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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 83

Nuclear technology is great.

Except when you have humans in the loop.

Then .. it's pretty terrible.

We need smaller, automated nuclear power which automatically shuts down by design where it is literally impossible for it to screw up.

And then it still will a few more times over the next century. But then the lost areas will be a mile in radius rather than 12.5 miles to 50 miles in radius.

Comment I got a great idea! (Score 1) 96

1) Stop shipping U.S. jobs to india and replacing those here with H1B's. H1B's should be reserved for brilliant and rare candidates who are truly in short supply.

2) Stop being so evil with Windows 10. Seriously- rip a lot of stuff out.

3) Develop something cool that actually needs more power. My computers have been at 5% to 10% CPU for the last 15 years except when playing currently released video games.

Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 366

Should a catastrophic plan that covers almost nothing be considered a real health care plan?

Yes, yes it should. I take the money I saved in premiums and used that for my annual checkups. I banked a large portion of it over a few years and had a savings account worth considerably more than the annual deductible. It was a completely valid - and financially sensible - approach for me. Low monthly payments to cover something big, and my savings would cover the rest. Much like I do on my car - high deductible, low payment.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 366

Hi there, Seattle native (since relocated, about 4 years ago). The buses in Seattle seem to climb the hills rather well. Rail? Well, there's a reason there are 300+ foot deep stations in Seattle - you need the shallow grade (compared to the hills) for light rail to work. BRT can climb the hills (and if you've ever ridden the 12/13 up Madison, they do it quite speedily as well - of course, they're electric trolleys) without issue.

Comment Everybody, but Americans. (Score 1) 346

This should produce some interesting points for AGW. Basically, nations and businesses can NOT be trusted on how much pollution, esp. CO2, that they emit. It is time to move to global monitoring via satellite (OCO2 and OCO3), along with a tax on ALL GOODS based on where the worst parts come from. This will be the ONLY way to drop global CO2.

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 97

I think the hold up is that ARM needs to be comparable in terms of computing power to Intel.

I don't think "comparable" is sufficient. I think that to switch an OS where people primerally use propeitary native code to a new incompatible CPU architecture the new processors have to be substantially more powerful to offset the performance cost of the emulation.

I find it unlikely that ARM will ever make a processor that is substantially more powerful than a regular desktop/laptop intel chip.

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 95

I think the hold up is that ARM needs to be comparable in terms of computing power to Intel. Right now ARM's great as a low power platform (though Intel is seriously catching up) but Chromebooks are a very conspicuous case where ARMs are used in an environment they're almost never seen in.

I don't think the problem is the ABI. Apple has solved that three times before, 68K to PowerPC, and PowerPC to ix86 and ix86-64. The solutions weren't beautiful, but they worked. And the PowerPC to two different Intel APIs transition occurred with the current generation of operating system.

If ARM makes sense, they'll switch to it. I just don't see why they would - yet.

Comment Re:Are mass shootings a false flag? (Score 1) 75

In the case of the UCC shooter I do not believe so. I believe it is far more likely that autistic mom and autistic son shared an autistic obsession about guns. Autistic son had headbanging stim. Autistic Mom who was studying to be a nurse went crazy with the perscription meds to control the headbanging. One day, kid loses control, takes 6 guns out of the collection of more than 20, goes and shoots up the nearest gun-free zone he knows about, which happens to be the college he's enrolled in.

Seems very straightforward to me.

Comment Re:The missing link is mental illness (Score 1) 75

Your article failed to address side effects from antidepressant medication, which is the *specific* co-morbidity. Yes, general mental illness does not necessarily create violence, but it is specifically listed in the potential side effects of drugs like Zoloft and Lithium.

Suicide is also a danger with these drugs (which makes me think anti-depressants are rather, well, misnamed).

Suicide by cop even more so. And for that you need, gasp, potential or real random victims.

Comment Re:Wow. Talk about misreading, and missing the poi (Score 1) 94

Yeah, and guess what?

Smith v Maryland (1979) says that phone call records, as "business records" provided to a third party, do not have an expectation of privacy, and are not covered by the Fourth Amendment. And the only data within that haystack that we care about are the foreign intelligence needles. I know that's difficult to comprehend, but it's the law of the land, unless and until SCOTUS reverses that ruling. And they very well may.

Until that happens, "We're pretty aggressive within the law. As a professional, Iâ(TM)m troubled if I'm not using the full authority allowed by law." -- General Michael Hayden

Comment Re:Why the lack of interest? (Score 2) 132

I'm not sure there's ever been that much interest. It's more of a theoretical standard, useful for people packaging binaries with hard coded paths, but even that isn't particularly useful right now. The LSB lost credibility from the Debian side from the start by picking the rival RPM as the packaging manager, and while I gather that different was papered over in time, the other fundamental issues - differing library versions, different standards for inclusion, etc - that prevent the concept of a "universal" package never got resolved.

It's probably a good thing it's going, a bad mostly ignored "standard" is probably worse than no standard at all, as it leads developers to make assumptions about what's available that they probably shouldn't.

Comment Re:Correct. Including the US government. (Score -1, Troll) 94

Here's your mistake, and the mistake of everyone who thinks the way you do:

You cherry-pick examples of abuse -- and that's exactly what it is, illegal abuse -- and extrapolate it, in your mind, to being a systemic problem. You imagine it's happening all the time, and that people just sit around at their desks looking up their friends, girlfriends, neighbors, and ex-spouses for fun.

You then cherry-pick completely unrelated, long-ago-condemned examples of things that happened decades ago under the Hoover FBI, which is about 180 degrees opposite from what NSA does for foreign intelligence, and before there was any semblance of anything that could remotely be called intel oversight, and pretend it's exactly the same.

Your mistake is that you think isolated examples of abuse are not isolated, without proof; then you believe that any such examples indicate what, to you, is obviously a systemic, widespread problem. Abuse will ALWAYS happen, and it will never stop. This is true at all levels of government, and anywhere a human being exists. The answer to that is oversight (something you also think doesn't exist, but is actually so overbearing and restrictive that if you could actually witness it, you wouldn't believe it), not removing any authority that "could" be abused, because then we would necessarily have to remove them all.

Yes, intentional abuse, unintentional abuse, simple mistakes, human or machine error, and all manner of things happen in intelligence work. And those errors are such a vanishingly small proportion of what NSA does that it is nearly zero -- and they are still taken seriously. In fact, this is one of the single most important things drilled into anyone doing foreign SIGINT, military or civilian, every single day. It's not some kind of a joke.

I hate to break it to you, but how things actually work might disappoint you if you think there is rampant abuse everywhere.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal