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Gosper's Algorithm Meets Wall Street Formulas

sabre86 Re:Hurh? (124 comments)

inherently irrational

I hope that's a really clever pun. Says Wolfram Mathworld on Gosper's algorithm

The algorithm treats sums whose successive terms have ratios which are rational functions.

more than 3 years ago
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PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

sabre86 Re:No soap operas on the radio (449 comments)

in particular, there's no soap radio [wikipedia.org] anymore.

That might be the best allusion I've ever seen in an Internet comment. "Surely", I thought, "that's a reference to actual soap opera radio programs and not the anti joke." How long did you wait to do that?

--sabre86

more than 3 years ago
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Open-Source 2D, 3D Drivers For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series

sabre86 Re:No thanks (245 comments)

Bruce said "we've got to reward the companies that do this" not "we've got to punish the companies that don't." The former is pragmatism -- seeking to achieve and support a positive result (vendor provided open source video drivers) through reasonable means. The latter is zealotry -- seeking to punish a group through not following the "one true way".

Working vendor supported FOSS drivers are useful as the abilities to repair, improve, share and modify the drivers are all of considerable utility to the graphics card using community (even if not to one particular person in it). I do agree that the drivers should be at least servicable before anyone should buy a product. But servicable is all they need to be to be useful now.

--sabre86

more than 3 years ago
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Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

sabre86 Re:It's refreshing (518 comments)

I believe that once asylum is granted in the US, it's permanent. And, yeah, getting rid of the black market for drugs would go a long way to fixing a lot of problems.

A country is not a property like a home. No person or collective owns the United States. Furthermore, a lot of the illegal immigrants do ask permission from the federal government, they simply get rejected. Moreover, there are plenty of American residents and citizens who welcome the Mexican immigrants, so there are already plenty of people who have just as legitimate a claim to the US as "home" as you or I welcoming these immigrants, both legal and illegal.

There's plenty of room for debate and discussion as to what extent the federal government can be considered a steward, an owner or merely a servant regarding the nation as a whole and furthermore public property. Consider it this way, the government being able to dictate what guests I have in my home because they are illegal immigrants is a violation of my property rights.

Potential, even active, competition for resources is not harmful. Refusing to share an abundance of resources with the needy is causing harm. How needy Mexicans and immigrants are, I can't say. Nor do I know if the US as a whole is facing a resource shortage. I strongly doubt immigration is a major contributor to any water shortages. And even so, better that we open the border and use the influx of labour to improve our ailing infrastructure. Because, frankly, one of the biggest reasons why illegal immigration is large is because cheap labour is one resource that seems quite scarce in the native population.

Thanks for the discussion.

--sabre86

more than 3 years ago
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Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

sabre86 Re:It's refreshing (518 comments)

If there's a war in Mexico, then we should be giving shelter and asylum to refugees trying to escape it.

I don't think you did a good job of self-censoring. Furthermore, I don't really know how you'd "close the border" without harming a lot of people who aren't a threat to your home, self or country. Mexico -- or at least parts of it -- looks like a hell hole to me at the moment, so it seems pretty reasonable and rational to flee to the United States. I think only the most unreasonable of people would object to a individual or nation acting in genuine self-defense, but to the ethical risking the lives of non-threatening people is still reckless endangerment and killing them is, minimally, manslaughter

Could you back up your murder and kidnapping statement? Just looking at the FBI murder figures for 2009 for cities over 100,000 population, Phoenix has a murder rate of about 8 murders per 100,000 capita per year. DC's murder rate is 3 times that.

Wikipedia has a page for the 2008 data. New Orleans tops the list (as it does in the 2009 data at 52 -- there seems to have been a significant drop in murder rate in 2009). Phoenix looks to about 28th on that list with a about 11 murders per 100,000 in 2008 -- less than a sixth of New Orleans's rate and about a third DC's.

Kidnapping seems like it's a lot harder to quantify because cases of missing persons are not necessarily kidnapping. This is the best discussion on kidnapping I could find in about 15 minutes of searching. It gives further support to the idea that Mexico is a hell hole at the moment, as well

.--sabre86

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

sabre86 Re:I love it (837 comments)

You've got good points, but there's no need for the name calling.

more than 3 years ago
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Tesla IPO Raises $226 Million

sabre86 Re:Only One Thing I Dislike About Tesla Motors... (274 comments)

Thanks for the explanation!

Speaking of AC Propulsion, I always thought the tZero was a great idea, particularly the towed engine for long range travel. Any idea why Tesla hasn't replicated this?

--sabre86

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go

sabre86 Re:I know what I would do. (482 comments)

It's GNU Go, I believe FSF holds to the copyright to it.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

sabre86 Beaker will set them Straight (821 comments)

Beloved Muppet Beaker has provided a well stated response to the school board.

You tell 'em Beaker!

