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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

cwsumner Re:Urban legend? (290 comments)

The attack on the ranch was instigated by the government people. The people shot, were all shot with bullets of the calibre used by the government people, .223 not 30-06. Dugan was shot from behind and the bullet holes in his pack were .223. It is likely that he was dodging to the side and ran in front of his wingman.

But they were willing to kill an innocent family to cover it up. So that's what they told the sniper that lead him to shoot the wife with a baby in her arms. A classic example of what can get out of control, when people have too much power.

On the other hand, you have a point about the government needing to have plans in place. That is an actual part of their job.

2 hours ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

cwsumner Re:Urban legend? (290 comments)

This reads like an urban legend... Every field office got a copy, (seemingly) lots of employees were notified, but it's only public 30 years later? Hmm...

It's actually quite possible. The govenment is tasked with having plans in place for just about everything. Like plans for a space-alien landing, both friend or enemy. I kid you not.

But they are just contingencies, and no one expects to use them. There are thousands upon thousands of plans, most never get used. So it is not such a big thing. 8-)

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

cwsumner Re:We don't all work in Windows + efficiency (422 comments)

True. But it is not a good idea to use sarcasm on the internet or anywhere people can't see your face. Most won't catch it.

Example: "Anyone who can't use both hands is "handicapped", ... " Was I being sacastic or not? 8-)

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

cwsumner Re:Simple solution (422 comments)

I use the thumb for the left mouse button, the little finger for the right mouse button, the third finger to steady my hand and the index and middle finger to move the mouse.

Of course, I use a Kensington Orbit Trackball. ;-)

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

cwsumner Re:Simple solution (422 comments)

You say that as if it matters what Mr Engelbart thinks. Language is shaped by the greatest common denominator.

If your favorite computer language was that way, you would not like it -at all-!

Spoken language has similar problems, that's why there are at least "sort of standards".

The idea of "doing your own thing" is not good when trying to communicate, with computers -or- people. 8-)

P.S., most arguments end up being about the definitions of words, not facts. 8-P

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

cwsumner Re:Simple solution (422 comments)

... How old are we anyway ? The correct answer is "staying young".

The correct answer is "ten thousand years".

"I know where I came from. But what about all you 'zombies'?"

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

cwsumner Re:We don't all work in Windows + efficiency (422 comments)

All of which are *much* more efficient than "ctrl+c" + "ctrl+v". ...

Only if you cannot use the other hand for the keyboard.

Anyone who can't use both hands is "handicapped", literally. And yes, I can write with both hands. But the left is a little slower. 8-)

2 days ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

cwsumner Re:Great! How do I disable it (93 comments)

... People talking about sport makes me want to gnaw a limb off to escape from the conversation.

Ha! You and me, both.

But then, I never had a chance to learn all of the details of the sports in question. Maybe that makes a difference.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

cwsumner Frequent breaks (348 comments)

The daughter wonted us to take care of her little dog for a weekend. A few months later she "forgot" to pick him up again.
Now we have a 7 pound Yorkshire Terrier that wants to go outside and mark his territory every 2 or 3 hours!
It seems to have helped us both, with muscle tone and cardiac condition.

So get yourself a small dog with firm opinions on schedules, it can save your health! 8-)

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

cwsumner Re:higher risk of death (348 comments)

I wonder how these data concerning the increase in cancer risk is complying with the recent article http://science.slashdot.org/st... saying 65% of cancers are just bad luck and no link with genetics, environment or behavior. Seems to me another flawn study.

It's Statistics! They could very well both be correct ... technically.

Until we know the mechanism, we don't actually know much.

But that doesn't mean it's a good idea to sit around all day...

about a week ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

cwsumner Re:not the eating, but fixing different problems (219 comments)

It's not about the nail.

That's very psychological.

Except ... by the time they got her to the emergency room she was already dead!
Sometimes feelings don't count at all...

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

cwsumner Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

... The actual problem was that the Russian-style closed cycle works with a high-pressure, high-temperature oxygen-rich mixture, which is a metallurgical challenge. So it's not closed cycle engines in general but oxygen-rich preburner engines in particular.

