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Comment Re:The are cashes FOR hard drives (Score 1) 85

Intel dabbled in this (as did others) years ago when SSDs were too small for most people. As far as I know, it was kinda shitty and only kinda worked and everyone abandoned it because hybrid drives were simpler (even though they too sucked) and SSDs kept getting bigger, faster, and cheaper.

They called it "Smart Response Technology" when it launched. Maybe it's back? Maybe it never went away? Maybe Windows ReadyBoost has risen from the grave? (I've NEVER seen ReadyBoost in actual use.)

Comment Re: Yeah, but no (Score 1) 85

The deal is they have a bunch of half-broken XPoint shit they need to sell off in some form to recoup some $.

XPoint (Currently "Optane" products from Intel) isn't fucking ready:

If Intel & Micron can get to the point where it fucking works as planned then it'll be great. But who the fuck knows if/when that'll actually happen. What you're seeing now is a broken mess that is shippable only because they're loading it up with tons of redundancy / overprovisioning for when it fails, and it works only at about the same speed as a high end SSD.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague (Score 1) 260

I don't know if you're trolling or not, but almost every major conflict in human history has been resolved through violence. The only one I can think of that was truly major and didn't directly play out that way was the cold war. Even considering all the conflicts in asia that resulted, we thankfully never met the full potential of the cold war (several incidents where we came very, very close to nuking eachother). Of course, we're still dealing with the effects of the cold war, particularly with all the Soviet shit (including their nukes and engineers) being sold to all the nations stirring shit up on that side of the globe, fueling the modern terrorism wave.

Comment Re: plausible? (Score 0) 260

airliners are built to be dirt cheap

Dirt cheap? Seriously? How much gold is there in your dirt?
Aviation in general is ridiculously expensive. Large airliners go into the hundreds of millions, which make them about 100 times more expensive than cars, pound for pound. I work in the field and if there is a word that doesn't describe the industry, it's "cheap".
The reason flying is cheaper nowadays is not because planes are built cheaper. That's because they are more efficient and require less maintenance. Plus everything that is not directly related to the plane itself such as : cabin crew, airport fees, service, taxes, yield management, etc...

Materials and construction are dirt cheap wherever possible because of all the other ancillary costs (mostly regulated testing and maintenance) and the push to make them as light as possible to conserve fuel. A couple of decades ago we were building bigger, faster planes. But passengers haven't considered flying to be a positive experience since the early 60s, and thus would rather pay less for tickets and be stuffed into a can like sardines for more hours. They're also willing to waste time with indirect flights and layovers/connections if it saves them $20 on a ticket.

So fuck it, build it as cheaply as legally possible and stuff them in, then do the bare minimum of maintenance to keep them approved for flight. There's a reason DELTA never leaves on time - they're scrambling with last minute checks and maintenance on planes that should have been retired a decade ago.

Comment Another Story (Score 1) 142

You don't say "another story" when it's the logical conclusion of the same fucking story.

Cheap labor with phony degrees and no skills beyond following a script, from a country with a culture of scheming, scamming, and cheating will yield terrible quality of work and behavior. I don't know who's scamming who here. The tech industry for hiring Indian labor at "fuck you" prices and treating them like shit, or the Indian labor force getting bogus degrees and cheating their way to a job in an outsourcing firm that then sells the western tech industry a pile of lies on what they can produce. If India didn't have over a billion fucking people and a caste system, people might demand fair treatment, livable conditions, and wages. But then the west wouldn't get terrible, condescending "customer service" and cheap, shitty code.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 2) 288

Why would you need to watch or listen to 150 hours of new content?

A dozen unpaid interns can adequately police all videos for advertisers.

1: A video doesn't have ads on it for the first 50,000 views. Adjust to the 98th or whatever percentile Google feels is worth losing ad revenue over vs. not hiring more people. (Even unpaid interns cost money.)

2: Once a video crawls out of the sewer and hits 50,000 views, or whatever magic number you have decided upon, toss it into a reviewer queue.

3: An unpaid intern is automatically assigned the video, watches it at 1.5x speed, and determines if it will make special snowflakes cry, or whatever it is that advertisers are concerned about.

4: The unpaid intern flags it for a handful of categories/companies that should be blocked from having ads on it, then approves it for ads. No ads from gay companies, no ads from Disney (Disney can pay extra $$$ to get elevated to an entire category), no ads from sissy little shits who want a "family friendly" image, whatever.

5: Google's ad system injects ads as usual, with an additional search clause to not select ads for categories that are banned on that video.

Your mistake is that you think you have to watch all of the content. You don't. You need to watch all of the content you run ads on. Since the vast majority of content on YouTube goes unseen except by the uploader and a handful of people, you can skip ads entirely for those videos and not lose any meaningful revenue. You just need to target ads that have lots of views to maintain your revenue. And you could even have some viewer go into ad debt if they watch a lot of monetized, low-view (and thus ad-free) videos. Simple show them ads more frequently when they do watch videos with ads until they catch up.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 3, Insightful) 231

That's because most "programmers" are utter crap. They don't know their tools. They don't know the language that the program in. They don't stay up-to-date.

I don't "know the tools" or "know the language" until I'm fucking using them. Then I google whatever the fuck it is I need to do using whatever the fuck it is some clown has put in front of me, RTFM, and get it done. Interviews test for the dumbest fucking shit. I for one generally don't care what fucking language or environment I'm in. With documentation (the fucking internet 99.9% of the time) learning how to do X in Y is trivial. Knowing that you need to do X instead of x is the trick. When you give an applicant a test to do X in Y, you're just testing if they know Y and maybe if they have memorized X. You're not finding out if they understand anything or can think critically.

They cannot reason about problems. 95% can't do the simplest of problems. You have to really deep before you find people who can talk about design principles, design by contract, etc.

When your "problems" are all pulled from the same "Shitty Questions and Tests for Shitty Interviews" site/book, what do you expect? If you're looking for people who talk about "design principles" or "design by contract", you're retarded. There are only three design principles: Correct, secure, and fast. There is only one design contract: Deliver X for $Y. If you don't understand what X is or why it's X and not x (even if the customer doesn't, or if the customer asks for X when they need x) then you're gonna have a bad time. See Oracle and IBM and anyone who's ever contracted with them.

You're getting mindless applicants because you're asking mindless questions. You cannot discern a competent programmer/developer from an incompetent one because you're looking for memorization, certifications, etc. Of course, the people conducting the interviews are typically not competent programmers/developers, so they don't know what else to look for or how else to evaluate applicants.

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