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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Cut the Russians Off (831 comments)

A lot of this is already happening. In my opinion the Western sanctions are working. The Russian economy is visibly crumbling: high inflation, high interest rates, collapsing auto market, bankrupted tour operators leave thousands of Russians stranded abroad, huge capital flight, etc, and sanctions were enabled just a couple of months ago. Given it a year, and Russian economy will be in a deep recession. It will be interesting how Putin will respond because his unspoken contract with Russian people was that they will accept an authoritarian government in exchange for economic stability.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Putin: (831 comments)

You are right, but Ukrainian government is ultra-nationalist. Most of them come from west Ukraine, which has always been a hot bed for Ukrainian nationalism.

Also note that since the crisis started, even before military conflict in the east, the government in Kiev has offered NOTHING to pacify the east. People in the east have been asking for a long time that they should have the right to elect their governors (right now they're appointed by Kiev) and they want a formal recognition of Russian language as an official language at least within their region. Kiev hasn't offered anything at all to them. Not even a draft new constitution. Nothing.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

I am a little confused about the claim that Ukraine disarmed itself only in 2006. This is false. Ukraine has been disarming itself pretty much since USSR fell apart. They simply chose to neglect their military. The staff was shrunk, conscription abolished. Almost no new weapons acquired since the USSR fell apart. In fact, Ukraine also sold a bunch of its Soviet weapons to African countries, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and who knows where else. Ukrainian troops are poorly equipped, poorly trained, and poorly motivated. As a result, they can barely hold a relatively small force of armed thugs and Russian infiltrators in the East Ukraine.

Let this be a good lesson for any country that thinks about disarming itself during "peaceful time"

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

guacamole Aim higher (637 comments)

At the best undergraduate CS departments, the students have to learn the basics of C, assembly, Java or some other high level programming language, plus some elementary algorithms and data structures.. that's before the end of sophomore year. I know in my school they learned some Lisp, C, assembly, and Java in the basic courses.

about a month ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Billions? (402 comments)

Hamas uses only the weapons that it can smuggle into Gaza or what it can build itself.

about a month ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

New weapons are battle tested all the time. However, it's ridiculous to suggest that this conflict exists to test the weapons. Also, Israel has a pretty impressive domestic defense industry. A lot of latest and greatest weapons they use are home made.

about a month ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

During Second Chechen war, most civilians were gone out of Grozny. It was a brick ruble after the first war already.

about a month ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

guacamole Re:FPS per Dollar Champ (117 comments)

However, a cheap dedicated Radeon card for $70 will still slaughter the latest APU in gaming performance.

The best bang for buck cheap gaming system these days would be based on the unlocked dual core Pentium CPU combined with an entry level Radeon card.

about 1 month ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

guacamole Re:Fast RAM required (117 comments)

It's because on the APUs there is no dedicated graphics memory. The graphics units use the main memory as was always the case with all integrated graphics chips for a long time. Using the main memory for GPU tasks is a serious performance penalty, that's why it's normally recommended to use faster memory with APUs if you care about GPU performance.

about 1 month ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

guacamole Re:It's a laptop chip... (117 comments)

What most people don't realize is that the desktop version is basically an afterthought.

I'll believe it when I see it. AMD CPUs always run hotter and used more energy in real life tests.

about 1 month ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

guacamole Re:Disgusting information wars (503 comments)

Was it also mad men who shot down the Iran Air Flight 655? It's possible to argue that all people in the military are trigger happy mad men. Which is why civilian airliners have no business flying over war zones..

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

guacamole Re:Propaganda won't help this time (503 comments)

I really wonder what you mean by Ukraine won't. Do you really believe, or what me to believe, that Ukraine is not engaged in a hard information war, just like Russia against Ukraine. Please. The current Ukraine is America's puppet state in East Europe, together with Poland and Latvia.

Likewise, your speculation about what's considered an "accident" is laughable. Do you know how many civilian aircraft have been shot down flying over war zones over the last 30 years? More than 10, according to CNN, including an Iranian flight with 290 on board in the 80s shot down over the Persian gulf by Americans. Shit happens during the armed conflict. The question is why was a civilian airliner flying over a war zone?

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

guacamole Disgusting information wars (503 comments)

Well, if the Russian information war machine wars just like described in the slashdot article, it's truly truly disgusting. Having said that, I do wonder why did an airliner have to fly through a war zone.

about a month and a half ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

guacamole Re:Well, they certainly DID in the past (752 comments)

The Russian fighter pilot did have the sufficient information to identify the KAL-007 flight as a civilian flight. In their view, a civilian aircraft like Boeing 747 could have still be used for military purposes.

about a month and a half ago
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FreeBSD 9.3 Released

guacamole Re:What is BSD good for? (77 comments)

I suspect the primary use for FreeBSD is a development platform for operating systems such as Darwin and others. An average user is not expected to touch it, even though a device in your pocket or your closet may be running a piece of FreeBSD.

about a month and a half ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

guacamole Why is this surprising? (710 comments)

People do not cut consumption of energy only because of warm feeling of reducing their carbon footprint. They DO respond to economic incentives that encourage them to cut energy use and pollution.

about a month and a half ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

guacamole Re:A sampling of hot button economic issues (305 comments)

There are a lot more hot button issues:

Minimum wage laws: The economic theory very clearly concludes that imposing a minimum wage will increase unemployment, and yet the economists couldn't have consistently pinned this effect down in the empirical studies. As a result, a whole bunch of high profile economists supported the last federal minimum wage hike.

Monetary policy: These days a lot of economists have less to say about monetary policy than a janitor who works at a Federal reserve bank. A very vocal and influential wing of macroeconomists embarked on a research agenda trying to build models of economy where "money doesn't matter" in the 70/80s. This resulted in the famous Real Business Cycle model (RBC) of the 70s and 80s, for which Prescott and Kydland have won a Nobel prize. While today a lot of economists disagree with the notion that money doesn't matter, a whole lot of leading departments still churn out macro economists who can't say anything intelligent about the monetary policy. In my opinion, a couple of decades down the road, the Federal reserve may be recruiting people with a non-economics background because of this.

Macroeconomic stabilization issues in general. What to do during the recession? AKA Keynesian economics (more spending/less taxes) vs monetarists (loose monetary policy) vs the do nothing vs lower all taxes crowd.

Corporate Taxes. Many economists argue that corporate taxes hurt the economy, and the conservatives love this idea.

Agricultural Policy: Another hot button issue. Most economists would argue that in the long run the agricultural subsidies and import tariffs and other protections hurt consumers and are costly to the government. And yet, farm bill after farm bill, the US Congress, in non-partisan manner, is happy to send generous portions of pork to the agricultural states.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

guacamole Re:Slippery slope (431 comments)

The only time the consumers can distinguish between German and Mexico-built cars is when the models built at the two plants are different. I know there are some fetishists who preferred the German built Golf and GTI to Mexican built Jettas (same thing with a trunk), but that's because the Golf had IRS. This year, both have IRS and will be built in Mexico.

As for Volvo, I am not sure what you mean better than American cars? Anyone who hangs around on car forums and blogs knows well European cars have on average a pretty bad reliability record and terrible resale values, while the Americans have gone a long way to improve both the technology and reliability.

about 3 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

guacamole Re:Once you go electric, you never go back :-) (377 comments)

The Volt is still extremely expensive. The base MSRP is 40 grand and you can buy it cheaper only due to the government subsidies. If I had some 35K grand burning my pocket, I'd personally look at getting a Honda Accord hybrid. This car beats diesels in both torque and fuel economy, and unlike Volt, you can take it on a long trip.

about 3 months ago

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