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Comment Re:Or just (Score 1) 143

In the end, the internet is a messy place for sensitive secrets. We have reached the point where it is best not to document anything provocative (or potentially twisted by a warped mind wearing jack boots into appearing provocative) on the internet. Big brother is in full force. Love him, or else.

Comment Re:Why so expensive? (Score 3, Insightful) 277

8 cores vs 4 cores. You gotta compare the equivalent number of cores, then kvetch over different clock rates and other details to really compare.

Ryzen 1800X (8 cores) = $500
Intel's consumer grade i7-6900K 8 cores (latest available) = $1000 (i.e. Ryzen is 50% lower than $1000)
Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-4809 v4 (8 core) = $1600 (highway rape...)

To compare 4 core vs 4 core:
Ryzen 1400X (4 core with hyperthreading) = $200
Intel 7700K (4 core with hyperthreading, though higher clock rate) = $340

Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 1) 277

There is a chicken and egg argument as well. Many games plateau at 4 cores, but that is no surprise. With 90+% of the installed base being =4 core machines, that is where game studios are going to target. Hopefully with a heap of 6 and 8 real core CPU's in the field there will be a push to take advantage of them.

In my day job I am a EE. I run a lot of SPICE, FEM, and other scientific apps. We have seen some surprising results with more cores. CST EMS (an electromagnetic simulation tool) claimed it scaled well, and we were hurting big time. We went from running locally on 6 core work stations to a server with a total of 16 cores, and it got SLOWER. WTF? We dug in, and the idiots who wrote the thing had put a tone of effort into making just 1 step of the solving process scalable. So 20% of the time went ~2x faster. The clock speed was about 25% less, so the other 80% of the time it was slower, netting a 15% slower speed. Similarly our headquarters had setup a compute farm to expedite faster solves, but the damn program transferred so much data back and forth (BIG meshes and such, that I could live without, easily) that it was SLOWER to solve on 8 machines than to just run it locally. We eventually ditched them and went to a competitor that was less of a flaming pile of garbage and we've been happy since.

Comment Re:Why is Default Not an Option? (Score 5, Insightful) 490

Federal student loans are non-dischargeable. Also, many places run your credit to get an apartment, get a job, get a security clearance, dealers run your credit to get a car loan, etc. So while totally dropping out of the "system" is an option (i.e. becoming homeless), it is hard to have much of a life withing the "system" while not paying your bills.

If you do manage to get an apartment, find a way to commute, and get a job with blighted credit you still face having your wages garnished, or your bank accounts emptied to pay back those federal loans. No money in the bank means you then stand a good chance of not making rent, having your car repossessed, and then losing your job.

Dandy "system" we have, don't you think?

You can get income based repayment options, or get forbearance for a time, but you can't just walk away.

Comment More mocking (Score 5, Insightful) 490

Clearly we need to mock and make fun of millennials more, previous disrespect has been inadequate to make them flourish just like the good ol' days.

In a slightly more serious note, this was predicted. A fair number of reputable economists warned us of our own lost generation after the 2008 crash. The bottom of the ladder got pulled and the replacement jobs available to low experience young folk are not as relatively good as what was available for other generations. So you have low wage earners with stacks of debt from surviving (how dare they!), and from getting a college degree like they were told was the only good path thousands of times (suckers!).

But it is easier to make fun of how they dress different, and use funny new words (like EVERY generation of young folks before them) than to fix the lack of good entry level jobs, low wages, expensive healthcare, and over priced tuition. It looks to me like society has failed a generation and they have made rational choices to live within their means to the extent possible.

Comment More Dumb Stuff Please (Score 3, Interesting) 142

Sensors everywhere will not make you happier, probably not even healthier. I am sure we will see a "smart" hammer that evaluates your swing and trains you soon.

I want less and less of this stuff.

I want my books printed not "e" these days.

I am tired of cloud crap, stop deleting my tunes and PDFs off my tablet without asking me.

