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Posts by Yossarian

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  • Time to bring back the USFL?

    11/20/2017 9:38:21 AM PST · 20 of 53
    Yossarian to gdzla
    Another FRreeper (don't remember who) made an excellent point a few weeks ago when they said that the problem is culturally fundamental. I'll take their point and elaborate a bit.

    Culturally, the players have gone in one direction since middle school when their talent was discovered. Likewise, the fan-base has gone off culturally in another direction, again starting in middle school when we make our first steps to prepare ourselves for college, skilled trades, military, police, etc.

    Add on top of that, the cultural isolation of the "1%" who actually can afford to start up teams. Along with them goes their flunkies, the Ivy League MBAs that run the advertiser and broadcast media companies.

    So in a nutshell, the problems with the NFL reflect the current mess of things in America.

    Could you

    • crowdsource a football league,
    • televise it over the internet,
    • sponsor it by local Mom & Pop businesses, and
    • establish firm limits on how players comport themselves on and off the field?
    Maybe. Add in new helmet designs to combat brain injury, and you might have the start of a "minor league" that the fanbase actually cares about.

    But to try to simply recreate the USFL, as it was, would not do anything to change the fundamentals.

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 12:01:09 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    Yossarian to steve86
    People still see the commercials, on Fox News, for example. Them’s the big pickles. Why pay the cable company for delivering the content (including commercials) on one wire when you can get it free on another wire (or wireless)?

    Because that's the content provider's CHOICE AND BUSINESS PLAN.

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 11:37:40 AM PDT · 20 of 27
    Yossarian to deadrock
    These add-ons are constantly shape-shifting, renaming and tossing around responsibility for the coding and maintenance, explicitly because they support piracy, and hence keep on getting sued and shut down.

    You know that, as is obvious from your approving post regarding new sources appearing that a quick web search shows are piracy scrapers. I know about the general subject area, because my - quite expensive to develop - software often gets cracked and stolen by morally repugnant turds.

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 11:27:30 AM PDT · 18 of 27
    Yossarian to deadrock

    But that’s not what you’re pushing, is it?

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 11:24:22 AM PDT · 16 of 27
    Yossarian to deadrock
    So, you admit that this is a system for piracy, but you guide fellow FReepers on how to get started with said piracy?

    A lot of us make our home payments and pay our bills by creating electronic content - be it movies, TV shows, software, photography, whatever.

    Guiding people on how to pirate content - on a website dedicated to doing the right and moral thing, of all places - is reprehensible.

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 10:58:26 AM PDT · 7 of 27
    Yossarian to deadrock
    Covenant replaced Exodus. KODI is just fine.

    Come on, man - Covenant is a website scraper that works to serve up pirated content. Its streams are often blocked by ISPs for just that reason.

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 10:49:26 AM PDT · 5 of 27
    Yossarian to dfwgator
    Nothing from Hollywood these days is worth my time nor my money.


    I turned on my TV for the first time in a month, and watched a bit of "The Grand Tour" (Jeremy Clarkson's car show on Amazon Prime after he broke free of the Beeb). Had good political incorrectness, but two episodes was enough.

    After that, I looked at what else was being offered, either on broadcast (no cable for me) or other Amazon Prime shows... and said "eh". Turned it back off for a month.

    (Note: Amazon Prime's show on the 24 Hours of LeMans was very good. "The Man in the High Castle" had its moments, but was too slowly paced.)

  • Roku Bans XTV - Why & Will it Come Back? We Answer Your Questions

    10/22/2017 10:39:19 AM PDT · 3 of 27
    Yossarian to V K Lee

    XTV was, from what I can tell, a piracy station. Tubi TV appears legit - some IPTV offshoot of Lionsgate (so they understand the need to properly license their offerings).

    (Saying the following to pirates, not to you, V K Lee):

    If you want to see content...
    ...PAY FOR IT!!!

    Remember the Ten Commandments?!?

  • Joe Scarborough comes clean, admits the press “was pretty damn hostile” to Hillary Clinton

    09/23/2017 8:56:18 AM PDT · 18 of 40
    Yossarian to Trump20162020
  • Mexico Eartquake Map ( not a single after shock since 7.1)

    09/19/2017 11:08:17 PM PDT · 10 of 72
    Yossarian to txrefugee
    God’s wrath for the acceptance of homosexuality.

    ....and abortion and most of all, forgetting Him.

    And I guess all those earthquakes we had when we were not so enamored of homosexuality and were more religious were because..... what again?

    Get a grip, people - it's plate tectonics at work. Be happy we have shifting plates, as it means we have a live, molten iron core, which rotates, producing a big magnetic field, which keeps the sun from blowing away our rich atmosphere despite our relatively low gravity.

    And yes, I love God. I love Him so I work on studying His Creation.

  • Oracle Hiring 5,000 for Cloud Business in Race With Salesforce

    09/11/2017 8:50:17 AM PDT · 2 of 6
    Yossarian to 2ndDivisionVet

    I have friends at Oracle. This news is not to be trusted. It is largely PR distraction to put out while Oracle lays off thousands resulting from discontinuing Sparc hardware and Solaris software. (In other words, Sun is finally dead.)

  • Catholics Rising: A Major Event Coming Soon [Catholic Caucus]

    09/10/2017 6:34:27 PM PDT · 11 of 34
    Yossarian to LittleBillyInfidel
    Moderator, do you want to address this publicly or are the scriptures of Christ too offensive to Catholics?

