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Comment Re:wth how is this legal? (Score 1) 84

Who said the US was paying for any of it? I read that this is part of an international effort, meaning each contributing country puts in a piece of the project. It's Taiwan's lander through and through. It makes perfect sense, putting things in space is expensive and if I were Taiwan, I wouldn't want to pay for the whole project either. But this late in the game you get just as much credit for contributing to a larger project as you would from doing an entire smaller thing all by your lonesome; see India as an example. Were you confused because the cost of the project was in USD? I for one couldn't even tell you what the currency for Taiwan is much less guess at the current exchange rate, that's why it was displayed that way.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

So if you have children at 40 (disregarding the complications and risks) it's likely that they won't inherit genes that are likely to kill them in their 30s. Thus the population in western "1st world" countries is aging, having children later and this may also be a contributing factor to the phenomenon.

The obvious problem in this is that this same trend is also causing the increase in autism in those same countries. Conditions in the autism spectrum won't negatively impact the life span of an individual, but most of those afflicted struggle to become contributing members of society. Now realistically speaking, the chances aren't exactly astronomical that if you are 35+ and you have a child that they will have this condition. But you are rolling the dice at that point and it would be disastrous for everyone in a given generation to wait until they are almost middle aged to have children.

Comment Re:Not all is bad. (Score 1) 209

You don't say, you claim that after you paid Apple their 200% markup on the rest of the hardware you purchased for them they were willing to replace the $40 battery for you at no cost? This is a perfect example of the delusions that the Apple brand (because calling them a tech company is just ridiculous) sells to their lemmings and calls customer service.

Comment Re:Do we learn nothing? (Score 1, Interesting) 213

What a load of libtard horse shit. The "problem" with that isn't their race, and if you're accusing a computer program of being racist then you really need to spend some meaningful time away from the TV and internet. The "problem" there is that burglary is a more brazen and violent offense and would therefore be weighted higher than merely shoplifting. This would have landed her in a higher security grade prison which I believe still correlates with a higher degree recidivism. This algorithm should rate previous crimes higher IMO, but if the designers believed more strongly than I do in the reformation power of prison then I can understand why they would have made this initial decision. If you have to blame someone, because I know that's what you people live for, then blame the judge for not dropping burglary from the black women's docket.

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 249

It is meaningful in this context because the context is that the study discovered a correlation between countries where a tendency to do well in standardised IQ tests correlated with less piracy.

In other contexts I would probably agree with you.

You seem like the kind of person who would have fun with this:

Submission + - SPAM: China homegrown electronic and world's fastest supercomputer 1

Taco Cowboy writes: Clocked in at 93 Petaflop (or 93,000 trillion calculations per second), the new ShenWei (roughly translates to The Wrath of God in Mandarin) TaihuLight tops the world's fastest supercomputer list

Twice as fast and three times as efficient as the previous leader Tianhe-2, the new ShenWei Installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi and comprised of 10.5 million locally-made processing cores grouped into 40,960 nodes (with each node having 260 processor cores) the computer runs on the Linux Operating System

The processor is divided into four core groups, each with 64 computing processing elements (CPE) and a management processing element (MPE). Each core group also includes a memory controller delivering an aggregate memory bandwidth of 136.5 GB/second on each socket. It runs at a relatively modest 1.45 GHz and supports just a single execution thread per core

The chip was manufactured at the National High Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, in Shanghai. The process technology node has not been revealed

Memory-wise, each node contains 32 GB, adding up to a little over 1.3 PB for the whole machine

Its main applications include advanced manufacturing, weather forecasting and big data analytics, wrote Jack Dongarra in a paper about the new machine ( [spam URL stripped]... )

Pierre Ferragu, tech analyst at Bernstein, said the ranking showed that China was “pulling together all the building blocks of an independent semiconductor value chain”

The system is also rather light on cache. In fact, it really doesn’t have any in the L1-L2-L3 sense. Each core is allocated 12 KB of instruction cache, along with 64 KB of local scratchpad

From a power standpoint though, TaihuLight is quite good. It draws 15.3 megawatts (MW) running Linpack, which, somewhat surprisingly, is less power than its 33-petaflop cousin, Tianhe-2, which uses 17.8 MW. TaihuLight’s energy-efficiency of 6 gigaflops/watt is excellent, which will certainly earn it a place in the upper reaches of the Green500 list

The interconnect, simply known as the Sunway Network, is also a homegrown affair. It’s noteworthy that the older Sunlight BlueLight machine employed QDR InfiniBand for the system network. The TaihuLight one, however, is based on PCIe 3.0 technology, and provides 16 GB/second of node-to-node peak bandwidth, with a latency of around 1 microsecond

Running MPI communications over it slows that down to about 12 GB/second. Such performance is pretty much on par with EDR InfiniBand or even 100G Ethernet, although the latency seems a tad high (it depends on exactly what’s being measured, of course). In any case, it looks like the design team opted for simplicity here, rather than breakneck speeds using exotic technology

