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Comment: Re:so the story goes (Score 4, Interesting) 214

by Tailhook (#47931951) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

From UT Austin: On the Cusp of an Ebola Vaccine

Bush built that lab (Galveston National Laboratory) as part of the $5 billion Project Bioshield Act of 2004, one of two, the other being at Boston University Medical Center. These are the places where actual research on ebola, dengue, hemorrhagic fever, SARS and others has been happening for years while you perfected your Bush derangement syndrome narrative.

Ass monkey.

Comment: Re:It did? (Score 5, Informative) 129

by Tailhook (#47904789) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Here is a post from the Chromium Blog that explains how 64 bit improves Chrome. Incidentally this applies to software generally, not just Chrome. The key part of the post that explains the expected improvements:

64-bit Chrome has become faster as a result of having access to a superior instruction set, more registers, and a more efficient function calling convention. Improved opportunities for ASLR enhance this version’s security. Another major benefit of this change comes from the fact that most programs on a modern Mac are already 64-bit apps. In cases where Chrome was the last remaining 32-bit app, there were launch-time and memory-footprint penalties as 32-bit copies of all of the system libraries needed to be loaded to support Chrome. Now that Chrome’s a 64-bit app too, we expect you’ll find that it launches more quickly and that overall system memory use decreases.

While you may appear to be using more RAM because the 64 bit Chrome processes are larger than the 32 bit, the net memory usage should be the same or less because 64 bit Chrome will not pull the 32 bit stack into RAM to operate. ASLR is a security technique that mitigates vulnerabilities that appear in applications and libraries; lack of a form of ASLR is among the reasons Heartbleed became a thing.

So stop quibbling and use modern software. If you are experiencing a RAM shortage — as opposed to obsessing needlessly over monitoring tools and being difficult — then get more RAM or use a less demanding browser; Chrome use more resources than its contemporaries and makes no apologies for it.

Comment: Re:This is not a new or unique problem (Score 1) 124

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance.

They've already done that. It's right there in the summary; "the best performance in recent memory and, perhaps, in its entire 224 year history."

So obviously they are rigorously measuring their stellar performance ... otherwise how could they make that sort of claim?

What? You don't think that's credible? You must be one of those tea bag knuckle-dragger anti-government types. The rest of us know better than to question the noble creatures inhabiting our sacred government.

<sarcasm, you dolts>

Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 108

by Tailhook (#47898557) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

they have to constantly produce it an improve it

Netflix told shareholders it's currently filming eight new and continuing series, two of which are big hits with fans and drawing subscribers by themselves, of which there are 50 million as of Q2 2014. I noticed in that list they omitted at least one Netflix property of which I'm personally a fan, so it's not comprehensive.

You're arguing with success here, for some strange reason. Yes, Netflix doesn't have Warner Bros. or Paramount profits. That's not a bad thing. Their operating income is ~$228e6 and they employ about ~2000 full time. It's a cost effective operation that can't milk its famously cost sensitive customer base and become another media behemoth. They're commoditizing media and I can't think of a single thing we're going to lose as a consequence that I'm going to miss.

Comment: Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (Score 1, Informative) 215

by Tailhook (#47845283) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

That is nonsense. The US government provided arms to the Iraqi government. The Iraqi government lost control

The US began arming Syrian rebels with small arms and other supplies almost a year ago.

Back then your MSM still had you cheering for the "Arab Spring" and Assad was the bad guy. Remember that? The narrative then was the noble and oppressed peoples of the Middle East rising up to topple puppet dictators and NPR et. al. were thrilled. So we gave these noble fighters weapons.


Predictably, however, the Islamists started filling trenches with the bodies of infidels. The "Arab Spring" meme had to be quietly abandoned and now you're taught to fear the terrors of ISIS.

ISIS, IS, or whatever, are the exact same violent atavists we were arming twelve months ago; they move freely across the Iraq – Syria border, pursuing their Caliphate using both weapons we've supplied directly to them and weapons they've managed to capture.

It's also going pear shaped in Libya, the place we "liberated" from the Qaddafi regime with airstrikes. Soon those Islamists will start filling trenches with infidels and photos of Hillary posing with them will vanish when we start dropping bombs.

Watch for it.

Many of us understood all of this back when the "Arab Spring" started. The elites took a little longer to figure it out.

