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Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

just goes to show the best product doesnt always win - same is true with the ipod, there were better options at the time.

Of course YMMV and opinions and all but... I have to disgree on this. I had dozens of mp3 players starting with the initial Diamond PMP300, which is usually considered the 2nd commercial mp3 player. This was followed by several more Rio devices, then some no-name stuff that used various memory card technologies.. eventually I had a couple CD-mp3 players and even a Creative Nomad HDD player (good lord the UX on that thing was horrible!). Then in 2003 or so I tried an ipod, and I never looked back. The UI/UX on the ipod was miles above every other player I'd had. Also while some people decry the use of itunes and prefer just dumping files directly onto the memory card/player, I found I hated those ways. I often ran into issues with the older FAT filesystems on them and files per directory limits and had to script up annoyingly dumb scripts to break the files up into subdirs. With the ipod/itunes it was done for me, or I could limit what I wanted to copy via playlists and the like. Rather than me having to take care of my device, it just worked as designed with a simple interface on the computer via itunes.

Once I eventually got an iphone (3g I think was my first) I found I no longer needed the separate ipod anymore and have stuck with iphones since.

BTW, I'm actually curious what you think which mp3 players were better options during the first few years the ipod was out.

Comment Re:Magnetic bullet? (Score 4, Informative) 431

The small amount of plasma is confined using magnetic forces.

If they lose containment, the pressure and temperature on the plasma reduce significantly and the reaction no longer takes place. There is no runaway scenario AFAIK.

I have been down the hall from a tokamak when it is firing. I have also walked next to a tokamak when it is off. I have crawled through stellarator rings. These things are not scary, they are impressive.

Comment Re:Another Hollywood diatribe (Score 1) 77

Yeah, I always love when a Hollywood movie tries to talk down to us plebs about how "eviil" some corporation(s) is/are, or how the "system" is holding down people.

They're some of the most over-paid, spoiled and "in an insulated echo chamber," people out there.

I especially love when they pull the 1% vs the 99% stuff.. many of them are in the 1%.

Comment Not new, HDR LCD has been around for a while (Score 1) 103

This has been out for a while. Dolby bought BrightSide which first pushed individual LED backlighting for HDR LCDs AFAIK.

Maybe they have now gone to individual pixels instead of white LED? Same idea, just higher res and probably lower cost.


2005 BrightSide Demos

Comment Re:Torn between reading and doing (Score 2) 381

Few developers are going to have to know how to really code, or what is really happening in the engine they are using.

And THIS is why I get paid nearly twice as much as all the people I work with who fit exactly this mold. Because when you do understand how the code really works, you can make software perform better than anyone believes. For example, 10,000 complex business logic transactions per second with database and third party interactions on 3 boxes of physical hardware with a total cost under $20,000. (Probably less if our ops people didn't insist on IBM branded servers.)

Comment Re: What an empty life (Score 1) 736

The best comparison I could make for it at the time is to the supermarket tabloids. It's not so much that it's fake news, as it was pure entertainment that happened to be taken seriously by random nut jobs we could easily ignore in our day to day lives.

That's the same reasons I like to watch some of the crazy stuff like Ancient Aliens now and then. Yeah, it's all complete bullshit, but damn they come up with some crazy/interesting theories sometimes.

Honestly it's not that far from the full backstories and stuff they come up with in Movies/TV shows at times.. like all the stuff in the Stargate TV universe matched to all the mythical gods and such.

Comment Re: And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

The "not in the work force" number includes only healthy citizens, age 16-65. So your argument about your parents and daughter is invalid.

Additionally, the number is now at the highest percentage since it was first calculated in 1978. In other words, the labor participation rate (i.e. the percentage of people who are of age and wish to have jobs) is at its lowest rate since 1978 (when it was first tracked).

U6 unemployment, on the other hand, does not include anyone unemployed longer than 12-26 months (depending on whether they try to find a job or not). This means they fall to those no longer in the labor pool. That number has grown by 14.4 million people under Obama.

See here:

Labor Participation Rate

No other president since 1980 has presided over such a steep decline (3.4%) in the participation rate, and George W. Bush was the only other president with a net decline (1%). (Note, the graph can be adjusted to include data from before 1978 which has been retroactively calculated, and which is lower, because of the low participation of females in the work force prior to the late 1970's / early 1980's.)

That 3.4% drop indicates 14.4 million more people out of work, and off the unemployment rolls. Typically about a 250,000 job change is needed for 0.1% of unemployment rate change. That would indicate another 5.76% of unemployment to add to the U6 number of 9.5% giving a grand total of 15.26% unemployment, right in line with the original poster, and also a good indicator of why those 15.26% of people, who kept hearing about this great "economic recovery" going on probably swung from blue to red in the election.

Unemployment rates
Vote Swing Map

Look at where the growth in red votes came from in this election. Blue-collar working class states. You know, the ones who get ignored compared to those shiny city slickers that Hillary campaigned to, and who showed up at Trump rallies just in time to be called "deplorable" and "irredeemable" by Hillary. These aren't racists, or fascists, or any of the other names that get used for Trump supporters, they're people who were sick of being ignored. Trump didn't ignore them. Hillary did. Hillary literally did not visit Wisconsin after the primaries since it was "in the bag" for her. Trump did. Guess who won?

Comment Re:Fascism has come to America. (Score 1) 2837

You speak of fascism, a word which comes from "fascio", which is Italian for a bundle of rods or sticks. When the political fasci or guilds and syndicates of Italy grouped together to form a mostly Left-leaning political coalition they coined the term to describe their political movement, with the fasci bundled into a single fascio. "Fascism" (Italian: fascismo) is thus a political philosophy derived from the idea that the bundle of sticks, bound together, is much stronger than the single stick alone.

Stronger Together.

Which was literally Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan.

Just saying...

Comment Re:How to Lie with Statistics (Score 1) 693

And this is the specific follow up with Monte Carlo Red Noise simulations giving back Hockey Sticks with Mann's algorithm.

Hockey sticks, principal components, and spurious significance

That one took me looking up the Wikipedia article on "Hockey Stick Controversy". Seriously, learn to use the internets.

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