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Comment Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (Score 1) 207

Bleeding heart socialist liberal here, I want your vision of the future of energy. I'm not alone. I want it right beside state run health care, basic income, cultural recognition of the fallacy of trickle down economics, complete nuclear disarmament, and a pure diplomatic approach to world affairs.

Bring on the geothermal nuclear power! Bring it on, then use the abundance of power to start engineering the damn climate and distilling the ocean.. What water shortage? While we're at it, might as well pull some extra nuclear fuel from the distillation waste. Food shortage? Shit, now we have tons of water and an engineered climate... make the deserts green and build the biggest hydroponics facilities the world has ever seen! Middle east being douchebags again? Fuck them, we don't need 'em anymore.

So ya.. fucking hippies..

(I'm honestly being quite serious.)

Comment Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (Score 5, Informative) 533

Using Blu-ray as the "gold" standard, you will often see h264 streams in the 15-30Mbps range with peaks at just over 40Mbps (audio and video combined).

I've seen Netflix streams in full 1080p hit 7-9Mbps.

VUDU's HDX format will hit 10Mbps fairly regularly. They're the highest quality service I've used to date.

These services don't match physical media quality yet in an effort to work with as many users as possible. When I can stream multiple Blu-ray quality movies at once (not uncommon for a family to stream 2 or more videos to different rooms) I'll consider broadband infrastructure as "sufficient". Until then, there's plenty of room for improvement.

Where I live I could purchase service with 90 down and 9 up. Assuming I could fully utilize that (and I highly doubt I actually could which is why I've not upgraded), that could just barely do 3 Blu-ray quality streams. Not bad! However, I live in the middle of a large city, so I don't consider my options typical. I've also experienced plenty of nights where the 20Mbps service I do have is fighting upstream congestion and can't even pull 3Mbps from any video service. Not sure adding 70 more Mbps to my apartment is going to alleviate that.

So, 5Mbps will get you an average quality 720p stream. We can do better.

Comment Re:Astroturfing for Hillary Clinton (Score 5, Informative) 1134

No, but just about "every last women who picks up a controller" will be threatened with violence or rape by a gamer.

That ^^ ... is a fucking problem. I sure as shit don't have to deal with crap like that when I'm online.

Even if not a single person ever followed through on their threats, it creates an incredibly hostile atmosphere that few would want to endure therefore creating a cultural divide and effectively excluding women from the activity.

And, somehow, even if that was deemed acceptable, even if we all said "ok fine gaming is to be a sausage fest for all time", do you really think the attitudes given voice by these in game messages somehow vanish once the sender puts down the controller and joins the rest of us in the real world?

Comment Re:Another bloviation from Bennett (Score 1) 544

Indeed. I might be tolerable if it was at all insightful. I'm at as much a loss as you as to how this guy keeps getting his word jizz posted. I made it a few sentences in and already it's his typical "I spent 60 seconds pretending to do work then vomited paragraphs of nonsense about it!" This isn't even idle quality stream of consciousness stoner rhetoric.. I think even describing it as bloviating is too forgiving.

Comment Re:Interview on Weed?! (Score 1) 319

"have to"? I believe the exact wording was "want to". It's hyperbole meant to demonstrate the level of "tolerance" some of the candidates demand, not to demonstrate their crippling inability to get out of bed.

I do quite well in the private sector, but government is full of "zero tolerance" requirements from recreational drug use to the exact level of college education completed. Combine that with the pitiful wages and I'm amazed they end up with any technology related work force at all. If they'd compete I'd at least consider them. Now I don't even bother looking at them.

Comment Re:My mp3s died before my cds did! (Score 2) 329

You do understand that the reed solomon codes used for RAID 6 _are_ a form of CRC, right? Even better, they allow reconstruction when bad bits are found! RAID 6 would be a poor technology otherwise. I'm not trying to stomp on /.'s love affair with ZFS, but patrol reads on modern RAID cards are _exactly_ what ZFS does.

Even better, this works with all filesystems! Layering FTW.

Comment Re:Not a way to learn (Score 1) 166

This may point to a measurement problem, but you're not forced into it. A desire to learn is all that is needed to master the subject even if the tests are not a reliable indicator of mastery, or are you attempting to say that the instructor is uninterested in teaching even to those who wish to learn?

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