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Comment: Re: ...The hell? (Score 1) 290

by astar (#47541067) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

People get their asses kissed for writing books filled with this sort of trollish use of logical thought experiments. This fellow actually picks practical public policy issues that are in the news and invites close reasoning. Worse sometimes he does real stuff. He needs a regular column.

It seems odd to me that someone would think a fiction writer is necessarily doing an autobiography and even if the writer says he is that this is true.

Comment: drought and water price (Score 2) 242

by astar (#47446277) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

My state of Oregon is fully in drought. California is in extreme drought. Pretty much all the west has been in drought in a more general way for over a century.

Now in California if you have 100 year water rights then you might own water you can sell privately. Since the public sources are no longer there for many uses then buying on the spot market might make sense. The spot hit $2200 acre foot recently. You can play with this and see that this might be 250 1000 gallon units untreated. So i guess this Texas town is maybe paying $200 for an acre foot and this treated. These numbers are pretty much just in my head approximations and you can recalculate as needed.

California if this this goes on will be in a humanitarian crisis in 18 months. If so, you may be affected. You might want to support what this Texas city did after making the scat jokes. Or maybe shut down high water use export industries. When we ship a pound of beef out of country, how much water is effectively being shipped with it?

Comment: openbsd (Score 2) 127

by astar (#47001383) Attached to: 5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

Openbsd defines any potential security issue as a bug. Emphasis potential. The interesting actual exploits these days are sometimes 15 unexploitable glitches strung together.

The Linux kernel is oriented towards supporting all the cutting edge hardware. This is not going to make security very practical. Openbsd is, ah, stodgy. But what openbsd brags on is "no remote holes in the default install" not "no local exploits".

I think that Linus cannot fix this sort of issue. Theo could take lessons from Linus on nasty around systemd but Linus has not been consistently nasty and I think it too late.

Send Theo money.

Comment: Re: First World Problems (Score 1) 384

Curiously it is illegal in North Carolina to perform a same sex marriage ceremony simulation. Sure, you cannot get the government paperwork and everyone knows this but a minister doing the deed anyway is a criminal. So the government is being sued on 1st amendment religious freedom grounds by churches and ministers. You were saying?

Comment: nuscale and general atomics (Score 1) 165

by astar (#46881817) Attached to: Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

I live not far from Corvallis Oregon. Off the top of my head I think DOE just announced big awards in SMR. But not to the people who are crying in the story.

Around here we name our streets Gaia and hate nukes. And some locals picked up a quarter billion from DOE for SMR The first one will be in Montana.

Story might not be complete.

Comment: Re: That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (Score 1) 329

by astar (#46850811) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

As it happens I am fine blaming the victim. But maybe blame is sort of something a dumb ass does. But that suggests that if you learned to blame yourself for what happened to the victim then you might end up less a dumb ass. As far as our standardized victim she should blame herself for not seeing how you set her up. After getting over that, she should recognize that you the dumb ass are not going to be helpful and the only one who will help her situation is herself. At this point we have a nice Hobbsian utopia.

Comment: Re: But it isn't (Score 1) 195

by astar (#46838165) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

I followed your link and it becomes self-referencing. Further the precision of equality is "about". And the Mohr scale is extremely non-linear. But the Mohr scale is also an operationally defined scale. So there is little need to argue. What scratches what? So why is there not a good cite? Probably because the operation is not reliable on these materials. Thus the equality is ambiguous. Now i do not know anything. All i did was follow your link a bit and be a little thoughtful. I am sure you being a thoughtful person have already consider all this and found it to be dismissable.

Happiness is a positive cash flow.