We are in a bubble of "because we can" thinking, rather than products and services that are actually helpful, efficient, and life improving. Gadgets are lucky to have a 1 year lifespan, why would we want billions of them, mostly abandoned by the vendor and the owner alike, sitting on the web waiting to be exploited into botnets and such?

Comment Leaf off the air too (Score 5, Interesting) 128

This same service was used for my Nissan Leaf. I can no longer pre-heat or check the charge status remotely without paying for a modem swap.

Dumb that cars that should be targeting a 15-20 year life span are larded up with the current flavor of the month that will be obsolete in a fraction of that. Wish it had WIFI so I could maintain the remote pre-heat functionality at home at least.

Comment Half doesn't need to be done (Score 1) 409

I'd argue that at least half of what most cube dwellers do all day doesn't need to be done at all. Large corps build of thick layers of corporate sludge over the years, layers to bureaucracy and reporting that is put into place and never re-questioned. Finding a way to clear out that crap would do more for happiness and profit than automation.

Comment Look, don't touch (Score 3, Funny) 196

Marketing:
We have an amazingly fast network capable of moving TBs of data a second!!! Download a movie in super-ultra-HD while boarding your plane in seconds!!! Buy now!!!

Contracts:
We will charge you 1 kidney per movie you download, and shame you in the public square. It is horrible to everyone else if you actually use the network.

Me:
F U. Worrying about getting reamed for data sucks the fun out of it all. Buys a pay-as-you-go phone and doesn't try to do anything "cool".

Comment Re:Tail wags the dog... (Score 1) 293

All very good points.

In our house my wife is a Mac/Apple gal, while I grew up mac and switched to PC about 20 years ago because for engineering that was where the tools were. My wife has been getting frustrated with how things have stagnated, and how a lot of little things have gotten rougher around the edges after each update.

I keep wanting to go back to Mac's, but time and again it is outrageous mark-up for low end and outdated hardware. I don't want an all-in one. I started to get sucked into the halo by owning ipods and ipads and was starting to hope for something better than a mini, but not all-in-one to fit my desires, but recently they have mangled a lot of what I liked about the iOS devices.

Playing an album and finding "shuffle" in itunes on my ipad got hard, requiring a google search to figure out what the hell they did. WTF? Itunes on my PC similarly went from poorly designed mess to mangled unusable mess I no longer open. I've wasted too much time weeding out ever recurring duplicates that have popped up randomly in old playlists, only to have them re-appear at random. What happened to "it just works". So now I see them as having taken their eye off the ball. For such a huge company it should be pretty trivial to do an annual motherboard spin whenever intel updates their CPU's (they used to have first dibs and beat the market by a month). RAM should not be marked up 3-4x. I don't mind a fair markup, but they have taken to soldering it down in some cases and made it very difficult to do yourself on others.

Basically I have stopped looking at their machines with any lust, and just have to realize that my lack of fashion makes me not part of their target demographic.

Comment Re:But.... Xeon? (Score 1) 240

Workstation GPU's are garbage. Only speaking from what I see Dell stick into the machines we have in my design center, they are crap. I got a brand new workstation when I joined 3 years ago, and the GPU was listed for about $500, and did have 4 mini displayport outputs, but could not drive 4k screens, and had major issues driving 4 1920x1080 screens. My GTX750TI at home was more powerful and drove 4k no problem, and got about 1/3 as much. The only saving grace for my workstation is that it can take up to 64GB of RAM, something consumer machines at the time could not. In my cases I needed every bit of that.

Much of the workstation market is like that, the same CPU performance can be had for 2-3x the price. Alternatively you can get even more cores for the price of a good used car that are not available at the consumer grade. I've heard of ZERO processors wearing out, and I seriously doubt there is anything actually better about the fabrication of a Xeon compared to a consumer CPU. Wanna bet if the workstation SSD's are actually any more reliable?

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