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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

BetterThanCaesar Re:phonon is a widely accepted term (100 comments)

If one wants to put emphasis on a non-established term, then maybe the <em> tag is more suitable than quotes. One might even link to an explanation of the word.

about a month and a half ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

BetterThanCaesar Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

Notability is important for preventing a potentially slippery slope towards Wikipedia being expected to have an article on every shop, every street, every apartment complex, every popular teacher, and every creative work ever appreciated by more than 10 people.

What is wrong with that?

Sources. There are no secondary, independent sources about every shop, street, apartment complex, popular teacher, creative work, or the fact that there is a pencil lying on my desk right now. No matter how true it is, it is not verifiable in any reasonable sense of the word.

This is what people don't understand when they complain that things are deleted from Wikipedia. If Wikipedia's ambition is to create a credible encyclopaedia of all human knowledge, then it cannot be filled with speculation and half-truths. Even primary sources are suspect. I could easily create a blog or web site that claims something, then create a Wikipedia article that uses my web page as the main source. THAT is the slippery slope that is so often talked about.

about 2 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

BetterThanCaesar Re:He claims this himself (391 comments)

How about this then? From http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/whoweare.html:

<body onload="MM_preloadImages('file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but1_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but2_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but3_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but4_over.jpg','images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but6_over.jpg','images/0_company_over.png','images/0_difference_over.png','images/0_founder_over.png','images/0_team_over.png')">

That's production quality.

about 2 months ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

BetterThanCaesar Re:less useful how? Re:The larger, the less useful (108 comments)

Unicode seems pretty backwards compatible; have any of the the newer versions overwritten or changed the meaning of older versions (e.g. caused damage)?

Yes. Version 2.0 completely changed the Hangul character set. Korean texts written with Unicode 1.1 were not readable in Unicode 2.0, and vice versa. This was 17 years ago, but note that it was after ISO had accepted version 1.1 as an ISO/IEC standard.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

BetterThanCaesar Re:C strikes again! (152 comments)

Actually, C does not try to handle pointers at all. It treats them just like a long int (with the appropriate cast) [...].

That's not actually true. First of all, there is no direct connection between the size of pointers and the size of long int. That is platform and implementation dependent. Secondly, at compile-time, pointer arithmetic differs a lot from that of integers. You cannot add two pointers. You can subtract two pointers to the same type (except void); that will give you the number of elements between them, in the ptrdiff_t type. (In theory, that's only possible if the pointers point to the same array, but the compiler can't know if that's true in the general case.) You can add an integer to a non-void pointer. Adding N to a pointer p is the same as &p[N], i.e. you get a pointer to the Nth element.

about 6 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

BetterThanCaesar A simpler solution (187 comments)

A simpler solution would be to just let all the genetically engineered, glow-in-the-dark lab animals out in the wild. The roadkill will light up the roads.

about 6 months ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BetterThanCaesar Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave?

It would not. The "harshness" is the overtones (40 kHz, 60 kHz, etc.), which you cannot hear. From a mechanical point of view, no matter how quickly the signal switches from low to high, the hairs in your cochlea are bound by their individual resonant frequencies, which limit their respective frequency ranges.

about 6 months ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

BetterThanCaesar Re:Statistically Insignificant (137 comments)

I can refute this trivially within my own household.

Haha! Good one :-D Refuting a small-sample study with an anecdote, classic!

about 7 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

No, this is getting the cook fired by claiming there is hair in your food, because you spotted an Obama sticker on his car in the parking lot.

Not even close. Eich was not the cook with the power to choose a different amount of pepper; he was the chief executive officer with the power to make the rules that affect all employees, contributors, customers, and possibly even the world's web sites. Eich did not get fired, he was urged by a lot of people to step down, which he finally did.

And I don't even understand what the "hair in your food" is supposed to be an analogy of. Is the hair his contributions to Proposition 8, and the Obama sticker JavaScript?

about 7 months ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

BetterThanCaesar Re:Winelib (130 comments)

Odd considering their (Wines) last copyright cockup was entirely due to an internal contributor committing decompiles of Microsoft binaries as contributed code...

The word you are looking for is the opposite of odd.

Unsurprising.

about 7 months ago
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Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

BetterThanCaesar Re:not a surpise - coders should take notice (109 comments)

There's actually a lot of evidence that sitting down the majority of your awake time (8+ hours) is itself bad for the body, and cannot be made up for with physical exercise. Working a few hours standing up and being mildly active (i.e. taking walks) during free time is better. Of course, one hour spent at the gym is better than one more hour in the couch. I'm just saying that if you have the opportunity to work standing up, it is likely worth a lot more than you think!

about 8 months ago
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Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

BetterThanCaesar Re:I think I wrote one of these. (243 comments)

Step one is to compare file sizes. Since file sizes need to be identical in order for the files to be identical, and file sizes are already calculated and stored as metadata, this will greatly reduce the time needed.

  1. List all files with their respective sizes.
  2. Sort
  3. For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.

about 9 months ago
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The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

BetterThanCaesar Re:Equality (509 comments)

Try making jokes about negative female stereotypes and see how quickly your posts got moderated down to -1 troll or flamebait by all the whiteknight pussybeggars around here.

I wonder why there are so few women on Slashdot. Could it be because of all the idiots who assume Slashdotters are always male, and accuse those who defend women's rights of doing it only to impress women?

about a year ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

BetterThanCaesar Re:Math (495 comments)

Decrease of 150 tons of meat. Global production of meat 180 million tons. 150/180,000,000 - 0.00005%. Decrease in greenhouse gasses: 0.00005*.18 =0.000009%. Get a million of those together and you would have something.

Apart from the "I'm just one person out of 7 billion, so my meat consumption/petrol burning car/operating system choice/vote doesn't have impact" replies one could make, I'd like to point out that they are also showing a lot of young people (mostly men) that a meal doesn't have to contain meat. It is quote possible that these men will eat less meat (on average) during their lifetimes, influencing their families' consumption, and so on.

about a year ago
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

BetterThanCaesar Re:But wait... (520 comments)

You're right, laws and rules don't work because they can be broken, and since they can be broken they're worthless. So let's not have any at all.

about a year ago
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Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King

BetterThanCaesar Re:300 million books, each unique (121 comments)

Well, the bible sold a lot of copies, and though it's just one book - its writers *definitely* needed a continuity advisor, and the lack of one is clearly evident in the bible.

The Bible is not one book. It's a compilation of several books.

about a year ago
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Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

BetterThanCaesar Re:No Analog is not better... (440 comments)

No, that's not how it works. You still get aliasing – unless you lowpass filter the signal before sampling it.

about a year ago

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Swedish Pirate Party Threatened To Stop Hosting The Pirate Bay

BetterThanCaesar BetterThanCaesar writes  |  about a year and a half ago

BetterThanCaesar (625636) writes "The Swedish Pirate Party and their ISP Serious Tubes have received a letter from "The Rights Alliance" (formerly Antipiratbyrån, The Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau), demanding they cease supplying Internet access to The Pirate Bay. Referring to the final sentence on the four Pirate Bay profiles, they threaten with legal action if access is not removed by February 26. On her blog, party leader Anna Troberg calls the letter "extortion", pointing out that (translated from Swedish) "[i]t is not illegal to provide The Pirate Bay with Internet access. There is no list of illegal sites that ISPs cannot provide access to.""
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