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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

bruce_the_loon Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (135 comments)

Pratchett's are too short for this argument.

To really drive the point, use Steven Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen instead. 10 books, one at 700 pages, 4 at 1000 pages and 5 at 1300 pages from 1999 to 2011. Love it or hate it, he kept the plot lines neat, didn't forget major characters and actually came got it to an end.

6 hours ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

bruce_the_loon Re:Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

Then Congress should pass that law ASAP. It's ridiculous, just like a child throwing a temper tantrum.

about two weeks ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

bruce_the_loon Re:Colour me apprehensive. (94 comments)

A lot of the Prometheus complaints seem to originate from the concept that the crew should have been a 100% perfectly professional team that knew exactly what to do in all situations. Given what Weyland was trying to accomplish, it's not surprising that some of the crew weren't up to the job.

Vickers' team was intended to die to hide what Weyland was up to, so the "exploration" specialists that weren't critical to the process were chosen to be expendable and characterized as such. They were stupid idiots because they weren't professional explorers, but lured there by money to fill an gap in the roster. If they had pulled in a completely professional team, Weyland and David wouldn't have been able to get the situation to the state they needed it.

I'm constantly amused by the number of people who get so upset when a movie portrays characters this way. It isn't a failure of the writers, it's a success in portraying an imperfect, greed-motivated person who thinks they are in the position they are in because they are the best, but actually aren't. Maybe that hits a little close to home for some.

about two weeks ago
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Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

bruce_the_loon Re:Pretty Fine Line There (181 comments)

Since the automated Comcast etc letters are polite, in legal terms, requests to take down the allegedly infringing media, you can argue that they are the entity requesting the destruction of evidence in their own case. Since they allege they own the media, they assume it is within their rights to do so. Until you actually get sued, acting on those legal requests is perfectly valid even if you delay the deleting of the media. It would only be once you were served with notice of intent to sue with instructions to preserve the evidence that you may become liable.

about a month ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

bruce_the_loon Re:Pro-Life & Planned Parenthood (121 comments)

Lovely strawman, I tip my hat to you. Quoting a line from an era when eugenics was considered good science and not following up with her change of stance when the whole eugenics crap was discredited following WW2.

I've said it many times over, people are allowed to change their minds when new knowledge comes to light and old stances should not be commented on in solo when their enlightened stance has replaced the old one. It's bad science and bad argument.

about a month ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

bruce_the_loon Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

If you went and read Linus' rant, then you'll find you are actually reinforcing his argument. He says that except for a handful of edge use-cases, there will be no demand for massively parallel in end user usage and that we shouldn't waste time that could be better spent optimizing the low-core processes.

The CAD, video and HTPC use-cases are already solved by the GPU architecture and don't need to be re-solved by inefficient CPU algorithms.

Your Linux workstation would be a good example, but is a very low user count requirement and can be done at the compiler level and not the core OS level anyway.

Your Linux gaming machine shouldn't be doing more than 3/4 cores of CPU and handing the heavy grunt work off to the GPU anyway. No need for a 64 core CPU for that one.

Redesigning what we're already doing successfully with a low number of controller/data shifting CPU cores managing a large bank of dedicated rendering/physics GPU cores and task-specific ASICs for things like 10GB networking and 6GB IO interfaces is pretty pointless, which is what Linus is talking about, not that we only need 4 cores and nothing else.

about a month ago
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An Open Source Flat Pack Robot Arm That's As Easy To Build As Ikea Furniture

bruce_the_loon Re:uArm (39 comments)

Only in the sense that it is also a striking copy of every robotic arm in existence. The mechanical design is significantly different to the uArm. Compare MeArm versus uArm and look at the design of the support and actuator arms.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

bruce_the_loon Re:Huh (279 comments)

They are modular, but apparently the design of the F-35 airframe can't take the newer modules because they are larger than was planned for and stick out a bit, thus breaking the stealth.

The US should just give up on this stealthy size of a bumblebee crap, yes it has a low radar return and looks like a bumblebee on a radar, but it's moving at Mach 1.5.

about a month ago
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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

bruce_the_loon Re:Supercharger? (128 comments)

Yep. Probably one of a few. Those who have followed Tesla over 2014 know what Superchargers are in the Tesla context. Also, the capital was a giveaway.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

bruce_the_loon It's how fantasy heroes are written (351 comments)

Even in Middle Earth. This can't be classed as a problem with the movies, the issue exists in the source material as well.

Throughout both The LoTR and The Hobbit, the heroes are mostly invincible. Aragorn and the Nazgul on Weathertop, the Mines of Moria, the Orcs at Amon Hen, Gimli and Legolas at Helm's Deep, and so on and so on.

Even Boromir was nigh-on unkillable at Amon Hen and only died because Tolkien needed him to. The book has him "pierced by many arrows" and the heroes there had a kill-ratio of at least 10-1. More if you discount the hobbits.

If anything, the kill-ratios were lowered for the movies. Read the LOTR Wikia entry for Amon Hen http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Skirmish_at_Amon_Hen for a comparison.

about a month ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

bruce_the_loon Overblown concern by the anonymous submitter (91 comments)

Firstly, this isn't a general law, it's an amendment to the law governing foreign sales of military technology. It only applies if a specific technology is classified as solely defense or strategic. Yes that classification can be manipulated, but a court would have to be convinced that the classification is valid.

Secondly, the bill isn't doing away with the presumption of innocence globally. It is saying that if a person selling the regulated technology relies on the exceptions and regulations to decide whether it is safe to supply technology, that they have documented that reliance properly. Basically they want people to do their homework before handing classified military information over to a foreign actor. Seems fair enough.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

bruce_the_loon Re:Come on people, (96 comments)

There's a difference between copying the command syntax, which has been held as valid in some jurisdictions, and photocopying the manuals.

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

bruce_the_loon Come on people, (96 comments)

If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, run the manuals through Google Translate twice and then run Word's grammar checks.

If you copy verbatim, you gonna get caught.

about 2 months ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

bruce_the_loon Re: Billions and billions: (108 comments)

Google has $550 million, the article has $550,000 million. Out by 10^3.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

bruce_the_loon Re:I agree (523 comments)

Generalize much? Things are never the same for everybody. I haven't done joined-up writing since the beginning of high school, but my time to write the same sentence is currently about 40% faster in rough print against illegible cursive. Maybe if you're comparing it to formal block writing like you do on a form, but not for note-taking rough printing.

If my cursive was several times faster, I'd set fire to the paper with the friction.

about 2 months ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

bruce_the_loon Come on Slashdot, get your news current (257 comments)

The last mail in the thread, dated the 26th of November, explains that the Xen bug was a Xen bug and that the lockup was something different and traceable once the chap experiencing the bug managed to get a kernel backtrace.

about 2 months ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

bruce_the_loon Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

It might have been the pilot's choice, but it negates the assertion that the downwash would prevent a bird or drone from reaching the chopper's hull.

about 2 months ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

bruce_the_loon Re:damn (120 comments)

Justified by ignorance. Used twice and once they found out what happened, they tried their damnedest to never use them again. If you want to be honest about it, accept how ignorant they were and without the hindsight we have now.

about 3 months ago

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