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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

BlackPignouf Re:help me understand (44 comments)

I suppose prime sextuplets are mostly just cool, because they're primes, and close to each other.
Who knows, they might have applications in cryptography, image compression or whatever.
It is possible that there are an infinite number of twin primes, but only a finite number of triplets/quadruplet/sextuplet.
This currency could be a way to find the biggest sextuplet, ONCE AND FOR ALL!

12 hours ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

BlackPignouf Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (201 comments)

GP is correct.
He wrote 10 as in 1*base+0*1, not as "how many fingers you have".
two is written 10 in binary, ten is written 10 in decimal, and sixteen is written 10 in hexadecimal.
If your pseudo is any indication, you might understand :
    (2..36).map{|base| base.to_s(base)}

4 days ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

BlackPignouf Re:How do you do it? (51 comments)

I feel like a dirty old man (that's probably because I am one), but all I can think of is how a blowjob would feel like with overtone singing.

about two weeks ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

BlackPignouf Not so bad (51 comments)

Tits, mathematics, physics theory, measurements and vizualisation aren't bad, but come on, give us some real "news for nerds"!
I don't know, maybe some post by Bennett Haselton for example.

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

BlackPignouf Re:Confidence levels (245 comments)

Telling someone to type a command in R doesn't explain *why* typing that command works, or what's going on in the background.

It's kinda hard to explain why this command should work, since it doesn't.
The command should be 1-pbinom(37,54,.50)

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

BlackPignouf Re:Confidence levels (245 comments)

Talking about "getting the math right", the right command is 1-pbinom(37,54,.50), which is about 0.1919%

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

BlackPignouf Re:Confidence levels (245 comments)

There are two hard things in computer science: race conditions, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

BlackPignouf Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

There is no downside to lower meth prices. lower prices on anything is always a positive.

we as a group are saving billions a day after a very long recession. The meth prices are still not low enough to help those who need it most, the poor and lower middle class.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

BlackPignouf Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

Those chores are my meditation.
It's like climbing a big mountain. If all you think about is "left, right, left, right, ..." you'll soon get bored to death and you'll never make it to the top.
If you manage to enter the zone, it can actually be a very pleasing experience.

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

BlackPignouf Re:News coverage (188 comments)

Except for the fact that Randal wrote "U.S. Scientists: Proud" for a european achievement. (http://xkcd1446.org/img/r_16-25-00_MZ7aAUNWN5.png).
I realize NASA worked on some parts for this project, but it still looks a bit like chauvinism.
He then corrected it (http://xkcd1446.org/img/r_16-55-00_bD01qtUkFk.png).

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

BlackPignouf Re:second picture (188 comments)

It looks like CCD artifacts to me (http://www.eso.org/~ohainaut/ccd/CCD_artifacts.html).
It sometimes happen when movement or very bright light sources (e.g. the sun or metallic parts of solar panels) are involved.
I still like my old Nikon D40 sensor thanks to its very fast flash-sync, but I get weird artifacts when shooting into the sun.

PS: I just checked wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philae_%28spacecraft%29), and CCD sensors are used on Philae.

about two weeks ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

BlackPignouf Re:WUT (173 comments)

Exactly. I've been coding for 70% of my life and I still learn a lot every day.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

BlackPignouf Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

+5 Insightful.
But to quote another /. headline today : "When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem"

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

BlackPignouf I'm surprised (184 comments)

I'm actually surprised, because I thought the only rule for intelligence agencies was :
"Do what the fuck you want, but don't get caught."
It's pretty obvious they target everybody, especially people holding potentially sensitive information (e.g. lawyers and journalists).
I don't understand the need for such a policy, and I understand even less the need to disclose it.

about three weeks ago

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