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BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

ibm1130 M$ License Issue.... (383 comments)

Its been so long since I bought any M$ product that I have no idea what their license says now but at one point wasn't there a prohibition against using their alleged OS for safety critical ( in the formal sense [ HRI, etc ] ) applications like oh say nuclear and aircraft control systems?

more than 4 years ago

5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

ibm1130 Aftereffects... (560 comments)

The most spectacular aftereffect was the crowds of wide-awake civil servants searching for coffee and a donut.
Normally they'd be sound asleep.

more than 4 years ago

The South Carolina Primary and Voting Machine Fraud

ibm1130 Pig In A Poke... (467 comments)

The Democrats were idiotic enough to buy a pig in a poke.
Now they are stuck with it.
Its not after all as if it were New Jersey where they could do whatever they pleased when their candidate
(Toricelli) was found to have serious problems after the primaries.

more than 4 years ago

$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

ibm1130 Potentially good news for the Afghan economy (688 comments)

Handled right this could be a driver to bring Afghanistan into at least the 18th century.
Having said that there are still the enormous barriers of illiteracy, tribalism, corruption, etc
to overcome before any benefits accrue to the locals. About all that could be done initially is
some kind of extractive operation. As time goes by of course local industry could be built up
to take advantage of the base that extractive ops fund.
And of course the Leftwingantiglobaloanarchistdeathtochimpeymcbushitlercheneyburton crowd
will move heaven and earth to prevent any meaningful use of the resources. Not to mention the
mullahs who will see this as theft of Mooselimb assets and "against religion".

more than 4 years ago

Virginia AG Probing Michael Mann For Fraud

ibm1130 Exactly.... (617 comments)

No end in sight for the politicizing of the science and research surrounding climate change.

All the AGW advocates had to do was play the science straight and they should have been able to make their point on the merits. For whatever reason thats the one thing they did not do and we are treated to the spectacle of weekly revelations of fraudulent manipulation of the data on a global scale. And these clownshoes still insist that "the science is settled". Nuhuh sez I. They are going to have to work very hard in the full light of day to establish that the books are not in fact cooked. The Mann Hockey Stick is an egregious example of what went on and thanks to the leaks from the East Anglia CRU we know exactly what he did. Fraud. And on the public dime/shilling. Who's he think he is? Dan Rather?

more than 4 years ago

Science and the Shortcomings of Statistics

ibm1130 Now there's a surprise.... (429 comments)

Yeah, the mathematical statistics courses were just chock full of what we called "meds keeners" or "hoovers" ie those seeking admission to med school. Even those majoring in alleged sciences like biology were often shockingly ignorant of hard sciences and tended to fulfill only the minimum requirements in things like chemistry.

more than 4 years ago

Which Math For Programmers?

ibm1130 Discrete Structures for sure.... (466 comments)

You can never have too much math so you should, if possible, take both. Having said that the option that maps most directly onto your space is the "Discrete Structures" course.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

ibm1130 When, oh when.... (888 comments)

Will the morons in charge of public safety cancel the current Grand Guignol farce that is supposed to guarantee that asshats-of-no-particular-philosophical-orientation-whatsoever-and-certainly-not-adherents-of-islam-at-all-no-way-jose do not get the least chance to practice their asshattery. What possible difference is chaining passengers to their seats for the last hour of the flight going to make? Had these same morons profiled this asshat and paid attention to the information that fairly screamed DANGER-WILL-ROBINSON we'd all ( absent those inclined to asshattery and their enablers ) be much happier. One fine day we'll wake up to the news that somebody tried to detonate a suppository bomb and you can guess just what new security measures will result from that.

more than 4 years ago

Pittsburgh To Tax Students

ibm1130 A reality check.... (344 comments)

Welcome to the real world kiddies. Mayhap this'll cause a few budding socialists to reconsider their stance.

more than 4 years ago

Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

ibm1130 One Caution (467 comments)

As a number of others have pointed out you'll probably learn a lot about high security applications and I don't think there's any sort of black mark associated with such employment going forward. However if you enjoy gambling in Vegas you might want to consider that the gaming regulators take a very dim view of people associated with the technical side of the industry showing up in casinos While I lived in Silicon Valley I took courses at local colleges and universities. Two of my instructors mentioned they weren't allowed to go to Vegas casinos because they had been employed by a gaming machine manufacturer and the Nevada gaming regulators ( decades before ) respectively.

more than 4 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

ibm1130 Maybe but.... (1040 comments)

Its entirely possible border issues were a consideration but I would hope that the committee also pondered Chicago's well deserved reputation as the most corrupt large municipal entity (New Orleans is most corrupt of any size) in the US.

more than 4 years ago

Has Microsoft's Patent War Against Linux Begun?

ibm1130 It probably began long ago... (644 comments)

Perhaps IBM could be persuaded to step into the fray. In a patent pissing match they could probably shut M$ down until M$ agreed to play nice.

more than 5 years ago

Finnish Court Accepts E-Voting Result With 2% Lost

ibm1130 Would I be correct... (159 comments)

Would I be correct to assume that the usual collection of smelly Socialists won the overall election? If so I can hardly wait til it is their ox that gets gored.

more than 5 years ago

Bugs In Microsoft Technical Documentation Rising

ibm1130 800 Microserfs? (146 comments)

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that those assigned to work on this task may not be M$ best and brightest.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

ibm1130 Yeah, right! (365 comments)

And of course "The One" can be trusted to keep official communications off his Blackberry. Yeah, sure. Imagine the kerfuffle were it revealed there were no recorded communications between Bush 43 and oh say Karl Rove on any known official e-mail system, the ACLU and the Dhimmicreeps would go berzerk.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

ibm1130 And it was not ever about race, oh no not at all. (1656 comments)

There was some commentary yesterday about how this inauguration fulfilled M L King's dream. Were that true and African American voters had split the way the non African American vote went instead of being 95+% for "The One", BHO would not now be President.

more than 5 years ago

Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?

ibm1130 Re:SUVs (897 comments)

Topologically a Smart Car and a generic Monster Urban Assaulrt Vehicle (MUAV) look much the same. Probably takes roughly the same amount of labo(u)r to put them together give or take. Material cost in the first instance will be less than for the MUAV of course but on the whole the larger and more expensive the vehicle the greater the gross profit. Detroit's current cost structure could not support a switch to small vehicles without massive price increases. Non-UAW manufacturer's aren't subject to this yet although it is clear that if the "Card Check" law makes it past COngress the UAW intends to take those companies into a Big 3 style labo(u)r hell.

more than 5 years ago

Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?

ibm1130 The Real Question (897 comments)

What's happening is there's a race between oncoming bankruptcy and the Obama administration's ability to pass the so-called "Card Check" legislation. Once that happens UAW goons will unionize the non-UAW car makers by any means necessary with Obamunist connivance and they'll all be in the same boat. Mind you the formerly non-Union operations won't have the 3 or 4 to 1 retiree to worker ratio that Detroit "enjoys". It is also clear that once any bailout money is available to Detroit any UAW noises about wage and benefit consessions will disappear. The UAW isn't even trying to conceal this part of their game plan. Of course if the GOP and Blue Dog Dhimmicraps can prevent Card Check the UAW is screwed.

more than 5 years ago


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