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Comment: Re:Rationale (Score 3, Insightful) 253

by Rockoon (#48874673) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

One suspects that might have been the point.

The IRS already spends $300 million/year (FY2014) on this supposed "modernization," and thats down from previous years ($330 million/year for FY2012 and FY2013) So over the last decade they have blown through billions on "modernization."

With this sort of budget, they could have built several Titan supercomputers per year (in 2012 it was the fastest supercomputer ever built) and still had billions of dollars left over.

The agency actually currently blows through a total of $11.7 billion/year.

It seems to me that they already have an order of magnitude more money than they need and the problem for them is that when push comes to shove their budget could easily be cut in half several times, which if it happened would mean the big-whigs over at the IRS would suddenly lose their power to wastefully spend many billions of dollars per year. Obviously that outcome is frowned upon by those that control that money.

That some people defend this practice with statement like "Given that the alternative is either not having civilization or living in a permanent Mexican standoff " shows that those people really have no idea how much money these government agencies are spending. There is a reason that 4 of the 5 richest counties in the United States surround Washington D.C:

#1 Loudoun County, Virginia. 35 miles from D.C
#2 Howard County, Maryland. 27 miles from D.C
#3 Fairfax County, Virginia. 11 miles from D.C
#4 Hunterdon County, New Jersey. 160 miles from D.C.
#5 Arlington County, Virginia. 5 miles from D.C.

Comment: Re:Trends versus Data Points (Score 1) 360

by Rockoon (#48834581) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

There haven't been changes in the sun or in volcanic eruptions that are sufficient to account for the temperature trend.

The models also fail to account for the temperature trend (where or where did the predicted heat go?)

This is why you shouldnt be in bed with the modelers. But we see that you actually are...

Comment: Re:wee little issue (Score 3, Interesting) 360

by Rockoon (#48834543) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
Let us know when we can download the raw unprocessed data to feed into their pet algorithm. Yeah... you are about to link to some place where you THINK the raw data is... but you are wrong... thats processed data ("adjusted") and they keep altering the old, already processed, data.... funny that.

(I am a witness to it - quite simple really, download their data... wait 4 weeks and download it again... do a difference.. note how old data keeps changing)

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 2) 360

by Rockoon (#48834437) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

Not data that contradicts his beliefs, I don't think.

No he clearly intended to "kill file" any site that contradicted his beliefs. he stated it quite clearly. if he meant something else then he should have said something else. But this is common with the AGW side of things .. they exaggerate like hell for the purposes of making their arguments seem stronger... but those with a keen eye see it the other way... their arguments seem weaker whenever they do it.

Comment: Re:Benchmarks for that AMD chip look bad... (Score 1, Troll) 180

by Rockoon (#48815403) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

It will be slower and/or consume more energy than an Intel version

Unlikely at the same total price point. That only happens in the $300+ area of the desktop space.

The price of the Atoms people are comparing the E-series with doesn't include a GPU for the Atom... as if GPU's are magically free... dont use energy... conveniently ignored for the purpose of cheering on... shitty Atoms?

Moneyliness is next to Godliness. -- Andries van Dam