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Comment Re:Why not an x86 board? (Score 1) 102

They don't appear to have abandoned the product line; but it's been ages since I've seen a VIA x86 in the wild. HP used to build thin clients around them, after Transmeta died horribly; and prior to Atoms they showed up reasonably frequently on embedded boards(slow; but markedly cheaper than a Pentium M and markedly smaller and cooler than P4); but they don't seem to have done well recently. They were always pretty slow, and ran pretty warm unless clocked quite low, plus their GPU offering is a descendant of the old S3 'Chrome' designs which is...not good...when it comes to software support.

Between Atoms and the AMD G-series SoCs, it was a bit of a slaughter.

Comment Re:I was in the room for the first surgery with R2 (Score 1) 37

Fine and good. Now, let's look at outcomes before we get all wound up about it. The DaVinci experience should lead one to perhaps hit the pause button. Hundreds of these nice, expensive machines were sold. At least in the US, Medicare allows an additional payment for robotic surgery (wonder why?). Yes, DaVinci is supposed to be tracking outcomes and costs but it has been very, very slow at publishing them. The earlier studies didn't show much of an improvement.

There are lots of shiny new tech inventions in medicine that seem cool, ground breaking even and turn out to be not terribly useful.

It may well turn out for the better, but it is anything but clear that this is the case. And you wonder why medical costs are what they are.

Comment Re:Unutterable bollocks (Score 1) 37

Thank you. This points out the problem with PR releases (and Slashdot 'editors' and the entire 'journalism' echo chamber. TFA will get picked up by Reuters, Google, Yahoo (well, that was last year) and Bingo. It will filter to thousands of blog sites, get picked up by the search engines again and echo back and forth. Pretty soon somebody is going to actually believe it.

Thank His (Her?) Noodliness we have Slashdot!

Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 276

It probably helps that the techniques for neutralizing locks and cameras, while typically not legal if used during a burglary, aren't all that interesting to a potential jury; while the techniques for neutralizing dogs are either rather unreliable or deeply unsympathetic. Some dogs will roll right over for a charm offensive and a treat; but you can't rely on that; and if you kill a dog you've probably made yourself less popular than at least half of the actual murders on the docket, which isn't a good plan for a relatively petty property crime.

Comment Re:Security expert? (Score 1) 276

Screw your "regardless." Honest people wouldn't have taken it. Same as I should be able to leave my doors unlocked and not have strangers walk into my home and take stuff.

Yeah, and the world should be full of unicorns that poop gummydrops. However, here in the real world, if you leave your doors unlocked and something gets stolen, I, and every other reasonable person on the planet, will call you an idiot (because that is an idiotic thing to do). Not that you are the one to blame for the crime. That's not what's happening in any of those cases (well, there are a few people who really do blame the victim, but they're also idiots). No, you'd be an idiot because you failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

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