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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Pinky's Brain Re:France built something like this back in the 19 (379 comments)

I meant would.

Its not like Germany was really disarmed after WW1 and without occupation the limits on their military could hardly be relied upon. They simply left Germany far too powerful after WW1.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Pinky's Brain Re:Ideal PPI (129 comments)

Whatever PPI is necessary to make it invisible.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Pinky's Brain Re: What's the point? (129 comments)

Don't even need to get much subwavelength, half wavelength is already enough for a 180 degree viewing angle.

That said, materials which can do this are hardly new ... OASLMs were first used for holographic displays approximately 2 decades ago AFAIK.

about two weeks ago
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A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

Pinky's Brain Re:RTFA: real engineering is going on (55 comments)

Some real work goes into perfecting the taste of snake oil medicine as well ... doesn't make it any less of a fraud.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

Pinky's Brain Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

Well Intel still makes microprocessors and Microchip still makes microcontrollers in the US.

If you want ARM ST makes micros in Europe which is an ally, oh wait ... scratch the last one.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Pinky's Brain Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

People do not use Apple laptops because of how well they support greasing up the display ... touch is a sideshow for laptops and desktops, only Microsoft tried to make it a main event.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Pinky's Brain Re: One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

If the particles can get through cell walls they mights interfere with cell processes without being reactive, seems less likely than with the catalytic metal nanoparticles we are pumping the environment full with ... but I wouldn't rule it out.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Pinky's Brain Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

I thought you were talking about SWAT snipers for a moment.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Pinky's Brain Re:I wonder what their reasoning is...? (340 comments)

But the dollar is only stable because they are still increasing their reserves ...

It is the reserve currency because at one time it was as good as gold, any stability it had after that was because of inertia and because Saudi Arabia became a semi-state of the US ... the inertia is clearly running out, unless Saudi Arabia picks up more and more of the slack the US dollar will have to lose value as the US's trade balance adjusts.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Pinky's Brain Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

I assume they have an architecture license and are not implementing some macro.

The fact that they don't have their own fabs is a bigger problem.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Pinky's Brain Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

Degrading security in encryption code is a whole lot easier than putting an internet approachable backdoor in a microprocessor ... you aren't going to hide the latter in a single line bug.

about a month ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Pinky's Brain Never enough five legged sheep ... (236 comments)

If they let the position go unfilled I guess there wasn't really enough need, ie. not enough profit in it to hire the expertise which is on the market (and there are still plenty of the old guard doing consulting, not cheap obviously) or train someone.

Quick, we need more H-1Bs to suppress wages.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Pinky's Brain Re:WTH are Verizon customers paying for? (364 comments)

What if there is a single standardized receptacle and fuel, but it's actually the pump holders who want to force a multitude of ones?

about a month and a half ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Pinky's Brain Re:Qualifications: thinker and visionary (107 comments)

In my opinion concentrated solar will continue to lose out, it's raison d'etre is the high price of PV cells ... but the concentrators themselves are never cheap, generally require tracking and can't efficiently handle diffuse light.

about 2 months ago
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AMD and NVIDIA Trade Allegations, Denials Over Shady Tactics

Pinky's Brain Re:nVidia Being nVidia (69 comments)

TressFX actually is open source though.

Mantle is the interesting one, we don't actually know if NVIDIA can see the source code of the EA games which support it (and for AAA games source code access is a lot more common than NVIDIA pretends, the big games get onsite devrel which doesn't make a whole lot of sense without source code access). You would think NVIDIA would be using it as an argument if they couldn't ...

about a month ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

Pinky's Brain Re:I dislike Python (185 comments)

In the end most people will still use anything but LISP.

about 2 months ago
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Severe Vulnerability At eBay's Website

Pinky's Brain Re:That's excessive (60 comments)

Why steal all that shit when they can just own your computer with some zero day and wait for you to go to the bathroom?

about 2 months ago
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Severe Vulnerability At eBay's Website

Pinky's Brain Re:employee (60 comments)

Give each employee who teleworks a dedicated computer with hardware VLAN which he is only allowed to use on that VLAN (ie. no USB ports, no internet, no nothing ... if he wants to copy/paste something to it from another source sysadmins have to get involved).

It's the only reasonable way to allow telework on systems like this ... if you want to BYOD for that you should be redirected to the unemployment office.

about 2 months ago

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