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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Sardak Re:Who's getting slow internet? (513 comments)

Where I live is in the midst of a moderately dense residential area a few miles from downtown. We have a single high speed provider available, and our current plan is about $65/month for "up to 12/2 Mbps". And, indeed, on speed tests and the occasional Linux ISO torrent, I actually see those kinds of speeds. However, for practical applications, such as streaming videos on Hulu, we're lucky to have things play smoothly at the 0.5 Mbps resolution even at off-peak hours.

I don't think we necessarily need faster rated connections, but ones that can actually perform to their specifications under average usage conditions.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden NSA Claims Partially Confirmed, Says Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Sardak Well, there's the problem (337 comments)

claiming that 'the president had the constitutional authority, no matter what the law actually says, to order domestic spying without [constitutional] warrants,'

Where on earth does the constitution say this? Once found, it needs to be removed immediately, in my opinion. Further, any president willing to use such an outrageous power should also be removed immediately. And anyone who supports them using it.

I am a bit curious about the past tense wording (had the authority), though.

about a year ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

Sardak Re:You can't have infinite density (412 comments)

This has always bugged me, too. If, for example, you take the black hole at the center of our galaxy, assume all of its mass is located in a singular location and that it is roughly a sphere with a diameter of one Planck length, you get a density of about 3.88 * 10^141 kg/m^3. Very high, but a far cry from infinite.

about a year ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

Sardak Re:Where is the 0-cent option (248 comments)

That's understandable. It would likely be more interesting and useful (and intrusive) to have some kind of passive means of measuring actual visitors taking part in your system such that a zero-cent option would be unnecessary. There's a world of difference between making $3.44 split between 10 people and making $3.44 split between 10,000 people.

about a year and a half ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

Sardak Re:Where is the 0-cent option (248 comments)

Are you recording the lack of a click in some way, then?

Which of these is more meaningful?
60% chose 1 cent
30% chose 2 cents
10% chose 3 cents

Or:
90% chose 0 cents
6% chose 1 cent
3% chose 2 cents
1% chose 3 cents

about a year and a half ago
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Super Bacteria Create Gold

Sardak Re:OOGA BOOG (180 comments)

Interestingly, bacteria is the plural form of bacterium, so there's nothing really wrong in the sense you imply. I'm more concerned with the fact that they're apparently not actually creating gold.

about 2 years ago
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Birth Control For Men Edges Closer

Sardak Re:Nice tagline... (407 comments)

I certainly would. Incidentally, that would also make it easier to find comfortable pants.

about 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Sardak Re:Isolate them. (1218 comments)

Don't punish the students just because the adults are bumfuck retarded.

I agree. I don't often admit this, but I grew up and attended school in Kentucky. Seeing news like this makes me sad for my home state. I don't recall much from my high school years, but I don't think there were any overtly religious topics discussed. However, I don't think students should be screwed out of a proper education just because some biased idiot in a position of power can't keep his personal and political beliefs separate.

about 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

Sardak Re:Flat-Line (485 comments)

I would disagree (to an extent). In ages past, I used to upgrade my computer at least once a year, if not more frequently. I've been a software developer and gamer for a very long time, and tend to try to stay on top of things.

That said, my last major upgrade for my main system was about 3 and a half years ago. I can still play just about any game that comes out on the highest settings with no issue. When I end up using a newer system with a "faster" CPU and more RAM, I would be hard pressed to discern a significant performance difference from my 3.5 year old machine.

The only notable difference is I have a (now "out of date") gaming video card, but for non-gaming related tasks, my computer is just as quick to perform anything the newer hardware does. I'm not going to drop another $1500 for such an intangible increase in speed.

more than 2 years ago
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UCLA Develops World's Fastest Camera To Hunt Down Cancer In Real Time

Sardak Re:Failure rate * fps (51 comments)

I read it as one in a million cells are falsely identified. So, every 10 seconds or so (at 100,000/sec) it would incorrectly classify one. Sounds like a bad thing being spun as good.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

Sardak Re:Participant Psychosis? (540 comments)

I would surmise that someone would need to be legally insane to willingly go to a place without society, without parks, without schools, without culture, without even atmosphere, without children, without the elderly and without the prospect of seeing those things first hand again.

What a coincidence. Aside from the atmosphere, those are all the things I dislike about living on earth.

more than 2 years ago
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Linaro Tweaks Speed Up Android, By Up To 100 Percent

Sardak Re:Meaning stats (97 comments)

Well, sure it does. To calculate how much faster it actually is, you take the time it didn't take (infinity - time_it_took) and multiply that by your new factor (1.3 to 2.0), then subtract that from infinity and you have your new rate.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

Sardak Re:There you have it (672 comments)

Well, clearly, gravity is the root cause of the obesity problem in the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games

Sardak That's Alright (543 comments)

Oh, that's alright. I'll just have to cut back on my video game purchases so that I don't end up with a whole bunch of crappy games that I can't resell.

more than 2 years ago
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Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?

Sardak Re:Kind of... (367 comments)

I agree. I really wish there were some sort of minimum portion of the advertised speed that they were required to provide. My connection is advertised as 12 Mbps, but it fluctuates so wildly that I get anywhere from 0.5 to 17 Mbps (from the same source, so it's not server dependent). Overall, I would say it averages out at around 3-4 Mbps. Unfortunately, the only other option in my area is 1.5 Mbps DSL.

more than 2 years ago
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Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice

Sardak Re:The article is much too kind ... (381 comments)

The box my router came in has a table on the back that implies that if I want to watch HD movies, I should have purchased the model with "300 + 300 Mbps" wireless. This is, of course, despite the fact that most of my devices are wired and my actual internet connection can only provide 2% of that.

more than 2 years ago
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Recreating a Mysterious, 2,100-Year-Old Clock

Sardak Re:*eyeroll* (209 comments)

Well, how else are you to let your thousands of "friends" know that you checked your watch?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Sardak Re:Pretty simple explanation... (841 comments)

I tend to agree for the most part. I recently went back to college to start an electronics engineering degree program. While there is a lot of work, none of it particularly difficult. I'm doing quite well, but I can't help noticing that 95% of my fellow students are struggling immensely. What I really don't understand is why they chose to enter a program like this while claiming to hate math and logic.

I often stay after class to help out those who are willing to accept it, but there's only so much I can do. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that because so many of the students are having a difficult time, the entire class gets behind as we continually rehash the same material far after what was allotted in the syllabus. I'm almost hoping that many of them will drop out so that future semesters can go more smoothly.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

Sardak Re:Usability regression (862 comments)

I've had the exact opposite experience. I use the start menu far more often when I'm using a windows 7 system than I did with any of the XP or below systems in the past. It's much, much faster to hit the windows key and type a few letters of the program I want to launch than it is to hunt through a desktop full of icons.

more than 2 years ago

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