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Comment Can't Carbon be nuclear? (Score 1) 31

This thought struck my mind. Carbon has an atomic number of 6, and Oxygen has an atomic number of 8. Wouldn't bombarding carbon with Alpha particles result in transmuting the carbon into oxygen? Why would that not happen, or what would have to be the controlling environment to ensure that it does? What would an allotrope of Carbon need to be? Coal, graphene, diamond, graphite, what?

If the above is possible, it would be a perfectly clean form of energy, since oxygen would be the resultant product. Only thing needed would be the usual radiation shielding in the plants, but aside from that....

Comment Re: Put some effort into it (Score 1) 81

In the past, when I used to use bookmarks, I would have certain sites viewed on IE, certain sites on Netscape/Firefox and later certain sites on Chrome. Depending on the DE I was in, I'd even toss in Konqueror/Epiphany. Main issue was that certain browsers used a html file to store bookmarks, while some, like IE, used a Windows Explorer like file manager to sort them. Main issue was I couldn't migrate some of the bookmarks from one browser to the other.

However, of late, I've given up using them altogether. I have a whole bunch of tabs open, and then I also have some RSS feeds staged on the Bookmarks toolbar. That serves me pretty well.

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 1) 34

Permissive licences like BSD permit you to deny freedom to other other people, to have power over them.

Copyleft are called restrictive because it forbids you from having power over other people, it requires you to pass on the freedoms you where granted.

BSD does nothing of the sort. It allows the user to do whatever they like w/ packages, such as distribute them w/ a mixture of open source and closed source binaries. Like if some of the binaries in a package have patents that the open sourced BSD licensed source package doesn't have, the BSD license allows a combination of it being passed on to other people. So if you take such a combination package and pass it to me, you are not passing to me any freedoms other than the ones that you received. I can still tinker w/ the open sourced part of it, while keeping the closed source parts as they are. And I can pass on the modified or unmodified version on down the line, w/ the same freedoms - and 'lack thereof' - that I had received. It doesn't make me a slavery enabling agent.

In more practical terms, however, this is not about the great religion of St iGNUcius. It's about the fact that some open source packages require closed source packages that are patent protected in order to be useful, and under the BSD banner, they are allowed so that they provide the full functionality that the user needs. Under the FSF, it's more important for the user to have a useless piece of junk that he is at liberty to fully modify, regardless of whether it serves his purpose or not. That's why you don't have those endless debates over NVIDIA's or AMD's GPU drivers in BSD the way you do in Linux. BSD provides them in the way they are provided for by the vendors in question.

Comment Re:CIA IS Right Wing (Score 1) 273

Precisely, when you have supporters and opponents of this law on both sides and crossing party lines. While most GOP candidates seem to be for it, Ron Paul is not alone, and is supported at least by Ted Cruz here. What I want to know is that of the Dems, who opposes the wiretaps? Clinton? Obama? Bernie? O'Malley?

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 1) 273

I know what you're trying to say, but the GP is wrong. The CIA was not behind the creation of either the Taliban nor al Qaeda. They supported a different Afghan jihadi warlord by the name of Gulbudin Heqmatyar, and that too at the behest of Pakistan. Heqmatyar later had a fall-out w/ both Gen Zia as well as the CIA. When Benazir Bhutto came to power in Pakistan, she empowered the Taliban, and al Qaeda followed later.

There are some 'Hate America first' people on /., like the GP as well as Fustakrakich above. No matter what is done by America haters to Americans, it's never justified to kill them. Fuck both these guys!

Comment Re:A bad spot (Score 1) 273

A lot more people have done a lot worse things than Snowden. We have 100s of murderers in our jails who'll have decades of legal battles of their death sentences. Snowden doesn't come anywhere near them. Even if one assumes the worst about Snowden - which I don't - the death of the Paris victims would have been an unintended consequence of his revelations, as opposed to the cold blooded murder of hundreds of people every day.

Comment Re:Smearing? (Score 1) 273

If we had a sane policy of spying on Muslims or people who were/might be Muslims, and filtering things from there, and if Snowden had blown the whistle on that policy, I'd agree w/ you. But we didn't. In order to avoid being called 'islamophobic', we adapted a policy of spying on everybody, and that's what he called out. And that's what is at issue here.

Snowden isn't the one responsible for the Paris attacks. Decades of allowing Muslims from North Africa to move into and settle in France, away from their North African hellholes - was what caused this. If France and other European countries had kept Muslims out after leaving Algeria and their other former colonies, it's unlikely that they'd have had a ghetto population today being inspired by fellow Muslims abroad to murder people they had been living beside all these years.

Comment Post Cold War Realpolitic (Score 1) 583

Occupying Eastern Europe was very much Stalin's idea, not Trotsky's. So was his support to Mao Zedong during the Communist Revolution in China, as well as the support to North Korea in the Korean war. After WWII, the Soviets decided that they needed a buffer against the West, and so claimed everything that they had liberated from the Nazis, except maybe Austria, and occupied Eastern Europe and North Korea.

Communism was thought to be a threat b'cos of the idea that Communist countries would fall in the Soviet sphere of influence, and make more easier their attempts to make governments all over the world Communist, and swearing allegiance to them. It wasn't the fear that you'd have Russian troops in Birmingham or Boston or Fairbanks. It would also have meant things like the abolition of the US constitution and entire government set up, and making the Communist Party of the US the replacement of Congress.

The complaints about Poland having a missile defense was made b'cos there was no recognition of the changed geopolitical realities since the end of the Cold War. For the 8 years after they collapsed, Russia had pretty much disappeared from the world map as a major influential power, and was pretty busy subduing the Chechen rebels and trying to resurrect their economy. The new enemy was Islam, which the West to this day refuses to recognize, much less acknowledge. There are still NATO troops in Iceland, Germany and Japan. But the threats to the West are more from resurgent Islamic countries - not just Iran, but potentially other Islamic countries as well via Jihad terrorism - countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Turkey, Yemen, Qatar, Saudi Arabia... Even if their governments may be superficially pro-US, their populations definitely ain't, and are very committed to supporting Jihadi campaigns against the West. Some may do it out of religious fervor, and others may do it just out of a good ole Third World envy and hatred of the West.

Comment Where are all the data centers? (Score 1) 57

Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al - are all their servers in the US? Or is it more distributed worldwide - maybe not in every country, but certainly in major ones that can act as hubs for entire regions. Like in South Africa or Brazil or South Korea or Philippines or Norway or Canada? Cold climes sound better, so that cooling them wouldn't be a major energy budget.

Comment Re:Good News (Score 1) 57

While I'm no fan of Putin, Russia did do an experiment in trying to do things the rational democratic way b/w 1992 and 2000, and that went nowhere. The failure of their democrats - Geidar et al - to resurrect their economy forced Yeltsin to make Putin his Prime Minister, and ultimately his successor. And Putin did some of the things the old Soviet way. It is a pity that Russia's economy remains fuelled almost exclusively by oil, much like the OPEC nations.

Comment Kalinin? (Score 1) 57

I RTFA and checked Udomlya on the map. It translated to Tver, which used to be called Kalinin during the Soviet era. So what's w/ the naming of these facilities after Soviet era generals? Can't they just call it Rosenergoatom Data Center? Or even Putin Data Center, after the great man himself?

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