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Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 180

"Just because a lot of people didn't vote the way you think they should have isn't proof that they were coerced by people who disagree with you."

Just because someone is talking about manipulating the voters in a vote that did not go their way does not mean that they are citing merely that outcome as the sole evidence of the manipulation... especially in the comments on a article that is *specifically about the hard evidence of manipulation*.

Comment: In other words, have not shown it possible (Score 2) 85

by radarskiy (#47539749) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

"we found that the system is possible for short periods of time"

They state that their configuration is "stable for a few hundred years", and their graphs only extend to 400 years. The eclipse cycle in the story is 2049 years and has repeated enough times that people are starting to detect that it is fact repeating.

In reference to tidal forces from the Trey-Patru binary they state "(Though subsequent generations of the Kalgash people will face dangerous scenarios.)".

Their configuration actually has not been shown to be survivable for even one cycle.

Comment: Re:Stability (Score 3, Interesting) 85

by radarskiy (#47539693) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

The story depends on
a) the cycle repeating enough times that people cans start to figure out that it is repeating
b) sufficient conditions for life to evolve in the first place

So if you do not require that the cycle be permanently stable, then you require two different life-supporting configurations and a transition that can also support life.

Comment: Re:the evil they do is always front and center (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by radarskiy (#47519313) Attached to: The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

"U.S. Secret Service they guard the president and for some mind boggling reason, investigate counterfeit currency. "

No, they investigate counterfeit currency and for an accidental reason guard the president. At the time that Congress requested a protection detail for the President, the Secret Service was the largest law enforcement agency at the federal level. The FBI had not yet been created.

Comment: Welcome to engineering (Score -1, Flamebait) 368

by radarskiy (#47519173) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

"because "spec" is a moving target that never solidifies. "
Too damn bad. Welcome to engineering.

" Agile processes...not even attempting to nail down requirements beforehand"
This is an acknowledgement of reality. Welcome to engineering.

Your argument boils down to "Engineering is hard". If it were easy, everyone would do it. Welcome to engineering.

Comment: Re:suspect results. (Score 1) 612

From the article "The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty."

So are you the one person who read the article before posting and are paraphrasing it, or yet another jackass who like to parrot a clever line without knowing whether it applies to the given situation?

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir