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Russia Backs Sending Top Students Abroad With a Catch

billakay Re:Seems reasonable (167 comments)

The US is about the only country that taxes citizens regardless of where they live and work. Which leads to a fun situation where the kids of US citizens born abroad are considered natural US citizens and expected to file taxes, but may not be eligible to vote depending on which state their parents were from. Taxation without representation.

Citation for this? I don't think that any US Citizen can be denied the vote based on the nationality/residency of their parents.

about 3 months ago
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10-Year-Old Boy Discovers 600-Million-Year-Old Supernova

billakay Re:A great example for kids (214 comments)

I hope this gets shared widely in school science classes and among the home schooled.

In my experience most of the home-drooled kids get only a very basic bit of science because it's likely to interfere with the wacky creationist/survivalist ideas of their parents.

This is a vile stereotype that doesn't deserve to be propagated. I say this as a home-schooled person currently enrolled in a Computer Science Ph.D. program at a well known state university.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

billakay Beat bufferbloat while routing (193 comments)

Look at the CeroWRT project (http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/cerowrt). They have a fork of OpenWRT that is kept up to date quite often, and includes a lot of fixes for bufferbloat issues. The firmware gives a very low latency experience with very little effort.

about 7 months ago
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FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics

billakay Re:Avionics (369 comments)

More than once I have forgotten to turn off my cell phone while flying from JFK to Moscow, and more than once I have arrived to find a nice friendly SMS "Welcome to Estonia!". The funny thing is that you can pick any random place in the flight and try to get signal, and you won't...they must really have some powerful cell towers up there...

1 year,28 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

billakay Re:I covered my dorm room with Pink Floyd... (561 comments)

Indeed, the "cover walls with soundproof foam" idea actually seems rather more practical in a dorm than elsewhere because of the typically small size of dorm rooms...

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot and but the foam that is used for sheeting the outside of houses. It comes in manageably sized fan-folded panels, and isn't very expensive.

about a year ago
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Ukrainian Attack Dolphins Are On the Loose

billakay Sex (99 comments)

Apparently they swam away from their trainers ostensibly in search of a 'mate"' out in open waters.

So, they left to get laid?

about a year ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

billakay Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

In an ideal world, we would be able to eliminate CO2 from our atmosphere completely. And ultimately, if we as a species are going to survive, we need to do that. But in the here and now, we have to do the best we can. And cars produce way more of that poison than anyone on a bicycle. The Congressman is just an ignorant jackass who has no understanding of how our biosphere works.

Not sure if this is a troll, or an example of someone who has their head so far up the ass of the radical green movement that their brain has stopped working due to lack of oxygen... (Sorry I didn't mean to post as AC).

about a year ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

billakay This explains it! (356 comments)

So that is where all the Helium has gone...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

billakay Mathematical maturity (1086 comments)

If you really want to get into game programming, the advanced math will be your friend. Supposedly even some ancient (and infurating) concepts like quaternions are coming back in computer graphics. For anything else, it still isn't going to be a waste of time. The analytical skills and "mathematical maturity" obtained by taking a good calculus course (and actually applying yourself rather than just trying to pass) will go way further than the actual calculus will for most people.

about a year and a half ago
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Arizona H-1B Workers Advised to Carry Papers At All Times

billakay Re:License and registration please? (884 comments)

There's a law in the states that citizens are not required to carry identification. Thus all a foreigner has to do is state that they are a resident and there's not much an officer can do about it.

There is a big difference between "resident" and "citizen." In the United States, citizens are technically not required to carry any sort of identification, although it makes things generally easier if you do. On the other hand however, Permanent Residents AKA Green Card Holders are required by federal law to have their identification document (Green Card) on their person at all times. I believe the same goes for non-immigrant visa holders (H-1B, B-1/B-2, J-1, F-1, ...). That being said, if you claim you are a citizen, there is not much they can do on the spot unless they look you up, but if you call their bluff, be prepared to face the consequences. Making a false statement of United States Citizenship carries stiff penalties which can include deportation and extended bans from readmission into the USA.

about 2 years ago
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The Vortex Gun Coming Soon To a Protest Near You

billakay Re:"Starting with the Nazi military during WWII" (295 comments)

I can attest to this as well. My wife is Armenian, but was raised in Russia. While her accent is much "softer" than Natasha's it is definitely there, and she thinks she has very little to no accent. I have also become accustomed to adding articles to papers :) Also, for some reason Slavic-language-speaking people tend to be able to understand Ws, but repeat them as Vs.

more than 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Curiosity Sealed Up For Launch

billakay Re:Has anyone seen ... (87 comments)

... my car keys?

You beat me by a few seconds... :-P

more than 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Curiosity Sealed Up For Launch

billakay Keys (87 comments)

"Where's my keys?"

more than 2 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

billakay Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (1425 comments)

The reason for the progressive tax rate is simple. If everyone had to pay the same amount across the board, most of us would have to pony up more than we make in an entire year.

Who ever suggested that everyone pay the same *amount*?

Everyone should pay the same *percentage*. Wealthy people will pay more, less wealthy people will pay less, as a function of their income. The scale itself shouldn't slide. This is what is patently unfair.

more than 3 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

billakay Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (1425 comments)

I'm all for doing away with income tax altogether and going to a national sales tax where the amount of sales tax would be graduated based on the category of item purchased (i.e. food would be taxed at a much lower percentage rate than a yacht).

This still isn't fair. Why should the percentage be higher? Why can't everyone be on a level playing field? The tax on a yacht will be higher simply by virtue of its higher price. Why do we need to increase the tax rate? Doing this effectively punishes people who work harder.

