* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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Re: A plan with no obvious drawbacks

Its all well and good to come up with worst case scenarios, but we are nowhere near the point of doing this in large scale. You're simply being a alarmist twit who says "don't research anything that might help the problem, because it could have unforeseen consequences and will distract attention from reducing CO2 usage". In other words, exactly the type of twit the article dealt with.

I don't suppose you'd be willing to concede that if there are unforeseen consequences that they might be POSITIVE? Or do you automatically assume "fuck with Mother Earth, and she'll fuck you back" so all unintended consequences must be negative, because reasons.

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Re: No dumping required!

Why would using the algae for energy be a problem? That's net zero CO2 footprint, as the CO2 the algae draws in would be returned to the atmosphere when it is used for fuel. As opposed to digging up fossil fuels that drew in their CO2 millions of years ago.

Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: Been ketogenic for 8 months now

Ah, we've spotted another "do what I'm doing" <insert-extreme-unbalanced-diet-here> because I feel great, etc. Obviously because I feel great, failure to do what I do is the cause of obesity, diabetes, cancer, constipation and the common cold. Everyone's metabolism works the same, so if it works for me it applies to everyone, everywhere, and all research might as well stop because I know it all.

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Why aren't light sabers longer?

If we're going to complain about light saber technology, why aren't they 20 feet long, so you can fight someone with a shorter one at a safe distance? The "blade" is just light (that's somehow magically only going out so far) so it should be just as easy to wield.

Evil US web giants shield terrorists? Evil spies in net freedom crush plot?

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Will Royal Mail open all letters?

Otherwise they're supporting terrorism by not monitoring postal correspondence.

Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Still not convinced by the crown

Not much room to accurately touch on a screen that's less than 10% the area of a typical phone screen with big fat fingers. Apple does a pretty good job of thinking through the UI, so I think the digital crown will turn out to be useful, and competing smart watches that are touch only will end up adding something similar.

As for the 50 ms, that is beyond most needs but over the years many watches have used accuracy as a defining feature to indicate quality. Not all certainly, but it is not uncommon. By claiming accuracy better than any watch that doesn't get the radio time signal can claim, they figure it'll appeal to people have heard claims about accuracy before and connote "quality" in their mind.

The mention of accuracy and calling it a "digital crown" (look at the Rolex logo) are both subtle attempts to appeal to people who have owned high end watches for fashion. Not the ones who are all the way up in Rolex territory, but certainly those who have moved well beyond the Timex category and maybe dream of someday owning a Rolex. This is all part of trying to appeal to people as a fashion item even if they don't really need a smartwatch (because, let's be honest here, other than for fitness tracking smart watches have no reason for existing until someone finds that killer app)

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Re: The question is...

That depends on why you think iPhones are "objects of desire". Apple can't make 150 million people a year buy something they don't need through clever marketing, but they can make people choose Apple over alternatives the meet the same/similar needs. If people see the Watch fulfilling a need they have - maybe that they didn't know they have until they saw there was something that could do it - it'll be an "object of desire"

Still seems very unlikely it could ever get to sales figures like the iPhone, unless a killer app is found for smart watches that so far no one else has met or at least not nearly so well. It also will not have the short replacement cycle of phones which will hold it back from ever approaching iPhone sales figures (imagine how many fewer iPhones, Galaxy S / Note, and so on would be sold if people only bought a phone when the one they had before was broken)

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Re: What if you're mad like me

It would be interesting if they recognized that foible some have and had a setting for # minutes offset...

Not sure what the point is since you'll still have highly accurate time on your phone, computer, TV, and so forth. Might have worked for some people 20 years ago, but I can't believe it fools anyone now.

Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

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Hopefully a lead others will follow, maybe eventually pressuring state-supported universities that all too often allow research they supported to be taken private in exchange for a cut. Everyone saw what Stanford did with Cisco, Yahoo, Sun, etc. and wanted their university to act like a VC. States that wanted state supported schools to be more self-supporting were only too happy to cooperate, unfortunately.

BlackBerry will pay you $$$s to be its friend and dump that iPhone

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How so?

