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Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 1) 98

For instance, why would the carriers want to adopt this, when they're making huge profits off of SMS messages now?

Where I live, only old people and certain services still send SMS messages. Everybody else uses Whatsapp and/or Facebook messenger.

A significant number of carriers have signed on to the RCS thing. Optimistically speaking, they might want to adopt RCS as it is a good service for their customers. Realistically speaking they might want to adopt it to sell the communication data of their users.

I'll be honest with you: I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen. Stranger things have.

Comment Re:Technological Stability (Score 1) 98

Slack; I don't even know what the last one is

It is mainly a poorly programmed webbased IRC interface wrapped in a desktop Chromium package that hogs memory like there is no tomorrow.

It has some redeeming qualities (syntax highlighting for code snippets), but in general you're not missing out on much.

Comment Re:Most of the alternatives he describes... (Score 1) 98

RCS could actually be a standard which unifies the fragmented communication scene and could be supported by many commercial entities and easily usable by everybody:

I'm not sure it actually will gain popularity (Apple doesn't seem to want to join in on the fun and encryption for text messages doesn't seem to be part of the standard), but it might.

Comment Re:If I owned it (Score 1) 52

IIRC, the issue was that it did not provide a usable interface to use the RSS feeds without auto-downloading.

I dislike auto-downloading, because I like to make varying choices about which release of an episode I'd like to see. Some releases have incorrect framerates or are otherwise of low quality, but if that release is the only one available when I want to watch the episode, then so be it. I really don't want to battle with programming an auto-downloader when eyeballing the right choice out of maybe 6 options for an episode costs me 5 seconds.

I also don't really want to download all of the options, and not just because it is unnecessary downloading. I'm all for giving back (my target-ratio is 25), but I really dislike supporting low-quality releases (as they tend to take up a significant share of the peers who don't care about quality, of which there are many). My upstream bandwidth should generally go to good releases.

In general though, I found the qBittorrent interface to be just too limited for my taste. Given some time I could probably enumerate all the little things I miss in the interface compared to Tixati (sequential downloading and fine-grained priority controls spring to mind). I'm going to check qBittorrent out in a couple of months again anyway. You could install Tixati and click around in it to make the comparison yourself.

Comment Re:If I owned it (Score 2) 52

why anyone is still using uTorrent when qBittorrent is so much better.

Because it isn't, last time I checked.

I install qBittorrent about once every six months, then uninstall it again because it just doesn't do what I want it to do (specifically in terms of the interface and its handling of RSS feeds). I actually kept it installed for a while before died, specifically because it was whitelisted there.

Tixati however has proven to be the client for me as it is very much power-user oriented, GUI-wise not Spartan but also not bloated (comparable to foobar2000 in my opinion). The only big downside is that it is not open source, which is why I keep an eye on qBittorrent.
Tixati has a terrible quite oldfashioned website, but it is worth checking out:

Comment Re:Uh what? (Score 2) 32

You are correct; it's worded terribly.

The paper ( ) specifically mentions that their method allows for GPGPU processing due to parallel block evaluation instead of 'sliding window' evaluation of the image:
"Unlike the sliding-window method, which scans an image in a sequential manner, parallel window-searching divides the input image into several blocks and simultaneously performs classification on one block using each GPU core."

This is a step forward in commodification of self-driving car technology.

Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 1) 474

1) feasts were ways to use up overharvest that could not be properly stored for the winters

Bullshit (if you believe no king of old ever had a feast out of decadence, you are a fool) and even if true it would be besides the point. The point was about plentifulness. In addition one could make a point of the quality of the food, which for a king would be very good, even by today's standards. Haute cuisine cooking is not high-tech stuff. The ingredients are still key.

2) before central heating and insulation, the castles were drafty buildings that needed fireplaces in every inhabited room during much of the year

The servants deal with the wood and the fireplaces. Problem solved.

3) handmade furniture was the only kind at the time, mass production was an odd dream of a few

Yep, and you can bet your bottom that the king had the nicest handmade furniture in the realm.

