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Comment Re:bloviated shit gibbon (Score 1) 536

Do you really think that most of President Obama's trips were vacation? Do you think that the President of the United States ever gets anything but a "working vacation"?

A pretty Apples-to-Apples comparison puts President Trump way ahead of President Obama in costs to defend him, and that is before you start to talk about defending his wife and children (which are a more complicated story). But even more damming is all of the quotes from the campaign when then-candidate Trump talked about how he would never leave the White House because he would be too busy to golf. That promise was truly and thoroughly shredded in the first couple of weeks of his Presidency.

Comment Re:Running your own server is the same as using AO (Score 2) 445

The "three stooges" were lawyers, and they were responding to not a subpoena, but a Freedom of Information Act request (so a much lower bar). That does not stink of coverup, especially since there was apparently plenty of

If you want better examples of coverup, look up the Bush email scandal, or the current Trump administration's (meaning the White House) use of "secure messaging" apps. Or the fact that many of them have gone back to using RNC email servers the the majority of their communications. Any bet we see another failure to backup of those emails when they get subpoenaed?

But more importantly: while then-Goveneor Pence was on the campaign trail criticizing Hilary Clinton about her use of a private email address, he was actively using his own for government business. The hypocrisy runs think there.

Comment Re:Thank god (Score 1) 445

Lets be clear about this: in neither case was using non-governmental email addresses illegal, so-long as they (eventually in both cases) complied with federal record keeping acts. In the time after Clinton was Secretary of State they have institutes internal rules that would forbid this sort of thing, but that was afterwards, and one could argue about whether the head of the State Department could grant themselves an exemption...

Neither of them using an outside email server was a good idea on many of the same fronts, including the risk of classified documents. Certainly the Secretary of State gets more classified documents, but by all accounts Clinton and her team were pretty good about keeping those on a separate device designated for classified communications (not perfect, but pretty good). Most of the (informed) debate about that during the campaign either revolved around documents that were in the grey area about what was classified when (and what should be classified). I am not going to say all, but it is unfair and untrue to say that most of Clintons classified communications when through that channel.

But the more pertinent issue at the moment: at the same time then-Goveoner Pence was criticizing Hillary Clinton for her use of an external server, he himself was doing so. That is pure hypocrisy. How can you expect honest government if you do not hold the individuals to even a minimal standard of honesty?

Comment Re:Any happy CDN CloudFlare client around? (Score 1) 87

The main advantages are that a) they can take a lot more load that the majority of sites can by both doing pretty good caching and having a lot of geographic redundancy (and the DNS services to handle that), and b) have an operations team that can better respond to DOS attacks than most of their customers are large enough to have (plus network-geographicly distributed resources to hopefully mitigate the attack).

They are probably not going to be faster for small-traffic websites, and they are adding a layer of complexity (so can easily be complicit in bugs, if not outright responsible for them), but if you are going to be hit with a lot of traffic (legitimate or not), then they offer a service that few smaller companies are in the position to match.

Comment Re: Simple Answer (Score 2) 86

"tweak" is a bit of an understatement. They are on their 5th shipping version of modified ISAs (Swift, Cyclone, Typhoon, Twister, and now Hurricane), and the included PowerVR GPU has been increasingly modified from the base technology from Imagination Technology. Where most "tweaking" is in how many cores or what fixed-function units are included, Apple has been playing with the core instruction set to make them more performant (both from power and speed perspectives). This has been how Apple has been at least a year ahead in meaningful performance for at least 4 years now (multi-thread performance is not usually meaningful on a phone), despite having a lower base clock speed than their competitors (thus getting very nice battery savings out of it).

What this article is talking about is that Apple is spending increasing amounts of money directly in R&D, rather than farming it out to their suppliers (which does not count in R&D).

Comment Re:What is the R&D Actually For? (Score 1) 86

The memory limitations that you cite, as well as the driving problem behind slow updates, can be squarely put at the feet of Intel. They have pushed back meaningful updates for a couple of years now. I am not implying that they are doing so deliberately, but rather have been unable to make meaningful upgrades.

