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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

meerling Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (201 comments)

And don't forget this article.
http://phys.org/news/2014-04-ancient-egyptians-pyramid-stones-sand.html

3 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

meerling Re: Nope (507 comments)

So most schools should only teach things that are not relevant to employment?

5 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

meerling Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

Because most, if not all, of the big companies use various means to offshore money that should have US taxes paid on them oversea so they can avoid it.
Apparently Microsoft is no exception to that, nor even all that exceptional if that's all they've "shielded" from US taxation.

about a week ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

meerling Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Irate? Yeah, I'd have become "irate" if some blithering idiot was accusing me of violating the law for a piece of fiction written for class in which his character (modeled as himself) hunted a species that became extinct millions of years ago. (Of course, being a "pet dinosaur" you could probably classify it as fantasy.)

As to fiction including guns. Oh no! Go arrest EVERY AUTHOR ON THE PLANET!!!

The ones disturbing the school were the police and the idiots that panicked over the short story/assignment. At least one person deserves to be fired.

When I think back to the stories I wrote for class back in high school, morons like the ones at his school would have called out the police, fire department, FBI, NSA, NASA, Marines, Air Force, and MIB!

about a week ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

meerling An Oregonian (210 comments)

I'm an Oregonian, and there has been very little information about what actually happened other than the corporate/govenment spin weasels point fingers and whining about the other guy.

To be honest, our state can certainly screw up just like all the rest and on various levels. Just google Dynamite Whale for one example.
On the other hand, my experiences with Oracle and what I've heard from other people that had to deal with them, are far less than stellar.

Right now I'm betting some politician made some stupid mistakes that Oracle didn't bother to even attempt to correct because all they could see was $$. Which of course was compounded by Oracle then going on in a slipshod milk the government cash cow way. The end result being this F-N mess.

How to recover from this? Honestly, I don't really know, especially because we haven't been told what the exact problems are with the system. Sure, we've been told lots of the symptoms, but not the actual problems. (The difference between someone saying my car makes this "kchunk-wnnnng noise", vs "my car's timing belt is slipping".)
One suggestion that might be necessary is to throw out the old code, and go talk to someone with a good working version and license that one for a reasonable fee then rebrand and localize it. (Maybe Kentucky's version.) And no, a reasonable fee isn't what they paid for it if it's something they had developed. Maybe there are other states with lousy versions, and they could all license a good working version. It would sure as hell simplify things going forward for all of them.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

meerling Say what?! (338 comments)

"The argument is that municipal broadband discourages private investment in broadband communications, that taxpayer-funded projects are barriers to future infrastructure investment."

Wait, you mean that someone else doing the exact thing that the corporations have refused to do would 'discourage' the corporations from doing that very thing they've already declared they don't want to do?
You are such a fucking ignorant tool Mr. Berry.

about a week ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

meerling Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

Wiki has been seriously screwed up with it's own internal politics for a very long time now. I would say even before the political cretins started trying to carpetbag it.

However, "Nimrod" is a pretty horrible name for any project as despite it's mythological roots, it's rather well recognized in the English speaking cultures as being a another name for an idiot.

The person who named that project must be a real nimrod.

about a week ago
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Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

meerling Re:150 kelvin = -189.67 F (39 comments)

I'm in the USA, and when I was in grade school back in the early 70s (!) they only taught us the Metric system. To bad I was forced to halfway learn that piece of crap Imperial system because almost nobody else in the country would use it. For some reason they seem to think 16 sixteens to an inch, 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to the yard, 1760 yards in a mile is easier than a system where everything is based on 10. (I had to look up the feet/yards to mile, and so do most people, even the ones that don't know metrics.)

If you ask me, 10 millimeters to a centimeter, 10 centimeters to a decimeter, 10 decimeter to a meter, 10 meters to a decameter, 10 decameters to a hectometer, and 10 hectometers to a kilometer, and so on is just bloody easy.

