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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

pupsocket Re:this is getting old (206 comments)

The United States military protects China's freedom to trade worldwide. It does not protect the economic interests of the people of the United States.

U.S. Foreign debt is not like a bank loan. Regarding China, nearly all is held in the form of U.S. governments bonds specified in U.S. currency. The United States will always be able to pay off its dollar obligations and the only factors keeping it from doing so today are anti-inflation policy and trade policies, both of which at this point favor China more than the United States.

The Romans regarded roadways as military structures. China is currently financing a bigger canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic and it would make sense that they would want reliable transoceanic roads to service their outlying colonies in North America.

It's been a long time since the United States military was dedicated to the interests and the security of the U.S. It protects the gobal economy. Any government dominating the global economy gets to set the military agenda of the United States -- among the many ways it gets to influence the federal government.

China does not have to worry about going broke in the process of establishing a worldwide empire. The colonies are there to finance their own colonialization.

about two weeks ago

The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

pupsocket Re:1980s? (180 comments)

A llifetime of stereotyping will do that to you.

about two weeks ago

Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

pupsocket Re:Don't need theory to get right angles (187 comments)

To construct a square one only requires four right angles and a chosen length of side.

A right angle can be devised with common tools without resort to the symbolic representations of mathematics. String, pins, and marker is all you need.

about two weeks ago

Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

pupsocket Re:islam (1350 comments)

A first-order approximation of historical or cosmological laws doesn't count as religion. Everyone has to resort to such predicates in order to focus. The terms "philosophy" or "perspective" or "ideology" apply, not "religion".

about two weeks ago

The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

pupsocket Control, not thrift. (420 comments)

They don't want efficiency. They want innovation.

They don't want to innovate. They want to control the commercialization of new technologies.

Everybody in charge focuses on control first. Since they don't thoroughly follow what you're doing, they monitor by watching you do it.

They don't want anybody else doing what they do.

about three weeks ago

Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

pupsocket Re:The human eye is proof God exists (187 comments)

I'd rather bet on a .001% chance that Jesus is Lord than 99.999% chance that life is based on nothing but random chance and death.

Most sperm get a brief swim and that's it.

Your chance of becoming the Messiah are millions of times greater than one sperm's chance of fulfilling its purpose.

Still, most sperm are dedicated to a sense of purpose. That purpose is to be absorbed by a larger cell and trigger the well-programmed growth of a new organism.

Of course, as your yourself are the rare result of a successful sperm, you discount the role of randomness and believe that life has purpose.

Why not?

We are only one generation away from Google Contact Lenses.

Haptic underwear.

Intracranial modems.

Broadband cochlea replacements.

At that point most of will be sensible only to the internal signalling of the larger organism of which we will be but cells.

DNA, against all odds, will have made it past evolution all the way to Intelligent Design.

Of course, eventually -- or perhaps soon, or maybe even now -- we will be a mere organ in the anatomy of a superintelligent intergalactically networked individual.

And what will our role be? Perhaps we will be a remote scouting organ on the lookout for even larger creatures that want to consume us. Or it.

about a month ago

Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

pupsocket Re:from the what-until-they-get-a-load-of-this dep (292 comments)

The term "Oxford comma" exists only because the term "Chicago omission" would not indicate something visible. There was no such thing as an Oxford comma until the Chicago omission was invented. Omitting the comma creates a jarring inconsistency, results in unnecessary doubletakes, and fails to convey the cadences and inflections of the spoken sentence.

about a month ago

Mysterious Martian Gouges Carved By Sand-surfing Dry Ice

pupsocket Re:Yawn. (26 comments)

In what sense does a camera on wheels even remotely count as human?


about a month ago

Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

pupsocket the cable-box replay (52 comments)

Actually, this is a move by Big Telecom to claim ownership of the next-generation wireless router and fortify its control over television, Internet, and voice transmissions.

about 3 months ago

Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

pupsocket Re:Don't like it? (57 comments)

Build you're own internet.

Now we're talking stakeholders.

Build your own Internet. This one's already been claimed by stakeholders. Isn't that what they called in the Gold Rush -- staking a claim?

Gather a big financial package and give stuff away to change the direction of traffic in your favor. Don't appear to be evil, but only long enough to command big fees for wasting attention and hijacking browsers.

It is odd that Secretary Pritzger struts with the Internet overseas at a time when stateside the Federal Communications Commission has so much contempt for humans that it is considering allowing service providers to demand payment from content providers.

The international Telecommunications Union, the audience for this grandstanding, is like the FCC, in that it governs the used of electromagnetic spectrum, but in its case for purposes that exceed the sovereignty of any individual nation.

We don't have a Department of Individual Rights in the United States, but by gum we have a Secretary of Commerce.

So from the looks of it, Secretary Pritzger is just greasing the rest of world so those stakeholders can do whatever they plan to do with their stakes.

about 3 months ago

Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

pupsocket But that's not what they are saying. (151 comments)

The article implies a steep logarithmic gain on energy invested into the initial pulses. If Sandia are right, holding the experiment together for a single-digit multiple of the input energy should break even.

about 3 months ago

Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

pupsocket okay, but... (151 comments)

Also from the article:

Simulations suggest that the Z machine’s maximum current of 27 million amps should be enough to reach breakeven. But the researchers are already setting their sights much higher. A hoped-for upgrade to 60 million amps, they say, would boost the power output into a “high gain” realm of 1000 times input—a giant step toward commercial viability.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

pupsocket Which scenario applies? (460 comments)

Scenario 1:

You keep a webcam focused on a dam to monitor whether it fails. You see cracks. You watch as the dam washes out, but you warn no one. You are a scientist. You have broken no laws.

