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Comment Re:Just delete Trump's account (Score 1) 427

This is the relevant quote from Trump's speech on June 16th, 2015:

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 141

Replying to myself here: I suspect one of the reasons Amazon uses a multi-tiered approach to shipping is because it allows them to keep personnel costs lower. Instead of hiring enough people to handle high-volume days, they employ enough staff to handle the average volume and then use low-priority customers as a buffer to "catch up" when a surge occurs. High-priority customers always receive shipments on schedule, even during a surge, and the low-priority customers can't reasonably complain about the terms they agreed to.

Slower shipments certainly encourage people to upgrade, but that's not the reason they're slow. Free shipping is still a big selling point for a lot of customers, and Amazon's approach is just one cost-efficient way of satisfying that demand.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 141

Intentionally delaying shipments would be a terribly inefficient business practice, and I can't imagine that Amazon could offer competitive pricing if it used that approach.

To intentionally delay shipping means that you've got warehouse employees standing around doing nothing when they could be filling orders. You run the risk of getting backlogged later when a sale causes a sudden surge in volume. You've also got already-sold merchandise using up valuable shelf space in your warehouse instead of making room for new inventory.

But if Amazon keeps their workers busy and it still takes 6 days to ship your stuff, then that's not an intentional delay. You're just a low-priority customer (as advertised). Either that, or they need to hire some more folk.

Comment Re:Read the second sentence too, idiot (Score 1) 235

In case you're not aware, Windows installs updates when you shutdown or reboot. This can be rather annoying when you're in a hurry to leave.

Change your power settings (Control Panel > Power Options > System Settings) so that the power button on your machine acts as a "Hibernate" button instead of a "Shutdown" button. The system uses zero power while hibernating, and as an added bonus all your windows will still be open when you fire it up next time.

But yeah, if you haven't done that yet then updates might catch you at inconvenient times

Comment Re:Inhibit growth != sustainable solution (Score 1) 17

Plenty of tumors are inoperable. If treatment can delay growth while simultaneously improving quality of life (i.e. by not causing unpleasant side effects associated with other forms of chemotherapy), then surely that's a worthwhile goal?

We can't exactly cure HIV, either, but modern drugs allow infected individuals to live for years longer than they used to.

Comment Re:Milestone (Score 1) 338

And it's not just the number of moves. Go also differs from chess in that there's not a quick evaluation function to decide who's winning. With Chess, you can just count the value of the pieces that have been captured or not. Queen: 9 points, Rook: 5 points, etc.. But Go requires a deeper (read: slower) analysis just to figure out which stones are still alive.

Comment Re:Dead on Arrival (Score 4, Informative) 174

Input lag. If you move your head but the screen doesn't update the view until 1/60th of a second later then apparently that causes some (all?) people to feel motion sickness. But reducing the lag to 1/120th of a second alleviates the symptoms.

I would definitely trust Occulus's engineers on this one. They've actually tested these things and they'd have no reason to make things more difficult on themselves (by requiring higher refresh rates) unless it was a genuine issue affecting potential customers.

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 2) 364

Inflation in the US has been negligible because (most) of the money created by quantitative easing has not been used to purchase tangible goods. As long as demand for tangible goods and services does not go up, prices will stay flat.

The Fed creates money by purchasing bonds from private investors. If investors immediately used the proceeds to purchase things like food, housing, consumer goods, etc... then that would certainly cause prices to rise sharply. There would be shortages, because the economy wouldn't have enough capacity to create an extra $80 billion a month in household goods (not immediately anyway).

But that's not what they do with the money. I assume they just dump it into other investment vehicles: stocks, bonds, maybe real estate. *cough* maybe some Chinese stocks... Prices rise, but not everywhere.

Consumers don't experience inflation until enough investors decide to cash out and buy real stuff with their money. That's when the economy suddenly decides, "Oh crap, there's not enough luxury condos to satisfy the 70 million baby boomers who just retired with $1 million portfolios!"

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