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Comment Re:It depends where you live in the world (Score 4, Informative) 203

Well, right now "this world is more peaceful" it depends where you live: Go to south america like Venezuela, Brasil, Colombia, Salvador, Mexico see the world there or go to Middle East, specially Siria and around there and see there. Go to africa and visit some countries there and see too. It isn't a "World Peaceful" there too.

This is true when compared to the first world, but untrue compared to the way things were even a couple hundred years ago. Dozens of people killed in rioting is not the same thing as one tribe systematically conquering another tribe, killing all the men, adult women, and boys, and taking the girls as sex slaves -- the sort of practice you can read all about (and apparently God approves of, according to ancient Israelite priests) in the Bible (Torah).

Comment Re:SJWdot. (Score 1) 181

While I agree with most everything you're saying here, I've begun to notice that just like the term "Race Card", the far right is beginning to use "SJW" to shut down serious discussion over real issues - or any topic that might lead to the conclusion that a extreme right wing ethos might not be for the best. This news in this article here shows that Microsoft largely is not hiring women in the U.S., but only for low paying, rote phone manufacturing work overseas, which they've been recently laying off. Personally, I don't know if this is execrable of them, but given that they have a General Manager of diversity and inclusion, I can't help but believe that Microsoft is failing to meets its own goals in this regard.

If people want to call that "SJW", they're turning the term into a meaningless epithet to use as an ad hominem attack when they have nothing worthwhile to say. Ironic, since that kind of behavior is typical of SJWs.

Comment Re:under budget, about same $ as environmental (Score 1) 305

I am surprised they don't just put another pipe right next to the existing one, but I guess it is a waste of materials due to the longer path.

They have. There are dozens of much more low-key pipelines. The difference is, they're not transporting bitumen, which is particularly noxious stuff - terrible if it leaks into the water supply.

But mostly, have you seen the price of gas lately? Frankly, at this point, it's more a point of conservative political pride to whine about Keystone-XL, than it has anything to do with economics. The numbers simply don't justify it. And that's not even pointing out that abusing eminent domain to force US land owners to sell, almost purely for the benefit of a foreign corporation and foreign customers (TransCanada and Canada respectively) - is absolutely odious. And frankly should be ruled unconstitutional, because that is not "private property taken for public use", it's private property taken for private use.

Comment Ummmm... about that linux "ransomware" (Score 4, Funny) 128

Now that we've decided to help bug-fix ransomware, anyone consider its usability?

"Once launched with administrator privileges, the Trojan loads into the memory of its process files containing cybercriminals' demands:"

In other words, it probably goes something like this:

% tar -xf "ransomware-dontrunme-whatareyouanidiot?.tar"
% cd ransomware-dontrunme
% ./configure > /dev/null 2>&1
% make > /dev/null 2>&1
% make install > /dev/null 2>&1
Error: Permission denied. Please run as root.
% sudo ./runransomware
Segfault in Please reinstall.

Followed by much sighing, and trying to google what the problem is.

See, this is the problem with the Linux desktop. Even installing malware is just too darned complicated.

Comment This is the threat...? (Score 5, Insightful) 213

"Well if you're not going to take this seriously, we'll have to start using another project."

I've never exactly gotten this. Why does anyone who is giving something away particularly care if someone who is getting it for free uses it or not?

This guy clearly doesn't understand that Open Source means "Free to Use" not "Free Beer", and that most corporations (the executives, not the software engineers or managers) are plenty happy to pay for support from the subject matter experts in it, so long as it saves them overall money. In fact, many corporation's resistance to OSS is due to the lack of such support - because their customers aren't so understanding..

This is the very business model that Red Hat uses. All this guy needs to do is put up a "priority payment" system for bug fixes, and post it publicly. Done and done.

Comment Full sized candy (Score 4, Interesting) 151

Seriously. Go down to costco. Buy 10 boxes of full sized candies. It will cost you $200. Much less than a lot of crappy Halloween decorations. I guarantee you, the kids will remember. Often into adulthood. "There was this one house that gave out full sized bars!"

For bonus points, keep your receipts, and return any box you didn't end up opening.

Comment You have it absolutely the opposite (Score 1, Troll) 500

When you're paying $70k a year, you have your choice of thousands of highly qualified, extremely productive, workers to choose from. This is not the sort of situation in which a lazy employee is likely to survive at a company. You get what you pay for - at both ends of the spectrum.

Oh, and as far as Communism is concerned,the old USSR was organized very much like a single monopolistic employer paying everyone minimum-wage. (Or paying them artificially large amounts of worthless currency.) The joke Russians then is the same that applies to minimum wage workers today: "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work."

Add on top of that, the modern day US teabagger's belief that you can slash taxes (to the megawealthy) with no loss in government services, and you end up with a classic example supporting the horseshoe theory (which states that extremists on both lunatic wings resemble each other far more than they do the center). In this case, both Communists and Teabaggers think you can violate basic economic principles, and get free goods and services from the government, simply by voting for it.

Comment Only MTF can possibly work (Score 1) 223

Magnetized Target Fusion, such as is being developed by the Canadian company General Fusion, solves all these problems.You surround a microscopic amount of tritium and deuterium in a sphere, filled with a molten bath of metal, and hit the outsides of it with computer-controlled hammers. Properly calibrated, the shockwaves concentrate in the center to briefly allow fusion conditions to occur. All the neutron energy is absorbed by the molten metal, causing absolutely no damage to the machine. So it can actually operate indefinitely.

While hundreds of billions of Euros are wasted on approaches that cannot possibly work, this little private company is plugging along, starting to scale up their first practical demonstration system.

Comment Re: Remember - Apple is a hardware company. (Score 1) 225

The key here is "somewhat". I specifically recall an article about a guy using an electron microscope to retrieve information like this. It would be extremely hard to do for average people though, and Apple is well within its rights to tell the Judge that if he wants this information, he can pony up the several million dollars it would take to extract the key.

Or talk to the NSA, if it were a national security matter.

Comment Re:Don't they all? (Score 1) 45

As a rule of thumb, the colder electronic components are, the cleaner their signals are, the faster they can run, etc. All the fastest overclocking gets done via subzero temperatures (though this is dangerous as condensation of water from the atmosphere can cause catastrophic short-circuits).

Comment It's not affordability, it's safety (Score 3, Interesting) 211

Well, yes. It's affordability too, but try to imagine how soured on space the general public would get to see people slowly dying in an under-resourced "base" on Mars.

If you want to make Mars at all realistic, you need to start by building a set of space and mars-dust hardened machinery capable of doing remote controlled construction. What we send would need to have the ability to tunnel, create cement from Martian soils, smelt, and construct buildings. All to create an environment that might be capable of sustaining life. This is because keeping astronauts alive is orders of magnitude harder than anything else we might conceivably do.

Technologically, we're no where near there yet. Counter-intuitively, the hardest step is the first one: getting out of our own gravity well. The minimal amount of material that we would have to get into orbit to be able to construct a settlement is considerably larger than the International Space station, which is, I remind everyone, the most expensive human construct - at $100 billion dollars. The next most difficult stage would be landing on Mars with precision, not breaking anything.

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