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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

crunchygranola Re:What about long-term data integrity? (410 comments)

One faction claims it's Apple trying to sabotage upgrades, making it so that if you buy an after-market SSD rather than paying their insane markup performance will become awful. Another faction claims it isn't deliberate sabotage, but rather a lack of interest in testing for unsupported hardware configurations...

Seems like a distinction without a difference.

yesterday
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

crunchygranola Re:Self-expanding factories (152 comments)

...Since the laws of nature are the same everywhere, the Seed Factory concept works just as well on Earth, so our first generation design is for here. Later versions will be for more hostile environments like the oceans, deserts, ice caps, and space. Where it gets really interesting is using an expanded factory to make new starter kits. This is very similar to how biological plants reproduce. An acorn doesn't make another acorn directly. It grows into an oak tree first, then produces more acorns.

Good for you! You are proposing to build an actual von Neumann machine. Such things are obviously possible (given the evidence of living things) - but I have never seen a proposal to actual build one, or even a defensible estimate of what would be required to build Humankind's first one.

Any estimate on when we will see this is more than just an electronic document? Currently the WikiBook about this flys at such a high level that it is impossible to tell whether there really is anything here.

2 days ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

crunchygranola Re:Tamper Evident (104 comments)

The AC is right. This IUC tamper resistance scheme has nothing at all to do with launch authority controls.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

crunchygranola Re:Perspective (320 comments)

top 1% AGI is $388,905 (in 2011, the most recent year for which the IRS has final data, reference).

If he makes $300,000 and he considers that a high six figure, then he is not lying at all. Note that $100,000 is a "six figure income", and these days not at all high in the scheme of things. So his statement may just be drawing the distinction of someone making a multiple of "six figure" (three in this case) as opposed to barely breaking that antiquated inflation-devalued benchmark.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

crunchygranola Re:The US already is a civilized First World count (320 comments)

Well, we treat them like crap. On top of that they come here and find that they have very few opportunities to advance any more. Why would they want to come here? They'd be better off going to a civilized first-world country rather than the third-world construct we are trying so hard to make the US into.

It might not be a cultural fit for you, but it is a good fit for over 300m citizens (less amnestied illegals).

Unlike other countries, US property is respected enough to not need legions of gated communities.

And yet, the U.S. has legions of gated communities, despite not "needing" them! From the article: "By 1997, an estimated 20,000 gated communities had been built across the country. Approximately 40% of new homes in California are behind walls. In 1997, estimates of the number of people in gated communities ranged from 4 million in 30,000 communities up to around 8 million, with a ½ million in California alone." These are nearly all wealthy people, why are they seeking hidden enclaves?

Other countries have them in quantities large enough to suggest that property is not respected(SE Asia) or to show mass contempt for their citizenry(e.g. Russia).

Russia is the only country you can come up with by name I notice. Why not try one of the real industrial democracies?

In addition, citizens enjoy more personal freedoms (despite what some thinktanks would claim) than nearly any other country in the world. For example, self-defense with a firearm is encouraged in many parts of the country(not just Texas), when many parts of the world wish to restrict it. In addition, speaking up against politicians is not followed by a disappearance, house arrest, or defamation charge.

Let's unpack this bit. Last going first, in which industrialized democracies does speaking up against politicians cause "disappearance, house arrest, or defamation charge"? Your "Russia" example again?

So we are left with that all-essential freedom of unrestricted gun ownership - the freedom to easily murder others. Very, very few gun deaths each year are due to "self defense" killing: for each justified self-defense killing, there are about 35 fire-arm homicides.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

crunchygranola Re:No surprise here (320 comments)

Neither link supports the claim you made. You will have to add that special sauce of wing-nut interpretation to make your case. Your turn.

2 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

crunchygranola Re:Who opposes cleaner sources of energy? (142 comments)

Those measures are increasing my freedom - by making a selection of more efficient appliances for me to buy at low cost, and thus allowing me to lower my power bills, all of which puts more money in my pocket. I thought that was the very essence of the Conservative idea of freedom, more of my own money.

We know what corporations do when such measures are not in place. They don't innovate on efficiency, or provide cost effective efficient appliances. Only by moving the entire industry to more efficient standards to you get economies of scale.

Oddly, this would seem to be the "influence change on the producers" that you approve of.

5 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

crunchygranola Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

I'm an environmentalist. I think converting coal to natural gas is a great idea. So, your general claim is disproven.

This was a Sierra Club lawsuit. The SIerra Club does not equal "all environmentalists".

5 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

crunchygranola Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Keep pushing that canard. No activist has stopped the construction of a new power plant. The problem is financing. Banks don't want to lend the money because of the cost over-runs. That's why the nuclear industry has been pushing the government to guarantee those loans.

1. Shoreham.

Technically, no. Shoreham's construction was completed - it actually ran low power tests. What happened was not it was not permitted to begin commercial operation -- due to its singularly poor siting on Long Island, and Long Island Sound after the local community and state had had time to reflect on the wisdom of this particular license. In light of Fukushima, safety concerns about the siting of one of these first generation nuclear power plant designs were quite reasonable. This was a plant that should never have been built.

Plants more distant from major population centers and critical transportation corridors have not had this problem.

5 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

crunchygranola Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (440 comments)

Excuse me, but where did I advocate for terminating all Sunnis? I advocating for terminating ISIS. There is a difference you know.

Obligatory Godwin time: Not all Germans were members of the SS.

And we executed all the Germans who were?

Words fail me, as well.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

crunchygranola Re:So basically (440 comments)

The Libertarian philosophy is the most self-consistent of all available.

