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Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 285

If you making 50K a year and paying $1466 for a studio then your basically putting half of your take home pay towards rent. That is not affordable.

People have been saying that for awhile. Though if you want to see what unaffordable looks like, try Toronto. Housing prices have gone up 70% in the last year(650k to 1,105,000) , and when that bubble pops it's going to be really interesting.

Comment While true, that's insufficient and impractical (Score 1) 65

True, it would be much more secure (in one way) if administration was only possible from the local, lan-side port. However, that's neither practical nor sufficient.

First, some people can't effectively and reliably admin their own modem. They need the cable ISP to manage it. The ISP is on the external side. So the ISP needs access from the outside. That *should* be secured reasonably well, though.

Second, iframe src=

Putting that into any web page will cause the browser, which is on the internal network, to access the router or modem. So restricting access to be from the local network only is insufficient for security.

Comment 1st DOES protect lying, BECAUSE govt defines (Score 1) 349

> The 1st amendment does not legally "protect" you for lying. When you are saying "I'm an engineer", but the law defines

Donald Trump is an asshole and incompetent.

Do you think Trump would consider that statement untrue? A lie? There are all sorts of things that government officials have called "lying" (including the allegation that Clinton had sexual contact with Monica - Hillary called that a lie). Did King George and his government consider the things that Jefferson, Jackson, and Franklin said about him to be true, or would King George say Thomas Jefferson was lying?

It is precisely BECAUSE government defines words and tries to define truth that freedom of speech MUST protect statements that the politicians consider "lying". If you are only allowed to say things that the government agrees are true, that's not freedom of speech at all.

Think about that for a moment. The two options are:

A) Free speech only means you can say things that the government agrees are true.

B) Free speech includes the right to say things that the government doesn't consider true (including 9/11 theories).

Option A is no freedom at all - even without the first amendment, the government wouldn't prosecute anyone for statements they agree with. If 1st amendment only covered government-approved "truth", it would be pointless to even write the amendment down at all.

There is, however, a slight glimmer of truth to what you've said. The first amendment prohibits *government* from making speech a *crime*. It does not prohibit a private person from suing for damages caused by libelous speech. In a libel suit, truth is a defense. So truth matters - but that's in a civil suit, where some other citizen is suing based on damages - the first amendment's restriction on the government doesn't directly apply.

That's why most states don't have a criminal libel offense, and those that do rarely prosecute, because in most instances prosecution by the government is barred by the first amendment.

Comment Oregon law: Practicing means working, not saying (Score 2, Interesting) 349

The Oregon statute also defines what practicing engineering means under the law. The statutory definition, while overbroad, covers *working* as as engineer, not *saying* you're an engineer.

1) "Practice of engineering" or "practice of professional engineering" means doing any of the following:
(a) Performing any professional service or creative work requiring engineering education, training and experience.
(b) Applying special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to such *professional services* or creative work as consultation, investigation, testimony, evaluation, planning, design and services during construction ...

To any Oregon bureacrats who happen to be reading this:
I'm an engineer. I'm also a train conductor. And a unicorn. Fuck you, Oregon.

Knowing how citizens of the left coast tend to think, they'll decide that the solution to this abuse of an overbroad regulation by power-hungry bureaucrats is to create more regulations, to be wielded by more power-hungry bureacrats.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 94

According to an analysis that excludes pensions and social security, the richest 1% of the American population in 2007 owned 34.6% of the country's total wealth, and the next 19% owned 50.5%. Thus, the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country's wealth

So, if a plurality of the top 20% if they agreed, would decide POTUS...
I suppose that matches the empirical data...
with each 1%er being equal to some number of 2-20%ers...

Comment Re:Retard (Score 1) 94

The answer is No.
here's why:
Any(one)thing that can be done on a CISC can be done on an ASIC.
If you had an algorithm that say used the L1 cache to do some funky physics based transform (nevermind that this is a *bad* idea because new steppings will change the device physics) then you could design an ASIC that had only enough compute to run the L1 cache and devote the rest of the ASIC die to having 40 or 50 L1 cache fields.

The point of an ASIC is to be application specific, and it does that by first dumping all the design bits that don't pertain to the problem; then second, optimising what's left.

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