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Comment Re:Lol (Score 2) 305

More seriously, the Bay Area no longer looks like a tech hub. I remember in the 90s, when I lived there, wherever I drove around Santa Clara, Milpitas or Sunnyvale, a company that I may have read about or whose ad I may have seen in BYTE or PC Magazine would suddenly pop out of nowhere. That's what would scream out tech to me. If you drove up the Bayshore Freeway near Lawrence Expressway, you could see the S3 headquarters and Microcenter right from the freeway.

Microcenter closed a while ago - they always seemed pretty empty when I went there - I think internet shopping really took it's toll on that type of business and there was already Fry's as an entrenched competitor pretty close by.
I never really noticed S3.
But the building that has KPMG shares that space with Broadcom.
The next tower has CA technologies and then one next to that is Sophos.
And a little farther south-east you can see Intel.

Across the highway from KPMG is Ericsson and (soon) AMD.

Between KPMG and Microcenter are EMC and Intel Security (I think Yahoo was in one of those buildings too a while ago) I'm not sure that those names are actually visible from 101 though.

If you go off on some of the sidestreets near there you see lots and lots of other tech companies. nVidia has big construction a mile away, Apple's spaceship is only a few miles. Those I think are bigger names now. Some are still around that I think were bigger names years ago - like namco or applied materials.

But all in all, I find it still looks very much the tech hub.

Comment Re:Intel has a museum... (Score 1) 80

The Intel Museum is at 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA.
It's essentially through the front door of the headquarters building and off to the left.
It has some stuff about Intel, some about semiconductors in general, some about computers.
Some of the displays are somewhat interactive. Others are more typical museum with a group of objects and some text about the objects.

I think the "bunny suit" is something people find interesting. And (hopefully) here's a video clip with the bunny suit in the museum:
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v...

Comment Re:Math Doesn't Add Up (Score 2) 144

"A rig hauling 80,000 lbs is going to have a constant power requirement of about 150HP to maintain 65MPH on flat, level ground. No help from aerodynamics or bearing drag"

That is nonsense.
If there is no drag: then there is no power requirement at all as soon as the car/truck has reached its speed.

He didn't say no drag, he just explicitly removed 2 of the components.
By my calculations using http://ecomodder.com/forum/too... show 62HP needed for .0045 rolling resistance of 40 tons at 65mph.
(.0045 is based on lower end of range for truck tires from wikipedia)

100HP or even 150HP is within the range of possible requirements.
I'd expect even significantly more than 150HP needs to be available for when going up a long hill.

But I dont' see why the math doesn't "add up" - even if we use 150HP.
Even with 150HP, and a range (on just battery) of 190miles, the article says "travel up to 1,200 miles with the natural gas range extender"
The point isn't that it doesn't run on fossil fuels (it explicitly does)
The point is that it can run 1200 miles between refueling and do so at much lower fuel costs. 1200 miles would be 18 hours at 65mph; and truck drivers can only drive for 11 hours within a 24 hour period, so that's more than enough from that perspective - and 1200 miles will get you pretty far - enough that you wouldn't have to have the refueling points be completely ubiquitous.

Comment Sometimes it's health related (Score 1) 253

A friend of mine had her eggs frozen because she was going to go through chemo.

She was married, one kid and diagnosed with breast cancer.
Before she started chemo, the doctors told them that there was a chance of infertility afterward.
So she had her eggs frozen (after fertilizing them - apparently they do better that way)
She had a masectomy and chemo.
And now she's had a 2nd kid. (I don't know if they used a frozen egg or not. I don't think there's a polite way to ask that question, and it doesn't matter)

My understanding is that this policy would have helped her pay for the procedures.
I think that a lot of other insurance coverage plans it wouldn't be covered. And instead the family would have to look at how to pay for it out of their pocket.

