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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

ttucker Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (493 comments)

And the fuel depletes even when you're not using it, so after a 10 year idle while travelling to the comet it would have lost a significant amount of fuel, RTGs aren't always superior in every situation.

That is why the Voyager probes are not working 37 years later...

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

ttucker Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (493 comments)

It's the potential for an aborted launch turning the Plutonium into what is effectively a dirty bomb that is the problem.

If only terrorists were stupid enough to use plutonium 238 in their dirty bombs...

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

ttucker Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (493 comments)

As will the people who it risks landing on if it doesn't escape orbit for some reason.

Plutonium 238 is really not that dangerous. It is an alpha emitter, and carried in a water insoluble form. Furthermore, an aborted launch would end up exploded on the launch pad, or in the ocean.

2 days ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

ttucker Re:Never Again (130 comments)

The Xbox 360 is just a Netflix machine to me, that happens to also have stripped down versions of Minecraft & Fallout 3 built in. Since consoles are all garbage compared to computers, it seems contentious to compare them based on hardware quality. All that really matters in the console world is what you are allowed to run on them.

5 days ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

ttucker Re:Never Again (130 comments)

people say that every 5 years. remember when they took linux away from the PS3? or the rootkit fiasco? Yet people keep buying them

I have not bought any Sony hardware since the rootkit fiasco.

about a week ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

I have read some more of your comments, and I think perhaps your problem is inflation. Call everyone a liar, and pretty soon it means nothing even to call a genuine liar, a liar. In a way, you try to spray the word everywhere with innuendo and implication, hoping that it will stick on the people who actually are. Instead you appear as a boy who cries wolf, not quite a liar, but not a purveyor of truth either.

Try thinking of more intelligent insults for people, and I think your persuasion will be more effective.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Sure you did. You deliberately asserted that what you had to say was more accurate than the information presented, and proceeded to do a classic slashdot bashing of the officer that busted the operators of the fishing boat for breaking the law, saying the cop made it up.

A lie is a false statement made with the deliberate intent to deceive. While my statement was factually false, it was made based on an inaccurate reading of the articles in question, and presented in good faith. It would seem that declaring all incorrect statements to be lies is a form of hyperbole to you (in true Slashdot fashion) certainly not to be taken seriously.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Of course you can't be compelled to testify against yourself (Fifth Amendment), therefore anything you say (including your choice of plea) can't be used to lock you up.

That is my point, the constitution is obstructing to justice... there are probably some police officers and prosecutors who lament it for, "letting guilty criminals walk free".

Also, as a friendly reminder, your 5th amendment protections must be specifically invoked, and will in no way protect you from making a confession or otherwise saying something that you should not.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

More accurately, here we have a case of a fisherman being accused of keeping undersized fish.

No, that's LESS accurately, because that's not what happened. A crew member testified to the fact that that captain had him chuck the evidence of their illegal fishing. The "outlandish" claim here is yours. Why lie about it? What's your point?

I had not read the other article citing the interrogation of the crew, and subsequent confession. Why lie? I didn't. Consider the day that you might be presumed guilty of something.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

While fishing law does not, Sarbanes–Oxley frequently affects nerds at their places of employment.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

here we have a case of a fisherman keeping an undersize fish.

More accurately, here we have a case of a fisherman being accused of keeping undersized fish. The officer who accused him of doing so left the only evidence whatsoever of the crime with the accused. Upon discovering that the evidence indicated no crime had occurred, he made the outlandish claim that the evidence had been tampered with, having no evidence besides his testimony given as support.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

ttucker Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Nevermind the consequences if they limit the meaning -- it will be legal to destroy most kinds of evidence in a criminal investigation. It's all A-OK if it didn't contain financial records right? Right?

The argument is whether select sentences from the, "Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act", should be allowed to be used to prosecute someone for a crime unrelated in any way to accounting reform, or investor protection.

The federal government, however, argues that the law was clearly written and intended to be a broad anti-obstruction-of-justice law that would fill gaps in the criminal code that had long existed.

A strong argument could be made that not simply confessing, when someone was very obviously guilty, would be obstructing to justice.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

ttucker TLDR (415 comments)

Buy a Patek Philippe instead, it is probably cheaper in the long run.

about three weeks ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

ttucker CS Perspective on Improvements. (342 comments)

The bag on the counter technique provides a time complexity improvement on the scale of O(1)... probably safe to ignore. Forcing people to complete the transactions faster is probably not practical, so the only way to increase throughput is to have more cashier stations.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

ttucker The real news (367 comments)

The real news will be when PETA likes something.

about a month ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

ttucker They are still being made, by Unicomp (304 comments)

I am using a brand new Model M to type this message. Unicomp bought the rights and machinery to manufacture many IBM and Lexmark keyboards. You can buy them from the manufacturer here: http://www.pckeyboard.com/ . It is embarrassing that /. would advertise some shill refurb site without mentioning this great resource.

about a month and a half ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

ttucker Re: This shit is why managers think the cloud work (62 comments)

Sharepoint runs on PDP-11s? VAX? Alpha?

Microsoft Sharepoint first came out in 2001. I think if it ran on NT at the time it could run on an Alpha, but why would any company want to have an run MS Sharepoint on unsupported architecture today? It is not that difficult to transfer the MS Sharepoint infrastructure to current X86 architecture. Of course maintaining a Sharepoint structure or even a Wiki is a totally different thing.

Whoooosh....

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

ttucker Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

You just quoted 106 characters to accomplish the following simple task:

print "Hello, World\n";

That's 23 characters to accomplish the same task, but the core issue isn't even really the character count alone. It's the verbosity combined with the requirement that an object be explicitly constructed to perform something that is a fundamentally procedural task.

So all of Java is garbage, because it is not enough like a scripting language?

You liking Python better is not a good enough reason for Java to be dismissed as trash, and it hardly justifies claiming it is worse than C++, of all the verbose garbage languages.

Try Groovy.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

ttucker Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

public class HelloWorld { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println("Hello, World"); } }

So what? It is bad for writing three line programs?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

ttucker Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

and I definitely prefer all of these languages to Java.

Probably safe to ignore everything else he said too...

about 2 months ago

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