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Comment: Re:Economics (Score 3, Informative) 138

by Shakrai (#49340141) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

You can push for the design output, but only at the expense of maintenance, and there's a glowing lump in the Ukraine that demonstrates what happens then.

Chernobyl had nothing whatsoever to do with maintenance. It happened as the direct consequence of an ill conceived experiment, which deliberately bypassed safety protocols, with the added bonus that the experiment was moved at the last minute from the day-shift to the less experienced night-shift crew.

Comment: python and java (Score 4, Informative) 476

by Spazmania (#49336949) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

They tested using strings in python and java, both of whose string libraries are very much overweight. And they tested by concatinating strings in a way that requires constant reallocations and memory copies versus pushing data to fixed size disk buffers in the OS cache.

So... surprise! When writing data sequentially the C implementation of disk buffers is faster than the java and python implementations of strings.

Comment: Slashdot summary is confused (surprise!) (Score 1) 166

Article TLDR version: a cluster of microcontrollers (raspberry pis) does not a real-time operating system (RTOS) make.

The article has to do with deadline-based process timing in a dispersed computing cluster. It has nothing at all do with "network time" which means keeping clocks in sync.

Comment: USSR (Score 1) 1088

by Spazmania (#49296675) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Learned as a child that the Soviet Union had mandatory voting to try to pretend like they weren't a totalitarian state. Very bad for any community that failed to have a high turnout, so they were always over 90%. Wondered why Obama doesn't remember this basic civics lesson. Then I remembered: he spent much of his childhood abroad where he wouldn't have been exposed to U.S. culture.

Comment: USSR Law (Score 0, Troll) 1088

by Spazmania (#49296551) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

The "turnout requirement" where an election had to be done over if voters failed to show up originated in the USSR. There was only one candidate on the ballot, but if you failed to turn out and vote for him you could get yourself and your neighbors in hot water.

Mandatory voting is not a sign of democracy and freedom. Quite the opposite.

Comment: Re:Sunlight, not darkness (Score 2) 98

by Spazmania (#49294637) Attached to: Some Biodegradable Plastics Don't Live Up To Their Claims

We don't need it to degrade when it's buried 50 feet under the current surface of the town dump. It can stay substantially intact for the next 10,000 years, no problem. We need it to quickly biodegrade when, instead of finding its way into the town dump, it wanders into the streams and forests. Where it does stay at or close to the surface, subject to sun and weather.

Comment: cooling will be an issue (Score 1) 4

Cooling will be an issue. Typical off the shelf computers exhibit increased malfunction below about 60F ambient. Signal propagation delays in semiconductors change with temperature. Fluid viscosity in the hard disk bearings changes. Materials expand and contract as the temperature rises and falls with the seasons and daily cycle.

And humidity. If it gets humid in the crawl space, the water will mix with left over chemicals from manufacturing and substances in the dust deposits to form acids which happily eat away at the circuit boards. If it gets excessively dry, that has its own problems.

Hosting a PC in an unconditioned space has bad-idea written all over it.

Comment: Re:People (Score 1) 216

by Shakrai (#49285667) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

I was actually referring to all immigrants to Europe, not Muslims in particular, though they certainly seem to get the double whammy of "you're not from around here, are you?" combined with hostility towards their religion.

Europe is traditionally a place that people leave so it's not surprising that they haven't figured out how to assimilate immigrants.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by Shakrai (#49284229) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

You're quoting the Ma Bell divestiture as an example of helpful regulation?! Ma Bell:

1. Took her universal service obligations seriously.
2. Invested money into keeping her plant modern and current.
3. Was friendly to labor.
4. Threw gobs of money at Bell Labs for the sake of science, with no expectation of immediate payout or profit.

The contrast with modern day ILECs is telling. I'm less than one thousand feet from our central office and can't get DSL faster than 3mbit/s because Verizon wants out of the wireline business and is bleeding it to death. And who can blame them? They've forced to compete against unregulated cable companies while still meeting all of the legacy ILEC obligations, ranging from service commitments to labor contracts.

If Ma Bell was still around I would have had fiber many years ago. For all her flaws she put money back into the business and planned for the future.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 2) 342

by Shakrai (#49284147) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

My personal opinion is that business should pay absolutely no tax whatsoever. All tax should happen when people extract money from a business. Taxing business is just taxing investors, pay and conditions of employees, or shareholders.

You left 'customers' out of the list. Many taxes are simply passed onto customers as a cost of doing business. Of course, you're exactly right, and I've said this for a long time. A corporation can only transfer money to individuals in the form of salary (taxed) or dividends (also taxed); taxing corporate income is a form of double taxation and at the end of the day is little more than a hidden backdoor tax on individuals.

Comment: Re:Free market will sort it out (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by Shakrai (#49284065) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin

You missed his point. His point was that something will always be prohibited and they'll just move into selling that instead. It doesn't have to be drugs. Explosives and other forms of weaponry come to mind as items that are either outright banned or at least highly regulated in most of the World. Are you going to legalize and deregulate them too? Laissez faire for C-4? It would make the Fourth of July a lot more enjoyable but other than that I'm not certain it's a good idea.

Comment: Re:I feel for them... (Score 1) 273

Quote yourself citing south vietnam please. I just skimmed over the past posts to try and find what you were talking about and couldn't find it.

Maybe if you tried reading instead of skimming you might have understood what I'm trying to tell you a few days ago. It was at the beginning of my second to last post, not even in the middle or at the end.

As for this....

but you were so busy pissing on the flag that you didn't realize I am such a proponent as well.

If you accused me of that in public I would fucking slug you. Don't confuse my annoyance with flag waving hawks and reluctance to go to war for pissing on the flag.

I'll accept you as an equal

I don't really care if you accept me as an equal, look your nose down upon me, or kiss my ring with reverence shown for religious figures. You're some idiot on the internet, nothing more, nothing less. I had thought based on your other posts (not directed at me) that we might have an interesting conversation about foreign policy. Then you started talking like it was a game to be won ("admit it or concede") and just admitted that you don't even read my posts. You're just an internet know it all skimming posts for individual lines you can pick apart. Perhaps you'll surprise me with your reply but I doubt it; if it's more of the same do not expect any further engagement from me.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure