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Comment Re:And us too - soon (Score 1) 394

Face it, the people don't want to really be free. They want to feel safe above all else. They are so afraid of terrorism when the fact is they are most likely to die from complications of their obesity or from a car accident because they were distracted while they were updating their facebook page.

I wonder about this.
Who would take one for the team, if it meant no mass surveillance?
Who would accept the cost in lives from the unstopped terrorism that could* result from a lack of surveillance? (*I know this is a stretch)
Who would be willing to die, if it meant their family would be free from surveillance?

Why not ask people in countries torn by terrorism? Would they exchange terrorism for excessive surveillance?

Comment Insert Subject Here (Score 1) 74

Over the first two years, 57% of optune users died, compared to 70% of standard regimen patients.
Over the final two years, out of the survivors from the first two years,
about 63% of optune users died, and about 66% of standard regimen patients died.

Maybe it just buys time, maybe the cancer adapts, maybe it just needs to be refined.

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

AR is a massive privacy invasion waiting to happen.
VR isn't.

Oh yea, heaven forbid we gain AR and lose all of the privacy we currently have with the likes of Google and the NSA.

AR requires cameras in public places.
VR doesn't.

Nearly everywhere you go in public right now, you are on at least one camera if not ten. All of which are owned by other people than yourself.
One more camera of your own that isn't recording doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

AR pretends you can navigate in the real world while being distracted by a game.
VR doesn't.

That's about the only good point you've listed.

AR can be spoiled / interrupted by other people's pissing about in front of the idiot with the headset.
VR cannot.

Challenge accepted!

AR requires high-end computer vision, equipment and processing to operate properly.
VR doesn't.

Tell that to the VR headset makers that all want me to upgrade my video card or purchase a next gen console.

Comment Re:Why won't Democrats support the outcome? (Score 1) 1321

I really don't understand this us/them mentality that people keep spewing. We all work together, we are family members, coworkers and fellow human beings with the same exact needs.

It's easy to look at them as humans until you're faced with someone who believes that the founder of Planned Parenthood has intended all along for minorities to be aborted out of existence, and that contraceptives encourage perverted behavior and ultimately cause more unwanted pregnancies than abstinence. I can see the slippery slope from his point of view, but it's not like he is advocating for harsher laws to force wayward fathers into raising their unplanned offspring.

That said, I'm entirely sick of hearing this endless rant about how everyone who voted Trump is a racist, misogynist, bigoted xenophobe. People voted for him because they felt he would better represent them. And guess what, if half of the population really is just a bunch of xenophobes, you aren't going to change it with rampant name calling.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

Why not? You load them into containers and ship them across the Pacific. The logistics get less immediately flexible, because it does take time to cross the Pacific, but it isn't expensive.

More than a third of their suppliers are in China.
If they get sent the wrong part, or have a quality control issue, it will take them weeks to find out they have a problem. If that quality control issue isn't discovered while the ship is in route, the duration of the trip will be wasted manufacturing non-conforming product.

It also seems intuitive to me that the logistics of making sure that the 300+ suppliers (already in China) get their product to the right place gets more difficult/expensive when you have to cross the ocean, as opposed to tracking completed iPhones from a few factories in China to the US. Is that flawed? Is it really not that much more expensive, despite someone having to manage those logistics?

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

No, I got it from a different resource called "my brain" using a technique called "thinking". There is no reason whatsoever that component costs will significantly change just because the phone is assembled in America. Only assembly costs would change.

I see your point, but the logistics of shipping a variety of components (that were natively available in China) can't be cheap.
Also, a US factory worker costs at least 10 times as much as a Chinese worker. If it costs $10 in Chinese labor, its at least $100 for US labor.

Comment Re:All linked in /usr ? (Score 1) 58

The "all in /usr" comes out of the containerized web monkeys that is running the userspace Linux show these days...

What they do is they boot the "node" (aka computer) via a compressed boot image (initramfs), and then once that has set thing up, they just remount / read only to a SAN backend.

Hell, systemd is basically built around this being the expected way. This to the point that said boot image needs to get dbus up before handing things over to systemd loaded from /. Systemd will then use that for its early stuff before killing the boot image dbus, and starting a new one from /.

Observe how all of this is cooked up by the trifecta of Gnome, Freedesktop and Fedora, with most of the devs involved being on Red Hat payroll. Linux above the kernel has long since stopped being a community project, and become an extended arm of Red Hat.

Comment Re:My Apologies (Score 2) 174

I still see no functional difference what so ever. Both options in your example are identical.

Publisher takes the servers offline?
Then no you can't download the software from them anymore.
If you have a copy of the downloaded software, you can't activate it because the servers are down, and it is useless.
If you have a copy of the software on disc, you can't activate it because the servers are down, and it is useless.

They look functionally the same to me so far.

In order to get either copy to work, you have to modify the software in a way deemed illegal to do.
But legality aside let's say we go down that path.

I can go to the pirate bay and download the patch to modify the software to run without activation.
That patch will apply to the software you have on disk.
That same patch will apply to the software from the download servers, which will be on the pirate bay included with the patch.

In both cases the software would then work. Again they look functionally the same to me so far.

The only real difference is if you refuse to download anything, including the modification to patch the software to work.
In THAT case, my downloaded software can be fixed with the downloaded patch and will work.
Your software on disk will still require that patch to work, which you refuse to download.

Downloaded version works, disk version does not.

In any realistic situation both versions of the same bits are identical.
Only in an idealistic world where you never download anything is your method of having the software on disk worse off in the end and leave you with non-functional software.

Comment Re:So? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

I think they just used small pieces of scrap meal taken out of a scrap yard. Still not as exciting as headline entails, "researchers use scrap pieces that were already a good candidate for the job and probably not representative of whats just lying around"

To make such a future possible, Pint headed a research team that used scraps of steel and brass - two of the most commonly discarded materials -

The obtained scrap carbon steel (1010 steel) and brass sheets (Yellow brass, 67% Cu/33% Zn)

So while the yard may be full of the materials, the majority probably needs to be refined in some way to be a particular form factor... brass sheets, and whatever shape the steel needs to be.

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