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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Rockoon Re:Legalized Murder (343 comments)

I'm not in your country. If I rose up, it wouldn't do a damn thing about your problem.

Well then come to America before you rise up. Its not like our borders are secure.

9 hours ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Rockoon Re:Competition is good. (195 comments)

It took two world wars and one cold war to get us to where we are today.

Let me translate this for everyone:

"Yes, the government really did outlaw private space flight, and when the ban was lifted it still used its influence in order to raise barriers to entry to prevent competition with the oligarchy, but I think that it had a good reason to."

..and this true statement without the fucking spin is a far cry from negating any argument about how government held us all back yet again. The government did in fact hold us back.

The facts are that a private company can come along and get things done better and cheaper. If we were to believe the argument that the government does it better, then the government would have already done what SpaceX is doing. It didn't, therefore the government did not do it better. It had MANY decades to do so. Instead it prevented better from happening.

yesterday
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Rockoon Re:Good (107 comments)

Well they tried to get the records but they ran into a little snag.

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Rockoon Re:Good (107 comments)

Fine, have an independent oversight board review the records without making them public while keeping the details secret.

I nominate the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as the independent review boards.

2 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Rockoon Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (180 comments)

Article 2, Section 1 of the watergate articles of impeachment:

1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Now STFU you ignorant fuck. Stop acting like an informed person when you arent fucking informed. It took me all of 5 seconds to get this information verbatim so that I could quote it. All of 5 fucking seconds. Thats how fucking uninformed you are. Not even 5 seconds informed.

2 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Rockoon Re:*drool* (171 comments)

1.6ghz, and AMD.

Even selecting a 4-core CPU at complete random from the $50 to $100 range on newegg, you are still likely to get a better performing CPU. In other words, its difficult to actually own something worse. The reason for this is that the closest desktop APU to the chip that the PS4 uses is only $49.

$49 fucking dollars.

So yes, consoles ship with "such crappy CPUs."

2 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Rockoon Re:*drool* (171 comments)

Above poster needs to be modded up. The fastest "duo" in single threaded performance from 2008 is the E8600.

The fastest i7 is only 85% faster at single threaded jobs.
The fastest i5 is only 65% faster at single threaded jobs.
The fastest i3 is only 57% faster at single threaded jobs.
The fastest AMD FX is only 26% faster at single threaded jobs.
The fastest AMD APU is only 18% faster at single threaded jobs.

The cost of the E8600 is $45. forty-five fucking dollars.

2 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Rockoon Re:Time to travel 11 light years (88 comments)

And exactly how fast would you be traveling once you made it there?

a speed of zero relative to the target

You seem to completely not understand the subject, which makes us wonder why you are posting. The second half of the trip is 1G deceleration.

3 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Rockoon Re:Time to travel 11 light years (88 comments)

And where is such a craft? Our current fastest space shuttles go ~ 17,500 mph

[whisper]hey moron, velocity is not acceleration[/whisper]

3 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Rockoon Re:OK Another one (88 comments)

Doesn't that assume that the source of the gravity is a point at the center of a planet? Is that how planetary gravity actually works in practice?

For any collection of mass, if you are further from its center of mass than any part of that collection, then yes in 100% of the possible arrangements of that mass.

Also not commonly known is that when you are closer to the center of mass than any part of that collection, then you are 100% "weightless" in all the possible arrangements of that mass.

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Rockoon Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (180 comments)

The problem, of course, is that corporations mostly just do what the government wants.

You would too if the alternative was targeted malicious acts of discretionary prosecution against your corporation. This is the government that got caught red handed sicking the IRS on the enemies off the regime, something Nixon was impeached for.

3 days ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Rockoon Re:There's a lot more going on... (159 comments)

unless of course you count the fact that you can't create a CISC CPU with just as many registers that can be used to store data, manipulate data, etc sans a cache hit as a RISC CPU given the same die size

Yes you can.

It appears that you think that the additional decoder depth (multiple u-ops per instruction decoded) that CISC requires isnt a tradeoff for the additional decoder width (more decoders to equal the same effective u-ops per cycle) that RISC requires for the same performance characteristics.

You would be wrong. You are the classic example of the guy that learned one fucking little thing and then imagined an entire imaginary universe from it. Yes, Intels CISC decoders are bigger, but Intel needs less of them than RISC does for the same u-ops per cycle fed into the pipeline and Intel also doesnt need as much memory bandwidth feeding its decoders. Both of the things that RISC needs to match performance also cost the precision silicon, that one thing you knew about for CISC but amazingly were completely ignorant about for CISC. You knew one fucking thing. You imagined a universe. You blew it. You ignorant twat.

Now, simply shut the fuck up and let the REAL nerds discuss.

4 days ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Rockoon Re:There's a lot more going on... (159 comments)

No, the benefit of RISC is that you have many more on chip registers

Nothing about RISC makes more registers inherent, and nothing about CISC makes less registers inherent. Now shut the fuck up and let the real nerds discuss.

4 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Rockoon Re:Let's be fair (369 comments)

Everyone who thinks police should be subjected to wearing a camera every second they're on duty should also have to wear a camera while at work.

