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Comment Re:Pricing for Abusers, or Abusive Pricing (Score 1) 91

Maybe there are two sides to this argument

There are. One of them is a greedy and abusive minority sucking in the ignorant with lies.

as with any "open access" to a resource

Network bandwidth isn't open access.

The challenge for an ISP or telco is to strike that balance between reasonable pricing and protecting the reasonable majority from a handful of excessive users

That's not a challenge for anyone. Congestion avoidance is a solved problem, an automated algorithm, _the_ automated algorithm that picks what to send or drop next. If "excessive users" are interfering with anybody else, causing that interference was an explicit choice by the ISP.

Comment Re:Snowden opines on something (Score 1) 144

I really don't think his value to humanity consists of him spending his airtime talking about what self-entitled theocrats and oligarchs and warlords and just plain kleptocrats want him to talk about. I think his value to humanity consists of him spending his airtime talking about what they _don't_ want him to talk about, because he's one of the few people who actually know that stuff first-hand.

Submission + - THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL FINALLY STOP SCREAMING AT YOU ON MAY 11 1

HughPickens.com writes: FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED ITS FORECASTS IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Now Seth Borenstein reports at AP that federal meteorologists are lowering their voices and their letters — except in dire emergencies. Starting May 11, weather service forecasts will no longer read like someone shouting in a hurricane — the agency will use both upper- and lower-case letters. The long-standing practice has been necessary because teleprinters, which only use capital letters, were the legacy systems for transmitting this information. Although technology long ago became available to phase out all caps, the Weather Service had some customers using equipment tied to teletype so it was unable to completely modernize its systems and still serve them. “Recent software upgrades to the computer system that forecasters use to produce weather predictions, called AWIPS 2 (the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System), are allowing for the change to mixed-case letters,” the Weather Service said. “The switch will happen on May 11, after the required 30-day notification period to give customers adequate time to prepare for the change.”

Media outlets far and wide have had great fun covering this story, but the prize for the finest goes to BuzzFeed: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS PROMISED THAT FROM NEXT MONTH IT’S FINALLY GOING TO STOP SCREAMING OUT WEATHER ADVISORIES IN ALL CAPS. DESPITE IT BEING THE 21ST FUCKING CENTURY, SOME PEOPLE STILL USED THESE TELEPRINTERS, WHICH ARE BASICALLY JUST TYPEWRITERS HOOKED UP TO PHONES AND WHICH ONLY ALLOW FOR ALL-CAPS SCREAMING. THEY ARE KEENLY AWARE THAT IN WEB-SPEAK IT’S SEEN AS YELLING AND MOSTLY USED BY ONLINE COMMENTERS SCREAMING MISOGYNISTIC ABUSE AT ONE ANOTHER, OR PERHAPS A FRIENDLY EMAIL FROM YOUR CLUELESS GRANDMA.

Submission + - Human limbs 'evolved from SHARK fins thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog gene' (mirror.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists believe human limbs evolved from the gills of sharks — thanks to a gene named after Sonic the Hedgehog. The discovery comes from analysis of skate, a cartilaginous fish which has much in common with sharks. Limbs, like gills, grow thanks to a vital protein known as the 'Sonic hedgehog gene' — named after the video game character. The new discovery backs up a theory suggested 138 years ago that legs and arms evolved from prehistoric fish gills.

Comment Re:Report + Judgment (Score 2) 174

Murder requires intent to kill

A person is presumed to intend the reasonably foreseeable consequences of his voluntary act

[Technically,] cases that involve negligence or reckless disregard for safety [...] are NOT "murder"

Yes, they are. The line between manslaughter and murder is "behaves in a way that shows extreme, reckless disregard for life and results in the victim's death".

Comment I'll be very _very_ interested in DX12/Vulkan perf (Score 1) 97

Apparently AMD's hardware absolutely rocks on the next-gen architectures like those two, and Vulkan being directly based on Mantle can't hurt even a teensy bit.

AMD being the king-of-the-hill for VR would make a world my ooooh-goody-competition-means-good-prices little heart is just piiiiining for.

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