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Comment Re:TFA ignored obvious facts (Score 2) 198

Its simply a numbers game, if 3 out of 20 can become good programmers will the cost to train the 20 vs hiring 3 experienced programmers who are paid more be cheaper. To go back to the basketball analogy 1.1% of college players are drafted in the NBA while 0.001% of high school players were drafted. There is simply a much higher probability of finding a good player in college.

Comment coal is dying very slowly (Score 1) 478

Market forces are not killing coal, it costs less then 3.5 cents to produce per kwh, it is cheaper then every other form of electricity production. The lifetime costs per kwh for coal are 3 cents cheaper then the lifetime kwh costs for solar. Solar needs to double output and half cost so that battery storage becomes cost effective. Lots of improvement need to happen before the market will start rejecting coal.

Comment Where should I get my brain mush from (Score 1) 52

Amazon stores everything I say to alexa
Roku now records my viewing habits
All the ISPs record my browsing history and soon will sell it
Satellite with a disconnected set top box looks like my only option to watch awful television with no fear of being judged.

Comment Re:Generic Party doesn't apply to all. (Score 3, Insightful) 85

The internet was not created in a free market and should not be treated like one. The backbone providers built their backbone on eminent domain land grabs under the guise of public good. The ISPs made a deal with the socialism devil to build infrastructure and the socialism devil has come to collect. As much as it pains me to say this making internet providers a common carrier was the correct move by Obama. If I build a road I should be able to decide who uses it, if I use the government to force people to sell me their land I forfeit the right to choose who uses my road.

Using eminent domain is a responsibility not a privilege.

Comment Re:Of course, he did (Score 1) 154

As long as ISPs use emanate domain (compulsory selling of private assets for the public good) telephone poles, they should be regulated in a manor that favors public good. If all their poles were obtained through a purely free market arrangement then they should have free market regulations. Free market solutions will only work in free markets

Comment Re:Not too surprising (Score 3, Interesting) 110

The switch should have no problem with 1080p, it is using the Tegra X1 chip, which is capable of 4k at 60fps. Using 1/4 or an 1/8th of the GPU capability would not be causing overheating. I suspect something else, Nintendo released a patch a few days ago which seemed to fix frame rates dropping below 20, the details of the patch were "Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience." so I can only speculate. My guess is that there were severe inefficiencies in how the GPU was rendering which the patch fixed causing the GPU to run much cooler.

Comment Re:Private sector will increase costs. (Score 1) 166

You are correct up to a point, but you seriously underestimate the inefficiency of the federal government. Here are a few of their greatest hits. All the employment records for the federal government are stored in an old limestone mine in Pennsylvanian, there have been many failed attempts to digitize them, the last failure was led by an English major with no technical background, It can take up to a year before people receive their retirement. The system is so notoriously bad they have a policy where beneficiaries receive 50% . The Obamacare website was not originally built to handle the expected traffic. The census bureau and had to revert back to paper copies after they had troubles with tablets. The VA also had to revert back to paper and were in danger of collapsing a floor where they were storing the paper copies.

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