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Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 476

Interesting that in your quite wordy post, that you found no time at all for any words about reduced spending. Lots of support for more taxes, and some added spice against those that might suggest that we are better off with less taxes, but nothing at all about reduced spending.

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 2) 476

While the Laffer curve undoubtedly exists, every single tax-cut experiment in the last 30 years in the USA suggests we are already to the left of the peak, and hence lower taxes simply means lower revenues.

Do you really think that its moral for the Federal government to maximize its revenue?

...maybe you do?

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 476

Look at his budget proposals some day. They paint a different picture

I suspect the ones that he supports all get his State a good deal on federal money, however the picture painted here is that that is only doing what he was elected to do. Senators (are supposed to) represent the State.

Comment: black hole != singularity (Score 1) 100

by Rockoon (#49813327) Attached to: Does a Black Hole Have a Shape?

so you get situations that can distort the shape of the event horizon or accretion disk(s), .. that is nice, but those are not black holes, they are just related phenomena

so you get to the point where you think your knowledge about black holes makes you an expert, but then you find out that you confused black holes with singularities.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 0) 98

by Rockoon (#49809379) Attached to: MinGW and MSVCRT Conflict Causes Floating-Point Value Corruption

You also get worse IEEE compliance out of the x87 unit, which may matter more than the extra 16 bits of precision.

As far as I am aware, the x87 was fully IEEE compliant so long as you asked for 64-bit (or 32-bit) rounding after every operation (which was implicit if you write all operations back to memory) until Intel decided that precision didnt matter as much as benchmark performance. It was about mid-2014 that Intels newest precision issues made the frontpage of slashdot (Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

Comment: Re:Coding: Language Skills (Score 1) 306

The first generation of desktops booted right into a programming environment. Later on languages were just a subset of the default operating system, but eventually they werent included at all with most operating system and so they must be specifically sought after. Add to this that beginner programming just isnt as fun as it used to be.

Now the beginning programmer has to learn a fairly deep api that they dont really understand (..beginners..) just to do something simple like draw some pixels. For a beginning programmer all the code necessary to get to drawing pixels is just incantation, so todays deep incantations are just another barrier to entry. There are languages that get the boiler plate down to reasonably small amounts yet when prospective new programmer ask what language to learn first, the fun ones dont even make the list that people will give them, even though the list is often annotated to some degree with reasonable reasons: C, C++, Java, C#, Python, ..

Now, honestly I dont see a downside to a world where the only people programming had had to put in some significant initiative to start with. Just recognizing that things arent all that great in terms of promoting entry into programming.

Comment: Re:Agree and disagree here (Score 1) 272

by Rockoon (#49794327) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Urges America To Challenge China To a Space Race

And they'll be busy strip-mining the third world

They are also strip-mining their own country. Its easy to sustain a lot of growth as long as you can mobilize ever larger amounts of resources. This is in fact how the soviet union was able to compete for so long, but eventually it could not keep increasing the amount of resources that it mobilized.

The western world also fuels growth in part through resource mobilization, but a non-trivial amount of that growth is also from pure value creation. Most people don't know that gasoline started as a waste product. It is capitalism that more effectively makes better and better uses of the resources that are available, and its driven by greed.

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 390

...you're just another asshole.

When your first shallow attempt to cast a bad light on the car manufacturer failed ("..defective, period."), you just went ahead and tried a different shallow method ("..then you have to ask.."), yet amazingly its not you thats the asshole, its other people.

Here is the thing. When you pick a theory first, and then just keep manufacturing more and more arguments in the hopes that one of them will stick, YOU are the asshole. You are the asshole because you are literally hoping that the car manufacturer did something wrong.

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 390

but then you have to ask whether the driver reasonably understands how the assistive technology works well enough to be able to supervise it

No, you dont have to ask that. You choose to ask that just like this driver chose to jump on the gas peddle with pedestrians in the way.

Both of you are idiots.

Comment: Re:"Google feels that reeducation is necessary." (Score 1, Interesting) 446

I'm actually curious to know why that was modded down. It's a point that many have made.

Because half of slashdotters lose their god damned minds as soon as the belief system that they put only shallow thought in proves to be completely irrational even at a shallow level.

Comment: Re:Heptatonic (Score 2) 111

by Rockoon (#49765521) Attached to: Favorite musical scale, by number of pitch classes?
Or it could just be that most of music formalisms are batshit insane...

Westerners break the octave up into 12 steps, each a 12th root away from the previous step. That should be a full stop, but no.... then they decide to pick subsets of that as special... not a single subset of course, but lots of subsets are labeled as special...

Its all a big pile of mistakes.. ancient mistakes...imagine if all programming languages were backward compatible derivatives of Fortran, Cobol, or Lisp.... thats the current state of music formalism...

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