would count legally.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 1172

Sigh, really?
Conservatives who have cited Mao

And that piece on Van Jones? Play a lot of spooky music, put a grainy filter on the videos, and take a couple of quotes from an angry and radicalized past (if you had been arrested for protesting social injustice Im sure you'd be mad too) and somehow link them to the man's current line of work. Also, keep emphasizing that he was arrested at protests like it was because he was in the wrong, ignoring that lots of people are falsely arresting during protests because of our police-lite-state

I didn't know anything about Van Jones before watching this video and to me he seems like a stand up guy who is a very ardent and very vocal supporter of human and civil rights.

Comment Get out and do stuff (Score 2, Insightful) 1354

Get out and do things, anything really.

Nobody just shows up to your door and asks if you want to date or hang out.

Lots of above posters have suggested great things. The biggest thing to remember is to just DO SOMETHING.

Go to a class - cooking, dancing, photography, poetry, reading, etc
Develop a physical hobby - working out, martial arts, running, biking, climbing, hiking, tennis, soccer, basketball, softball
Go to a book store

Go to the mall
Go to a bar
Go to a club
Yes, online works too., craigslist, meetup, etc etc
If you want to do geeky things, find a D&D game, or a LAN party, or whatever
Probably the best place to find geeky girls is on a college campus. Go find out where the engineering and computer science departments are or find out where those people like to get together.

The thing about being social is - you just have to BE social. Put yourself in social activities and social situations and you will have the opportunity to be social!

Get outside and do things

Comment Re:Never happy, are we? (Score 1) 130


It's not that I didn't have fun with L4D, and it kept my attention for about a month or so after release, but pretty quickly all that content was devoured. Playing with friends we had everything down to a science. Only when playing with random people did it feel dangerous and exciting again because there would be varying levels of player skill.

With no updates and expansions my friends and I quickly lost interest and went on to play other games.

The sort of irony I feel about this is I would *gladly* pay for all the content we've been given for Team Fortress 2. I still play TF2 quite regularly and have gotten more entertainment out of it than any game in recent memory.

Maybe I'll just buy L4D2 as sort of my TF2 "tax"

Subverting PIN Encryption For Bank Cards 182

An anonymous reader sends in a story at Wired about the increasingly popular methods criminals are using to bypass PIN encryption and rack up millions of dollars in fraudulent withdrawals. Quoting: "According to the payment-card industry ... standards for credit card transaction security, [PINs] are supposed to be encrypted in transit, which should theoretically protect them if someone intercepts the data. The problem, however, is that a PIN must pass through multiple HSMs across multiple bank networks en route to the customer's bank. These HSMs are configured and managed differently, some by contractors not directly related to the bank. At every switching point, the PIN must be decrypted, then re-encrypted with the proper key for the next leg in its journey, which is itself encrypted under a master key that is generally stored in the module or in the module's application programming interface, or API. 'Essentially, the thief tricks the HSM into providing the encryption key,' says Sartin. 'This is possible due to poor configuration of the HSM or vulnerabilities created from having bloated functions on the device.'"

Comment Re:How to comment (Score 2, Informative) 161

Commenting seems like a rather complicated (or rather tedious) process.

All filings related to this Notice of Inquiry should refer to GN Docket No. 09-51

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Submission + - FDIC closes Netbank, Inc.

An anonymous reader writes: One of the first and best, in my opinion, internet banks in the country was closed by the FDIC today. Being a loyal customer for 8 years, I am saddened that an institution that provided me with so much great service and a cool, hi tech way [early 2000 way at least] to conduct my financial transactions is shutting down. Seems that mortgage defaults are to blame. Here's the link to the story and the defunct web page...

Submission + - AT&T Silences Criticism in New Terms of Servic ( 1

marco13185 writes: AT&T's new Terms of Service give AT&T the right to suspend your account and all service "for conduct that AT&T believes"..."(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." After cooperating with the government's violations of privacy and liberties, I guess AT&T wants their fair share. AT&T users may want to think twice about commenting if they value their internet service.

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