The prices they're offering for the iPhones themselves are worse than you'd get by selling them online, they only become better if you get the additional $150 for buying the Blackberry which is effectively a rebate. This isn't encouraging theft any more than Gazelle buying used iPhones does.

I would think it would piss off loyal Blackberry owners, unless they can get similar discounts when trading in their existing Blackberries. I doubt they will though, because anyone who still sticks with Blackberry in 2014 is pretty damn loyal and RIM knows they'll buy another one regardless.

SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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@John Robson

Have you actually done the power calculations? 5 4TB drives (for RAID5 16TB array, so you don't have to keep all the Blu Rays safe) have idle AND ACTIVE READ power below 20 watts TOTAL if you buy the right model. So the hard drives draw 175 kwh per year, if they're running/reading 24x7. Of course, you'd have the hard drives spin down when not in use, so the reality is at most 20% of that power (if you stream 5 hours a day, every day) So 35 kwh per year.

Even if the flash drive required no power, that's only 35 kwh per year, or 175 kwh over a five year expected life span. Your power must cost 100x what mine does if you think the flash could pay for itself with power savings.

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Re: Never mind the enterprise...

You can do that today with regular hard drives, and far cheaper. Streaming video is sequential I/O, something regular hard drives are quite good at. Using SSDs for that is pointless unless someday they cost less per TB than hard drives.

Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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Apple's falling market share is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is Apple's own sales, which are still rising. Or are you so dense you believe that a company that sells 100 widgets to capture 20% of a 500 widget market is somehow worth less if next year they sell 200 widgets to capture 10% of a 2000 widget market?

Apple's P/E is at the market average. Much more in line than Google's which is nearly double Apple's P/E, or Amazon's which is an order of magnitude larger yet (in the rare quarters when Amazon even makes a profit)

Not saying Apple can't fall, obviously it can - even if their sales keep rising. But the fundamentals behind the stock price are very real. No bubbles and not even overvalued by traditional and fairly conservative pricing methodologies.

Samsung makes investors happy with $1bn share buyback

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Re: Desperate times

When you have more cash than you can use, it should be returned to the shareholders either via dividends or buybacks. As a shareholder you don't want extra cash laying around tempting the CEO/board to spend it on bad ideas or bad acquisitions.

Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Why "iphone.apple"?

If someone wants info on the iPhone, they'll just search for 'iphone' in their browser of choice. This might be a good idea for companies that lack the marketing might and reach of Apple and Google.

I foresee it being used more by startups. I can already see the Super Bowl ads where some new company or product is introduced and everyone is told to visit the wacky looking domain and their TLD server falls over and catches fire because while they were smart enough to provision enough resources on the product's web site, they forgot about the TLD server that would be forced to responds to millions of DNS queries for newproduct.company name that wasn't cached anywhere...

Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Well I guess I should have known better than to ask a serious question, since it quickly devolved into a pissing match between the supporters like you and the deniers showing graphs that somehow are supposed to indicate CO2 has no effect (maybe they gave the wrong link, because I sure don't see that)

Anyway, regarding the models. Yes, I realize that additional data is always plugged into the models. I hope you realize that the way the models interpret the data is CONSTANTLY being modified. It is not as though they have a program called "climate.c" and as they add more input data its output data becomes more accurate. What really happens is that they're adding to the inputs, massaging data they think "doesn't look right" and constantly fiddling with the way the data is interpreted.

Unfortunately many scientists are predisposed to show future warming, because results that conflict with the accepted theory will meet with resistance. This has happened time and again in the history of science. It should not in an ideal world, but scientists are people, and most people don't like to swim against the tide in their life's work, and a large majority is always successful at shutting them out for a long time. Sometimes the minority who are resisted are proven correct. More often of course, they are not, because they're just plain wrong. Maybe try not to be so willfully blind and simply accept what they say because that's what a large majority of climate scientists say, when they know their professional acceptance depends on toeing the line. They're probably right, but groupthink and echo chambers usually cause things to swing too far to the extreme until the proper balance is found.

