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  • why Bomb Syria? Yes, American Interests Are Being Served By Striking Assad

    04/17/2018 4:27:46 PM PDT · 87 of 89
    Aqua225 to SeekAndFind

    Syria is a deep state wet dream. Given what I have seen with the transition of political power while we attempt to fight wars, is that war is a pointless and expensive exercise. As the whims of the American people shift, all the investment of a previous admin can be completely invalidated, or at least partially invalidated.

    So why do it? We have a large enough landmass to accomplish anything we need. As AI spins up we won’t need 3rd world manufacturing capacity, we will have infinite capacity here, and we surely win the resource race, if we carefully manage them, using the market, not government.

    We should sell Israel any weapon they desire, and get our soldiers back home.

    I really believe the quagmires we are in prove the founding father’s assertions that a standing army is a total disaster. The military is abused at every turn by the current politcal winds, we are stuck in gobs of treaties that we would never be able to call in marks on if we needed their support. And really what that boils too, is foreign entanglements. We should trade, and only trade, with the world. Outside of that narrow interaction, we should isolate. Or we will continue to be further broke at light speed, entangled in all sorts of things we have no interest in as a people, and spending money we don’t have.

    Right now I am not convinced anything in the news is true. Even here in FReepland. All I see is endless projection of power, and nothing gained for USA. Some will say, “more stable world”, but no, the world is getting worse. Wait to we lay Syria to waste, the world will go nuts.

    So no, we should isolate, and let the world taste our AI powered manufacturing might. Let them deal with their own problems, we don’t need them.

    And yes, I think we should sell every weapon to every country. Just make sure we can defend ourselves from them (we keep the top end stuff for ourselves).

    But alas, this is a pipe dream of mine, instead, I see my stepson and now daughter probably fighting stupid wars that gain my country absolutely nothing, except bragging rights about how many Americans died, and how heart broke our people were after. Yes, our soldiers will fight and die honorably, but that in and of itself is not a honorable REASON to die.

    Now someone will ask what about WW2? Yes, it played to our advantage. It put our electronics industry into high gear, weapons development to the forefront, and gave us space technology. But my guess is that info tech would have done the same thing with or without a war. Once you have info tech, you can build any weapon you want.

    But what external advantage did it give us? Lots of nations that we have to defend, that we probably don’t like. Islamic terrorism, which randomly kills loved ones, luckily in small numbers, but that is the point. Where is my advantage other than 69$ tablets at Walmart? We are on the cusp of doing the same thing without a single human in the production chain, which will obsolete third world labor.

    So again, what does wiping Syria off the face of the earth accomplish?

    Guard our borders, screw the world. If my son and/or daughter die defending this nation’s true borders (not our projected borders), I will feel better than if they die in the M.E. for no comprehensible advantage.

    We just train the hell out of our soldiers and make sure they can stop the stuff that comes in our borders meant to harm us. To repel invasions, to protect American people. Somewhere along the line, corporate interest became the interests of the United States of America, and it currently leading us to ruin.

    But its all a pipe dream, we will continue to folow the path we are on to dissolution. I would guess either the deep state is aware of this and don’t care, or just too stupid to realize it.

    Final note: again, I am not besmmirching the honor of our soldiers. I am besmirching the honor of the morons that make our soldiers do stuff that has nothing to do with protecting the American people, but instead projecting power, which is essentially a penis length demo contest among nations.

    And if Trump fits into the moron category, so be it. I know Hillary was already there. Not like I can do a damned thing about it anyway. This place will be my home until they take our right to bear arms, then see-ya, wouldn’t want to be-ya, as then the distinct disadvantages of having to have my children die at the whims of morons will greatly outweigh any other good left.

  • Colorado Cops Concede Car Chase To Ford Mustang Doing 150 MPH

    04/03/2018 8:40:45 AM PDT · 85 of 94
    Aqua225 to usconservative

    The article noted the Mustang clocked 140 when pursuit started, so it is possible this car & driver were ready for action.

    No cell, night vision glasses, racing tires and full prepped racing braking system (to take the temps).

    It sounds like the driver was in a “business as usual” mode.

