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Comment: Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (Score 2) 376

by DG (#48158663) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

I doubt I'll have much success in this, but I've tilted and windmills before:

Chemical Weapons are indeed "Weapons of Mass Destruction" - and the key characteristic that makes them so is *indescrimination*.

A straight-up HE bomb (or even a pie-in-the-sky KE weapon) has a known blast radius around its intended target. Pick target, apply Circular Error Probable, apply blast radius, and you now have a circle that pretty accurately defines the amount of damage that weapon will do.

With a Chemical, Nuclear, or Biological weapon, that calculation no longer applies. With each, you get a cloud of contamination whose extent and direction you cannot predict, and - as the contamination is persistant to some degree - you cannot predict the number of unintended exposures to weapon effects after the fact.

A single machine gun, or even a knife, given enough persistance and patience, can indeed kill as many people as any CBRN strike. But unlike the CBRN strike, each person killed will have been done so purpously and with intent - and in the occasion of unintended casualties, those numbers will be small. Not so with a CBRN strike on a military target outside a city, when the wind changes and accidentally contaminates a major populated area..

It is that capability to expose large numbers of non-combatants to weapons effects *indescriminately* from actual combatants that makes these "WMDs"

Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 1) 108

by DG (#47349357) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Indeed.

Print encyclopedias had to be picky about editing, because even edited down they were still 100lbs and took up feet of shelf space.

A digital encyclopedia has no such constraints. It can be a repository for everything, at no cost.

The "not notable" constraint is totally artificial and serves only as an outlet for the petty-minded to exert some small degree of power.

DG

Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 5, Interesting) 108

by DG (#47347741) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Where Wikipedia fails HARD though is the article deletion process.

There are people out there who get a weird thrill from deleting articles.

An article that has been in place for *10 years* can be snuffed out just because a motivated moderator decides it isn't "notable" and sets up a "speedy delete".

Notice 6 months after the fact, try and put it back, and the whole friggin' WORLD descends on you.

Wikipedia is ruled by a group of petty, self-nominated bureaucrats. And the system - as horribly broken as it is - cannot be reformed, because there are too many vested interests who want to see it STAY broken.

 

Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 1) 108

by DG (#47347715) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Let me guess, you're a Wikipedia moderator, right?

It continually amazes me how, in a world where storage is effectively free, where there is literally no cost to hosting articles, that there exist people who seek to suppress knowledge because it doesn't meet their arbitrary standard of "notable".

Give a man the power to say "no", and he says "no" - a lot.

DG

Comment: Re: I'm sorry, could you repeat the question? (Score 1) 76

by DG (#47274285) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

When I lived in Toronto, about a year ago, I had to look hard to find anyone using an Apple or Android phone.

It was all BlackBerry - on the subway, in Starbucks, on the street - BB ruled the roost.

And the BB10 phones are *amazing*. The UI is bar none the best designed for a phone I've ever encountered.

Comment: AMD is actively working on Catalyst Linux (Score 1) 158

by DG (#46989477) Attached to: The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

My 7870 performance on Linux has been getting steadily better. The release schedule is WAY faster than it was and I haven't seen any regressions for a long time.

The last 2 releases tripled performance on Portal - it's over 300 FPS now.

Steam on Linux appears to have lit a fire under AMD and real progress is being made. Shit Just Works now.

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