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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

mc6809e Re:Not surprising.-- Universal Service Fee (94 comments)

If this was a Libertarian Paradise, you probably would pay $500 dollars a month for landline service while someone in a densely populated urban area would pay $5 a month.

Why would that be so bad?

People that want rural living should pay for rural living and should not force urbanites to subsidize their quiet, peaceful life on the farm away from the noise of the city.

The US government has spent the past 50+ years using subsidies and regulations encourage people to get out of the cities.

What has it accomplished except to gut cities and spread asphalt everywhere?

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

mc6809e Re:Discussion is outdated (484 comments)

I have to agree, but it's too bad in some ways, IMO.

I used to get so much joy programming the metal or tinkering with the assembly that came out of the compiler.

Doing that is still possible, but it doesn't pay the bills.

The dream of abstraction is a bit of a nightmare for those that like to get into the guts of the machine.

GPU programming is another example, though Mantle allows the programmer to get a bit closer to the hardware.

3 days ago

NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

mc6809e Re:Some people say it's too pricy. (114 comments)

But I'd take this in a heartbeat over an AMD counterpart. The maxwell chips are leagues ahead of anything AMD's got.

WIth one exception: the R9 280x when used for DP floating point compute.

For about $250 you can get an R9 280x that in one second will do one trillion double precision floating point operations. That's about 10x faster than the Maxwell cards.

With such a card AMD should have had the scientist/engineer space for GPGPU locked up by now.

But, you know, they're AMD, so...

about a week ago

NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

mc6809e Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

Personally I love the GTX 750. It gives the biggest bang-for-the-buck and running at about 55 watts max or so it usually doesn't require a larger power supply. It can run completely off motherboard power going to a 16-lane 75 watt PCIe slot.

It's the perfect card for rescuing old systems from obsolescence, IMO.

The only trouble you might have is finding a single-slot-wide card if your system doesn't have room for a double slot card, though in my case I found a double-slot card that I could modify to fit in a single-slot of an old Core 2 Duo E8500 system.

And heat doesn't seem to be a problem at all, even with the mod I did. The low power of the card means less heat. Even if heat becomes a problem, the card is capable of slowly clocking itself down, though I've never seen that yet, even running Furmark.

about a week ago

Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

mc6809e Re:Yes. (227 comments)

The problem is that too many people think "science" is whatever a person credentialed by some authority professes.

That's wrong.

"Science" is more properly a way of thinking. A "scientist" should be anyone willing to put the evidence offered by reality above intuitions, guesses, dogma, culture, and any other authority while also being open-minded to all possible explanations consistent with reality. It's a skepticism, even skepticism of one's own theories -- "a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty" as Feynman put it.

Sometimes even credentialed scientists forget that.

about two weeks ago

Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

mc6809e Re:Quarterly forecast (153 comments)

When the distant future is only next quarter, this kind of thing happens.

I don't think this is a business issue. This is really more about one especially self centered generation looking out for itself and controlling most of the funding mechanisms.

If it were a race or ethnicity or religion it would be an obvious example of favoritism.

But they're the baby boomers so they get a pass, mostly because the people in a position to call out such BS are themselves baby boomers.

about three weeks ago

Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

mc6809e Re: Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

Most importantly, no one is even close to solving no limit -- where you are allowed to vary your bet size. That changes everything.

To the average joe poker player, I'd say what's most important here is that the perfect solution is only for a two player game.

Things become much more complicated when players>2.

about three weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

mc6809e Re:Free? (703 comments)

That is a lie. Why would you pick classes that wouldn't transfer?

When I taught at Tri-County Tech, nearly all of my student's credits would transfer to real schools. Our classes were stupid easy and you got credit for some very hard college classes. It was a great scam for the students.

The real scam is that all this free and easy money doesn't go to education. It goes to educators -- educators all too willing to just take all that extra money to provide classes that are "stupid easy".

The students are just mules that move the money from tax payers to professional educators.

about three weeks ago

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

mc6809e Re:Fox/henhouse (81 comments)

Free markets have utterly failed when it comes to infrastructure. Why should we trust it with something as important as communications?

"Utterly failed"? Stop exaggerating.

