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Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 1) 534

by amicusNYCL (#48463033) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

The capitalisation thing is a piss-take on the tabloid press

They have succeeded immensely, because their headlines look exactly like tabloid fodder. Seriously, I will never click on any article describing a scientist or researcher as a "boffin", regardless of how much it makes everyone in their office giggle. The articles look like crap.

In general The Register doesn't take itself very seriously.

And no one else should, either. Which is exactly why I want their stupid headlines removed from my news feed.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 2) 371

by amicusNYCL (#48461295) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

I have no idea what his does

Here's a peek:

God said 640x480 16 color graphics is a covenant like circumcision. Children
will do offerings. Think of 16 colors like the Simpson's cartoons.

I wonder if God suggested The Simpsons as a frame of reference.

We do not put any hooks for future changes. "Perfect" means we always act as
though it is final, for all time. Microsoft allowed the Windows BMP file format
to adapt to the future and it became grotesque.

There is a limit of 100,000 lines of code for all time, not including
applications and demos. Code comments count, however. 3rd party libraries are
banned because they circumvent the intent of this limit. The vision is a
Commodore 64 ROM -- a fixed core API that is the only dependency of
applications. Currently, there are 80,668 lines of code.

One platform. x86_64 PC compatibles.

One driver for each class of device. Limited exceptions are allowed. With
divergent device capabilities, it is a nightmare for user applications and what
is gained? A three button mouse is like a leg you cannot put weight on.

No networking, so malware is not an issue.

No encryption or passwords. Files are compressed, not encrypted.

Documents are not for printing. They're dynamic, intended for the screen.

Just one 8x8 fixed-width font. No Unicode, just Extended ASCII.

No multimedia. Sounds and images will be primarily calculated in real-time,
not fetched from storage.

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 1) 534

by amicusNYCL (#48460409) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Is there a way to have Google News block domains from showing up in a personalized feed? The Register is the only site that frequently shows up in Google News that I refuse to click on (other than a few sites that only show up in the Entertainment section). I can't stand their writing, THEIR headlines capitalize RANDOM words and they apparently refer to everyone who uses their brain in their job (as opposed to writers for The Register) as some sort of "boffin". It's the worst kind of writing.

Comment: Re:The wrong problem (Score 1) 1011

by amicusNYCL (#48459065) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

All the kid had done so far was steal a box of cigars and resist arrest.

And assault an officer, and attempt to take his weapon.

The only reason Wilson had to use deadly force was because Brown was larger than him.

Both Wilson and Brown were 6'4". Wilson was a relatively lean 210 while Brown was 270-290. Wilson alone may have been able to subdue Brown, Wilson had training.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 161

by amicusNYCL (#48458613) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Not really, no.

Really though, yeah. Congress is made up of the House Of Representatives and the Senate. Therefore, a Senator is also a Congressman. A Representative is a Congressman also. A Representative is not a Senator, and a Senator is not a Representative. Really. That's how it actually works. Just because people might prefer to refer to Representatives as the more general Congressmen does not mean that Senators are not also Congressmen.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 161

by amicusNYCL (#48421605) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

For instance, can you explain why the polar caps grew last year (both of them) during "global warming" (or Climate Change)?

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the polar caps will either grow or shrink (or both!) every single year, probably based largely on the local temperatures, amount of precipitation, etc. The real question would be how much they grew versus the average growth, and whether they are growing less than they used to. Saying that global warming doesn't exist because the polar caps grew last year is not evidence. What if the polar caps grow by an average of 10 feet every year, but last year they only grew 6 inches? They still grew, but that fact alone is not evidence that would contradict any of the claims regarding climate change.

For example, according to this data, it looks like the sea ice had below average growth for 2012 and 2014 between August and December, even though the rate is still close to 2 standard deviations from the average growth between 1981 and 2010. Farther down that page, it looks like the growth for all years after 2010 is below the average for 1981-2010, though still relatively close. This is the climate system of a planet we're talking about though, if you're expecting huge dramatic changes from one year to the next you're probably going to be disappointed unless we can get China to really accelerate all of those coal plants being built. Climate change looks like a long-term event, especially right around the times where our damaging effects on the planet are just beginning to overcome the planet's ability to regenerate. But don't worry, the more shit we add to the atmosphere year over year, the faster things will start to change once the planet isn't able to keep up.

