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Comment: Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (Score 1) 171

That you know how it works doesn't change the fact that you didn't actually implement it as a solution for China's air pollution before he did.

Of course I didn't. I don't live in China. I live in a country that enforces air purity laws. It's a blindingly obvious solution to a problem I don't have.

Comment: Re:Enabling wasteful spending on SLS? (Score 1) 114

by Areyoukiddingme (#47570755) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Maybe someone else can comment on this, but it looks like SLS will be more expensive and costly than anything else, giving us less for more money. Why even waste time developing this when we can use SpaceX, the Deltas, Atlas and so on, perhaps human rated versions of these.

Because national security.

Thiokol makes the solid fuel for the Shuttle and SLS solid fueled boosters. They make that same fuel for ICBMs. ICBMs have to be periodically replaced. Using NASA's budget is a way to hide some defense spending by paying Thiokol to work on civilian space, when really the point is to maintain the active skill in chemistry and manufacturing to be able to make new ICBMs. ICBMs don't have to be replaced often enough. Thiokol did their work too well, and met the Air Force requirements for shelf life. Shuttle and SLS make sure people who know how to make ICBM fuel don't wander off.

Comment: Re:Not looking good (Score 2) 156

by Areyoukiddingme (#47563043) Attached to: The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

I'm usually against but-the-book rants in movies but I definitely agree on this. I gave up on the hobbit series being plausibly good as soon as I saw preview footage involving Radagast the Brown.

Fucking rabbit sleigh ride. That was unconscionable.

I'll take the Battle of Five Armies, and I'll take the Extended Super Collector's Director's Edition WTF 95 Hour version too. It's all fine. Peter Jackson can knock himself out.

And then I will download the Kerr fanedit that takes all that footage and makes it reasonably match the book. No pathetic attempt at elf-dwarf romance, no whacky dragon chase scenes, no orc invasion of Lake Town, no running fight down the river, no motherfucking rabbit sleighs. And no whatever stupid shit they feel obliged to stick into Battle of the Five Armies.

There will probably be an hour and forty five minutes of footage left. One solid Tolkein movie. And that's how it should be.

Comment: Re:Kill SLS (Score 1) 132

by Areyoukiddingme (#47540059) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

...and the recent annoucement of layoffs there does not bode well.

It bodes quite well. It was the end of a review period and it was less than 5% of the work force. Specifically, the ones who really weren't cutting it. SpaceX has stated they expect to end the year with a 20% increase in head count, even after this week's trimming. In other words, they're choosy about who works for them. Not especially news. They wouldn't be doing what they're doing if their hiring practices worked any other way.

Comment: Re:wat (Score 1) 227

by Areyoukiddingme (#47539703) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Sigh... Sometimes I don't know why I bother posting on /. anymore.

Probably because you're a bloviating idiot who thought the death blow of your argument was 1/3, which is rational. Yes, I CAN produce a formula which is precisely and exactly pi: C/D. Having an infinite number of decimal digits does not make pi infinite. Represent it any of several other ways and no infinite series appears.

I suggest you listen to and watch a musician's description.

I'll be here waiting so you can prove me wrong.

Done and done.

Comment: Re:I still don't get it. (Score 2) 227

by Areyoukiddingme (#47527217) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Why is everyone so uncomfortable with the idea that something can be lost forever?

Because no one has figured out how to get the equations of quantum mechanics to work in only one direction without breaking them. And those equations are on really solid ground at this point, or your CPU wouldn't work.

If we're exceptionally lucky, rationalizing quantum mechanics and general relativity will finally reveal what time is and why everything in the universe appears to only proceed in one 'direction' in time. Don't hold your breath though. It's going to take a very strange kind of mind to figure that out, and such minds that are still in contact with reality are difficult to come by.

It just strikes me as fatuous and arrogant that humans think the universe has to work a certain rational, logical, way...

The equations of quantum mechanics work really well. The equations of relativity work really well. Plug either into the other and you get nonsense.

Anybody paying attention could conclude the universe doesn't work in a certain rational logical way.

Comment: Re:wat (Score 1) 227

by Areyoukiddingme (#47527081) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

They certainly do! It's just not something you can model perfectly. And just because we can't create a perfect model - or completely understand a thing or concept doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

You got that backwards. A perfect circle is perfectly described with pi, which is irrational, not infinite. It's something you can model perfectly, because you can use this creature called pi in your equation, but it's not something you can manufacture perfectly since even if you're capable of Planck-scale manufacturing, you can't do sub-Planck-scale manufacturing, and there ends your quest for perfection.

Generally speaking the models are much more perfect than reality.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 778

I'm your shareholder. And I have a zero tolerance for drunk bozos who drive the company into the ground that I own.

Oh what a wonderful fantasy world you live in. Where is this mythical responsible shareholder holding the feet of executives to the fire?


Fund managers are the only shareholders that get a seat at the table. YOU are not invited. YOU won't make it through the door, with your 150 shares. YOU would be mistaken for the hired help if you dared show up, and told to bring the coffee, because you're obviously not wearing a $3000 suit.

Meanwhile those wearing those suits are very best buds with the executives you would like to dismiss. They all went to the same schools together. They all played on the same sports teams together. They all raped the same cheerleaders together. It's a tight little club, and you aren't in it, so your opinion of executive performance amounts to a hill of beans.

Comment: Re: Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by Areyoukiddingme (#47487523) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

There are now reports of monitored chatter among the separatists where they figured out it was civilian instead of military after the shoot down.

Yup. And you can listen to it yourself here, complete with subtitles.

Slashdot readers who speak English and Russian are invited to comment on the quality of the translation.

Comment: Re:Why fly over a war zone? (Score 1) 752

by Areyoukiddingme (#47478007) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

So why do all the media call the SU-25 a fighter? Maybe it's just standard incompetence and ignorance, but you should always ask "cui bono?"

I'm going with standard ignorance and incompetence on this one. SU-27 is just too much like SU-25. Editing is haaaard.</whine> Witness the valiant (and consistently failed efforts) of our very own Slashdot editors.

Comment: Re:Slew of missing business applications (Score 1) 171

by Areyoukiddingme (#47472081) Attached to: Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

So there is no way that guest can use these systems to make requests, people still have to call the front desk to get more towels. Guests have no way of knowing about other services the hotel is offering.

Be careful what you wish for. If any one of those companies you named latches on to that idea, they'll create an app that interfaces with their system. And it will demand access to EVERYTHING in your phone, watch everything you do, spam the shit out of your entire contact list, and otherwise do its best to make the NSA look as benign as a curious neighbor.

Likewise for the app they don't just provide to the maid, but demand the maid install.


Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?