  • North Korea Could Launch a Swarm Strike Using Tech Straight out of World War II

    03/17/2018 3:47:11 AM PDT · 7 of 44
    Aqua225 to BBell

    Is this the best we’ve got for scare porn to justify a war with NK?

    This is retarded.

    Modern computer backed RADAR, phased antenna arrays, this would immediately be known, probably down to the serial number on the motor.

    And don’t forget the warhead itself sitting in the middle of a fabric plane.

    No, just more fear porn for the clueless, in an effort to gin up a war. And a lame excuse if SK gets nuked. Samsung is a powerhouse when it comes to computing power, signal processing and automated systems. I don’t buy it, not even for a second.

  • Microsoft Patches for CPU Flaws Break Windows, Apps

    01/08/2018 6:52:19 PM PST · 32 of 63
    Aqua225 to hoosierham

    No way you could read 3300 characters per second without either a dma serial uart, or clock bump.

  • Microsoft Patches for CPU Flaws Break Windows, Apps

    01/08/2018 6:50:04 PM PST · 31 of 63
    Aqua225 to steve86

    That is not a given. More than likely a part of the patch failed to take into account a architectural difference on the AMD CPUs, which is ironic since AMD64 is defined by AMD, not Intel.

    MS rushed out a patch for their Intel compute farm customers, is the more likely issue.

    Probably the bug in the code was not revealed on Intel is more likely. Or it was tested on AMD, but due to risk to large customers, MS decided their Intel customers with vast compute farms were more important in the immediate.

    Not a conspiracy, but follows business logic.

    Though one would hope us other paying customers will get a AMD clean fix soon.

    ...and not be force fed the bad fix in the interim.

  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 11:16:44 PM PST · 12 of 20
    Aqua225 to Aqua225

    I just read up on Spectre - it exploits natural architectural features of modern processors (speculative execution) to snoop around outside of the scope of a given piece of code.

    I could think of ways to fix this, but they are pretty heavy handed. I would think the best way is to enhance IPC, and force sandboxes into true sandboxes (not sandboxes sitting in a bigger process).

    The hw changes needed to clean up this vulnerability across the board, would be onerous. For example you would have to have cache history, and when invalidating speculative execution results, if access was legal, you would need to be able to back out every memory action (down to the RAM chips, through the cache, etc.).

    I would assume best practice will be to spin a new process for any untrusted code module, and talk across process boundaries.

    I guess we will see what the big players do...

  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 10:54:35 PM PST · 10 of 20
    Aqua225 to BenLurkin

    Wow, for meltdown, the Intel FUD machine is in overdrive. Not sure about Spectre, though. My discussion below is focused on Meltdown.

    As I understand, Intel was doing speculative execution without memory protections in place on the instructions being speculatively executed (this is deep in Comp Eng, but if interested, it can be explained).

    So for years they have dominated AMD in benchmarks, but turns out their method of perf extraction is a bit iffy!

    I am not a AMD fan boy, but can’t really prove it here.

    But needless to say I have been cheap for years and refused to pay the Intel tax for consumer grade hardware, so I lucked out. Not even my ten year old amd64 laptops will be impacted, unless MS insists upon subjecting AMD to the same WARs that Intel processors will be forced to execute.

    It’s going to play hell with Amazon, etc. who export cloud compute services, and more than likely are exclusive Intel shops. You don’t take the fix, and you could compromise customer security.

  • New Swedish Consent Laws Could Require Written Permission For Sexual Relations

    12/21/2017 7:31:26 AM PST · 35 of 52
    Aqua225 to C19fan

    This reminds of the movie from the 80’s, Cherry 2000.

    It’s almost like it predicted the future...

  • New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!

    12/08/2017 7:29:48 AM PST · 36 of 69
    Aqua225 to Vinnie

    My second car was a 84 Chrysler Laser XE Turbo, I got it as a teenager. I could not kill that car. I drove it like I hated it... because I loved it.

    I distinctly remember the manual said nothing against towing, except not to exceed the limits, which was low, since it was a K car frame.

    Turbochargers have pressurized oil lubrication, and the Chryslers went a next step and added water cooling to the journal bearing as well. You could run full boost till the cows came home, or the motor failed (not the turbo).