Quite possibly. I would prefer a reality consistent philosophy, especially since Libertarianism makes extravagant claims about economics which is very much an empirical activity.

It requires the fewest "common-sense" exceptions to be practical.

reality-denying assumptions.

Oh my, no. Libertarianism and its Hayekist pseudo-economics twin are quite aggressive about denying the importance of basing beliefs of reality. Can you say "Praxeology"?

LIbertarians and Hayekists hold that their axiomatic principles are the true basis of perfect morality, the best of all possible moral codes, and that social, political and economic doctrines can, indeed must, be derived directly from them without contaminating the matter with social or economic data.

If you dispute with a Libertarian about the feasibility, and desirability of their proposals, you will shortly find them trying to derail the discussion from practical effects to an effort to educate you about the perfection of their axioms.

about a week ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

crunchygranola Re:reflexes? (114 comments)

...I have no clue what it would be like to actually go through life without it. Maybe it's not as "required" as I think it is, so maybe it's not that irresponsible either.

I can help here. Look out the window. Close one eye.

Wow! Didn't everything look totally different and you suddenly had no idea how far away anything was?

No?

I think no. I think things looked almost exactly the same, and still knew how far away cars, and signs, and people, and houses were.

Binocular depth perception is only one many cues your brain uses to interpret the environment's layout.

about a week ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

crunchygranola Re:Debunked? (114 comments)

Mod parent up!

Yes indeed. This seems to be making mountain out of a molehill. Here is the operative phrase I think: "wasn't mentioned in any modern-day anatomy textbooks". This may well be the case - are every know structure commonly included in anatomy textbooks? They aren't, you know, atlases or encyclopedias of neuroanatomy that might be expected to contain everything.

As AC shows, the bit about "absent from the literature" seems to have been hype.

about a week ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

crunchygranola I Like Tom Godwin But... (55 comments)

Take a look at "most important" (highest ranking) deceased author from the 1980s. It is science fiction/fantasy writer Tom Godwin. Number two is Stanton A. Coblentz . Also in the top 20 (in order): Lin Carter, Robert A. Heinlein, Mack Reynolds, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree, Jr., Clifford D. Simak. Forty percent of the top 20 are SF&F authors. Meanwhile we have Tuchman at 101, Sartre at 112, Borges at 254, Tennessee Williams at 439, Toynbee at 526, and so.

Looking at the 1990s, the top loading by SF&F are equally extreme with Marion Zimmer Bradley No. 1, and William S. Burroughs at 748.

Now I feel that SF&F authors are under-appreciated by critics and "the academy" in the English-speaking world, dismissing brilliantly inventive writing in English, when they would praise it as "magic realism" if written in Spanish or Portuguese, but this is just nerd/geek fannishness run amok.

GIGO forever.

about a week ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

crunchygranola Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

Not only that, Chernobyl has also helped to bancrupt the USSR. The cleanup cost enormous, more than a yearly military budget.

Citation please.

This seems an absurd assertion. The Chernobyl clean-up employed about 250,000 people for two years, mostly with low tech equipment, while the Soviet military had about 5 million men under arms, a lot of it very costly high tech gear.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

crunchygranola Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

I'm curious how a command economy with what amounts to a captive labor force runs out money.

I don't dispute that the Soviet economy as a whole was ineffective, but lack of money for defense spending seems kind of hard to comprehend.

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Your instincts about the defense spending in the USSR are dead-on. They never ran out of money for defense. They ran short on supplies for everything else, and the civilian economy suffered terribly for it, but defense was always flush with resources.

The USSR had, by the end of the 1960s, a fully militarized economy - the military was first in line for everything, taking so much that by the mid-1970s it stalled economic growth (this before Reagan, or even Carter, was in office). The notion that the Reagan military build-up caused the USSR to fall is not supported by studies of what actually happened, such as Ellman and Kontorvich's "The Disintegration of the Soviet Economic System".

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

crunchygranola Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

The Guardian? The British version of Pravda? Too bad the Guardian's editorial staff can't share a shallow mass grave with some of the many victims of the Soviet Union.

The Guardian is on the extremely moderate UK left: at the last general election it came out in favour of voting for the LibDems (who are now in coalition with the Tories, and have reneged on essentially all their manifesto pledges).

To consider it as extreme left wing, you would need to be some sort of neo Nazi...

No, you simply need to be a mainstream U.S Republican today. Conservative policies of the recent past are now denounced as "Marxist" without dissent in current day Republican-land.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

crunchygranola Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

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That more reflects his background - street level activist and local politics, where that's how things are done. That's not really appropriate at the national level, where he had very little experience before becoming President. The result is that he views Congress as damage to be routed around (not that he's entirely wrong about that, and I say that as a conservative who's greatly dismayed at the sway the nutjob fringe holds on the Right) and tries to handle that in much the same manner he did back then... which doesn't really work as personal influence and the Party Machine hold much less sway at the national level.

As you say, the nutjob fringe does hold sway over the Right. On an objective basis, there has not been a Congress this obstructionist for more than eight decades. Although the Republicans seem fine with grid-locking government, regardless of the cost the nation, as long as Obama sits in office -- he understandably knows someone needs to actually govern.

Conservative political psycho-babble fantasies about what 'community activists' think need to be set aside. The fact is he is President and needs to deal with issues facing the nation, even if Congressional Republicans do not.

If Obama is actually, in any way, violating the principles of governance in the U.S. you can be sure that a lawsuit would be in the courts, passed up the chain to the Supreme Court, where the right-wing majority there would slap him down.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

crunchygranola Re:Darmok (151 comments)

"Your O.S. Trip" - RedGum/Michael Atkinson (1981)

about two weeks ago

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