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WikiLeaks Moves To Swiss Domain After DNS Takedown

jbridge21 Re:Make China look good? (488 comments)

Nah. If this was happening in China it wouldn't be all over the news. They'd just quietly find Assange, put a bullet in the back of his head execution-style, and nobody would ever be the wiser.

more than 3 years ago

Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?

jbridge21 Re:Yes, even if it kills me (561 comments)

> I'm at a bit of a loss at how much better it
> could be to see it through a tiny window.

Just about every astronaut I've heard has said that staring out the window was one of their favorite activities during downtime in orbit, and they'd all jump at the chance to go back for more.

about 4 years ago

Obama Awards Nearly $2 Billion For Solar Power

jbridge21 Re:Can somebody say (514 comments)

That would be cool and all, if this was actually subsidizing solar power research... the summary says they money is going to companies building production plants, not early-stage research. In other words, just another government distortion of the free market. I'd rather have solar panel producers who can stand on their own commercially instead of giving handouts to yet another industry who will then become dependent on said handouts.

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

jbridge21 Re:Impressive recovery (190 comments)

No, engine start takes place at around T-2.5 or T-3.5. If the engines have all built up to the proper thrust levels, and everything else checks out, THEN the computer releases the hold-down clamps at T-0.

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

jbridge21 Re:Does the last Atlantis pilot read /. ? (190 comments)

You kid, but I remember reading an interview with a high level manager in the JSC astronaut office, wherein he said only half joking that the astronauts under his purview were more than willing to strap into a Shuttle with only one functioning SRB, etc, and a big part of his job was basically to convince them of reasonable safety standards for their OWN lives!

more than 4 years ago

NVIDIA's $10K Tesla GPU-Based Personal Supercomputer

jbridge21 Re:4 TFLOPS? (236 comments)

Right ok. I got a bit off topic... to get back on topic, with a 10 usec call overhead, it's not that hard to design kernel invocations that run for > 10X that time, thus minimizing the driver overhead, and getting pretty close to maximum GPU speed. BUT the one big caveat is that in many cases, this means you cannot use (for instance) CUBLAS but must write a custom kernel. You can do in one custom kernel invocation what could take three dozen CUBLAS calls, and the reduction in setup overhead can help. But an even bigger factor can be better use of the tiny cache on the GPU, where doing everything you need to do to a particular piece of data in a custom kernel means saving a ton of memory fetch overhead versus making 20 passes over the data by doing one thing at a time to it with CUBLAS. All in all, with a bit of work it is quite possible to get it to where feeding data from the CPU to the GPU is not the bottleneck.

about 6 years ago

NVIDIA's $10K Tesla GPU-Based Personal Supercomputer

jbridge21 Re:4 TFLOPS? (236 comments)

I haven't timed GLX calls-to-the-card, but I have timed CUDA calls-to-the-card, and IIRC it was about a 10 usec overhead per call. If it was the same for glxgears, that would indicate a framerate of about 100,000 fps. However, when I run glxgears, I get more like 2000 - 20,000 fps, and it varies based on the size of the window -- it definitely seems to be slowing down based on the size of the window that must be cleared/redrawn. So there are definitely points on the glxgears performance spectrum where drawing operations (including copying 2D buffers around) overtakes simple driver overhead.

about 6 years ago

E=mc^2 Verified In Quantum Chromodynamic Calculation

jbridge21 Re:First proton (268 comments)

You forgot the part where you divide by c^2. Let's say you add one megajoule of heat to your bottle of water. How much mass is that? 11 nanograms.

about 6 years ago

Phoenix Mars Lander Declared Dead

jbridge21 Re:No problem... (154 comments)

Not if you're made of powdered magnesium! That stuff will burn in O2, N2, H2O, CO2...

about 6 years ago

Malaysia Frees "Anti-Islamic" Blogger

jbridge21 Re:Speaking freely (53 comments)

Also, Islam is the _first_ law in history that gives women a share of inheritance.

That's not quite correct. Check out Numbers 27:1-11... sure, the daughters only get something if there aren't any sons, but that's hardly reason to discount this incident entirely.

The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. They approached the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly, and said, "Our father died in the desert. He was not among Korah's followers, who banded together against the LORD, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father's name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father's relatives."

So Moses brought their case before the LORD and the LORD said to him, "What Zelophehad's daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father's relatives and turn their father's inheritance over to them.

"Say to the Israelites, 'If a man dies and leaves no son, turn his inheritance over to his daughter. If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers. If his father had no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan, that he may possess it. This is to be a legal requirement for the Israelites, as the LORD commanded Moses.' "

about 6 years ago


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mods on krack

jbridge21 jbridge21 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

an article about a silicon disco ball... (Score:2, Insightful)
by jbridge21 (90597) on 17:40 29th November, 2004 (#10948038)
... and they don't have pictures???!!!

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Re:Article text (Score:5, Funny)
by itwerx (165526) Alter Relationship on 17:54 29th November, 2004 (#10948163)

So where the hell is a pic of the damn ball already?!?
Geez... :)

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so lemme get this straight... comment #10948038 was redundant because of comment #10948163, which was posted 14 minutes later?

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