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Comment Guns are not the problem... (Score 1) 352

I am suspecting more and more Americans are..

So, please tell me about this wonderful country you live in and its castle doctrine.
I am assuming, from your description, that you are perfectly entitled to shoot and kill without warning:

A person who has to execute an emergency landing of their helicopter on your property due to engine failure.
A person who was dragged on to your property by others and dumped there.
A person you invited to visit, but then forgot about.
A person who was supposed to visit the same house number in the next street, but misread the sign and wandered on to your property.
A person who is fleeing someone chasing them, and who happened, in their panic, to enter your property.
A kid who wonders over to pick up their ball that got kicked the wrong way, on to your property.

Must be one hell of a friendly place, what with everyone barricaded in their little castles, shooting at anything that moves.

Comment Re:GE Invented offshoring (Score 1) 109

Wasn't GE big on that management system Six Sigma? I don't know any of the details about it other than I think it involves shit-canning the bottom 10% or something of the workforce just because they're the bottom 10% of the workforce.

I also remember a business news story from the Welch era where they were doing so much business in financial services some analysts suggested the company's valuation should be judged as a bank and not as an industrial concern. That may have just been financial news clickbait but I think it was in an era where they were selling off long term industrial businesses and focusing a lot on GE Capital.

Comment Lunar junk (Score 1) 56

If these kinds of projects become more common, is there a risk that desirable landing zones on the moon will become junkyards of project flights and expired landers and rovers?

I'm guessing not, since the moon is about Asia's size in terms of surface area. But maybe due to all kinds of reasons some zone on the moon is easier to hit or more desirable to land on, actually making it something of a problem.

Comment Re:Morons (Score 4, Insightful) 283

Well, that is really quite simple to answer.

While you keep the general masses divided over issues where they can point the finger at each other as being at fault..
And while you can, as central government, say 'oh no! that is terrible! let me make some new regulations to help' without impacting your own plans..
The sheeple are just so much easier to heard.

Then throw in a nice big serving of 'mass media profit is maximised when content gets an emotional reaction' (just about any reaction will do).

And not to mention a little 'my life is actually very easy and I feel inside I am achieving nothing, but if I yearn for a cause, I am moving the world!'

Does that answer your question?

Comment The real issue with NASA. (Score 2) 56

This year NASAs budget is over 18 billion.
It has never dropped below 15 billion a year since 2004, or below 12 billion since 1990.
NASA dont currently have any launch capability of their own.
And yet, the amount NASA spend on actualy space exploration has continuously dropped over that time.
The amount they spend on pork barrel politics and massive internal management/oversight structures has
however continued to grow.

THIS is the problem with NASA - the ratio of funding to achievement has been in a continuous downward
spiral, however most people who want them to succeed cannot think past 'more money for NASA' and
realise that the #1 problem is their collapsing internal structure, not funding.

NASA needs to get back to their mission, the development, delivery, and operation of space research platforms.
I know thats very unpopular, especially by the flag wavers, but a strong NASA is one that is mission focused,
not downing in its own politics and bureaucracy.

Comment Re:Extraordinary claims require ... (Score 5, Insightful) 289

"outliers can be very unusual indeed."

There's outliers and there's statistical impossibilities. The chances of him having lived 23 years (almost a 3rd of the average humans lifespan) longer than the next oldest person I'm afraid are so close to zero that you couldn't tell the difference.

Comment Re:How does this compare to 3d-xpoint stuff? (Score 1) 145

It's funny, but I could have sworn I read Intel actually demoing the technology at a media event, that it was already production ready and that it was beating NAND in all the significant measures, density, speed and durability.

The chatter was that it was *so* good that it was being considered as potential augmentation for RAM, allowing for huge RAM cuts in lower end devices since swapping to it would be largely indistinguishable from actual memory access on low end systems. Marginally believable as I have two SSD Skylake laptops running Win 10 with only 8 GB RAM and I've never gotten the itch to jack up RAM amounts because even generic SATA SSD makes paging transparent enough.

