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  1. Comment on SpaceX refused to move their Starlink satellite when they were alerted to the risk of collision with ESA's Aeolus satellite in ~space

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    One interesting thing I saw on Twitter from one of the people I get most of my satellite tracking/TLE info from is that, since SpaceX are apparently currently deorbiting the satellite, there could...

    One interesting thing I saw on Twitter from one of the people I get most of my satellite tracking/TLE info from is that, since SpaceX are apparently currently deorbiting the satellite, there could be a huge margin of error in the TLEs that ESA were using.

    As a result of that possibility and the fact that we haven't heard from SpaceX about this at all, I'm currently withholding my judgement until we hear directly from them about what happened (especially since we have no actual context on what the SpaceX reply to the ESA actual said).

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  2. Comment on Kurzgesagt - The Egg in ~humanities

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    This got me to decide to go back to Andy's writing site to read the original version of The Egg, and I ended up reading some of his other short stories for the first time. Highly recommend...

    This got me to decide to go back to Andy's writing site to read the original version of The Egg, and I ended up reading some of his other short stories for the first time. Highly recommend checking it out to anyone around here.

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  3. Comment on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review in ~tech

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    Absolutely, I still use an iPhone 6s, and I love that Apple provides support for so long. Although, at $1,200 for an XS Max I think Apple is still pushing it with most customers, especially those...

    Absolutely, I still use an iPhone 6s, and I love that Apple provides support for so long. Although, at $1,200 for an XS Max I think Apple is still pushing it with most customers, especially those who prefer to upgrade relatively often. Those customers have kept their sales up for over a decade now, and I think their recent sales/earnings show that that is falling off a bit with the crazy prices.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review in ~tech

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    Flagship phones in general have gone completely crazy on pricing in the last few years. Apple seems to be realizing this with their sales projections, and I can't help but think that there's going...

    This thing is crazy expensive for a phone that likely won't get updated software for more than two years.

    Flagship phones in general have gone completely crazy on pricing in the last few years. Apple seems to be realizing this with their sales projections, and I can't help but think that there's going to be a reckoning for all of the big players within the next few years.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Taiwan can win a war with China in ~misc

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    This is a bit of an older article (from 2018), but I was directed to it today from HN and thought that it was a really interesting look at Taiwan's situation and the general situation of a...

    This is a bit of an older article (from 2018), but I was directed to it today from HN and thought that it was a really interesting look at Taiwan's situation and the general situation of a military trying to defend itself from a larger opponent in modern warfare.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on AMD EPYC 7002 Series Rome Delivers a Knockout in ~comp

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    Highly recommend reading that Anandtech review to anyone who's interested in this stuff. They did a really solid job of going through all of the performance comparisons to the Naples EPYC chips...

    Highly recommend reading that Anandtech review to anyone who's interested in this stuff. They did a really solid job of going through all of the performance comparisons to the Naples EPYC chips and Intel's current highest offerings.

    They had this gem at the end, too:

    For those with little time: at the high end with socketed x86 CPUs, AMD offers you up to 50 to 100% higher performance while offering a 40% lower price. Unless you go for the low end server CPUs, there is no contest: AMD offers much better performance for a much lower price than Intel, with more memory channels and over 2x the number of PCIe lanes. These are also PCIe 4.0 lanes. What if you want more than 2 TB of RAM in your dual socket server? The discount in favor of AMD just became 50%.

    Never thought I'd see anyone saying that about AMD just a few years ago in 2016.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on “We are essentially the ships that the Navy forgot”: As tensions heat up in the Persian Gulf, the US Navy’s minesweeping fleet may be too old and broken to do their job in ~news

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    This is by far the best thing I've read today. Simultaneously true and hilariously worded. Kudos to you @vakieh.

    their idea of asymmetric warfare is that if they have to wage it then by god they'll make it the most asymmetric war that was ever fought.

    This is by far the best thing I've read today. Simultaneously true and hilariously worded. Kudos to you @vakieh.

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  8. Comment on Backblaze Hard Drive Stats, Q2 2019 in ~comp

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    I almost made the drive to Sacramento to grab one, but I didn't end up being able to make it. Had some storage wants recently that really make me wish I had been able to. And, yeah, it's really...

    I almost made the drive to Sacramento to grab one, but I didn't end up being able to make it. Had some storage wants recently that really make me wish I had been able to.

    And, yeah, it's really too bad that people got them and flipped them. Definitely seems against the spirit of what it felt like Backblaze was going for.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on NASA research reveals Saturn is losing its rings at "worst-case-scenario" rate in ~science

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    I guess we should all be glad that we live in what sounds like the ~400m year window where Saturn has these magnificent rings. In my opinion, few things in our solar system match Saturn's beauty,...

    I guess we should all be glad that we live in what sounds like the ~400m year window where Saturn has these magnificent rings. In my opinion, few things in our solar system match Saturn's beauty, especially since Saturn and its rings are so easily visible with slightly above backyard-grade telescopes.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Rome is the fulcrum of AMD's Datacenter Pivot in ~comp

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    Excited to see AMD improve their share in both the CPU and GPU sides of the datacenter/hyperscaling market. Hopefully they'll be able to drag Intel and Nvidia's prices in those areas down.

