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Comment: Re:minutes to midnight (Score 1) 252

You forgot to put "referendum" in quotes.

Because it really was a referendum. Do you understand Russian politics? Do you speak/read Russian? Do you have friends who lived or live in Crimea? No? Then maybe you shouldn't continue to push anti-Russian propaganda. The residents of Crimea were thrilled to become citizens of Russia. Many of them were hoping for it for a long time. Opportunity and quality of life is up big time in Crimea since they joined the Russian Federation. Why do you think all media suddenly became silent on actual conditions there? Don't you think if things sucked there we would hear about it every day in order to further the anti-Russia story? The worst hit piece they were able to manage was a couple weeks after the transition, where people standing in line to have their passport (national ID) changed, and people were complaining how long it was taking.

Comment: Re:minutes to midnight (Score 1) 252

By that logic, the only moral problem with Iraq was that the opponent had the audacity to resist invasion. If they'd just surrendered, the US would have been in the right and could have gone further and annexed the territory.

Well sure, if Iraq had put out the red carpet, thrown a big party, then had a referendum where 90% of them voted to join the US as the 51st state, then the two situations would be exactly comparable.

Comment: Re:Somebody mod this up (Score 1) 252

Administrative takeover of corporations by autoritative central state, with intimidation through abuse of executive power, is textbook fascism. Mussolini would be proud.

From TFA:

It’s not clear whether URSC will gain a majority share of Energia during the shareholders meeting. Officials have spoken of increasing the government’s share of the company from 38 to 51 percent.

Ok, so lets step back a minute and consider. The CEO of Energia has problems with corruption. The government is upset because a company of such importance to the national security and national prestige as Energia is no place for corruption. The government starts an investigation into the corruption and moves to buy enough shares to bring the company under state control. What is wrong with this? This is not Chavez-style nationalization, this is a traditional hostile takeover via buying enough shares. Lets all stop buying into the anti-Russian propaganda, shall we?

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 1) 167

by billakay (#45982269) Attached to: Russia Backs Sending Top Students Abroad With a Catch

The US is about the only country that taxes citizens regardless of where they live and work. Which leads to a fun situation where the kids of US citizens born abroad are considered natural US citizens and expected to file taxes, but may not be eligible to vote depending on which state their parents were from. Taxation without representation.

Citation for this? I don't think that any US Citizen can be denied the vote based on the nationality/residency of their parents.

Comment: Re:A great example for kids (Score 5, Interesting) 214

by billakay (#45328421) Attached to: 10-Year-Old Boy Discovers 600-Million-Year-Old Supernova

I hope this gets shared widely in school science classes and among the home schooled.

In my experience most of the home-drooled kids get only a very basic bit of science because it's likely to interfere with the wacky creationist/survivalist ideas of their parents.

This is a vile stereotype that doesn't deserve to be propagated. I say this as a home-schooled person currently enrolled in a Computer Science Ph.D. program at a well known state university.

Comment: Beat bufferbloat while routing (Score 4, Interesting) 193

by billakay (#45045603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?
Look at the CeroWRT project ( They have a fork of OpenWRT that is kept up to date quite often, and includes a lot of fixes for bufferbloat issues. The firmware gives a very low latency experience with very little effort.

Comment: Re:Avionics (Score 1) 369

by billakay (#43276379) Attached to: FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics
More than once I have forgotten to turn off my cell phone while flying from JFK to Moscow, and more than once I have arrived to find a nice friendly SMS "Welcome to Estonia!". The funny thing is that you can pick any random place in the flight and try to get signal, and you won't...they must really have some powerful cell towers up there...

Comment: Re:I covered my dorm room with Pink Floyd... (Score 1) 561

by billakay (#43182841) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

Indeed, the "cover walls with soundproof foam" idea actually seems rather more practical in a dorm than elsewhere because of the typically small size of dorm rooms...

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot and but the foam that is used for sheeting the outside of houses. It comes in manageably sized fan-folded panels, and isn't very expensive.

Comment: Re:Cars produce more (Score 1) 976

In an ideal world, we would be able to eliminate CO2 from our atmosphere completely. And ultimately, if we as a species are going to survive, we need to do that. But in the here and now, we have to do the best we can. And cars produce way more of that poison than anyone on a bicycle. The Congressman is just an ignorant jackass who has no understanding of how our biosphere works.

Not sure if this is a troll, or an example of someone who has their head so far up the ass of the radical green movement that their brain has stopped working due to lack of oxygen... (Sorry I didn't mean to post as AC).

Comment: Mathematical maturity (Score 2) 1086

by billakay (#40934511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?
If you really want to get into game programming, the advanced math will be your friend. Supposedly even some ancient (and infurating) concepts like quaternions are coming back in computer graphics. For anything else, it still isn't going to be a waste of time. The analytical skills and "mathematical maturity" obtained by taking a good calculus course (and actually applying yourself rather than just trying to pass) will go way further than the actual calculus will for most people.
The Internet

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Submitted by hal9000(jr)
hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "While IPv6 day was a successful marketing campaign, is anyone really moving to IPv6? On World Launch Day, Arbor Networks noted a peak of only .2% of ipv6 network traffic. It appears that IPv4 addresses are still valuable and are driving hosting acquistions. Windows 8 will actually prefer IPv6 over IPv4. If you want IPv6, here's what to do about it."
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Comment: Re:License and registration please? (Score 5, Informative) 884

by billakay (#40446757) Attached to: Arizona H-1B Workers Advised to Carry Papers At All Times

There's a law in the states that citizens are not required to carry identification. Thus all a foreigner has to do is state that they are a resident and there's not much an officer can do about it.

There is a big difference between "resident" and "citizen." In the United States, citizens are technically not required to carry any sort of identification, although it makes things generally easier if you do. On the other hand however, Permanent Residents AKA Green Card Holders are required by federal law to have their identification document (Green Card) on their person at all times. I believe the same goes for non-immigrant visa holders (H-1B, B-1/B-2, J-1, F-1, ...). That being said, if you claim you are a citizen, there is not much they can do on the spot unless they look you up, but if you call their bluff, be prepared to face the consequences. Making a false statement of United States Citizenship carries stiff penalties which can include deportation and extended bans from readmission into the USA.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.