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Foxconn May Close Factories In China

JLF65 Re:Poor Planning (476 comments)

That's the point of having a COMPANY as opposed to a private business - NOBODY is obligated to pay when a company runs in the red. If it goes on too long, the company goes bankrupt, but the employees, workers and execs alike, but pay anything (unless there was malfeasance by execs, at which point they MIGHT be held responsible).

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Patents Sudo's Behavior

JLF65 Re:Penalties (657 comments)

If MS hadn't contested them and they had been found to be infringing at a later date, MS would lose the patents.

Wrong. You're thinking of trademarks. Patents don't have a "defend it or lose it" clause. That's the very essence of submarine patents - file a patent, keep quiet, wait until a bunch of people are using it, then BAM!! Surface and file a bunch of lawsuits.

more than 4 years ago

Why Computers Suck At Math

JLF65 Re:READ THE GD ARTICLE (626 comments)

Programmers work with what they're given. You often don't have a choice on what the rate is. For example, the "standard" tick rate of a PC in DOS and Windows is 18.2 ticks per second. Where in the world did this weird rate come from? It came from the fact that the original DOS set the timer to 0xFFFF, and the timer was clocked by one third the color burst subcarrier frequency. This gives the exact tick rate of 3579545 / 3 / 65536 = 18.206507365 ticks per second.

more than 4 years ago

FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

JLF65 Re:Mod parent up... (1255 comments)

Don't laugh - it's the truth! Schools have NEVER been a place of learning. They're nothing more than over-paid babysitters and have been for decades. I learned more on my own in the library and bookstores than I EVER got in school. These days, I don't even have to go to a library or bookstore as I can find even better material online. I only WISH we had had the net when I was in school.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

JLF65 Re:XCP on steroids! (438 comments)

But I'm not all that impressed with blu-ray. I don't think its worth the premium price over a decent upscaled DVD. I don't like the DRM. I don't like Sony. I care more about plot and dialog than pixels, and i can lose myself in an SDTV broadcast movie just as easily as a 1080p bluray. If I'm watching for the clarity of the picture, the movie's not doing a good job of holding my interest...

If you're not impressed, your TV isn't good enough. :) Also, non-HiDef TV can just as often destroy your interest in a movie - some movies have points of interest in the fine details... details that are lacking in DVDs. For example, how about Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet where he's doing the soliloquy with the soldiers in the background bound for Poland. On a DVD, you can't tell what it is in the background until he mentions it in the soliloquy. In many movies, the actors often read something that is legible in the movie theater, but too blurry to read on the DVD... and you miss an important plot point. BluRay is VERY impressive, and most BDs are the same price as DVDs, or only $5 more in a few cases. Granted, I still buy DVDs when it doesn't make a difference (like Shin-chan), but certain movies NEED to be watched on BD for the best experience.

more than 4 years ago

2009 Nobel Ribosome Structures — Patented

JLF65 Re:How is this ethical? (168 comments)

That same money? You mean the money that the socialist did not work for? The problem here illustrates the sense of entitlement socialism breeds - they want the world but someone else has to provide it to them.

The guy driving the Ferrari almost certainly didn't work for the money used to buy the car (thousands of "peons" in "Daddy's" company did), and it's a virtual certainty he has a FAR greater sense of entitlement than ANY socialist... probably greater than ALL socialists put together.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Leaks Details of 128-bit Windows 8

JLF65 Re:128, 64, 32, 16, 8 (581 comments)

Software people get this wrong all the time... leave it to a hardware guy to straighten it out. :)

It's not the bus size, it's the size of the ALU inside the CPU (the ALU actually performs the operations). The 68000 was a 16 bit processor NOT because of the 16 bit bus, but because the ALU was only 16 bits. The 68000 has a full 32 bit architecture, but because the ALU was 16 bit, it took two operations to perform 32 bit instructions. It wasn't until the 68020 that the M68K family had their first 32 bit processor. The 386SX may have had a 16 bit bus, but internally had a 32 bit ALU, so it was still a 32 bit processor.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Leaks Details of 128-bit Windows 8

JLF65 Re:More information (581 comments)

Wait, 2^64 = 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 bits, but only 2,305,843,009,213,693,952 bytes.

No, you address bytes, not bits. So 2^64 = 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 bytes, not bits.

more than 4 years ago

Patent Claim Could Block Import of Toyota's Hybrid Cars

JLF65 Re:That's bright! (451 comments)

What would you have them do instead?

How about work for a living instead of patenting vague ideas and waiting for a company to make something that sort of resembles it?

more than 4 years ago

Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year

JLF65 Re:Waste MORE time!? (1073 comments)

It depends on the person. In my case, yes, I'm flat out telling you practice made no difference in how well I did in school. How many times do you need to add numbers to understand addition. For me - just once. Homework was a waste of my time, and I did as little of it as I possible could, so far as even not doing it at all if the teacher told us what percentage of the final grade it would be and I felt it worth the lower marks for skipping it.

