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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Thor Ablestar Problem is... (444 comments)

Problem is NOT the RTG. Problem is the design choice that the lander should anchor during the first contact. The decision that the lander should land and, if necessary, to jump to better place and only then HEAT it's harpoons and melt the surface would save the day. Only minuscule thrusters are needed for it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Thor Ablestar No idea... (178 comments)

No idea about Alibaba but E-Bay has a dispute system. And when I bought a pack of 18650 batteries 0.25 Ah each instead of at least 2.5 Ah and marked them OK - it's my own problem.

Next time I asked the seller "How many Ah has your 3.0Ah battery?" Answer was "They usually have at least half of that, you understand...". I preferred to buy a cheap notebook battery and disassemble it.

5 days ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar Re: If it's fast enough, "general purpose" is fine (181 comments)

You are not right. There are lots of useful strictly sequential algos. The mplayer, for instance. It loads 100% one of 8 cores, other cores are idle. Some of it's codecs can be parallel, most not. Some programs are intentionally sequential, litecoin miner for instance.

And since I spend power for heating, the 100W processor gives as much heat as 100W resistor. Heat pump cannot operate since temperature difference is usually big enough.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

I don't mean misogyny. There are lots of classic philosophy works that are accepted as classic but are step by step reducible to Kolmogorov's lemma. And "results" or "follows" are necessary part of the lemma. "A is true because I want A to be true" has no "follows".

And btw I think it's as difficult to produce a computer that wants as the computer that feels pleasure.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

It would be scientifically quite interesting to make a processor working not with Boolean but Womanian logics:

"If statement B results from statement A, and statement B is _pleasant_ then statement A is true. (c)Academician Kolmogorov.

The only implementation problem should be an implementation of "pleasant".

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar Re:Clickbait Caption, but Valid Arguments (181 comments)

Of course. But the very origins of microprocessor revolution are being forgotten:

Intel was to make 10 specialized chips. Intel made ONE universal programmable chip i4004 that replaced them all and spent development money ONCE.

It's possible to make 10 special-purpose chips but it will cost 10 times more.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar Re:Hyperbolic headlines strike again (181 comments)

You are right.

Quite often the salesmen approach me with their attempt to sell me an Ipad. I usually answer: "Well, but please add the development kit". Their reaction is epic.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Thor Ablestar In Soviet Russia... (181 comments)

... there are lots of idiots that instead of kWh write kW/h.

It's quite understandable: our Education Minister Fursenko once said:

"Defect of the Soviet education system was an attempt to form a creative man, and now the challenge is to cultivate qualified consumers, qualified to benefit from the creative work of others"

"The ideology of education remains the same - we must prepare creators. But we need above all to inculcate the culture of using already existing developments, following the existing standards."

"I am deeply convinced that do not need higher mathematics at school. Moreover, higher mathematics kills creativity"

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Move (250 comments)

Excuse me. I just have not noticed your "Glory to Heroes". Please keep jumping.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Move (250 comments)

Similarly, go ask Poles about Ukrainian justice and Germans about Chech justice. You will find many interesting facts about our "Random neighbors". And also ask about them the Uzhgorod Hungarians (I mean their ukrainization by current Ukrainian state). You know, the ukrainization of ethnic Russians of East Ukraine and Crimea and their national revolt is not the theme for civilized Europeans...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

all while the green paper keeps going around and bringing good stuff back into US.

Yes, your Ponzi scheme works. But it does NOT make it just.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Move (250 comments)

This is a fundamental difference between us. The quintessence. It's why all the world fears our Russian Bear and hates your American Eagle.

You have a world domination and so can print green paper, create it's value out of thin air and pay with it for everything you like. And everybody who sells the oil for everything except this green paper shall be democratized to the stone age. You don't ask yourself whether it's just. It's just efficient.

We believe that it's unjust to do. We believe that if we have some money then the country that issued this money has some goods and is willing to sell us, and if not so then the disparity MUST be corrected for the GREATER JUSTICE and not because we profit from it. And we will correct it sacrificing our lives in the process.

After this, it's not necessary to discuss the fact that your economy does not produce anything except the paper. We at least pump the oil. All your production facilities are in China, and your Detroit lies in ruins. And that your dollars cannot buy anything valuable. Car - yes, car factory - no.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Move (250 comments)

It will last while no oil is sold for any other currency except green papers.

