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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

wavedeform Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

The Bush tax cuts have been continued by the Obama administration because they were judged to be a sound method of stimulating the economy.

No, they haven't been so judged.

https://www.google.com/search?...

They were continued as part of a brokered budget deal. The Democratic house & senate didn't particularly like it, but it was the best compromise on the table at the time.

about 7 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

wavedeform Yay! Car Analogy! (723 comments)

"Except I can CHOOSE to not own a car, and I don't need insurance at that point.
Call me when I can CHOOSE to not carry health insurance."

That's not quite an accurate analog (although partial points for continuing the car analogy.)
More accurate is "I can CHOOSE not to live, and I don't need insurance at that point."

about 7 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

wavedeform Extrapolation (667 comments)

If you extrapolate in 3D from a point, you get a sphere. We are off to the "left side" of the Milky Way (although I don't think I would want to be in the middle.)

about 8 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

wavedeform RE: AGW activists vs. Creationist (667 comments)

All churches get a government handout in the form of not having to pay taxes. This should stop, IMO.

about 8 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

wavedeform Re:What a surprise (248 comments)

"I mean, who would have thought in the mid-00s that the smart device would become the pre-eminent consumer computing platform in less than a decade?"

You mean other than Apple and the other people who helped make it happen?

Microsoft's problem moving off of the desktop has always been that they want a very similar experience on the desk and in the hand. This was a bad idea when they tried to emulate the Windows experience in WinCE, and is a bad idea going the other direction with Metro.

about 9 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

wavedeform She is too! (248 comments)

I think you're wrong there. I think Carly Fiorina _is_ smart enough to run a hot dog stand.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

wavedeform Re:1Password + Dropbox sync (445 comments)

Would I trust the setup with nuclear launch codes? No.

They were set to 00000000 for decades anyway, so why not?

about 9 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

wavedeform Re:Not a great value, in my opinion (501 comments)

Or Apple's mistaken focus on OpenCL over CUDA. Unfortunately, Apple have not indicated that they will remedy the problem.

Well, Apple is pushing an open API that will run on lots of hardware, while nvidia is pushing an API tied to their hardware. I think everyone would benefit with a widely supported open API.

about a year ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

wavedeform Re:It's pretty neat (501 comments)

Yes, but having "your CAD software [..] be updated to take advantage of that specific hardware" mostly means writing things to use parallel cores, and to leverage the graphics processors through OpenCL (and OpenGL, for the graphics-specific stuff.) This is stuff that a software author would want to do to help future-proof their code, in general, I think.

about a year ago
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'Approximate Computing' Saves Energy

wavedeform Re:Analog (154 comments)

This was my immediate reaction, as well. Analog computers do some things extremely well, and faster than could be done digitally. Absolute accuracy may not be possible, but plenty-good-enough accuracy is achievable for a lot of different types of problems. Back in the 1970s I worked for a small company as their chief digital/software guy. The owner of the company was wizard at analog electronics, and instilled in me a solid respect about what can be done with analog computing.

about a year ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

wavedeform Re:red v blue (285 comments)

That the more government/less government axis is not a particularly useful way to define the red/blue divide.

about a year ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

wavedeform Re:red v blue (285 comments)

I think the Tea Party is an unholy marriage of the John Birch society, the KKK, and some behind the scenes money.

about a year ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

wavedeform Re:red v blue (285 comments)

By that definition, every republican elected in my lifetime is a left winger.

about a year ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

wavedeform Re:no thank you (730 comments)

Too true. "Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."

about a year ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

wavedeform Re:Why subsidize? (1030 comments)

No, we should be encouraging nuclear first, then solar / wind / geothermal, because nuclear is actually scalable and doesnt chew up gobs of land.

That's true right up until it generates a huge wasteland, and starts to poison the seas. Nuclear should only be used as a transitional source. I guess, in theory, a reactor could be made safe, but I doubt it could in practice.

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is." - Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

1 year,1 day
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Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

wavedeform Re:thats silly (215 comments)

For most digital work these days, you really just need a logic analyzer.

Unless your logic analyzer can show you ringing or capacitance / inductance problems on the digital signal lines, this is not really true. "Digital" signals on a circuit board are analog after all, and are subject to a lot of the same gremlins that plague an all analog circuit. This sort of thing doesn't always matter in a digital circuit, but you need a good scope to find them when they cause problems.

1 year,3 days
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The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

wavedeform Re:bad example (156 comments)

You just missed out on the previous generation workstation that experienced the coolant leak debacle, where your Powermac G5 would suddenly leak the coolant they were using down over the motherboard and power supply and then out the bottom of the chassis.

I have one of those liquid cooled G5s. It's been an audio recording workhorse. It's going to be retired soon, but it's still going strong. I look for leaks every so often, but I've never found evidence of one. I hear that there are faster machines available these days :-)

1 year,22 days
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Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?

wavedeform Re:Easy one... (558 comments)

BSD, on the other hand, was built with embedded systems in mind.

BSD was built before there was any thought about building embedded system with Unix. iOS, and OS X before it, have been pretty battery-conscious, but BSD, not so much.

about a year ago

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