top Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby
I mention this because what if we went to another planet in search of intelligent life and found something like an octopus? How would we communicate with them? My guess is by cooking them, and then eating them.
top Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases
this is natures way of making sure the world doesn't get overcrowded. It's a sad fact but people NEED to die.
Then how do you explain the fact that some of the countries with the highest life expectancies, and almost no severe endemic diseases, are also the ones with the slowest-growing (or even shrinking) populations?
Because they don't spit out 5-10 kids each?
Because their 1.9 children will survive long enough to support them after retirement, and since life is not just a struggle to survive, they are productive enough that they can afford to support their parents.
about a month and a half ago
top Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom
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.
top Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen
Not only Germans. Have you seen the function named after Englishman
Oliver Heaviside, which has one light and one heavy side?
top Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'
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.
top Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?
How about this then? From
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That's production quality.
top Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts
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.
top The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube
You do not RC. The real Rubik's cube has always used stickers. Only recently have Rubik's started manufacturing cubes with
coloured plastic sides.
top Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability
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.
top First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands
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.
top Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin
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.
top Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight
I can refute this trivially
within my own household.
Haha! Good one
:-D Refuting a small-sample study with an anecdote, classic!
top Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
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.
top Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills
People like you are why so many myths go undispelled. Things that are "fucking obvious" may still be illusions.
top Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer
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.
top Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away
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!
top Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
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.
List all files with their respective sizes. Sort For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.
top The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'
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?
top Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian
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.
top Gunman Opens Fire At LAX
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.
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