top How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa
The reason why 3 year old supercomputers are scrapped is because the power consumptions per flop becomes just uneconomical and the maintenance costs escalate (all kinds of failures increase dramatically after a few years).
So, unless they have real cheap maintenance guys (which they probably do) and super-cheap power (which they probably don't), it is not really worth it. Better buy a smaller modern cluster.
top Engineering the Perfect Coffee Mug
This is precisely one thing that irks me about living in the US. People get the coffee culture completely wrong, they even say things like "let's grab a coffee". In civilized countries, you never *walk* around with a coffee. You sit down, spend 10 focused minutes on an espresso and maybe conversation and then go on doing things with both hands. Walking around holding some significant fraction of gallon of coffee is just pointless - you get gorilla arm, you never enjoy coffee and you never enjoy a real break.
top British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care
Yes... Just fine. Those stories of long waits, or unavailable diagnostic care are just rumors, I am sure...
Yes, they are.
Believe me,I lived for 7 years in UK and now I'm in my 6th year in USA and it is incomparable. US system is just massively inferior - and I work for a big national lab and hold the most expensive insurance option.
So yes, I'd go back to NHS any moment.
top The Free State Project, One Decade Later
I don't know what these people are trying to prove. We know communism doesn't work, because we've tried it in eastern Europe. We also know that libertarism doesn't work, because take any failed African state and you see that people don't self organize into well-functioning society.
Besides, I really despise these smug libertarians, who thump their chests about liberty and privacy and are not even remotely aware how much they got from this society, not to mention they they are not willing to give any of it back in taxes... Big egos, little brain and compassion.
top Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design
The best way to fight these retards would be to demand that
Magic Smoke Theory of Electricity is given equal class-room time as the Maxwell's equations. And if anyone asks why, you tell them. about a year and a half ago
top Whose Bug Is This Anyway?
I think this is bull. I just don't believe 1% of computers give wrong answers. There are many reasons why precomputed table might differ - threading, reordering of floating point operations, etc. Basically, compilers guarantee certain precision, not by-bit determinstic result (unless you set up certain IEEE flags, which are not on by default).
about a year and a half ago
top Is iPhone Battery Usefulness On the Decline?
There is absolutely nothing new here. My Nokia in 1999 had a 10 day battery life and today I recharge my HTC One S every day. It is just a fact of life that we use phones todays for so much more that the batteries just last less. No phone has a 10 day lifespan these days.
top If You Lived In Riga, You Wouldn't Bother To Cut the Cord
No, you don't weight with average income. Do you weight sony television and apple laptop prices with average income? (they also pay on-the-ground workers like sellers in shops and truck drivers, which are more expensive in more developed world)
top The (Mostly) Sad Fates of 32 First-Generation iPad Rivals
Yet, they didn't realize it isnt just a tablet, but more.
Yes, they didn't realize that when you buy ipad, you are sexsiually pleasing Steve Jobs.
If you buy a non-Apple product, you are not sexsiually pleasing anyone.
That is the difference.
top How the Webb Space Telescope Got So Expensive
Hubble gave us a lot of very nice pictures, but let's be realistic: in terms of science per dollar we've got much more from combination of WMAP and SDSS I and II. JWST just killed a whole lot of more interesting projets in the same way LSST is now threathening to kill amazing and cheap projects like BigBOSS.
They should still fly JWST, after all this money spend it would be stupid to kill it and interesting things will come out of it. But let's be fair about science: pretty pictures that excite public are useful for PR, but for real science you need better than that.
top Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers
Wasn't postscript supposed to solve these problems 20 years ago?
top Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic In the US
How much does the use of neutral (for example google's) DNS services rather than default ISP's DNS help?
top Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers
I don't know where they get these numbers out! In my field, I don't know a single guy that is still on Windows. Last time I was on a workshop and there were 80 participants and exactly two PCs (me and a toothless french guy). In fact, all my friends are purely apple as well. I hear all these claims that windows still oversells apple, but it just doesn't click. I'd guess it is 95% OSX 5% apple and if I correct for selection effect, maybe 50%-50%, but this article claims just 4% OSX?!?! I haven't seen anybody using windows for a long time. In fact, I use bing just out of support for the underdog...
top Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites
Umm, I tried to find impact factor of Journal of Cosmology and it is too shitty to find. This is a crackpot journal as far as I can tell...
(Don't mix it with SISSA's Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP) - that is a decent journal)
top How To Build a Telescope That Trumps Hubble
As a professional astronomer I hoped this thing would never have happened. It costs 6 billion and at this price tag a 5% overrun is $300 million, about six times the cost of the entire SDSS project, which has undoubtedly gave us more science that James Webb ever will. True, Hubble and JWST make great pictures, function as amazing PR machines, but most science at the end of the day comes from survey imaging and spectroscopic observations.
top Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence
No, no. People buy iPhones, because they really want to suck Steve Jobs' dick, he just is the most charismatic person around. And then Steve gets sick from all this cock-sucking...
top FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans
That is not quite true. I have 10Mbit connection and if everybody on my network was utilizing their 10Mbps all the time, everything would come to a grinding halt. So, if they charged for usage, the total transfer would be lower and hence the infrastructure cost would be lower. It is quite clear that most of the traffic is not netflix, but 1% of guys maxing their connection by downloading porn via bit torrent - I think they should be charged more, there is nothing unfair about it.
top Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products
To reply to all who are asking what is stopping me from going back to Europe: NYC is, after all, still the best of all options. In Paris one can never be French, in Tokyo one is never a Japanese and in London, food is just terrible plus jobs are rather limited in my field. I think NYC is the best place in the world to live in because it is a city of immigrants, a melting pot where there is always fun things to do. I love USA because of its multiculturalism and amazing nature, not because of its "freedoms", SUVs, etc. The problem with Americans is that they do not realise what really makes their country great and want to make it worse rather than better. The other thing: why am I not paying more in taxes: because if I paid more in taxes, this would be money thrown down the toilet. If everyone paid more in taxes, the standard of living would go up.
top Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products
This kind of comments make me want to return to Europe. I've been living in US for a couple of years now, I have a 6 figure salary and you know what: I hate paying so little in taxes. Because you get what you pay for. In USA you have small government, no taxes and hence everyone gets routinely screwed up by private sector: I have never paid so much in telecommunications, so much in healthcare costs for the shittiest service ever and I just punctured tire on my audi last week because of a massive pothole on a *freeway*. But as long as you get screwed by private sector everyone is happy. And then because one gov service is bad, everybody starts screaming big government is the root of all evil. For fuck sake, have you people ever tried trains in germany or healthcare in UK? USA could have been such a good country, food can be so amazing in NY and multiculturalism beats everybody else, but if people were just a little bit more sensible brained....
top Google Attack On the Mobile Market Rumored
Buy N97 - it costs $600 upfront, but you are unlocked forever... I use it with pay as you go card AT&T sim card, with tethering, google maps, mobile IMAP3 reader, mp3 mplayer, etc etc, and my bils are around $30 a month. Such my balls, iPhone!
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