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Comment Re:FINALLY! (Score 1) 241

Well that's a post-hoc justification, if AMD can't compete in a market they can:

a) Make a comeback
b) Exit that market
c) Fail as a company

If it's a market full of competition b) and c) aren't a big deal but if it's the last competitor and it'll become a monopoly it's a pretty big deal. You can still 'vote with your wallet.' but in a one-party state it's not worth much. A boxer on the ropes doesn't need a knock-out punch to know he's in trouble. It's obvious to everyone, including themselves. And AMD has been diversifying into other markets and dancing on the ropes for quite some time now. Consider these two scenarios:

AMD Intel
(Bulldozer) (Sandy Bridge)
*buy Intel, AMD exits high end market*
(no offer) (Ivy Bridge - near monopoly rent, little innovation)
*buy Intel, no real choice*
(no offer) (Broadwell - near monopoly rent, little innovation)
*buy Intel, no real choice*
(no offer) (Haswell - near monopoly rent, little innovation)
*buy Intel, no real choice*
(no offer) (Skylake - - near monopoly rent, little innovation)
*buy Intel, no real choice*
(no offer) (Kaby Lake - near monopoly rent, little innovation)
*buy Intel, no real choice*

AMD Intel
(Bulldozer) (Sandy Bridge)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*
(poor offering) (better offering)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*
(poor offering) (better offering)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*
(poor offering) (better offering)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*
(poor offering) (better offering)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*
(poor offering) (better offering)
*prop up AMD by buying inferior offer*

Would we be better off in the long run? I'd argue that quite possibly both AMD and Intel customers would be better off in the long run by occasionally taking one for the team, even if AMD customers got the short end of the stick every time. Except we're not a team, so we all do what's best for us individually and lose as a team of consumers. This is not the Intel/Pentium IV situation, when you kick the big incumbent to innovate that's entirely different. Like you, I'm cautiously optimistic that this is AMD's Hail Mary save in the last moment. But it was far from given than this would be the outcome.

Comment So essentially test rides with passengers (Score 4, Interesting) 106

All trips will include two Uber engineers in the front seats as safety drivers

Google has also done this several times as a PR stunt without the taxi fare, they let a legally blind man ride with them back in 2012. I would imagine the fare is pretty irrelevant anyway when you have an expensive test vehicle and two engineers to pay. So what's really new here that hasn't already been done 5 years ago? Is there any reason to believe that in 5 years it'll be any different? I understand it's difficult, but I'm getting tired of the hype that self-driving cars are right around the corner. Two safety drivers on every ride isn't exactly self-driving. Any bets on when you can actually get into the back of a self-driving car with no helpers, no license and have the car drive? I'm starting to guess 2030+ while like totally being just "a few years out" all the way...

Comment Re:Next headline (Score 1) 125

Next headline: College Student Arrested For Building Autonomous Car That Hit Something

And the next line: Insurance company refuses to cover damages, clean-up costs, hospital bills, loss of income due to disability and so on. Even if you do eventually win expect to spend a few years in court with a lawyer driving you into bankruptcy first. Also if you're arrested you have the right to a lawyer, not so much in civil court when the insurance company claims you broke the terms, I'm sure they have something in the wall of legalese that will apply.

Comment Re:The usual 2 Windows10 questions: (Score 1) 74

Not true. It's like $8 a month and even individuals can use it starting with Windows 10. I am not defending. Just stating MS is making enterprise more readily available

The price sounds right (but not cheap if you consider that if you stay 10 years with Win7 you'll pay like $10-20/year) but where can one actually buy a single license? They say it's per user but not in any place Microsoft makes easy to find at least. Also you have to hook yourself up to the Azure cloud to use the CSP version, if you don't want to be tethered to Microsoft you need the VL version. Also it's the E3 version which basically means you get an 8 month slack on your leash using CBB (current branch for business) but not the LTSB version, that's volume licenses only.

Microsoft means business with the "last version of Windows", you can get a few months reprieve if you pay well but nobody's getting off the upgrade train this time around. The next time they pull a Vista or Win8 or whatever, you'll be dragged kicking and screaming. I hope that vGPU stuff that was on the front page recently works out, then Windows will become my Wintendo VM and they can do whatever they want as long as Steam works.

Comment Re:Nail on the head (Score 1) 143

Its very easy to talk about money not mattering and wanting an interesting life when you don't have to worry about rent or bills. Part of being an adult is accepting responsibility for your own fate and - unless you want to live in a hut in the woods or a park bench - than means finding the money to pay the above. The "gig" economy is just (usually rich) hipster talk for dead end park time McJobs thats been repackaged and remarketed for the latest gullible generation of 20 somethings who haven't yet wised up.

I think it comes in both flavors, those who use the gig economy to pick work and those who get used by the gig economy. Probably a lot more of the latter but I've met a few people who were avid surfers, kiters, snowboarders, golfers and such who want to be able to look out the window and say nope, not going to work today. Maybe we don't notice it much doing development where they care more about the results than when you do it but in a lot of other places like retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare etc. you have to be there from your shift starts until your shift ends, flexibility is low and tardiness is a big thing. Also there's people that go half a year to Thailand and work as hotel guide, dive instructor and bartender so they can afford to stay that long.

