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Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 904

That's just over $10,000 per citizen. Is that even a subsistence wage?

It's closer than you might think. If you have a wife and two kids, that's $40,000... That's only a little under a median household income. Perhaps kids pay out less, but that raises the amount available for adults.

If you're single you pick up a couple roommates, just like people working minimum wage jobs already do.

Also, the amount paid out is related to income. If you implemented a $10,000 UBI, plus a 25% universal flat tax, you would only receive the full $10,000 if you had $0 earned income. If you're earning $40,000, your net UBI/tax is $0. With $80,000 earned income you'd have $10,000 net tax. So you're not paying out $10,000 to every citizen.

With the nice round numbers above and $57,220 income per capita, the average tax will be $(57,220 - 10,000) * 0.25 = $11805. That results in 20.6% revenue/GDP. That's a little high, but it's completely plausible. You can nudge the variables a little and end up with a very reasonable scenario.

Comment Re:Ya know... (Score 1) 116

Most Android phones are like that because most people just don't care. They're not the only option though. If you buy a bootloader-unlocked phone you can run straight-up open source software on it. You can optionally install the Google apps on top, but AOSP is a fully functional baseline setup - phone, web, mail, SMS, etc - with no lock-in. You can download the whole thing as source, build every bit yourself, and load it on your phone.

You'll want to stick to models with strong community support. Anything "Nexus" will have solid community support for a long time. Other popular models tend to have okay support for at least a few years. If you off the beaten path you can still hack and patch it yourself.

Comment Re:Microsoft is relentless in being obnoxious late (Score 2) 118

Microsoft wants you to use Edge and wants their settings to stick. Why are you obviously purposefully reverting their settings? They go out of their way to create a normal default setting and you switch it back. Many times this has happened. There's no excuse for this horseshit.


Comment Re:The duck quacked (Score 1) 285

I come here to see the news picked apart in the discussions, not to get the latest breaking headlines. I therefore find either a paywalled link (so I can't RTFA), or a discussion about a previous paywalled link which doesn't match the article I'm reading.

However, thank you for taking the time to answer us. I'm more optimistic for Slashdot's future knowing that you've given thought to this and are making a reasoned decision.

Comment +1 for Mairix (Score 2) 177

After trying several solutions I settled on Mairix. Searches are screaming fast (less than a second to search several hundred thousand emails), indexing is fast, it's reliable (no problems in the 5+ years I've been using it), and the search language is easy and flexible.

* I use procmail to send a copy of everything to an archive, rotated monthly
* The archive is therefore just a handful of mbox files
* I have a cron job to run "mairix -Q" every 5 minutes, and "mairix -p" nightly
* I have this in my .bashrc: "function search() { mairix -o $$ $* && mutt -f ~/Mail/$$ ; rm ~/Mail/$$ ; }"
* And here's my .mairixrc:


With the above, I can find:

* everything from slashdot in the last two months: search f:slashdot d:2m-
* any emails I sent containing "squishy" in the body: search f:subreality b:squishy
* messages with "password" or "passwd" or similar in the subject: search s:passw=
* get a quick summary of the search language: search -h

It's so good that I download all my email from my work Gmail account so I can search it... sometimes Google's search just isn't precise enough to find what I need.

Comment Censorship is not the answer (Score 2) 452

Creating a widespread system of censorship is not the right approach:

1) It violates the principles the United States was founded on.
2) Suppressing the free flow of information deprives people of the liberty to make their own informed decisions.
3) When other opinions are squelched, the communication channel becomes a propaganda channel and loses all credibility.
4) This infrastructure will be abused. Now, ISIS. Next, common criminals. Eventually, dissidents.

Comment Re:Don't Use UTC (Score 2) 143

Are you sure YOU know the difference between UTC and GMT?

It's not that UTC sounds cooler... It's what we actually use. UTC ticks based on atomic clocks and it's what's distributed through NTP. GMT (really UT) tracks Earth's rotation, doesn't have a stable second, and there are no high-precision realtime references.

Most programmers just need to know the number of seconds since Midnight, Jan 1, 1970, GMT, as God intended.

time_t doesn't count the number of absolute SI seconds since the Epoch: it assumes days are always 86400.0 seconds long, and completely ignores leap seconds... even worse, before 1972 they used sub-second leaps, so the offset isn't even an integer.

So, all told, why not refer to it as UTC since that's actually correct?

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 2) 103

The fact that you get /a/ face isn't profound, but the resulting image is interesting. It gives a good picture of the things that human vision uses to locate faces: obviously the eyes and mouth are most prominent; there's moderate contrast for the cheekbones and nose; the oval shape is only vague; the neck, ears, eyebrows, and hairline are almost entirely missing.

I expect those are already well known to vision specialists, but to me, it's an interesting analysis of the exact details which make an inanimate object become a face.

Comment Re:Power usage? (Score 4, Informative) 94

My Arduino projects don't require the power of a 32-bit processor, but do run on batteries. How much more (... or less maybe?) power is drawn by this processor?

It's reasonably close. If you check the datasheets for "Static Characteristics" / "DC Characteristics" you'll find:

The LPC1114FN28 (the ARM chip) draws 9ma @50 MHz, 6ua @deep-sleep, and 220na @power-down;
The ATMEGA168PA (typical Arduino-ish AVR) draws 4.2ma @8MHz, 0.8ua @power-save, and 0.1ua @power-down.

These numbers are just for the chips - the Arduino draws considerably more (about 40ma @idle), and you can stretch your batteries a lot by hacking it. To give a sense of scale, the power LED on an Arduino probably draws 5-10 ma just by itself.

Note that this is a "Cortex M0" profile ARM chip - M means Microcontroller, and 0 means low-end. This is a 50 MHz chip with 32K of flash and 4K of RAM. It's more powerful than an AVR, but don't expect to boot Linux on your breadboard with this thing... that's a job for the Cortex A (Application) series.


Comment Re:Hydrogen and Helium? (Score 1) 35

But doesn't the gas form part of the reaction mass? And therefore using a lighter gas would give less thrust? Eg might sulfur hexafluoride be better?

No, these are water rockets. The reaction mass is water. :)

Even if the gas was reaction mass you'd probably want a light gas. A heavy gas might have better impulse per mole or per liter, but lighter gasses will provide more impulse per gram. At some point the larger pressure vessel will add more mass than you're saving on the gas, but I'd expect the optimal gas to be closer to the hydrogen end of the spectrum. Take that with a grain of salt though because I haven't made any attempt at the math.

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