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Comment: Re:why he thinks that (Score 1, Troll) 309

by Tailhook (#47439665) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

He "thinks that" because for him, and many many like him, a system that successfully neuters Hamas is very troubling; Iron Dome removes a pain point for Israel and a bargaining chip for Hamas, and Ted Postol and his NPR ilk don't like it. The fact that Israel has created the antidote for Hamas and their ballistic pipe bombs means Israel can exist relatively untroubled, and this reality is so disturbing to these people that they will grasp for and cling to any claim to the contrary.

In the long run they need not worry. This is an arms race and eventually Hamas will be given something better to use. The qassam rockets themselves were just another step in that progression after Israel isolated itself from Gaza suicide bombers with the West Bank wall, another successful and effective Israeli creation that NPR routinely lambastes.

Eventually Hamas will be given new weapons, Israelis will start dying again and all will be well. Until then it's all hands on deck at NPR to downplay and discredit Iron Dome, and if you've got a claim that will convince any of the vast hoard of Israel Derangement Syndrome sufferers that Iron Dome doesn't work, they have the air time.

Israelis have interwebs just as good as you and, unlike the subjects that live in the surrounding dictatorships, theocratic monarchies and failed states, they're allowed to use it. Despite this there is very little video evidence of damage in urban areas and Israeli civilians aren't being killed. Given the quantity of rockets fired and past performance of qassam barrages, it is not possible that the rockets are getting through in large numbers.

"But they're covering up the deaths!!!!1" you say.

Ok, well, the burden is on you to prove your conspiracy based argument then; what's the "real" body count and were are you getting it?

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 490

If you're mixing a lot of stuff on-board devices still fall apart, particularly if you're using a mic. Get an video player running, an MMO, TS/Skype/Mumble/whatever and a couple other things cranking and the on board device will click and pop when you speak, just as they've been doing for years and years.

wrt Soundblaster, I finally had enough of their absurd driver situation in Windows (which rival HP printer drivers for bloat and glitchyness,) their indifferent Linux support and their failure to create a straightforward PCI-E gaming card (at the time I was shopping.) I went with an ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 that uses a cmedia chip for my last build (18-ish months ago) and it's been great. Windows drivers are straightforward and it works in Linux with little drama. I honestly haven't given it a second thought (prior to this post) since I installed it.

I'll stop buying discrete audio when they start soldering audio chips that have full parity with discrete cards onto motherboards. Until then they may as well not bother providing half-ass on board codecs as far as I'm concerned.

+ - Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a post published Monday, Symantec writes that western countries including the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland are currently the victims of an ongoing cyberespionage campaign. The group behind the operation, called Dragonfly by Symantec, originally targeted aviation and defense companies as early as 2011, but in early 2013, they shifted their focus to energy firms. They use a variety of malware tools, including remote access trojans (RATs) and operate during Eastern European business hours. Symantec compares them to Stuxnet except that 'Dragonfly appears to have a much broader focus with espionage and persistent access as its current objective with sabotage as an optional capability if required.'"

Comment: Re:begging the question... (Score 5, Insightful) 304

by Tailhook (#47355469) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

I'm going to call myself a wise skeptic. Someone else provided the missing link to the original story which points out that the plastic volume is derived from a 40+ year old estimate of how much plastic washes into the ocean (0.1%.) This estimate, doubtless taken as an article of faith in the published work, is from a time prior to widespread recycling, the EPA (and its analogs in other industrialized nations) having teeth, bioplastics that are designed to degrade, improved waste management, billions spent on public awareness, sponsored programs such as Adopt-a-Highway and other environmental measures. They disregarded all of that, took the 0.1% figure from a obsolete study, multiplied it by the quantity of plastic being manufactured today ran with the figure.

This stuff is so transparent it's laughable. It deserves ridicule. Instead it's blessed with the benefit of the doubt because the worst case fits the narrative to which you've been trained to adhere.

Comment: Re:begging the question... (Score 2, Insightful) 304

by Tailhook (#47354597) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

maybe there have been vast over estimates of how much was there to begin with

Bingo. The problem probably isn't hippies underestimating the ability of the oceans to consume plastic. The problem is probably just hippies wildly overestimating the quantity of plastic escaping trash collection/recycling systems.

But this simple hypothesis won't be welcome among hippies because it fails to comport with the contaminated planet narrative, so it won't be considered or analyzed, and Obama help anyone among the researchers that dares to suggest it. Instead, theories about contamination of the food web will be indulged and, based on zero actual evidence, the fear mongering has now commenced.

We call this process `science.'

+ - New Earth-like planet may sustain life->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AUSTRALIA — A newly discovered “super-Earth” planet may be able to sustain human life.

