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Comment Yes these 3-4 people did (Score -1, Troll) 214

And those 3-4 people lied to us, everytime. Always. They still do on CNN, Fox, NYT; WaPo etc.
But by now we also have more people telling us about the news. Yes there is more chaos now, but there is also more truth.

E.g. all the mainstream news about Syria. About how the poor people of Aleppo were bombed by the evil Russians, massacred by the monstrous syrian army. Was shown on every one of the mentioned 3-4 news channels.

All lies.

So good riddance to those 3-4 people from Fox, CNN, NYT, WaPo and fuck them sideways.

Comment Re:What a load of crock (Score 1) 115

One can debate if it's WoW that should depict computer games. Personally I would have chosen Pong oder PacMan, probably Pong.
But computer gaming has redefined the world, for better or worse.

MP3 did change the world cause it was first. Just like the cars 100 years ago changed the world, even when a horse and buggy was waayyy more practical and faster and cheaper then. Mrs. Benz' car was simply shit when she made her historical drive to relatives, but the concept of cars changed the world. Same with MP3s. AAC is irrelevant: one in a long string of different forgettable formats. MP3 was the first psychoacoustic format unlike mp2, where you leave out stuff that doesn't matter subjectively, same as with all our video codecs. The only competitor there is JPEG, which IIRC was before MP3, another lossy format. Only that crucial innovation allows us to have digital media across a network, medialibraries in our pockets, etc.

Tho there should have been a few other inventions, more important than all the consumer facing things. Like COBOL, like spreadsheets. Stuff that changed society behind the curtain but changed it nevertheless. But it's easier to bring in people and especially kids going to the museum (schoolchildren who have to go to a educational day trip) with consumer and especially kid facing technologies. They can relate to WoW, better than to Pong, and COBOL ist totally alien to every one of them and therefore booooring.

Comment Re:Messed up morality (Score 1) 168

You seriously think patent trolls are as bad as genocide? Slavery? Premeditated murder?

You are claiming I've wrote things I didn't write. That is another evil, not pure evil tho.
Genocide: the people at Wannsee Conference very clearly and methodically planned genocide, planning similarly to patent trolls: pure evil
Slavery: slavers also reason it all out how to do it so they can keep other humans in perpetual slavery. More pure evil
Premeditated murder: another thing where someone carefully and rationally plans out an evil deed. Yet another pure evil

Raping and murdering a girl: even when the person actually plans carefully and all, e.g. a serial killer, he is still totally batshit insane and does it for insane reasons. Or the person does it at a whim of sorts, not planning not caring for the consequences. Evil and of course stupid, but not pure evil.

Pure evil requires forethought and actualy knowledge, before the deed, to know it's evil. "I do a bad, evil thing, but I do it anyways and to the best of my abilities I do this evil thing". That's pure evil instead of normal evil.

Comment Re:Is THAT really "pure evil"? (Score 4, Interesting) 168

I kinda disagree.
A murdering rapist is a totally batshit crazy insane individual. So far off the reservation there is not even a planet in sight. No standard of behaviour can be expected from such a person. Probably cannot really comprehend what he's doing.

A patent troll however is a totally sane and calculating individual according to any textbook. However he does his actions anyways. That is pure evil.

Batshit crazy vs. pure evil.

Comment Re:Yeah right... (Score 1) 182

No. Intel fabbing advantage has been shrinking lately. Back when Intel was doing 22nm, everyone else was still at 28/32nm for 2 years or so, if not longer due to skipping 22nm by others, before they caught up with Intel tech.

Right now, Intel is at 14nm while the competitors (mainly smartphone CPUs) are too. AMD took ages to get away from 28nm, only doing it now with Ryzen due to their abysmal CPU design probably.
So ~2012 Intel was way ahead. Nowadays the competitors took longer to get to 14/16nm than Intel, but they are still there at the same time as Intel. Intel of course touts "we have smaller gate lengths than the others!". It might even be true, but they still have lost advantage. Back then when they had the advantage, they didn't make 4 CPUs from the same process either: the did a brutal, fast tick-tock model shocking everyone. As the article itself touts: smaller structures still give you monetary advantage: you can produce more chips per same wafer. So the correct way to maximizse profits would still be to use the smaller process if you can. And Intel can't.

Comment Re:...discontinued Google TV. (Score 1) 161

It's normal Android ransomware. "Good" ransomware doesn't care on what Android it runs, be it your phone, tablet, TV, smartwatch or car: it's all the same system, same API. Since that old software in this old TV never got any security updates by the manufacturer, it was probably much easier to root for the malware to install itself very deepy into the system too.

Comment Yeah right... (Score 3, Insightful) 182

Moore's Law isn't dead, that's why Intel already has the 3rd 14nm CPU family and is planning another one, Coffee Lake, in 14 nm before moving on to 10nm.
Intel isn't making 4 different CPU families on 14nm cause the process works so well and is so cheap.

First 14nm, Broadwell, was released 2014, released abysmally late and very underperforming, and the first 10nm is expected to be released 1h 2018. They may sample a few trial wafers in 2017, but there won't be a chip sold. 4 years is not what Moore's Law promised back then, and the Tick-Tock model is totally dead and buried as well.

This IEEE Spectrum rag sounds worse like Popular Mechanic with that much paid cheerleading bullshit.

Comment Not quite (Score 5, Interesting) 113

Cyanogen Inc. the company is dead and bankrupt. Good riddance. This has of course repercussions for the community project cyanogenmod as well. Especially for the name "cyanogen" itself, which belongs to the company but also infrastructure like servers which were used by the community project.
But the people behind cyanogenmod, the ones doing the actual work for many phones, not the guys who wanted to simply sell that work, will continue:

A quote from a blog entry at
"Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently."

So the name cyanogen/cyanogenmod is dead, the project itself is hopefully not.

Comment Irrelevant (Score 2) 37

Bittorrent will not supplant current methods. The transmission costs are marginal. What costs the real money are the right to transmit, ie. licensing fees. Only for "free" content, the transmission costs matter, things like youtube or as here, public channels, shopping channels, etc. ie where the content is free or pretty much worthless.
Besides: streaming via bittorrent exists for quite some time now, but as all things bittorrent which is at the actual technical edge, it's streaming illegal content: Popcorn Time streams movies, tv shows, etc. for at least 2 years now.

Comment Duh! (Score 5, Insightful) 185

Any soviet defector will be in contact with US intelligence aka FBI until the rest of his life, even if he never ever sees them or speaks to them
That's their fscking JOB to monitor former agents of another country. So Snowden has no influence whatsoever that he is under permanent surveillance of a counterintelligence agency. Snowden telling them "I was subcontracted to the NSA" is "intelligence", nothing surprising about that.

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