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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

The economy and its growth is measured by the money flow rate, that's fairly independent of the balance. You can have money flows even when everybody is in debt. Only when they want to pay that debt back do you get trouble because then they spend less than they earn which decreases the earnings of those that they deal with. Two people can spend the same dollar (by one earning that dollar from the other) but they can't own the same dollar.

more than 2 years ago
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China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

KDR_11k Re:USA is too expensive (161 comments)

Does the US NEED to react? China has a prototype stealth fighter. The NATO has tons of stealth fighters and bombers that are ready for combat. The Chinese fighter has not shown its actual combat abilities yet, there's more to a 7th generation fighter jet than just stealth.

more than 2 years ago
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China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

KDR_11k Re:Well, that's putting it one way (161 comments)

I kinda doubt that China's ability to project force is limited by their planes not being stealthy. Sure, that improves their ability in air combat but it's the simple logistics that they lack in. The US is far more capable of moving people, equipment and supplies around the globe. A stealth fighter won't do you any good if you cannot keep it supplied with ammo and fuel. The further away its supplies are the more time it spends traveling back and forth between its home base and the combat zone, giving it less combat time and likely less payload per run. That was one of the issues with the Me 262 back in the day, the places where the Luftwaffe wanted the things were too far away from the airports they had so the jets arrived with so little fuel they almost had to turn back right away. So much for superior technology.

And then there's the issue with stealth not being a on/off thing, stealth comes in varying degrees and while a plane may be stealthy that doesn't mean it's completely invisible. E.g. the F35 is significantly less stealthy than the F22 but it's so much cheaper that we don't care.

more than 2 years ago
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China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

KDR_11k Re:It ain't expensive to build a stealth plane... (161 comments)

Germany didn't invent stealth, if that's what you're implying. The Ho 229 may have had a slightly reduced radar cross section but it was hardly a stealth plane and definitely didn't pioneer the principles of modern stealth planes. The design may look similar to the B2 but it's something completely different (for one thing the B2 is a strategic bomber while the Ho 229 was a fighter). The thing was from the early days of jet engines, it was simply someone trying to make a plane that's more maneuverable with those jet engines.

Cruise missiles and cross-country ballistic missiles, sure. Nuclear fission, yes. Stealth planes? Nope.

more than 2 years ago
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Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch

KDR_11k Re:How to lie with statistics (103 comments)

The point remains though, those two percentages measure completely different things.

more than 2 years ago
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Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch

KDR_11k Re:"meh" in Palo Alto (103 comments)

I guess that means Dilbert was prophetic once again.

more than 2 years ago
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Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch

KDR_11k Re:Register article (103 comments)

I doubt they cared about power. The summary says they're mostly immigrants and such, it's a very common tactic by scalpers to pay immigrants and such to stand in line and buy the early stock so they can then resell it for a premium. No idea how they keep the immigrants loyal enough to actually buy the thing and bring it over instead of running off with either the money or the device but it seems to work.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

So where do you think that waste goes? When the govt buys a 10000$ hammer that's not 1$ to the hammer maker and 9999$ on the landfill.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

Don't forget that both trade partners provide and demand. One provides money, the other provides goods or services. Only if both parties can offer their part and demand the other you get trade.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:it may actually be counterproductive (555 comments)

We ARE giving that money to people. Where do you think those taxes go? The govt does not have an income surplus, i.e. it spends every dollar it gets and then some. That spending goes somewhere. Be it help for the poor, hiring people to repair the streets, employing the police and firefighters, building up the military or whatever. All those recipients get money to spend that then goes back into the economy. Unfair? Who cares, the point is that the money must flow and by flowing it improves the standards of living for everybody. Taxes and inflation must make sure people can't act as money clots and block the flow, those who accumulate too much are pressured to keep it flowing. To keep society stable a certain amount of flow must go through every individual in it. Call it theft if you want, that doesn't change that it's a benefit to society and thus mankind.

Money exists to facilitate trade. The sum of all trade (this obviously includes trade for labor and such), not the sum of all money is the economy.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

Funny thing about taking economies as a whole is that spending and earning are connected. Consuming more today lets the person you bought those goods from produce more goods tomorrow. However that guy you bought from needs to put that additional money into the same economy it came from in order to grow it, if he puts it outside the country or something then sooner or later too much money gets siphoned out of the economy and those consumers become unable to consume and thus generate income for the producer. That means the producer needs to get rid of his surplus capacity which means firing workers, those workers are then unable to consume. Get enough people unable to consume and the economy grinds to a halt. Neither the govt nor the rich must be allowed to accumulate too much wealth without spending it into the local economy again or the system grinds to a halt and the economy which is measured by the flow of money, not the total of it that is available, crashes.

Giving poor people govt handouts is indirectly subsidizing the businesses of the area (where else do you think they're going to put that money?).

