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Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies At 58

ZankerH Re:Obligatory (40 comments)

Considering the fact that he entered cryonic suspension, I'd say he pretty much won that challenge.

about three weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ZankerH Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Sorry, being forced to "tolerate" someone is, for me, functionally indistinct from being forced to approve of them. I will not sit by idly and let disgusting bullshit happen just because it's now politically correct to do so. Liberals don't want tolerance, they want mind control. It's the 21st century equivalent of the missionaries going out to convert the savages - the same moral crusader instinct, and the same feeling of non-debatable, inherent moral superiority. It's up to us to resist it with all our strength, and acknowledging and king of tolerance for the enemy's ideology goes against that. Liberalism is a disease and must be fought as such.

about a month ago

Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

ZankerH Re:carbon offsets (151 comments)

Have you bought your indulgences for the week, comrade? Pay the carbon tax and your sins against Gaia are forgiven!

about 5 months ago

Putting the Wolfram Language (and Mathematica) On Every Raspberry Pi

ZankerH Re:That's a bold claim. (99 comments)

In my experience with university mathematics and engineering departments, students, TAs and anyone who can get away with it use pirated copies. For analytical maths, there's just nothing better than Mathematica.

about 10 months ago

Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

ZankerH Re:Why the moon? (237 comments)

>(which I believe that would run afoul of an international treaty) Not really. The Outer Space Treaty says anyone is allowed to settle other celestial bodies and use their natural resources, it just prohibits signatories from annexing or otherwise claiming sovereignty over extra-terrestrial territories. Signatories are also not allowed to drag nuclear weapons along, and that's the gist of it. It's for the best, really - why bother colonising space if we're just going to use it to prolong capitalism, nationalism and hate?

about a year ago

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

ZankerH Re:Start here (1145 comments)

"Metres", colonial scum.

about a year ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

ZankerH North Korea... (636 comments)

What a bunch of seoulless, warmongering scum.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

ZankerH Re:Apple is over (239 comments)

No, you need to stop giving your money to shit carriers for shit service bundled with vendor lock-in.

about a year and a half ago

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

ZankerH Re:rocket up and down video (167 comments)

The video in question:

This rocket (the Grasshopper RLV) is just a test article. It's a mass simulation of the first stage of a Falcon 9, which has been launched to orbit successfully 5 times in a row. The idea is to test and prove the re-usability concept on the Grasshopper RLV before adapting it to the first stage of the Falcon 9. They've only done small hops so far, but the plan is to continue launching the Grasshopper RLV with more and more fuel until it can replicate the trajectory of the Falcon 9's first stage and safely return, at which point they'd be ready to begin adapting the Falcon 9 first stage for a safe return and landing.

about a year and a half ago

SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station

ZankerH Re:Nice work ... (89 comments)

It's really a misnomer to call the space shuttle reusable. "Rebuildability" is more like it. The things had to spend months after each flight being torn apart and having every part inspected over and over and a big chunk of them replaced.
The key to economic space flight is full and rapid reusability. Payload launchers need to become as reusable as passenger aeroplanes for space flight to become routine.

about a year and a half ago

SpaceX Pressure Hammers Stuck Valves; Dragon's ISS Mission Back On Track

ZankerH Re:Anyoe else sick of this guy? (170 comments)

NASA was still operating it and flying the missions, though. SpaceX has its own mission control centre and its own astronauts.

about a year and a half ago

al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

ZankerH Re:sounds like a great mythbusters episode... (303 comments)

>3. But make sure the civilians aren't brown/muslim men "of military age", because that means they're eligible for free entry in the US indiscriminate murder program. FTFY

about a year and a half ago

Russia Says Next-Gen Spacecraft Design Ready

ZankerH nope (59 comments)

Just another powerpoint rocket from Putinist Russia. Like Kliper, Parom, MAKS, Rus', etc, it'll never make it into production and service as long as the official policy towards Russian rocket scientists is "the beatings will continue until morale improves".

about a year and a half ago

LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

ZankerH no (311 comments)

Dammit, stop selling me longscreens and get back to making good 4:3 monitors.

about 2 years ago

How Do We Program Moral Machines?

ZankerH Re:Obvious Answer (604 comments)

How thick are you? Pretty much all of Asimov's works dealt with how ambiguous and incomplete the three laws were and how many horrible failure modes fall well within the domain of an intelligent machine following them to the letter. That was a warning not to oversimplify AI and machine ethics in general, not a blueprint.

about 2 years ago

Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

ZankerH Re:Exactly (513 comments)

Go back to your fallout bunker, paranoid moron.

about 2 years ago

Coffee and Intellectual Property

ZankerH Re:When are people going to learn (198 comments)

Exactly this. I refuse to recognise the concept of owning ideas. If you want to protect your intellectual property, keep it in your head (and keep your head away from fMRI scanners). Once it's out in the open, it's no longer "intellectual property", it's free information.

about 2 years ago

Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine

ZankerH Re:Next Valve Game (88 comments)

They could just release a new Orange Box with all of them and call it "Valve's 3: The Game".

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters

ZankerH Re:Don't watch it (515 comments)

It never "went viral" until the delusional morons started acting butthurt over it in public, and possibly not even then. Outrage went viral, not the video itself.

about 2 years ago

WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

ZankerH Re:Disaster (356 comments)

Helium is an inert gas. You're thinking about hydrogen gas.

about 2 years ago


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