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LiftPort Wants To Build Space Elevator On the Moon By 2020

chriso11 Re:Good luck (210 comments)

I think it makes more sense to make a space elevator from LOE. All the advantages of a lunar elevator, but actually in a useful location,

about 2 years ago
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Time Machines, Computer Memory, and Brute Force Attacks Against Smartcards

chriso11 Re:Neat trick... (49 comments)

Running the devices hotter should increase the decay rate...

more than 2 years ago
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How Much Detail Is Too Much For Games?

chriso11 Re:More! (201 comments)

Lens Flare is such a stupid gimick. It is something 'cool' the game designers can introduce but it destroys the immersion.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Smart Meters Safe?

chriso11 Re:Really ? Unsafe amount of RF ? (684 comments)

I worked on one of the RF ICs used in smart meter applications. The power is only a little bit more than a garage door opener, and it is below 1GHz (Microwave ovens are ~2.45GHz).

more than 2 years ago
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The Myth of Renewable Energy

chriso11 Re:Renewable or infinite? (835 comments)

Well, I looked into the amount of water an equivalent coal-powered generator would use. It turns out 1GW of coal power uses 13500 acre-ft of water (4.4billion gal) per year, vs the 600 acre-feet for the solar project.

about 2 years ago
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Rambus Loses $4B Antitrust Case

chriso11 Re:Thats one hell of a clause... (112 comments)

You are forgetting about how Intel used illegal methods to block AMD from sockets. These include monetary incentives to ONLY sell Intel. Look at how much money Intel funneled to Dell.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

chriso11 Why on Windows? (1880 comments)

Because Apple has now surpassed Microsoft in the evil index.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Create New Type of Superconductor Wires

chriso11 Re:If it's not cancer, it's renewable energy (96 comments)

I've heard that superconductors not only have no electrical resistance, but the have no thermal resistance too. That would mean superconductors have a constant temperature across them; is this true?

about 3 years ago
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Android On HP TouchPad

chriso11 Re:"No ecosystem" (280 comments)

Does it have to be an official iBag?

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

chriso11 Re:If you're paying for your masters... (330 comments)

Ah, then that is where I come to a different conclusion than you. After 5+ years of experience, I see the experience and capability matter much more than whether an engineer has an MSEE or a BSEE.

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

chriso11 Re:If you're paying for your masters... (330 comments)

In my experience, I have seen that engineers with a BSEE and the additional 2 years of real world experience to be much more useful than MSEE degrees. And it seems like a greater percentage of MSEEs were useless types who could study/test well but not actually deliver any solutions.

I look at the return on investment on a MSEE, and I don't see it. You lose 2 years of income, which you take off the end of your career when you earn the most (100+K/yr), and pay an $50+K for the two years of tuition. You wind up in an >$300K hole, and the premium from having an MSEE doesn't really compensate.

Let me ask you as a hiring manager: which would you prefer, an engineer with a BSEE and 2 years of experience doing the job you need, or someone with an MSEE who may have taken a class about what you need?
 

more than 3 years ago
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DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

chriso11 Re:OK, so here is my simple question (887 comments)

Its not like the current Administration is concerned about the rights of its citizens, they are making Bush Jr look like a staunch civil liberties advocate

Someone's memory is awfully short. Renditions, torture, and the Patriot Act are just some of the actions of Bush Jr. I just don't see any significant expansion into civil liberty violations by Obama. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think Obama has done anything notable to improve on the civil rights violations introduced by Bush, but I don't see anything like what Bush cooked up being introduced either.

more than 3 years ago
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Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

chriso11 Re:Ah, the Republican Party ... (884 comments)

And how many corporate execs get to hit the golf course for a 10:00 tee off?

more than 3 years ago
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Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

chriso11 Re:Ah, the Republican Party ... (884 comments)

Trusting a union is safer than trusting a corporation. For every corrupt union position I can show a dozen worse corporation actions.

