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NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

rahvin112 Re:Better article (113 comments)

How the information was disseminated and to who is a red herring.

Technical information was published publicly. No matter how esoteric and incomprehensible it was or how small of an audience it received it was out there and the ONLY way you could argue this is a genuine mistake (in that it remained uncorrected until now) is if the people who inside nvidia who knew the actual capabilities never saw this published public information. I find the idea that their team, who knew it was false, didn't see this published information to be nearly impossible.

And once you draw the conclusion that there is no way this information wasn't seen by people with the knowledge to know it was false the only conclusion that you can draw is that the decision was made to deliberately ignore that it's false.

As you say, it's so esoteric of information that for the most part it's irrelevant until you realize they lied about it and did so deliberately (at least by not correcting it). I have difficulty reconciling the idea that this information was so irrelevant when they had to know it was wrong (at the very least after publication someone in nvidia would have saw it) and then still didn't bother to correct it. If the information had been as irrelevant as you claim then such a correction to issued to the sites that published the wrong information would have been a non-event that no one would have cared about. So why not issue the correction?

My problem isn't with the information, this is a legitimate compromise in the design of a cheaper part. My problem is with the deception. I believe with certainty that someone with knowledge at nvidia saw the wrong information and communicated to those in charge that it was wrong, yet nothing was done and that information has been live until someone validated it as false with benchmarks.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

rahvin112 Re:Better article (113 comments)

Unlikely to be deliberate? For this to NOT be deliberate you have to assume that everyone involved in the design never ever looked at the marketing material, which is absurd. Not only that but even after the card was released the incorrect information was what the company said was the facts until there was objective proof that it was a lie.

Of course none of this would be a big deal at all had they not lied about it. I'm a long time nvidia user (I don't consider myself a fanboi), but the only way you can say this was an honest mistake is to assume that the marketing people are the only people that get to see the published specs. This was a decision made by high up in the company and it was to deliberately lie.

This should not be brushed off a "mistake", it was deliberate.

2 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

rahvin112 Re:oven baked? (155 comments)

If they thought it would sell chips I'm sure they'd find a way.

3 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

rahvin112 Re:Unboil a hen egg? (155 comments)

If your rooster is laying eggs you've got far bigger problems than them being boiled. ;)

Yes they should have said chicken egg, not hen's egg.

3 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

rahvin112 Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (194 comments)

And the UK has likely done the same (though less publicized) AND extradited people to the US for things that aren't even crimes in the UK.

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

rahvin112 Re:Doesn't work like that either. (512 comments)

Apparently you missed the part about the stick. The carrot and the stick work together to get the donkey to do what is against it's own interests.

It's kinda like Republicans, where the vast majority of their voting block is old white people, a good majority of whom are on social security and medicare, while at the same time of having a defined party policy of getting rid of both either directly or through "privatization". They do this with the carrot of reduced taxes and the stick of fear of Obama and "socialism". It's the reason their party is trying to destroy social security but if a democrat votes for one of the GOP bills to destroy social security they run commercials against that democrat saying the democrat is trying to destroy social security.

For example, the republicans just gutted social security disability funding. In May when all the disabled end up with social security cut 20+% and all the stories on the news pop up talking about the poor white veteran in the wheelchair from kentucky who's now homeless as a result the republicans will go on TV and will blame the democrats. And there will be a substantial number of republicans who will believe it because fox news told them it was obama's fault.

about a week ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

rahvin112 It's unfortunate. (110 comments)

IMO he had a good case and could have won but I understand him taking the plea.

He didn't know the information was there in the link that led to this whole thing and the "threats" were hyperbole at the best. He probably couldn't afford a good attorney and he was looking at decades in prison. Typical FBI strategy is charge them with everything in the book so they plea to lessor charge you actually want.

It's a travesty what they did to him.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

rahvin112 Re:Will it play Batman Arkham Knight? (114 comments)

Those minimum requirements are a joke. I've got a 580 and I can run everything at full detail for the monitor resolution I have. None of them even stress the games. The fact is most games are designed, spec wise, around consoles and won't even stress 5 year old graphics cards.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

rahvin112 Re:Slashdot affiliated with Hothardware (114 comments)

Tom's a whore, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the ranking or quality of the product in his reviews is impacted by the amount of money he was paid. Some of the recommended products he's had over the years to me indicate that the site's "approval" is for sale. I haven't been there is years so it might have changed but once someone sells out you shouldn't trust them again.

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

rahvin112 Re:Connectivity (229 comments)

Some of the newer laptops are too thin for a RJ-45 jack. The bottom part of the jack folds down a few MM (my wife's laptop has this "feature") so you can get the RJ-45 into the slot. I haven't noticed too much of an issue with it, I believe it's going to be common now that laptops are thinner than the RJ-45 jack because otherwise you can't have a RJ-45 without a bulge in the case.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

rahvin112 Re:parachutes? (130 comments)

Have you looked at the photos? They didn't make any such determination from those photo's. They know all the systems deployed properly because they can see them as they should have landed, they have no idea why the petals didn't unfold and in fact that's their only explanation for why it didn't contact as they don't actually have an image of it with enough detail to know it wasn't damaged.

But if you think they can determine that from the 3 or so pixels that make up the lander you obviously believe they have image technology like in the blade runner movie where they can see details in a photo that aren't there. What they know is that the parachute and airbags deployed and apparently worked but there is no way to determine if there was damage to the lander during the bounce process. They can only guess that the petals didn't deploy properly, not why.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

rahvin112 Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

And I remember watching an interview with the first woman firefighter in new york and how she was instrumental in getting the "tests" changed (she sued the department) from something you would see on the world strongest man competition to something firefighters actually do. She explained that when she tried to join the department they had all these silly tests that were created as a macho strongman contest to deliberately exclude women that had nothing at all to do with firefighting and her lawsuit forced them to change the test into moving hoses around, holding pressured hoses, using a fireman's carry to get incapacitated people out of a building and cutting down doors with axes and saws.

Which is pretty much the exact opposite of what you just said.

You can find out about the film here and here the story in their own words: http://takingtheheat.com/

You might not know this but they changed the physical test when they were ordered to open the ranks to women applicants. They deliberately changed it into a stupid strength contest with things like carrying a 120lb dummy on one shoulder and walking UP and then down a bunch of flights of stairs (because as we all know fighters must carry completely unconscious people up further into the burning building before bringing them back to the same floor and can do it only by carrying them on a single shoulder). Or being able to scale a 8' tall brick wall or running a 6 minute mile. I see firefighters scaling 8' brick walls by hand all the time, not to mention the ones I see carrying people further into burning buildings. That's why so many died on 9/11 they were carrying people further into the building because that's what they were trained to do. The changes that this caused to the test actually made the test more realistic.

What's stupid about this is to this day NYFD has like 1% women in their ranks where departments around the country have far higher numbers. Their leaders and rank and file union members still try to exclude women.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (315 comments)

Civil forfeiture shouldn't even exist. All property seizure should be PART of the criminal trial as either proceeds of the crime or restitution or fines for the crime.

Under absolutely no circumstance should the government be able to go into a civil court and take your money outside a debt owed. These forfeitures are supposed to be criminal forfeiture and they should be handled in the criminal side where the defendant has rights and assumption of innocence. I'm horrified you would suggest that the government should be able to prevail in anything on the standard of most believable instead of without a reasonable doubt.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:For the sake of discussion... (315 comments)

You forgot the best point.

To seize the money they don't sue you, they sue the cash. And because you aren't being sued you don't have standing to oppose even though your cash isn't very good about standing up for your rights. Yes the courts allowed the government to sue property and deny the owner the right to appear. So when they go to court to take your cash you aren't even allowed to speak or even be part of the process. It's done entirely behind closed doors and you have to ask permission to even oppose it.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:For the sake of discussion... (315 comments)

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

BTW the local sheriff isn't involved in a border stop, it's already a federal case so this example doesn't even apply.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:And so on. (315 comments)

The way the article reads they can only seize the computer equipment involved in the child porn, not the car you were driving. Not saying that's how it will work out in function but the way the holder statement reads he's only allowing it to seize the equipment involved, not every single thing the person owns or had on them or saw at some point (like how the current system is used).

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:forfeiture is sometimes better than incarcerati (315 comments)

If he is subsequently found guilty, THEN taking his stuff can be a part of the punishment.

Here here! There shouldn't be ANY forfeiture to government without a finding of guilt (or debt owed). I consider this a blatant end run around the US property rights and I'm terrified the supreme court not only allowed it but has continually allowed it to expand ever outward.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:This was done so Republicans can criticize it.. (315 comments)

Oh and when did they conclude it was unworkable? When Obama proposed it? You couldn't show a verifiable source that shows dis-ownership of this plan before Obama and the "democrats" proposed it in 2007/2008 if your life depended on it.

The ACA is nearly word for word the Heritage plan. The VERY same plan the Republicans under Gingrich counter proposed to Clinton when Hillary was pushing her healthcare overhaul to congress. And it's the very same plan the GOP and Heritage both endorsed and supported as a "market based reform of the healthcare system" when Romney created Romneycare and right up until Obama was elected when it was suddenly unworkable.

And every time someone like you tries to deny the history there is going to be someone there pointing out that this IS the republican healthcare plan (and also the reason they never proposed a counter to Obamacare). Had Romney proposed it instead of Obama it would be being touted from the hills as the work of the Heritage foundation and a "market based reform" that places "responsibility to pay for healthcare on the people using the system" and endorses "individual responsibility" and all the other buzzword phrases the Heritage foundation used when they created and supported it.

You can still hate Obamacare, even if it was born by Conservatives on the libertarian GOP side funded by the Koch brothers. That doesn't mean you have to like it, unless you are one of those mindless freaks that thinks that just because someone on "your side" created it that you have to like it or you were one of the people that drafted it. But there is no memory hole, you don't get to rewrite history.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

rahvin112 Re:This was done so Republicans can criticize it.. (315 comments)

Do you expect Obama to pass a law? Congress needs to end it, based on this action it's apparent Obama would sign the bill but without congress this is as far as Holder can go. You know checks and balances and all that.

about two weeks ago

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