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Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1430

I'm calling them ineffective because they are actively harming the Palestinian cause, providing an excuse for retalatory airstrikes and the psychos who launch those old missiles don't even get the bloodthirsty satisfaction of killing people.

It would serve you well to at least google a topic before you pretend expertise.

As for those "large amounts", it comes out of US military aid and helps reinforce the aid supply (which is not going to be cut off as long as those rockets keep flying). "Defending against terrorist rockets" is a pretty damned good reason to help out another country and even isolationists are going to think twice about cutting off that aid.
Meanwhile our "friends" in Saudi Arabia are paying for these rockets.

Yes because the U.S. needed rocket attacks to provide aid to Israel and the aid will stop if the rockets stop.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1430

So what would that make rocket attacks, firing mortars at a apartment complexes and playgrounds ?

Pretty fucking ineffective but it makes the Saudis and Iranians who paid for those old inaccurate Shah era rockets to be shipped over feel warm inside for contributing to the "struggle".
It is fucked up on many levels with not just a few utter pieces of shit on both sides but also outsiders egging things on.

Seeing as Israel spends large amounts dealing with these :ineffective attacks", calling them ineffective sounds like wishful thinking on your part, or perhaps failure to understand the goal.

Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 1) 62

Just spoke to someone on another forum -- Ontario resident who has the misfortune to own a house with electric heat. And in the past year their bills went from high but tolerable, to just under $700/month -- with the heat turned down as far as it can be without all the pipes freezing up, and their kids walking around wrapped in blankets.

The anti-warming types who raise such a fuss every time we have a hot summer are silent when an unusually cold winter kills a lot of people, whether through direct cold or financial hardship.

Comment Re: In the interest of infringing further: (Score 1) 136

Really? I've heard the last few Trek outings were absolute shit. I've been too busy to see many movies, but after Paramount's shenanigans began I couldn't see making time to give them any of my money. The fans made Trek - if they want to shit on the fans, then the fans can u make Trek. Except that most of them are p'tak.

Comment Re:Students? (Score 1) 212

AI stagnated in academia because the average research budget grant simply didn't cover the cost of high performance computing at the time. In the late 1980's, MSDOS PC's were stuck with 4.77MHz/16MHz CPU's, 256 color VGA modes, and 64 kbyte memory segment block allocation sizes (aka tiny, small, medium, large and huge memory models for code generation). Academics were lucky to have a 80x87 floating-point coprocessor. Even the 32-bit or 64-bit workstations weren't that much faster due to the fact that many had external storage on the network. Even when there were fast workstations, they decided to slow everything down with interpreted languages like LISP, Prolog and Scheme. Some did compile into native executable code but required large code libraries. A lot of academics had to make do with PC's to do image processing. Unless they had an i860 coprocessor with a framegrabber board, they had to store images on disk, fetch each column or row of pixels one by one, do a FFT or inverse FFT, then write the data out, repeating the process for the other axis. Now the same work can be done using a HD webcam, a smartphone or an ink-jet printer.

Supercomputers were restricted to weather simulations and aerodynamics. Around 2005, it was possible for a desktop or laptop to do 3D volume visualization with some old school texture mapping tricks and high-level shaders. Now there are a dozen different methods of doing rendering and image processing each taking advantage of GPU capabilities; OpenGL, OpenCL, CUDA, DirectX, compute shaders, Matlab, Blender, GIMP, ImageMagick, WebGL, Java, Python (PyCuda, PyGL)

Comment Re:Merit over Intersectionalist Bingo Quotas (Score 1) 309

implement fascism

I suspect we have different definitions of "fascism", which I don't want to delve into here.

Good luck firing Jews that exceed their quota

What specifically is this in reference to? I would note that quotas should be based on what's available in the workforce. For example, if group X gets 20% more college degrees in finance, then we should realistically expect 20% more of group X in finance careers.

good luck firing 87% of the Blacks (13% in the US) employees at the all Black Entertainment Television.

I'm sure the laws can work out some exceptions, such as entertainment or political shows catering to specific ethnic groups, at least for the parts of the business that relate to cultural issues.

Drawing perfect lines in the sand may be unrealistic, but that's civilization: compromising and cutting deals to keep the peace.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1430

First off, "fake news" doesn't mean what you're using it to mean here. Editorial, spin, distortion, or misinterpretation of real events to score political points is not "fake news". Deliberately making up complete fabrications out of whole cloth, knowing (on the part of the creator) that they are fake, and trying to get other people to believe it, is what "fake news" means.

Second, I'd like to see an example of Trump mocking an able-bodied person in the same way as he mocked the disabled person in question. (It seems plausible that he maybe does 'retard hands' like that as a way of mocking people in general, which still is not great on his part, but I'd like to know for the record whether that's really the case or not).

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