To take the memory size limitation, that is because Kaby Lake processors are the only ones to support 64GiB, and the models that Apple would have used were not available (let alone in Apple quantities) until long after the current MacBook Pros shipped. And I think you are a bit mislead about "battery issues". For most workloads Apple's newest MacBook Pro's have 10+ hour battery life. The only place where it is not better than the previous generation is on the 15 inch models on workloads that cause the GPU to kick in. There the battery simply is not enough to really feed that power-hungry GPU. This was an engineering decision (tradeoffs between a better GPU, thinness, and battery life for certain workloads), and real deserves a more thorough understanding than your summary indicates.

A similar conversation applies on the MacPro front. Again, the Xeon processors that Apple used have not been upgraded in a way that justified updates. I wish that Apple had released speed-bumps along the way (and adjusted the bottom-end price along the way), but there was really not enough change since their release to justify a re-work since then. A GPU update might have been nice, but (full disclosure: I worked at Apple, and helped test one aspect of the GPUs) Apple spent a lot of engineer time making those custom GPUs sing on the workloads they were for: FinalCut Pro (not gaming). Likely someone crunched the numbers on sales and determined that it was not worth the expenditure to do that again for a mid-term product. Whenever it is updated again we will see if Apple goes the custom route again.

I also don't think you are evaluating Apple chip work nearly well enough. I you look at the CPU/GPU work they have done on the iOS devices; for the last 4 or so years competitors have been at least a year behind on most real-work testing metrics. Only in multi-threaded tests does anyone else remain competitive within a year timeframe. That is despite Apple being lower-power and lower clock-speed in almost all cases. And the delta has been widening as Apple ramps up on this. They started with nearly off-the-shelf processors, but are now on their fifth version of increasingly modified ARM ISA (Swift, Cyclone, Typhoon, Twister, and now Hurricane), each of which had increasingly custom versions of the paired PowerVR GPUs.

None of that work is about lowering costs, all of it is about improving performance. If Apple only wanted to lower costs they would be using Samsung or Qualcomm licensed CPU designs.

Comment Re: This is not surprising (Score 1) 245

And yet you don't seem to be able to point to a single lie. All of this innuendo, and no facts. If she really did "lie continuously for months", then there would be a clear record of it. At this point it is clear that your position is not about the truth; you have an enemy and you are going to do everything to damage that enemy, even if you have nothing to go on. That is simply prejudice.

Comment Re:Slower than MongoDB, has joins (Score 5, Informative) 21

As a former RethinkDB employee I am more than a little biased, but I don't think that you understand the competitive space around MongoDB. Everything you have sited as an advantage for MongoDB is done better by just about every one of their competitors (RethinkDB included). MongoDB's main advantage is that they were the first big on in the field, and no-one has been able to make something better enough to de-seat them. It is not enough to be better, you have to be noticeably better in order to de-seat a reigning competitor. Think of the phrase "no one gets fired for buying IBM".

And I also don't think you understand the cost of polling, especially for non-trivial (e.g.: not key-lookup) queries. While RethinkDB's `join` queries are not included in `changefeeds`, just about everything else is. So for example if you wanted to keep a leaderboard, say the top 10 scores in a game, you would have to re-compute that every time in most databases (at a minimum scan the index). With RethinkDB it automatically gets modified based on writes in the database, and sent to you. The efficiency improvement is truly huge. And since those queries can be fairly complicated (say: top 10 scores within the week), that gets very expensive with polling.

An example that is in usage right now from a major stock trader: their iOS app uses RethinkDB to get streaming stock-price updates. The app (indirectly through a server) just opens a changefeed on the list of stocks that you follow, and RethinkDB coordinates who needs to get what updates when they feed in the stream of changes of market prices. They don't have a ton of clients constantly polling in order to show them constantly changing feeds of numbers (some change every second, others not in hours), and they can push out changes as fast as they get them.

Comment Re:What that tells me (Score 2, Insightful) 268

What about the response makes you think that? The only relevant piece of information I actually can see in the response is the inference that Apple is asking them to re-run the tests (presumably with Apple engineers in attendance). The implication is that Apple is trying to reproduce what Consumer Reports saw, and is unable to, so is asking them to do it again. This sounds exactly like what everyone involved should want to happen: make sure that the tests are reproducible, and thus representative of what users would see. So to me the Consumer Reports response seems unjustified, and very defensive.