Ability to pay is irrelevant. In your original post you implied that cutting the already absurd taxes on the wealthy is somehow wealth redistribution in their favor. It isn't wealth redistribution when it is your own money! It is wealth redistribution when a person with lesser money gets money from the government (money that was taken from people with more money). It is wealth redistribution when we take wealthy people's money and use it to buy health insurance for those who can't afford it.

Also, the statements that the administration has made regarding this issue have been very arrogant. For example: "We can't afford to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy." You don't "pay for" tax cuts. The money belongs to the person who earns it, not the government. You "pay for" government services (and waste). How about we drastically decrease federal government services that we can't afford? How about we quit subsidizing the corn industry (one of the biggest, most corrupt industries in the nation)? How about we abolish a few useless government agencies. We can start with the Dept. of Education (which has overseen the recent nose-dive in American educational quality), the ATF, the EPA, and any number of useless agencies.

more than 3 years ago
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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

billakay Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (1425 comments)

How can you say that tax cuts for the upper 2% of income earners is wealth redistribution? Do you understand our system of "progressive" taxation? People who earn over ~375k are taxed at a rate of 35% on that money. People who earn less than ~35k are taxed 15% on that money. Until "the wealthy" are *actually* taxed less than the poor and the middle class, there is no argument for calling it wealth redistribution. Their money has been taken unfairly since long before healthcare reform. I'm sick of people complaining when the wealthy FINALLY get a break on taxes. The point is, wealthy people pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than less wealthy people. This is not fair and not equitable. The only fair system would be a system in which everyone pays the same percentage of their income. It's absurd to penalize people for being successful.

more than 3 years ago
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Programming the Commodore 64: the Definitive Guide

billakay C64s can still be fun... (245 comments)

A few years ago when I was an undergrad, I did a class project on the C64 just for the hell of it...the assignment was for my Theory of Computation class, and I happened to be taking an embedded systems class at the same time. I ended up implementing a Turing Machine simulator on the C64. I used a C cross-compiler on my PC to develop it, tested it on an emulator, and eventually burned it onto a ROM chip which I put into an actual cartridge that ran on a real C64. It was a REALLY cool project that involved quite a few different aspects of CS, and I ended up taking first place at a undergrad research poster competition at a CS conference.

more than 4 years ago
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ID Thief Tries To Get Witnesses Whacked

billakay Re:What. The. Funk? (168 comments)

I new a guy that got busted for copying sony games. The swat team busted in his door with a battering ram, and sony reps where with them. He got lucky and had some 80 year old judge with no appreciation for the whole deal around digital media copying. The judge was going to give him a fine and let him go, until he found out that they also found a couple joints in his house. He ended up with 2 months in jail, and 2 years of probation.

If this is true (and it sounds like your story might be just you being silly), he had a pretty crappy lawyer. If the police had a warrant that said "stuff related to copying Sony games," even if they found a thousand joints worth of THC-containing plant, it wouldn't be admissible in any court...

more than 4 years ago
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Programmable Quantum Computer Created

billakay Re:79% accuracy ... (132 comments)

You might want to look up the randomized computational complexity class BPP. There is 2/3 - 1/3 split on when it answers correctly. I believe that it answers correctly 2/3 of the time, and the other 1/3 time is indeterminate. All you need to do is run it a few times (these algorithms are very fast, and average the results. The summation of these attempts very quickly approach many nines of accuracy after a relatively short number of attempts. In fact, before the (relatively) recent discovery that primality testing is in P (the discovery of a deterministic poly-time algorithm for testing whether a number is prime), the best algorithm was in BPP, and in fact, that is the algorithm that is mostly used today because of it's speed.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM Attacks Intel's Netbook Stranglehold

billakay Re:A compelling Linux on ARM netbook will worry MS (521 comments)

Remember, Windows NT wasn't even developed on x86 (it was done on MIPS and Intel i860 and backported to x86). In fact, up until Windows 2000, NT had support for x86, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC right out of the box. NT was originally designed to be very portable and its kernel design facilitates this. It's just a matter of will.

more than 4 years ago

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Bell Labs System Enables 3D Rendering on DisplayLi

billakay billakay writes  |  more than 2 years ago

billakay writes ""A recently open-sourced experimental Linux infrastructure created by Bell Labs researchers allows 3D rendering to be performed on a GPU and displayed on other devices, including DisplayLink dongles. The system accomplishes this by essentially creating "Virtual CRTCs", or virtual display output controllers, and allowing arbitrary devices to appear as extra ports on a graphics card.

Story can be found at Phoronix. The code and instructions to get the system running can be found here at GitHub.""

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Bell Labs Experimental System Enables 3D Rendering

billakay billakay writes  |  more than 2 years ago

billakay writes "A recently open-sourced experimental Linux infrastructure created by Bell Labs researchers allows 3D rendering to be performed on a GPU and displayed on other devices, including DisplayLink dongles. The system accomplishes this by essentially creating "Virtual CRTCs", or virtual display output controllers, and allowing arbitrary devices to appear as extra ports on a graphics card.

The code and instructions to get the system running can be found here at GitHub."

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Experimental Code Published For Virtual CRTCs

billakay billakay writes  |  more than 2 years ago

billakay (1607221) writes "Some experimental code for Linux has been published that allows your graphics card to do 3D rendering, then have the pixels pushed off to an arbitrary device.

Initially implemented drivers enable 3D rendered applications and games on DisplayLink devices, as well as piping the pixels to userspace via Video4Linux2.

Full disclosure: I am one of the developers that contributed to this."

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