Two possible threats are when the govt decides it must save money instead of reinvesting the money it takes via taxes and such, then it acts as a brake on the economy like in Greece.
The other threat is that one point in the chain of spenders and earners is unable to spend, e.g. when rich people cannot find investment opportunities and thus decide to sit on their money. That also acts as a brake on the economy because the flow of money gets stuck.

Failures amplify themselves as Greece has demonstrated, they increased taxes while cutting spending, thus increasing the friction on the economy. This included salary cuts and firings. That means fewer consumers. That means less income for the businesses. The economy slowed and the GDP collapsed. And then Greece stood there with even lower tax incomes, even higher debt to GDP ratios and even more problems.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

Luxuries are fine but unlike the poor they don't spend 100% of their post-tax income, they invest a lot of it and investments are not complete spending, they're supposed to be earned back at some point so the recipient of them goes into debt. While the rich have a positive total balance the rest of the system develops a negative balance. When most people are in debt you run the risk of default chain reactions (e.g. with the mortgages the defaults led to a lower house value led to a lower total balance for other mortgage takers led to more defaults led to a worldwide financial crisis). When it happens across nations you get the EU where the rich states are building up a positive balance while the poorer ones are indebted to them. Then you get country defaults.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

Let's worry about full employment when we reach it, the US is still recovering from a recession.

The report that's being suppressed in this story is pretty much the reason the growth the GOP wants never manifests: There's no connection between tax cuts and economic growth. Taxes are so low that they don't inhibit the economy so cutting them doesn't boost the economy either.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

That's not counter to what he said, he just said that the GOP also cuts taxes along with that increased spending.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:Post-truth politics (555 comments)

That's just vague terms, the specific numbers matter. Calculations that attempt to model Romney's plan reach the conclusion that it doesn't work and screws over the poor. The key issue is that reducing deductions cannot make up for much of a tax cut. With Romney's other planned income cuts and expenses that adds up to either driving the country into a massive deficit for little gain or requiring a tax rate increase.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:News for nerds? (555 comments)

It's a story about how nerdy things like numbers get pushed aside in favor of non-nerdy things like prejudices and gut feelings.

more than 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

KDR_11k Re:Politically stupid timing (555 comments)

What? Nazis and neonazis are very strongly anti-pedophile, to the point where they lynch innocent people because they got the address wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Our Weather Satellites Are Dying

KDR_11k Re:NBC / weather channel / comcast has deep pocket (193 comments)

The alternative to that deficit is completely destroying the economy. We aren't out of the recession yet, cutting govt spending during a recession amplifies the recession and you get a double-dip like in the UK or the 30s.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael E. Mann Sues For Defamation Over Comparison To Jerry Sandusky

KDR_11k Re:Another Citation If You Please (371 comments)

Hey, according to the Republicans Obama has been a very meek leader who would never hurt a fly!

more than 2 years ago
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EC Sends Statement of Objections To Microsoft For Violating Anti-Trust Agreement

KDR_11k Re:Thank you American Chumps! (173 comments)

7 billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the amounts thrown around for fixing the financial crisis you Americans kicked off.

more than 2 years ago

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OnLive thoroughly tested

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "After the initial lag analysis Digital Foundry went back to OnLive and tested more aspects of it. While the latency may be comparable to console games the stream quality, framerate and graphics settings are fairly bad and the pricing on the service and games not competitive.

Probably the most damning aspect is what getting that level of performance from your home PC would cost:
"Of course, in terms of overall value for money, OnLive says you don't require any specific gaming hardware and you'll never need to upgrade, so this in itself sounds like you're making a massive saving, but the fact is that the PC required to run the system isn't insignificant. Unless you're running on a laptop, upgrading it with a relatively inexpensive graphics card will offer an overall gameplay experience that effortlessly beats OnLive on quality and response. Perhaps by the time expensive next-generation hardware is unleashed upon us OnLive's value proposition will increase accordingly, but until then the value just isn't there.""

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Kernel Panic 3.6 released

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "Kernel Panic, a free RTS using the Spring engine, has been updated to version 3.6 with the beginnings of proper missions and music added. The game lets you fight with bits, bugs, packets and more in a Tron-like environment both single and multiplayer. This is in addition to the Spring engine version 0.80.2 coming out a day prior.

While there is no Linux installer due to a lack of Linux-using volunteers yet it can be played on Linux by downloading the game data and the engine separately."

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Spring RTS Engine reaches 0.77b5

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "The Total Annihilation-inspired/compatible F/OSS Spring RTS Engine has reached release 0.77b5. The engine has a large number of mods and games that can be played of it, some of which may be familiar to old TA veterans. Currently most of it is multiplayer-only but a lobby client for the online server is provided that will also download any content you want using a Bittorrent system. Who said P2P is only good for piracy?"
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Spring RTS Engine version 0.76b1 released

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "The opensource (GPL) RTS Engine Spring has seen the release of the long awaited 0.76b1 version. The changelog for this version alone is one third the size of the changelog since the first public release (maybe it just got more verbose). One major change that you can see is the inclusion of multiple mods in the installer that are downloaded at demand as well as an extended map selection (also downloaded on demand) to allow an easier start into the game. Also notable is a major performance increase for users of DirectX 10 compatible graphics cards.