    Notice the Turbo I 2.2L from that era was technically a pull through system, since the compressor was behind the throttle blade (it was port injected, so the compressor was not wet). That means there was some special seals in the journal bearings to keep suction from pulling oil out of the journal bearing.

    Honestly, todays turbos are so far advanced, you can’t really tell they are turbo. They just feel like really strong motors. Back then, you were on boost or off boost, and the transition usually caused loss of traction if you were really getting up the road.

    And remember, even then in the 1980’s, no serious semi truck lacked a turbocharger. Those diesels ran boost at highway speed, meaning the turbocharger was always loaded.

    What has changed since those days is computational fluid dynamics simulations to improve response, and reduction of inertia in the turbo’s rotating assembly. Combine that with fast microporocessors, and lag has basically vanished...

  • NYC jihadist slipped 4 anti-terror systems

    11/02/2017 12:44:04 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    Aqua225 to ForYourChildren

    I am definitely not pro-terrorist, but why do we spend money on all these systems?

    The only thing I can see having any impact is vetting of incoming immigrants.

    All of these other systems can’t do anything about a cold turkey radicalization and use of non-sanctioned weaponry (rental trucks, propane tanks, etc.).

    The best they can do is suggest relationships after the crime occurs.

    It is possible with the advent of machine learning that it may be possible to identify the patterns where a human could not, but even then, you get into the area of pre crime. A true planner could remain off the radar of all information systems, even store cameras, if they really put their mind to it.

  • Closer To The Truth In L.V. Massacre – FBI Wiping Computers Clean – Jesus Campos Gag Order – HR 3999

    10/14/2017 10:17:57 PM PDT · 70 of 70
    Aqua225 to Salvavida

    You need to check up on HR3999. NOT A BUMP STOCK BAN.

    It’s anything that can increase the rate of fire of a semi-auto.

    It could be gun oil, that is how open ended it is.

    Not that I agree with a bump stock ban at all, but really, open ended rate of fire increase, your finger could cause your gun to become illegal, heck your finger could be illegal.

    And it opens the door to ATF defining “proper” rate of fire.

    So read and think before you assume you know what is happening.

    “Shall not be infringed”. Doesn’t get clearer than that.

  • Suppressed M249 Meltdown Test

    08/04/2017 2:05:29 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Aqua225 to w1n1

    I enjoyed it.
    (1) Nice eye candy firing the weapon.
    (2) Nice to see gun components pushed to that level in real life. I doubt most can justify melting a barrel outside of real combat.
    (3) Did not get the complaints of the posters: I love car racing of a specific kind, and pulling heavy objects of a specific kind, and you run what you brung till it glows and/or pops, or you get out of it cause you won :)
    (4) As a capitalist, the waste of ammunition bothered me not one bit. They paid for it (or a sponsor), let’em burn it. I do hope they showered up after! They must have inhaled and been coated in quite a bit of lead dust and compounds. Face mask might have been a good investment.
    (5) Accuracy is going to be questionable when the barrel and suppressor are that hot, why are the posters concerned?
    (6) I have never heard of a hot chamber triggering a round, I don’t see the danger here. Unless the barrel collapses, and I don’t think they can get the heat that high anyway.

    The complaints posted sounded like a bunch 12 year olds with no ammo budget, no hot girlfriend, and probably living in their parent’s basement, dreaming about playing with those guns.

    Writer must have been in a similar category as well, since he/she chose the most angry and vindictive comments from the postings.

  • EPA Employees ‘Coming to Work in Tears’ Because of Trump Win

    01/26/2017 1:30:01 PM PST · 168 of 220
    Aqua225 to editor-surveyor

    Going to have to call you on this one.

    EFI is *much* more responsive than a carburetor to changing conditions ... even the conditions in the three miles from my house to the grocery store. Carbs are going to be non-optimal except in one narrow band, it’s just the nature of the beast.

    Additionally, points absolutely suck. The day GM brought out the HEI distributors was the day everyone said good bye to points as could do so.

    The proof is in the pudding: today’s high performance turbocharged engines would not stay together without EFI and computer controlled ignition. Even economy cars are running enough boost pressure and fuel to develop over 130hp/L (GM ectotech turbo, mazdaspeed 3, ecoboost 3 cylinder, examples abound).

