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Comment Re:The bravest astronaut (Score 1) 50 50

will be the first to board the next launch vehicle to the ISS after all these failures.

It's not like any of them are proving themselves particularly reliable. And it's not like any of these failures would have been survivable for the crew.

Actually, the situation is not as dire. The Progess launch failure was a result of combining the new Soyus 2-1A design with the supply ship, and

Officials were considering launching space station crews on the Soyuz-2.1a version once its performance was demonstrated on Progress missions.

Today's mission used the older Soyus-U design, and I would guess that the next crew going up would also use this older launcher.

Comment Re:Knowing when not to (Score 1) 345 345

The main reason for using templates should be to eliminate copy-and-paste coding, not to improve performance.

This depends on the task. Ever heard of expression templates or partial template specification ? Specifically, the latter is used in many std::copy implementations to do a fast memcopy when the data can be identified as POD or scalar that doesn't require the execution of a copy constructor.

Comment Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

Fascism [...] mandates worker syndicates to offset the power of industrialists and other "owners" of production.

If this is so, then why

on May 2nd, 1933, the day after Labor day, Nazi groups occupied union halls and labor leaders were arrested. Trade Unions were outlawed by Adolf Hitler, while collective bargaining and the right to strike was abolished (further reading).

Comment Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253 253


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin


“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson

That's why you really want a consensus democracy:

Consensus democracy is the application of consensus decision-making to the process of legislation in a democracy. It is characterized by a decision-making structure which involves and takes into account as broad a range of opinions as possible, as opposed to systems where minority opinions can potentially be ignored by vote-winning majorities.

Comment Re:There is something to it, people are missing (Score 1) 743 743

If I were to lend 10.000 euros to someone, I'd have a better chance of having that loan paid in full from a German citizen living and working in Germany than from a Greek citizen living and working in Greece. That does not mean that I would not lend to Greece, but it means that I would take a higher interest rate to compensate for the risk.

Which, on the other hand, means, that it should be possible that this risk of Greece not paying back should also be realized. However, Greece was "bailed-out" which means the investors were bailed out instead of sucking it up that they did an insecure investment. In 2010 about 100% of the investors in Greece debt were private investors (Deutsche Bank for instance), now it is the tax payer who will lose if Greece declares bankruptcy.

It is not a diabolic German plan to put Greece down. It's just economics.

Actually, there is a plan to put the current Greek government down, because if they somehow succeed to get Greece back on track than this is a signal for Spain, Portugal, and maybe even more countries in the Eurozone that a different politic is possible than is not based on the austerity dictated by Germany.

Incidentally, there are general elections in Spain in November, and yesterdays communal elections showed that the anti-austerity movement goes strong. If they could point to Greece as an example of how to do it differently, then it's bye-bye for the currently ruling party.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 5, Informative) 98 98

The idea of this type of trade agreement is to introduce rules that big business wants, but are currently difficult to push through in your country. If the trade agreement is ratified, the government will then say "We need to set these rules, because they are part of the trade agreement", and you are fucked. In other words, TPP will be used to diminish your rights. You might want to continue reading here.

Comment Re:Capitalism is not a moral system (Score 1) 142 142

[...] Basically he had visited a bunch of World Vision type projects where they would fly in and dig a water bore and setup a community pump. He said everyone would celebrate and think they were doing a wonderful thing, but in a year or two they would go back to the village and find the pump broken. When they inquired as to why nobody had bothered to fix it, each person would say it wasn't their responsibility, or blame someone else for breaking it.

I'd rather say that the project was not well planned, because they didn't make sure to make someone responsible for the pump, e.g. the village council. It may also show that the pump may have been a nice addition, but not considered a necessity by the villagers. I'm quite certain that if the object in question would not have been a pump, but a bridge on the only road to the village, they would have gotten their act together and would have fixed it.

Comment Re:That doesn't work (Score 1) 142 142

I could have sworn that the collapse and utter disaster of communist countries proved this. [...]

Whoever came up with the idea that these countries were communist, doesn't know the first thing about communism:

"Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state, [...]".

For starters, all those "communist " countries used money and were states.

If you have no reason to learn things then get a good job and work hard, you're not going to. People are lazy as hell. If everyone's even and shares everything, nobody tries and your country sucks.

Where I come from people generally enjoy learning things and like to do some fulfilling work. People are generally lazy when it comes to doing things tht they don't like to do. For these jobs, "that need to be done" on the other hand a five hour week (pdf) should be enough.

Comment Re:Hello? The 21st Century Calling (Score 1) 229 229

... There is no time savings from a computation unique to a Xeon chip, that cannot be replicated by a supercomputer cluster with software higher precision emulation. Its just more work and higher energy consumption costs.

Actually, for performance-per-watt arm64 is the winner.

Comment Re:A database... (Score 1) 73 73

So up to know the EU has NOT been keeping track of who arrives and leaves???

Apparently yes, in December, when I went to India when exiting the EU in Madrid they just looked at the passport, compared the face that the boarding pass is valid, without any further check (e.g putting the document on some kind of reader).

Crossing an international customs border is not a private affair

But it should be.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.