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Comment Re:Good on him (Score 1) 234

You clearly know nothing about driving experience. What makes a driving experience good and fun is equal power and torque at the same time. The power and torque curves of ICE engines are exponential in opposite directions and you typically can only get equal HP and Torque up in the 5-6000 RPM range (near redline) where they both hit the same value (where the curves cross). Electric motors on the other hand have identical HP and Torque curves. They have maximum Torque and HP at every point along the curve.

Electric motors are the absolute funnest type of propulsion there is to drive. Why do you think the first Porsche was Electric and only went to ICE when he couldn't solve the power storage problem? You should test drive a pure electric some day and realize everything you've been missing. Because you don't know what you're talking about if you think ICE engines are the funnest to drive.

Comment Re:We need this (Score 1) 234

More of the breakthroughs get out into the wild than you would believe. You don't get 20% more capacity at the same weight in 5 years without it. Lithium Ion battery innovations are deployed almost immediately if they are economical and capable of mass production. It's the new battery techs being developed that have a much lower success rate. Very few have ended up competitive with lithium with the advances being done in Lithium. They target being better and cheaper than Lithium but in 5 years the Lithium batteries outpace the development.

The money Dyson is planning to spend is pennies in comparison to what is being expended right now on batteries. There are hundreds of companies both startups and large industrial conglomerates spending more. There are 10's of billions being spent on battery research right now, it wouldn't surprise me if the total R&D exceeded 100 billion or more. Lithium batteries alone have seen gains of more than 20% in 5 years time and there are a dozen different battery chemistries being deployed for various applications given the constraints to drive battery success (weight, charge rate, discharge rate, total capacity, size, life and cost). Lithium has been dominating because it does very well at all the constraints except the charge cycles (life).

Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 5, Insightful) 303

Your evidence is as strong as the evidence that "the jews control the media" because some CEO of a public company has a jewish last name. Someone jumping between government appointments and the press is NOT new, what do you think political consultants are? I personally think they should change their title to out of work politician. Do you expect presidents to hire non journalists for a press secretary position?

Seriously you act like you expect people to have a special job called presidential press secretary, even though there is only one of them and they change with every president and that after they leave they should never ever work again and certainly not in the press. After all they are just robots with no independent thought and are just arms of some giant presidential monster. In other words your argument is childish and devoid of reality.

Comment Re:Pile it on.. (Score 2, Insightful) 303

Being called a dick for saying dickish things does not chill discourse. Your speech has social consequences and if you believe that those social consequences are a problem than you are frankly not in tune with reality. There is no belief in free speech that includes a right not to be offended and there is also no right to not be criticized.

People like you will in one breath disclaim the right to be offended and attempt to defend the right to say offending things without the social consequences those statements bring. Both quell free speech. You have a right to say whatever you want, but you don't have a right to be free of social consequences for saying unpopular things. Because the only way to take away social consequences is to take away the freedom of other people.

Your a big boy, you say things other people don't like you better damn well expect them to react in ways you probably aren't going to like. Welcome to Freedom, part of being free is understanding that your freedom to be a dick comes with the consequences of people not wanting to associate with you and calling you names. You want to wear the big boy pants and say things other people find offensive you can be a big boy and deal with the consequences of doing so.

Comment Re:Here's the real reason for Nvidia's complaints (Score 0) 58

HPC is not GPU. It's a whole other area of computing that has little if anything to do with graphics. The Knights landing chips are kinda like a GPU in the sense that there are lots of tiny cores good at one or two operations but it differs significantly from a standard GPU type chip that Nvidia produces in that its x86, and it's cores are a little more general purpose than a standard nvidia CUDA core.

Think of it this way, Knights Landing is marketed as 70 Atom-like cores, rather than 1200 CUDA cores. Because it's x86 you don't need a Xeon in there running command and control for the CUDA cores. The Knights Landing chip can run all on it's own and it has the interconnects and shared memory to run all those atom cores at full pace such that it can do the matrix math just like CUDA but without any of the overhead of a Xeon cpu and PCIE Cuda cores coordinating across the PCIe bus. The advantage is supposed to be that because KL is x86 you don't need to recompile the code to CUDA to get it to run while at the same time getting the same power as an Nvidia build at half the cost.

Clearly KL is making waves or nvidia wouldn't be complaining. The cost of recompiling is massive, being able to run older software on these is a huge advantage, even if you can't get the same speed, especially because it's cheaper than the equivalent nvidia build.

Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 1) 58

They all do it. Nvidia is notorious for it, probably more so than Intel, going so far as to bin chips and creating special review boards and firmwares that make the review cards 30% faster than the retail versions.

This is nothing more than a Pot meet kettle moment. Intel must be making waves in HPC with Phi to draw this strong of an Nvidia comment.

Comment Re:Ridiculous Argument (Score 1) 137

Why should I have to rent a box to access the content I'm paying for?

This initiative is SOLELY about opening up the box market to prevent the consumer gouging that Comcast and the other providers are engaged in. The FCC had a good plan with Cablecard but the problem was to implement it they allowed the cable companies to put a "certification laboratory" approval in front of anyone trying to sell compatible devices. On top of that they then started charging monthly fees for a cable card. These two things sunk cable card. Cable labs allowed them to raise the cost of device approval to the point that it wasn't worth the CE firms time and the cable companies made cable card use a nightmare such that almost everyone just gave up.

What the FCC is trying to do here is admirable. The cable companies oppose this because of a few key issues. The first is the lost box rental fee's. The second is the lost viewer data and the third is the lost advertising revenue. Comcast alone makes billions of dollars on the rental fee's and who knows how much selling access to viewer data and in box advertising. They also are the gateway to any in box competition, such as refusing to allow Netflix to run on their platform.

Anyway you slice it the current market encourages cable company abuse. The FCC needs to step in and allow open consumer access to purchased content.

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