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Comment Re:Too late, too little (Score 1) 272

It's all about precision. Knowing something will come near Earth, say inside Moon's orbit, and knowing something will hit Earth are two very different knowledge. Would be very disappointing to get a nuke to the object only to change near miss to direct hit.

Comment Re:Too late, too little (Score 1) 272

Look at the Orion project, they intended to use this bombs in thousands. With much weaker payload, but the mass of the ship is a few orders of magnitude less too. I seriously doubt 20 nukes would be enough for any really dangerous thing at the range we can be sure if it would hit the Earth or not.

Comment Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272

Same hit spread over entire hemisphere probably would be much less catastrophic: small objects will burn in atmosphere instead of bringing their kinetic energy down to earth. We can hope for a hot summer instead of tsunami followed by a long "dust winter". The problem is how to blow up this NEO to the small enough pieces.

Given our nuclear stockpiles, I'd rather build big enough Orion spacecraft and just ram the thing. It may be enough to make it miss if hit early enough. Earth is quite small and fast moving target after all.

Comment Re:No one cares (Score 4, Informative) 830

In metric, one milliliter of water occupies one cubic centimeter, weighs one gram, and requires one calorie1 of energy to heat up by one degree centigrade — which is 1 percent of the difference between its freezing point and its boiling point. An amount of hydrogen weighing the same amount has exactly one mole of atoms in it. Whereas in the American system, the answer to ‘How much energy does it take to boil a room-temperature gallon of water?’ is ‘Go fuck yourself,’ because you can’t directly relate any of those quantities.

No big deal, right. Unless you want to actually calculate something.

Comment Re:Pennsylvania (Score 3, Informative) 41

<i>In April 2013, ZeoBIT, which now lists its headquarters as Sunnyvale, California, sold MacKeeper to a company called Kromtech Alliance Corp. Kromtech was closely affiliated with ZeoBIT in Ukraine, and many employees of ZeoBIT transferred to the company, which lists its headquarters as Cologne, Germany.</i>

It is exactly like this. And even without it, having this lawsuit settled is cue enough.

Comment Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 1) 206

No, not THAT act of civil disobedience. He was facing 35 years in prison for the audacity of going for trial instead of pleading guilty, which is absolutely disobedient in the eyes of the prosecutor. And after THIS act he dared to kill himself rather than plead guilty without guilt. Dignity, integrity, just look up this words in dictionary, it may explain something.

Comment Re:Better way? (Score 1) 289

You apparently don't understand that "monotonic" makes only one of the three "uniform, monotonic and deterministic". Deterministic is needed to write simpler programs and have less room for error. There is only so much programmers' power and if it is used to fight timescale issues, other, more useful tasks are delayed. Last leap second wasted a lot of man-hours for nothing.
And stop telling me what to do unless you pay me.

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.