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Can the Ares Program Be Salvaged?

gnuman99 Re:race to the bottom (245 comments)

Yes, you can go to France and employ people easily provided you do not break any French laws, like not paying them enough. France has laws yet employers still discriminate based on things like your last name. For examples, if it doesn't sound French, you will not get a job.

Anyway, I don't know WTF you are talking about. You can go to France and start a business just like you can start a business in US.

Income taxes, and taxes in general are there to reduce monetary supply. Gov't, though the Fed, increase monetary supply. To make things balance and so *your* money retain value, there are taxes. Without taxes, USD would get railroaded.

Why should I work my ass off to make more money, and increase demand for employees, if I have to pay more taxes on what I make? That's robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Utter bullshit. It is called disposable income. If you earn $20k/year you will spend that money for local stuff because you have to live. If you earn $300k/year, you will not spend all of the money on necessities of life! You can afford to subsidize services that the $20k/year person uses.

And it is utter BULLSHIT to say that $20k/year works 15 times less than a $300k/year employee. By that definition, wouldn't the bankers earning $20m/year work 1000x times more than teh $20k/year concrete worker?

Your salary is not an absolute gauge of your input labor! The $20k/year concrete worker or a farmer that manager to just stay afloat may be working 1000x more than a $2 million a year trust funder, yet you would rather support that trust funder and kick the farmer and the concrete worker in the ass because they are not working enough for their services (ie. paying less taxes then services they get). Sorry mate. Rich people don't really care how much taxes they pay. Only the "I want to be rich too but I am not so I will blame government for it" people care.

more than 5 years ago

Pain-Free Animals Could Take Suffering Out of Farming

gnuman99 Re:Double no (429 comments)

You are a complete moron to not even being able to google stuff like this before forming your opinion in 2 seconds.

No pain is a very serious genetic disorder.


"Those people, who do not feel any pain at all, usually die before they turn 25"

"A lot of parents would be happy to have a baby, who does not wake them up at night."..."When Ashlyn's teeth started growing at the age of six months, the girl shredded her own lips with them."


âoeSome people would say thatâ(TM)s a good thing. But no, itâ(TM)s not,â says Tara Blocker, Ashlynâ(TM)s mother. âoePainâ(TM)s there for a reason. It lets your body know somethingâ(TM)s wrong and it needs to be fixed. Iâ(TM)d give anything for her to feel pain.â

The untreatable disease also makes Ashlyn incapable of sensing extreme temperatures â" hot or cold â" disabling her bodyâ(TM)s ability to cool itself by sweating. Otherwise, her senses are normal.

So yes, your opinion is quite stupid.

more than 5 years ago

Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

gnuman99 Re:That was Joe Clark's fault (651 comments)

Harper's politics in a minority are not his politics if he had a majority. Plain and simple.

At least I can say that Joe Clark had balls. I would vote for Joe Clark just because I know what the guy brought to the table based on his proposed budget. On the other hand, Harper just wants to manipulate public opinion to get majority. Then his real self will come out. Just look at his first appointments to the cabinet - a never-ever elected buddy he appointed to the senate just so he can make him a minister!!

I would not vote for someone like Harper because he's a megalomaniac. No one in his caucus dares to fart without his permission, never mind talk openly.

Trudeau had some shitty ideas about governance. But Harper is even worse.

more than 5 years ago

Space Shuttle To Be Replaced By SpaceX For ISS Resupply

gnuman99 Re:If You Can't Lead--Get Out Of the Way (297 comments)

Exactly. Plus you are missing a few,

Galileo - Jupiter - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_(spacecraft)
Cassini & Huigens - Saturn & its moon titan - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassiniâ"Huygens
Spirit & Opportunity - Mars landers

then we have a whole slew of satellites for observing sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon and Mars. Just go to nasa.gov for overview. There is also that fast flyby by Pluto - the only planet not yet observed closely.


more than 5 years ago

Has the Rate of Technical Progress Slowed?

gnuman99 Re:String theory (712 comments)

I think you are referring to Standard Model?


No particles "created" there. Just because you don't understand the basic idea there is not the physic's or universe's fault.

more than 5 years ago

Serious Design Failure At USAspending.gov?

gnuman99 Re:Pay Attention Here... (207 comments)

Yes, because the current system of "Sorry, the procedure recommended by your doctor was not deemed appropriate by Accountant #24 of your health insurance. We wish you luck with your blocked arteries. The procedure would result in more payout from us than we can recoup from you. Oh, and we can't renew your insurance for next year if you still live. Cheerios!"

more than 5 years ago

Serious Design Failure At USAspending.gov?

gnuman99 Re:newness is not an excuse in this case (207 comments)

Old, crappy systems gets maintenance and continue to function, barely. What's next? Donuts have fat in them? People die of heart attacks?

