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Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 338

Given this, attacking on the basis of "CLIMATE CHANGE" is the absolutely worst approach. The ignorance of your target audience will prompt them to respond contrary to your goals. Instead focus should be placed on the specifics; clean air emissions, water discharge standards, ect... Why? Because these are things people can understand, and they are immediately relevant to them.

You're breathing CO2 right now, it's "only" 0.04% but pretty much anything that is actually toxic would have killed you at those concentrations. The Apollo 13 astronauts remained functional at 2%, even 5% isn't usually fatal and it's actually the absence of oxygen that kills you not the CO2 itself. Not to mention it's essential for photosynthesis so plants grow, it's far from obvious that CO2 emissions are bad for the local environment. Pretty much all the bad things that happen locally are from things that are not CO2, like CO from unclean combustion, NOx and various other particles that get whirled into the air. It's not like humans shy away from a fireplace...

Comment UTF-8 style would have been better (Score 3, Insightful) 59

So the 1992 UTF-8 specification didn't exist when the 1983 IP specification was created, but they could have done:

First 2^31: 0(31)
Next 2^59: 110(29) 10(30)
Next 2^88: 1110(28) 10(30) 10(30)
Next 2^117: 11110(27) 10(30) 10(30) 10(30)

And just declared that for now it's 0(31) - still 2 billion addresses but the sky is the limit. Heck, they might even have used shorts (16 bit) that way and declared that hardware/software should update as the need approached:

First 2^15: 0(15)
Next 2^27: 110(13) 10(14)
Next 2^40: 1110(12) 10(14) 10(14)
Next 2^53: 11110(11) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14)
Next 2^140: 1111111111111111(0) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14)

As for PKI, that couldn't possibly have happened. US export regulations wouldn't have allowed it at the time, this was long before Zimmerman and PGP.

Comment Re:Twitter Board (Score 1) 64

But on the flip side, think of how short board meetings would be if each director had to express all new and existing business in 140 characters.

And the board secretary who takes the minutes of the meeting has the easiest job in the world (Well, second easiest, right after Donald Trump's fact checker.)

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 64

> I think another consolidation wave is upon us as relics of the internet get swallowed up.

I think this would be a pretty HUGE consolidation.

Just re-read the Slashdot headline:
> Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon Are In Talks With Twitter For a Potential Acquisition

Wow. I didn't know that:
1. Twitter could afford to buy Salesforce, Google, Microsoft and Verizon.
2. That Google is a relic of the internet

Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 203

People also compare Pi and Arduino sometimes for the specific purpose of identifying the important DIFFERENCES between them.

The Pi, and Arduino, each do a specific thing very well. That is why they sell in such large numbers.

The idea that Windows has any place in this game is an idea promoted by Windows fanboys and Microsoft. Like Windows 8 Phone and Tablet. An attempt to say "me too!". Late to the game, and what do they bring to the game . . . windows.

Comment Re:4x E7-8890 v4 with 12TB ram DESTROYES SolidRun (Score 1) 203

I was going to post something similar. I would point out that some Raspberry Pi fans will say that it's not a fair comparison. You should compare the Pi's $35 price to the price of . . . .

How much is that 12 TB or RAM again? And how many thousands of dollars is each single one of those processors again for that four socket board?

The real point being, that performance comparison of a Pi to something more expensive is probably not really meaningful. The Pi does something that fills a real need. That's why they sell so many of them.

This Solid Run board is an attempt for the Windows fanboys, or for Microsoft to say "me too!". Just like Windows 8 Phone, and Windows 8 Tablets. And we saw how well that worked out. Late to the game, and what do they bring to the game . . . windows.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 4, Interesting) 253

Haha, what? You're whining about a manufacturer selling their product for whatever price they want to sell it at? Tesla "fixing the price" on their own products that they make and sell themselves, that's funny. How does a single company "fix" the price? They don't "fix" the price, they set the price, that's the price, anyone can buy it at that price. You might as well whine about McDonald's "fixing" the price on a Big Mac because they cost the same anywhere you buy them.

A good example, 80% are franchises and 20% centrally owned but you'd never know the difference. The franchising agreement controls pretty much everything, so would a dealership contract. Some people still hasn't figured out what car dealerships was all about. In the before time, before the Internet and all that the car manufacturer would need a retail store, effectively a dealership since nobody would order a car by mail order or over the phone. But instead of that belonging to a big car company that took all the profits back to their corporate HQ, laws were passed to make that a local business that would keep it part of the local economy. It's a bit of a protectionist racket, but the local customers may have wanted it. Today though you don't need a retail store, because you can do it online. The car manufacturers want to cut out the middle man, the middle men want to stay. It's become a protection racket for e-tail vs retail instead of local vs big business.

Comment Re:Tech Company arrogance. (Score 3, Insightful) 161

1. Technology isn't alive. You can copy it, test it, break it, completely gut all the parts and rebuild it. Ethically you cannot do that with people and animals. And right now if it dies, it is dead you can't undead yet. Unlike technology, it dies you can bring it back to operational again.

And this one is the blocker for the really interesting research now, which is combating aging. This graph is in Norwegian but it should be pretty understandable, it's number of deaths by age for each sex and in total. If you look at age 1-17 it's almost zero. from 18-40 we get to make our own stupid choices but still very low, 40-60 people start to check out, 60-80 it's climbing rapidly and 80-100 almost everyone dies. If we were all as resilient as 20 year olds we could live 1000+ years, we're fighting disease in a more and more frail body. I'm not saying it's pointless but it will get exponentially harder and harder to improve.

The problem is though that nobody wants to experiment on healthy people that don't suffer from anything but aging, that you're in good shape for a 60yo but considerably worse than when you were 20yo is only natural. Beyond that you should eat healthy, exercise and all those other lifestyle choices we're not going to make any real medical effort to make you young again. Could we for example clone a new heart and give me a heart transplant, for no other reason than it got 50 years less wear and tear? Can we fix presbyopia that from Greek literally means "see like old man"? What about a way regain lost hearing, that almost everyone loses with age?

This is not how you would maintain a car, you don't wait for it to break down first before you start doing anything. Parts have life spans, parts need service, parts that start showing signs of wear and tear gets replaced. Humans? Don't fix it if it's not broke, in fact we often can't even fix it when it's broke. You're just supposed to accept that you're not a spring chicken anymore, half your body's systems are failing and doctors are running around with the proverbial duct tape. At some point we have to try experimenting on making healthy people even healthier, to rejuvenate them. We haven't really started yet and we certainly won't finish in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of anyone I'm likely to meet.

Comment Re:Good for backhauls and maybe some DC uses (Score 1) 73

10GB e-net stuff is still mostly priced at enterprise levels.

The 10 GbE card would be the least of my worries. We have had two operators offering it for "consumers" here because apartment buildings typically have a single connection but most pro routers have dual uplink ports so it didn't really cost them anything to offer it - but the price has been ~10x their gigabit price at $1800/month and $700/month respectively. From what I've understood it's extremely few clients, but... there's always that guy working with 4K dailies both from home and work or whatever and the odd billionaire tech freak I suppose. Personally I got 150 Mbit and could get more but my connection is rarely the problem, I think the only time I'd like a faster line was when my GTA IV installation got irrecoverably borked and I had to wipe it and download ~57GB again. And even that took less than two hours...

Comment Re:"Debating"? (Score 1) 146

Seriously, anyone giving a shit about higher resolution? What I care about is sensible gameplay and fun. You remember fun? Try to put it back into games and I'll bother buying some again.

Depends on the game. I really like Overwatch, obviously you can play that on pretty much anything and it's rather cartoony. On the other hand, I've always loved the increasingly natural look of the TES games from Morrowind to Skyrim. Oh and you just got old, I'm not doing to pretend that FPS games are worse now than when I played Doom 2. If you go back without the nostalgia glasses many of the games were quite pathetic then too but you were 15 and had different standards. And I really can't sit up all night any build empires in Civilization anymore, but really beating tanks with militia in the original wasn't better than today, it was lamer. But at the time it was totally super cool. Welcome to the non-excitement of having lived a while, it'll get worse...

Comment Re:Microsoft IS a cancer (Score 2) 258

Former Microsoft CEO Steve "developers" Ballmer says Linux is a cancer.

Former #4 guy at Microsoft, Allchin, who also headed up Vista, said Open Source is un-American, and Legislators need to be educated to the danger.

Can Microsoft get rid of cancer as effectively as it got rid of Linux and Open Source?

Try to Embrace, Extend and Extinguish cancer.

But these days Microsoft Loves Linux. Just like Sharks love Fish, and Foxes love Chickens. Maybe next: Microsoft Loves Cancer!

Maybe Microsoft can find some obscure nobody company, like SCO, and dump a bunch of money into them to start a big lawsuit against Cancer in order to destroy it.

Microsoft, just keep fighting cancer the way you fight open source. If at first you don't succeed, use a shorter bungee.

Comment Re:Society Advances? (Score 1) 227

A modern day "Renaissance Man" like Leonardo da Vinci would be a quack in everything from medicine to aerospace. Or brain surgeons need to know brain surgery, our rocket scientists rocket science but any one person would only know a tiny little fraction of all human knowledge even if he studied 24x7 from the day he was born to the day he died. Yes, obviously the more knowledge we accumulate the longer the climb before you can stand on the shoulders of giants but you can't just decide to make it go faster. It's a bit like saying we climbed this 4000m mountain in a week, now we'll climb Mount Everest in the same time by going twice as fast. It does not work that way.

Comment Re:Read/write speed? (Score 1) 98

Would you be in the market even if it did? At 20-30MB per photo 500GB is 20,000 photos which seems rather extreme in one session. Even for recording video this seems like major overkill, at UHD/60fps @ 150 Mbps which is the most bandwidth hungry I've seen to date is 70GB/hour which should be enough to record a whole concert and then some. And most pro cameras come with dual SD slots and continuous recording so all you need to do is swap cards every once in a while to film 24x7, assuming you can't take a minute of your day to swap cards. And how often is that, really? I think the best use case I got for this is having a huge video library on your phone...

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