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Comment as it begins, so it ends (Score 1) 159

I'm not going to blame Fitbit. But they didn't earn any positive karma, either.

Nor am I surprised that the real reason came out of the blue, after it was too late to inform my decision (I would have bought one for spare, while supplies lasted).

Emphasis with Kickstarter is "start". Then it quickly morphs (usually) into the same old close-to-the-vest business wisdom, and you end up with half of the advantage you wished for, and a quarter as much stability as a going concern.

I have zero interest in any other smart watch.

Sigh. It's a sad thing.

Comment three large screens (Score 1) 56

Carousels can suck it.

I've whipped up CSS Userscripts to remove them from web pages more than once, lest I click on one in a moment of weakness (which I always regret 3 s later).

Old motto: there's another fish in the sea. This maxim is true, also, regarding web content. But it often helps to enforce this programmatically.

Comment ctrl-v strikes again (Score 1) 56

Google's main product is advertising and user info (to better target advertising), not search.

And this tired observation moves the discussion forward how exactly?

I've seen this helpful ctrl-v "eyeballs are the product" contribution more than a 100 and probably less than a 1000 times since I joined Slashdot.

Add some useful context? Ah, fuck it. ctrl-v has miles to go before it sleeps.

Comment Re: Now we have investment spam as news (Score 1) 224

Very, very brave. It was a gamble, nothing more or less. He made at least $2M on the deal. He's still got plenty left. He's a firm believer in the underlying tech and the blockchain as a source of value in itself, but given the buying prices he faced, he had at least 5000 bitcoins. I've bought a few from him here and there for my own amusement, in cash. I paid a lot more than 25 cents, though. Still, they've held their value. It's not a life-changingly-good gamble anymore, but I'm not worried about them going to nothing any time soon. I'll probably get as much out as I put in.

But it paid for his house, his entertainment room remodel, and his Tesla.

Comment Re:Qualcomm doesn't make chips (Score 1) 56

You're entirely right that the memory subsystem is 90% of the battle for most server workloads once you exceed ten cores.

For integer workloads with unreasonable parallelism and unreasonable cache locality (that Intel's AVX doesn't already handle almost ideally), I'm sure this design will smoke Intel on the thermal management envelope, a nice niche to gain Qualcomm some traction in the server mix, but hardly a shot heard around the world.

And Qualcomm better be good, because Intel will soon respond with Omni-Path Knights Hill—perhaps also larded with HBM—that could probably take on the same workload between power sprints (less power efficiency in the CPU itself—which isn't always the main power draw—and probably more flexible as part of a tidy one-vendor-rules-them-all server mix).

I'm all for vendor diversity, but let's not get ahead of ourselves thinking that 10 nm levels the playing field, sucking down the data aquifer through a double-wide handful of drinking straws.

Yes, core count matters, but size matters even more when it comes to the hose.

Looky looky, the bow moveth:

Intel announcements for AI: Nervana 100x faster than GPU, Knights Crest & Mill 4x faster, SKL mid-17

Kx Streaming Analytics Crunches 1.2 Billion NYC Taxi Data Points using Intel Xeon Phi

Comment Re:I do not! (Score 1) 493

The arguments that global warming isn't happening devolved into conspiracy theories long ago. After all, if all the climate scientists say something that you find personally uncomfortable, there must be a global conspiracy, right? The people who think it is happening have real scientific arguments, which are disregarded by the turkeys that trust a con man rather than a scientist.

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 493

Let's see. The 97% figure was from observing papers that said something about climate change. Calling a year the warmest ever because it's measured as the warmest ever, and is statistically likely to be, is reasonable. If it bothers you, call it the warmest year measured, since we have no measurements that exceed it. You're clueless about Antarctic ice,I see. Land ice seems to be melting, and this produces less saline water on the ocean, which freezes easier.

The conclusion is that you like to talk trash about things you have an irrational attachment to but don't understand. Got it.

Comment Re:Industry Wants Auto theft (Score 1) 367

Physical security... like air bags, 5-mile-per hour bumpers, fire escapes, non-flamable pj's... and the list goes on.... When corporations and people are left to their own for safety, horrible things happen in the name of laziness, cheapness and/or greed.
And yes, "they" as in the auto-industry, have no incentive in building theft proof cars. Remember that insurance companies are also for profit entities. The more thefts, the more incentive for everyone to purchase insurance and thus the insurance industry makes more money.
If you don't believe it, then you're clueless about capitalism.

Comment Re:It's not over: electors refuse to vote for Trum (Score 1) 405

If Trump does not get a majority, the three top vote-getters go to the House. They will be Trump, Clinton, and a Republican to be named later. The House is likely to choose the last.

The "dismissed and not counted" is speculative. It isn't clear that the states can do that. We'd likely need a Supreme Court ruling. Moreover, the majority is of the number of electors selected, so if the state can retroactively unselect, the number needed for a majority goes down. (Or so I think; this looks pretty clear to me but not necessarily to the courts).

It's also possible that Clinton will pick up a state or two in a recount, although I'd currently bet against it.

There really hasn't been this big an incentive for electors to vote other than their states did before. Trump scares a LOT of Republicans.

I'm also not really comfortable with electors doing what Federalist 68 calls for being called "faithless".

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