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Comment Re:Back in the 1990's, you only needed 4GB... (Score 1) 89

My phone as 6GB Ram. It rarely uses more than 4, occasionally 5. But phones are funny, they prelaunch apps you use, until most of the RAM is used. Because it is less battery bringing app to the foreground, than launching it from storage. I suspect that if you had more RAM, your RAM usage would go up.

Comment Re:BETRAYAL (Score 1, Troll) 356

US secret services know more about this than has been revealed

You trust the same secret services that lied to us about spying on Americans ... repeatedly? If you believe anything they say, you're the idiot. Until someone OTHER than Secret Services (and gets their info from them) says so, I won't believe anything they say. Because they have already lied, under oath, about spying on Americans. And this appears to be another case of that, except that nobody really cares about our Government spying on us, Soviet KGB style ... on steroids.

The political statists (both D and R) are flat out ignoring the repeated claims that our government is who hacked the election, literally, and figuratively, and everything in between.

And as for the Russians, their "hacking" of the DNC, Hillary Campaign and various other people related to HRC, if anything, is proof that the Email server scandal is probably worse than what we believe. You think that Hillary could secure her top level secrets, when she couldn't secure her own campaign? AND people wanted her in office in spite of being completely idiotic with security? Not to mention Uranium One Deal, quid pro quo Bill Speaking fees to Russia, and deposits into the Clinton Foundation?

Politics makes people stupid. The truth is, it is more likely it was Seth Rich that leaked most of what WikiLeaks release. But he is dead, from mugging where nothing was taken. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Comment Re:BETRAYAL (Score 2) 356

TBH, I didn't vote for Trump either, but I would like to point out that a large part of the people who did vote for him, were sick and tired of being called "troglodyte haters". Hillary's "Basket of Deplorables" comment was just another symptom of the stupid elitism of the useful idiots of the left. And they are idiots, because they continue the same tired name calling, and repeating debunked claims. It is as if they are completely devoid of any other means of communication.

"Racist"
"Nazi"
"Russians"
"Misogyny"
"Cheeto"

Luckily for them, most of the Republicans are inept stooges who are more concerned with "tightening their grip, while systems slip through their fingers"

Many Americans are tired of the two existing parties and have completely given up politics as a solution to any real problem.

Comment Choices. (Score 1, Insightful) 106

I work remotely and need to be at a few different sites a few times per month.

For ~$50/night at AirBNB I can get a quiet room, a place to sleep and no distractions.

A hotel in the ~$50-$100/night range has a hall that smells like weed. People wandering up and down the halls at all hours of the night and hit or miss bed bugs.

Comment Re:More Propagandists Claiming to Be Non-Partisan (Score 1) 261

People lose the ability to recognize that they are on an extreme end of a spectrum

I know that my views are way outside of "mainstream" in a lot of cases. Extremism isn't really a problem until people use "emotionalism" and force their views on others. I am an Extreme Libertarian, but my views are that as one of an extreme, I should be able to win my argument using logic and reason, not vain emotionalism. I recognize that my views are on the extreme end of someone else's spectrum, it is what powers me to try to be effective at communicating WHY my views should be compelling.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 0, Troll) 261

So, what you're saying is rather than live in Leftist paradises like ... Venezuela with the natural wealth that country has (big OIL), people will flee to the Tyranny and Oppression of the US?

Yeah, I am sure the "next time" socialism will get it right. And that wasn't a good version of Socialism ...

"... the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina .. " - Sen Bernie Sanders

Socialism works, until it fails ... miserably, often catastrophically.

So, yeah, I don't see the world working quite the way socialists in ivory towers (and VT Senate seats) view it.

There is a reason why people come to the US, because for all its flaws, it is still (more or less) free to make it on your own.

Comment Re:surface plz (Score 2) 129

Yeah, geosynchronous satellites are way out there at about 6 Earth radii with 700ms ping times.

We're talking about all of the new low earth orbit mesh networks, though, that SpaceX and Facebook and Google and Virgin Atlantic have all expressed interest in launching, either as part of the Iridium 2 constellation or in competition with it.

Here's a visualization I've made of SpaceX's proposed 4000+ node constellation based on mission parameters that Elon Musk has announced publicly:
https://youtu.be/neLPRMrhy80
Imagine trying to clear a comfortable launch window through that!

Not sure if he's really serious about it, or if it's just a bargaining chip to get better negotiations for the Iridium 2 launches. But the factory for these things is just down the road across town, so I suppose I could go check.

Comment Re:There are only four programs that matter (Score 2) 249

You're forgetting the other other big one: interest payments on national debt.

But even all of the "small beans" items are larger than they look... for example, the federal spending on education contributes only about 7% of the actual operating costs for a K-12 school, the majority of which is typically paid by State, County, City, and local taxes. But the feds make schools really work and jump through lots of hoops and administer tests to tick off the boxes that allows them to tap into that 7% of funding.

Anyway, http://www.usgovernmentspendin... does a better job including some of these other tax revenue streams into the total picture.

If anyone is interested in one-upping Steve Ballmer, have at it. Lots of source data from the White House Office of Management and Budget:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/brow...
All the raw data is there in lots and lots of Excel spreadsheets. Not very well organized or visualized, but it's there.

I got interested in doing something like this after an engineering accounting class I took a decade ago:
http://hairball.mine.nu/~rwa2/...

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