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Comment Re:Science coverage with AD (Score 1) 93

... revisionism at its best. was christ born in that vicinity of years? yes, the man later to be known as christ was born in a 30 year window of that time.

[citation needed]

There is not one single historical point of evidence for the man's existence. Every supposed eyewitness account is from the same collection of related works allegedly created by three authors. I love the idea of Jesus Christ as much as the next guy, but there is literally no historical evidence for his existence. The closest thing you get is one historian repeating hearsay.

This doesn't mean there was no Christ. The absence of evidence is not the same as incontrovertible evidence of absence. But please, let's at least try and stick with facts here. I know, I know. I must be new here.

Comment I'm kind of surprised they don't do more tie-ins. (Score 1) 41

I'm not talking advertising tie-ins, but why not do additional story lines available for streaming purchase? Especially in those big ensemble superhero movies that are always so narratively cluttered because they have to give you a thin slice of so many characters.

Comment Re:I Would Rather Go To Theatres (Score 1) 41

As would I. I actually prefer the theater experience, providing you don't have a theater full of assholes. When I went to The Force Awakens last year on its opening day, that old communal experience I remember from theaters when I was a kid came back. There was cheering and clapping when the Star Wars theme played and in general it really was a wonderful experience. My experience with Deadpool was even better, as people laughed at the jokes through the whole thing. And there's the big screen, which I really do love. Can't reproduce that at home.

Comment Re:Try a docking station (Score 1) 70

I've done it with a tablet and it works, but I own a notebook and have a desktop PC at work so I see little enough reason to do it. In theory I suppose the idea of using a mobile device as your primary computing device has its attractions, but this would also mean for me having a Windows device or a device capable of running the Windows software I do use, and the cost of Windows smart devices is fairly hefty.

Comment Re:Enough of this foolishness (Score 1) 104

I feel the same way. I can't imagine a reason I would want multiple wireless devices. Tethering serves the purpose well enough, and really, where I am, wireless data limits are low enough that I would never want my notebook just being able to connect to the wireless network willy nilly.

Comment Re:FX!32 (Score 1) 70

If there were lots of ARM desktop systems out there I could understand it, but as it is, ARM is almost solely still an embedded, tablet and smartphone ecosystem. Having used classic Windows apps on an 8" tablet, I can't imagine any sane person wanting to run them on a phone, or even an 8" tablet.

Comment Re:Banish cars from the city center (Score 1) 198

Plus also, you have to be really pretty rural before you can't get things delieved.

You don't have to be very far before it becomes much more expensive, though. Since I live in a crappy little county with a crappy little retail store selection, I can only have most large things shipped to a freight depot. Some people will ship them to the foot of my driveway, but they can't get a big truck up it.

This is not about me, though, this is about the city. And if you seldom leave it, and you happen to live where you can walk to work or where public transportation works for you then yes, it surely makes sense to have no car. In a lot of cities, it's not reasonable to relocate to be closer to work — finding any housing at all is often an epic struggle. So we're going to need either to fix that problem, or to build public transportation systems which actually let people go where they need to go in a timely fashion. For example, it has to be faster than walking. Certainly in San Francisco that is often not the case, depending on which boroughs you're traveling between.

Even with the rentals, I spend much, much less per year than I would on maintainance, insurance, road tax etc.

In the USA we pay the same road tax regardless of whether we own the vehicle. Our registration fees only pay for... well, they don't apparently pay for much of anything actually. But that's another rant. EVs will cut maintenance costs. Insurance is based on the number of miles driven.

And, I can also rent an appropriate vehicle for the journey, like a nice long wheelbase transit if I'm moving big things or a normal car for simply getting me somewhere.

If you're commonly making trips which can be made in a total econobox then that can be viable. If you are commonly making trips which require a larger vehicle, that becomes prohibitively expensive in fairly short order. I, for one, am two meters tall, and I always require a larger vehicle. Only a very few mid-size vehicles are even large enough inside to accommodate me. Nissan and Subaru are the only Japanese manufacturers which leave enough space for a human of my dimensions, for example, in anything other than the largest vehicles from a luxury sub-marque. In Panama I was able to rent an Almera (Sentra) at one point and that was not great but okay, but then I got stuck with a Yaris later and it was a knee-cramping nightmare.

There are lots of considerations which might lead people to need to own a car even if they live in a city. Most of them could be eliminated by implementing elevated PRT, for those people who tend to stay within its borders.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 311

I get it, you're opposed to Trump ideologically. But you have to stop saying retarded things like "you can't build a wall" or no one will ever take you seriously again, and you'll keep losing.

Tell you what. I'll bet you a dollar that we never build a contiguous wall under a Trump or even Pence presidency. It doesn't have to be effective for you to win this bet. It only has to be without breaks which are not intentional. (Border crossings are permitted, so long as a highway or equivalent runs through them, and they are patrolled.) I'm allowing for the apparent attempt to build a wall, so it really does have to reach completion.

Comment Re:Performance? (Score 1) 70

The applications that lose in this scenario are the ones the rely on raw single thread performance. Certainly some games are in this camp, but many games which make efficient use of threads are not.

It's not that simple. Games are multithreaded now, yes, but they do not have a crapload of threads which can make use of a crapload of cores. If you're taking a substantial clock rate hit and another substantial hit from translation overhead, the truth is that it's not just the high-end games which are going to suffer, nor the low-end ones, but any of them which are not very old — as defined by coming from the era when PCs had even lower clock rates. It's already true that Intel processors with less cores still beat AMD processors in gaming benchmarks, notably in the area of minimum frame rate — the torque of graphics performance, where the max frame rate is horsepower. We all like high max frame rates, but high minimum frame rates are what really matter. (price:performance is also relevant, which is why I went AMD anyway; both CPU and motherboard are cheaper, which translates into a big savings at the system price level. I am not in competition, and I can live with slightly degraded graphics.)

Comment Re:God no (Score 3, Interesting) 49

I have 2 AMD cards on a windows 10 and windows 7 machines, never had any of these issues. Sounds like you just suck

I've never not had these problems. I've never had AMD drivers work properly without being hacked up by DnA. AMD has been crashing Windows for me since the Mach32 and Windows 3.1. (Don't even get me started on all the different Mach64 chipsets with different drivers.)

Comment Re:Just what Corporate Security needs... (Score 1) 104

I have heard that the AMT stuff is only physically bound to the primary interface in a system. Even if it isn't you could use an add-in NIC which will bypass AMT altogether.

Except you can't, because they're taking expansion slots out of devices. You can use an add-on NIC dongle, but those are inferior and overpriced.

Comment Re:Just what Corporate Security needs... (Score 1) 104

Oh, and I fully expect a push from corporate lobbyists to make DIY illegal in some way, so you can forget about that build-it-yourself Kickstarter idea to re-enable the concept of choice...

That's not realistic, there's no real way for them to do that without impinging on their own freedoms. But they might well lobby for laws which make modifying their product illegal...

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 198

I had the same experience in SF. 15 minutes driving including parking, or an hour and a half minimum on MUNI (bus, train, bus). Asthma plus hills plus office job equals no, so there was certainly no biking or walking going on. Nobody needs to smell my pits that bad.

This is why we need PRT. Buses don't solve the problem because they don't go where you need them to go. Self-driving cars don't solve the problem because they won't alleviate traffic issues, only parking.

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