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AMD: What Went Wrong?

Paul1969 So much for "Tech Valley" (497 comments)

The Capital District (Albany and surroundings) of New York State has been trying to rebrand itself as "Tech Valley." There are some good educational and research facilities in the area, led by RPI. But the centerpiece of the transformation was supposed to be a new, ultramodern chip fab plant. AMD's manufacturing subsidiary, GlobalFOUNDRIES, got huge tax breaks as an incentive to build there.
Construction took years longer than first estimates, and slowed to a halt a few times. Rumor says that lack of money was the cause. The plant is supposedly nearly complete, but they still haven't ramped up to anywhere near full production capacity.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Says Fracking is Safe In Theory But Often Not In Practice

Paul1969 Similar to nuclear energy in that respect (297 comments)

The process is *theoretically* safe, but alas, we don't live in a theoretical world.
And studies of a process that don't examine the consequences of a worst-case scenario should *not* be used to justify allowing that process in the real world.

more than 2 years ago
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Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

Paul1969 "It's not a bug, it's a feature." (311 comments)

How long before makers of replacement lenses start touting UV vision in their ads?

more than 2 years ago
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Looking For Love; Finding Privacy Violations

Paul1969 Re:Yeah, I know (112 comments)

Reminds me of an old joke from "Cheers."

Sam: "What are you up to, Norm?"
Norm: "My ideal weight, if I was 8 feet tall."

more than 2 years ago
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Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

Paul1969 Re:Care to make a bet on that? (584 comments)

No, they have gotten where they are primarily on user experience. Your failure to list that particular strength of Apple products tells me that you have never actually used them for more than a few minutes. That is why your take on their future is so distorted.

more than 2 years ago
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Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

Paul1969 Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (584 comments)

Another clueless fandroid who will never be a successful business owner.
As every member of Apple's board is will aware, market share does not matter. Profits matter.

more than 2 years ago
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Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

Paul1969 Care to make a bet on that? (584 comments)

Seriously, the odds of that happening (asskicking on epic scale) are similar to the odds of Linux becoming the dominant desktop OS.

more than 2 years ago
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What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

Paul1969 Re:720 degrees? (502 comments)

These are the same people who tell their friends that their bosses literally kill them with overtime.

more than 2 years ago
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Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

Paul1969 Re:What a surprise (463 comments)

Projection based on latest data. Last quarter was still under 10%. Hardly meets my definition of "large and growing."

more than 2 years ago
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Million Dollar Crowdturfing Industry Dupes Social Networks

Paul1969 Re:Evil crowdturfing services? (170 comments)

"Likewise, people sometimes have an axe to grind or just doesn't like some company - like here on Slashdot that would be Apple - "

Fixed that for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

Paul1969 Re:What a surprise (463 comments)

Apparently you are delusional.
Market share for tablets shows Apple still at around 65%, down from 70% before the Kindle Fire was released. Meanwhile, Samsung's share went from approximately 8% pre-Fire down to just under 5% post-Fire. And Asus isn't even on the radar screen, having less market share than RIMM's pathetic 0.6% for the PlayBook.
You need to understand that figures for units shipped are very different from sales figures. A tablet that is sitting in a warehouse somewhere or gathering dust on a store shelf does not equal a tablet that has been bought and used by an actual human being.

more than 2 years ago
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Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

Paul1969 And you know this how? (463 comments)

And what usage is the Fire intended for?

Book reading. And it is quite good for that purpose. It replaces the similarly priced e-ink readers Amazon had before.

All the other functions of the Kindle Fire are secondary and are gravy.

You must have been sent a special message from Jeff Bezos, because all the Amazon marketing for the Fire has emphasized all the *other* stuff it supposedly can do. Book reading is strictly an afterthought.

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Paul1969 Re:Nothing new (331 comments)

This is typical of all emigrant populations. They tend to "freeze" their language in the form it had at the time of the main emigration. Thus Canadian French is very close to Seventeenth Century European French.
Personal note: My family is of Finnish descent. All 4 grandparents were immigrants to the US. My parents are both fluent in the language of the "Old Country." I can only say a few basic phrases, but my kid sister made the effort to pick up a fair amount from our parents.
When she made a trip to Finland a few years back, her speech caused some amusement to native Finns. They were surprised to hear a young woman talking like a "mummu" (grandmother).

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Facing Death By a Thousand Cuts

Paul1969 Re:Friggen finally (493 comments)

But in Finland, the President is not actually chief executive. It's more of a ceremonial post, if I understand correctly.
Still, funny comment.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Facing Death By a Thousand Cuts

Paul1969 Time for a history lesson (493 comments)

Greece was conquered by the Roman Republic, about a century before the first Roman Emperor.
Far from being an "offshoot," Constantinople was designated the *official* capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine, the same emperor who made the Empire officially Christian. At that point, Greece had been ruled by Rome for more than four hundred years.
For a period of time after Constantine, Rome itself was deprecated, so to speak. It only returned to imperial capital status when the Empire was formally divided into Eastern and Western halves some 60 years later.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother In the Home Office

Paul1969 Re:So... (298 comments)

Except you don't need to be female to be highly offended by snuff porn.
In case you aren't familiar with the term, it is porn that "climaxes" in murder. Needless to say, it is almost always faked. But still, it only appeals to really sick minds.
And I say this as a male who quite enjoys porn, if done well.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother In the Home Office

Paul1969 Re:So... (298 comments)

Modded as Funny? I think Insightful might be more appropriate.
Why? Because it illustrates how a bright individual can outdo a whole cadre of "professionals" whose thinking takes place inside a mental straightjacket.

more than 2 years ago
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Video Gamers Advancing Genetic Research

Paul1969 Even more helpful to genetics... (23 comments)

... is gamers' tendency to not reproduce. At least, not sexually.

more than 2 years ago
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Two-Thirds of Lost USB Drives Carry Malware

Paul1969 Want to bet? (196 comments)

I find it hard to believe that none of the folks who turned in "lost" USB sticks took a minute to check if there was any hot pr0n on them first.

more than 2 years ago

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