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Comment Re:well.. not exactly and how you can rat out bull (Score 4, Insightful) 128

And here you both argue the chicken and the egg problem, and you both are wrong.

Hardware and software go hand in hand. One pushes the other as much as the other pushes the first.

Turing did a lot of computer science and information theory developments that were ahead of his time, because there was no hardware capable of implementing them.

Fleming, developing the first vacuum tube diode, had no idea it would be later used to perform computations.

That was in the pioneering times. Currently, it's a constant push. Faster processors, to run available software faster. More elaborate software, making use of the new capabilities provided by the new processors. And again, faster processors to enable that software to run faster.

ID software pushed the CPU to its limits with Doom and Quake. Then 3dfx Voodoo was released, to offload the processor, and allow even more elaborate games. More advanced games pushed more advanced GPUs... and then protein folding happened. Computations that could take decades, finished within weeks, thanks to special purpose processors invented for gaming.

This is a joint progress, happening on too many fronts simultaneously, too many advances both contributing and demanding more advances, that trying to discretize it and say 'this before this' is silly.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 208

I'm arguing that responding to a report of a hostage situation and treating it with full seriousness of actual hostage situation, dispatching the designated unit and handling the situation according to the procedures without shade of assumption this is just a stupid prank is the correct course of action. "Dispatch did nothing wrong."

I'm absolutely not arguing that the designated unit is best for this kind of work, or that the procedures - or behavior outside of these procedures - is any good. Simply put, SWAT is way too trigger-happy, arrogant and violent, escalating situations that would be better handled peacefully, shooting even when it's absolutely not needed, and generally I begin to doubt they are even making the baseline I've outlined - whether the cure isn't worse than the disease.

Still, SWAT is like it is. Lousy as hell, but all you have for this stuff. In this situation limiting the interventions to *actual* threat would vastly reduce the number of innocents harmed. Meanwhile, if getting SWAT sent to innocent people, with full premeditation, is met with a slap on the wrist, "swatting" will only get more popular.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 208

As long as the number of people saved exceeds the number of people wrongly killed, then the intervention is justified. Accidents happen always. Currently, they happen excessively often and it's a worrisome trend which should be corrected, but only when SWAT kills more innocents than would people SWAT is called to, it needs to be dissolved entirely.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 208

While the police reaction was justified, the situation so often turns to the "wrong" target dead, that 3 years of probation for exposing someone to this kind of danger is a joke.

It shouldn't be that the police doesn't react to reports of hostage situations. It should be that nobody ever knowingly, falsely reports such a situation - for fear of the consequences.

Comment Re:* AT LEAST 88 of them, probably all (Score 1) 158

While that's all true, A LOT of debris don't end up in random stable orbits everywhere. A tiny percentage of the total, but still a large number, simply due to the absolutely massive total.

The crash literally produces millions of pieces. Metal splashes droplets everywhere. Solar panels turn to shards. Electronics scattered in tiny pieces. All these can cause damage to other satellites and produce more debris. And even if 0.5% of them end up in a moderately higher orbit, once you have full-scale Kessler syndrome at one orbital altitude, it's only a matter of time until it spreads to all of them.

Comment Re:* AT LEAST 88 of them, probably all (Score 1) 158

It's a good rough estimate. A very small number of shards will move a little faster than that, most will move slower. This is the max any considerable number of shards can reach.

These new satellites are in polar orbit, so collision with (not all that uncommon) equatorial orbit satellites will be perpendicular. And ALL objects in orbit are traveling at orbital speed or very close to it, so is that really what you meant?

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 895

Iraq is paying its foreign debt to USA in oil.

The debt it got for a loan for rebuilding oil production infrastructure.

Infrastructure bombed by USA and rebuilt by US companies. Loan approved by puppet government.

In other words, USA robbed Iraq of its oil, legitimizing it through the process bomb-loan-rebuild-collect loan in oil.

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