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Comment Re:Even tried a different USB cable (Score 1) 185

Best results will be obtained by using Monster (tm) brand USB cables.

I can vouch for that. I was running windows 8.1 about a year and a half ago when I bought a Monster USB cable for my PC. After plugging it in to let my iPhone sync overnight, I came back in the morning to find that the good folks at Monster have created an alternative to Windows called "Ubuntu", and their USB cable installed it for me! At first I was worried, but the tech support assured me that it was free, and I have never looked back!

Comment Re:massive parallel processing=limited application (Score 1) 55

Also, there is caching, and also, some loads are heavy on longish FPU operations.

So... it doesn't quite work out that way. Also, multicore designs can have separate memory.

One example of multicore design that's both interesting and functional are the various vector processor graphics cores. Lots of em in there; and they get to do a lot of useful work you couldn't really do any other way with similar clock speeds and process tech.

Comment Re: Need "alternate password" features (Score 1) 276

What would be even better is if you could plausibly deny the ability to give them the password at all either because you do not have it, or know it, or you are otherwise technologically prohibited from accessing the system outside of certain locations or environments that cannot be otherwise replicated by you or a border guard.

Comment Is this Project Fi? (Score -1, Offtopic) 96

This Google Fiber they're talking about has nothing to do with the Project Fi wireless service, does it? I've been using Project Fi after dumping AT&T, and I'm really liking it. But then, after AT&T, I'd probably be really liking two tin cans connected by a string, so the bar is pretty low.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 570

Most of them never had any guarantees they would be recorded in history - or that anybody would even know.

In 1773 the ship De Jonge Thomas was sunk in a storm outside Table Bay in Cape Town. A elderly farmer by the name of Wolraad Woltemade jumped on his horse and rode it into the sea and rescued two drowning sailors from the wreck, saving their lives. Then he went right back in and pulled out three more. He did this 7 more times - saving 14 stranger's lives.
He went in an 8th time - once more risking his life - but as he did so the wreck collapsed and no less than six sailors grabbed onto the horse. The horse, already exhausted, could not carry them all and they drowned along with Woltemade.

By all accounts - including what he told people before he went in - he acted out of pity. He had no way of knowing his actions would be remembered. He knew he was risking his life but he also believed he could succeed. Indeed he did, 7 times he succeeded.

Woltemade had no way of knowing he would go down in history, that in fact South Africa's highest civilian honour for heroism would be named after him - an honour which is only given post-mortem for people who died to save strangers. My own uncle was a recipient. He was working at a gas refinery in the 1970's - in appartheid South Africa when a leak sprung in a gas-line. A number of black workers were trapped inside the pipe. He went and pulled three of them out, then he went in again and pulled out more...and kept going until he himself was overwhelmed by the toxic gas and died.
This was a white man - an extremely rightwing one - in appartheid South Africa, who died to save poor black people's lives. Absolutely everything about his culture, upbringing, religion and politics told him that he was the superior human being - yet he died saving them.

To claim that these people - who were overcome with pity at the suffering of strangers and risked their lives fatally to try and save those strangers were acting out of a desire for glory is an insult to their memory.

Perhaps YOU are so big of an asshole that you could never comprehend a truly selfless act - but don't project your mental issues onto the world at last. Almost nobody else on earth is like that. The people who are always claim that everybody else is like that too. The same way rapists tend to think every other guy also does the things they do. Both are simply wrong about that. It's a story told to make themselves feel better about being assholes.

And that is what you call somebody who has no pity for the suffering of any person, even a stranger, an asshole. Not a typical human being. Not a representative sample. An asshole - and luckily, an extremely rare variety of asshole.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 570

Actually our paleolithic ancestors *did* get a leg up from their ancestors - they inherrited knowledge and evolutionary traits from them, each generation since has gotten legs up from the ones before.
If that wasn't true we would still be living like our paleolithic ancestors.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 570

Except that history is filled with people who sacrifice their lives to save strangers with literally no possibility of reward.

That alone proves this idiotic claim that libertarians so love to be complete and utter poppycock - or, more accurately, a perfect example of projecting. People with no sense of empathy, sympathy or humanity generally find it impossible to conceive that anybody else may not share that nature. They certainly don't realize that they are a tiny minority and in fact almost nobody thinks like them. The rest of us refer to thinking like you described as anti-social personality disorder (or in the vernacular: being a psychopath).

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 570

When the CO2 was that high - the sun was also quite a lot colder than it is now. But don't let inconvenient facts get in the way.

Anyway, past climates are meaningless. Life can survive in any climate - but no particular species may be able to. Life will survive global warming - but that, by no means, guarantee that life will include humans.

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