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Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 191

Every GOP dominated state has severely failing economies. See Kansas as a perfect example.

Define "failing". Red states, by and large, have lower economic growth because they are more rural, and urban centers generate more economic activity. That's a generality, though. If you look at a list of states by GDP per capita, some red states rank very highly.

If you're talking about fiscal responsibility, it's pretty much exactly the opposite of what you say. The states that are on the edge of bankruptcy are nearly all blue states, while those with the healthiest governments are red states.

Kansas, BTW, is firmly middle of the pack on both measures. Kansas is #25 of 50 in terms of GDP per capita, and according to the Mercatus rankings, they're #27. So Kansas isn't a perfect example.

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 2) 155

Because a bot buying stock doesn't prevent you from buying it as well?

Sure it does -- in the same way.

Bots buying tickets buy them to sell them at a higher price. Bots buying stocks buy them to sell them at a higher price. If you're unable or unwilling to pay that price, then you can't buy the ticket/stock.

Comment Yah but (Score 1) 82

They turned all this crap on by default along with annoying auto-run apps. To say that I am unamused would be an understatement. However, I was able to fix the issue trivially by blowing away ALL of AMD's radeon junk, ripping out the radeon card, and buying a nice cheap little Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

Problem solved.


Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 256

What I considered really interesting was the question: if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?

I think it's likely that before too many more generations the normal process will be to grow babies in artificial wombs, and that could eventually make it so that a significant percentage of women become unable to bear children the old-fashioned way. Although we'd lose the evolutionary pressure for wide hips for birthing, it doesn't seem like there are any evolutionary pressures against wide hips, so I don't see why they'd disappear.

Comment Re:People use this? (Score 1) 70

Anyone who defends this convenience-over-privacy should download and print Jihadi-type information, nuke plans, bio-weapons info, etc. through this service and see how long it is before there is a knock on their door.

Sure. Got a link? I have absolutely zero concern about any sort of problem like that.

Comment Re:People use this? (Score 1) 70

I can't believe people willingly send their documents to Google where they will be processed by their systems and stored for however long.

I love it. It's super convenient to be able to print to my printer from any device, anywhere. Even when I'm printing from a computer rather than my phone or tablet, I frequently find that the native print drivers are unreliable and buggy over the network, and especially over Wifi. Not so much that I can't get it to connect and print with a little fiddling but Google Cloud Print just works, every time. As for Google "processing" the documents, (a) I'm fairly certain they don't data mine Cloud Print data and (b) I don't care. Most of what I print I either created in Google Docs or received in Gmail anyway. And even where that's not the case, the only thing Google would do with anything learned from my print jobs is to make better choices about what ads I might find interesting.

However... my printer is an Epson, and it was bootlooping a couple of days ago (I turned it off). I assumed the printer itself was having some problem and was planning to investigate when I have time this weekend. Sounds like I just need to wait for Google to sort this problem out and I'll be good.

Note that I work for Google, though not on Cloud Print. I'm just a (usually) happy user of Cloud Print.

Comment Re:ARM Server CPUs, x86 on ARM (Score 1) 83

When I've heard people talk about "ARM servers," the fine print tends to be that they're not really talking about ARM CPUs, they're talking about ARM SoCs ... so however many ARM CPU cores paired with other components that tailor the SoC for specific workloads. The resulting ARM servers probably won't be general-purpose hardware for everybody to use, they will be marketed to people who know the specific thing they want to do and now they just want to hit the sweet spot on power consumption/cost/whatever.

Comment Re:Almost never go... (Score 1) 294

I almost never go to the cinema. It's useful when you're a kid wanting to date as neutral ground (although from what I understand kids don't date anymore- just hook up).

I'd much rather watch in the Living room than the cinema. No overly loud sound. No uncomfortable squished together seats. No popcorn stuck to the floor. The cinema isn't exactly a positive experience.

We must have much better theaters where I live than you do. Here it's all big, comfy stadium seating and they do a great job of keeping the floors clean. We tend to go to early shows (4-5PM usually), so we often have the theater to ourselves. At most there are few dozen others. And even when we do go to a later show where the house is closer to full, I can't remember the last time noise was a problem.

Anyway, my answer to the question is: Absolutely not. My wife and go see a movie pretty much every week. We have a weekly date night and we like movies. There's absolutely no way we'd want to watch those movies at home, because the primary motivation for the date is to go out, to get away from the house, the kids, etc. If the theater were an unpleasant place, we just wouldn't watch movies at all because we'd find something else to do on date night and we don't have a lot of spare time for movie-watching the rest of the week.

That's just me, of course, but judging by the people I see at the theater, I'm far from alone in that. Lots of people like going to the theater. There's a lot more to it than just watching the movie.

Comment Re:Not all emulation (Score 1) 83

That's not actually that big of a downside. With Microsoft Office, for example, Microsoft still recommends most users install the 32-bit version, even though almost everybody is running a 64-bit OS these days. The exception is people who need to run crazy big Access databases (or ... shudder ... Excel spreadsheets).

Comment Re: Now we have investment spam as news (Score 1) 247

"He's a firm believer in the underlying tech and the blockchain as a source of value in itself"

Hm, therein lies perhaps some of the difference between him and me. I was enamoured with the tech early but when I saw the problem of ever increasing blockchain sizes and the pretty much unsustainable quantity of bytes that needs to be shuffled around once the number of transactions increases to anything even approaching a globally accepted scale, and when I wrote a white paper proposing some mechanisms for mitigating this that went completely ignored by the bitcoin developers, I decided that the whole thing, while a great idea in principle, was going to collapse under the weight of the mostly intractible problem of bandwidth.

I still think it's not likely to succeed in the long term, but man was it a clever idea.

Comment I'm kind of surprised they don't do more tie-ins. (Score 1) 294

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:ARM Server CPUs, x86 on ARM (Score -1) 83

They probably love the idea: Replace you're functional buy virus ridden Intel CPU based Windows PC with a ARM based tablet that 'can run full windows 10'. Wait 2 days until the buy realizes that emulating x86 on ARM is absolutely shitastic and that the whole thing is a retarded idea, they'll return the stupid ARM 'pc' ... then they'll go back out and buy a new Intel laptop. Intel wins.

Reality check:

When intel cares, they'll do something about it. They can make ARM processors (Intel even did at one point, think they stopped) as good as anyone ... and they can make ARM processors as good as anyone that include REAL x86 hardware, which will then wipe out anyone else trying to get anywhere near the same performance per watt.

Intel missed mobile by dumping ARM, but ARM isn't going to replace real processors anytime soon for servers that do real work. Sure, it might replace the one dinky little server that some company puts a website on that should have been a VM on some cloud, but thats not exactly a high dollar market right there nor is it more than a handful of people.

ARM server CPUs will not be anything like what you think of as 'ARM' CPUs, at which point, they'll be a lot more like Intel CPUs with the same performance and issues.

ARM CPUs are built for different purposes than x86 CPUs. They will never have the exact same level of capabilities and you'll never use them interchangeably.

ARM CPUs from different fabs can be used the interchangeably because they ARE the same CPU. Its all from the same initial designs, just different configurations. A Qualcomm ARM CPU is never going to be ridiculously better than a Samsung ARM CPU because they are both ARM designs, same cores, same roots, same everything, hell in reality, probably Fab'd in the same plant on the same production lines!

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