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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

Russia has the ability to wipe out all life in a small country, or perhaps one of the larger US states, thats about it.

36 minutes ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

"US has committed injustices in the past, therefore we should never bat an eye when others do the same."

Great! Lets just round up the Ukrainians and send them to a reservation; the US cant complain because it did something similar 150 years ago.

That is incredible logic.

42 minutes ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

At the same time I realize very well who started this conflict, and know that Ukraine will be much better off with Russia.

Russia doesnt get to make that choice. Peaceful international relations rely on a concept called "sovereignty", which Russia has violated. Actions like theirs are how world wars start.

44 minutes ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

I should have also clarified-- the zone of "vaporize" is much, much smaller, and uses an equation more like
Y=0.05x^0.7

Which means your average nuke can "vaporize" ~4 square miles, and all of the nukes in the world could do ~80,000 sq miles (maybe a small country in europe).

46 minutes ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

Germany didn't have the power to vaporize most of the planet with the push of a button.

Noone has that power.

Just some datapoints:
  + Land area of US: 3.7 million square miles
  + Number of nukes in existence: somewhere south of 20,000
  + Size of your average nuke's "zone of destruction" *: 225 square miles
  + Total area moderately damaged by all nukes in existence: 4.5 million square miles
*Based on row 3 on this chart. Plotted with Excel, formula (where X = warhead yield in kt, and Y=land area affected) Y=3.5363 x^0.6686. Assuming x=500.

So if everyone in the world-- including the US-- were to fire upon us, you could probably wipe out most major cities, and most military bases, and do moderate damage to most buildings. You could probably also kill ~3/4 of the population of the US, which comprises ~ 5% of the world population. Of course the fallout would be a problem, but the good news is that the really nasty stuff would decay in short order.

So nukes are bad, and we dont want anyone launching "all the nukes", but thats also unlikely to happen: Targets will be military installations and silos, rather than cities and the countryside, and for that you need a lot fewer than "all the nukes".

about an hour ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

In that scenario, the fight is inevitable, and the sooner you accept it and begin making preparations the quicker itll be over with.

If the dude is unhinged you have two options.
1) continue withdrawing forever to keep him happy
2) confront him and reign in his shenanigans.

All you're really saying is that the confrontation will be unpleasant, but when you think of what happened with Mao, Hitler, and Stalin because noone wanted to call the bluff (some several hundred million dead), it makes you realize that some fights ARE worth fighting.

1 hour ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

LordLimecat Amazing innovations (114 comments)

It seems that Slashdot has adopted CNN's recently invented journalism technique guaranteed to at least double traffic:

1) Find a barely-newsworthy story
2) Twist the facts so severely that the resulting summary /headline are factually false
3) Create a story out of someone debunking said nonsense
4) make sure to monetize at each step.

With this technique, we can double the number of postings on slashdot! Monday:"FLYING CAR INVENTED!" Tuesday: "SLASHDOT LIES ABOUT FLYING CAR-- HOW IT HAPPENED"

What incredibly forward-thinking times we live in...

2 hours ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

LordLimecat Re:What's the problem? (207 comments)

A dowser is less effective than a geologist and bears

Right but with the dowser, you have a lesser chance of being mauled.

2 hours ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

LordLimecat Re:As it's always gone (207 comments)

Im sure thats exactly why Christians in Egypt, Syria, and first century Rome turned to Christianity: to reduce their suffering.

2 hours ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

LordLimecat Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (207 comments)

Too true. People believe, because they were taught to believe, from an early age by people they trust. The vast majority of Christians (insert religion of your choice here) are Christian by an accident of birth.

You have a source for that? Anecdotally from my church a large percentage of folks joining came to faith later in life (college, etc). Looking at a poll on this indicates that thats about right-- 40% or so tend to switch from what they were raised with, 60% do not. Im really not sure in what world "60%" forms a vast majority, but whatever.

Its sort of hillarious to hear people talk of ignorance and then bust out anecdotal and unsupported "facts" like this.

If you want a good laugh ask a Christian why they believe in God and Jesus and the Holy spirit, but not in Zeus or Odin or Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. If you get anything other than circular logic or "because" let me know.

Do you mock Stephen Hawkings declaration that the universe self-created itself because "there is such a thing as gravity", for being circular reasoning? Why not?

2 hours ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

LordLimecat Re:Eww.. (207 comments)

How do you know it was a dowsing rod, and not him looking for the wire by its induced magnetic field, like one of these?

3 hours ago
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How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

LordLimecat Re:Not worth it. (35 comments)

It's not a question of difficulty, but of convenience. Imagine you could charge at every red light you stop.

Seems to me that if theres a push to "green everything" and several places are having power supply issues, tacking on yet another 25% loss is a pretty piss poor idea.

3 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Why we wouldnt want to get involved here (722 comments)

Do you trust your information sources?

The only sources disagreeing on whats happening are the Russian government and Russia Today. You'd have to be pretty naieve to take their word on any of this.

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

This isnt difficult. Ask Kiev if they would like 1000 US troops to assist at a military base near the fighting. What, do you suppose, would happen if Russia then attacked an area where American troops were?

You know how you deal with a playground bully? You stand up to his crap, get people behind you, and call his bluff.

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

LordLimecat Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

Im not 100% clear why we wouldnt want to get involved here, if ever there were a time to get involved.

Ukraine disarmed itself in 2006 at our urging, with the understanding that we would come to their aid if ever it were needed. At the same time, having a superpower like Russia going into full imperialism mode is good for noone but Russia. A tepid response like the one theyve been given will only encourage further aggression.

yesterday
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

LordLimecat Re:Google needs to clean up search (116 comments)

You are aware that there is nothing either illegal, or contrary to the GPL, in repackaging a browser, right? Its expressly in the GPL that you can do so.

And since it isnt illegal, on what grounds would google tamper with the search results? I thought we got up in arms when they do that at the request of celebs and whatnot. Or is it just because this is YOUR google search pet peeve, so its ok to mess with the results?

yesterday
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

LordLimecat Re:Progress (314 comments)

If youre worried about your data, the answer we were looking for is "make backups".

Remember kids, RAID isnt backup.

2 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

LordLimecat Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (314 comments)

USB drives are a TERRIBLE option for limited budgets. Get an older LTO4 drive (~$1000) and tapes ($20 each). Youll spend slightly more, but avoid issues with...
  * Permissions problems on USB drives
  * Drive letter changes (whoops! now your backups fail)
  * the fragility of the drive (drop it, 80% chance your data is toast, vs tape where you need to be pretty brutal with it to damage it)
  * their bulkiness
  * the expense of replacing usb drives (the cheapest ones are double the cost of an LTO4 tape)
  * the extremely slow speed of USB

Go tape, or go cloud (backed by a permenantly connected USB drive for rapid on-site recovery). Dont do disk rotations, or you WILL regret it.

2 days ago

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