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Comment: Re:I'd put a 'may' there (Score 2) 42

by osu-neko (#49361635) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

Snort. Because the democrats who dominated congress up to now have done sooo well at eliminating graft & pork. Hell, we can barely remember what those are thanks to the wonderful dems taking care of all that is wrong in the world and sprinkling fairy dust in our morning cereal...

Find a new axe to grind, your old one is worn out.

Pot, meet kettle.

The difference here, of course, is that neither side refrains from indulging in fatty pork products, but only one of them is claiming government spending is bad while doing so.

Comment: Re:GCHQ Does Something Retarded (Score 1) 68

by osu-neko (#49271981) Attached to: GCHQ Builds a Raspberry Pi Super Computer Cluster

Buy a single damn video card. [...] That's likely why he thinks it's retarded... it doesn't solve any problems that aren't better solved by other solutions.

I'm not seeing how a single video card will help solve the problem of teaching how to build a cluster out of multiple networked computers. Nor would it look nearly as cool, which is directly relevant to the purpose of (to quote TFA) "getting children interested in science and engineering". It sounds like what GCHQ came up with succeeds much better at achieving the goals in question.

Comment: Re:Science,much? (Score 5, Informative) 33

by osu-neko (#49008735) Attached to: Earth's Libration Visualized For the First Time Above the Moon's Far Side

we can only see 50% of it's surface on any given night

So which nights can we see the other side? Oh, never.

Actually, on any night other than the one precisely a lunar month from the given night, you can see some of that other side (the 50% you can't see tonight). That's what libration does -- expose some of that other 50% that you can't see tonight. Not all of it, sure, but some. You can only see 50% on any given night, but you can see 59% over time. Thus, 18% of tonight's "other side" will be "this side" on some other night.

Comment: Re:GUI apps vs. desktop components (Score 1) 134

by osu-neko (#48952935) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Huh. The glitchy desktop is the thing I hate most about Windows. I need Windows for some of the software I need to run under it, but gods I wish I could replace the buggy platform I'm running them on with one of the stable, spiffy desktops I use when I boot into Linux (and still have them run well; sorry WINE).

Comment: Re:Traditional (Score 1) 62

by osu-neko (#48591545) Attached to: Kawa 2.0 Supports Scheme R7RS

the strengths of traditional compiled Java platform integration

I never thought I'd hear someone say that Java integration is a traditional strength of compiled languages...

...and you didn't. The text you quoted neither says nor implies that that's a traditional strength. (In the text you quoted, the word traditional is used as an adjective modifying "languages".)

Comment: Re:Boy that will win more users.... (Score 2) 415

by osu-neko (#48561125) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
Yeah, I have an iPhone 3GS I still use, but it's getting more and more difficult. Support for this generation of phone stopped with iOS 6, and a lot of newer apps, or newer versions of some of my existing apps, require iOS 7 or 8. I'll be forced to buy a new phone soon...

Comment: I hate these misleading statements... (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by osu-neko (#48540327) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

... caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

No, he was caught trying to deliver schematics for an aircraft carrier to the FBI. Since he thought he was trying to deliver them to the Egyptian government, that makes him a scumbag, but let's not pretend an actual crime that would have occurred without the FBI's action has been thwarted here. They didn't step in and stop something bad from happening, they just found some guy who likes money more than ethics and made a good headline out of him. Arguably doing so maybe has some deterrent effect, but don't misrepresent what happened or blow it out of proportion.

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_