Saddam tried to trade oil for Euros. Killed.

Gaddafi tried to establish a gold dinar. Killed.

And then your President made an epic fail: he pressed SWIFT to disconnect Iran. It appeared to be impossible to bomb Iran to submission, and Iran, seeing no method to obtain dollars, began taking everything in exchange. There are rumors that Iran took from Turkey a physical gold. Basically it means that gold becomes a currency again.

Then your President made a second Epic Fail. He stated that every dollar transaction in the world should be performed according to US laws, even if all sides are not US residents. As a result, the leading french bank plainly refused to work with dollars. Then it was an avalanche of events, beginning with Iran selling oil to Russia for consumer goods to opening an oil exchange in SPb, Russia, trading oil for everything including yuans.

Didn't your mother teach you that the loans should be repaid?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Relocate to Russia. (250 comments)

Don't. We Russians will survive everything. You won't.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:How about paying you bills? (250 comments)

Yesterday I've read a news that water facility in Kharkov, Ukraine has been cut off electricity for non-payment. As a result, there is no water in Kharkov. Of course, this news is a Putinist propaganda. But still it does not matter that personally you have paid your water bills.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:In Soviet Russia. (250 comments)

It was quite amusing to observe score falling from 3 to 0 exactly when the dying rabid psychotic entity awakens on export pipelines and turns on computers.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Nuclear power (250 comments)

It means that you either buy uranium from us Russians and return spent isotopes to Russia where they are buried somewhere in tundra, or have your personal fluorescent nuclear tundra in the middle of inhabited Europe. Do you really need a fluorescent tundra?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Move (250 comments)

You are right. If you live in a country that has won the match for world domination and has an ocean or two between it and it's own tanks blasting the world to submission - it's quite safe.
It's also quite safe to press the green papers, pay with them for Russian oil, then press Russia to invest them to derivatives and at last to initiate a financial crisis to burn said derivatives and leave Russian pensioners without pensions.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Russia is just yet another european country (250 comments)

Gaddafi tried to control European nations with quite big loans and donations to their politicians. He doesn't count since he's African.
European politicians decided to kill Gaddafi instead of returning loans. They don't count since he's African.
Mishiko Saakashvili performed "Operation Clear Field" (Genocide of South Ossetia) but has been promptly stopped by Russians. It doesn't count since Georgia is Asia.
USA spent lots of money to teach Ukrainians that they are not Ukrainians but sons of ancient Ukrs that have built the Ancient Egypt, excavated the Black Sea and made Caucasus Mountains out of the excavated soil, but ethnic Russians in Donbass are Colorado beetles, carriers of imperial ideology and as such require extermination. We Russians laughed at this idiocy not thinking that 23 years of such teachings would result in a bloodshed that cannot be stopped because it requires Russian (or other, say UN) tanks which are not allowed there, and OSCE patrols the border and allows no tanks. It does not count since USA is not Europe.
Serbs has shot F-117 Stealth Fighter and, reportedly, B2 in 1999. It does not count since 117 is not European.
USA finances Syrian opposition. ISIS is a result. It doesn't count since any side is European. 911 also resulted from the same US policy in Afghanistan. It also doesn't count - Afghanistan is Asia.
And BTW USA controls Russian State bank with so called "Budget Rule" that requires excess money to be spent to US Treasures while Russian companies borrow money from West. It also doesn't count.
Albanians were allowed to run to Serbia from maoist Albanian regime and settle in Kosovo. And they cut Kosovo from Serbia with NATO help. Oops, they are all Europeans... Well, this is a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Best Option (250 comments)

When you live in an apartment your apartment borders with outside with one of it's 6 sides. When you live in a separate building it borders with 5 sides of six meaning 5 times more heat losses and 5 times more money to heat it. Also, it means that you generate heat from fuel, and Europe is not Siberia with it's cheap firewood.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Thor Ablestar Re:Server (250 comments)

One more traditional error. The 1-kW server will give 1kW of heat. The dedicated electric heater will give you the same 1kW of heat but no service expected from the server.

about two weeks ago

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