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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

chowdahhead Re:So.. (110 comments)

My first 3D accelerator was a Voodoo, and shortly after that a Riva TNT, which wasn't anything special at the time. Back then, I remember there were many more consumer GPU manufacturers, and almost all of them were bringing new features to GPU's. The naming of OGL extensions reflected that. Years before everyone else, 3DFX was doing SLI, ATI had primitive hardware tessellation and the first unified shader arch, and Savage created gpu texture compression. The modern GPU wasn't invented by NVidia, but by contributions by many GPU designs.

about a month and a half ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

chowdahhead Re:I still can't understand this insanity. (186 comments)

Isn't that why a law this this should address the source, rather than the index? In your example, the original article should be updated with an addendum in the title or header, just as print news often publishes a clarifying piece. Hyperlinks to the article would immediately make it clear what the truth is. Because the Right to be Forgotten targets search engines instead, it's being used (and abused) by people who actually did something wrong and want it erased. People should be left to determine for themselves what information is relevant, not what you or I demand them to believe. It's like the old adage that respect is earned. I can't force you to respect me, but I have a lot of control about what you think about me. Maybe that's still not enough for some people, but I'll say this: nothing good has ever emerged from censorship of the truth.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

chowdahhead Re:Spent convictions (186 comments)

Question: Does this law prevent someone from declaring a "spent conviction" on an application and an employer from asking about it or using it against the applicant? Or does it require the conviction records to be expunged from public records? Even in the US, there are laws addressing equal opportunity and employee discrimination. Even if an employer discovers a past arrest or conviction through a background, that cannot be used against the applicant to deny them a job. There are exceptions, for example a repeat child sex offender probably wouldn't get a job in a day care center, but even in that circumstance, the employer could still get dragged into court in a challenge.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

chowdahhead Re:What about my right to search? (186 comments)

You're wrong. This law isn't about slanderous claims, defamation, or copyright infringement. There have been laws that address that already. This law involves the removal of factual information--censorship of the truth. That's the key difference.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

chowdahhead Re:Slippery Slope (186 comments)

Microsoft and Yahoo are affected too, they were at the meeting. It's not an attack on Google, it's an attack on the freedom of the truth.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

chowdahhead Interesting (186 comments)

"6. Do you notify website publishers of delisting? In that case, which legal basis do you have to notify website publishers?" Laws are restrictive not permissive. The response from the search engines should be "by what legal basis do you have to prevent us from notifying website publishers?"

about 3 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

chowdahhead Marketed for Asia? (198 comments)

The best argument I've read is that the complex characters in the Korean, Japanese, and Chinese languages really benefit from higher density screens, even over what the G2 was providing last year.

about 4 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

chowdahhead Re:US (224 comments)

I just don't follow this reasoning. We're talking about truthful, factual, and legitimate content. If you were a reporter reporting facts, why should I have the "God-given right" to determine what you write about me? Why should I be able to take down a link to an article that I don't hold the copyright to? I shouldn't, because I (or anyone else) don't own "facts" about you. This is a really slippery slope, my friend.

about 5 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

chowdahhead Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (1038 comments)

You're not far off the mark. For short OR procedures, fentanyl is preferred because the onset is faster and the duration is shorter, but hydromorphone can be used. Midazolam is used in conjunction for it's sedative and amnetic properties. This is also still a common combination when patients are mechanically vented. Patients lose complete orientation to what's happening to them before they lose consciousness. The observers' perception that he "suffered" is very unlikely to be the case.

about 9 months ago
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Three Videos On Codec2 and Open Hardware

chowdahhead Re:Transcode (37 comments)

All Androids by now have native Vorbis decoding libraries. It's software-based, but if I recall correctly, the battery life is about the same for mp3 and vorbis. Neither codec is ideal though, because podcasts are mainly speech. Speex or Opus (ideally) would be better and VLC will play those just fine.

about 9 months ago
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

chowdahhead why stop there? (568 comments)

If bandwidth caps become reality, can we also get usage-based billing for cable and satellite too?

about a year ago
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UK Court Orders Two Sisters Must Receive MMR Vaccine

chowdahhead Re:Good. (699 comments)

This is absolutely not true. The varicella vaccine was developed in the last 20 years, with widespread vaccination occuring in the last 10 years. The vast majority of patients suffering from shingles are patients over the age of 55. Chickenpox is the acute infection caused by the initial exposure, and shingles occurs as the flareup of the latent virus, caused by the natural weakening of the aging immune system. The pediatric varicella vaccines have significantly decreased mortality rates--by something like 95%, decreased missing days of school, scarring, and secondary infections. The shingles vaccine prevents the debilitating and potentially permanent neuropathy--which requires lifelong treatment with medications to control symptoms. These vaccines have provided an immeasurable benefit to public health, and one which you will eventually gain an appreciation for.

1 year,5 days
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Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

chowdahhead Re:From HTC's perspective (182 comments)

Collaborating with Microsoft has historically been the kiss of death, however. I just don't see anything helpful coming out of that--there's certainly no consumer interest in WP and any capital injection would be a short term band-aid. HTC needs to narrowly focus their product line, not target every market segment like Samsung, and build brand recognition. Their hardware is good and their software support has greatly improved. They just need their name and logo out there more, and in a way that people associate with smartphones.

1 year,14 days
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

chowdahhead Not a violation of HIPAA (455 comments)

I didn't read the whole article, but it seems to be a controlled substance prescription database like the one we have in CT--I think we were one of the first states to do this. Prescribers and pharmacists are required to enroll, and information has to be reported to the State, by state law. That information is used to identify prescription drug abuse. We use it fairly regularly in the hospital I practice at when overdose patients arrive, or patients enrolled in a chemical dependency program . This doesn't violate HIPAA because the Act allows disclosure of information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law.

1 year,24 days
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

chowdahhead Re:Reviving the bit wars? (773 comments)

We understand this but I don't think Apple's target demographic does (like my Nana, for example). It's a very odd thing for Apple to market. Besides, the current ARMv7 designs are already woefully overpowered for what 99.9% of people use their phones for. ARMv8 cores currently offer no practical or perceivable benefit yet outside of servers--which might be part of the reason no one has really jumped on the Cortex-a57 yet.

about a year ago
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CoreText Font Rendering Bug Leads To iOS, OS X Exploit

chowdahhead Re:Who says? (178 comments)

I think Android is targeted more because it isn't inherently tied to the Play store, and not so much because of devices not being updated. The app signature verification works for 2.3 and up, which covers 96% of Google's Android devices. Getting malware on a phone or tablet still generally requires installing a malicious app, and it's far easier to be careless about that on Android.

about a year ago
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IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

chowdahhead Re:A Little Late? (131 comments)

I believe many automotive onboard computers are PPC based also.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

chowdahhead Re:Just Business (140 comments)

I'd wager that every sports fan in the world wants this, and Google is best positioned to provide it with the infrastructure they already have in place--they have live streamed events and premium channels on Youtube already. Of course it's a business move, but that doesn't preclude it from being in the best interests of consumers either.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

chowdahhead Re:Live sports == YouTube killer application (140 comments)

TV coverage of sports is a mess, and it's a little different than other TV programming. Sometimes sports are blacked out of their local markets, for no reason. Some events are aired over broadcasting networks and some through cable. If your college team isn't in the top 25, you're probably not going to be watching many games on TV, similar to how the coverage of the Olympics truly sucks. There's no reason for this in the age of digital streaming. If Google can break the stranglehold of sports' coverage, it should open the door for competing providers, just like digital music.

about a year ago

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