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Comment Re:Tax dodge (Score 0) 356

No it wouldn't impact the rich and Congress. Congress critters get free health care, food, haircuts, travel, living expenses (only $3000 though),mail, etc. The rich rarely "spend" or "earn" anything, it all handled through a series of shell companies. It is common practice for a company owner to slap a sign on the side of their car and then claim it is a "business expense" and deduct the cost of purchase, gas and maintenance as a tax deduction. My neighbor does exactly that and drives a BMW instead of a Ford/Chevy/Nissan/Toyota like everyone else in the neighborhood and brags that he can get away with it. The multi-million house is provide by the "company" so there are no "expenses" Air conditioner goes out, the company pays for repairs and it is a tax deduction

Comment Re:Can't have it both ways.. (Score -1) 39

Strange, I have a couple of really nice models based on a series of fourth non-linear partial differential equations with no general analytic solution that seem to run really well on machines like BlueWaters. For some strange reason the program seems to complete in less time as you add cpu's. I guess that it isn't important that the run drops from 140 minutes with 128 processors to 74 minutes with 256 processors. Based on measured runtimes I get a near 1 to 1 decrease in runtimes with an increase in processors. Other researchers say that performance seems to level off once you have bigger domains and a large numbers of processors (large > 10000), but it is the infiniband interconnect where the problem lay

Comment Re:slightly off topic (Score -1) 476

It wasn't "bad code" it was code written in C++. The code would have fewer places to screw up if it were written in C, Fortran or even Pascal. If it were the only a " little anecdote" you might have a case, try reading some of the other posts about just how bad C++ and object-oriented are.

Comment Re:slightly off topic (Score 0) 476

RMS's view on C++ correct. After struggling to update someone else's very well documented finite element code written on C++ proves to me that C++ and the whole object-oriented concept is an abomination. Writing in C++ is like being told you are going to use a chainsaw with the latest and best safety guards only to find out that the safety features are designed to maim rather than protect

Comment Re:Sucks for Lightsquared (Score 1, Informative) 178

No the FCC isn't at fault. the FCC licensed the spectrum to American Mobile Satellite Corporation and later as Mobile Satellite Ventures after a merger between Motient Corporation and TMI Communications. It was most recently known as Skyterra, a company that provided mobile satellite communications services. There was also a cooperation agreement between Inmarsat and LightSquared. Had LightSquared continued to used the spectrum as it was licensed for this whole mess would have never occurred. The problem is LightSquared demanded a waiver from the FCC to use the spectrum for purposes the spectrum was not allocated for AFTER purchasing the companies who owned the spectrum for satellite-to-ground communications. Blaming the FCC in this case is like blaming Texas Instruments because their TI-89 calculator does not work very well as a ruler.

Comment Re:Sucks for Lightsquared (Score -1) 178

From the very beginning it was LightSquared's basic design and equipment that was at fault. GPS receivers are/were properly designed and constructed. Even the cheapest GPS equipment exceeds the standards for rejecting interference. LightSquared knew in advance the spectrum they were buying was not licensed for ground-to-ground communications only satellite-to-ground communications. Even with just freshman level physics you should be able to understand how LightSquared's ground-to-ground signal strength (typically 70 dBm) will over power and interfere with far weaker GPS signals from space (typically 150 to 130 dBm at ground level). The GPS receivers specs never intended to deal with this situation. LightSquared tried to use the FCC regulatory process to deny basic physics. You cannot deny basic physics just because you want to make money. The problem is yet another clueless MBA clown thinks that because he has money he can do what ever he wants

Comment Re:Huh? [Re:Is that all?] (Score -1) 629

Too bad you never worked a day in your life. If you had you would have noticed that there is a deduction from you paycheck that is marked Fica-Medicare and another marked Fica-Oasdi. ie., the Social Security and Medicare you are so pissed about. IF and this is a big IF FICA-Osadi had not been rolled up into the general budget FICA-Osadi would not be in the position it is in now. However, the libertarian/neocons are so pissed that FICA-Osadi was enacted they have been everything possible to destroy the program, since it was such an cost effective program the libertarian/neocons have been doing everything possible to rot it from the inside. The Bush administrations "let's privatize FICA-Osadi and give the money to wall street" is merely the latest chapter. If Bush hadn't given the Pharmaceutical industry billions from FICA-Medicare FICA-Medicare would be in good shape as well. Do not believe me look at the booklet the IRS sends you every year. It lists exactly how FICA is bring in and spending. A quick look shows in FICA brings in slightly more than it spends. The Congressional Budget office DOD accounts for 41-57% of all tax revenues no where near the 20% you quote.

Comment Re:What some people don't get (Score -1) 760

Do you understand the difference between climate and weather? Don't reply because your post documents you don't understand the difference. I bet you think that July temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are colder than January temperatures in the Norther Hemispehere as well right? I guess that's because we cann't predict the weather next week! Geez at least learn a little 6th grade science before you post

Comment Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (Score -1) 1797

Yeah a degree in art history/american studies will get you job right out of college! IF and this is a big IF you view getting a college degree as an apprenticeship AND you choose a field like american studies YOU will not find a job right out of college. IF you view a college degree as a way to become scientifically, mathematically, culturally and socially literate you will find a job soon after graduate. Getting degree from a college/university is not the same thing as going to Kaplan college/National School of Technology

Comment Re:Did it "confirm" it was caused by man? (Score -1) 967

Chapter 1 of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 (AR4) will provide with a long list of citations. In the summary for policy makers The understanding of anthropogenic warming and cooling influences on climate has improved since the TAR, leading to very high confidence[7] that the global average net effect of human activities since 1750 has been one of warming, with a radiative forcing of +1.6 [+0.6 to +2.4] W m–2 (see Figure SPM.2). {2.3, 6.5, 2.9} The combined radiative forcing due to increases in carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide is +2.30 [+2.07 to +2.53] W m–2, and its rate of increase during the industrial era is very likely to have been unprecedented in more than 10,000 years (see Figures SPM.1 and SPM.2). The carbon dioxide radiative forcing increased by 20% from 1995 to 2005, the largest change for any decade in at least the last 200 years. {2.3, 6.4}

Comment Re:Unions College educated people (Score -1) 608

Wait until she is asked to alter her grades to make sure that nobody gets less than a B and when she doesn't an administrator will do it for her. Wait until she takes a 10% salary cut with the excuse that the fees aren't covering her costs, student tuition rises by 10%, while the enrollment in her classes triple, but the President does not feel that she, her Vice-Presidents, nor her Deans need to change their plans for their regularly scheduled trip to Hawaii in January for three weeks to "consult" with their counterparts. Wait until the community college adminstrators release your home address and cell phone numbers telling your wifes students to feel free to call or stop by anytime since "we committed to our students success". Maybe your wife is one of the lucky ones. Quoting A.G. Monaco, senior human resources official at the University of Akron "Wal-Mart is a more honest employer of part-time employees than are most colleges and universities," I don't like the idea of unionized faculty, but when their is an organized effort to abuse the system by administrators and boards their often isn't any other choice

Comment Re:Juck Fava. (Score -1) 155

If Language X makes the job of writing clean efficient code several orders of magnitude harder than Language Y, what purpose is served by learning Language X? The original "Juck Fava" gave perfect example of OO's problems. The single line is niether clean, nor clear, nor maintainable. Think line noise.

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