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Comment: Re:Stupid metric system (Score 1) 139

by Waffle Iron (#47736509) Attached to: 2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

In fact 'imperial' system is stupid. It is even retarded.
12 inches to 1 foot, 3 feets to 1 yard, 1760 yards to 1 mile, ...
This is just moronic.
Compare to 1km = 1000m = 100000cm

My theory is that the illiterate medieval peasants who invented those systems had an intuitive knowledge that a duodecimal number system would make a lot more sense than decimal, and they ended up creating various half-assed implementations of it for their measurements. (The mile thing is different; it's a Roman decimal measurement of steps).

Unfortunately we did end up using decimal, and reinforced it with Arabic numerals, which makes those intuitions worse than useless in the modern world.

Comment: Re:My two cents (Score 1) 336

by Waffle Iron (#47736425) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

All you have to do is to tell people. People are not stupid.

Then how do you explain the fact that after well over a decade of people being "educated" that Triclosan in hand soap is useless and probably dangerous, almost every soap on the market is still laced with it?

I'll explain it: such education simply doesn't work. The average person can not hold enough factoids in their brains to make the correct decisions on all of the things they need to purchase in modern life. Morever, the manufacturers are constantly bombarding those same people with misinformation and half-truths to promote their products. (This soap is Antibacterial!!!)

Without a ban, tax tweaks, or large mandatory warning box on the package that says "This vacuum an ineficient power hog. Do not buy.", then absolutely nothing will happen. (I'll also point out that the difference between increasing the tax on one thing and rebating it on something else is purely academic. They're both effectively raising the share of overall tax burden on one set of goods and reducing it on the complementery set.)

Comment: Re:"Anything more than a runtime and a language" (Score 1) 371

by Waffle Iron (#47633597) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Just look at the havoc that ensues if your filesync software accidentally removes the whitespace from the beginning of the lines.

In that case, you're not running file sync software. You're running a file transformation program.

The same thing would happen to Java files if you had a file transformation program that removed curly braces.

Comment: Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (Score 1) 120

by Waffle Iron (#47583697) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

I bet you're that guy at the front of the line who misremebers the price of what you bought and makes them send the bagger sauntering to the back of the store for a price check, and then doesn't even start to open his 19th century checkbook until the final tally is rung up, and then fills the whole check out glacially topped off by a pointlessly legible signature, then finally hands the check over so that the cashier can slowly scribble the entire contents of your drivers license over it.

And you wonder why I'm so thankful for self checkouts, even though I'm not even nearly a "millenial".

Comment: Re:How did they launch from the moon? (Score 1) 211

by Waffle Iron (#47494905) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

I've never understood how they were able to launch from the moon back towards Earth. Launching from the Earth requires massive infrastructure and huge rockets. Yes, the moon's gravity well is shallower, but still significant.

It's because the fundamental equation that relates a rocket's performance and the mass fuel it requires to orbital velocities is exponential. This makes it work out so that any chemical rocket leaving earth has to have the vast majority of its weight as fuel, where as a rocket leaving the moon only about half of its weight as fuel.

What's more, the entire lunar module and its fuel supply is dead weight as far as the earth launch is concerned, which makes the earth rocket and its fuel multiple all the bigger. Then there's the issue of bringing along enough fuel to slow down the craft into lunar orbit, and escaping lunar orbit back to earth. The lunar lander didn't need to handle any of that, either.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2, Informative) 180

by Waffle Iron (#47420557) Attached to: Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

You might want to look in the mirror.

Scripting languages usually feature dynamic, strong typing. (The runtime always knows exactly what type its dealing with.)

Most compiled languages have static, strong typing. C is somewhat of an exception, being relatively weakly typed. (It's easy to make all sorts of bizarre type casts, sometimes implicitely.)

A few languages are very weakly typed, such as Forth.

Comment: Re:Externalities (Score 1) 262

by Waffle Iron (#47265815) Attached to: Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Most of the environmental issues from Coal have effectively been eliminated, except for the perceived C02 emission standard,

So, other than spewing the single largest existing threat to the welfare of human civilization, coal is just fine.

Meanwhile, by your arguments, the problem of setting up a recycling center for solar panels appears to be an intractible dilemma.

Comment: Re:NO. (Score 1) 493

by Waffle Iron (#47131323) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

you choose to put alcohol in your body to get drunk, you choose to avoid putting anything in your body to get unvaccinated. See the difference?

By not getting vaccinated, you're choosing to allow harmful microbes into your body. You choose to become a factory that create billions more of them and then spread them into to to the bodies of your unwilling victims.

BTW, do you think that driving drunk is safer than not being vaccinated?

It can be. If people like you were around when they started vaccinating for smallpox, you would have been responsible for countless millions of deaths by now. It would have made all of the drunk driving deaths in history look like a drop in the bucket.

Comment: Re:NO. (Score 1) 493

by Waffle Iron (#47119591) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Vaccinated person gets someone else sick = no liability. Un-vaccinated person = lock em up and throw away the key.

This is the same as: Sober driver kills someone in an auto wreck: Liability limited to an increase in future insurance rates. Drunk driver kills someone: locck em up and throw away the key.

Do you advocate legalization of all irresponsible behaviors, including drunk driving?

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