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Comment: Re:it always amazes me (Score 1) 339

by Agripa (#49350375) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Utter BS, because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. America has no credibility in nuclear weapons, especially now that US (and tis minions UK and France) failed to uphold the Budapest Memorandum of Understanding, in which they promised inviolable territorial integrity for the Ukraine, in exchange for Kiev giving up her 2,500 strong (!) stockpile of USSR-inherited nukes.

Have you read the Budapest Memorandum? It is not long:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/...

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.

The US has not invaded Ukraine.

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

The US has not threatened Ukraine.

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.

The US has not used economic coercion on Ukraine.

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.

The US brought the invasion of Ukraine up with the UNSC:

http://www.rferl.org/content/u...

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm, in the case of the Ukraine, their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, except in the case of an attack on themselves, their territories or dependent territories, their armed forces, or their allies, by such a state in association or alliance with a nuclear weapon state.

The US has not used nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments.

I am sure the US has consulted with the other nations listed.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Agripa (#49309227) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

When I was involved in election monitoring in SoCal, they tallied neither the write in candidates nor the third party candidates on the ballot which had the beneficial effect as far as the two major parties are concerned of making sure the Libertarians and Greens and other third parties would have to requalify for the ballot for every election.

As far as write in candidates, as far as I know they have to qualify for the ballot ahead of time just like any other candidate in order to be counted.

And as someone else pointed out, the electors can choose whoever they want.

Comment: Re:We desperately need unflashable firmwares (Score 1) 120

by Agripa (#49303459) Attached to: Persistent BIOS Rootkit Implant To Debut At CanSecWest

Part of the change at least for BIOSes stored in Flash EEPROM was that later Flash EEPROM memories implemented internal charge pumps so they could generate their own high voltage source for erasing and programming. Earlier ones required an external high voltage supply and it was that supply which a jumper could control.

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs is the Monkeywrench (Score 1) 114

by Agripa (#49291429) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success

I assume you meant "companies", not "countries", but even this seems really strange to me, at least as an American - under our antitrust laws, they'd have to be insane to put something like that into writing.

That sure stopped Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and eBay from discussing and agreeing to do this in a tangible medium. All they had to put up with is a civil lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Go Dell (Score 1) 385

by Agripa (#49291171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

Most people that work on Laptops spend a lot more then 1K on a system. For a work laptop 1.8-2.5K isn't unreasonable. And they usually last a long time ( >5years ) before they quit working.

Having had an expensive Futitsu Lifebook fail three times during the warranty period and then immediately after as well as all of the design defects in laptops since like inadequate cooling, all I can say is never again. I could have built 3 small form factor desktops with removable storage for the price of that laptop and I would still have them.

If I did have to buy a laptop, I would either go with a refurbished Toughbook or similar or pick up something used from a computer swap meet.

Comment: Re: Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

Solar is displacing fossil energy, so the remaining fossil plants run fewer hours and at lighter load, so there is less opportunity to recoup capital and finance costs.

This goes double for nuclear power plants since they have no incremental fuel costs. One of the reasons utilities are forced to buy from renewable energy sources is to deliberately force nuclear power plants to operate at lower load capacity making them uneconomical.

Comment: Re:Ron Wyden Edward Snowden (Score 1) 107

by Agripa (#49272379) Attached to: Senator: 'Plenty' of Domestic Surveillance We Still Don't Know About

5 seconds later, he'd be arrested for revealing classified information. Then the American people would vilify him as a traitor for letting the terrorists know how they're being watched, and he'd be put on trial for treason. In the end, it would make no difference. Nothing will until the majority of the people actually care and desire to not be spied on.

That would be quite a trick:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 305

by Agripa (#49272259) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

But an arrest record seems to be a big deal in the US and is tracked? Unlike in many other common law countries where an arrest, even with a charge, means *nothing* whatsoever if you are not convicted or charges are dropped, and it cannot be used against you in any way.

Yes, arrest records are tracked and a job application may specifically ask about arrests.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.

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