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Comment: Re:Muslim uprisings during movie releases (Score 1) 158

by mc6809e (#48602791) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

However, the inane aspect about it is that while Republicans blamed Obama for what happened in Benghazi, fact remains that their position on Libya/Qadaffi was no different from the Democrats.

Some think using force is the solution to every problem and some believe democracy is the solution to every problem.

The disaster of the Arab spring is what you get when you combine the two ideas.

Comment: Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (Score 1) 158

by mc6809e (#48599929) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

To kill 650'000 shitheads. Mission accomplished. Wish they had killed more though.

While it's true that Sadam's military was full of essentially modern day Nazis, we weren't attacked by Nazis on 9/11. We went after the wrong bunch.

Saudi Arabia would have been a better target but the Bushes were too busy holding hands with the King.

Comment: Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by mc6809e (#48599849) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

And for anyone who doesn't remember, this was the film that Obama blamed the Benghazi attacks on. Despite later admitting that, no, oops, that wasn't what caused the attacks at all.

"Oops"?

The attack happened on Sept 11th just before the 2012 election.

You don't really think it was an accident that they blamed some film-maker and threw him in jail to deflect responsibility from themselves, do you?

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 2) 172

by mc6809e (#48510165) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

That isn't specifically true at all. It's all about whether you can reproduce, and have a surviving child more than it is about dying.

But there's an advantage to having parents and the parents of parents continuing to live on.

While older adults might not be able to reproduce, the help and assistance of older non-reproducing adults can factor into their descendent's ability to reproduce.

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 1) 172

by mc6809e (#48509803) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I work in immunology and the coevolution of host and virus to the point where it is harmless would be a Good Thing (TM).

Perhaps good in the long run, but coevolution implies the evolution of the host, too, and that requires an increase, at least temporarily, in the number of dead humans (that pesky selection part of evolution).

+ - Intel Is Hitting The Wall On Moore's Law->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors engineers were managing to squeeze onto a chip was doubling every two years. Four years later, Moore co-founded Intel, a company that elevated this observation into a law and put it at the heart of its business. But now, with chip engineering reaching the point where components are measured in terms of individual molecules, Moore's Law may have reached it's limits — with dire results for Intel."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Why giving ? (Score 1) 92

by mc6809e (#48443959) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Alas, WW2 doesn't seem to have been about religion, and it's still the largest war in human history (and if it were split into two separate wars, they'd be the two largest wars in history).

You're just using too narrow a conception of religion, IMO.

Fascism, National Socialism, and Communism all have their true-believers. And some of them are so certain their faith is the correct one that they're willing to kill for it.

Comment: Re: So basically (Score 2) 445

by mc6809e (#48417221) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Interesting, though, that the vote happened after the election, when it was known who would control the Senate in 2015 and 2016. And interesting that those that are losing power oppose surveillance while those that are gaining it support continued surveillance.

This might suggest the possibility that each side fears the use of the NSA against them by the other side.

I'd hate to think the USA has gotten to that point but I don't think anything would surprise me now.

Comment: Re:Couldn't they have used an RTG? (Score 1) 132

by mc6809e (#48377695) Attached to: Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

Why did we get away from that technology for space exploration? If you're going to spend the money to conduct a mission of this sort why limit yourself to the power provided by solar panels? It would be a pisser to have come this far only to have the mission fail because the probe can't get enough power to carry on operations.

Two reasons: fear that an accident might release plutonium dust into the atmosphere, and the relative shortage of plutonium.

Comment: Maybe he thinks libertarians made a difference (Score 1) 127

by mc6809e (#48377113) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

It looks like the Republicans will have 54 Senators in 2015, in part, I think, to support given them by libertarians (except perhaps in Virginia where a Libertarian candidate took support from the Republican primarily).

Might this be a move by Democrats to reach out to libertarians who tend to be the strongest opponents of the surveillance of the public by government?

Comment: Re:Not smart (Score 2) 219

by mc6809e (#48327321) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Who is still using these sites after all of the Silk Road 1.0 arrests? You have to be pretty dumb to risk your freedom on some stranger's computer security skills.

And not just some single stranger.

How many thousands of programmers/engineers are indirectly involved?

Can you trust the programmer of the website?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the webserver code?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote your web browser?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote BASH?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the rest of the OS?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the BIOS?

Can you trust the engineers that wrote the CPU's microcode?

I once had this wild idea of trying to come up with some automated proof system that would help insure program correctness. I then looked at the huge amount of errata for Intel processors. How can one be sure one's program will even run as expected when the processor itself can't be proven correct?

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