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Comment Re:Flip Argument (Score 4, Insightful) 1128

I submit to you that you do not know what happened. Don't feel bad- very few people outside of the 12 members of the Grand Jury have heard all of known facts of the case. I certainly don't know what happened.

But please keep this in mind. Things that you accept as fact are not really facts. Case in point: your assumption that Brown had surrendered. Some of the sworn testimony that was released tonight following the prosecutor's press conference indicates that Brown had not surrendered, and in fact was charging the police officer "like a football player" with his head down and fists clenched. And at the same time, as the prosecutor detailed in his press conference, much of the early eye witness accounts that indicated that Brown had surrendered did not hold up under further scrutiny.

As I said, I don't know what happened, but I think this is enough to move the narrative that Brown had surrendered out of the "fact" category.

Comment Eh, no (Score 1) 623

Sales tax laws are not only at the state level, but each county and city as well. When you build a B&M store, you know what tax jurisdiction that store is in. An online retailer doesn't have that luxury and has to know the nuances of thousands of different and constantly changing tax codes.

Comment Re:Texas Budget Deficit (Score 1) 811

Its quite a bit more complicated than that. Each state has different sales tax rates. So do many counties. So do many cities within those counties. And at each level, the taxes are applied differently to different products. In some areas, you don't pay sales tax on unprepared food. In other areas, this extends to most daily personal needs. And all of this is subject to the frequent changes from politicians and voters.

Figuring out an accurate sales tax rate for product X shipped to a particular address is a rather tricky problem.

Comment Re:Non-issue. Intel will just re-word their contra (Score 1) 155

Easy: Let's say Dell sells 50 million machine a year, and they are using 100% Intel chips. AMD wants to supply some of their business, and makes a bid to sell Dell as many processors as they can make (let's say 20 million). Dell wants to take the deal, and buy the remaining 30 million processors from Intel, but Intel informs them that if they do any business with AMD, Intel no longer supply processors for them (or will supply them at a much higher price than previously). Dell, faced with the choice of losing a supplier they must have to be in business, makes the only logical choice and doesn't buy from AMD.

Except, of course, that nagging fact that Dell did decide to sell AMD processors and Intel continued to sell CPUs to Dell and provide volume rebates. Forced, eh?

Comment Re:I don't quite get it... (Score 1) 122

AMD was very open that they were capacity constrained during the time in question- they were selling everything that they could manage to manufacture. They made a few feeble attempts to increase their capacity, like the whole UMC debacle. But in the end, the limits on AMD's success were all self-imposed by crappy management. At its heart, the semiconductor industry is about manufacturing, and whoever can make the most chips with the highest yields will win. AMD still doesn't understand that.

Comment Re:What AMD needs to do - and quickly (Score 1) 165

Well that helps, but also due to the anti-competitive tactics that Intel used against AMD.

Fab capacity more than helps- its main factor in the success of a semiconductor company! AMD was self-admittedly fab constrained for the entire period when they had a performance advantage over Intel. They were selling every chip that they made! The limits on their success during this period had nothing to do with what Intel did or didn't do- AMD did as good as they could have given their anemic manufacturing capabilities.

You can't blame Intel for AMD's crappy manufacturing history. AMD made several very public missteps with regard to their Fabs, ranging from high profile delays in opening new Fabs to that whole UMC debacle (where Hector Ruiz proudly declared that AMD no longer had to build any Fabs anymore only to see the deal fall through a year later). You can't blame that on Intel.

Comment Re:Nehalem vs. Nehalem (Score 1) 173

The removal of QPI in favor of DMI (much slower but simpler/cheaper) is a *significant* difference.

Funny. QPI was not removed or replaced by DMI in any sense of the word. In fact, DMI has existed for at least the last 5 generations of chipsets from Intel. On last year's Nehalem release, QPI connected the CPU with their "IOH" called Tylersburg. Tylersburg was then connected to the ICH with DMI. It was a 3 chip solution. With Lynnfield, the CPU and IOH have been combined to a single chip. The QPI connection still exists, its just internal to the (now combined) chip. Almost everything that used to be north of DMI is still north of it (including PCIe graphics, memory, etc), and everything that used to be south of it is still south (like USB and SATA).

Comment Re:Disturbing.... (Score 1) 192

Actually, thats what I said, not the person you are responding to, and your bizarre counter-example doesn't make any sense (even in context).

I don't think it is corrupt for me to have the right to exercise some control over the works that I invest my resources in to create. This control doesn't even need to be to generate profits (look at the GPL, for instance, whose entire existence is based on the so-called "corrupt" concept of copyrights).

I do think it would be corrupt for somebody else to be able to take those works that I created and do whatever they want with them- even at my expense- with no recourse. But, oh, I forgot, information needs to be freeeeeeee, man!

Comment Re:Welp, (Score 1) 633

Except Humans have been around for much less than 30% of the earth's existence are are HIGHLY dependant on the current state of the earth's climate.

If there is one thing that we humans have demonstrated in our existence, it is that we are adapt to the constant changes to our environment. Do you really think that we would just sit in a paralyzed fear if the earth warmed to dangerous levels?

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