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Comment: Re:Bad idea? (Score 1) 32


If NTIS were funded through appropriations then the behavior of other government departments would significantly effect the funding that NTIS needs. If NTIS charges the requesting department per document then NTIS's budget scales with demand and the burden for the activity of the requesting department rests on the requesting department.

As far as charging for free documents - the NTIS is offering a one-stop-shop service, which requires money to implement and maintain. That some of the documents are free elsewhere is irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Singapore (Score 1) 386

by Rockoon (#46725393) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Nowhere in the wikipedia article you "cite" does it say that

..except for where it gives the 13.8 figure right away in the second sentence of the article, and references it as a number estimated by the United Nations.

"The city-state had the second highest per-capita execution rate in the world between 1994 and 1999, estimated by the United Nations to be 13.83 executions annually per hundred thousand of population during that period."
You are completely worthless if you cant even find shit right at the top when looking at a reference. Seriously. Fucking. Worthless.

Comment: Re:Some are more equal than others... (Score 0) 1109

by Rockoon (#46697987) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
One of the insidious liberal fallacies right here.

They (like the parent) claim that its OK to oppress and discriminate so long as the person you are oppressing or discriminating against has support/is represented.

At least you didnt pull out the he was a CEO so anything goes fallacy mindset that is also prevalent here on slashdot.

You are better off ending the debate by calling him a homophobe (throw in racist too) because at least that fallacy ends the debate. Otherwise people like me can point out how intolerant you are.

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by Rockoon (#46693945) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

I design cooling systems for high-heat semiconductors.

So we can expect you to be pretty knowledgeable about stuff, not overlooking important details, and understanding the various limitations imposed by each method...

Guess what? Liquid cooling SUCKS as you're still limited by how fast you can transfer the heat to the air ultimately.

...except what we find out is that actually you only have just enough knowledge to look stupid because you overlooked important details such as the obvious limitations imposed by having your radiator mounted directly on the device being cooled.

Comment: Re:Microsoft still provide support for Windows XP (Score 1) 645

by Rockoon (#46682003) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

And those OSs will run all the software I need? Mission-critical software that the existence of my company hinges on?

So its not windows that is the monopoly.... its this other software you insist is too important to part with. You claim that you locked yourself into OS dependencies... no.. quite clearly you just admitted that you locked yourself into being dependent on other non-os software.

Comment: Re:Tracking` (Score 1) 233

by Rockoon (#46668831) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

It's estimated to be $200,000 per plane for live tracking. "Billons" would be a huge exaggeration.

If that estimation is correct, then so is "billions."

U.S, Air alone (a single airline) flies 3700 planes with 90 seats or more.

The world stats:

312,000 Active General Aviation Aircraft (private jets, single prop, etc..)
17,770 Passenger Aircraft (jumbo jets)
89,129 Military Aircraft
26,500 Civil Helicopters
29,700 Military Helicopters.

Fail much?

Comment: Re:Bailouts for them, crumbs for us (Score 2) 246

Very Insightful, Sir.

I have noticed an issue on slashdot is that most of the folks here do not seem to understand what defines wealth. Wealth is not money. Wealth is the goods and services that money buys.

Americans are wealthy because they enjoy more goods and services than most of the rest of the world. Europeans are wealthy because they too enjoy more goods and services than most of the rest of the world. It isnt about the quantity of dollars or euros.. its about the quantity of goods and services.

Printing up and giving out $1 million to everybody would destroy the economy because the first effect will be a lack of incentive for people to produce goods and services. So the very thing that defines how wealthy we are will immediately become short in supply, so the first effect to handing out that cool $1 million is to make us in general less wealthy.

Comment: Re:Limit order? (Score 1) 246

Either it's incredibly rare or the SEC just isn't monitoring for it. I'd bet on the later.

False dichotomy.

It could also be that its impossible to see an order and then get in front of it, or it might be possible that the SEC looks for it so closely that nobody tried.

Bit I like how of the 4 options, you chose the two worst to false-dichotomize on.

Comment: Re:Limit order? (Score 1) 246

Except, I really don't. For one thing, I'm selfish and want to buy things for the lowest price and sell them for the highest.

Then you should support HFT's because since their introduction the spread betweens BIDs and ASK's has been lower than they ever were prior to the introduction of HFT's.

Quite simply the rise of HFT's signaled the beginning of the race to the bottom for market makers. At one time a seat on the exchange was expensive and there was a hard limit to the volume any member could handle, because it involved humans shouting "selling 5000 shared of MSFT at $19" and some other guy shouting "buy buy buy" and then that first human shouts "buying 5000 MSFT at $18.75" and some other guy shouting "sell sell sell."

In this simple example, the spread between BID and ASK was $0.25.

The profit you anti-HFT people complain about that the HFT people get used to be much larger when the market makers had humans on the floor screaming orders.. Now its literally $0.01 or $0.02 in most cases. That means you pay less when you buy, and get paid more when you sell. If you don't understand this then you don't know how trading actually works and are looking for a villain within the shadows of your own ignorance.

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