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Comment Re:I was young and stupid once. (Score 2) 113

It can either spend a few bucks to solve all sorts or ills, or it can spend a few bucks to cause them...

$22,000 Average cost of policing each homeless person per year
$45,000 Average cost per person placed in prison per year
$75,000 Average cost per person found dead with no family, savings, or estate to auction, when funeral/cremation is left to be paid for by local government
$130,000,000,000 Yearly cost of uncompensated health care at emergency rooms shifted onto your health care insurance premiums, and doctor copays by the poor

Don't delude yourself, not paying isn't an option. Their is no magic scenario where you don't pay.

We can either spend on compassionate programs to help people, or we can spend more money through various private gatekeepers and local governments and pretend we are not spending because its not on our federal tax statement, and generally have cruel outcomes that damage society as a while.

Comment Re:I was young and stupid once. (Score 5, Insightful) 113

I generally don't believe in charity, I believe in changing the system that created the need for charity in the first place.

Granted I will fully admit that its a bit of a Marxist view, But you can't give with the right hand, what you toke with the left hand, its a fundamentally uneven exchange.

Sure I could take that $27 dollars and feed a couple homeless people for a day, or I could spend that on changing the system that created the inequality that created those homeless people in the first place.

Government provided access to health care/mental health care, low education jobs, Education, and housing programs will do much more then a single food/money donation ever could.

Mystery "Warm Blob" In the Pacific Ocean Could Be Causing California's Drought 173

Mr D from 63 writes A mysterious "warm blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be the reason why US West coast states like California are experiencing their worst ever drought, a new study says. From the article: "Nick Bond, a climate scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington, began watching the blob a year and a half ago. 'In the fall of 2013 and early 2014, we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn't cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year,' Bond said in a news release about the studies appearing in Geophysical Research Letters."

Comment math and economics are lost on you.. (Score 1) 653

Government debt is different from your personal debt, The US government could spend over $500 billion dollars per year in debt and not grow the debt as a percentage of the GDP, Government income to relative to the taxable money, as the economy grows, the population grows, and inflation goes, the government revenue also grows. Basically, the current GDP is 17.7 trillion dollars, so inflation(1.5-2%) with growth (3%) is $885 dollar increase for the following year, as long as the government deficit spending is that or less, the debt is as a percent of the gdp staying the same or shrinking.

So long as the US governments debt is denominated in US dollars, and the US government still controls the US dollar, then their is nothing to worry about, as debt is simply something governments have, and it is always measured in values comparable to the national GDP($17.7 trillion for 2014).

Only the most foolish of idiot governments would want their debt denominated in a foreign currency, or a currency in which the government does not control the central bank(see: Greece).

We in the US have neither problem, our problem is within our slash and burn politics of the right wing, that thinks massive cuts to the highest economic multiplier things in our budget(health care, social security, food stamps), will somehow not shrink growth to the point that it is negative, and reduce tax collections to the extent that the cuts have been canceled out(again see: Greece).

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes 110

Ubuntu 14.10, dubbed Utopic Unicorn, has been released today (here are screenshots). PC World says that at first glance "isn't the most exciting update," with not so much as a new default wallpaper — but happily so: it's a stable update in a stable series, and most users will have no pressing need to update to the newest version. In the Ubuntu Next unstable series, though, there are big changes afoot: Along with Mir comes the next version of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, Unity 8. Mir and the latest version of Unity are already used on Ubuntu Phone, so this is key for Ubuntu's goal of convergent computing — Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu desktop will use the same display server and desktop shell. Ubuntu Phone is now stable and Ubuntu phones are arriving this year, so a lot of work has gone into this stuff recently. The road ahead looks bumpy however. Ubuntu needs to get graphics drivers supporting Mir properly. The task becomes more complicated when you consider that other Linux distributions — like Fedora — are switching to the Wayland display server instead of Mir. When Ubuntu Desktop Next becomes the standard desktop environment, the changes will be massive indeed. But for today, Utopic Unicorn is all about subtle improvements and slow, steady iteration.

Comment Change is coming... (Score 2) 181

AMD, and IBM have both been talking about stacked designs for cache memory, Intel has been a big player in HBM/FCRAM development, and AMD, ARM, and others are throwing a lot of weight behind HSA, even Intel is bringing in some of the idea's of HSA at least as far as unified cpu/gpu virtual memory address spaces are concerned. The next 2-3 years is going to be transformative for computing, languages and software libraries will need to catch up with not just with macro threaded concurrency, but also with micro threading concepts. The convergence of "large enough" caches something like Iris Pro but with real cache memory instead of edram, HSA making igpu a first class citizen(think if opencl had access to the programs heap/stack, aka being able to call virtual functions, checking type information, accessing arbitrary objects not directly passed in the functions parameter list), and hopefully HBM/FCRAM will finely catch memory speed up at least for a year or 2(it'ill never last but here's hope'n lol).

Comment It is a sin to destroy a working Commodore 64.... (Score 1) 212

Their are many pieces of the past that if works should not be destroyed, And even if they don't work, we can still very likely get parts off it. I personally would love to find an atari ST, atari falcon, Mac 128k, Amiga 600/1200, any of the atari 8 bit computers. It is a shame that so many of these fantastic pieces of hardware end up getting destroyed.

Comment Re:x86 IS efficient (Score 5, Interesting) 168

1 byte?, you have no idea what you are talking about. AMD64 has a prefix byte before first op code byte, so in 64bit mode no instruction is smaller then 2bytes, Also 64bit arm is a new instruction set, and it does not in any way resemble 32bit arm. The fact is 64bit ARM, looks much more CISC'y then 32bit ARM, providing access to multiple address modes for load instructions, integrating the SIMD instructions rather then using costly co-processor extensions, having lightly variable length instructions, dedicated stack register and access instructions, And in a huge break from prior arm instruction sets they drop the conditional execution instructions from the instruction set. And it manages to increase the register count from 16 to 32 to boot as well. ARM has a bright future, It is not forced to waste huge swaths of transistors on decoding stupidly scatter brained instruction encodings built from 40 years of stacking shit on top of shit.

Comment Typical of all bureaucracy's (Score 1) 345

This is common to private industry as well, the only major difference being the scale of the project. The government needs to define a process that maintains the chain of custody of important software, and this should be redundant. If multiple persons or organizations are charged with this activity, it is less likely that a death or corporate bankruptcy(or simple lack of interest in continuing the contract) will create the situation where you have 7 million lines of code that nobody employed or contracted have any idea how the bollacks it works. I would suggest a few policy changes to improve the situation, 1. retain the right to directly hire or offer contract to any person employed by a contractor developing software if for any reason that contractor should cease being the contract. 2. when contracting or even writing software in house, on large projects(anything projected to have more then say a million lines of code), also hire a second development house to review and file bug reports on the software, submitting a patch history to both the primary developer and the software owner/government. 3. as relates to point 2, the second development house, as part of their contract an option to make them the primary developer in the event that the original developer can not fulfill the needs of the work, or cease being the developer for any reason.

Comment Re:other factors (Score 1) 317

In most States "teacher unions, firefighter unions, police unions, etc." are paid out of income taxes, property taxes and property taxes. Sales tax generally go into State general funds, and are used non-road infrastructure, road infrastructure, back funding of income tax cuts, Medicaid, and frivolous lawsuits over things like nullification of federal laws(albeit in Utah the States School land fund is used for this)

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