* Posts by BornToWin

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

BornToWin

Speaking of math...

A typical server might have a operating TDP of a few hundred watts. Try heating your room/house with only a few hundred watts of electricity and see what happens. In warm weather you'd be lucky to raise the room temp a degree or two. In cold weather the heat loss rate would far exceed the TDP from the server. Even as a supplemental heat source this idea fails.

You'd need a huge server TDP just to add some heat to a room/house. To use it as a primary heat source isn't even an option. Then you have all the other issues with water based cooling maintenance, logistics, etc. and for what? How could you ever obtain enough heat from the server to be practical? The Biz model fails on so many aspects as to be silly.

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US watchdog seeks techies, interns to sink gums into Google et al

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What a waste of tax payer money

How is it that when provided with irrefutable evidence of massive violation of law by say Comcast or other cable/telcos, the FTC has done absolutely NOTHING to force Comcast to cease and desist their illegal behavior? What exactly does the FTC view as it's sworn obligation to U.S. consumers as far as protection from illegal business practices by companies like Comcast who illegally block international e-mail sent to U.S. subscribers, install unsecured hotspots in people's homes without notice that they are unsecured, illegal credit checks after customers pay a $50. fee to prevent unnecessary and illegal credit checks that hurt consumer credit ratings and other crimes? How is it possible that the FTC can be well aware of these and other illegal Biz practices of Comcast and other companies yet the FTC does absolutely nothing other than send customer complaints to the unscrupulous business entities and then routinely accept a response letter that ignores the illegal practices and makes false statements regarding the incidents.

U.S. consumers should be contacting their elected reps in DC and asking them the above questions because when the FTC is asked these questions, they ignore the questions just as the criminal corporations ignore the questions. It's as if the FTC works for the criminal corporations and not for the citizens of the U.S. who pay the salaries and benefits of those employed at the FTC who chose to abdicate their sworn responsibilities to protect consumers from corporate fraud.

This new consumer protection group is likely to be smoke and mirrors if they fail to perform as the current FTC consumer protection group does.

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FCC to Verizon: Blocking 911 calls? That's a $3.4m paddlin'

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FCC takes three-month pause to consider massive telecoms mergers

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Re: Abdication of duties

I see someone gave a thumbs down to the reality that the FTC and FCC have abdicated their responsibilities and allowed big business to exploit consumers. Anyone who does not believe this reality is in deep, deep denial so they are either clueless or part of the problem, perhaps both.

IMO, every single cable or phone user in the U.S. should be contacting their elected reps in Congress demanding that the FTC and FCC actual perform their duties to protect consumers from the illegal and unethical business practices that Comcast and other companies employ. Failing to demand accountability from the FCC and FTC is going to cost U.S. consumers dearly. NOW is the time to speak up because it's only going to get worse if you don't.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: And all because

The reason why batteries are not used for many applications is because the energy available is impractical for the cost of the system and maintenance. Stealing money for so called renewable energy is a farce and con game that many profit from including Elon Musk. You're paying for his follies.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: Removable batteries?

This has already been tried and failed because these cars are not designed for rapid battery changes amongst other things in addition to no standard battery profiles per se for different vehicle brands/models, which can also compromise the vehicle design if they need to use a standardized battery shape, size, output, etc.

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Re: It didn't change my mind

You don't seem to understand the point was about the car's function, not cost. He didn't say anything about not being able to afford one and it doesn't matter if he can or can't afford one. The point is that if the Tesla S or any EV for that matter is only practical for city driving then it doesn't meet the needs of most people in society. With no realistic supporting infrastructure the car's recharging needs dictate the owner instead of the owner being able to freely travel where ever and when ever they choose as they can with a petrol vehicle.

Until someone invents a battery that weighs 5 kilos, cost ten Euro, delivers 200 kWh and lasts ten years with 80% DOD, it's all just wishful thinking. We don't even need to get into the cost to recharge, the cost for a special home charging system, the cost of electricity, the cost of replacement batteries and the typical lifespan of the batteries, etc. Those are just "piling on" a frivolous endeavor to deceive the naïve with EVs.

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Re: It didn't change my mind

What part of "NO" don't you understand? He explained that there was nothing about the Tesla vehicle that changed his mind about the limited use of these cars. It doesn't matter if he can afford one or not, what matters is if people who drive petrol powered vehicles feel a need to own one of these vehicles which has a limited range that is unacceptable to most consumers. If there is no compelling reason to own an EV then most people aren't willing to subject themselves to the many issues associated with them. That's precisely why they have never been commercially viable.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Kick the can down the road ...

You got that right!

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Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

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Re: Cartropolis

I don't see the majority of people giving up driving for an autonomous car. It certainly would offer a lot of benefits to many people however and improve safety in some instances. Aside from the technical challenges there are ethical issues to deal with.