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions

sabre86 Re:"white-supremacist father and son" (418 comments)

When Marx & Mao both imprisoned and killed people for reading/possessing "pro-capitalist" literature, books, movies, etc and/or speaking out.

Who did Marx imprison or kill?

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Closes Online Access To Info On Civil Case

sabre86 Re:Only For The Duration Of The Retrail (64 comments)

I feel I'm pretty well educated about the US legal system, at least. I'm aware that the courts (once again, a group of people) consider themselves to be the finders of law and the juries to be the finders of fact, at least in the US. I'm aware that juries can be tainted with prejudice and misinformation. Hell, that's half the art of courtroom lawyering. And yes, the judge's job is to moderate the effect of a jury's potential biases. That doesn't make my statement any less true, though. Judges can be just as tainted.

Sorry, it's not worth my time to keep chasing through this rabbit hole that is your lack of understanding of the judicial system.

Then why respond at all, particularly with such a insubstantial, insulting statement? You don't have the time to educate, only to belittle? I suspect instead you don't actually have a constructive argument.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Closes Online Access To Info On Civil Case

sabre86 Re:Only For The Duration Of The Retrail (64 comments)

Jurors are human. Therefore they are emotional and subject to bias. Part of the court's job is to decide what information they are allowed to have when they make their decision, end of story.

The court is just as human as the jurors and thus emotional and subject to bias. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Lawmakers Want a Space Shuttle In New York City

sabre86 Attach them all to the space station (246 comments)

The shuttles are working space craft will full life support systems, lots of living and experiment area, windows, equipment bays and robotic arms. Why not simple add them to the space station and quadruple it's life support capacity. Sure, you need to add maybe another node and some solar panels, but they're already built and can launch themselves. And they provide another reentry method in case of an emergency. Hell, they're working space craft that can be used as actually space shuttles going to and from the station to other orbits to service satellites and such.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

sabre86 Re:Obstruction of justice (597 comments)

Furthermore, the laws in Alabama and Colorado are clearly unconstitutional. That "explanation of his actions" is testimony against oneself.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

sabre86 Re:How many ways are there to do simple things? (694 comments)

Interesting position, but that's not always so clear. For one, state universities are a branch of democratic governments. For another, most universities I'm familiar with have some sort of police/justice system and claim governmental powers. If these aren't democracies of some sort, they're tyrannies, and that's not acceptable.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago
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US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card

sabre86 Re:Papers Please! (619 comments)

I appreciate the civil reply.

It's considerably different. For one thing, merely crossing the border doesn't deny you of or remove any of your property or resources. There are definitely immigrants who steal and/or defraud the government, but those are crimes the justice system can handle. For another, concept of a domicile doesn't scale up to a state level because it's rooted in private ownership. Places accessible to the public are public and in a free country, that means anyone can travel there.

Governments are neither private individuals, with living rooms to protect, nor corporations. They don't have owners or stockholders to whom they have an obligation to provide profit or gain to. Governments, specifically the US Government, are put in place to ensure the liberty and welfare of all they have jurisdiction over to the best of their ability.

I've got to return your previous comments. Frankly, governments and nations are pains in the ass. They draw arbitrary lines, they tell people what to do and how to live for no good reason and they ban all kinds of behavior, to the extent that pretty much everyone in the United States has committed a vast array of criminal acts. As such, there's only one good reason to have a government -- they manage to limit the behavior of people with the attitude you espoused. Murderers and slavers who can't respect the human dignity of their fellow man. People who insist their property is worth more than the freedom or very life of another human being.

Who the hell are you to demand the blood and liberty of another? What are you so scared of that you'd enslave and kill to keep some arbitrary group of people from standing inside some arbitrary circle?

more than 4 years ago
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US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card

sabre86 Re:Papers Please! (619 comments)

Alternatively, we simply wipe out the human race. No more problems.

Why should someone fear the consequences of coming to the US for work or just to live? Rumor has it that it's a country with "liberty and justice for all" and "the land of the free" and things like that.

Of course, I figure you're trolling, as no serious person would suggest battering, defacing, enslaving and then murdering a person simply for crossing a line on a map.

--sabre86

more than 4 years ago

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NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software

sabre86 sabre86 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sabre86 (730704) writes ""At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP, software that allows users to construct full aircraft models from simple parameters such as wing span and fuselage length, under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Says the website, 'OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.'""
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NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design and Modelling So

sabre86 sabre86 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sabre86 (730704) writes "At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP, software that allows users to construct full aircraft models from simple parameters such as wing span and fuselage length, under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Says the website, 'OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.'"
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sabre86 sabre86 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sabre86 (730704) writes "I'm researching using Linux as the operating system for a (preferably hard) real-time, distributed (with approximately ten nodes) environment running on multicore commodity — not embedded — x86 hardware. What Linux and/or open source solutions exist for real-time applications and how do they compare with commercial offerings such as VxWare, RTLinux and QNX?"

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