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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

Thor Ablestar Re:Let it die. (116 comments)

Except rutracker.org other torrent sites are imho bigger eyesore. And rutracker is less eyesore only because I look there in search of specific files only.

about two weeks ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

Thor Ablestar In Soviet Russia "ECONOMICS" reads YOU! (116 comments)

USA tries to force people out of their culture because almost all that USA exports is "culture", because...

I feel the problem is much deeper. The exported USA culture converts people to culturally Americans. And the exported USA economic education converts people to economically Americans. After this, it's necessary for Pentagon to occupy these countries since their people belong to USA culture and behave economically as loyal American people living in a barbaric country.

While the mafiaa makes this process profitable the torrent system just does the same.

And the last: while Marx's Capital is a scientific approximation of a real XIX-century capitalism both Leninism and Economics are not sciences but ideologies, i mean teachings about how the people SHOULD behave. While Leninism R.I.P. Economics lives. And it converts people's economical behavior as it's authors want.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Thor Ablestar In Soviet Russia, Language chooses YOU! (277 comments)

I think that the problem is not the choice of language but the presence of something that can be expressed with it. Persian language, for instance, is known to be the language of classical poetry, but if you think that you should study Persian to become a classical poet, you are clearly wrong.

I am not a programmer, I am a scientist. I use some microprocessor and I program it with old good assembly language. I know what to express with this assembly. There are complex amplitudes, Fourier transforms, rotation of coordinate axes, PID regulators and other craziness. As a result, a diy 8-bit PIC18 device that costs about US$40 in parts gave the same 16 decimal digits of precision as a US$40'000 box made by famous German company. Really. I live in Russia and nobody will be able to pay me more than US$1000, but at least nobody will ever think about firing me.

No knowledge of programming language will ever give the same results. Here are some professional programmers who write the professional programs which sometimes work after multiple kicks but they look so professional, with buttons, graphs, widgets and all that stuff.

And the necessary Soviet joke:
Q: Why is the Soviet food program named "complex"?
A: Complex things consist of real and imaginary parts.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

Thor Ablestar Re:No hot air (116 comments)

The fleet of solar powered drones is at least controllable. Which does mean that the drone would actively keep it's position and have no need to be retrieved in some inhospitable terrain with "STOY! STRELYAYUT!" signs after descent.

about a month ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

Thor Ablestar Re:Helium shortage (116 comments)

If so, the only difference is that instead of non-renewable Helium they spend non-renewable natural gas.

And they also spend non-renewable energy and minerals to produce the energy sources, be it PV cells or Li-Ion batteries, and the radio itself.

The towers strategically located on the ground would do the same without any need to seed the globe with balloons.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:We'll build our own station (236 comments)

Thank you. Please keep listening to Jen Psaki. You will know, for instance, about sea borders of Byelorussia or mountain resorts of Rostov oblast.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:why build. (236 comments)

Because we Russians believe that "pacta sunt servanda" (Treaties should be fulfilled). And BTW you pay.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

There IS a problem, the same problem as Hydrogen cars. The Boron hydride fusion spaceship is filled with Boron hydride that is produced chemically from abundant components involving no thermonuclear station. But production of antimatter will need to produce energy and to spend it to production of antimatter.

And the second problem. The higher the exhaust speed the less propellant and the more energy you need. Impulse is m*v and energy spent is 0.5*m*v**2.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:Meh Space (236 comments)

Let us separate exploration where it may be efficient to travel somewhere to collect data and colonization which may be efficient only when there are some resources to be collected. And please don't forget the possibility that Earth may become uninhabitable due to, for instance, efforts of Obama to keep Putin with A-bomb from selling oil for Yuans.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:We'll build our own station (236 comments)

1. The reason was to determine the percentage of people with Russian as first spoken language, not the national sympathy. There are lots of Russian speaking Ukrainian patriots who hates Russia, Putin and USSR.

2. The lists has been handed out in all Ukraine well before annexation of Crimea.

3. About Russian invaders in Crimea: Sorry, but Crimea (excluding Sevastopol) kept a referendum during USSR dissolution in 1991. The referendum gave 93 per cent for Crimea to be direct constituent of USSR. Nevertheless Ukraine ignored these results and annexed Crimea 4 months later. Sevastopol is the Union property (Similar to Washington DC) and as such excluded from Crimea and it's transfer to Ukraine by Commies, and all the Union property abroad and all the foreign debts of USSR are assumed by Russia by international treaty signed from Ukraine by V.Masol in 1994. Nevertheless, Ukraine annexed Sevastopol and subsequently took money from Russia for it's port. During 1991-2014 Russian language and local self-government has been systematically suppressed in Crimea. As a result, when Ukrainian nationalists came to power during revolt in 2014, angry local Russian-speaking population held a referendum in 2014 and asked Russia for reunification.

If you are English-speaking American, please imagine your own feelings if your state makes Lallans an official language.

4. There are no regular Russian army in Donbass now. Of course there are lots Russian (and not only Russian) volunteers on both sides of conflict but no regular Russian army and no Russian arms supply.

There is a crack in Russian neo-Nazis movement: Some of them are for Russian people and they fight for Donbass, some for Aryan unity and they fight for Ukraine.

And the last: Losses in Donbass conflict are about 1 Pravosek (member of Ukrainian nationalist group) and 10 Ukrainian conscripts from one side, 1 separatist rebel and 10 Donbass civil peoples from other side (There is no conscription on separatist side). Basically it looks like Ukrainian government just tries to kill as many people from BOTH sides as possible. Sorry but the state that violates Geneva convention for protection of civilians should be destroyed, period.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:A lot of hot air and much less of sense (236 comments)

You study the Soviet life via US propaganda about Soviet propaganda about real Soviet life. Ha-ha. Some Russian jokes for better understanding:

- Sister, please register me to doctor of ear-eye.
- Patient, we have no ear-eye doctor, we have separate ear and eye doctors.
- No, I need an ear-eye doctor. I hear something but see exactly the opposite.

Q: Radio informs that there is plenty in USSR but my fridge is empty. What to do?
A: Power your fridge from your radio.

Q: Why is the Great Soviet Food Production Program named Complex?
A: Complex things consist of real and imaginary parts.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:So it was a documentary (236 comments)

I have no idea about armed space station but all Soyuz spaceships are armed. Including, of course, the ones that transport US astronauts. Does it count as US militarization of space?

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:Better idea (236 comments)

Yes. In Russian language there is a word "Democratizator". It means a police baton.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

Problem is that we Ruskies can survive the circumstances you cannot even imagine, not talking about imposing. You cannot.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

I see at least 2 breakthrough fusion methods that may work as propulsion energy source. One of them is a cold fusion, other one uses plasma instability to compress boron hydride to plasmoid. The TOKAMAK is possibly total fail. And BTW old good Uranium also just works, it's only the political problem to use it, not technical one.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Thor Ablestar Re:We'll build our own station (236 comments)

Some US agency decided to measure how many Ukrainians speak Ukrainian. They prepared question lists in Russian and Ukrainian and asked people to fill them in any language they want.

90 per cent of lists have been filled in Russian.

Any questions?

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Thor Ablestar Problem is... (523 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.

about a month ago
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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.

about a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago

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