The right answer (whatever it might be) begins by being honest.

about three weeks ago

2014: Hottest Year On Record

mc6809e Re:Propaganda (560 comments)

I think it's a little too early to completely rule out a connection.

The greatest variation in solar output over the course of a cycle is in the blue to ultraviolet part of the spectrum and that happens to correspond to frequencies of light that are the most penetrating to sea water.

It's possible then that the extra energy during previous vigorous sunspot cycles accumulates in the ocean over the course of many cycles and is slowly released later.

A weak cycle now might at the moment be partially masked by the release of decades of accumulated energy.

about a month ago

Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

mc6809e Re:Fine (293 comments)

The spectrum is not that limited. I live in an apartment building and can see over 30 different wireless networks. I have absolutely no issues with my own wireless.

You can't compare the two situations.

What you're seeing are beacon frames. Even if 99% of them are trashed by noise, your wireless networking hardware will remember the 1% that get through and log the AP's information.

about a month ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

Saddam Hussein was a Ba'athist revolutionary, which is to say he advocated a mixture of Arab Nationalism and socialism. National socialism IS Nazism.

about a month and a half ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re:Muslim uprisings during movie releases (158 comments)

However, the inane aspect about it is that while Republicans blamed Obama for what happened in Benghazi, fact remains that their position on Libya/Qadaffi was no different from the Democrats.

Some think using force is the solution to every problem and some believe democracy is the solution to every problem.

The disaster of the Arab spring is what you get when you combine the two ideas.

about a month and a half ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

To kill 650'000 shitheads. Mission accomplished. Wish they had killed more though.

While it's true that Sadam's military was full of essentially modern day Nazis, we weren't attacked by Nazis on 9/11. We went after the wrong bunch.

Saudi Arabia would have been a better target but the Bushes were too busy holding hands with the King.

about a month and a half ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (158 comments)

And for anyone who doesn't remember, this was the film that Obama blamed the Benghazi attacks on. Despite later admitting that, no, oops, that wasn't what caused the attacks at all.


The attack happened on Sept 11th just before the 2012 election.

You don't really think it was an accident that they blamed some film-maker and threw him in jail to deflect responsibility from themselves, do you?

about a month and a half ago

Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

mc6809e Re:Archive? (219 comments)

It looks to me like these drives write a large amount of data as a spiral of multiple tracks so that the platter must rotate many times to complete the write.

That's fine for streaming data sequentially to the disk for long term storage.

Random writes must be dog-slow, though.

about a month and a half ago

Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

mc6809e Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

That isn't specifically true at all. It's all about whether you can reproduce, and have a surviving child more than it is about dying.

But there's an advantage to having parents and the parents of parents continuing to live on.

While older adults might not be able to reproduce, the help and assistance of older non-reproducing adults can factor into their descendent's ability to reproduce.

about 2 months ago



Bad news: Bertha is damaged

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  about a year ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Officials on Friday announced the seal assembly is damaged. Bertha may be shut down for several more weeks as workers fix damaged seals that protect the drive system that spins the giant cutter. The revelation comes two months after the drill failed to grind ahead and operators shut it down. The machine known as Bertha tweeted in December that she was doing fine, just facing an obstruction. An 11-day inspection in January found no big obstacles, turning engineers’ attention inward. The ongoing investigation — which includes an influx of staff from drill maker Hitachi-Zosen — could take up to two weeks before the Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) contracting team issues a strategy to repair and restart the machine."
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F.C.C. Bars Lightsquared from Using Airwaves

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The news appears to squash the near-term hopes for the network pushed by LightSquared, a Virginia company that is majority-owned by Philip Falcone, a New York hedge fund manager."
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Killed for Tweeting: Mexico's Drug War Has Two Mor

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Twitter has become deadly serious in Mexico, where two people were allegedly murdered for denouncing a drug cartel on the social network.

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge by their hands and feet. An examination of the bodies showed signs of torture, and the pair is thought to have been beaten and killed by a powerful local drug gang, then displayed to send a message to citizens who might want to publicly renounce the group.

Attached to the bodies were two signs, one of which read “This happens for denouncing,” according to CNN. One of the notes also had the names of two blogs, Al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco."

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