    The thread is marked in the title as "[Catholic Caucus]".

    That means it is for Catholic comment only.

    As a non-Catholic(*), I find that easy enough to understand. Why don't you?

    (* : Yes, I know, that means that this post itself might get yanked...)

  • "legends never die…Shawty Lo Forever."

    09/09/2017 5:21:09 PM PDT · 5 of 32
    Yossarian to rovenstinez
    Glad he won’t be writing any more music.

    I'm pretty sure whatever he was writing before he departed for the afterlife could never be called "music"...

  • Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

    07/29/2017 4:33:26 PM PDT · 25 of 53
    Yossarian to Swordmaker
    Does anyone think that Apple should poke their corporate thumb in the Chinese government's (or any government's) eye and NOT remove those apps, when ordered to do so by the appropriate authorities?

    Back when I was working for Apple in the late 80s / early 90s, we were DAMN PROUD that Mac-based "Desktop Publishing" solutions played a key part in helping get out the REAL NEWS in the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, helping to disintegrate the evil axis!

    Your fanboi instincts have taken you completely around the bend.

  • 3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

    07/26/2017 5:52:23 PM PDT · 18 of 23
    Yossarian to Fiddlstix
    Why? What about all those bread crumbs floating around in the weightless environment? Who needs it?

    Actually, this is a VERY valid topic, and I was about to bring it up myself.

    Bread Crumbs were exactly what happened when John Young pulled out one from his spacesuit in Gemini 3. The crumbs can then get into equipment, or be inhaled, or get into astronaut's eyes.

    Outer space is a real pain-in-the-ass environment.

  • Opinion: AMD puts Intel in the crosshairs with fast-and-cheap Threadripper chip

    07/20/2017 7:47:05 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Yossarian to Ernest_at_the_Beach
    I thought the EPRC was available now. Way more cores if the software will take advantage.

    Indeed EPYC is available, and has been reviewed. The thing I don't like about it (on my first take) is that single-core performance really gets trounced by the latest Xeon, and another generation of Xeon is about to get launched.

    My needs for this workstation are to run some design software that can sometimes be sped up by multi-core, but for other segments is bottlenecked by single-core performance.

    Also, my budget is not really ready for either Xeon or EPYC prices! At most, that upcoming iMac Pro, starting at $5000 for a Xeon-based all-in-one, might be justifiable. Then again, that won't be available until December, which means in reality, February....

    This makes me think Threadripper may be the "sweet spot" - provided I can drive a system based on it hard (i.e. thermal reliability) and the system has ECC RAM (so my designs don't have deadly flaws sneak in due to data corruption).

  • Please pray for my Dad [Update: 430 - Dad has passed away]

    07/20/2017 7:20:46 PM PDT · 449 of 517
    Yossarian to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    I'm so sorry for your loss, TSR. I lost my Dad almost exactly a year ago, so perhaps I can relate a bit, FRiend.

    Prayers out, and a reminder that although the next few months will be hard, it will slowly get a bit better. May your father rest in peace, his soul comforted by our loving Father.

  • H-1B visa applicants being diverted to O visa: US Senator

    07/20/2017 4:07:48 PM PDT · 42 of 53
    Yossarian to Mr. Jeeves
    If they can find somebody cheap and young or an H1B to do it, fine - but they don't feel overpaying hoary, old experts in a discipline that likely isn't the company's core competency really buys them anything. In most firms, IT has failed to make the case to the business side that it is worth the money it wants.

    It is good to have the cockroaches on FR identified. Your post did exactly that.

    You are saying that it is fine to have American experts - who have taken years of work and often hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment to develop that expertise - get their economic worth wiped out by flooding the labor market. Those flooding the market don't serve in our military, don't hold American values, and have a massive predisposition to only hiring men (not women!) of their own nationality.

    So again, thanks for outing yourself, cockroach!

  • Opinion: AMD puts Intel in the crosshairs with fast-and-cheap Threadripper chip

    07/20/2017 1:36:05 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    Yossarian to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    I need to build an engineering workstation / compute server ASAP, hence the recently renewed battle between AMD and Intel interests me greatly. In particular, I’m looking at the Intel i9x-7900 vs. the (soon to release) AMD Ryzen Threadripper (12 core or 16 core), or in a less-likely case, the latest Intel Xeon vs. AMD Epyc.

    The Intel i9X has better instructions-per-cycle (IPC) - and the fact that it is available NOW - going for it. However, it has no support for ECC RAM, and it is made with a cheaper, less reliable heat extraction system (Thermal paste vs. soldering). It is more expensive, too, but within a few hundred dollars, I’m willing to overlook that.

    Threadripper has ECC support and will use soldering, making for better heat extraction from the device when under full load. However, has lower IPC than the i9X, and it isn’t available NOW.

    I’m going to be driving this server HARD when I need to, and since the results will be going into chip designs, the results had better NOT BE CORRUPTED. That’s why I’m going to try to wait a few months for the Threadripper systems to become available.

    Competition is a great thing!

  • This is the Strangest Idea Ever for a Spacecraft Propulsion System: Ferrofluids

    07/14/2017 4:05:54 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    Yossarian to BenLurkin

    Go Michigan Tech! The only school I know of that has its own shooting ranges!