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Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 515

you are less likely to get blown up or murdered by the government while in the US than elsewhere.

The US is the only western nation still executing people, on that score it's roughly on par with China. The US also locks up it's citizens at a higher rate than ANYWHERE else in the world, eg: ~7X the rate at which China imprisons people.

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 258

Where I live, there's pretty much no sexual shame for a woman to have sex, which eliminates the concept of this argument.

It hasn't eliminated anything, there is nowhere on this planet (outside a 1970's hippie commune) where a 15yo girl can have sex whenever she wants, with whoever she wants....AND....still have nothing to hide because all the parents are cool with it.

Disclaimer: I make no claims about this case in particular but at the end of the day, some males are violent arseholes, some females are manipulative arseholes. Violent aresholes ruin lives, manipulate arseholes ruin lives. It's not, as Feminists and MRA's would have you believe, a "problem with men" or vica-versa, it is, what it has always been - aresholes being arseholes. Arsehoes can be suprisingly difficult to spot (eg:Rolf Harris), I pity any 'peer' with a conscience who is asked by society to find the truth in an "alleged sex-crime".

Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 2) 376

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.
I will never understand why some people accept that "sea levels rose 125m in the last 10,000 years", but call BS when the same people tell them "AGW is a serious problem"? It seems to be related to the common religious behaviour where people pick and choose the bits they like, then labels the rest as BS?

Comment Sputnik was scary technology. (Score 1) 282

How many times have we all seen the clip of JFK promising to put a man on the moon?
How many of us know what the rest of the speech said about Sputnik and the Kremlin?

It was 1960, the US still clung to the idea that all out nuclear war was winnable, the coffers of the military-industrial complex depended on that belief. Sputnik put them on the back foot, a communist radio beeper was whizzing over their heads with impunity in broad daylight. Sputnik scared the crap out of the Pentagon, the fear motivated them to seek the highest ground there is - the Moon. Amazingly, they reached it.

I was a 10yo kid in a small Aussie town, I saw the moon landing live and rehearsed the "duck and cover" thing at school, nobody (least of all me) connected the two. Everyone I knew watched the landing, TV's were set up in public halls, pubs, and shops, since there will still plenty of homes that didn't have one. IMO there really hasn't been a world event to rival the public attention the moon landing received. Yes, 911 was a huge shock, but from a historical POV it was just another suprise attack on a dominant power.

Comment Re:Hey, that's great! (Score 1) 89

The "slashdot paradox" when it comes to the workings of the biosphere is about politics, not science. To many otherwise intelligent people, science that contradicts their political/religious beliefs cannot possibly be "real" science. We all suffer from bias, but to observe an extreme example of this type of bias you need look no further than, Rhodes Scholar and current Prime Minister of Australia - Tony Abbott.

Comment Re:Hey, that's great! (Score 2) 89

Thanks, very informative post. Spatial resolution has a major effect on the accuracy on any FEA model. Taken to the extreme, if the block size in a FEA simulation is comparable in size to the Gulf of Mexico, then you won't see hurricanes in your model. One consideration is that the size of a hurricane does not necessarily indicate storm intensity. Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin in the 70's was an unusually small cyclone, IIRC less than 50km across, but the winds were amongst the strongest ever recorded in Darwin, strong enough to flatten it. I believe Darwin is now a Mecca for storm modellers hunting data, during the wet season a tropical storm conveniently develops over Darwin bay every afternoon, it's like clockwork, locals have a name for it, IIRC it's called "Harry".

To those who are bringing up the "chaos" issue, yes we will never get accurate forecasts more than about a month in advance. Since Tracy hit Darwin in the 70's accuracy has improved from 3 days at best, to 10 days at best, that's extremely useful for the military and commercial logisticts. Predicting cyclone tracks is notoriously difficult but it seems these days that tracks for the next 5 days are usually pretty accurate.Track predictions for any number of days above 1 in the 70's were almost useless. New Orleans had at least 3 days warning, everyone was told a massive storm surge was expected, hell I was 10,000km away in Australia and heard about the expected surge days before it hit. New Orleans was not a natural disaster, it was the "worse than useless" response from authorities that was the problem. Darwin suffered the same "lack of response" problem in the 70's, but to be fair it was a very remote place back then.

Comment Re:Is this better? (Score 1) 85

It may not make a difference, depends where the bottleneck is on your machine. My ~2yo 750 on an i7 has no trouble with games, I also have a 550 on an i5 with an SSD. User experience for games on both is good, no problems with frame rates. Before installing the SSD on the i5 it had no hope of keeping up with the i7, now it is hard to tell the difference without checking the frame rate numbers.

My current beef is with the laws of physics and human ingenuity, neither will allow the ping time from Oz to US/EU game server to drop below ~200ms.

Comment Re:Software error ... (Score 1) 234

Better process are the only answer, they can minimise the harm from mistakes, but they will only catch foreseeable mistakes. Some mistakes are so bizarre that they are not foreseeable, eg: I live alone and the other day I caught myself putting the soy-sauce bottle in the microwave, I meant to put it the fridge but didn't realize my mistake until I started closing the microwave door. Auto-pilot told me the next step after closing the door was to set the timer, this meant I was forced to think about what I was cooking and for how long. At that point auto-pilot switched off and I was left wondering why I was about to nuke the soy-sauce, auto-pilot happens to all of us, there are very few experienced drivers who haven't run the daily commute on it for the entire journey

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