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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

sdguero Re:I never thought I'd say this... (275 comments)

I don't think you are reading this for what it is... A way for the monopolies (who Wheeler is a tool of) to continue to subsidize their infrastructure costs. Meanwhile on the surface it tlooks like the FCC has teeth. Hint: It doesn't.

6 hours ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

sdguero Re:Hmmm .... (106 comments)

Dude my Father in Law is a mechanic for United. Saying the work is "high tempo" and $9/hour is bullshit. They are unionzed. He sleeps for 4-6 hours in the hanger daily and gets paid for it. He does work a lot of hours (60+ most weeks), but its because they pay him to sleep and he loves the overtime pay (he made over six figures last year). He volunteers for every extra shift he can to get.

Father in Law also has zero interest in aircraft, other than saying what pieces of crap they are, and he is holding onto the job until he can get his pension (in 4 more years). It makes me really nervous that guys like him are responsible for our safety in the air, but I would not blame ground crew mistakes on the stress or pay level I'd blame the union.

yesterday
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

sdguero Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (417 comments)

Even when internet becomes an unrefuted utility you'll have a hard time selling your desire for a refund to the powers that be outside of Comcast if the reason you were disconnected was due to fraudulent activity. Come to think of it...it'd probably be pretty stupid to say anything to any governement official, in regards to this, if Comcast has not already done so.

TOR != fradulent activity.

TOR is about privacy. SInce when is it fradulent or illegal to use a toold that ensures your internet traffic is kept private?

3 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

sdguero Nothing changes (603 comments)

If Mexico was buried under 30 feet of snow, people would still be argue about climate change.

If Greenland was 80 degrees in winter, people would still argue about climate change.

Reading the article and comments, it is clear that nobody understands exactly what is happening here. Instead theories are thrown around like gospel on a Sunday morning. There is no consensus. There is hardly any method. Climatology has been so poliicized and glamorized I don't trust anything I read anymore.

Speaking of gospel I'm going to share a prayer...

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sdguero Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

An ER nurse can be male or female. The word "cunting" can be interchanged with the word "fucking" in this context. By assuming that "ER nurse" means "female ER nurse", you are actaully propagating mysomgymy, not the parent. Also, you are offtopic.

about a week ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

sdguero Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

I think you are talking more about residential housing. Land is pretty cheap to maintain and pay taxes on. I can buy 10 acres in remote parts of San Diego County for $40,000 with access to water and power. If we are talking about retirement savings (i.e. $500k+), that is a relatively cheap entry price and parcels can be bought incrementally. Also, owning land means you can do things like take the family camping/riding/shooting/drinking/etc on your own property. It is also pretty straightfoward to will it to your heirs.

I'm not advocating everybody put 100% of their retirement into real estate, just saying that it is a decent diversification strategy and a bet against dramatic fluctuations on the dollar. And there are some perks to owning real estate that can't be added up with a calculator. There is a reason that most millionaires own a lot of real estate, and it isn't to show off how much money they have. It just makes sense.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

sdguero Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

If the US dollar collapsed I don't think it would matter which jurisdiciton your savings are in, everything is going to go with it.

I think I'd look at hard goods, like real estate, before putting part of my retirement into other currencies to hedge against trouble with the US dollar.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

sdguero The 3 year cycle... (181 comments)

As a gamer, I have been on a 3 year PC build cycle since 1992. Every three years (more or less), I build a new PC. Since 2008, I've only upgraded once and my current build (now 2 years old, a 2500k overclocked to 4.4 Ghz) feels pretty darnn fast still. It's weird because 15 years ago, I'd be itching for new hardware with a 2 year old system. Since my Core2 Duo build in 2008, I haven't really seen any noticeable performance jumps other than the move to SSDs and the bigger IPS panels. My old Core 2 system, which is now 6+ years old and on my workbench in the garage can still hold it's own with new games without a problem.

Obviously there is a lot more to PC/game perfomrnace than just the CPU. But what I'm getting at, is ever since the move to multi-core platforms in the mid-2000s and offloading more work to the GPU(s), hardware development for PCs seems to have slowed down quite a bit. Maybe a combination of the newer hardware not being utilizaed as well as stuff back in the ewarly 2000s and smaller bumps up in the various chip/processor design? Perhaps the greater focus on power savings and mobile development? The trend towards netbooks, and now tablets? Maybe the fact that most kids these days only play on consoles?

I dunno. It just thinks like the rate of change has slowed down a lot over the last decade. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

about three weeks ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

sdguero 1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

Umm... I guess this assuming that 80% of the people in India are smart phone users. That last i heard, smart phone usage in the USA was around 65%.