The planet, called GJ 832 c, has a mass that is at least five times larger than Earth, but it receives about the same stellar energy as our home planet and may have similar temperatures, according to researchers from the University of New South Wales. It is also relatively close to Earth at 16 light years away, compared to the 100,000 light year expanse of the Milky Way.

The Earth Similarity Index ranks the planet as one of the top three most Earth-like planets, according to the university. The Earth’s perfect ESI score is 1 and the new planet has an ESI of 0.81.

Seasonal shifts on the planet would be extreme, but professor Chris Tinney said in a statement that it could be possible for life to survive on the planet if the atmosphere is similar to Earth. However, he said researchers suspect the planet may have a massive atmosphere that would trap too much heat due to its large mass.

“With an outer giant planet and an interior potentially rocky planet, this planetary system can be thought of as a miniature version of our Solar System,” Tinney said."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Why doesn't Google just buy one of them? (Score 1) 236

by Tailhook (#47351345) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Those companies are a nightmare. GM is a lender and healthcare provider with car manufacturing as a side business. Between the Treasury department, the NLRB and DOT the domestic manufacturers are practically quasi-government, and the part that isn't government is run by employee unions that do their level best to ensure failure every day.

People like Brin and Page want nothing to do with these legacy hell holes. They went to the meeting, got a big whiff of the stench, and walked away.

Comment: Re:and paying the price too (Score 1) 461

by Tailhook (#47316663) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Their solar deployment does successfully shave off a large portion of the the peaks of electrical demand during the the hottest part of the hottest days of the year, which makes for headlines that impress the naive. At all other times solar contribution is somewhere between small and negligible. And yes, this outcome does produce extravagantly expensive electricity.

As for the supposed shutdown of nuclear energy in Germany; Sweden has gone through the same process twice now, once after TMI-2 melted down and again after Chernobyl nailed Sweden with a heavy layer of radioactive isotopes. Initially the sound and fury of anti-nuclear activists in the minor parties in Sweden made a big splash and Sweden was supposed to decommission everything nuclear via public referendum. Eventually, as the practical reality of actually doing that weighed in the policy was set aside and nuclear now has sufficient and growing public support. Support that was apparently unaffected by Fukushima.

The same will happen with Germany; some uneconomic low-hanging fruit was shaken off the tree by Fukushima, and politically easy proclamations about the distant future have been made (similar to 10 year balanced budget plans in the US,) but as the day approaches and the reality of replacing the German nuclear base load supply with Russian gas, gigawatts of domestic coal expansion and French nuclear exports sets in the policy will probably be set aside.

Or not. Either way Germany won't be replacing its nuclear base load with solar panels, wind turbines and fictional energy storage systems in 8 years. That's pure fantasy.

Comment: Baloney (Score -1, Troll) 710

by Tailhook (#47311189) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Muricans that don't get enough sleep aren't not sleeping because they work too much. They're not sleeping because they're playing any one of a couple hundred MMOs and watching exabytes of Netflix videos in 20 hour Soprano's marathons and billions of hours of porn from tens of thousands of adult sites.

Work too much my ass. The parking lot where I work is mostly empty at 9:00 AM, mostly empty at lunch and mostly empty at 4:30 PM (earlier on Friday) and not a soul comes here on the weekend. They might do 7-ish hours a day, and probably 40% of that screwing around on the interwebs. The construction workers building the house next door don't start much before 10:00AM and they're long gone 8 hours later, never put in any weekend time, and half of them aren't even citizens.

The whole image of the 60 hour a week death-marching 'murican worker is a fiction. And their self-inflicted sleep problems have got jack shit to do with work.

Comment: The environment anybody?????? (Score -1, Troll) 274

by Tailhook (#47308285) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

Wont this mean the river and atmospheres and everything in Alabama is BEING DESTROYED by CHINESE CAPITALISTS? The industry is supposed to be moving OUT OF THE US not in. We don't want your dirty contamination industry in our environments! Stop Chinese exploitation of our environments now!! Those rednecks little people were just fine in their trailers with SNAPEBTSSDI stuff. If they start working and earning money they might buy things and then they'll want to have a house and a car AND EVERYTHING to ruin the planet.

And screw Poe with his stupid laws

Comment: What is he supposed to do? (Score 3, Insightful) 281

by Tailhook (#47278021) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

I'm evil incarnate and I'm about to punish myself on behalf of the Twitterverse

Ok... I'm cutting. I'm slicing my wrists right now

That was pretty deep. Blood everywhere. Hard to type

I'm so sorry. Your virtual money went to virtual money heaven and it's all my fault.

Getting dizzy now. cant..... focus

keyboard so sticky

i dndt thk that woold hepeen we tried too stipthem and it

i'm sorry

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