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Comment Re:Surprising display of ignorance... (Score 3, Informative) 290

Most politicians are lawyers and their suit makes perfect sense. The Internet domain system was created by DARPA and some/most of the root domain system is still under US (through military, universities and NASA) control and property of the US. The question is obviously whether or not the "virtual" system itself can be meaningfully separated from the physical to where the US is not giving away the system.

All-in-all, whether or not you want the US to control the system, I also have to wonder as to the reason Obama didn't just send the proposal to congress, there is a reason we have the separation of authority, so the president can't just do as he wish without oversight.

Comment Re:How to program such a thing? (Score 1) 118

At some point, someone may create a "general purpose" quantum computer. There is currently no such thing but there are programming languages for it which you can run in a simulation. Obviously you'll have a number of new operators to understand for it to be any useful to you.

This chip is supposed to do annealing but the lack of scientific support and the lack of results points more towards a big scam. At $14M you'd expect at least some results but there is no speed up measurable from classical computing. All in all, this D-wave chip (even if it worked) would only be part of a true quantum computer/processor. They have a single piece, like an MMX coprocessor on a classical chip, it only does one thing, you need much, much more for any Turing completeness. And even though we have most of it described in mathematical format, the requirements for even holding a single qubit stable are near impossible to maintain on Earth.

Comment Someone just got ripped off (Score 2) 170

I've seen the commercial offerings that claim you need to tune the antennas. They seem to have gone a step further and have a dedicated tech for "detecting interference". At best it is a hotspot management tool, usually it's expensive snake oil. Especially on a small area like this, a good set of APs should be able to handle the "load" and have enough power to handle other APs, especially the weak phone ones.

Comment Re:Good for backhauls and maybe some DC uses (Score 1) 75

10GbE is priced for small business, you can get 24 port switches for ~$2-5k (even from overpriced shops like Cisco) and 10GbE NIC's for $200 or less. 40GbE is being priced for your largish office building and 40/100GbE is considered 'standard' in new data center designs. Development of 400GbE has been going on since 2013 and 800GbE and beyond is expected around 2020.

Comment Re:Fuck the spec (Score 1) 85

As a programmer, I like videos to autoplay when I instruct the program to do so. HTML is a programming language and does what the programmer wants, as it is intended to do. If you don't like it or certain programmers annoy you, you should avoid said programs/programmers (eg. CNN). Back in the day, browsers had a setting to override ANY CSS stylesheet with your own, immensely useful when everything on the web was Geocities and MySpace pages, I think those setting disappeared later on, perhaps there is an extension that will allow you to insert your own JavaScript or CSS on every page.

Comment Re:What's our take away on this supposed to be? (Score 1) 86

The audit revealed more that the pencil pushers didn't even look at the applications before approving them, those products didn't exist yet got Energy Star approved. They set up a set of fake companies and sent Energy Star a set of devices they purported to make that were 20% more efficient than any competitor, they eventually worked up to a gas powered alarm clock. The other thing they found is that once they got an Energy Star certification, they could plaster it on any product they wished even if it hadn't been approved yet.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 527

ICANN doesn't lose control, if anything they gain more control. Currently the majority of DNS and ICANN is under US control (yes it has international stakeholders but legally speaking, it's still US-controlled). In the future, ICANN will be standing on it's own with a variety of stakeholders. The question is: will it become a toothless, powerless organization that doesn't have the guts to change anything like the UN or will it become a truly stateless corporation under supervision of the Googles and Facebooks of this world or perhaps control will be seized by Russia or China.

Comment Re:Work around? (Score 1) 222

This decision was basically saying that the federal government can't just meddle in state business. That's a good thing. The problem is that the corrupt state leaders have decided that in their state providing certain services is illegal. The town should go to it's courts and have them decide whether or not their state can make such laws or whether it's valid. In many states, it's illegal for the government to compete with a business (for good reason) except for utilities. They could probably legally sell the system for a dollar to a true business or a non profit using the same tricks the big telcos use elsewhere (100 year exclusivity; using language that excludes all other bidders etc)

Comment 30fps is acceptable? (Score -1) 147

You console users, really got to get with the time. I find 60fps 'acceptable' for anything that doesn't offer too much interaction, but for fighters and anything that has skill shots and the like, 120 without drops is at least necessary or an unlocked fps so that you can still incur some drops without noticing. I don't care about 4k all that much, most game devs will simply put in larger textures or scale and be done with it.

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