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Comment: Re:Like leaving the front door open (Score 0) 437

by megaditto (#34891790) Attached to: US Scraps Virtual Fence Along Mexican Border

How it worked out for the Native Americans: free land, free American citizenship, free education, affirmative action.
All these casinos and shops they own tax-free.

You should put things into perspective: there are about three billion people in the world right now who would LOVE to suffer the way AmerIndians "suffer."

Comment: Re:This is simply misguided -- don't we know bette (Score 1) 252

by megaditto (#34021148) Attached to: The Future of the Most Important Human Brain

My minivan is different from your eighteen wheeler. Which one is defective? How do their differences contribute to their respective abilities?

The amygdala (a brain part) in males is much larger than in females. The reverse is true for Broca's area. Which gender's brain is defective? Do these differences matter? Which one would you fix? I guess these are the sort of questions these guys try to understand.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score -1, Flamebait) 676

by megaditto (#33994114) Attached to: WikiLeaks Releases Cache of 400,000 Iraq War Documents

This is gonna get modded down as usual, but what the hell... One mitigating fact is that 100k of mostly-bad guys is better that 500k mostly-good children.

Bush chose direct confrontation that saved countless lives. Bill Clinton knowingly chose the indirect warfare method that killed millions:

Look for "price is worth it" quote on Clinton's Sec. Albright

Comment: Re:The devil in the details (Score 1) 276

by megaditto (#33622824) Attached to: Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

One of the reasons I quit IEEE is because I got tired of reading articles from them about how the government needs to allow more H1B1 visas

IEEE has never advocated an increase in H1B as a long-term solution. What they did ask for is to replace temporary visas for engineers with permanent green cards, which actually makes sense because that would allow the employees to change jobs easily.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 209

by megaditto (#33211522) Attached to: Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees

A mere $2k is peanuts to these Indian "chop shops" that will pass the tax to their employees, who will be even more indentured.

The real problem here is that the visa ties your "rockstar" to the employer, which undercuts similarly (or better!) qualified Americans. H1b people should be able to change jobs or start their own businesses.

If Schumer was serious, he would push the startup visa bill (hire 10 Americans, get a green card) which would go a long way towards fixing visa abuse.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 2, Interesting) 209

by megaditto (#33186554) Attached to: Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees

What else is Chucky Schumer to do?

In an election year, the voters have three priorities: jobs, borders, and deficits.

Like any good Democrat he knows that you can't tax the illegal immigrants: they are already poor, and you will piss off many liberals.
You also you can't tax regular citizens because they might vote you out!

But by taxing work visas it looks like you are creating more jobs for Americans, while funding the borders, while reducing the deficit! Killing three birds with one stone!

Comment: Re:To be replaced by...? (Score -1, Flamebait) 342

by megaditto (#33030596) Attached to: Will Ballmer Be Replaced As Microsoft CEO?

Their investors would be happier if some new MS CEO fired their skilled developers, sold off the pipeline to Apple, and did a stock swap with Altavista or some other yahoo-like shitcan. Yes, the stock would go through the roof, long enough for the CEO to take his golden parachute and bail.

The investors would be happy, but that's because your average investor is an idiot that wants some "change" she can believe in. How's that working out, by the way?

Comment: Re:Needed crouwd thinning?? (Score -1, Troll) 456

by megaditto (#31683070) Attached to: Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug

Please; don't throw around Fox News memes.

What does it even mean? Pigeon-holing me into your straw-man?

if I wanted to believe that the majority of the world was killing itself because of health care it's had[...]

1) You list China as a country with "ideal" healthcare? A country where they inject formaldehyde into a baby if it's a second pregnancy? But hey, "for the greater good" and all that, right, Comrade? For fuck's sake, be carefull what you wish for
2) Majority is always wrong. Being a leader means by definition not being a part of the majority. Innovation/invention means breaking away from the majority.

Besides, it's not my job to demand people die.

We agree on something at least.

Comment: Re:Needed crouwd thinning?? (Score -1, Flamebait) 456

by megaditto (#31682936) Attached to: Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug

Here is a take on your intellect: You are a fucking retard.

Thank you for your opinion. There are at least two ways of dealing with the problem at hand: the right way, and the wrong way.

The problem: a dangerous, infectious, irresponsible person posing a huge thread to the public.

Solution 1: pay the bioterrorist his "protection" money. promiss to keep paying in the future. [Obamacare]

Solution 2: pay the CDC/police/courts to take care of the current treat. Educate the children and the public at large. Encourage biomedical research (invent vaccines and cures).

Comment: Re:Consumer's fault, not Amazon's (Score 1) 762

by megaditto (#30140004) Attached to: Calling B.S. On Amazon's Taxation Arguments

Dr. Ferris:

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Comment: Re:Poor QA (Score 1) 626

by megaditto (#29991782) Attached to: Why Computers Suck At Math

Rounding errors do not accumulate, but the rounding error becomes larger as the count increases. Once you accept that, the rest follows.

Say your software calculates a time interval as uptime2 minus uptime1 (rounded to 5 significant figures):

t1 = 0.90000
t2 = 0.94000

t2-t1 = round(0.94000) - round( 0.90000) = 0.04000

If same calculation is performed 30+ minutes later, you fuck up:

t1 = 2222.90000
t2 = 2222.94000

t2-t1 = round(2222.94000) - round( 2222.90000) = 0.00000 = 0

Comment: Re:Poor QA (Score 1) 626

by megaditto (#29937301) Attached to: Why Computers Suck At Math

Are you sure this was clock drift? My reading of it was that the precision of the clock deteriorated, not the accuracy.

They used a limited number of bits to store an unlimited integer, so the precision got worse as the least significant digits were rounded.
A crude example, if you only have 4 digits to store uptime in seconds, as the time progresses:

0.000 to 9.999 s -- precise to 1 millisecond, 0.5 ms rounding error
100.0 to 999.9 s -- precise to 100 milliseconds, 50 ms rounding error
1000. to 9999. s -- precise to 1000 milliseconds, 500 ms rounding error

Presumably, at some point the error in distance: (time rounding error error) X (target speed) would place the target outside the targeting envelope of the radar, and hence the target disappears.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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