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Comment Re:fitbit sucks (Score 1) 176

FitBit products die wether you charge them or not.

They produce very poor quality devices.

Hmm. That's not been my experience.

I got the original series Pebble the Christmas before last, and it worked [Great, Awesome, Love It! -> Works OK, with some occasional screen artifacts -> Starting to get glitchy, almost unusable screen and stopped taking software updates -> Pretty much dead, can't even read the screen when it decides to wake up at all] over the course of the next ten months. Last Christmas I got a FitBit Blaze which is still going strong. It's not nearly as flexible as the Pebble was in terms of customization and adding options, but it does what it said it would do and the heart rate monitor is very reliable. The battery doesn't last quite as long as the Pebble did, but I still get a solid 5 days between charges after a year of use, so I can't complain.

OTOH my husband has a Pebble Time Round that he purchased only 3 or 4 months ago, and so far he seems happy with it. I think both platforms have a lot to offer, so I am sad that the flexibility of the Pebble platform will now (likely) be lost.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Yes, they have been measuring unemployment in a very dishonest way for a very long time. For example, do they routinely report on the quality of the jobs that people are employed in, or how many people need to work 2 or 3 jobs to barely pay their bills? Do the numbers include the disparity in compensation for workers vs. management or how much wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few?

Predatory capitalism is struggling to keep everyone under control and prevent the move toward socialism. Someday the US will honor the part of the preamble to the Constitution that says the government is charged with promoting the general welfare of the population. Right now, the government is in bed with giant, too big to fail corporations, and they need to maintain their fictions about how well the economy is doing. I am sure the economy is doing very well for the very well to do. Not so much for everyone else.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 164

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.

Comment Re:Banish cars from the city center (Score 1) 164

If everyone uses the wheelie shopping baskets, then bus occupancy is going to have to drop to accommodate them. I agree that those are still silly arguments if you live in the city, you can just have things delivered. But what happens when you leave the city? Auto rental fees are still abusive. It cost me fifty bucks to use a U-Haul pickup for firewood for a couple of hours. It doesn't take many of those to pay off a little old Japanese pickup.

Comment Re:Qualcomm doesn't make chips (Score 1) 88

My understanding is most server farms are connected to dedicated nuclear power plants anyway, so power consumption isn't an issue. Heat dissipation? Yeah, that might be an issue.

Heat and power are the same issue. The conservation of energy means that power in is power out, and the power out is heat that needs to be dissipated. A rule of thumb for data centres is that every dollar you pay in electricity for the computers, you need to pay another dollar in electricity for cooling. If you want high density, then you hit hard limits in the amount of heat that you can physically extract (faster fans hit diminishing returns quickly). This is why AMD's presence in the server room went from close to 100% to close to 0%: Intel was much better at low power.

Comment Re:Intel 10nm != Other Foundry 10nm (Score 1) 88

Intels problem is that it cannot sell FAB time because they are vertically integrated

This is true. Intel will fab chips for other people, but they've had very few customers because everyone knows that the priority customer at Intel fabs is Intel and if yields are lower than expected it won't be Intel chips that get delayed.

Intel builds a FAB and runs its next gen chips off of it for a few years, then they are stuck looking for something to do with the FAB when it is no longer current-gen

This is simply not true. Slashdot likes to think of Intel as a a CPU vendor, but that's actually quite a small part of their business. They make a lot of other kinds of chip and a great many of these don't require the latest and greatest fab technology. This has always been a big part of their advantage over AMD: they have products that will use the fab for 10+ years, so they can amortise the construction costs over that long a period.

TSMC's revenue is now approaching Intel's, and unlike Intel they can keep all their FABs busy making money, so the outlook for Intel is grim without a serious restructuring, which they are doing (see recent massive layoffs, and bullshit marketing about their new "cloud strategy")

This is the important part and is where the ARM ecosystem has an advantage over Intel. No single processor vendor has to compete head-to-head with Intel. As long as the total size of the ecosystem is large enough, the foundries can invest in process improvements.