As an example when there is going to be an accident no matter what the autonomous vehicle does, what should it do? Should it try to avoid the accident and just stop dead in the road, perhaps causing the vehicle to be hit both front and rear? If it should try to avoid an accident that it won't actually be able to avoid should it move in a direction that could endanger other people be they other commuters or pedestrians? If the autonomous car is in the middle lane with vehicles on both sides traveling along a motorway and the unavoidable accident scenario develops which car / lane would the autonomous vehicle crash into to try to avoid a head on collision? There are many, many ethical issues to be addressed before autonomous vehicles should be allowed on the roadways.

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Tesla parades sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

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Re: As a concept

If battery swapping isn't something the average non-technical person can do easily and safely, then it won't be viable. Even the technically challenged can place a petrol nozzle in the fuel tank but I can imagine the nightmares trying to change batteries weighing hundreds of pounds or more. Charging to swap batteries just like quick charging is viable if EV owners are willing to pay for this. Then the issue is where are these stations located and are they on a route near where you desire to travel. If not then it's not practical to drive your EV on that destination. It's worth noting that the populace should not be paying for these infrastructures or services any more than we should pay for petrol stations.

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Re: Perhaps, 400 miles if you live in sunny S. Calif

To further your point about warming the battery, depending on the battery design operating the vehicle with the battery temp at ~27C vs. 20C nets ~10% more power from a typical battery. When temps get down near the 10C range battery output drops as much as 25% compared to 20C. So operating in warm temps vs. cool or cold temps, can yield a dramatic difference in battery performance alone. If the vehicle is operated any place other than on flat, smooth roadways, power consumption increases and range decreases.

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Re: Perhaps, 400 miles if you live in sunny S. Calif

For the clueless... An EV doesn't need sunshine, it needs warm weather to cut parasitic losses, to eliminate the use of an electric powered cabin heater, to eliminate the use of electric windshield wipers, etc. Flat roads in warm Southern California reduce power usage vs. Northern California or any hilly country. Operating these EVs in any environment other than an ideal flat, warm, dry environment lowers range dramatically. Thus it's laughable to claim 400 mile range when you're likely to get half of that in most less than ideal operating environments, especially cold, snowy areas.

Of course if you had a CLUE you'd already understand this.

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Want disruption? We got disruption: Race protest halts VC Thiel's Q&A

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Re: An interesting turn.

Exactly, those who can handle the truth know that these criminals created their own demise. It's not the system, it's not the cops, it's the criminals who determine their own destiny.

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Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

BornToWin

Not to worry

That cloud computing thingy is the greatest invention since the wheel... or NOT!

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

BornToWin

Y-A-W-N

In addition to making lots of money, does Musk make lots of meritless claims?

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The 'third era' of app development will be fast, simple, and compact

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AMD and HSA are the clear choice

That however won't stop Nvidia nor InHell from doing their own thing and suffering the consequences as both try to find a viable business plan now that their empires are crumbling.

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PayPal fixes critical account switcheroo bug after researcher tipoff

BornToWin

Good job

Those who are honest are not motivated by the amount of money they receive as a reward, they are motivated by doing what is right. If the amount of the reward is what determines what a person does, then they have no moral compass and that will eventually be their downfall.

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Manning's lawyer plans presidential pardon campaign, says client will appeal

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I'll take odds on this

Manning and his lawyer haven't got a snowball chance in Hell of a presidential pardon. There is probably less than 1% of people in the U.S. that think what Manning did was right. That leaves roughly 90% who think Manning is guilty of treason. The judicial system is in place to protect society from predators like Manning. There isn't any chance of a presidential pardon for him.

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Bloke leaks '1000s' of Twitter login tokens, says he can hack ANY twit

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No surprise here

The clueless TWITS need to get a life.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Life's a bitch

...and then you die.

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Werner Herzog's latest film warns drivers not to text while driving

BornToWin

If you must warn them

It's way too late.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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I hope so

I hope Manning has to spend everyone of the 90 years in prison.

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Speaking in Tech: You shouldn't EVER store data off-premises

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The sheeple...

...can be led down any profitable path by a charlatan.

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

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Re: Chop off their hands and gouge out their eyes

This isn't a bad suggestion but the bleeding hearts of the world would be aghast at proper punishment for piracy.

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IT gear manufacturers trim payrolls in July

BornToWin

Before you know it...

...someone will declare an economic recession in Asia, the UK and U.S.

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Snowden picks up 'Epic 0wnage' gong in Vegas... well, not literally

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Snowden's sad

He already misses his girl friend and home. His life in Russia is not looking too promising. Reality has a way of catching up to traitors.

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And the new ISP for US Starbucks stores is ... Google?

BornToWin

This is no surprise

AT&T sucks.

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

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SOS, DD

Snowden, ASSange and Fat Boy Dotcom constantly make meritless claims. Only a gullible fool would believe these attention seeking morons.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

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Wow, 136 years !

