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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Kartu It's true (229 comments)

So Porsche, which sells about 80 000 cars annually, is "a fringe brand"? Seriously?

13 hours ago

Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Kartu Re:Risk management? (200 comments)

What makes F35 better or faster than F22?

4 days ago

Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Kartu Re:Lil' Putin (197 comments)

Less than a half of "South Ossetia" was within joint Russo-Georgian peacekeeping forces mandate, so very kind of Russians to stop at the borders of entire "South Ossetia" a "country" with whopping 35 thousand population, which was offered wide autonomy and vice-president position with veto rights by Georgian authorities.

About 27 thousand Georgian internally displaced persons certainly appreciate the kindness of Russians.

I'm pretty sure they've also welcomed recent bulldozing their houses on "liberated" territory, it's certainly was done just to build new, more comfortable houses for them and not to cement ethnic cleansing.

Or, say, Abkhazia, with pre-war population 97 thousand Abkhazians and 246 thousand Georgians, no wonder Georgians wanted to flee the territory to let it become Russian protectorate.

5 days ago

Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Kartu Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

No, it it doesn't necessarily end with "healthier content" unless you consider "dead" to be a healthy state.

about a week ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:How to Deal with a Mad Dog (789 comments)

Care to name all those "small countries" which are "broke anyway" dear friend?

about a month ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Putin cannot use nukes in the Ukraine, even Russia's skilled propaganda machine won't be able to justify it.
He can't stop the West from arming Ukraine.
He can't prevail militarily in a county with 46 million people, which used to have 1 million men army back in USSR times, if it gets support from the West.

about a month ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Isn't Kiev still a pre-dominantly Russian speaking city?
Exactly what makes Poroshenko a "nazi"?

about a month ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

'Cause this very statement, which will piss off even its European allies like Germany/France/Italy isn't irrational enough...
A couple of days ago he insulted Kazakhstan ("it was never a state"), the only former USSR republic he never had tensions with.

Putin is simply trying to re-create Soviet Union (according to him, its collapse was "the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of XX" you know), which isn't possible if Ukraine "goes West".

He's just yet another war veteran, who suffered mentally from the lost war syndrome and managed to come into power. We have seen them about 85 years ago. His actions are as "Machiavellian" as those of Adolf Aloisovich back then.. Aloisovich didn't have nuclear weapons though, so let's see, how this turns out.

about a month ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Kartu It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already (245 comments)

It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already used as "battery" e.g. in UK.
(they literally pump water up, in non peak hours)

about a month ago

Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Kartu Re:G'Day Valve, (139 comments)

If (DRM free forever,, offline install) DOES support refund, why can't Valve?

about 1 month ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Kartu Are we learning from history? (848 comments)

In 1939 the west thought Hitler would stop in Czech Republic...
In 2008 the West thought Putin would stop in Georgia...

about a month ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Kartu Performance improvements have helped it survive. (511 comments)

Note that there is nothing that makes JIT compilers generate slower code.
On the opposite: JIT compiler can gather profiling data, and improve code over time. (e.g. knowing which branch would be taken most of the time) what static compiler can not.

Inherent "slowness" and "memory hungriness" comes from the automatic memory management (garbage collection) and additional runtime type/boundary checks. Also a bit because of "write once run everywhere" (e.g. sin/cos functions are like 100 times slower than in C/C++, because CPU's features aren't used, to get exactly the same result on all platforms)

From my personal experience, Java's speed was on par with C/C++ code, while having much bigger mem footprint.

about a month ago

Patents That Kill

Kartu Let's remember recent changes in EU (50=95 years) (240 comments)

Reality: in EU copiright on Elvis Presley's work was about to expire. (original term was 50 years)
Viola, it's 95 years now.Justifications:

1) Not a guaranteed lifetime income (yikes): "McCreevy said that, with longer life expectancy, 50 years of copyright protection did not give artists a guaranteed lifetime income."
2) Poor european performers would suffer: "'If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next 10 years', McCreevy said. "
3) Why are composers better than performers: "'I have not seen or heard a convincing reason why a composer of music should benefit from a term of copyright that extends to the composer's life and 70 years beyond, while the performer should enjoy 50 years, often not even covering his lifetime', McCreevy said."

And last, but not least: "The proposals (to increase copiright from 50 to 95 years) were widely welcomed by the music industry."

My point is: NONE of the arguments are in line with the original intent.
None of the big players wants the system to drastically change either. Unless serious part of electorate starts to care, things are not going to change.

about a month and a half ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Kartu Re:One mistake Sony Made (172 comments)

Most of the points you've mentioned aren't really relevant.
PDF created for A4/Letter page format was hard to read on a 6" screen? That's hardly surprising is it?

As far as "re-flow" of PDFs goes (PDF is more of a set of instructions for the printer, than book format), Sony had the most advanced viewer, actually developed by Adobe.

Notes/bookmarks - T1,T2,T3 are Android based, so choose your poison, for older versions there were various projects improving things.

about 2 months ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Kartu It's simply that hw manufacturer cannot compete (172 comments)

It's simply that hw manufacturer cannot compete vs subsidized hardware.
Build quality might be subjective, but Sony's readers are also so much less restrictive that Kindle's in terms of features/formats.

about 2 months ago

AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

Kartu Re:This just in... (117 comments)

Name dual core CPU running at half frequency that outperforms one of the new quad core AMD CPUs at mulit-threaded tasks, pretty please.

about 2 months ago

AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

Kartu Re:And unsurprisingly (117 comments)

People keep pretending single thread performance matters, even though there is hardly any practical use for it for the avg consumer.

It is especially bad once you are after notebooks. Most notebooks sold are i3-5-7 with Intel's poor iGPU.

The only tasks that put some load on my PCs are:
a) games
b) video encoding

AMD does both better than intel, thanks to:
a) VASTLY superior GPU (besides performance, there is also quality / problems with games)
b) more cores

about 2 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

Kartu Re:Um, what does the publisher do? (306 comments)

I'm not buying your "publishers do a lot", sorry.
Formatting "just a block of text" is still such a bid deal today?
And... spelling mistakes... seriously?

Marketing might be expensive, but I doubt majority of the authors will get any of it.
Without marketing, what you've described is a service worth 10-50$ a page.

about a month ago


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