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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

PitaBred Re:A truly smart person ... (391 comments)

Sometimes. Confidence combined with deference and recognition of that which you don't know is a different sort of confidence than brazen overconfidence like this "Scorpion" guy. If you can admit what you don't know easily, I'm more likely to believe you when you say you actually do know something. But it takes confidence to know the difference.

about three weeks ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

PitaBred Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

There's a 5th Amendment in France? Who knew.

about a year and a half ago
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New Theory About the Source of Pioneer Space Probe Deceleration

PitaBred Re:Regardless - the science is fascinating (156 comments)

It'll last longer than 88 years. The half life is 88 years... that means it's only halfway done after 88 years. All it's going to do is lose efficiency over the next thousand years or so.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Create New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs

PitaBred Re: Cheap (296 comments)

He's actually correct. The problem is that we don't have meaningful competition in many sectors of our economy, we have industries tied up in regulatory capture (patents, copyrights, etc. overreaching, no-bid contracts, regulatory rules that benefit incumbents, etc.).

The other issue is that "true" capitalism requires complete, perfect information and zero transport costs for the consumer. I can choose from any supplier with no cost of switching, and I know the full differences between all of them. Given that that is impossible, it's impossible to have proper invisible hand capitalism here in the real world.

What we need to strive for is making sure the regulations are in place to protect the consumer against information "warfare" from the producers while simultaneously preventing corporations from abusing those regulations for their own benefit. Given the money that flows through government and corporations right now, I'm not holding out high hopes of that changing meaningfully any time soon...

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Create New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs

PitaBred Re:I am having a vision of the future... (296 comments)

Part of the problem is that CFL's do color banding, whereas incandescent is full spectrum. So even if the color profile is tuned to a reasonable value, it's still lacking output in fairly large color bands. Which, incidentally, is probably why your wife doesn't like it... women are more likely to have better color sensitivity than the average male, especially in the red/green bands

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Create New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs

PitaBred Re:I am having a vision of the future... (296 comments)

You should try some different bulbs... I live in the Denver area, and I have a CFL on my porchlight that lights up instantly every time, no matter how cold it is. Different brands can make a lot more difference than they should.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

PitaBred Re:I just can't live without a ZIF socket. (1009 comments)

Did you have a choice of which CPU to match with which motherboard? Would you miss that choice if it were taken away from you?

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

PitaBred Re:Congratulations (488 comments)

I'm reasonably certain that "liberal" and telling people what to do are a bit at loggerheads...

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

PitaBred Re:That's one way to interpret it (488 comments)

So... if I go get some food and my expectation is that I get the right thing, and they give me the wrong thing, it's entirely possible that my expectations are just off, and I'm expecting too much?

They showed that the kids were all very good at getting answers when given a structured set of data and tests, but not when asked to design an experiment. That means that design skills are lacking relative to analysis skills. There's no running study needed.

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

PitaBred Re:Nothing new? (738 comments)

You can teach an engineer to be a manager, or at least take over management tasks. You can't teach a manager to be an engineer.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case

PitaBred Re:Duh? (327 comments)

To some extent. But it could be pretty strongly argued that disallowing tethering is part of an unconscionable contract (what with their right reserved to change terms whenever they want). Which, IIRC, generally renders whole contract null.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Did It Take So Long To Invent the Wheel?

PitaBred Re:Thankfully we didn't invent the patent until la (389 comments)

That makes me think of the Darkwing Duck episode where the dinosaurs had the rubber roads and the stone wheels... it's a massive misapplication of energy and work, even if it is intellectually interesting.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

PitaBred Re:Sorry AMD (286 comments)

They don't? Since when? There's not a single hard disk out there that will saturate an SATA2 port. And all modern Intel boards have at least 2 SATA3 ports.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

PitaBred Re:Even for single thread it doesn't (286 comments)

If you go aftermarket cooling, you can almost certainly hit 4.5GHz on stock voltages. Right now I'm doing 4.8GHz on stock voltage with a 2500K.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

PitaBred Re:Not really (286 comments)

You can probably go higher. I've got a 2500K that's running 4.8GHz on stock voltages. Basically all K series chips can reliably hit 4.5GHz on stock voltages with adequate cooling.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

PitaBred Re:vaporware (286 comments)

I think they take all the routers, networking, cooling, etc. into account as well. Not just the CPU power.

more than 2 years ago
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Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

PitaBred Re:Not on the disc (908 comments)

Nothing except the EULA:

http://tos.ea.com/legalapp/WEBTERMS/US/en/PC/#section11

- Unless expressly authorized by EA, you may not sell, buy, trade or otherwise transfer your Account or any personal access to EA Services, Content or Entitlements, including by use of auction websites.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents

PitaBred Re:shocking (323 comments)

*Morse code. Named after Samuel Morse.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents

PitaBred Re:It happened once it became possible. (323 comments)

Good. And they profited from that investment. Why should they be allowed to have the whole market to themselves and sit on their laurels? Do you not believe in competition?

more than 2 years ago
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How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents

PitaBred Re:obvious choices (323 comments)

So... because Apple took the risk and profited insanely from it at the beginning, they get a monopoly on it? I'll bet Henry Ford would have loved to keep anyone else from making black vehicles, especially if they had spoked wheels.

Design patents are a new concept, and they're detrimental to the industry and society as a whole. There's no pressure to improve if you don't have any competition.

Besides... it's not as if Apple has stolen major design paradigms from Android. Notification bar? OTA updates and backups? Voice commands?

more than 2 years ago

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