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Swine Flu Vaccine In Production

Epistax Re:What's the big deal? (147 comments)

Maybe it'll mutate a bit and swing back around killing nearly everyone who wasn't infected the first time because their immune systems won't recognize it in time. I'd go get myself infected just to be sure.

/who has the book rights to that situation anyway?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft's Bing Refuses Search Term "Sex" In India

Epistax Re:My office mate from India (355 comments)

Sure, why not? If your whole perception of the universe has changed since then, that's exactly the kind of thing that'll let you know. The parent never suggested that you would have to, in this case, touch the hand on the burner until it left serious damage, but just enough to know that the old rules still apply.

You're on what might be your only trip through this universe. Don't waste it. ANYTHING might change. Just don't count on it.

more than 5 years ago

Human Laughter Up To 16 Million Years Old

Epistax Re:hmmm (149 comments)

Not to mention that totally unrelated animals can evolve similarly in similar environments. Whales and dolphins sure look like fish sometimes..

more than 5 years ago

Intel Buys Embedded Software Vendor Wind River

Epistax Re:This is a monopolistic move (141 comments)

If Intel in any way restricts VxWorks for other architectures compared to any of Intel's, I think real time Linux work will surge. Right now (for us) VxWorks really is the only solution. The current real time-ish Linuxes available are not deterministic enough (we took probe measurements), but if that changes, we might gladly switch, if only because of the extreme cost of VxWorks. It'll also be interesting to see what happens to the support department behind VxWorks, as it has waned recently.

more than 5 years ago

Intel Buys Embedded Software Vendor Wind River

Epistax Re:Yuck (141 comments)

You think they weren't already doing this?

more than 5 years ago

Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

Epistax Re:Amnesia (499 comments)

That's nothing. Don't forget the universe was rather dull before we invented color.

more than 5 years ago

How Common Is Scientific Misconduct?

Epistax Re:Yeah... (253 comments)

Check your math. I got 83%.

more than 4 years ago

Wine Project Frustration and Forking

Epistax Re:red and white wine? (470 comments)

Well if he's drunk then he's been drinking. He's probably hungry now.

more than 5 years ago

Paper Companies' Windfall of Unintended Consequences

Epistax Re:Wait, this seems familiar... (284 comments)

Nah. This isn't funny.

Oh wait I guess this does remind me of The Office.

/I keeeed

more than 5 years ago

I saw Watchmen, and I thought ...

Epistax Re:The movie that shouldn't have been made. (523 comments)

Dr. Manhattan was far from a god. He was able to reassemble particles to create complex machinery, but nothing nearing the complexity of a person. Even if he found it important, he wouldn't know how to fix a person. He explicitly stated that he was not able to mess with anyone's will. He himself was very weak willed and was easily influenced by others. He was very potent, but not omnipotent or omniscient.

So yes, he could have destroyed the Earth with his mind, but he could not create a utopian society. He didn't even know how to make one person happy, let alone everyone.

more than 5 years ago

Want a Science Degree In Creationism?

Epistax My Degree (848 comments)

I'll have a MS in suicide bombing with a minor in maximizing civilian casualties.

Pendulum swings, boys!

more than 5 years ago

CCP To Discontinue EVE Online Support For Linux

Epistax Re:Makes you wonder... (299 comments)


This definition for emulate fits:
1. to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass
wine attempts to equal or excel the windows adaptation of the win32 api, at least in specific regards.

Let's go for computer specific:
to imitate (a particular computer system) by using a software system, often including a microprogram or another computer that enables it to do the same work, run the same programs, etc., as the first.
Okay so anything that fits "to imitate by using a software system".

As best I can tell the argument you're putting forth is that it's a complete coincidence that the implementation behind the Win32 specification on Windows and the implementation behind the Win32 specification in wine are behave the same, and that's rather silly.

Emulation isn't about copying what's under the hood. If two things implement the same interface, they emulate each other. A hamburger patty emulates a carrot in that they can both be cooked (that is, they both implement the cookable interface, they share some API). There doesn't even need to be any intent!

more than 5 years ago

How To Suck At Information Security

Epistax Re:First things first (198 comments)

That doesn't make sense. Unless the tech guy is above the pay guy, the pay guy should not listen to the tech's security advice, and unless the pay guy is above the tech guy, the tech guy should not listen to the pay guy's advice on how to fill out time sheets? Expertise = authority. Power to fire might appear to be authority, but it isn't. All having power means is that you expect respect. I've never had a problem telling a boss when they are wrong, but you can be sure I'm nice about it.

about 6 years ago

Nintendo's Miyamoto On Innovation, Wii Ambitions

Epistax Re:Wii Music, Huh? (263 comments)

... by having a recorded music track AND midi for every instrument, so anything someone is playing goes along with the midi and anything being left to the game is played by recording? Or would that sound too crappy?

more than 6 years ago


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