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Comment Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 1) 114

a symbolic algebra coprocessor (via ssh)

That just made my brain hurt. From a technical point of view, there is no real usefulness in having the rPi take part of the computational load off of your main machine (which is the point of a co-processor) to perform these kinds of functions. And, if you're willing to bend over backwards to run something external to your device, then you might as well just use Wolfram Alpha online.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

What really bothers me is it should only take a few lines of code to replace garbage characters that slashdot shows with an ascii code for that character.

The worst is that it looks fine in preview, but the garbage comes out on the post. It's like they're deliberately trying to run off users.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

It wouldn't matter to me if they were Hindu, Jewish, or atheist. What bugs me is when someone doesn't practice what they preach. But religion should play no part in politics, except that hypocrisy is a no-go for me.

Take gay marriage, for example. Government should have no part whatever in marriage. I should not need a license to get married, and why is it all right to discriminate against single people? Why should a married couple earning $50k pay less than a war widow with a child earning the same amount?

If government had no hand in marriage, the "gay marriage" issue would have never come up.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 18

Just because Trump attends a Presbyterian church doesn't make him Christian, it makes him a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trump worships only two things: Himself, and the ancient Greek god Plutus.

I hate it when someone who seems to always go against Jesus' teachings claims to be a Christian.

That goes for all the Republicans, with the possible exception of Carson and perhaps Rubio. Actually I have my doubts about almost all politicians. You know what Christ said about lawyers and the rich, which almost all of the Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and President.

The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Agreed. Remember the three in the furnace who were to be burned alive for refusing to follow the law and bow to the idol. I'm not Hindu, but I would be aghast if they passed a law making it mandatory to eat beef every Saturday.

As to the unicode, that's slashdot's fuckup.

Comment Re:Hillary has... been opposed to single payer (Score 1) 29

You are pants are on fire?

IMO any of the three Democrats would be a better President than any of the Republicans, although there are two or three Republicans that might not fuck up America too badly.

Perhaps the conspiracy was cooked up by her supporters? The insurance companies are the major reason health care is so expensive and ineffective here.

I'm disgusted by the Republican candidates' cowardice and heartlessness when it comes to refugees, and the fact that none have served in the military but are all for going to war. Back in the Vietnam war days those sorts were called "chicken hawks", and you'll find few veterans who can stomach them.

Unless you're rich and white you'd be a fool to vote for any of them.

Comment Re:He she said (Score 1) 592

Not only that, but it flew over it twice. You can clearly see how the bomber made a big oval loop, overlapping exactly twice over Turkey. Thus whatever they were targeting was along that overlapping path that crosses through Turkey. More than likely there were hitting targets right on the border of Turkey or extremely close to it.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

Didn't we elect someone to get us the hell out of some sandy region where everyone hates everyone else

That is exactly what has caused this. Iraq was not nearly stable enough to take over its own security. As soon as the USA pulled out, 100+ former Saddam Hussein military officers formed ISIS. Then in addition to that, Obama funnels weapons to Islamic "moderates" to topple Assad, further destabilizing the region. There's pretty much nothing Obama could have done any worse to inflame the Middle East and result in the formation of ISIS.

Comment Re:it was just too long (Score 5, Interesting) 175

Agreed. Before I even saw the first movie, I said, "I'd rather have a 9-movie series doing The Lord of the Rings rather than 3 long movies about The Hobbit."

I had a couple issues with LOTR - one being Aragorn's "reluctant hero" portrayal in the movie. In the books he knew his lineage and his destiny. He took 5 minutes just saying his name and rolling off his bloodline and claim to the throne. He carried around Narsil for pete's sake.

However, my biggest gripe is totally cutting out the moral lesson LOTR teaches. That was in the form of Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire. Both teach the same lesson (especially the Scouring of the Shire), which is that we are responsible for making the world a better place. It is up to us as individuals to play that role.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 2) 387

NASCAR is intended to be a racing skills competition, not an engineering skills competition. The performance capabilities of the cars are capped in numerous ways so that ostensibly drivers with the best skills accumulate the most points over the season. This is pretty much true of athletic sports too. Take baseball for example. Is it possible to engineer a bat that can hit a ball further than the bats used in MLB? Absolutely. However, not only would that give individual competitors an unfair technological advantage, but it would also damage the historical aspect of the sport and any attempts to try and compare the performance of modern athletes to those that played 100 years ago.

Finally, NASCAR is raced in oval tracks that are more spectator friendly than F1. For example, the Martinsville track was built in 1948. The cars must be capped in a number of ways to limit the risk to spectators who are much closer to the track (and in some tracks, the spectators surround every inch of the entire track).

Real programs don't eat cache.