Scenario 2:

You are paid to monitor the dam and to issue warnings when appropriate. You see cracks. You watch as the dam washes out, but you warn no one. You are an element of the public safety system and you willfully and criminally left people unprotected. It doesn't matter if you were a scientist under contract.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

pupsocket what sales ought to know (159 comments)

Strategic sales usually involve an internal champion who has the confidence of senior managers and is betting three to five years of career advancement on the adoption of your product and its strategic importance to your firm. Sales is the process of helping that person acquire endorsements up the chain of command.

The best way to locate an internal champion is to meet with managers who appreciate the need but lack the time to immerse themselves in the decision. They will hand you off.

Incidentally: since you are already publishing your buglist, you personally have very little more to do to gain the trust of an internal champion and your appearance at one or two critical meetings will help senior managers understand that a sale is an alliance. Go to learn, not to teach. You'll do well.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

pupsocket Well. (159 comments)

Thank you for showing us the problem.

Your firm is being undermined by a lazy and uncommitted sales force

with little appreciation for the kind of transparency that is involuntary

and with weak relationship-development skills

and with zero tact

and insufficient fear of the bullshit-detection abilities of a technical audience.

Your lead developer is a genius. Look what just happened.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

pupsocket Are you selling airliners or drones? (159 comments)

This is not a decision for you and the sales force to negotiate, because there is a large diversity among potential customers and it is the single greatest responsibility of senior management to decide what market segment to invest in.

Publication of the bug list does not look like "disclosure" to the larger and more capable customers. It is a feature that expands the customer's planning, development, and decision ranges. To a smaller customer or one with a shallower requirement, it looks like an apology in advance for everything that could go wrong.

It could be that because ERP software adoption is hard to undo, your competitors are just trying to haul in market share and let the customers discover the truth when it is too late. In that case, your competitors should be forced to lose sales for their lack of transparency.

In the end, I think you can't stop publishing the list for two reasons:

First, because transparency signals the kind of bold and capable team you are, so ceasing the publication would signal that you are not that team any more.

Second, because competitors whose sales proposition is anchored on "the other guys have imperfections that we don't" will always find negatives. A bug list is a way to manage the negatives, because as the negatives evaporate, what's left is transparency.

about 4 months ago

The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

pupsocket Re:Pretty bad example of a radical change. (191 comments)

You are absolutely correct.

Successful investment bankers usually have smooth manners and a gift for softspoken vagueness that makes their duplicity harder to spot.

The mean ornery dogchild is just a midlevel henchmen for the really dangerous types.

And I've paid with for the right to say so.

about 4 months ago

State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

pupsocket Car dealer: money-media nexus in local politics (335 comments)

Advertising revenues from local news is the largest source of income for most local television network affiliates and local car dealerships are the foundation of their revenues. (TV stations get little or nothing for carrying national programming, just the right to borrow the audience for a couple of hours.)

Local television economics is a political protection racket with car dealers as the collection point for funds, precisely as kings and shahs and sultans handed out exclusive franchises for cloths and dyes and wines and every manner of goods.

Car dealers fund a local-news system that ensures that Congressional representatives and state governments are rarely reported on.

Threaten laws protecting car dealers, and get you a lot of enemies who don't want to show their faces.

about 4 months ago

Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

pupsocket Re:Let's see whether they actually prosecute, firs (223 comments)

Will the person who modded my comment down please read it?

He did not set the whole facility on fire. He tore up the floorboards and set fire to whatever was underneath his basement workplace.

He was cutting his own throat with a knife when emergency crew got there.

He wrote that for the first time in a long time he gave a shit.

This is not the profile of a disgruntled worker. It sounds more like a story about a repentant member of some secret police -- domestic surveillance squad.

The reassignment to Hawaii sounds like a promotion, as it was for Snowden.

We'll know more if the government actually brings this guy to trial. That's why I think they won't.

about 4 months ago

NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

pupsocket Re:Where's the rest of the money coming from? (48 comments)

and the simpler the design, the less its capabilities, the less the security risks


Is it mad optimism to suspect that some tiny fraction of the motivation here might not be military but a concern for the integrity of electronic elections?

about 4 months ago



NSA Declares War on President

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about a year ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "U. S. citizens can stop pretending that their secret agencies exist to provide deniability to the President. Yesterday the German newspaper of record, Frankfurter Allgemeine, reported that the President told German Chancellor Merkel that he would have stopped the tap on her phone had he known about it. Today, another German paper, Bild am Sonntag, quoted U. S. Intelligence sources that the President had been briefed in 2010. This violation of secrecy should end the myth that the White House tells the secret agencies what they can and cannot do. Sounds like blackmail, the endgame."
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House GOP Asks McAfee to Critique HealthCare.Gov -- But Stay Away from Them

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about a year ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited John McAfee to guide them in investigating the flaws of the new government online facility for obtaining health insurance, HealthCare.Gov. If they were hoping for a like-minded maniac who left treasure and unsolved murders in the Caribbean to now monopolize the cameras with rants against the hopelessness of ever succeeding with ObamaCare, they must have been disappointed to discover a guy with an eye for the main chance, confident of his ability to recommend a successful rebuild. It turned out they didn't have the funds to let him report in person and therefore he decided they weren't serious and declined."
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