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Comment: Re:I can switch insurance easier than switch presi (Score 1) 258

by RalphTheWonderLlama (#44567337) Attached to: Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

Well a lot of people can't switch (it's linked to their employment and the only affordable option) or they actually can't get it at all (though that's changing for the better). I guess you don't have any pre-existing conditions.

It is a matter of public good vs individualism here and the balance between the two is shifting a little for health care. There are lots of other things the government does for the public good that affect you as well. Would you rather pay for your own security force vs have the government require you to pay for their police? I'm sure you can think of other examples. The deal is that they have decided the public good issue relating to health care is important enough at this time that things need to change. I think they're probably correct, and that in the long run pretty much everyone will benefit.

Comment: Re: Yet another anti-Obama article (Score 1) 258

by RalphTheWonderLlama (#44567223) Attached to: Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

George W: "if this were a dictatorship it'd be a hell of a lot easier, as long as I'm the dictator"

I don't begrudge him saying that as I understand the spirit it in which was said. Same for Kerry's quote you have there. I'm pretty sure both realize that the way it is now is the best way.

McCain: "If I were dictator, which I always aspire to be, I would write it a little bit differently."

Comment: OK so how do I (or someone) use this? (Score 1) 128

The technology is supported by mainstream programming languages like Python, C++, and Java, and should allow developers to more simply code for a particular compute resource with no need for special APIs.

So how do you do this in Java, Python? Did nobody ask? I did a search for "java huma uniform memory access" and this page came up first with nothing from java.com or oracle in sight.

Ok more searching says to use OpenCL and lots of stackoverflow questions... but they're not new... and OpenCL is not Java. What do you do for this new easier to program hardware? Is their definition of "supported" currently a bit optimistic? Supported by Java..... because Java lets you do lots of things not actually in Java and still work with a Java program, so pretty much anything is "supported" in Java. Is that the jist? I guess we need the tools to evolve before things really take hold.

Comment: Re:Everything gave us civilization (Score 1) 325

by RalphTheWonderLlama (#43224977) Attached to: How Beer Gave Us Civilization

But maybe not Mead, which uses honey, not grains, so agriculture wasn't a big help. Yeah it's not beer but kind of related.

"It can be regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks," Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat has speculated, "antedating the cultivation of the soil."
"The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 2000 BC."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead

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