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Comment Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 208 208

In the old days everyone and their mother complained about the massive memory leaks in firefox, not to mention in all of the extensions you needed to come anywhere close to parity with what we have now. Tab improvement extensions particularly-- remember needing tab mix plus to get undo tab close?

Comment Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 2) 208 208

In what way is it significantly bloated compared to 1,0?

I remember the days where to be usable you needed about 10-20 extensions, and THAT made it a bloated, leaky, hoggish mess; when javascript took the browser to a crawl; and when simple updates (like 1.0 - 1.5, which as I recall primarilly were visual updates and adding a new tab button) took something like a year to come to release. Trust me if you werent there, this is better.

Comment Re:Japanese Paradox (Score 1) 38 38

If this were true, then you could stimulate the economy by giving everyone a $10 tax break on the condition that they give that money to someone else.

The only way it works, is if rather than giving the money, they use it to purchase some good or service-- that is, value added to the economy. Simply moving money around doesnt cut it, there has to be something that you're exchanging the money for.

Otherwise, we would have our ditch diggers use spoons, and have workmen build highrises without the assistance of cranes. Sure, it would take them forever to put a building up, but think of the employment opportunities! Except that the actual goods produced by our economy would drastically fall if we approached industry in this way and we would cease to be economically competitive with other countries.

Comment Re:I never pretended it would help for a long time (Score 1) 185 185

You spin and cool your weapons, and make them as reflective as practical and this system won't do any damage

I've never seen anyone agree with this assessment who has professed knowledge of the subject. The issue is that lasers still dump a lot of energy, which starts to mar the mirror really incredibly fast. 2.5kW of energy is like applying a soldering iron tip to the mirror, which rapidly (1s) causes it to mar and become useless. Not only that, atmospheric pollutants, water droplets, grease-- anything-- will make that part of the mirror useless. Applying mirrors to your turrets? Good luck keeping them clean with all of the gunsmoke coming out of them.

Meanwhile the defender has the burden of carrying all of this extra weight (not really feasible with aircraft, seacraft, or missiles) and trying desperately to keep it clean in battlefield conditions, plus all of the added expense for an armor that is, at best, marginally useful.

If your enemy is having to adopt incredibly expensive, incredibly hard to maintain, and marginally effective countermeasures to your weapon, then your weapon is doing its job. It really doesnt matter whether you blow up 10 of the enemy's ships, or whether their countermeasures have meant they could build 10 fewer ships; the outcome is the same.

Comment Re:Is that even correct ? (Score 1) 185 185

Because a 2.5kW laser is still sufficient to burn things, and once the mirror starts to lose reflectance it will start down a path of exponentially reducing reflectance.

That is,
0.0s - 0.1s: 95% reflectance
0.1s - 0.2s: 90% reflectance
0.2s - 0.3s: 80% reflectance
0.3s - 0.4s: 60%
0.4s - 0.5s: 20%

Etc. Source: Numbers are made up and hypothetical.

Comment Re: USA in good company... (Score 1) 649 649

I guess you're so unwilling to understand the opposing view point that you're perfectly ready to believe in a caricature of it. The person you responded to is an AC, clearly setting up a strawman, and has baited several of you into attacking it.

Congrats to the AC, you've successfully trolled several people in this thread.

Comment Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649 649

He's going to die eventually, and he thinks he's going to paradise.

If he were correct, then the thing he did would not be a wrong.

Obviously we believe he is incorrect, and that what he did WAS wrong, and as justice relies on a concept of proportionality, death seems like the appropriate response.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln

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