You were very quick to criticize me because I used the word "warmists" in my post. You'll find in my post history I refer to warmists and deniers equally. I personally think humans are having an effect on the climate, but I'm highly skeptical of the ability of scientists to construct working models considering how they predictions the models make are constantly running into problems (like Antarctica) and the way the input data is often massaged - seemingly always in the direction of helping the cause of warming - is very troubling to me.

The worst offense though that causes me to be seriously skeptical of those advocating for the cause is the differing treatment of events occurring in the present. For example, in the eastern 2/3 of the US the temperature has been below average for I believe 14 months running. The state in which I live had its coldest July on record (going back nearly 150 years) If a denier makes the stupid claim that it is evidence that global warming is wrong, they'll be told that the long term trend is what matters, not what happens over very short time scales such as a year. And rightly so.

However, warmists seem to have no trouble pointing out the record heat in most of the rest of the world over the past year, and all sorts of "extreme weather events" from California's record drought, to record flooding in parts of Europe, to major storms like Katrina and Sandy they say are "becoming more common", to the absence of major storms - yes, I did see a climate scientist from NOAA on TV claiming that the recent absence of hurricanes in the Caribbean over the past half decade or so is the sort of "disruption of normal climatic patterns" you'd expect from global warming!

Basically the warmists want to count everything as a checkbox in their column, but there is no way for the deniers to compete. I feel confident that if we experienced a decade long drop of 1 to 2 degrees, the warmists would claim it is normal variation but the upward trend is still intact, look for reasons in solar activity, volcanos, climactic feedback cycles or whatever else to excuse it and keep pushing their cause.

That's why I remain skeptical. I think we should try to reduce CO2 output through renewable energy, replacement of coal/oil with natural gas, conservation, etc., but the alarmist view that we're doomed if we don't make massive cutbacks in the next decade or two are just the product of the echo chamber most of those researchers are locked into.

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Serious question here

Do we know how well/quickly CO2 disperses in the atmosphere? That is, let's say we had one dominant source of it, like a volcano or ultra gigantic Chinese factory city. How long will it take for that CO2 to be spread evenly throughout the atmosphere worldwide?

What I'm getting at is, given that most human sources of CO2 are in the northern hemisphere, maybe that's why the major observations of warming (Arctic sea ice and Greenland) are in that hemisphere. While in the Antarctic we see conflicting information, like expanding areas of sea ice (which the warmists were excusing as "yeah, but it is thinner than it used to be" which seems may not be the case) and some areas of the continent where the ice is growing (though to be fair in other areas of the continent it is shrinking - hence the 'conflicting information')

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The thousands of places where you can find stories with a pro-warming slant aren't enough for you?

IDC: iPad sales crash incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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No news here

iPad sales have already "crashed", given that Apple already reported two consecutive YoY sales declines, so it is too late to predict a crash - the IDC doesn't predict any massive drop from where they are now. Apple has already suggested the reason is replacement cycles appear to be more PC like than phone like, so the IDC is as usual behind on news (like how they missed the massive PC sales decline that started nearly four years ago)

No one anywhere, to my knowledge, ever predicted tablets "taking over as primary content creation devices", I don't know where the author dreamed up that fantasy. OK, maybe Microsoft sales reps did. A few breathless analysts who are only able to extrapolate trends as far as drawing lines and fitting exponential curves may have predicted tablets outselling PCs, but only the fools who extrapolated another five years beyond that to predict three tablets sold for every person on Earth.

Oh, and the PC market that some like to claim is "recovering"? Instead of the 3.5% sales drop IDC predicted for the year, they now think it'll have a 2.5% sales drop instead. So looks like going on four years of PC sales declines, despite all the people (especially in China) moving up in economic circumstances to where they can afford a PC. The problem for Intel/Microsoft is that they're using their smartphone as their "PC" and don't need a "real" PC. Because the author that forgets that the majority of PC users are content consumers only, not content creators.

And the award for the world's most tech-savvy country goes to …

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How about either/or

Count people who have either a fixed line or a mobile phone subscription. Count people who have either a wired or wireless broadband subscription. Counting them separately unfairly punishes less affluent countries where people may be unwilling to pay for both.

