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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

imikem Re:"little influence" (768 comments)

Which will be argued and opposed by every fallacious means necessary to bury it. Not that most people could even define "oligarchy", or get tolerably close to one for "democracy". For the latter, you're likely to get a definition similar to, "What we have in 'Murica", so the study is clearly wrong, as whatever the existing system is, must by definition be democracy.

It's a hopeless fight.

2 days ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

imikem Re:tie that to K'nect camera (108 comments)

At first I read that as "BoSox" fans. That would probably work, too.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

imikem Re:What the tax form should look like (415 comments)

Don't forget to make the check payable to mumble...[my-name]...mumble, and address [convenient-country-with-no-US-extradition-treaty].

2 days ago
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Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

imikem Awwww (71 comments)

They're so cute, when they're still little.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

imikem Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

+ Small brain. She should have stuck with the plan of showing her tits, being mildly entertaining, and using her mouth mainly for pleasuring male dangly bits.

3 days ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

imikem Re:Hindsight is 20/20 (301 comments)

Great power, great responsibility. Adding features to a piece of software as critical to so much infrastructure needs to be taken ever so seriously. Multiple levels of code audits for starters. Testing/fuzzing. I'm not qualified to do those things, but I still get to clean up the mess left by the whole fiasco.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

imikem Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Maybe because a significant number of male employees would find working in an environment consisting of both genders to be more interesting and potentially more innovative? Monoculture and all that...

That said, I'm a little put off by the monetary reward system described. I hope something is misquoted etc. but don't have time to go dig on my own.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

imikem Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

I work in a tech company. The developer staff is about 20% female. Management about 30%. Systems and network engineers 10% (there is one so titled, but given skill level, that is being extremely generous). I hasten to add that my observation of the female developers indicate that they are quite competent. As for management, well, I have longstanding doubts about all of them irrespective of gender.

Overall it seems to me that if a company looks hard, recruits and retains them, there are indeed quality female candidates out there. Maybe that isn't true in all places though.

about a week ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

imikem Re:Nuclear gets the biggest subsidy (179 comments)

Your cite mentions $1T in some unspecified "worst case scenario", e.g., simultaneous earthquake/tsunami/terrorist-attack/landslide/zombie-apocalypse. Sorry, not very credible, and certainly not to be conflated with "estimated clean-up costs".

about two weeks ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

imikem Re:and yet even more (179 comments)

Of course. It's so silly that no other industries ever get subsidized by tax dollars.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

imikem Re:Zero info in article (198 comments)

For mod points...

When are people going to understand that these giant companies will ALL sell you, or their own grandmothers, if it will make them $UNIT_OF_CURRENCY. Or if their buddies at $GOVT_AGENCY ask nicely.

Excuse me, someone's knocking at th

about three weeks ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

imikem Missed out again (119 comments)

They've got it going ON at the Rotary Club.

about a month ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

imikem Re:Fortunately for Jobs (129 comments)

If I recall correctly, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a less-common, and somewhat less deadly form of pancreatic cancer, which partly explains his longer survival. It also makes his choice of "treatment" more puzzling and tragic.

about a month ago
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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

imikem Re:Protection from Deer Car accidents (183 comments)

I would swear I have seen these in the past. Maybe not now as I get older and eyes get lousier though.

about a month ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

imikem Re: fusion? (148 comments)

Doesn't look like FUD to me. I haven't yet seen any evidence that renewables can handle more than a fraction of our energy needs. They are, obviously, not currently sufficient for our needs. While a bit far-fetched to my mind, there could be unintended consequences of use for solar and wind. Particularly with wind power, there is evidence of changes in air currents in response to deployment of turbine farms, which will naturally be expected to increase with further expansion. Also, wind turbines are manufactured using "rare earth" field magnets, materials which while not particularly rare, are currently sourced from horribly polluting Chinese mining operations. Solar PV is made using all manner of toxic chemicals, again mostly in China where the environmental costs have been externalized to undercut competition. Note that I am in favor of continuing to develop and deploy these, but I'm unwilling to put all the eggs in those baskets.

Re throwaway culture, I am with you, but unless someone develops a disruptive technology, change is quite incremental here, and again, costs externalized to the maximum extent possible.

Not directed at you specifically, but I'm not sure where people get the idea that energy can somehow obtained and used in the quantities desired and taken for granted in the modern world without risks. Nuclear is well understood, non GHG emitting, and capable of significant growth to replace fossil fuels for baseload electric generation. The biggest problem with nuclear is that we all but stopped developing and deploying newer, safer and cheaper technologies in the sector since about 1970. Virtually all extant nuclear plants are based on designs 40-50 years old. It's ridiculous.

In my opinion, ALL sources of energy that don't involve combustion of organic matter need to be researched, engineered and deployed as quickly as possible to minimize the worst effects of sudden (in geological/ecological time) global warming.

Re the subject "Fusion," it's still just science experiments. Keep funding it, but don't anyone hold their breath waiting for it to magically solve our energy needs.

about a month ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

imikem Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

True indeed, but there's pretty strong evidence that the Me-262 was not just some lumbering, flying artillery piece. Plenty of pilot's logs and tests by the US and UK suggest that it was a potentially deadly opponent, except for the laundry list of problems I posted earlier.

And for the record, the P-51D and later marks onward were IMO the best of breed overall during the war. Speed, firepower, maneuverability, range, manufacturability, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

imikem Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

And it also helped that the Luftwaffe was just about out of skilled pilots, chronically short of fuel, lacking in materials for the jet engines, etc. A case of "plenty good enough" combined with every other advantage except nose to nose superiority.

Note however that GP's post was wrong in ignoring the fact that the ME-262 also brought serious stooping power to the fight with FOUR 30mm cannon, along with rockets. You really, really did not want to be in front of one of these.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

imikem Re:What is "computer-directed flight control"? (353 comments)

Where are mod points when you need them? This is exactly correct. The 100P is a curiosity. It would have had near-zero impact on the war.

Hitler and Göring losing their nerve at the critical juncture of the Battle of Britain and giving up on airfield and radar installation raids was what, thankfully, turned the tide.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

imikem Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

And the P-51 also happened to have plenty of fight in it, aside from the range. Superb aircraft.

about a month and a half ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

imikem Re:Consequences... (261 comments)

So is dioxin. Please go and drink a few shots, then get back to us with your incredible insights.

about a month and a half ago

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Fusion Propulsion for Spacecraft Edging Closer

imikem imikem writes  |  1 year,12 days

imikem (767509) writes "University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs and health risks.
"Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth," said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace."

Maybe this will be powered by fusing all the unsold copies of Windows 8."

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