I would think so!
The phrase "high-temperature oxygen-rich" generally means that the engine burns the metal it's made of, as fuel.
Think cylinder head pitting, in car engines running too lean. Only more so...

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

cwsumner Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

.... I see two lines on a weight graph, a horizontal one for the closed-loop, and a curved line representing the open-loop. At some point these lines cross, and the open-loop becomes a worse option. I'm just surprised that point isn't way earlier for them.

Um ... I'm pretty sure that they know how to calculate that.

about a week ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

cwsumner Re:Quote (75 comments)

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.

What saves us, is that we try things rapidly enough that we get past the "everything else" before we run out of time and resources.
"Test early and often."

about a week ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

cwsumner Re:Don't forget stats & much has changed since (75 comments)

Calculus is about how to work with things that are changing. People have problems with change, of all kinds.
I believe that it is at least partly because they were never taught Calculus in school. There was a time when it was taught in highschool.

I went to a 2-year technical school, where they had what was called Technical Math. Toward the end, the teacher was teaching "tricks and shortcuts" for working difficult problems. After a while, he told the class that some of the tricks were actually Calculus. The average grade of the studends immediatly dropped about 10%, more for the minority students. The drop seemed to be a self-asteem issue, not intellegence or experiance. Some students seemed to feel that they should not know such things. I was shaken by it and very sad, because the whole class had been doing well with the work, before that.

I think if they had been taught it any time before that, they would have not felt that way. Dumbing-down classes, is stealing from students. And the least capable are hurt the most.

about a week ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

cwsumner Re:1980s? (180 comments)

I am staying away from your lawn, that's for sure. If my frisbee lands over there, you can keep it; you've earned it.

Thank you. But I usually throw the Frisbees back, when I walk the dog. 8-)

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

cwsumner Re:1980s? (180 comments)

Current 64-bit path/register cpu architechture will satisfy most computing requirements for some time to come. ...

"There is no reason that anyone would need more than 640KB."
"The maximum number of computers needed in the United States is five."

But yeah, 64bit is probably enough for a little while... 8-)

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

cwsumner Re:1980s? (180 comments)

... where you're taught that everything before 1960 isn't relevant, ...

where you're taught that everything before 2000 isn't relevant, ...
Fixed that for you. 8-)

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

cwsumner Re:Virtualisation dates from the 1960's ! (180 comments)

Note: The people using the terms 8bit/16bit were not so concerned with the CPU or ALU registers, they didn't know about the 4004 or 8008 microcontrollers. They were interested in how expensive the Memory boards were, and how fast the memory was. Which is dependent on the external data bus.

There are multiple dialects of "Technish", just because you speak a different language doesn't mean you are right. ...or that they are right either.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

cwsumner Re:oh the humanity (393 comments)

I think the PC name for that game is Little People's Fortress.

No they are not little, they are full size... for them. You are just oversized!

about two weeks ago

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WristWatch Sliderule: Casio Archive

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 4 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "I ran across this in the Casio support site old products archive: A manual on how to use a wristwatch with a bult-in mechanical sliderule! For those who are to young to remember, a sliderule is a calculator from back before they had calculators.

And get off of my lawn! 8-)"

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DARPA releases catalog of open project information

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about a year ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "DARPA has invested in many programs that sponsor fundamental and applied research in areas of computer science, which have led to new advances in theory as well as practical software. The R&D community has asked about the availability of results, and now DARPA has responded by creating the DARPA Open Catalog, a place for organizing and sharing those results in the form of software, publications, data and experimental details. The Catalog can be found at http://go.usa.gov/BDhY."
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The sum of all of the positive numbers is -1/12 (!!?)

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about a year ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "A few weeks ago the Numberphile website posted a short video. The video discussed an "astounding" sum and got considerable press (the video has 1,523,719 views so far). It appeared on both Slate and 3QD. The sum? It's:
        1+2+3+4+5+6+7+... = -1/12"

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M-1 Sales blocked by State Dept

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles.
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.
The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March ââoe a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/01/obama-administration-reverses-course-forbids-sale-antique-m-rifles/"

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