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Comment Re:So, it's not only the Russians that hack, huh! (Score 1) 43

Prior to this, I'd have thought America and especially its government agencies do not hack.

Why would you have thought that? Spying has been going on since pretty much the dawn of time. It's what spy agencies do, and hacking computers is one way that they do it. Being surprised that the CIA does hacking is like being surprised that the Army shoots people.

I guess I was wrong. What troubles me is that the media only talked about the Russians, yet the act was taking place in our backyard!

What makes you think this spying was taking place in our backyard? The fact that the CIA was installing spyware doesn't mean that the CIA was installing spyware on the property of US citizens. (it doesn't mean they weren't, either -- but as a matter of law, they are not legally allowed to spy inside the US)

Comment Re:All too true (Score 2) 249

Sayeth the noob who didn't think about how long testing the change would take...

Agreed that replacing tested/working code with new "more efficient" code does incur a re-validation cost.

On the other hand, that's also an argument for writing the more-efficient implementation the first time, rather than waiting until some later release. Since you know it's all going to have to go through the testing cycle at least once, why waste your QA group's time testing slow/throwaway code, when you could have them spend that time testing the code you actually want your program to contain? (Assuming all other things are equal, which they often aren't, of course)

The shortest distance from A to B is a straight line.

Comment Re:Good news! The grays do not want to eat us! (Score 1) 290

Many people think Trump is an idiot. He is not. He knows exactly what to say in order to make enough people vote for him.

A non-idiot would also know when it is time to stop campaigning for votes and start governing. (or, if his plan was to retain support by remaining permanently in campaign mode, it isn't working)

Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 5, Insightful) 553

It was going to cost a ton of time and money to get all the material ADA compliant, and they would have continued to be in violation the entire time they were working toward that. So they did the only thing they could, and removed everything.

I don't know about the legal issues, but from a common-sense perspective it would make more sense for the captioning to be performed on-demand on a per-video basis; i.e. if a disabled student needs access to a particular video, he/she can request that it be captioned. The captioning is then added to that video and made available to everyone.

That way the ADA students get the captioning they need, and everyone else gets the benefit of the videos as well; plus the captioners don't spend a lot of their limited time captioning video that nobody will actually use the captions of; rather they spend their time captioning videos that actually need captioning sooner rather than later.

Comment Re:What if you dont care about power consumption? (Score 1) 193

It's not just the decoder, branch prediction is more complex (more scope for bugs), the pipeline has to be more complex due to the variable length instructions that can be one byte long up to 7 bytes long. It doesn't matter a lot in chips where you have few very powerful processors (traditional servers), but where you have many many low power processors it adds up.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 193

Because ARM is entrenched in that market.

Just like Intel is entrenched in servers/desktops (and therefore incredibly hard to displace, despite the fact you could make an ARM chip just as powerful), ARM is entrenched in low power even though Intel could make a low power chip. It's not worth the effort for those making low power devices to switch to Intel due to the massive investment in time and tools it would take for what would be very slight advantage (if any - after all, due to the insane x86 instruction set the decoder and pipeline for an x86 is bigger than a whole ARM execution core)

Comment Re:Recipe for disaster (Score 1) 149

In other words, you could push the most intrusive, malevolent, destructive code to a user's device at will with no oversight.

Isn't this also true for Javascript-embedded-in-a-web-page?

In both cases, the only thing standing between the user and catastrophic fiery death is the security of the execution environment -- either the sandbox keeps the malware from causing damage, or it doesn't. At least in the Apple Store case, the downloaded code is authenticated as coming from a known/registered developer, so there is some (slim) chance of them being held accountable for anything negligent/malicious they might do to your phone.

Comment Re:Nuclear (Score 3) 172

The issue with Wind and Solar is that they require large areas to be installed on (and power distribution, but I'll focus on the former).

That is an issue. Fortunately there are large areas available to install them on, both on land and at sea.

Progressives have been brainwashed by the Renewable cartel, just like Conservatives were by the Fossil Fuel Cartel.

Or, they realize that we'll continue to want to use energy long after fossil fuels are no longer practical to use, and are making sure we'll have the ability to do so.

Would nuclear plants help solve that problem? They absolutely would, but only if they get built -- and post-Fukushima/Chernobyl, not many people want them built; fewer still want to pay the huge amounts of money it takes to secure them forever against all conceivable failure modes. Is that "brainwashing"? I guess you could call it that; another way to look at it is that people have seen what nuclear power is capable of, and decided they don't want it.

I'd say that nuclear-fission power is in a similar position to fuel cells -- advanced technology with lots of promise, but trailing so badly behind the competition at this point that (barring some miraculous technological leap forward) it probably won't ever catch up and be competitive against other approaches.

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