For that matter counting "households with a computer" and not counting a smartphone as a computer hurts them too. There will never be the penetration of PCs in China there is in the US and UK, because for a lot of people who get a smartphone first, they'll find it fits their needs and even when they can later afford a computer have no interest in owning one.

EMC upgrading all-flash VNX with bigger SSD and drive box

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The VNX supports dedupe also, but EMC is honest enough to base their pricing on actual storage, rather than some 'make up whatever you want' dedupe or compression based figure.

Most of the usage scenarios dedupe excels at don't require the extreme low latency for random I/O flash delivers. Where you want that most is for a DB, which as you point out is not going to dedupe.

South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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Better way to do this

Set up a paypal account, and people are considered to have "entered" only after they've donated. Then turn it over to the winner after chosen. Ideally have a lawyer hold it under escrow legally so you don't have to worry about the guy running the contest legging it with the proceeds.

I'll bet fewer than 10% of people who posted will actually go to the trouble of making the donation after they're a loser.

If I knew about something like this, I'd do it just for the heck of it. I'll drop a buck on a lottery ticket down at the grocery store, so it isn't really any different than that. Even though the prize would be smaller this would be a far better deal because 100% of the buy-in would go towards the prize. Unfortunately in the US this would be taxable income, but that would still leave a lot left over.

Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Why don't the French do like the rest of us

And just click "I agree" without looking at them? Anyone here who says they can read and fully understand the entire agreements for Netflix, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, etc. is either lying, badly mistaken, or has a very extensive legal background.

If there's anything nasty in one of these agreements, I'm pretty sure I'll hear about it in the tech news and can decide whether or not I give a damn.

Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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You rooted your phone and have the nerve to complain that the vendor won't let you install their official upgrade? You think they should test it on all possible configs of rooted phone? You think they want people coming to them for warranty service because they rooted their phone and Samsung's upgrade bricked it?

Why didn't you just install generic Android and be done with it, why the desire to use Samsung's build or go to all the trouble to shut down their software? You could simply have installed generic Android and be able to upgrade immediately it is available rather than wait around for Samsung.

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Rhino horn backplate

Shhhh, not so loud, someone in China will see this as a market opportunity and it'll start a trend!

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Re: Good hardware... but

Samsung adds the extra stuff to differentiate themselves. They want to create an attachment to Samsung phones so if you own one you'll want to upgrade to another Samsung, as opposed to upgrading to another Android.

You guys might wish everyone sold generic Android, but that's Samsung's worst nightmare - then when Xiaomi expands to the US and EU, why exactly would anyone pay 2.5x the price for the latest Galaxy S when it is running identical software?

Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: AdBlocker?

Google doesn't want you running that, that's where they make all their money!

Google's elves work on Santa to rein(deer) in grinchware

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Re: Google uses a lot of Macs

although many PC users would probably just click "yes.. run the darn thing" anyway

So would many Mac users. And many iOS users. And many Android users. People are dumb, something like this warning you only truly works well if you assume a technically competent user. Luckily, Google has that covered, at least amongst its engineers. Its ad sales division could still very easily be pwned by something nasty this had blacklisted, I'm sure!

The "people are stupid" philosophy is why AV software ended up with a guilty until proven innocent model, where they make it a bit of a pain to remove something from quarantine. They assume if you aren't smart enough to figure how to do that, you also aren't smart enough to know if you should...

US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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Re: Sarbox

That would be an SEC investigation, not IRS. Try again.

'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: A shot in the dark

You would expect to find some hits in the US if that were so. If it was of US origin, you'd expect to find some China hits.

Though maybe it is one of those two and they use something specially developed when they target the other, due to an assumed greater ability to detect malware/attacks.

Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Is it wrong

That for the first few seconds when I read this I thought "damn, I better buy one of those because I might not be able to in the future". Luckily I quickly realized that I had absolutely no use for it whatsoever.

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Re: meh

That sounds like about the most unsafe thing you could possibly do. Forgetting for a moment that a plane or bird might be overhead in the path you sweep as you try to train it on the clay target, if you turn it on/off too soon/late, you could get someone on the ground, in a building or car behind the range, etc.

HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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Hell no!

This is stupid! Mobile "friendly" sites should be punished in the rankings, because it is being used for stupid purposes.

Stupid purpose one: I want to make a super bandwidth wasteful site, but I recognize no one will want to use it if they're on cellular, so I need to make a lower bandwidth mobile version for them. But I won't care how hard it is use, or when there are always broken links on it because I ignore it since I spend 99% of my effort on my bloated desktop site.

Stupid purpose two: I like using mouse over events for stuff like menus, so I need a mobile site that uses non brain-damaged menus.

Stupid purpose three: I'm still living in 2004, and think Flash is awesome, and I use it liberally on my site. I need a mobile site without it for iPhones and newer Androids that don't do flash, but mostly it just doesn't have the content that uses flash because I don't care that the world has moved on.

Stupid purpose four: I don't understand that people using any modern smartphone can view full desktop sites (so long as I don't do the previously mentioned stupid stuff) so I'm forcing them onto a poorly designed mobile site. They can hunt for the 'desktop site' link in order to actually use my site.

Mobile friendly sites should be dropped in the rankings not bumped up, and if the desktop version violates one of the above rules they should be completely buried on page 7852 of the search rankings.

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: I voted for Gort

Whether Gort is in charge of Klaatu or not doesn't matter, so long as he was merely following orders from above.

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I voted for Gort

Because I think based on when the movie was released, right at the dawn of the golden era of B movie sci fi, he set the tone for the "evil robot" for decades to come. Granted, he wasn't evil, but was purely a robot that did what he was told without any silly "3 laws" or feelings or anything like that.

Many other robots, along with 'not really robots but pretty much the same thing to most people' like HAL 9000 and the terminator that were true robots in that sense, followed in Gort's (rather large) footsteps. They simply followed orders/programming without the typical shlock of having a machine that wasn't programmed to think or feel do so because "love overcomes all".

While the three laws make a lot of sense, those aren't the robots we'll end up with. You can require it legally, but people will root/jailbreak their robot to get it to commit crimes for them, guaranteed.

iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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The analyst didn't predict doom

But rather predictably, Jesper wrote his headline to imply it when no doom was implied by the analyst. Both the 71 million sales for this quarter and 49 million sales for the next quarter would easily break Apple's previous sales records for those quarters. Given that the mix is going to be higher priced this time around (thanks to the extra $100 for the 6 Plus) it will be even more lucrative for Apple.

Since Apple is now trading at a pre-split stock price of $828, the Reg's "peak Apple" predictions were wrong before, and they'll have to wait a bit before they can trot that out again. In the meantime they'll have to content themselves with trying to spin good news as a disaster...

BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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End of life treatment costs

I've read that somewhere between a third and a half of one's lifetime health care costs occur in the last two years of life, on average.

If that's true, and it is true whether you die at 60 or 90, the savings from smokers, fatties, drunks, and so forth dying earlier will be rather limited.

The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: Disgusting?

This is certainly an area without much research until recently, but it is fair to say that throughout most of our history the more sterile the environment the better off we were, so it is not surprising it took us a while to catch on to this.

Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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Here's how they do it

I asked in another forum (populated by semi guys) and got the answer. They deposit alternating thin films of two materials, position some hole sites using a single exposure, then etch boreholes down through all the layers, then fill the holes with metal. That gives you a stack of gate all around transistors in series. Pretty cool, and nothing like either stacking dies or processing 100 metal layers.

The reason they're using somewhat older processes than this is because the holes can't be perfectly cylindrical, but are conical to some extent, so if they start too small at the top they'll dwindle down to nothing before reaching the bottom.

Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: I'm happy when MS starts to follow industry standards.

They were incrementing the version number. Vista was kernel 6.0, 7 was kernel 6.1, 8 was kernel 6.2, 8.1 was kernel 6.3. Until recently 10 was kernel 6.4, which would indicate that it was a minor rev and not something big that would change the driver interfaces in a major ways and require driver rewrites.