It doesn't matter if what they have is old or can be now made with rails or whatnot. It matters that it does the job. And you examples of failure have nothing to do with website. They have to do with how data is stored on the backend. And if people are not reporting their data, how is it the fault of the website???

Garbage in = garbage out. All data management systems can only report the data that they have, not the data that they should have or ought to have.

more than 5 years ago

NVIDIA Predicts 570x GPU Performance Boost

gnuman99 nVidia already provide for HPC (295 comments)

Look at nVidia's website. They already provide HPC solutions,



# of Tesla GPUs 4
# of Streaming Processor Cores 960 (240 per processor)
Frequency of processor cores 1.296 to 1.44 GHz
Single Precision floating point performance (peak) 3.73 to 4.14 TFlops
Double Precision floating point performance (peak) 311 to 345 GFlops
Floating Point Precision IEEE 754 single & double
Total Dedicated Memory 16 GB
Memory Interface 512-bit
Memory Bandwidth 408 GB/sec
Max Power Consumption 800 W
System Interface PCIe x16 or x8
Software Development Tools C-based CUDA Toolkit

Maybe point your quantum mechanics simulations people to HPC specific nVidia solutions, not commodity hardware not designed for HPC (ie. no RAM, limited cores, etc.)

more than 5 years ago



gnuman99 gnuman99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gnuman99 (746007) writes "For all those that think UK residents retain their privacy in spite of the new lip-reading and talking CCTV cameras, there is another nail-in-the-coffin of privacy and freedom from the Tony Blair government. It gives unprecedented "wartime" powers to police officers. UK's Times Online reports,

New anti-terrorism laws are to be pushed through before Tony Blair leaves office giving "wartime" powers to the police to stop and question people.
John Reid, the home secretary, who is also quitting next month, intends to extend Northern Ireland's draconian police powers to interrogate individuals about who they are, where they have been and where they are going.
Under the new laws, police will not need to suspect that a crime has taken place and can use the power to gain information about "matters relevant" to terror investigations.
If suspects [how is a person of interest a suspect?] fail to stop or refuse to answer questions, they could be charged with a criminal offence and fined up to £5,000. Police already have the power to stop and search people but they have no right to ask for their identity and movements. Related Links
No general police power to stop and question has ever been introduced in mainland Britain except during wartime.

Furthermore, these laws did *nothing* in the civil unrest in Ireland. The entire decades old conflict ended when the *mothers* and *sisters* of the fighters said that enough is enough. That is when the NRA laid down their weapons because they had no support from the community. They lost their purpose. They certainly didn't do it because they were somehow afraid of the police!

I lived in the former Soviet Block country and spent some time in the Soviet Union itself, I know that these laws were also part of the KGB. They could stop anyone for any reason. Many in the west have joked about these laws with a simple phrase when police stops you "Papers!". KGB used the poor excuse of spies and saboteurs to explain these laws (although they never found any). If they just thought of using terrorism, maybe people in the East Block would have never revolted.

But the real question is will the British public accept these new laws as they did everything else in the recent years? Or will they fight for their freedom, as the great generation once did?"

gnuman99 gnuman99 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gnuman99 (746007) writes "Microsoft seems to be doing better than analysts expected. In the first quarter of 2007, Microsoft earned almost $5 billion. Higher than expected.

Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday its fiscal third-quarter profit rose 65%, as the company benefitted from initial sales of heavily-marketed new products including its Vista operating system. The world's biggest software maker said it earned a record-high $4.93 billion, or 50 cents a share, in the period ended March 31, compared to $2.98 billion, or 29 cents a share, during the period a year earlier. Meanwhile revenue rose to $14.4 billion from $10.9 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected Microsoft to earn 46 cents a share, on revenue of $13.89 billion.

Maybe the anoyance factor cited before is not indicative whether people actually buy Vista?"

gnuman99 gnuman99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gnuman99 (746007) writes "We have seen in recent years the advance of censorship of various kinds from the Great Chinese Firewall, to the banning of Harry Potter in some schools. But now Australian government has plans to ban books deemed to support terrorism. According to BBC article Australia censors terrorism books, Australian government will be "targeted at removing the material from publication". Some of the methods apparently will include custom officers — "customs officers would be given much broader powers to confiscate books and films being imported into the country".

As the Australian Society of Authors put it: "We can't refute what we can't read". But the government has dismissed these concerns, saying public safety overrides the issue of free speech.

Is Australian government so paranoid of descent that it will block people from learning who their supposed enemy actually is and does? Do they think that banning books will actually prevent terrorism? Nothing seems to be left now but a good old fashion book burning and redefinition of terrorism to 'opposing the policies of your government'"


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