There is not much available in terms of full playing AIs or singleplayer missions so Spring should be used mostly online against human opponents. The available game modules include the Total Annihilation-derived Balanced Annihilation and XTA, the abstract computer-themed mod Kernel Panic, the WW2 based Spring 1944, Evolution RTS, Gundam RTS and the parody of a common game style, SimBase as well as others available on Unknown Files which hosts pretty much everything related to Spring."
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RSF releases Press Freedom Index 2007

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "Freedom of Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF, Reporters Sans Frontieres) has released the annual worldwide Press Freedom Index for 2007.

The US has improved in ranking from 53rd place to 49th while its score worsened from 13.00 to 14.50. All G8 nations saw an improvement in their placing (even Russia which the headline singles out as not improving gained 3 places) although many had score increases. China, despite hosting the Olympic Games next year remained stable at its position 163 with 89.00 points, placing it firmly into the bottom ten. Without computing a comparison it looks to me like the average score of the index went up as several countries improved their position on the list despite showing a worse censorship score. Whether this is due to increasing censorship or just different scoring methods is not clear.

A growing trend is censorship against bloggers which are now targeted as well as professional reporters.

While 2006 saw four countries (Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands) tied for first place with a score of 0.50 each, 2007 had only two remaining with a score of 0.75 each, namely Iceland and Finland. Ireland dropped to position 8, score 2.0 and the Netherlands took a severe fall to position 12 with 3.50 points."

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How does the GPL apply to game content?

KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "In the mod developer community of the opensource Spring RTS engine there is significant confusion about the scope and meaning of the GPL when applied to scripts within mods.

Specifically, the engine has recently added support for mod-side Lua scripts to deal with more complex behaviours that aren't possible with the BOS/COB system (script language taken from Total Annihilation as the engine was originally meant to recreate that game). For these Lua scripts there's a module system called the "gadget handler" that allows Lua scripts to be separated from each other to facilitate copying a feature from one mod (or from code made by people without a mod affiliation) to another without affecting other features. The gadget handler loads these gadgets by going through the directory for them at load time, the files are never mentioned specifically in the code.

The gadget handler as well as most of the available gadgets are licensed under the GPL v2 or later. The Lua code can interface with the COB code (which is binary) and the whole code gets zipped up with the rest of the mod content into a single archive that acts as the package format for the engine (i.e. is not unzipped during installation, the content is loaded directly from the archive).

A large number of modders is confused about the scope of the GPL's derivative work clause in this situation. Will the gadget handler force all gadgets into the GPL? Does the Lua to COB interface make the COB a part of the Lua code? Will GPL code within the mod put the whole mod under the GPL as the mod as a whole can be considered a work? Does the GPL not "jump" to a file that is not explicitely included by or includes a GPL file?

The mods aren't really modifications of any base content as the engine does not contain base content that could be considered a game, they are merely interchangeable modules that provide the units, weapons and other rules for the RTS and so far it is assumed that the GPL does not jump from the engine to the mod. The Lua scripts only implement deviations from the standard formula, a certain amount of RTS gameplay is hardcoded into the engine."

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KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "The Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT, the system used for all international bank transfers) is now applying for Safe Harbor protections in the US following a dispute with the EU over handing data to US authorities (of course with subpoenas). EU data protection laws don't allow giving peronal information to other entities without the consent of the person the information is about which already caused the dispute over handing passenger data to US authorities. SWIFT hopes that with these Safe Harbor protections they will no longer be forced to give up information they aren't allowed to but Safe Harbor does not apply to banking organizations. Now it depends on whether SWIFT is a banking institution (they claim they aren't) and whether they are a data processor or controller (they claim the former, apparently data protection laws only apply to the latter).

The EU's proposed solution is that SWIFT should abandon its US data center to bring its data out of range of US officials."
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KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "We often hear about people making money in Second Life but is making money in a social online game really that much different from making money in, say, Poker? Does a game need random elements to be considered gambling or is it the chance to get more money out of it than you invested that makes it gambling? Can't gambling use games that aren't just the traditional random and card games?

Furthermore, in Japan gambling is illegal but they skirt the law by only paying out a form of game money and having separate stores convert that game money to real money. Now we have companies like IGE that can trade your virtual winnings in any MMO into real money. Is the situation similar enough to draw parallels?

How long until the government catches up and starts treating massively multiplayer online games as online gambling or will it never happen?"
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KDR_11k KDR_11k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDR_11k (778916) writes "1up claims that Famitsu reported Gran Tourismo HD will require all cars to be bought via microtransactions. More specifically, the "classic" package will come with no cars or tracks and the "premium" package will include 30 cars and a measly 2 tracks to race on while additional cars cost between 50 and 100 Yen and tracks go for 200-500 Yen a piece. No pricing was given for the game itself.
Total fabrication or the future of what some may call episodic content?"

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