    Excited to see AMD improve their share in both the CPU and GPU sides of the datacenter/hyperscaling market. Hopefully they'll be able to drag Intel and Nvidia's prices in those areas down.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on A Texas Police Officer Trying To Shoot A Loose Dog Killed A Woman Instead in ~news

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    I know it probably won't happen, which pisses me off just as much as it always does. You're definitely right about this. Many of the officer recruitment tactics I've seen seem almost purpose-built...

    addendum: there's also approximately no chance he gets charged for this. police unions are strong, public sympathies stronger. worse people get off for worse crimes committed with a badge and a uniform.

    I know it probably won't happen, which pisses me off just as much as it always does.

    people who become police officers are also often people who are kinda trigger happy to begin with

    You're definitely right about this. Many of the officer recruitment tactics I've seen seem almost purpose-built to attract people who feel like they need a gun and a brotherhood to get any respect in the world. In general, it seems like US policing places the safety of the officer above the safety of the public, which, in my mind, is rather silly, especially since we like to go on about how our law enforcement are putting their lives on the line for us.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on A Texas Police Officer Trying To Shoot A Loose Dog Killed A Woman Instead in ~news

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    So I wasn't sure I wanted to watch the video after reading the article, but I just did. That officer had better be charged with, at the very least, involuntary manslaughter. His first reaction to...

    So I wasn't sure I wanted to watch the video after reading the article, but I just did. That officer had better be charged with, at the very least, involuntary manslaughter.

    His first reaction to a dog running towards him (while there was still easily fifteen yards between him and the dog) was to pull out his gun and fire three shots while backpedaling quickly, with those shots being in the general direction of an unarmed civilian.

    As always, I completely fail to understand how this man and others as willing to use lethal force at the drop of a hat as he clearly was become police officers.

    13 votes
  13. Comment on Preserving Laptop Stickers on MacBooks in ~tech

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    Hey, didn't realize you were a user on here! Thanks for the information. Loved your post, here's hoping the Kickstarter gets fully funded.

    Hey, didn't realize you were a user on here! Thanks for the information. Loved your post, here's hoping the Kickstarter gets fully funded.

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  14. Comment on This Week In Election Night, 2020 (Week 19) in ~news

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    I really like the look of that top 7, but I kinda want to see Yang make it up into the range for an 8th slot. I think that he could be good in the same way Bernie did us good in 2016 by dragging...

    I really like the look of that top 7, but I kinda want to see Yang make it up into the range for an 8th slot. I think that he could be good in the same way Bernie did us good in 2016 by dragging new topics into the spotlight.

    Around primary time, I really hope that those who fall behind drop out and endorse whoever is towards the front (hopefully it'll be Warren, I think Biden would be a disaster).

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Private Space Race Targets Greenhouse Gas Emitters in ~space

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    I agree that timelines will certainly slip from the super optimistic state they're in now, but they're moving fast with Starship. They went from "we're switching to stainless steel" to "our water...

    I agree that timelines will certainly slip from the super optimistic state they're in now, but they're moving fast with Starship. They went from "we're switching to stainless steel" to "our water tower flew" in ~6 months, and the hulls of the two prototypes are nearing completion. I think that it's not unreasonable to expect a first suborbital flight by the end of this year or beginning of next year.

  16. Comment on Private Space Race Targets Greenhouse Gas Emitters in ~space

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    I'm excited to see where the access to easy and relatively cheap access to smallsat launches takes us, as there's a ton of applications (like the ones discussed in this article) that have always...

    I'm excited to see where the access to easy and relatively cheap access to smallsat launches takes us, as there's a ton of applications (like the ones discussed in this article) that have always been prohibitively expensive before.

    Hopefully we'll be able to have all of these without increasing our already significant space junk issues. If they're kept to reasonably low orbits they should decay quickly enough not to be an issue. Assuming SpaceX gets Starship flying before too long, I wonder if they'll do massive rideshares to LEO for applications like this and Starlink.

  17. Comment on The Nanosheet Transistor Is the Next (and Maybe Last) Step in Moore’s Law in ~tech

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    The EUV tech that makes sub-7nm process nodes possible is astronomically expensive as things stand, so I doubt that that will make it to consumer or even small/medium business level hardware...

    The EUV tech that makes sub-7nm process nodes possible is astronomically expensive as things stand, so I doubt that that will make it to consumer or even small/medium business level hardware anytime soon.

    As an armchair observer, I'll be interested to see if anyone starts offering easy/cheap custom chip fabrication at the 20-100nm range in the same way that people started offering simple custom PCB fabrication not too too long ago. I'll also be interested to see fundamentally different types of computing hardware pop up, such as some of the weird digital/analog crosses I've seen in research about neural network accelerators (essentially, neuron-like structures that can accelerate neural networks by taking into account amplitude and other factors that a digital chip can't deal with).

    3 votes