more than 3 years ago
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My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

chriso11 Re:Who thinks this? (789 comments)

Sorry, netbooks are completely different than tablets. The differences include a keyboard, standard USB and video ports, standard expansion (you can add extra memory and upgrade the hard drive), replaceable batteries, and ethernet ports. The line between netbooks and laptops are pretty blurry, while the difference between a netbook and a tablet are pretty profound.

more than 3 years ago
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Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law

chriso11 Re:On vacuum tubes. (347 comments)

I agree. In addition, just because semiconductor processing hits a economically nonviable to avoid roadblock doesn't mean IC development will cease. There will continue to be architectural improvements (and hey, maybe compiler improvements too!), and also ICs better tuned for specific requirements.

Of course, that depends if 2012 doesn't destroy the world...

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft and Nvidia Abandon PC Gaming Alliance

chriso11 Re:No surprise (195 comments)

First off, I don't see how multimedia poses any significant loading to a modern system, unless you are talking about recoding HD videos.And while parallelization is difficult, I can assure you that a huge number of other hard problems have been already addressed in modern computers (try making a transistor that is only 32nm from scratch). And while Just Cause 2 is pretty nice, it runs on an Xbox360. A lot more can be done on a modern PC, but really isn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft and Nvidia Abandon PC Gaming Alliance

chriso11 Re:No surprise (195 comments)

OK, by mentioning screen resolutions I totally threw you off the track. However, games are not incorporating significantly higher complexity than in the past. Why don't games have massively deformable terrain? Why not have deep physics emulation? AI has improved, but I haven't seen any improvement that scales with CPU improvements over the last few years. Why not load up 4 cores for AI? There are 6 core CPUs now available, and still games don't really need more than 2 cores, even though quad cores have been out for 3 years. There is a significant amount of CPU & GPU power available in the newest systems that aren't being tapped in games, which were the traditional driver for PC development for more than 15 years. This untapped performance in unusual, and must have some reason.

I believe that the main factor is developer focus on consoles.
   

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft and Nvidia Abandon PC Gaming Alliance

chriso11 Re:No surprise (195 comments)

Actually, I think that you may have missed the point. Because it seems to me that there is stagnation in CPU & graphics requirements now. Instead of truly pushing the capabilities of modern hardware, graphics are stuck at this meh level. Why aren't monitors pushing beyond 1920x1080/1200? Because of HDTV standardization (I know 30inch monitors are higher res, but work with me). The reason that a 2year old GPU can handle modern games is because the modern games don't push the envelope. Why? Because the consoles are taking up a lot of developer mindshare.

more than 3 years ago

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Amazing

chriso11 chriso11 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, a year has passed since my last journal posting. Apparently I have nothing to write about. I guess you can consider this journal as more of a glacier blog... Tune in on a yearly basis for more wit and wisdom!

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Religion

chriso11 chriso11 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, another religious nut had to reply OT about my sig. Maybe I'm the bad guy for rubbing their face in it, but then again, I can't turn around without seeing a "God Bless America" or some 10 Commandments around. Most christians can't seem to get their head around the fact that they have to do the proving, not simply repeating inane slogans over and over again.

I remember talking to one person who said it was ok for the 10 Commandments to be in elementary schools. I asked him if adultery was such a big problem in schools that it needed to be prominently mentioned. Instead of wasting money posting the 10 commandments, how about better supervision?

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chriso11 chriso11 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, I picked up some freaks. Amazing. My theory it is due to my bashing of the rock of conservative information, Fox News.

I think that "t" became a foe from a post in the topic on "on the collapse of complex societies" or something like that. Well, t seems like the sort who views fox news as only one step down from the bible in inerrancy.

I'm not sure when jhunsake decided I needed to be on his list of foes. Perhaps around the same time.

Well, if anyone is reading this, they must be seriously bored. Or REALLY procrastinating. Either way, go to google and find someplace interesting.

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