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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:i don't understand (562 comments)

Limbaugh especially, and Paula Deen are on quite a different plane of bigotry compared to this guy.

Also, how has Limbaugh been hurting? He's still on the radio in just about every market in the US despite being a complete blowhard humanoid gastropod. Sure, most people really, really hate him, but that's not his market.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:i don't understand (562 comments)

What is happening now with gay rights is what happened with racism in the 60's. It used to be perfectly acceptable to espouse racist views. Then, it became very unnacceptable. Do you think most companies would appoint a CEO who openly thinks blacks are mentally inferior to whites? Now the same thing is happening with homophobia. This is a fast change that many are having problems with. You can still be a private homophobe with friends, but you've got to not let it get out if you are a public figure.

Now, I think if Eich simply apologized for his Prop 8 support, it would have been quite different. But it is clear that his views have not changed.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:The new Hitlers (562 comments)

Hypocrites .. that's what I think those that support gay marriage are. They don't give a flip about equality, they only want to force their moral beliefs on those that disagree, and enable a very small group of select people to get benefits. If they truly wanted equality, they would fight to ELIMINATE all benefits tied to being married.

Interesting that you seem to be directing all of this hate to "gay hypocrites" instead of people who support straight marriage. Do you hold the same opinion about civil rights activists who fought to repeal mycegination laws? I don't think there should be special benefits to getting married, but given that civil marriage exists, there is no rational reason to restrict it to straights. Extending it to more people is a good thing, right?

Also, let's get real. Marriage-like benefits will not be extended to anything other than romantic pairings anytime soon, or ever. It's just how it is.

about two weeks ago
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Python 3.4 Released

spike hay Re: And it still has the GIL (196 comments)

actual language speed = the time it takes the program to run + the time it takes the program to be written.

Sure Python might be 100x or more slower than C, but the total time is usually faster. For people that need speed, they should check out Julia. It's a scripting language designed mainly for technical computing (although it is perfectly general-purpose) that is fast due to good type inference and JIT. Usually within 2x of C. It also can call Python libraries as easily as within Python.

about a month ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

spike hay Re:"Is This News"? (206 comments)

Not for me. Comcast was trying to bone me with some rate increases (I was not supposed to be on an introductory rate, but whatever). Called, threatened to cancel. The only thing they offered me was 5 Mb instead of 50 Mb, for $10 less/month.

I now have DSL.

about a month and a half ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

spike hay Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

I should expand on this: Helmets are styrofoam (with holes in it!), and a thin plastic cover. Next time you buy a thing packed in a big box, try breaking the styrofoam. Turns out it's not very strong.

The only way the deceleration (which causes the brain damage) is reduced is if the helmet crushes in. And this will only help in a low speed crash, otherwises your head will still be decelerating after the foam crushes.

I think people tend to assign more of a protective benefit to helmets because of the psychological benefit of something over your head. In reality, brain injuries are caused by de(acceleration) which induces your brain to slosh in your skill, which styrofoam is not so awesome at preventing. It's even worse if it's torsion, which may be exacerbated by helmets.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

spike hay Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Actually if the helmet split in two it absorbed very little of the impact energy, and did not prevent any brain damage. It would have only helped (in a low speed crash) helped if it crumpled in. It might have prevented a laceration, so that's something, I guess.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

spike hay Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Cycling in Australia dropped 1/3 overnight when the helmet law was passed. This makes it more risky for existing cyclists, as there is safety in numbers.

The overriding public health effect is that the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks in expected life by something like 30x. Thus, the 1/3 drop in cyclists results in many more premature deaths from lack of exercists.

Helmets may provide a small benefit in some crashes, but helmet laws are absolutely indefensible from a rational public health standpoint.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

spike hay Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Hitting something going downhill at high speed is going to cause brain damage or worse whether you have a helmet or not. Crashing on descents is very, very bad news.

Styrofoam will only protect you in low speed collisions. Somebody was killed in the Giro d'Italia last year descending from hitting his head on a siderail. He was wearing a helmet, of course.

This is the problem with these kind of anecdotes: If somebody crashes wearing a helmet, and is OK, it's just assumed that the helmet saved him. If somebody is hurt and was not wearing a helmet, it's assumed that he would have been ok if he was. In reality, this is a completely fallacious assumption, and is not borne out by the data.

Helmets probably have a positive impact on low speed crashes, but it is small. Motorists would have significantly reduced fatalities if they wore motorcycle helmets (which are much more effective but impractical for bicycles), like race car drivers do, but they don't. Pedestrians have higher fatalities per kilometer than cyclists (and pedestrian fatalities are often due to brain damage), but they don't wear helmets. Why is this one activity singled out to wear a bulky safety yarmulke?

about 3 months ago
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World's First Cycle Trip To the South Pole Achieved

spike hay Re:Hey Maria, (49 comments)

There's daily flights to the pole from McMurdo...

It's only in the winter you can't fly.

about 4 months ago
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Docker 0.7 Runs On All Linux Distributions

spike hay Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

Everyone knows what Linux and Java are on Slashdot. Clearly, most people don't know what Docker is.

about 5 months ago
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Docker 0.7 Runs On All Linux Distributions

spike hay Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

It's customary to put a brief explanation of what the fuck the article is about in the summary.

about 5 months ago
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Docker 0.7 Runs On All Linux Distributions

spike hay Re:Docker is pretty cool (88 comments)

So it doesn't have to do with pants?

about 5 months ago
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Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

spike hay Re:Heat related? (190 comments)

Radiation blockage is mostly a function of mass the rays have to go through. The vast majority of cosmic rays are blocked by the 14 pounds per square inch/100 kilopascals of air above us. That means that a square inch of ground at sea level has 14 pounds of air above it. A square inch section of a rack above you would probably be in the pounds as well, and would block a good portion.

about 5 months ago
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Putting the Wolfram Language (and Mathematica) On Every Raspberry Pi

spike hay wolfram on the pi? (99 comments)

I'm pretty sure his ego can't fit in 512 mb.

about 5 months ago
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Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

spike hay Re:Heat related? (190 comments)

If it's cosmic rays causing a lot of the problem, the extra material of the racks above would make a difference.

about 5 months ago
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MATE To Make It Into Debian Repositories

spike hay Re:Living on Debian Time (152 comments)

Yeah because everyone has the time to fuck around compiling stuff and dealing with update nightmares.

Package managers are there for a reason.

about 5 months ago
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Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

spike hay Re:terrorism! ha! (453 comments)

Ah, yes, since you've never needed it, nobody else will. MRSA is already killing more people in the US than AIDS.

about 5 months ago
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1.21 PetaFLOPS (RPeak) Supercomputer Created With EC2

spike hay El Reg (54 comments)

How about let's not use the anti-science mouthbreathers at the Register as a source.

about 5 months ago

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