The average income in India is $1,500 USD/year vs the USA where it is $50,000 USD/year (roughly 33 times higher). $33 dollars doesn't sound like much to people in the USA, but that is 2.2% of the average Indian person's annual salary. That 2.2% number would be around $1100 outlay for the average American worker.

Perspective is everything when you try compare the consumer market between countries like the USA and India.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sdguero Re:Bullshit (441 comments)

Two coworkers of mine recently left to work for Google. THey both took a significant pay hit. I visited one while on a bix trip and all he did was bitch about the commute, long hours, low pay, and high rents in the bay area. But he did feel pride in his work like no other job, and said the food was really good as he had put on the typical "freshman fifteen" at the google campus.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sdguero Re:Read that statement as follows: (441 comments)

At my work (software company with 1500 employees) they put up a poster in the break room that shows what different types of "typical" employees do on the internet (we are a "internet security" company). It also lists their salary. The developer one shows an Indian lady typing on a keyboard and it says she makes $62,000 a year (we are in CA). The typical "sales" user shows a white guy on the phone and his salary is $112,000 a year. It's probably the most fucked up thing I've ever seen approved by HR to put up on the wall in an Engineering Department.

about a month ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

sdguero Re:This helmet scares me. (126 comments)

Agreed. It sounds cool and I'd like to try it, but it is a scary proposition.

about a month ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

sdguero Just bought a new helmet... (126 comments)

I just spent $400 on a deeply discounted helmet. During the researching/buying process I tried on helmet modelss from many manufacturers... AGV, Bell, Shoei, Icon, and a coulple cheap no name brands. I found that every model from every manufacturer has a slightly different internal shape, and they all fit differently on my head. Some of them fit my head so badly (looking at you Shoei) that I almost isntantly got a ehadache wearing the proper size. I ended up picking the helmet that fit me 2nd best, a Bell Star.The best fitting helmet weighed 50% more and was not SNELL certified (safety is a BIG concern for me these days as I have a family). I commute to work on my bike, and I typically scratch/break a shield every 9 months or so.

Why am I saying all this?

Because as much as I'd LOVE to have an intergrated HUD visor/helmet, and would spend $1400 to have such a device, there is no way I'd plop down that kinda money on a helmet model I've never tried on before. Also things like airflow into the lid, airflow around the lid (especially when turning your head), make a huge difference and everything I read it takes millions to properly engineer a great motorcycle helmet.

If the project was to develop a visor, or internal eye piece, or helomet upgrade program that would work on MY helmet, I'd be a lot more interested.

about a month ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

sdguero Re:Totally would buy (68 comments)

Agreed! In my experience you lose performance and therefore efficiency with VMs when running CPU core/freq dependent applications. The applicaitons we run are 60-80% faster on "bare metal" linux than any VM deployment we've tried so far.

about 2 months ago
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AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990

sdguero Re:3 fans on the 7990 is stupid (53 comments)

Do you run special software to monitor your GPU fans at all times? I don't, nor do I want to. I just expect that if the fans fail other components will shut down before they suffer thermal damage (not always the case though, especially in GPUs /coughnvidiacough). Not to mention that if the fans are not hot-swappable, redundancy is pretty pointless because you still have to shutdown and get out a screwdriver. In this case, it looks like you may need more than a screwdrive to replace any of those GPU fans (assumign they are replacable at all, MANY GPU fans are not).

I usually don't know if any of the fans in my system are working when I'm in an OS unless I put my head under the desk and listen for them. I could run some snazztastic radeon montiring tool I suppose, but I'd rather avoid the way too often update notifications, resource utilization, software conflicts, and general PITA that comes with instaling that junk.

From a reliability standpoint, the less moving parts in a PC the better.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990

sdguero Re:3 fans on the 7990 is stupid (53 comments)

Out of the dozens of video card failures I've seen at work, only one wasn't caused by a cooling/fan problem (capacitor blew out, but this could possibly be traced to insufficient cooling as well). I'd say that 95% of the time (if not 99%) moving parts are the root cause of modern PC failures, i.e. fans and disks.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990

sdguero 3 fans on the 7990 is stupid (53 comments)

I know its just a reference design but putting three fans, even two fans, on a video card is stupid. In all likelyhood, that more than doubles the failure rate vs a single fan cooling setup...

about a year and a half ago
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World's Most Powerful Private Supercomputer Will Hunt Oil and Gas

sdguero Re:So how does it work? (135 comments)

Much better explanation than I had! :)

I used to work for an HPC vendor, about 1/3 of our sales were to oil/gas. From what I understood it was pretty easy for our customers to parrallelize their workload to run across thousand of off the shelf servers with gigabit ethernet vs having to buy a much more expensive setup with high speed interconnects.

about a year and a half ago

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