4) armies were expenses, not luxuries

Yeah, tell that to the peasants who were executed without a fair trial. Even now, in the US, poor people are easily fucked over by the law.

5) the farmland is delegated to the Midwest states, and the produce available everywhere

Which poor people can't afford. They are mostly stuck with cheap and terrible fast'food'.
Also, the point was about owning land and having control over it.

6) who needs 10 horses when even a cheap car can match 50?

People who like to go horseback riding, play polo, hunt on horseback, tame horses, have horse races, or like dressage (you'll notice a trend of amusement and required amount of wealth here).

7) if you want the idealized pleasure of a hunt, Sony can help. If you want meat, check the market

Missed the point again. This again revolves around owning resources.

8) the old ships weren't as fancy as you imagine

Yeah, you could probably buy one of those for 10 bucks nowadays. Who the hell wants a sailing ship anyway?

9) ok, yeah the jewelry is hard to match as gold and silver reserves haven't grown that much. But the quality is better if you do get some modern bling

Your arguments get progressively weaker. This one is just laughable. In essence you are saying "modern poor people live more comfortable than the kings of old because even though the kings had massive amounts expensive jewelry, modern jewelry is slightly nicer if a poor person would have the funds to buy them."

Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 5, Insightful) 474

If the modern poor live more comfortably than the kings of old

They don't, though.

Sure, there are a number of aspects of life in which great progress has been made (sanitation, health care, means of communication), but the modern poor still do not have servants, regular feasts with more food and wine than their (many) guests could eat, castles with countless rooms filled with handmade furniture, armies, larges swaths of farmland, stables full of horses, vast private hunting grounds, sailing ships or rooms filled with handmade fine clothing and jewelry.

Would you honestly choose living like a modern poor person in some shitty housing project or trailer park over living like a king of old in a castle with servants? I highly doubt it.

Submission + - Trump's proposed budget would result in big spending cuts for renewables (

Lucas123 writes: The Trump administration's newly released 2018 budget proposal outlining changes to discretionary would likely cut spending on renewable energy. For example, not only does the proposed budget cut the EPA and Energy Department budget by 31% and 6%, respectively, it would also not fund the Clean Power Plan and other climate change programs. With the CPP gone, the U.S. would likely see fewer retirements of coal-fired power plants due to carbon emissions and less impetus for the procurement of utility-grade solar power. The good news for renewables: the budget would not have any impact on the solar investment tax credit, carbon tax proposals or state-based solar subsidies, according to Amit Ronen, director of the Solar Institute at George Washington University. Additionally, renewable energy resources, such as solar panels, have gained too much momentum and aren't likely to be deterred by regulatory changes at this point, according to Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy research firm. For example, even with the dissolution of the CPP, the number of coal-fired generators is still expected to be reduced by about one-third through 2030, or by about 60 gigawatts of capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Meanwhile, wind and solar are by far the fastest growing energy sectors, which indicates an appetite by utilities and consumers that is highly unlikely to be slowed by regulatory changes at the federal level, experts said.

Comment Re:Whatsit and thingy at Tenagra. (Score 1) 161

Pretty much anyone who goes on about the Singularity is a loon. Not because it's necessarily a fundamentally loony concept, but because it attracts loons like moths to a flame.

Great way to start a post. Really shows a lack of bias.

For now it looks like we're going to get mindless but very complex systems that can do most things better than humans

You make the mistake of believing that human brains are leaps and bounds more advanced than (say) chimp brains. They're not. The difference is very very significant yet very very slight (in an evolutionary sense). Reevaluate when you expect us to create AI that reaches chimp levels. Then add ten years. Maybe twenty.
In any case be sure to evaluate your arguments against the 'loony' Singularity concept for a primate life form of choice, such as chimps. That approach takes away a lot of the self-preservation instincts that lead you to the irrational rhetoric that puts humans on an unbreakable pedestal.

This (long) read is actually insightful:

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