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Comment Re:And Chrome makes itself suck even *more* for ga (Score 1) 122

Genuinely curious, when do you think it's useful to run games in background tabs? And I thought they just added "click-to-flash", rather than preventing you from viewing flash content entirely, which seems totally reasonable. That's a decision that saves memory/energy with the option of still using flash, and anything that gets the abomination known as flash off the web sooner is a good thing.

Comment Re:Then release the raw temperature numbers! (Score 3, Informative) 504

What the FUCK are you talking about? All the numbers have been released in copious detail over and over, as well as the sources for their models/trend estimators. Stop fucking lying you ignorant jackass. Here's the NOAA data for January (the second hottest on record) if you're actually serious.

Comment Re:Cubic gigaparsec ... (Score 2) 184

1 cubic parsec is (according to Google) 2.93799895 × 10^49 cubic meters. 1 Olympic-size swimming pool has 2500 cubic meters of volume. Diving, that gives 1.1751996 x 10^46 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Cubic *giga*parsec, so presumably you're off by a factor of 1e27. But what's 1e27 Olympic pools between friends...

Comment Re:Ok, so no net neutrality in US (Score 1) 706

If what you were saying was true, a republican Congress would not have been re-elected

I haven't seen the figures for 2014, but the only reason Republicans won a congressional majority in 2012 was due to massive, unchecked gerrymandering. As http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U... demonstrates, the Ds won ~1.5E6 more votes than the Rs, yet the Rs have 33 more seats. Of course, this is probably even more true in the Senate, where a voter in Wyoming has something like an order of magnitude more influence than one in say California.

Comment Impact factor metrics (Score 1) 308

Isn't this what impact factor metrics like the H-index (and improved versions) are designed to address? Those take into account the "quality" of a given paper, as measured by its citation count, as well as the number of papers (productivity). Of course, the citation count may not be an accurate measure of quality, I guess. It's probably simplistic, but certainly better than just counting papers published.

Comment Re:Welcome to Capitalism (Score 1) 611

Not certain if the fact that Ayn Rand was a devoted admirer of serial killer William Hickman falls into the "hypocrisy" or "logical outcome" category, but it's quite disturbing either way. Benefiting from SS/Medicare after terming those who do "parasites" is barely worth a footnote in comparison. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/X4hpUe http://bit.ly/12I8mz3 Excerpt:

The best way to get to the bottom of Ayn Rand's beliefs is to take a look at how she developed the superhero of her novel, Atlas Shrugged , John Galt. Back in the late 1920s, as Ayn Rand was working out her philosophy, she became enthralled by a real-life American serial killer, William Edward Hickman, whose gruesome, sadistic dismemberment of 12-year-old girl named Marion Parker in 1927 shocked the nation. Rand filled her early notebooks with worshipful praise of Hickman. According to biographer Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market , Rand was so smitten with Hickman that she modeled her first literary creation -- Danny Renahan, the protagonist of her unfinished first novel, The Little Street -- on him.

What did Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: "Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should," she wrote, gushing that Hickman had "no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel 'other people.'"

This echoes almost word for word Rand's later description of her character Howard Roark, the hero of her novel The Fountainhead : "He was born without the ability to consider others." (The Fountainhead is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' favorite book -- he even requires his clerks to read it.)

Comment Re:Cruel and unusual (Score 1) 369

Income tax rates are mostly irrelevant when it comes to much of the income of the "rich", including the "idle rich" and trust fund babies. The capital gains tax in the 50s was 25%. The estate tax was 77% on estates > $10E6. Both have been gutted today, with little evidence that either "helps the economy". They certainly "help" the deficit. You probably know this, and are just ignoring this in your confirmation-biased little mind.

Comment Re:Don't worry, Romney... (Score 1) 836

As for the "accounting fiction" the trust fund is invested solely in Treasury Bonds, those are the AAA rated investments backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Goverment. You can be an anarchist if you want, but the U.S. Government has never failed to pay back a dollar of treasury bond debt. They get shitty interest rates though (currently 10 year notes are returning a negative interest rate -- you get less back in 10 years than you invest up front, but they still sell easily).

Hmm, where do you get the negative interest rate for 10 year T-bonds? http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=yield has them at 1.6% today. Or are you factoring in inflation?

Comment Re:Death knell (Score 1) 361

Interesting, thanks. It sounds like the cache controller/circuitry surrounding the cache itself emitted "particles", from that post. But then it goes on to talk about humidity etc. Plus, they mention about a 1% CPU time effect, but if you flush the cache you could be affecting other processes' performance too and it's not clear if that's taken into account. Weird. Did they replace it with "mirrored SRAM" which they say is the only real fix ("not available on midrange systems"), or just another box with tuned up scrubbing parameters and what not?

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