“The latest list marks the first time since the inception of the TOP500 that the US is not home to the largest number of systems,” wrote the authors of the ranking. “With a surge in industrial and research installations registered over the last few years, China leads with 167 systems and the US is second with 165”

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Comment Re:WTF with the spurious Obamacare reference? (Score 3, Insightful) 607

Obamacare hasn't helped anyone. The "millions of poor people" who supposedly benefited from it qualified for medicaid to begin with. The only thing this disastrous plan has done is drive up the cost for those of us who actually have to pay for it out of pocket and force people who decided that they can't afford it to pay out the nose anyway. Do you remember when Obama was running for President and we were all shouting how he didn't have the experience he would need to properly pass a bill through congress? This is exactly what we were talking about. Anyone with a modicum of foresight would have expanded the program that was already in place to help these people instead of managing to screw things up worse then they were.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in America (Score 1) 145

Some guy that had his weenie cut off is not much danger to our wimminfolk, considering s/he probably didn't cut it off in order to become a lesbian.

Dear God you're an idiot. Gender identity has jack shit to do with sexual preference; and yes, as a result a significant number of men who become women still prefer women. See Kate Jenner's most recent documented exploits for an example. None of this has anything to do with the heart of this issue which is whether a person should be assumed guilty without a trial, evidence of them planning a crime or any pattern established by previous behavior. Their reasons for denying entry into these facilities are all based on an assumption of guilt. But it is an inconvenient fact that in this country that you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, that is what these jack-ass rednecks are ignoring and that is the problem that needs to be addressed until we lose all of our damn rights to these wanna be white knights.

Comment Re: "simply right click" (Score 1) 260

There's undoubtedly a lot of code out there that has:

#define MAX_PATH 260 wchar buffer[MAX_PATH];

Undoubtably because that's defined as such in the Windows.h header file for both VS and the GCC off-shoots. Microsoft has known for years that this was a problem, but they also acknowledged the pain that a change like this would cause for thousands of developers and even more so for the poor bastards like me who have to support end of life software where we can't simply make a change and then recompile the source code to fix this problem. I kind of wanted them to leave this one alone, but I guess they are dead-set on resolving all of the little nagging criticisms they hear from your *nix-tards about how the dominant product in the PC market is "inferior". Congratulations internet, you've made a huge step in progress for the world and have simultaneously accomplished nothing but causing pain and grief.

Comment Re:Why shouldn't it be? (Score 1) 380

No, you didn't "buy" the software, you purchased a license that authorized you to use the software; and license provisioning has ALWAYS been different from the sale of physical property. Ignoring inconvenient facts doesn't change them or make them go away. You are not allowed to sell your software license to someone else just like you are not allowed to sell your drivers license or hunting license to another party. The only difference between the two is that one license is issued by a private entity and the others are done by the local government. What, did you think it was a coincidence that the two ideas used the exact same terms?

Comment Re:of course it will burn.... IF (Score 1) 418

That "long run" that you are referring to, is hundreds or thousands of years. You're better off burying leaves, fibers like cotton or algae; since cellulose is cellulose and wood takes too long to grow to a comparatively significant mass. Burying the carbon deep underground sounds like a grand idea. But wait, autists like you don't think about things like soil depletion because that would involve considerations that are a whole step ahead of what is immediately in front of you. You need to capture the carbon while returning the other elements back into the biosphere, that means composting. Let me guess, you're the kind of mouth breather that thinks fertilizers are a solution to the soil depletion problem, aren't you?

Comment Re:Equal capping of all traffic sources (Score 2) 180

Data caps inevitably lead to "zero rating" certain services that said vendor provides. This means that some things do not count against your monthly data usage effectively penalizing you for using anything outside of their approved network which is exactly the kind of shit that the net neutrality laws were put in place to prevent.

Comment Re:of course it will burn.... IF (Score 4, Insightful) 418

The plants eventually die and decay. When they do, that carbon is released back into the atmosphere.

You do realize that carbon is not a gas, right? And that it happily bonds with A LOT of things other than oxygen? Also, dead plants don't break down into a gaseous state, any one with a compost pile can show you that. Some is given back into the atmosphere as CO2 and methane when the plants die, but not all of it. We can sequester a notable amount of CO2 as soil through decaying plant matter in a relatively short period of time (as in months given the right conditions).

Comment Re: Truly Epically Dumb to Destroy It (Score 0) 287

You might hope that this is true, but it's not. A lot of anti-vaccine subscribers are intelligent people in jobs where on a daily bases they see other intelligent people make absolutely stupid, elementary mistakes and then they see those screw-ups get a pat on the back for it. These are people second guessing what you take for granted, which quite shamefully is something that was lost somewhere with you older generations. Things like formaldehyde and mercury were convenient tools at the time and I'll admit that they work well enough; but at the end of the day we are using them preservatives, they aren't even an active ingredients. Neither component is exactly known to be hypoallergenic either, some people have negative reactions to them. Maybe now that the medical crisis for these preventative measures has subsided we can look at some other substitutions instead of continuing with your generations habit of stagnation and xenophobia.

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