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Comment Re:Prohibition doesn't work (Score 1) 159

By the time the slave trade was killed in the US, it had already been eliminated in what would have been considered, at the time, to be other "1st world" (industrialized) countries that could have taken advantage of a large number of slaves and competed with the US. You picked that one sentence to criticize, but I think OP's sentiment was really "governments who fight markets, in which there is demand, never win." In the case of the slave trade, the rest of the market and its demand had already been killed.

To be clear, I don't necessarily agree with OP's absolute claim, but I don't think your example is a counterargument to it.

Comment Re:Translation... (Score 4, Interesting) 78

Okay fine, so 4th gen isn't literally faster than 8th gen, but I agree with what OP is getting at... What the graph you posted is best at showing is that Intel CPU performance improvements have been paltry for the past six years.

According to your graph, the new Kaby Lake 7700k is only ~55% faster than my 2nd generation Sandy Bridge 2600k. Which means that between January 2011 and January 2017, Intel performance improvements for like-for-like CPU's has been about 7.5% per year, which is pretty shitty. It's not that 8th gen is going to suck as bad as 7th gen -- it's that both 7th gen and 8th gen suck as bad as everything Intel has released fort the past six years.

Comment Re:More on the grant (Score 1) 523

That's incorrect.

Likelihood of rolling 1 on a D6: 16.7%

.167^3 = 0.004657463, or .47%

What you most closely have described is the probability of rolling two additonal 1's on D6's after having already rolled a 1 on the first D6 (which is not the probability of rolling 1 1 1 on 3D6, it's the probability of rolling 1 1 on 2D6.

.167^2 = 0.027889, or 2.8%, which would actually make them over two times as careful.

Comment Re:Rubik's cube (Score 1) 238

I also aced the math section of the SAT. (2006)

I also never played with a Rubiks Cube. However, I did play a lot of turn-based RPGs starting around age nine and was fascinated with the underlying mathematics.

I also think these activities played a minor role in both my and your son's ability to get a good score on a standardized test, and have more served as a platform for tooting our respective horns on a public forum on which neither of us know anyone personally.

Comment Re:Bla Bla Bla (Score 1) 207

That's a different CPU than the one in your original comment.

When I search for the CPU in your first comment, the price range on Ebay (used) is $250-350 for completed and sold listings. The same search for the CPU on the box you subsequently linked show it going for $80-100 used. These are two completely different ballparks. In fact, the price of an entire rig built around the cheaper one is less than the cost of more expensive CPU by itself.

Nah, I'm not delusional, I just do research before I open my mouth.

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