Comment Re:Flip flop .... (Score 4, Informative) 559

Actually, in the case of Germany the U.S. is older as a country by something like a hundred years. The unification of something like what we now call Germany did not begin until the German Empire began in 1871. The Confederation of States was formed in 1781, and the Constitution (so U.S.) was seven years later in 1788. So depending on when you were talking about, either 100 years, or 93 years. Prior to that you don't really have anything that could be called Germany, rather you have separate German-speking states. It does not look like you understand history enough to be using it to make broad sweeping statements like you are doing.

Another major problem in your argument is that the U.S. is much bigger, population wise, that most countries it is going to be compared to. So when you say things like "richest", that is true for aggregate wealth. But it is not true for per-capita income (U.S. is #11).

And the statement "Capitalism and free markets have lifted more people out of poverty and lifted the standards of living of more people than any other system yet tried, combined" ignores that China has lifted billions of people out of poverty. You can make lots of truthful bad statements about China, and I certainly would not want to live there. But it does prove that statement wrong.

But even more to the point: Germany has a much more social-based system than ours. Clearly in areas of heath-care, education, workers rights, and welfare systems. But they are doing better than the U.S. in terms of growth, average wage, and unemployment. How does your argument survive that?

Comment Re:It gets worse (Score 1) 1066

I advise you to read more about Ben Carson before you defend him as a good person to be a Cabinet Secretary. He does not seem to be very able to reason out issues. Having seen a number of his interviews and lines of logic I really do wonder how he made it though medical school, let alone planned out complicated procedures (which he does seem to have done). Maybe I should believe him that he passed because God gave him the answers in a dream:


Skip the obvious bias in the source, just watch the video of him saying this himself. Or go look up his (still maintained) views on the Pyramids. This is not a rational thinker.

Comment Re:Uranium One and Clinton McCarthyism. (Score 3, Informative) 469

Clinton did not sign off, the State Department did, as did 8 other Federal departments. The person at the State Department who was in charge of it has expressly said that Clinton was never involved in that discussion, and never expressed any opinions on it, as the process was not important or controversial enough to warrant it. And while it did wind up with a Russian company owning a good chunk of the Uranium mines in North America (primarily in Canada), there are export restrictions that prevent any of the product mined there from going to Russia (among most every place).

And she and her close friends did not benefit financially, the accusation is that it was the Clinton Foundation (a charitable organization) that got the money. So far there have been some vague accusations that "the Clintons used the Foundation as their personal piggy bank", but no case of that ever happening has come to light. The Foundation is regularly audited, and that would have shown up by now. The Foundation is generally accepted as being a very good user of its money in doing good around the world.

So explain to me how something she was not involved in, and did not benefit financially from personally was somehow a strike against her.

Comment Re:there's always greed and the clintons (Score 1) 387

Do you have any evidence that President Clinton sold any pardons? That he benefited personally from any of them? And your sentence has to be very carefully parsed to be true: President Clinton did pardon more people ON HIS LAST day (140) than any other president has done ON THIER LAST DAY, but overall during his terms he was in-line with other presidents (450 vs Presidents Carter with 566 and Regan with 406). President Ford issued almost as many (409) in two years as Clinton did in his eight year term.

Since there seems to be no personal benefit involved in the pardons, it is hard to argue that there was any corruption here. Shame on you for making false accusations.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

The important difference is not in the technical sphere, but in the legal one. With at chip-and-PIN card that legal assumption is that any transaction that had the right PIN was a valid one, and the user has to prove otherwise. With anything involving a signature the legal system puts the burden of proof on the merchant to prove that it was you making the purchase. Additionally the U.S. legal limitation of $50 of responsibility (commonly waved to $0 by most credit cards) applies only to signature transactions.

So from a legal standpoint having a signature involved is very advantageous for the consumer in the U.S., and in this one case the credit card companies have gone with the more consumer-friendly option.

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