Or Hurricanes lull in the Atlantic when the Global Warming Alarmists (like yourself) were spouting (especially after Sandy) all about how awful Global Warming was causing these horrible hurricanes?

If it's a true statement to say that climate change and higher temperatures in general will cause more powerful hurricanes, does that necessarily mean that every year there will be a large number of very powerful hurricanes?

I have doubts, serious doubts, mainly because all the horrible predictions made by all the popular spokespeople have not come true. The polar caps, the hurricanes, the extreme HOT weather just hasn't occurred the way "science" predicted it would.

Fear not my doubting friend, because scientific predictions are getting better and more accurate all the time. Here's a video which talks about the new OCO-2 satellite and how it will help us visualize what is going on in order to make more accurate predictions. Note how effective the planet is at reducing all of that CO2 in the atmosphere, it's actually very impressive. But what happens when our CO2 output starts to be more than the planet can handle, where every year begins with just a little more CO2 than the previous year? Good things aren't going to happen. So, where is that point? Have we already hit it? What if we have? How would we know? A couple CO2-monitoring satellites in space will probably be a good place to start answering those questions, so expect data from those starting next year.

That simulation is interesting to watch, but it's just a simulation of what happened in 2006. One major point where the simulation fails: at the beginning (1/1/2006) there is virtually no CO2 in the atmosphere, and you see it build up. At the end of the year (12/31/2006) there is quite a bit of CO2. I suspect that the fact that the simulation begins with very little CO2 is more for illustrative purposes of the simulation and does not actually imply that most years begin with little to no CO2. It actually looks like the opposite, winter months are when CO2 peaks because all of the plants are sleeping.

Uh, anyway, programmers in Congress... yeah, I'm for that. In fact, let's kick out every member of Congress and get entirely new people there, altogether.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 161

by amicusNYCL (#48421383) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

as long as they have debugging experience

Don't get your hopes up. Despite what the summary says, the article says the complete opposite. The newly elected members do not have any "coders" (god I hate that word), but they do contain 2 people with CS degrees. One of them went to work for the CIA on counterterrorism, followed by working for a cybersecurity company, and the other joined the Air Force and then became a lawyer. They are not software developers, they are people who majored in computer science.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 227

by amicusNYCL (#48421221) Attached to: Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Yeah, I'm sure the AAA titles getting released in 2020 are going to look just awesome on the PS4 hardware compared with a PC.

I built my last machine in 2011 when Skyrim launched. It was powerful enough to run Skyrim at 1920 x 1200 with several high-resolution texture mods, sky mods, lighting mods, etc with maximum settings all around. Sure, it cost a bit all told, but it also has SSD drives, a 2TB RAID array, and other things not required for only gaming. But I also picked a system configuration that supports dual video cards. I only got one video card at the time, but it cost around $500 or $600. But the next time I need to upgrade, all I need to do is buy the same model of video card (which should be running around $200 at that point), plug it in in SLI mode, and I've nearly doubled the gaming performance of the machine for a couple hundred bucks. That should give me 7 or 8 years of maximum-settings gaming on the same machine. We can meet up again in 2020 and figure out whether new games look better on your PS4 or my machine.

Comment: Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 1) 119

by amicusNYCL (#48413509) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Bitcoins were deemed to be regulated as currency, and thus the remuneration the US government might owe the defendants can be delivered in US dollars, should the property not be found to be forfeit.

At what exchange rate? If the 50,000 bitcoins were seized incorrectly then are they going to give him $20 million in cash?

Comment: Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (Score 1) 350

by amicusNYCL (#48411943) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Unless you can articulate a reason why the wedding band doesn't make a difference, but race does

The obvious one is that a woman can choose whether or not to be married, but not her race. Another one is that a woman who is not wearing a ring on the fourth finger of her left hand is not necessarily unmarried.

I can't believe I'm discussing this. Anyone who is going to cast their almighty judgement on other people based on factors like marital status or race is an unmitigated dick. I'll leave it at that.

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