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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

by sverdlichenko (#48751367) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30
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.

Comment: Re:Better way? (Score 1) 289

by sverdlichenko (#48751001) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30
Exactly my point. UTC is well-written standard, targeted to users in need of timescale matching astronomic time with sub-second precision, and their requirements are greatly different from ones IT have. Majority of computers do not give a shit about how Earth is rotated at given point of time, and that which care are controlling telescopes or ICBMs, where 0.9 seconds difference may be to big anyway.
Timescale is an abstract concept, not a real world event series like email, and as such, it may be designed to fit whatever it purpose is. IT needs uniform, monotonic and deterministic time, and UTC fits badly, although better than local time with DST adjustments or some hypothetical timescale with floating second length.

Comment: Re:Better way? (Score 1) 289

by sverdlichenko (#48750733) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30
What exactly is well-defined in current leap second nightmare? It depends on earth rotation changes, it is unpredictable, it requires keeping a database of leap seconds for all times known. Overall, it demands updating perfectly good system at random time intervals or facing inconsistent timestamps.
I really wish TAI or some predecessor of GPS timescale was chosen for computer timescale. Leave astronomic events to astronomers.

Comment: Re: Nuclear Power has Dangers (Score 1) 523

by sverdlichenko (#48431785) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
Not even close to nerve gas. The most important features of weapon-grade nerve gas is that it is not a gas but fine aerosol in first place, and it works not only when inhaled, but also on contact with skin. Even under these circumstances and with proper military deployment, it is expected to be 10000 doses needed to disable one soldier.
People worked with chunks of plutonium and almost no protection for years, and even minor incidents with chemical weapons tend to leave some wounded and dead. I believe in case of launch failure unburned rocket fuel would be more dangerous than plutonium.

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