Comment Re:So how does one find out /apply "fix" with linu (Score 2) 131

Can anyone tell us a simple way to check?
Intel has on their website info on the processors.
For example, for yours (i7-4700mq) you would look at:

http://ark.intel.com/products/75117/Intel-Core-i7-4700MQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_40-GHz

Or you can look for all products that were "formerly haswell":
http://ark.intel.com/products/codename/42174/Haswell#@All

how to apply the "disable the broken feature" fix - without installing windows

I would do some searches for updating BIOS from linux - ex:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Flashing_BIOS_from_Linux

Or doing a microcode update:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Microcode

Until there is a chip for sale that really supports TSX I wouldn't expect anyone to be distributing software that uses it. So I wouldn't be too worried about it yet.

Comment Re:110 or 240v (Score 1) 260

Though, one thing I don't get about this challenge - they're using they want 2kVA output, but then demanding 50W/in^3 with a max size of 40in^3, meaning you have to provide 2000W.

What is it you don't get?
Requirements are >=50W/in^3 and &lt= 40in^3.
I would expect some of the entrants will exceed those requirements - doing more W/in^3 and/or less space.

Submission + - New slashdot beta setting records for suckage 1

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Oh, BTW, FUCK BETA

Submission + - Slashdot Beta Woes 16

s.petry writes: What is a Slashdot and why the Beta might destroy it?

Slashdot has been around, well, a very long time. Longer than any of it's competators, but not as long as IIRC. Slashdot was a very much one of the first true social media web sites.

On Slashdot, you could create a handle or ID. Something personal, but not too personal, unless you wanted it to be. But it was not required either. We know each other by our handles, we have watched each other grow as people. We may have even taken pot shots at each other in threads. Unless of course you are anonymous, but often we can guess who that really is.

One of Slashdot's first motto's was "News for Nerds" that Matters. I have no idea when that was removed. I have not always scoured the boards here daily, life can get too busy for that. That excuses my ignorance in a way. I guess someone thought it politically incorrect, but most of us "Nerds" enjoyed it. We are proud of who we are, and what we know. Often we use that pride and knowledge to make someone else look bad. That is how we get our digs in, and we enjoy that part of us too. We don't punch people, we belittle them. It's who we are!

What made Slashdot unique were a few things. What you will note here is "who" has been responsible for the success of Slashdot. Hint, it has never been a just the company taking care of the servers and software.

— First, the user base submitted stories that "they" thought mattered. It was not a corporate feed. Sure, stories were submitted about companies. The latest break through from AMD and Intel, various stories regarding the graphic card wars, my compiler is better than your compiler, and yes your scripting language stinks! Microsoft IIS has brought us all a few laughs and lots of flame wars to boot. Still, we not only read about the products but get to my second point.

— User comments. This is the primary why we have been coming here for as long as we have, many of us for decades. We provide alternative opinions or back what was given in the article. This aspect not only makes the "News" interesting, but often leads to other news and information sharing. It's not always positive, but this is the nature of allowing commentary. It also brings out the third point.

— Moderation. Moderation has been done by the community for a very long time. It took lots of trial and error to get a working system. As with any public system it's imperfect, but it's been successful. People can choose to view poorly modded comments, but don't have to. As with posting anonymous versus with our own handle it's an option that allows us to personalize the way we see and read what's on the site. And as a reward for submitting something worth reading, you might get a mod point of your own to use as a reward for someone else.

Why we dislike Beta and what is being pushed, and why this will result in the end of an era if it becomes forced on the community.

1. Bulky graphics. We get that Dice and Slashdot need revenue. I have Karma good enough to disable advertisements, but have never kept this setting on. I realize that Slashdot/Dice make money with this. That said, the ads sit away from my news and out of the way. I can get there if I want it (but nobody has ever gotten a penny from me clicking an ad... nobody!), but it's not forced into my face or news feed.

2. Low text area. I like having enough on my screen to keep me busy without constant scrolling. Slashdot currently has the correct ratio of text to screen. This ratio has never been complained about, yet Beta reduces the usable text area by at least 1/2 and no option for changing the behavior. I hate reading Slashdot on mobile devices because I can't stand scrolling constantly.

