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Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 387

by jthill (#46234295) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

[...] the _definition_ of crime is based on law, not morals or[...]

This is extremely misleading. Crime's second meaning is rendered in dictionaries as some variation on "a grave offense, especially against morals".

The combination of the two meanings could be fairly rendered as "behavior which should be punishable under criminal statute law".

Denial of that has been showing up in quite a few places recently. Attempting to legislate morals is an attempt to make children of us all, under the stern but loving gaze of Our Father the State, but all the same criminal acts are just that, profoundly immoral, whether or not anybody's written a law against them yet.

Comment: Re:Very different code (Score 1) 225

by jthill (#45741235) Attached to: Comparing G++ and Intel Compilers and Vectorized Code
In particular notice the example at "Interacting Compiler Optimizations Lead to Surprising Results", it's an exact match for GGGP. Tests that are redundant in context is a *very* common result of inlining, compilers these days optimize based on propagating deduced range constraints, which can wind up stripping huge amounts of dead code -- calling a safe function twice in a row, for instance, error checks on any repeated arguments are often wasted, freeing up branch-prediction slots and cache lines and load-store bandwidth for prefetching that's now on a guaranteed path ... and how is an optimizer to tell whether a test being irrelevant signifies a fatal flaw or trust that dead-code-elimination can clean up properly?

Comment: Re:WD et al. (Score 1) 537

by jthill (#45550747) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

The infinite divisiblity prevents damage from losses like this, but flexible value has historically not been enough to solve the real problem.

As the amount of value accounted for by bitcoin transactions grows, the numerical amount of bitcoin available to cover them remains the same. This means that the bitcoin economy cannot expand without making any given amount of bitcoin more valuable -- i.e. they're a recipe for unavoidable deflation. The trouble with this isn't just a matter of perception, the fixed cap is gold-plated incentive for hoarding and worse.

If prices have to drop to make room for new value in the market, nobody wants to be the one that has to cut prices, so nobody does, so there's no money to cover the new economic activity, so the economy stagnates until the pressure becomes great enough that there's a sudden correction. Do some digging If there were a way to make a capped supply workable, by revaluing the markers or any way else, we'd still be on the gold standard. Here's one article laying out this argument against capped supplies — there are many more.

Comment: Re:ya know... (Score 1) 710

by jthill (#45521203) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools
Given the use of such stories, perhaps "honed" would be a better word. If you want your children and leaders to know what's important, and you don't have a written language, you get very, very good at communicating those things in ways the people who need to understand them, can. Think of it as cultural evolution, and if there's one thing everyone can agree the Judaic culture is, it's a survivor.

Comment: Re:Stand down or hot war. (Score 1) 519

No way on earth they're going to escalate for this. They'd be international pariahs in two seconds flat. The Chinese government needs to know they've already embarrassed themselves in front of the entire world by letting these bullies have their way for a moment, and if they don't pull the plug on them they're cowards.

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