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Seems kind of shady in a way

If they were OK with version 6.4, why change it to 10.0? Seems like they're trying to bring them in sync, making the kernel version useless in the future as it'll probably go to 10.1 when Windows 10.1 is released, to 11.0 when Windows 11 is released and so on.

At least until now the kernel version has been a good indicator of when they are making major changes. For instance, NT 4.0 drivers needed a rewrite for Win2K, but XP was OK with minor tweaks. XP drivers needed a rewrite for Vista, but 7 and 8 were OK with minor tweaks.

If drivers from Windows 8 mostly require only minor tweaks, or will run unchanged, we'll know that the kernel version 10.0 thing is a fantasy, and it is really version 6.4 under the hood.

Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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Samsung SoCs

It is interesting that Samsung has not used their Exynos SoCs in their US phones for the last couple years, but use those only overseas and use Qualcomm in the US. Maybe they've been preparing for this step for some time, since if both sides got their graphics chips banned in the US it wouldn't even affect Samsung now!

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Re: You try to block our products

How would Intel be helped? People who want add on graphics will go AMD, not decide to use integrated graphics.

For the cell phone market Qualcomm would be the big winner, as Android devices would have to use them, instead of Nvidia or Samsung SoCs.

Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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Poor lawyers

Only making a paltry 12.5%! I ask you, how will they feed their families on such a pittance?

Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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1) Count the number of persons inside each car.

2) Calculate the action that would pose less risk to the higher number of humans.

3) Execute.

If you're ever in a position to propose this solution for real, I'd recommend a different choice of words for step 3.

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Re: Ethernet already addressed that.

You do realize what the "CD" CSMA/CD stands for, right?

I think you missed the point of the exercise, and the meaning of the word "inevitable". There is no "the collision should be avoided in all circumstances" answer because it is impossible for all collisions of autonomously driven vehicles be avoided, unless you restrict their speeds far below the speeds we travel at today.

One car may slip on a patch of ice, a blowout or other malfunction could cause a car in the opposite lane to swerve over in a split second with no possibility for the other car to avoid the impact save deliberately crashing itself, possibly deliberately crashing into a car in the next lane over.

That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

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Re: did anybody get their tiny antenna back before bankruptcy?

I don't think Aereo ever said you "owned" a particular antenna, just that one was dedicated to your use while you were using it.

First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Re: "Do no evil"...?

You really think Google can tell how many searches for "Nexus 6" translates into someone who will definitely buy one? Not to mention that shortages are normal for new devices, because people mostly want it when its new, but it is difficult to arrange manufacturing resources to front load 5x more capacity for a short period before/after release to satisfy the demand peak and then go away when they're not needed later. Delaying release to build up sufficient inventory for a launch where everyone who wants one gets one is also a problem, because it allows for the chance some sales will be lost to the competition, or people will hear rumors about something even better just around the corner.

But most of all, this whole experience should convince you of the stupidity of building a bunch of devices to have enough to satisfy initial demand. Had Google done that, this recall would have involved a hell of a lot more devices. Sometimes you don't find out about problems until it is too late, and you'd rather not have 5x as many devices to recall (and have to build that many replacement devices, assuming it isn't a 'while you wait' fix)

Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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If this flops

Which I think it will, look for Google and the advertisers to claim it means that people don't really mind ads and the current amount isn't "too much" after all.

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Hypocritical on both Google and the web sites' part

Yep, Google is trying to portray this as doing something for the consumer, but it is self serving for them and their real customers, the advertisers (who I'll bet share in this gold mine of demographic data getting information about people who are willing to pay to avoid ads)

Not to mention, having ads replaced by "thank you" does absolutely NOTHING for me. Would TV be better if four minutes of ads were replaced by four minutes of thank yous? I'd still skip through them my DVR, still be annoyed at them when I'm watching something live, and still end up with less actual content per hour.

For a real thank you, all the sites that arrange their content so you have to keep hitting "next" through pages that are 80% ad covered which will now be 80% thank you covered could put all their content onto single pages with content only. But they won't, because it would mean more work on their part.

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