Comment Re:ARMing servers. (Score 2) 88

AMD had a unique market opportunity to build up a good manufacturing base w/ quality fabs for their CPUs, but didn't. Intel gave top priority to their fabs, and are the standard

AMD spun off their fabs for precisely this reason. Building fabs is insanely expensive and the only way to do is to amortise the cost over a lot of chips. Even at its peak, Intel was producing 4-5 times as many CPUs as AMD and had a load of lower-end products (e.g. network interfaces) that they'd start using the fabs for once they were a generation old. There was absolutely no way for AMD to compete head to head with Intel in fab technology, because they couldn't get the economies of scale.

This does; however, highlight just how bad Intel is at CPU design. AMD has been able to achieve rough parity for decades (and been ahead a couple of times, with the original Athlons and Opterons) in spite of always being at least one process generation behind in fabrication technology.

Comment Re: It takes a LOT of cache and very clever data p (Score 1) 88

Linked lists are just traditionally implemented linked lists. Hash tables are just traditionally implemented hash tables

Linked lists suck for caches, but hash tables don't have to. There's a trend for libraries to provide things like hopscotch hash tables as the default hash table implementation and these are very much cache aware. The real problem is the trend towards languages that favour composition by reference rather than by inclusion, which means that you do a lot of pointer chasing, which is very bad for both caches and modern pipelines.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 164

I think that this is less of a problem in Paris, but it's crazy in some other places. I used to live in Swansea, and for the last few years I lived there the cost of a day ticket was less than most fares (which the drivers knew, so they'd give you the day pass if you asked for most things). At £2.30/day, it wasn't too bad, but for 3-4 of you it was often cheaper to get a taxi. We went back a few months ago and it was cheaper for one person to get a taxi for shortish hops than to take the bus and the cost of the day tickets had gone up enough that it wasn't worth it.

The city council had spent millions remodelling the city centre to allow larger bendy busses when I was there. I never saw one more than 50% full and apparently a year or two ago they discontinued them. If they'd spent the same amount of money on more frequent, subsidised, minibuses, treating it as infrastructure that encourages people to do things that raise tax revenue rather than as a profit centre, then they'd have had far more people using public transport. Instead, privately owned bus companies have made a lot of money and it's now at a point where it's cheaper to drive than to take the bus.

Comment Re:But... (Score 3, Informative) 164

Every week I drive to the supermarket and pick up 20-30 kg of stuff[*].

Why do you do this? I haven't done a big supermarket shop in person for over 10 years. It takes 10-20 minutes to drive each way, an hour wandering around the shop, I have to queue for the checkouts, and it's just a horrible experience. All of the major supermarket chains deliver and it takes about 10-20 minutes to do the shop online (5 minutes for a routine shop where I'm just adding stuff from my favourites) and then it's delivered to my door, by a van that's delivering to a dozen other people on the way.

I'm doing pretty well just to walk through the store and COLLECT the stuff. And no, nobody will deliver it, even if I had two pennies to rub together to pay them with.

Delivery from most supermarkets here is free and even from the rest it's far cheaper than the cost of driving there, even if you don't factor in the cost of your time.

Comment Re: We knew this going in (Score 1) 510

Hillary was obviously corrupt and knew how to get away with it to the point where we risked corruption becoming legitimized with more than just a wink and nod

Becoming? You must be new.

The choice was clear. The proper lizard for the next four years was selected.

He actually hasn't been selected yet, though of course I presume that he will be.

Comment Re:Why is this the case? (Score 0) 60

Okay so if it has the same range of native functionality then why isn't it a vector for exploits to the same degree?

There are probably two reasons. Reason the first, Adobe has always been legendarily bad at security, worse than even Microsoft. Reason the second, Silverlight apps don't actually run in your browser. They run on the server. Only the presentation occurs in your browser. That means they're not adding another scripting language to your browser, either. Any scripting that happens in your browser related to a Silverlight app is using the existing script host.

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