There are no recent examples of extended power-sharing or peaceful transitions to democracy in the Arab world. When dictatorships crack, budding democracies are more than likely to be greeted by violence and paralysis. Sectarian divisions — the bane of many Middle Eastern societies — will then emerge

These are cultures that can not govern themselves peacefully. They indulge Islamic extremism and they're not slaughtering infidels only when a dictatorial strongman wields enough power to keep the imams and muftis under control.

The rulers that prevailed during the Cold War understood this and worked to keep a lid on this mess. Those policies are now believed to be "imperialist" and so we've become schizophrenic; we indulge Islamists as the nobel oppressed right up until their nature is exposed by their atrocities and then we start dropping bombs.

Personally, I hope for change. Real change. Like ISIS, IS whatever overrunning Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, etc. etc. until they reach the sea in all directions. Then, at least, there will be no more nasty little low-intensity squabbles as we try to referee this crap and all doubt about the threat Islam poses to the species will be gone.

One can dream.

+ - LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend->

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An anonymous reader writes "LLVM 3.5 along with Clang 3.5 are now available for download. LLVM 3.5 offers many compiler advancements including a unified 64-bit ARM back-end from the merging of the Apple and community AArch64 back-ends, C++1y/C++1z language additions, self-hosting support of Clang on SPARC64, and various other compiler improvements."
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Comment: Re:Already commented on this elsewhere (Score 5, Informative) 200

by Tailhook (#47822103) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Fukushima Daiichi's problems began forty years ago when they removed the natural 35 meter bluff that use to be there.

The plant is on a bluff which was originally 35 meters above sea level. During construction, however, TEPCO lowered the height of the bluff by 25 meters. One reason for lowering the bluff was to allow the base of the reactors to be constructed on solid bedrock in order to mitigate the threat posed by earthquakes. Another reason was the lowered height would keep the running costs of the seawater pumps low. TEPCO's analysis of the tsunami risk when planning the site's construction determined that the lower elevation was safe because the sea wall would provide adequate protection for the maximum tsunami assumed by the design basis. However, the lower site elevation did increase the vulnerability for a tsunami larger than anticipated in design.

Not considered in the above would be the simple yet modestly more costly possibility of obviating the need for a sea wall by preserving the bluff and setting the reactors back, using modestly sized canals to cycle the sea water to and fro. That, naturally, wasn't the cheapest conceivable option, so it didn't survive the bean counters. Instead, they removed 25 meters of foothill, a feature that was originally 2.5 times the height of the tsunami before they fucked it up. The whole `bedrock' smokescreen is easily dismissed for the lie that it is; they could have reached bedrock from a setback design with no more difficulty.

This was done for one reason; grading the beach provided cheaper access to the ultimate heat sink, sea water. Less construction cost, less pumping, less maintenance, etc. This isn't lost on the perpetrators either. They know they're at fault and they knew it at the time, whatever lies they tell today notwithstanding.

This isn't speculation, either. Fukushima Daini did not get submerged, did not melt down and did not contaminate the land and the sea. Why? Primarily because it was built at higher elevation, which is about the only significant difference between these sites.

TEPCO bean counters. End of story.

Comment: That's not what MotherJones says (Score 3, Informative) 157

by Tailhook (#47820469) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

From 11 months ago:

But make no mistake: Tesla still relies on subsidies to stay in the black. Its first-quarter profit, a modest $11 million, hinged on the $68 million it earned selling clean-air credits under a California program that requires automakers to either produce a given number of zero-emission vehicles or satisfy the mandate in some other way. For the second quarter, Tesla announced a $26 million profit (based on one method of accounting), but again the profit hinged on $51 million in ZEV credits; by year's end, these credit sales could net Tesla a whopping $250 million. There are also generous tax credits and rebates for electric-car buyers: $7,500 from the federal government and up to $5,000 if you live in California.

Beyond that, leaving out the HUGE tax credits buyers get for purchasing Telsa cars (10-17% of the price of a Model S) is intellectually dishonest on your part; Tesla would sell far fewer cars and at lower prices with out those extreme tax credits.

Comment: California Betrayed (Score 2, Informative) 157

by Tailhook (#47820235) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Nevada; No corporate income tax. Far fewer and less effective environmental and labor pressure groups. How selfish. Who does this Elon think he is refusing to be suckered in with environmental rule waivers?

I suspect it's going to take a lot more of this kind of corporate profiteering before the bloom comes off the Telsa rose around here though, and my poor karma will suffer a lot more hits — because fanbois will be fanbois.

Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it. -- William Buckley