I had a colleague that was like super-fan of snowboarding, he had even more talented buddies who got sponsored enough they could stay the season in the Alps to practice, show off and do competitions, I doubt they made any real money. But that would for him be like a dream, half a year where he'd get paid to snowboard. Another friend of mine got a job where he's travelling a lot, lots of conferences and such. A lot of people wouldn't want that, but for him it was an opportunity to get a paid trip to a new golf course. I've heard the same about half-decent poker pros, some use it as a paid means to go different places and see the world while playing in poker tournaments. So for a few poster children I'm sure this is what they actually want, at least for the short term they have totally different priorities and do ad hoc work because they genuinely want ad hoc work.

Comment Re: Great idea... But there is a problem... (Score 1) 302

If we go with your plan, NASA will have to launch multiple rockets to build the Mars vehicle and many more rockets to fuel the vehicle. Have you ever thought why no NASA missions to outer space has been refueld? The ISS station gets refueled all the time but not probes. Why is that?

Because they're... probes? Most of them weigh so little and go by so energy efficient orbits that there's no point. Your typical probe is maybe a ton, the Curiosity mission was a real heavyweight at almost four tons total - of which the rover itself was around one, but still something a regular Falcon 9, Atlas V or Delta IV could deliver to Mars. There's still room for bigger missions on a Delta IV Heavy, even before the Falcon Heavy flies. We don't do it because there's no point in adding that complexity and the extra expense doesn't give any payback in science. It's better science to send two small probes than one big one.

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 263

Your ECC RAM won't matter much if the cosmic ray hits the CPU registers. Or a cell in a block of your flash storage.

Also, your ECC RAM won't matter much if you get run over by a truck. So what? ECC RAM will help if there is a bitflip in your ECC RAM, that's what it's for and that's what the benefit is. It's not going to solve world hunger either, and nobody ever suggested that it would.

Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 1) 508

The next step would be to deny entry for people with wiped phones.

Perhaps -- and then the countermeasure would be to modify the procedure so that instead of placing a recognizably "vanilla" OS on your phone, it would replace your OS with an image that contains only some of your favorite innocuous data and apps that you don't mind Customs poking around in.

And the cat-and-mouse game continues...

Comment vGPU seems cool (Score 5, Interesting) 90

Looks like you can get near-native performance even though you're sharing hardware. With this maybe instead of a dual boot PC you can have a dual VM PC, one runs Linux and the other Windows and both at near native performance and you don't have to dedicate a graphics card. That sounds like a real gateway drug, use Linux for the desktop and the games that run on it but be able to switch to your Wintendo and play that one must-have game your friends want. That said right now it looks like an an Intel tech, did anyone see anything about AMD/nVidia support? Because sharing that Intel iGPU wasn't really what I'm looking for....

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 88

if (a = b) {

When they meant:
if (a == b) {

Which is the one thing Visual Basic got right IMHO, use := for assignment and == for comparison. The C form is plain wrong when you consider that "=" is the equal sign, to anyone who doesn't know C-isms the first reads "If a equals b then". Same way stealing kilobyte = 1024 bytes was a bad idea, the only excuse you really hear is that we've done it so long it seems natural. Like clicking the start button to shut down the machine, except we're still doing it.

Comment Re:Bug Bounty (Score 1) 88

It seems they succeeded in their goal and were hoist by their own petard. Of course, had they recovered the funds then ZeroCoin would have failed at its purpose. I wonder who took the loss.

My intuition was that it would have the same effect as any other currency counterfeiting operation has on the "genuine" currency: i.e. all holders of ZeroCoins took the loss, in the form of a certain amount of extra inflation caused by the increase in "supply", which reduced the values of their ZeroCoin holdings. Possibly also they might take a further loss if people start to lose faith in ZeroCoins and start selling them (or stop buying them), causing their value to decrease some more.

Comment Re:Why is this different from traditional classes? (Score 1) 70

I'd go one step further and be more scientific, why not use automated A/B testing? Like you make a new revision of a lecture, half the class gets the new one and half the class the old one. Then you run some form of quiz on the material. If you have at least a few hundred students or ideally a few thousand you should pretty quick get statistically significant answers. And you could test with short/medium/long explanations to see whether you're beating down open doors or areas they'd benefit from more detail and examples. In the interest of fairness you should of course make all variations available after they've had the quiz, perhaps also with stats to see what quiz questions their path may not have covered as well as the others.

Perhaps that could even develop into a preference system, everything from "I want to learn the essentials for a passing grade quickly" to "I have learning difficulties, give it to me slow and in detail" to "I want to ace this class, give me in-depth insight". Or some form of branched interactive learning, if you grasp 80% quickly you don't need that in more detail but the 20% you struggle with have a more detailed explanation. I think I'd love a system where my hand was on the throttle, it's going as fast as I want it to go not as fast as the professor thinks it should go for some average or "no child left behind" student. Personally I tend to prefer to read the book simply because there's too much time spend on things I already understand.

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