Or it was the next fast tier in enterprise storage, which, IMHO, has to be dreading the rise of cheap 3D-NAND largely obsoleting their tiering sales pitches and forcing primary flash storage down in price. I'm sometimes of the opinion that the latest hyperconverged trends have nothing to do with platform vendors aiming at SAN vendors but hardware vendors looking to boost profits by overselling compute by repackaging it as hybrid compute + storage.

I think the other oft-mentioned thing was that 3D Xpoint was actually going to debut in some kind of ultrabook design in Q1 or Q2 of 2017, so it wasn't necessarily going to be a technology dribbled out at high margins to enterprise markets before reaching pro-/consumer levels -- ie, someone had decided that it was all-around good enough that they could just gut the existing NAND market at once. Maybe that's just led to wishful thinking on my part, the idea that there really was a next big thing available universally and able disrupt the entire storage market.

Comment Re:Safe? (Score 1) 74

I think you mean it will be less unsafe.

Clearly 'safe' is an absolute. This is a fix for a known vulnerability.
You cannot be safer than safe, but you can be less unsafe than having a known vulnerability ;)

Its almost like no one is magically 'exempt' from such issues, fancy that.

Still, at least they turned around a patch reasonably quickly. Pity they didnt do so before it was
major media news..

Comment Lawyers and other political animals.. (Score 1) 236

Once upon a time I asked the x264 people if I could ship the x264 installer inside a bundle of software I was selling.
note: I didnt ship it, I politely asked if that would be ok.

The answer I got back was, in short 'That makes your whole system GPL, please give us your details so we can pass them to our lawyers'
Now, I thought that was a little crazy, so, again, I politely asked why they thought that would apply if I did ship their installer.

'You have linked our code as a core part of your system, therefore you are a derivative system, send us your details immediately!'
Again, I asked 'that seems very odd, I certainly wont be using your system at all, however could you please tell me why you think that a piece
of software that the end user will install, that is only accessed through windows Directshow standard interfaces would make my software derivative?'

I was told to direct that question to my own lawyers, since 'they do not provide free legal advice', and again asked to provide my details to THEIR lawyers.

Needless to say, I never, ever, EVER used x264, or recommended it to my users.
The only reason I was asking to include it was to save them downloading it if they needed to read those particular video formats - and had exactly
zero intention of making any changes at all (of course, I was intending to distribute an exact normal distribution)

Sad really, and completely unnecessary.

Funnily enough I heard from others that the x264 people consider providing users with a button that automatically DOWNLOADS the same installer and runs
'no problem', and that they didnt consider x264 libraries in linux distributions being used by a plethora of other software to legally taint those with GPL
requirements, but they considered any shipping of an installer on windows as one.. hmmm.

I hope they enjoyed their power trip - but it just wasnt worth the legal battle/risk. I wonder if all the x264 contributors realised their contributions
were being used as a political hammer in such a way.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 381

You think so?

Name one. Just one.

Perhaps use the nice small country of South Korea for comparison.

Find a single medical procedure that is available in the USA and not in south Korea and is not some archaic leftover the rest of the world has already abandoned.

There are certainly many procedures available there that are next to impossible to obtain in the USA.. And pretty much every procedure is available privately for significantly less cost and at lower failure rate.

Comment Re:Ye olde 'negawatts' concept (Score 1) 155

California has given up on bringing new power generation online,

"Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 [across the US] was located in California." "Nearly 60% of the natural gas capacity [across the US] added in 2013 was located in California." http://www.eia.gov/todayinener...

California's total electrical generation capacity has gone from 55,344 MW in 2001, to 79,359 MW in 2015. That's an average increase of 1,644 MW of new capacity going online each and every year.

http://energyalmanac.ca.gov/el...

Energy standards in California call for 33 percent of the stateâ(TM)s power to come from renewables by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030, and so the state is building new wind and solar capacity as fast as possible. The recently built Ivanpah plant was the world's largest, and it's in California, not Arizona, for good reason.

In fact you can get a current list of power plants planned, under construction, and newly online, here:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitin...

Conservation is fine is a short-term solution to shortage - of anything - but in the long run there is no substitute for generating more power

California "has one of the lowest per capita total energy consumption levels in the country. California state policy promotes energy efficiency. The state's extensive efforts to increase energy efficiency and the implementation of alternative technologies have restrained growth in energy demand." https://www.eia.gov/state/anal...

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