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NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

xtal Re:Just bought two of these cards (113 comments)

I run three 30" 2650x1600s and fully intend on maxing out the VRAM on those cards.

I get a big hit in doing so. Boo.

Looking into returning them on principle and getting the 980s.. not sure if that hurts nVidia any, but might piss off their vendors a bit.

4 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

xtal There are no such things as human "rights". (308 comments)

Freedom, and everything else, is a privilege given to you by your betters; when the chips are down, that's all out the window. Never forget that.

It's for your own good, you know.

Wish more people read history.

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

xtal Just bought two of these cards (113 comments)

I thought about shelling out the dough for the 980s, but didn't, because, well - same CPU, lower clock, right?

Wrong.

Less than happy about this.

4 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

xtal Buy Facebook. (209 comments)

Deal of the century.

My 70 year old mother and all of her friends use Facebook instead of the phone now.

You lose. Accept it. Write the cheque.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

xtal Nuclear engines exist (170 comments)

And are well understood.

Short on balls to use them, though.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

xtal Re:Belief? (218 comments)

..because society values economically certain skills more than others, and if we're not all equal bunny rabbits bustling with potential, that wouldn't be FAIR.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

xtal Re:take my wife... please (218 comments)

..or Canadian, ~1 year is normal here, next door.

Americans have strange ideas about work hours.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

xtal Re:You are looking for a PLC (189 comments)

It's cheaper to get a modbus PLC by the time you add a case. As a bonus, the PLC has CSA and UL certifications, so when your house burns down, your insurance is still valid.

China solved this problem. A few minutes of research will get you a USB adapter, and you can easily program whatever you want with python or direct commands from a shell prompt and a cron job to schedule if you want to be all oldschool about it.

about three weeks ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

xtal Video cards? (179 comments)

Maybe this will drive some faster video cards.. I run 3 30" monitors (7680x1600); and while 2D and work productivity is no problem.. and, believe me, if you have the means I highly recommend picking them up - 3D surround gaming, even with SLI current-generation cards is a challenge.

What's even more impressive is how fast the 4K panels are dropping in price. Manufacturing FTW.

about a month and a half ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

xtal Re:Password protect your phone (105 comments)

Actually, no.

If you have a proper password, the magic cables will not work on iOS. It doesn't take long to brute force a numeric 4 digit. It takes a lot longer if that gets complicated; of course, that's harder to use, too.

"I do not consent to any search of my vehicle or my person"

"Am I free to go or am I being detained?"

"I want to speak with an attorney"

Magic words. If police have probable cause they don't need to ask; use the magic words and it'll stay that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

xtal Great news for those of us with experience.. (226 comments)

I've gotten one hell of a return from my BSc. EE. Thankfully it's not being devalued, and as far as ROI goes, wow. Was it easy for me? F--k no. Things that are worthwhile rarely are easy.

Anyone who thinks these bootcamps are a substitute for theory training is a fool. They can make a great way to leverage that core knowledge, though. They're also great for churning out code monkeys. I don't want to be a monkey.

You know what's a substitute, though? -Free- books and training online on those academic topics. Marry that with a good, accredited lab work program and you're going to be onto something; I suspect, however, this will be targeted at a lower common denominator.

Democratizing forces will come to higher education as there's HUGE market inefficiencies there created by an artificial barrier. It's just a matter of time, or like I've said before, one of the Ivy league institutions to offer real credit in an online environment. Right now it's a big game of chicken to see who blinks first.

about 2 months ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

xtal Genetic algorithms already there.. (77 comments)

http://www.damninteresting.com...

There's some magic tricks outside of the basic programming for you. Paper is linked in there or easily searchable, and is quite interesting.

And yes, there might be reason to start to get concerned. Disruptive changes happen quickly. Eventually, we will be the ones disrupted..

about 2 months ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

xtal Re:Paper? (148 comments)

Do you know how this works?

The box goes out in the open. Everyone can watch things go in.

The count is done with several people. Observers can watch. That's how it's done in Canada. Really.

The whole process, if fraud is a concern, can be watched end-to-end. There is no opportunity for "extra slips".

Paper works and is AFAIK the hardest to game and has the most oversight. I question those who are so quick to get rid of it.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

xtal Re:Paper? (148 comments)

..or just use a piece of paper.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

xtal Paper? (148 comments)

Seriously?

Whats wrong with paper?

Lots of systems for automatically dealing with it. Unique and irrefutable record. Easy to recount. Don't like one machine? Design a better one to scan and count. People really pissed off? Count those SOBs one at a time in front of a crowd on a big-screen TV.

Ballot boxes are easily placed out in the open; they're easily observed and tracked by as many people as would like to. The entire way through the process.

Lots of very large, modern democracies just use paper. Including your neighbours up north. X marks the spot.

Crazy.

about 3 months ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

xtal The anti-piracy ads were enough for me (357 comments)

Haven't been to a movie in over 10 years.

I do have a very nice home theater; I'm guessing over that span it was cheaper.

Hope the theater operators enjoy the grave the MPAA is helping them dig. They can get cozy with the cable operators next door..

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

xtal Add internet service at home? (170 comments)

It's $80/mo.. you can't get anything near unlimited for that.

Be glad you're not in Canada.

about 3 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

xtal Last Microsoft OS of relevance.. (242 comments)

Windows 7 will be a around for a very long time.. but I suspect it will be the last OS they have a monopoly on.

Anyone remember the background on boot for Windows 95, and all the controversy over "hidden shapes"?

Oh, the irony it was the cloud that killed Windows by rendering, largely, OS agnostic computing.

about 3 months ago

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