3. JavaScript. We all know the risks of JS, and many of us disable it. We also have an option of reading in Lync or non-standard browsers that many of us toy with for both personal and professional reasons. This flexibility is gone in Beta, and we are forced to allow JS to run. If you don't know the risks of allowing JS to run, you probably don't read much on Slashdot. Those that allow JS do so accepting the risk (which is admittedly low on a well known site).

4. Ordering/Sorting/Referencing. Each entry currently gets tagged with a unique thread ID. This allows linking to the exact post in a thread, not just the top of the thread. In Beta this is gone. It could be that the site decided to simply hide the post ID or it was removed. Either way, going to specific posts is something that is used very commonly by the community.

5. Eye candy. Most of us are not here for "eye candy" and many have allergic reactions to eye candy. Slashdot has a good mix currently. It's not as simple as the site starting with a r-e-d-i-t, which is good. That site has a reputation that keeps many of us away, and their format matches my attitude of them (s-i-m-p-l-e-t-o-n). At the same time, it's not like watching some other "news" sites with so much scrolling crap I can't read an article without getting a headache. The wasted space in beta for big bulky borders, sure smells like eye candy. Nothing buzzes or scrolls yet, but we can sense what's coming in a patch later.

The thing is, the community cares about Slashdot. We come here because we care. We submit stories because of that, we vote because of that, we moderate because of that, and we comment because of that. At the same time we realize that without the community Slashdot loses most of its value. We respect that we don't host the servers, backup the databases, or patch the servers. Slashdot/Dice provide the services needed for Slashdot.

It's a give give relationship, and we each get something in return. Slashdot gets tons of Search hits and lots of web traffic. We get a place to learn, teach, and occasionally vent.

Look, if you want to change default color scheme or make pre-made palettes for us to choose from, we would probably be okay with that. If you want to take away our ability to block ads by Karma, or move the ads to the left side of my browser window, I would be okay with those things too.

If you want to make drastic changes to how the site works, this is a different story all together. The reason so many are against Beta is that it breaks some of the fundamental parts of what makes Slashdot work.

User input until recently has not been acknowledged. The acknowledgment we have received is not from the people that are making the decision to push Beta live. We told people Beta was broken, what it lacked, and we were rather surprised to get a warning that Beta would be live despite what we told people. People are already making plans to leave, which means that Slashdot could fade away very soon.

Whether this was the goal for Dice or not remains to be seen. If it is, it's been nice knowing you but I won't be back. A partnership only works when there is mutual respect between the parties. A word of caution, us Nerds have good memories and lots of knowledge. The loss of Slashdot impacts all of Dice holdings, not just Slashdot. I boycott everything a company holds, not just the product group that did me wrong.

If that was not the goal of Dice, you should quickly begin communicating with the user base. What are the plans are to fix what Beta has broken? Why is Beta being pushed live with things broken? A "Sorry we have not been communicating!", and perhaps even a "Thank you" to the user base for helping make Slashdot a success for so many years.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA? (slashdot.org) 7

Narnie writes: I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?

Submission + - Slashdot users give new beta design a huge Bronx cheer 2

Presto Vivace writes: Alice Marshall reports that:

Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. ... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.

Submission + - Dice runs scared. 6

cfulton writes: Slashdot management was found hiding under their desks today after a full scale nuclear meltdown on their site. Unable to post a reasonable reply to the thousands of negative comments on their BETA format, they simply modded down all the relevant comments. Then after running around the office for a while they all hid under their desks hoping it would all just go away.

Submission + - Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news? 4

mmell writes: Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?

Submission + - Slashdot Beta SUCKS (slashdot.org)

DroolTwist writes: My scoop? Slashdot beta sucks. I'm definitely joining slashcott. Thanks for the years of entertaining and knowledgeable discussion, slashdotters. While I mainly lurked, I learned so much from discussions.

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