The only locations at my place of work that do not (in theory) have cameras is the bathrooms. There are camera, with surveillance people watching them, literally everywhere. These arent shitty cameras either. They are high definition cameras with remote pitch, yaw, and zoom control.

Since this is what happens simply when people work with very large amounts of cash money, it should also be what happens when people work with very large amounts of power over folks that havent chosen to be subjected to that power.

My place of work is not a rare or exceptional location either. There are thousands of such locations in the country and hundreds of thousands of people work under those cameras 24/7/365. Each and every one of us has to be trained and licensed to do the work that we do, so the police dont have any excuses from that angle either.

4 days ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Rockoon Re:Is this the missing "dark matter"? (85 comments)

the Sun holds 98% of all the matter in our solar system. If the "missing mass" were normal cold matter, such a great quantity would effectively block the light of the stars we can see

This simply doesnt compute unless you make assumptions about the distribution of the missing mass, and in this case your argument assumes its distributed evenly (nebula) while also taking advantage of the fact that the actual visible mass (stars) isnt.

Let me translate the flaw so you understand: You are claiming that there is no place to put 100 of these brown dwarfs near a star that wouldnt block the stars light from reaching any of the rest of the universe. (and before you go there, I didnt pull 100 out of my ass. I actually did the relative mass calculation. This brown dwarf is about 1/100th the mass of our star.)

I am not arguing that there isnt good reason to believe that the missing matter cannot be baryons. I am arguing that your understanding of the real arguments is complete and utter bullshit and this explanation is complete and utter bullshit.

Even under 100x magnification, the actual visible stars are unresolvable pinpricks of light. Billions of them literally cover ~zero area of the celestial sphere. Since billions of stars cover almost zero area of the sky, billions of smaller things also cover almost zero area of the sky. Their ability to block out the light of the universe is virtually zero unless we make a low-density assumption (such as what your argument does.) Yet in fact these brown dwarfs are 10 times as dense as our sun, the exact opposite of low density.

The primary reason we exclude brown dwarfs like these as being the dark matter within the galaxies that effects its gravity is the lack of gravitational microlensing that such matter would cause. Its not at all the obstruction of light (that you theorize) as the reason, its the lack of bending of light.
So not only is your theory wrong, its antithetical to the real reason. If we expected the proper amount of brown dwarfs that would explain dark matter to block light, we wouldnt be able to expect the microlensing we actually looked for.

Now dont discuss this subject any more unless you learn at least a few basic things.

5 days ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

Rockoon Re:The Tools of Science (134 comments)

The question is, how come it took a 13 year old student to find the fungus that is literally growing on the trees in the area where they knew the fungus had to be?

Did nobody at all think to go look for it before this 13 year old girl? Seriously?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Rockoon Re:Almost forgot. (187 comments)

Refractors will always produce low-quality images. A good pair of binoculars will cost less and show you more.

[whisper] Pssst. Hey buuddy. Binoculars are refractors. Nobody makes reflecting binoculars because that would be stupid.[/whisper]

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Rockoon Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Binoculars won't cut it if you want to see Jupiter's moons or Saturn's rings.

The problem with this argument is that you've just listed the only things he will be missing with a budget purchase. Ideal viewing times for these come rarely, and at the magnifications required he would also need a very expensive tracking mount in order to really enjoy them.

Astronomy binoculars have many benefits in the budget arena. They are rugged, low maintenance, both eyes is nice, and most importantly portable.

The other reply had mentioned that a downside is that they are hard to hold steady. Thats what a tripod is for.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Rockoon Re:Small Orion reflector (187 comments)

The problem with reflectors is that they are not low enough maintenance for children. They are cheaper for the same light collecting ability, but you absolutely cannot expect a kid to be able to collimate one and they are not nearly as rugged as you would like.

This means the parent becomes the gatekeeper of reflectors. The telescope only gets used when the parent is willing to set it up.

Refractors cost a bit more for the same aperture, but they are so much closer to point-and-look rugged and low maintenance. 90mm refractors can be had for $150 which are more or less equivalent to 100mm reflectors in regards to light collection. If the tripod gets knocked over by the child you will cringe but it is unlikely to be damaged unless this happened on concrete.

Someone above had mentioned low-magnification large-lens binoculars and I think that they are probably a much better introduction, as they are also rugged and low maintenance but have the added advantage that they serve useful purposes in daylight. Many are made especially for astronomy and come with tripods (a critique of one of the replies was the incorrect assertion that telescopes have tripods and binoculars dont.)

Low magnification isnt a downside. There is very little to really see at high magnifications unless you have a telescope with really good optics, which is not happening on a budget and isnt recommended for children. Sure, rings of saturn... a few moons of jupiter.. and then nothing else really benefits from high magnification on a budget. Meanwhile the sky is filled with nebula...

about two weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Rockoon Re:Tax them anyway (316 comments)

Most likely they will comply with the law by moving their corporate headquarters to the Bahamas.

Shhhhh!

Don't let the liberals in on the consequences of their beliefs. It only affords them the opportunity to think up incorrect excuses much sooner.

about two weeks ago

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