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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Arancaytar Re:One letter? (127 comments)

Unary representation of your program's Gödel number. You can code in one letter, but your program may get pretty long.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Arancaytar Re:Web Searches For These Suck (127 comments)

(which Google, btw, finally realized can be more than two words to be omitted from a search because they're too common)

Yeah, in the early days multiple words were just an AND keyword search. I think that changed over 6-7 years ago, though.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Arancaytar Re:sooo.... (304 comments)

In the time between these bursts, maybe a few species got lucky and made it almost to space colonization before getting scrubbed.

Maybe we're one of them.

3 days ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Arancaytar Would've ended US administration of root zone (120 comments)

No government would want to trust their TLD (on which relies the entire country's infrastructure and economy) to a foreign country that interferes with it. Once that can of worms is opened, you'd probably end up with each country hosting their own alternative root and mandating their ISPs either default to using it or being able to fail over to it quickly when necessary.

about two weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

Arancaytar Re:That's quite a warranty! (249 comments)

But for one simple payment or $100,000, you can pre-purchase your batteries for the next 500 billion years!

about three weeks ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Arancaytar Re:"not so much as a default wallpaper" (110 comments)

Unity's equivalent to Metro tiles

I don't know if this is a joke, because when I install Ubuntu these days I kill Unity and replace it with Gnome before doing anything else. But I sure hope so.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Arancaytar Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

There is, but they're not content to do it there because they want to fool other people into thinking it's not bullshit.

about 1 month ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Arancaytar JMP Considered Harmful (175 comments)

(...)

about a month ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Arancaytar Re:And three weeks to think it over. (95 comments)

That would be overreaching, since Google now has actual competition. Trying to apply pressure too widely would drive industries to use and endorse Bing instead.

(I don't think "anti-trust violation" means what you think it means, by the way.)

about a month ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Arancaytar "not so much as a default wallpaper" (110 comments)

WHAT?

I'm not installing such a crap update. Why would they leave out the most important thing?

about a month ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

Arancaytar Next FOIA Request (106 comments)

- "Please list the FOIA requests you have complied with in the past twelve months"

- "That information is classified."

- "Please state whether or not you will comply with this FOIA request"

- "That information is... " *headexplode*

about a month and a half ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Arancaytar Re:Authenticator (74 comments)

Yeah, but if you're using a smartphone at all, you'd need expert knowledge to protect your anonymity from it (rooting, etc.). The authenticator app doesn't require network access though (it's basically a time-synchronized security token, afaik), so it might be possible to port it to some non-connected device.

about a month and a half ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Arancaytar Re:Whales? (152 comments)

[cetacean needed]

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Arancaytar Re:funny that.... (178 comments)

Funny that ebola has been in existence in the modern world since the 70s, yet only now this is coming to light. Oddly enough, this is perfectly timed with someone in the US getting infected.

"Shit, this is on OUR turf now!??! Better do something about it!"

This is not "only now coming to light"; it's just that you couldn't be bothered to read about it until it was spelled out in a Slashdot headline. People didn't start working on this last week. I'm not sure how fast you think medical research works.

about a month and a half ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Arancaytar Re:well done mods. (290 comments)

I shall be referring this matter to the German police.

Go do that; their contact address is support@polizei.de

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Arancaytar Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

> sued

*prosecuted, even.

about 3 months ago
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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

Arancaytar 4.4 trillion FPS (94 comments)

1 second / 4.4 trillion * 3E8 m/s = 68 microns.

That's the distance light covers between frames. Wow.

about 3 months ago

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