If you want to convert millimeters to kilometers, it's dead simple as it's just operations of 10, which you might be more familiar with as moving the decimal point depending on your math classes. And by the way, that is 1,000,000 millimeters is one kilometer, no calculator needed for such a simple conversion.

Now for your next trick, try converting 16ths of an inch to a mile. I'm not sadistic, you can use a calculator, and good luck. :P

about a week ago
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Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

meerling Re:0.15 degree from a 3.7 kelvin... that's "cool" (39 comments)

They've been stuck for how to increase the temperature range for some time now. Despite this being a tiny increase, it's a huge thing as it shows an entirely new way to increase temperature ranges that actually works.

about a week ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

meerling Re:Flaws? (198 comments)

Are you referring to that one little bit of background text that you can exploit to get a free reroll (intuition point) from?
Yeah, if that's your only reason for dissing it, I'm surprised you play the earlier versions of D&D where you get negative attributes if not human.
LoL, that kind poorly founded dismissive talk is just funny.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

meerling Re:MMO Crap (198 comments)

No, this is Tabletop or PnP (Pen and Paper). You know, that precursor that MMOs are loosely based on.
But trying to explain this to an obvious troll is pointless, but I'm doing it anyhow. :P

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

meerling Politicians - Ignorant, Stupid, or Conmen? (393 comments)

"...ranging from “multiple” helium leaks..."
It's not a balloon, it's a rocket. I'm not aware of them using Helium, though they are know to use huge quantities of Liquid Hydrogen.

"...release all anomalies and mishap information, un-redacted, so that Congress can gain a better understanding of what has occurred and ensure full transparency..."
Do you mean like you have all other PRIVATE CONTRACTORS do? Oh wait, you don't. Of course, as stated, no huge system is ever without issues. The real question is are they fixed, and in a timely manner. In the case of SpaceX, yes. And by the way, SpaceX hasn't had 3 different crews killed in accidents, unlike NASA.

"Again, because the vehicles in question were funded by American taxpayer dollars, there should be no issue in making this report publicly available,"
Wrong again douchebag, they were funded by Elon Musk, not the government.

As to the question I posed in the subject line, I don't actually know the answer, but I suspect it's "all of the above".

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

meerling Is it better? (125 comments)

Let's see if I have this right:
With the OoOE cpu, the instructions from the code are handled by the cpu to decide what order to process them so you get a faster overall speed.

With the Project Denver cpu, it's an in-order processor, but it uses software at runtime to decide what order to process the code in and stores that info in a special buffer, but that software is itself ran by the cpu in the first place to make the OoOE decisions.

This seems to be kind of flaky to me.

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

meerling Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Since a stated reason of the copyright and patent systems are to encourage creation, how does letting someone collecting money off of one thing their entire life, much less after they are dead, encourage them to continue to do more work to keep getting their paycheck?

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

meerling Re:First (240 comments)

He's off topic, so no.
Oh wait, I don't have any mod points. :p

about two weeks ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

meerling Really? (118 comments)

The answer is NO,
If you don't know the question, it was, "Can the public really trust the NSA to do the right thing with all those zero-day exploits?"

That's not speculation, that's based on what they are already known to have done with exploits they've discovered or otherwise obtained already.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

meerling Re:Is this really the biggest problem? (316 comments)

Any measurement abbreviation where they expect it to be identified between two different measurements of the same type of subject (in this case data) by capitalization of the letters is a complete F-N fail of the first order.

about three weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

meerling Re: obvious M$-fan troll (182 comments)

More to the point, never trust the FBI.

about three weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

meerling Re: LOL (182 comments)

How the hell do you turn a discussion over the FBI compromising TOR into a fucking offtopic Apple/MS pissing contest?!
And "slashdot" is not a valid answer.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

meerling About Facebook (130 comments)

This filter, that in my experience has the equivalent discrimination level of crack addicted meth head chimp, only detracts from the feed and explains why I am often saying "FB SUCKS!".

Thank you, and Facebook sucks.

about three weeks ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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