"Practice" via homework is called learning by rote, but where the teacher is too lazy to do so in class. Excessive homework has ALWAYS been my first indicator of a BAD TEACHER. I've never had a good teacher who assigned a lot of homework.

more than 3 years ago

ICE Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning

JLF65 Re:What is the net effect? (245 comments)

I see you and the AC below will ignore scientists/doctors who write SciFi when their opinion goes against your own. That's no reason to disclaim them as mere "science fiction authors", as if their degrees and teaching positions are somehow negated by their writing of fiction. Do you also decry Benford and Sagan? They too are/were also mere "science fiction authors" as you like to put it. Obviously that makes them quacks who should be discounted. :P

more than 4 years ago

ICE Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning

JLF65 Re:What is the net effect? (245 comments)

Looking at the last page:


About the General Public Survey

Results for the general public survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International among a nationwide sample of 2,001 adults, 18 years of age or older, from April 28 to May 12, 2009 (1,500 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 501 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 198 who had no landline telephone).

About the Scientist Survey

Results for the scientist survey are based on 2,533 online interviews conducted from May 1 to June 14, 2009 with members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. A sample of 9,998 members was drawn from the AAAS membership list excluding those who were not based in the United States or whose membership type identified them as primary or secondary-level educators.


So what we see is 2,001 regular people were polled, while almost 10,000 "scientists" were polled. "Scientist" meaning someone who belongs to the AAAS who is not a grade school through high school teacher. That smaller public poll could easily be influenced to say anything the pollsters wanted. We also don't know anything about the "scientists" polled other than they aren't grade school through high school teachers. Maybe they're janitors... we don't have that information. I especially noticed this comment: "Membership in AAAS is open to all." So ANYONE (including functionally illiterate people) could be part of the AAAS sample of "scientists" polled... as long as they didn't mark teaching grade school through high school as their job.

more than 4 years ago

ICE Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning

JLF65 Re:Good-bye ice, it was nice knowing you. (245 comments)

Most people would define "profound" as meaning "of significant impact". That seems to be the definition used here - we're supposed to think that this ice thinning will impact us (the environment) significantly.

more than 4 years ago

NASA's Space Plans Take Another Hit

JLF65 Just doing my job, Ma'am. (12 comments)

- at this point NASA does not know how much Ares I and Orion will ultimately cost, and will not know until technical and design challenges have been addressed, the GAO concluded.

Isn't that NASA's function? To figure out how to overcome those "technical and design challenges"? How are they supposed to do the job when they'd denied the money needed on the basis that what they're MANDATED to do can't easily be estimated? That's why NASA is doing this instead of a company - because the government can more easily shoulder the unknown cost than any one company.

more than 4 years ago

Math Indicates Pollster Is Forging Results

JLF65 Re:naive (319 comments)

I vote about half the time... because I don't vote strategically, I vote my desires - which means I end up "throwing my vote away", which in turn discourages me enough that I don't vote the next time.

more than 4 years ago

A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

JLF65 Re:That means... (276 comments)

It's not the prom (which is in June), it's Spring Break (which is in March). High schools need to be banned from taking a Spring Break. It's the CLEAR solution. ;)

more than 4 years ago

G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

JLF65 Re:extended periods unavoidable with crowds (630 comments)

Well, if people would RTFA, they'd see the "brief periods" is not how long you stand in front of the weapon, but how long they use it. As mentioned in the article, riot police used a "brief blast" that caused the crowd to recoil, giving the riot police room to safely use tear gas and bean bag projectiles.

The police don't turn this thing on and leave it running. That WOULD cause deafness. They only use it as needed in brief bursts. I'm sure there's probably some "training" they make the users of the device go through, just like the training they do for the Taser.

more than 4 years ago

Galactic Origin For 62M-Year Extinction Cycle?

JLF65 Re:We need to talk about this! Re:Not news (221 comments)

Remember how many people on the planet think that just *believing* something is ok ("I believe in a god", "I believe in global warming" etc etc)


more than 4 years ago

Galactic Origin For 62M-Year Extinction Cycle?

JLF65 Re:Heard a similar (221 comments)

Our solar system is one little tiny node that makes up part of one of the spiral arms, and we move with those arms as they rotate around the galactic center.

Your grade school called - they've revoked your graduation certificate. The arms don't rotate around the galactic center. We don't move with the arms. We're also not currently in one of the arms. So you're batting a thousand there - got everything in your statement completely wrong.

All the stars in the galaxy orbit the center. The arms are merely a density wave in the disc. As stars enter the wave, they slow down and "bunch up", forming the "arms". As they leave, they speed up and spread out. It exactly the same phenomenon as traffics jams on the freeway, and scientists use the same math when doing calculations on both.

Anywho, our solar system passes through the arms about once every 200 million years, and the last one we passed through was about 60 million years ago. Scientists don't think it's a coincidence that the last time we passed through an arm was also when the dinosaurs went extinct.

more than 4 years ago


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