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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

aminorex Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

state militia can definitely defeat u.s. military, if they are willing to use nukes.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

aminorex Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

There are man-portable WMD.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

aminorex Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

it doesn't matter. your arguments are moot, because you can have nuclear weapons.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

aminorex Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

if you banned guns in the u.s. there would be a civil war, and millions would die.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

aminorex Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

Australia death by violence may have declined, but in the U.S. it would mean civil war, and violent death would be everywhere.

2 days ago
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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

aminorex Re:okay then... (55 comments)

Wikipedia jumped the shark a long time ago. Now it is just evil. Still useful, but very very evil.

about two weeks ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:A myth indeed. (392 comments)

The number of persons to whom that applies is vanishingly small. Of course they control the bulk of the wealth, but their number is quite small.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:A myth indeed. (392 comments)

National Socialist seems apt. We lost WW2.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:Want to write a kernel ? (392 comments)

Picasso would have, if it got him a sandwich and a bottle of burgundy.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:Want to write a kernel ? (392 comments)

You're referring to the use of the word "engineer" as a legal term of art. Others may refer to its use in the ordinary English language, which is in no wise obligated to conform to the perversities of the law.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:Links (392 comments)

When the U.S. primary export was industrial goods, there was work available in industry.

Later we innovated in electronics, and exported electronics. EEs were in the catbird seat.

Later still, we led in software. We exported software. We worked on software.

Now, we just export $100 bills. The need to actually do work is much diminished.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

aminorex Re:anonymous coward (392 comments)

The policies achieve exactly what they are designed to achieve. It's just that your goals differ from those of the policy makers by a fairly large margin. For example, you would probably like your children to live. They would prefer that your children die.

about a month ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

aminorex Re:Good! (279 comments)

The OP's comments on the "social contract" refer to his desire for people with guns to take from my science projects and from the people I support, and give to his science projects, and the people he supports. Calling it "the social contract that cultivates science for the common good" is despicable propaganda. It's funny how
"the common good" always involves hiring thugs to threaten other people so that you get your way.

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

aminorex Re:BTC != Napster (221 comments)

True. Now bitcoin is the best currency. But that's not it's day job. By day it does yeoman's work as a p2p transaction protocol which preserves a transparent global general ledger.

I think any successor to bitcoin will build on top of the bitcoin network. It's the worlds largest supercomputer. You'd have to be an idiot to throw away the worlds largest supercomputer.

I like to keep my savings in the most secure storage vehicle which current technology allows. A successor to bitcoin will need to be just as secure, in order to compete. That means either it uses the bitcoin mining network, or it spends a billion dollars building a competitive network.

Layered protocols will enable smart contracts, legal custody proof, provable notary services, p2p currency exchange, and an unknowable number of new applications. This is like the advent of the LLC or double-entry accounting. It is a game changer. and first movers will grab the land.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

aminorex Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

I think that if your employer intercepts and decrypts your bank traffic without prior approval from your bank, they are committing a U.S. felony.

about a month and a half ago

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Rossi reactor and Widom-Larsen theory

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "Andrea Rossi's Italian patent on the Energy Catalyzer issued on April 6th. The best explanation of the underlying physics is a theory of Widom and Larsen. Given the fuel consumption rates reported from public demonstrations, global annual nickel production would suffice to fuel global annual energy consumption, without affluent, carbon emission, or radioactive waste (with 100 years of present reserves). It seems media shyness from the 1989 cold fusion debacle has managed to keep coverage below radar levels outside of Italy. Will the operation of a 1MW plant in Xanthi, Greece, scheduled for October be enough to overcome the giggle factor, and unleash a truly disruptive energy technology?"
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Alzheimer's Cure Mooted

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "Enbrel (etanercept) has been immediately, markedly, and consistently effective in all Alzheimer's patients, according to a report in Science Daily. The original research article is available online at the Journal of Neuroinflammation web site. "We can see cognitive and behavioral improvement in a patient with established dementia within minutes of therapeutic intervention" comments one Journal editor."
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aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "A vast number of /.'ers, including myself, want to know: Now that we've got these screaming 64-bit laptops, why can't we buy RAM to use the larger address space? When can we expect to be able to buy it? How long will it be before large memories (2GB sticks) achieve commodity volume pricing? If you have insight from the inside of the DRAM industry, please share, so that we know when we can start breathing again."

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aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 9 years ago

JamVM simpliciter is probably a 50k download.
The class libraries will be the bulk of the
download for the first application. Subsequent
applications will amortize the download of the
most commonly used classes. Applications themselves
will be quite small.

What I'd really like is an OCAML generating jcode.

The only alternative to JamVM under serious consideration
is mono. What are the size issues with mono?
For winxp+ platforms, .net 1.1 is already there,
so it's a null download, but for all other platforms
it is a massive download. Mono probably is out.

The dev env for jcode is Eclipse. For mono it's
probably C#Devel.

Making the class loader in the vm do everything
on-demand over the wire means getting a supportable
library-server architecture running.

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usable vm

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 9 years ago

In order to make a VM usable for the broadest audience,
it must be available as the smallest possible download
in the correct binary format for the user's platform.

JamVM appears to provide the smallest useful Java
environment. It is written against a Posix API,
and uses pthreads as well as libdl. The major
platforms of interest to me are i386-win32, i386-linux,
and ppc-osx. The missing piece for making JamVM
work (byte-code interpretation only) is win32
support for the libdl API.

GNU Classpath now contains enough of Swing and AWT
to be useful. Here are some reasonable approaches
to providing portable graphics over the platforms
of interest for legacy Swing and AWT applications:

1 - SwingWT, which uses the pre-existing
    Eclipse SWT implementation to provide Swing and
    AWT APIs;

2 - PJA+Odonata+(viewer) which writes its
    graphics to a soft framebuffer and puts them out
    using VNC protocol -- the missing piece is the
    local viewer wrapper which provides the actual
    display.

Any others?

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aminorex aminorex writes  |  about 10 years ago

I have chanced upon this space between what is above it and what is below it, which I now ornament with this utterance.

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