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Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

That sounds like you're buying into propaganda. Defensive gun usage is extremely common, and there have been an incredible number of mass shootings that never occurred, or were ended early by people carrying concealed. I do agree that people who are open carrying or brandishing needlessly could present those issues.

According to politico, defensive gun usage is not that common, with an estimated 3,200 occurences a year in the US, to compare with the 33,636 deaths due to "Injury by firearms" for 2013.

I would also question how you know there has been an "incredible number of mass shootings that never occurred", since they never occurred...

Comment Not irrelevant (Score 2, Insightful) 287

Whether the Russians had anything to do with it is irrelevant until people start acknowledging the appalling corruption that the hacks revealed. That should be first and foremost in the discussion. Whether it was the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, or Klingons doesn't really matter. That piece of information takes second priority to that fact that our elections are rigged.

The corruption in the DNC is a problem, and I hope that the registered Democrats will look at it seriously and bring reforms to their own party.

However, it doesn't make the origin of the hack irrelevant. We are now in the general elections and it should be a worrying fact to the American people, both Republicans and Democrats, that a foreign power is trying to influence our elections.

Good God, why is this so hard to understand?

We get it, and God has nothing to do with it.

Comment Non-technical added value (Score 3, Interesting) 342

Movie theaters had their reason to exist when they offered an added value over what you could have at home. That ceased to exist. Big screen? Have it. Dolby 7.1? Have it. 3D? Glad I don't have it. What else is there?

I know that this is slashdot and that we like to focus on features, but for me the value proposition of movie theaters resides in their selection. This is probably irrelevant for you if you just want to watch the latest blockbuster but if you are interested in independent movies, having an independent theater whose owner has a vision of what makes movies interesting beyond $$ is priceless.It's like going to an independent record shop where the owner will have a selection of the new records he likes, and not proposing just the mainstream music.Some of the movies may challenge at first, but they will expend your vision of what movies can be and what kind of stories can be told.

So basically, I let the owner of the theater do the selection for me, not based on my preferences, not based on my previous viewing history, not (entirely) based on what she thinks will make him earn the more money, but based on her cinematographic sensitivity and their extensive knowledge of movies. And I pester about the selection sometimes, and sometimes I will feel I have wasted my money on a movie, but I know that those people have brought me great movies I would not have seen otherwise and ultimately it's worth it.

Comment Nation vs Companies (Score 1) 472

Companies have no obligation to serve US citizens. They have obligations towards their shareholders, and one of these obligations is to maximize profit. If the consequence is hiring foreign workers and bringing the US population into poverty, what does it say about capitalism?

Comment Moore's law is not over (Score 1) 472

Because it has never been actually formulated.

One popular interpretation was the about the increase of component density, which has resulted for a while in an increase in the processors performance.

Nowadays, the general interpretation in the semiconductor industry is that Moore's Law is about the decrease of the $/bit (and sometimes about the decrease of energy/operation), and in regards to this metric the industry is still on track and will stay so for another decade at least. The improvements for our laptops and probably also for our phones and tablets won't be as noticeable as they have been in the past, but the computer industry will continue to change our lives by being more and more ubiquitous as the price goes down, and as VR and AI become more widely available.

By the way, Moore's paper starts with:

With unit cost falling as the number of components per circuit rises, by 1975 economics may dictate squeezing as many as 65,000 components on a single silicon chip

. It has always been about economics.

Comment Re:What tier does this storage belong? (Score 1) 77

PCM won't kill flash (3D NAND has some cost benefits), it will displace DRAM in some applications.

And I would not count HD out as well, there has been some impressive advances published lately by SanDisk and the like.

Computerworld published recently a nice article on the Memory landscape

Comment Confusing Summary (Score 2) 77

PCM is not limited to re-writable Blu-Ray, it is actually used in memory chips.

Micron used to manufacture PCM memory chips and dropped them in 2014. There are also some debate regarding whether IMFT's 3D XPoint is also PCM or not.

The real innovation in IBM's work is turning PCM into a TLC, and that is really impressive.

Comment Europe proves Musk wrong (Score 1) 530

If it was just about the price of gasoline, we would expect countries like France, where gasoline costs as much as $5/gallon to have a high adoption rate of electric vehicles.Yet, they represented only 1% of the new vehicles sold in 2015.

The country with the highest EV adoption rate is Norway, which had a very high government incentive program which costed the state around US$13,000 per EV on the road, just for 2015.

Even if there was a political will, there are not many countries rich enough to afford those kind of incentives.

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