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Comment Market (Score 4, Informative) 474

Most likely, there is no major competition in the market, and PC sales on the whole have slowed considerably. A modern 6800K processor is as close as you'll come to a leap forward, but it's $1100 Canadian and requires a similarly expensive motherboard + memory. Same with similar chips.

Meanwhile the cheapest system on the market is as fast as a moderately high-grade enthusiast computer from 2010 and probably has reasonable 3D graphics onboard, with a SSD drive it will feel quite snappy.

So, a) not a lot of market demand for faster systems, b) lots of tablets and game consoles for entertainment out there, c) moderately faster systems exist but cost keeps them low-volume, d) very low-percentage demand for faster computers - definitely less than 1% that will pay a premium for it, e) the majority of gamers are young-ish and they play largely twitch games even on PCs which are more GPU limited than CPU limited.

Comment Sounds so simplistic (Score 1) 41

But it's not. This requires - at present - a databasing system that can methodically lower interference between nodes and divvy up the bandwidth between different houses. Because the frequency penetrates so well and has so much distance capability, interference is a constant and potentially crippling problem. That also causes major issues with country borders, since it is easily possible to interfere with transmissions of another base station from 100+ miles distance.

The article makes it all sound like you just buy some device, plug it in and whallah, you're online at up to 600Mbps. Not to mention that 600Mbps refers to "air speed," which means all the signalling, all the channel boundaries being removed, all the error correction data, all the retransmissions, etc. In other words, nothing like 600Mbps to the end user. But hey, don't let that get in the way of $ale$ amirite?!

Comment Re:If you don't know why they're doing this... (Score 2) 440

This is it, in a nutshell. The future is largely dystopian. People, on the whole, are completely inure to the issues of governmental trespass in their lives, and thus it is unlikely to be stopped before it is an everyday nuisance (and threat) in the lives of those who are not. They trust the government because they don't seem to understand that the government is a faceless bully made up of many corrupt and self-serving individuals. The cream sinks to the bottom in government.

Comment Re:Wow, all the animosity towards police (Score 1) 372

No. Because what you are saying isn't true. And even if it was *sort of* true, then every "good" cop that stands behind and protects the "bad" cops makes a lie of them being "good." They are not just everyday people - everyday people do not have guns, a badge and a massive, built-up immunity to using force against other citizens regardless of the reason or the outcome. Seeing it your simplistic and flowery way is pure fantasy.

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