    If you think those are just because of the EPA forcing someone’s hand, NTPA doesn’t ban EFI or computer controlled ignition for zero reason. Even on pump gas, the sky is the limit on specific output, just how much boost pressure you are willing to run through the engine. In engine powered sports where electronics are allowed, strict limits on boost pressure and rev limits abound (F1 even had boost limits in the 80’s, and rev limits that last few years of normally aspirated V8s).

    Finally, you can run a turbo/super and carb, but expect two things:

    (1) To not reach the optimal output of the engine across all operating conditions.
    (2) Probably slow (or in some cases, quick) engine damage on really hot days.

  • Trump, Clinton In Dead Heat As Race Hits Final Two-Week Stretch — IBD/TIPP Poll

    10/24/2016 8:16:01 PM PDT · 22 of 24
    Aqua225 to jackmercer

    Not in this age of legislating from the bench.

    The real power is in the Supreme Court, which a Clinton win will guarantee a stack that insures massive immigration (won’t be illegal anymore), and second amendment neutering, something the Left has dreamed about in wet dreams for years.

  • Trump, Clinton In Dead Heat As Race Hits Final Two-Week Stretch — IBD/TIPP Poll

    10/24/2016 8:12:27 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    Aqua225 to Innovative

    The tightening polls will actually make it easier for a fraudulent win. Just think, it was that .1% to carry Clinton to the victory!

    I’ve become very cynical about voting over the last 8 years.

    I am sure I will get some flame here for being a doubter, but the way I see it, a few extra hundred ballots here and there, and bam! You’re talking a real election.

    The polls will set the expectations of a close battle, and then those little unlawful nudges in all the right spots will pull out a close Clinton win.

    The only way out is if there is overwhelming Trump votes.

  • FBI to probe whether crashed Amtrak train was hit or shot at

    05/15/2015 6:40:43 PM PDT · 58 of 87
    Aqua225 to SpaceBar

    The wind shield of that locomotive is resistant only up to 22LR.

    Beyond that, it will fail.

  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 12:44:11 PM PDT · 77 of 127
    Aqua225 to RitaOK

    No, but he could have went to the floor in gun fire or objects entering the glass (the windscreen is only bullet suppressant for 22LR according to some commentators), and hit the throttle on the way down. That’s the theory... there are some rather mysterious damage points on the wind shield of the locomotive.

    So I am waiting for the official story. And if I had to bet (and I don’t, but if I did...), my money would be on the engineer NOT being suicidal or a speed demon. Either disorientation or something external. has hidden his posts from site searches at this point, but he was a member over there, and commented often on safety.

    I also don’t consider him lawyering up a indicator of wrong doing. It’s just logical when dealing with law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 12:04:00 PM PDT · 56 of 127
    Aqua225 to WL-law

    I really think he has no memory, and I think the train was shot or had objects tossed at it. There is a discussion over on

    Anyhow, I have no skin in the game, but I don’t think he should be judged so soon. Lots of unanswered questions.

    Awesome locomotive though, 70 to 106 in 45s :) What you can do with good engineering (3 phase traction motors, traction control software) and the entire North East grid to sink into your motors.

  • Amtrak Says It Was Just Months Away From Installing Safety System

    05/14/2015 8:30:03 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    Aqua225 to alloysteel

    As said on train orders, some of the worst disasters have been 3 brains in the locomotive, and a disaster still took place.

    No doubt the unions will use this though to attempt to boost their rolls. However, I think the days this will happen in *any* company are long gone.

    Maybe machines completely replacing men...

  • Local Amtrak conductor weighs in on derailment

    05/14/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · 40 of 87
    Aqua225 to Conscience of a Conservative

    I agree. No matter guilt or innocence, I will lawyer up given the chance. Not worth the hassle of a government employee, sworn or not, pushing you into a corner.

    A blood thirsty lawyer at least can protect my rights from them.

    And for the people who think this comment means I hate cops: I don’t, but it is logic that if a cop is charging you, somewhere in his mind, he thinks you did it, and his operating premise is as such. A lawyer can protect you from that to some extent.

    I always get lawyers for tickets (the extent of my experience on the wrong side of the law :)), since a cop is going to write the maximum ticket level he can, it’s his job. A good lawyer can persuade a D.A. to knock off some charges.