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Comment Re:(sigh) You people still think you're engineers (Score 1) 665

The story is about an EE.....not some dude who said he is a Software Engineer or an network Engineer....

I know MCSE and MSCE look similar but they have different implications. An MSCE is a certified engineer with many years of post-bachelor education and practical training whereas MCSE is some Microsoft thing. Night and day difference. Like comparing the neighborhood drug dealer to a MD at a hospital. They both sort of do the same thing but good luck suing the drug dealer.

Comment Do not jump to conclusions... (Score 1) 163

Wealthy areas generally have newer housing which would be easier to service. Older buildings are harder to connect with the last mile of fiber. It is coincidental that the older buildings, on average, are occupied by people with a lower median income. What would be interesting is if instead of using median income to generate the statistics, the age of the infrastructure was used. There will be pockets of expensive old houses which could clarify things. If they get fiber access despite being hard to provide then there might be cause for concern.

Comment Re:RAM has caught up with CPU speeds? (Score 2) 72

Then speeds diverged, making various levels of cache necessary.

It is not the difference in clock rate that necessitated the use of cache, it is the latency. The physical constraints of having memory located on a DIMM external to the CPU result in unavoidable latency. Once you implement a cache to get around the latency, the CPU speed and memory speed are no longer linked. Introducing memory that runs at the same speed does nothing to change this - you are still using a cache to avoid the latency.

Comment Re: What about the delivery of insulin? (Score 3, Insightful) 94

If what they say is true, this monitor would be in the form of a watch (or something similar) and be able to monitor blood sugar levels automatically. The user would then be alerted in the event they need to take action. Alerts would be provided immediately and not depend on an individual having to test themselves. Solves the problem of people forgetting to take their insulin. This differs from current CGMs and could legitimately be called an advancement - if it ever works.

Comment Re:Latency? (Score 1) 77

The future will eventually involve embedding RAM into the CPU core as ATI has done with their GPUs. Lower latency and can run at a lower voltage thereby requiring less power. They can also better control the shielding to allow for reduced voltage swing when communicating. Amazing how much power is required just to drive the signal lines between memory and the memory controller.

Comment Re:Uber is right (Score 4, Insightful) 69

Even worse, using Uber increases congestion. The time an Uber vehicle spends on the road without a client is "congestion overhead" that would not otherwise not occur if the client drove their own car. Uber definitely helps with parking issues but that is about it. One could argue that it helps keep larger vehicles and trucks off the road but I do not know many truck drivers that would use Uber as an alternative to their truck. Some statistics with regards to this would be interesting.

Comment Re:I don't like this trend anyway (Score 1) 71

Hence the fingerprint reader

The fingerprint reader does solve the described problem, but I would suggest the real reason was to support Apple Pay. This allows for a new source of income thereby generating strong motivation for getting the hardware together. The improved user interface is an added bonus which otherwise might not have validated the additional cost associated with an early introduction.

And Apple did a good job with the fingerprint reader - not perfect but it is secure. Not even the OS gets a chance to read your fingerprint due to the dedicated hardware. Overall an excellent design which others should aspire towards.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

With the difficulties regarding maintenance in an underwater environment and the limited number of places this could be applied, I second your question. Pumping water uphill is one option but there is also the option of compressing gas by pumping (clean) water into pressure tanks. Compressing gas should support the same energy density without the difference in height.

Comment Re:Should have listened (Score 1) 1149

Ownership is determined by the winners of history. There is no need to apologize or make amends for that fact, it simply is what it is.

Absolutely correct. But when government makes a deal, it had better live up to their side of the deal. The problem that some native Americans have is that government is not adhering to their end of the deal. Imagine the Feds coming by and taking your house without giving you any compensation - one could not blame you for being upset.

The problem is that the original deal was crap. Not fair, ambiguous, and at times, possibly illegal. We are talking about ancient documents that were put together hastily in a time when people simply did not care. So it has to be cleaned up but doing so is easier said then done.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 402

The philosophy of logic - at least that is what the course was called when I took it. What you call BS others call "persuasion" - there are courses for detecting and/or implementing such techniques. You are correct in that it does not involve overt lies - but omission of fact, or redefinition of terms is definitely part of it. You are wrong when you state that you need strength of character to detect it, epistemological skills are essential.

Comment Re:Theoretically (Score 2) 172

Nice try, but the ideal market does not exist in the real world. Some markets are more "ideal" then others but none are perfect. As a result, government has to impose regulations to ensure the market is as close to ideal as possible. At this point capitalism can do its thing and optimize for efficiency. Without said regulations the market does not balance, corruption and/or monopolies emerge, and consumers are generally screwed.

Regulations should be minimized but never removed entirely. I personally support a system that regularly reviews regulations to ensure they still serve their original purpose. At times, updates will be required. So be it - regulations have to evolve with changing markets in order to ensure the market remains healthy. But any person (or organization) who claims that regulations have to be abolished is either horribly naive or has vested interests. All those lobbyists come to mind. Lobbyists are important because they inform government on the cost of regulations - but giving them all that they desire is never in the public's best interest.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Apple does not have any "graphics" on mobile. They license the best design for their specific needs and then build it into their CPU core. No reason why others can not do the same - they just have to be willing to pay for it. So Apple does have killer graphics with their iDevices - but it is not their design. I do give them credit for making excellent engineering decisions because licensing the design has worked out quite well for them.

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