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Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

AlastairLynn Nice and simple (382 comments)

I'd go with Linux From Scratch, and the TUX web server for a little speed boost.

more than 2 years ago
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No P = NP Proof After All

AlastairLynn TFS is not quite correct (318 comments)

3-SAT is in NP, so it's solvable by definition in polynomial time – on a non-deterministic turing machine. It's whether it's solvable in polynomial time specifically on a deterministic turing machine that defines whether it's in P.

more than 3 years ago
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Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

AlastairLynn Correctness (1027 comments)

Strictly speaking, the Geocentrists are correct that the Earth IS the centre of the universe, just like everywhere else in the universe.

more than 3 years ago
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Video Games Linked To Reckless Driving

AlastairLynn I for one welcome this (337 comments)

Frankly, there are too many of these damn kids around anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers a Texas Town

AlastairLynn One solution... (301 comments)

is to use, of all things, water. One keeps two reservoirs, one higher than the other. While one has power, one pumps water from the lower to the higher. When the power cuts out, one generates hydroelectric power by allowing water through from the higher to the lower.

more than 4 years ago
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EA To Charge For Game Demos

AlastairLynn It sounds bad, but... (313 comments)

We're talking about demos which are longer than Portal here.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

AlastairLynn Re:So , , , (392 comments)

That got modded 'Informative'?

more than 4 years ago
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BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

AlastairLynn Nifty (179 comments)

Well, it is!

more than 4 years ago
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Deadline Scheduling Proposed For the Linux Kernel

AlastairLynn Re:What I'm not clear about (113 comments)

Just real-time systems - ones where you have set deadlines :)

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Party Unites In Australia

AlastairLynn Re:Great... (173 comments)

My mind, it is blown.

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Party Unites In Australia

AlastairLynn Great... (173 comments)

I want a British pirate party now. We need one :/

more than 4 years ago
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Russia's New Official Holiday — Programmer's Day

AlastairLynn Re:Seems odd... (306 comments)

Not in Russia, you insensitive clod.

more than 4 years ago
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Russia's New Official Holiday — Programmer's Day

AlastairLynn Seems odd... (306 comments)

As much as programmers do often work hard and produce nifty things, why this rather than, say, surgeons' day, or police officers' day?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Open Sources Grand Central Dispatch

AlastairLynn Internals (342 comments)

Basically, libdispatch just creates a thread pool for each separate task, then uses some clever magic involving an inter-process semaphore to keep them blocking so that no more than enough threads (ie: the number of CPUs) are running at any given time. Nifty, because it means little change needed to be made to xnu. libdispatch is also, theoretically, portable to other platforms, as long as one can provide a blocks runtime and a compiler capable of handling blocks. I noticed a patch on LLVM's mailing list today providing a Linux port of the blocks runtime, and llvm-gcc and clang both are capable of handling blocks and running on Linux.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Labs Offers Table-Based Search Results

AlastairLynn Dead People (165 comments)

I asked Google Squared for a list of dead people. One of the first to appear was 'God,' whose date of death was apparently September 2006.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft To Banish Memcpy()

AlastairLynn The dangers of strlen (486 comments)

I note they've also banned such wildly dangerous functions as strlen. What's even more interesting to me is that _INLINE ASM_ is perfectly acceptable under their guidelines, but not memcpy.

more than 5 years ago

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The World's Most Influential Person is... moot

AlastairLynn AlastairLynn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AlastairLynn writes "From TIME: In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person is moot. The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4chan.org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey. To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it's worth noting that everyone moot beat out actually has a job. Well, well."
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