That would be great if the judge gives Manning the full 136 years in prison without parole. Now THAT would be justice for a change. Blighty could learn something from this case regarding punishment for cyber crims.

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NSA headman: 'Don't worry, our watchful analysts TAKE EXAMS'

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Here's a clue

Other countries do exactly the same monitoring as the U.S. It's a necessity to maintain world peace and reduce terrorism and crime. Just because the assembled masses are clueless doesn't mean there is anything wrong with this surveillance.

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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So sad

Another one bites the dust...well maybe another two bites the dust?

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AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

BornToWin

AMD is focused on all viable revenue streams

AMD is not abandoning the X86 market at all. They are just expanding their offerings into other markets as the PC industry matures and sales plateau. This is what all businesses must do to survive. Intel's sales are down as are most companies in the PC industry.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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This ain't rocket science

There is no doubt that the more information that is disseminated on hacking, the worse the problem is going to get so I support the ban on this disclosure. Those who actually need to know this info. will be able to obtain it. There is no doubt that a number of white hats by day are black hats at night. Hopefully they burn in Hell for their crimes.

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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Just deduct it...

...from Tim Cook's $700 Million annual salary.

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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It's the least they can do

Any responsible entity would warn that CHILD PORN is illegal.

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Assange™ names a Senatorial stand-in

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Assange's day will come

Sooner or later he'll decide to leave and eventually he will be caught and prosecuted for his crimes, regardless of ill-informed public opinion by the clueless.

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Curses! Reddit plan for fat old beardy to 'smell hot pop girl Taylor Swift's hair' FOILED

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There are a lot of dirtbags out there

It's amazing what these scumbags will do to get attention.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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I'll bet the statistics don't account for rural aspects of living

I'll bet the statistics don't account for occupations and activities of rural residents, which would again make city living far more dangerous. Daily auto accidents alone in city environments raise the risk of death or serious injury.

As far as the U.S. is concerned I doubt life is any wose there than in Blighty or other parts of Europe.

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

BornToWin

Another one bites the dust

Scammers are out to fleece the ignorant. This scammer will be residing in prison for the next five years.

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Hope this stupidity is defeated

It's amazing how naive people are when it comes to the operations of the world and their security.

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Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

BornToWin

Just expel the dumbarse kids

It's a PITA dealing with dumbarse kids who don't want to abide by the rules of society. Just expel their arses and let them use home schooling or remain dumbarses.

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Intel lifts veil on future 14nm Xeon, Atom server chips

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Actually NO

Die shrinks below 32nm have resulted in almost zero compute performance gains as Ivy bridge and Haswell confirm. The primary benefit to smaller die shrink is lower power consumption - but even with lower power consuption the transistor density creates serious cooling issues which require slower CPU frequencies or expensive cooling systems. The days of significant gains from die shrinks are long gone. AMD's 28nm Jaguar core CPUs are as good or better than Intel's 22nm chips as far as CPU performance per watt and overall power consumption is concerned.

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Lotus F1

Lotus F1 is just branding no matter how many Lotus you see in the parking lot. In fact there was litigation over this a few years ago. Lotus F1 is only Lotus in name.

That being said they do pretty well for a mid-budget team. Their chassis seems to be a fundamentally good design that is adaptable to most tracks. CFD is a catch 22 in that the results are only as good as the data input and the software. While Boeing is certainly an expert on airflow, the airflow on a vehicle traveling on the ground vs. in the air is considerably different.

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US Marine Corps misses target, finds and bombs Nemo

BornToWin

They did exactly what they should have done

They followed orders and did exactly what they were suppose to do and no one was harmed or even endangered.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

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Let's be honest

The majority of people in the world are clueless. They have no idea that their very security has depended on national and world surveillance since the world wars. If these clueless masses had any idea of what the security people do to protect them from harm every day, they might understand the necessity to monitor all forms of communication. Alas, most people are simply too dumb to appreciate the efforts of their own governments and allies. It won't matter how much you try to educate them because they have no understanding of how the world really operates because others have protected them for decades.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

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Way over-priced

If it was in the range of $800 and had an AMD A10-5750, then I might consider it.

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AMD is 'transforming', will be profitable this quarter, says CEO Read

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AMD is moving forward

AMD has definitely found new markets and products that are helping them rebuild in a very bad economic environment worldwide. That's impressive. A $29 millon quarterly loss on a billion dollars in sales is insignificant in the grand scheme of business. Some of the previous quarters AMD made good money but showed negative numbers because they purchased SeaMicro, bought out of exclusive CPU production with GloFo, etc.

Someone who doesn't understand the accounting - and there are many who fall into this category, falsely conclude that AMD has only experienced red ink in recent times, which is untrue. In addition SeaMicro will be bringing in nice revenue and developing new micro servers by Q4 of '13. It's good that AMD has made the painful transition but they seem well positioned going forward despite the naysayers.

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