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Sex Offender Claims Police Entrapped Him With Animated Emoticons

Hikaru79 Re:Yet another "It was entrapment!" defense (432 comments)

That part that boggles my mind is that you can even hand her cash, as long as you promise to tape it and put it on your website. Then it not only becomes not illegal, it's a legitimate multi-million dollar industry.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix To Start Creating Original Content

Hikaru79 Re:Recommendation: Buy Up Rights to Make New Class (169 comments)

What?! You mean, if Netflix spent a few more tens of millions of dollars just to purchase the rights to some old shows, not to mention the marginal costs associated with making them available on their platform, you might be willing to consider giving them $8 a month?!

Hold on, I've got the CEO of Netflix on the line. He's obviously very intrigued by your generous offer; I think you guys just need a contract to make this commitment official, and he'll get his top people on this right away!

more than 3 years ago

Record Set For World's Youngest Chess Champion

Hikaru79 Re:Summary is sexist, story is stupid (214 comments)

In chess there are no such thing as men's tournaments -- women can join any tournament. It is just men who cannot play in women's tournaments. So the argument that women simply are barred the opportunity to play against stronger competition doesn't hold water. In fact, Hou Yifan herself has played in many large tournaments with mixed genders, but has never done as well as she does in women's only events.

more than 3 years ago

Google Donates Windowbuilder, Codepro To Eclipse

Hikaru79 Re:Does anybody still use Java? (150 comments)

No. About 18% of all code written in 2010 was in Java. That's a huge percentage -- C had only 16%, and JavaScript (supposedly the hot new thing) is at 1.5%.

Believe it or not, Ruby hipsters on Reddit turn out not to be representative of the whole world.

more than 3 years ago

Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration

Hikaru79 Re:And he needs a computer to do it for curves (473 comments)

Okay, I realize you're probably just trolling here, but you do realize that he reinvented integration, not just learned how to solve a couple of integrals, right?

It says something sad about the state of interdisciplinary communication that this was considered worthy of publication, but if you think it reflects poorly on his intelligence, you're missing the point.

more than 3 years ago

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Hikaru79 Re:35 bullion? (482 comments)

I honestly can't tell if you're joking, but just in case... bullion means a big chunk of precious metal.

more than 3 years ago

Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss

Hikaru79 Re:Sample size (542 comments)

I think it's so cute that you think that -- even if cell phones were proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be singlehandedly responsible for killing bees and twenty other varieties of non-cute animals -- they would ever be "banned" for that reason. Seriously, you're adorable :)

more than 4 years ago

Google Offers Encrypted Web Search Option

Hikaru79 Re:Implications on China (288 comments)

There's not really such a thing as "risky politically" in China.

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Mac Client Beta Available

Hikaru79 Re:Linux ? (123 comments)

Not at all. Blizzard has been supporting Mac since SC1 over 10 years ago. They've never supported Linux. So their current support for Macs says absolutely nothing about future plans regarding Linux :( However, their games also have a long long history of running great under Wine.

more than 4 years ago

Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker

Hikaru79 Re:Agree with the artist and then some (869 comments)

Actually the author specifically went out of his way to say that he didn't vote for anyone at all.

about 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

Hikaru79 Re:Linus (909 comments)

By his own measure, he says about 2% of the code in today's kernel is written by him, but about 80% of it goes through him before being included. It's unrealistic to expect any one person to have a significant percentage of Linux code literally belong to them, so it would be disingenuous to use that 2% figure as some sort of argument to undermine Linus' authority with regards to the kernel.

Like him or not, Linus is still the man in linux kernel development circles, and for good reason.

more than 5 years ago

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

Hikaru79 Re:My office mate from India (355 comments)

It is done in India and it has no gay connotations whatsoever. In fact I think you'd offend and confuse anyone by suggesting it is related to homosexuality. Walking down the street holding hands with your male relative or friend is just done, the same way shaking hands (for instance) isn't gay here.

more than 5 years ago

Terminator Salvation Opens Well, Scientists Not Impressed

Hikaru79 USB (344 comments)

Personally I liked how these post-apocalyptic 2018 self-designed robots still build themselves to include a USB port. Handy.

more than 5 years ago

New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

Hikaru79 Re:Not surprising at all (509 comments)

I discovered this same relationship (empirically) while dicking around learning Scheme. I don't know what journal these guys got published in but I doubt it's anything more than a journal of exposition. The result is 'obvious' to anyone with mathematical training and I can think of at least two ways to prove it off the top of my head.

more than 5 years ago

Stephen Hawking Is "Very Ill" In Hospital

Hikaru79 Re:WOW (413 comments)

My heart goes out to him and hopefully will get better.

Maybe if your heart actually went out to him, this whole crisis could be averted in time?

more than 5 years ago

Apple Promises Mother Lode to Billionth App Downloader

Hikaru79 Re:Nevermind I was wrong (119 comments)

I think you were correct. In fact in the official rules it states in big capital letters:


Seems pretty clear to me. The contest is to celebrate the 1,000,000,000 download, and it ends at that point, but it's just a random draw beyond that.

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

Hikaru79 Re:This is about non-corporate content creators (479 comments)

This fight never had anything to do with "network capacity". They are saying the don't have enough capacity to stream internet video. Yet they do have enough capacity to stream HDTV 24x7 - so longs as you are paying Time Warner for it.

It takes a really strong streak of paranoia and delusion for that argument to not make sense to you. Yes, in general, companies are better able to deliver services and maintain a high capacity when you pay them for it. I know data is just this one cable running into your house for you, but believe it or not it takes some mighty powerful infrastructure to stream porn into millions of houses 24 hours a day.

more than 5 years ago

Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

Hikaru79 Re:Sorry, but those limits will never happen (479 comments)

I think the problem is your math, not their service. 60 MB for 1 hour does not equal 1 GB in 4 hours, not even close -- a gig is 1024 megabytes.

Assuming your estimate of 60 MB per hour is correct, their 100GB/month account will let you play Left4Dead for 56 hours a day without paying any overcharge fees. Is that enough for you?

more than 5 years ago



Carabos Initiate New "Source Liberation" P

Hikaru79 Hikaru79 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AdrianP writes "Carabos, the team behind the successful PyTables Pro library built on NumPy, is describing a new plan for open-sourcing their flagship product, a "database designed to handle massive amounts of data in an efficient way." Over the next five years, Carabos will be collecting donations and license purchases towards a target goal of 300,000 Euro. When the goal is met or the five years expire, whichever comes first, PyTables Pro will be released as Free Software, 10% of the raised funds will be donated back to Free Software projects such as NumPy, and the remaining money will sponsor the team's continued development of PyTables Pro as free software.
PyTables Pro is a scientific-computation-oriented database that claims to search a table of 10,000,000,000 rows in the time it takes to perform a single disk seek."

Hikaru79 Hikaru79 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Adrian Petrescu writes "A few years ago, why the lucky stiff, of Ruby fame, published a famous essay lamenting the lack of an easy entry point for beginners into the world of programming, like the days of yore when anyone with a Commodore and a book could start playing around with interesting things.
In the intervening time, he has gone and done something about it. Introducing Hackety Hack, a simple Ruby-based environment that comes equipped with seven lessons (so far) that lead a beginner through the joys of programming the Ruby way. Lessons include building a chat client and a YouTube video downloader, all in an intuitive and easy-to-understand fashion.
Interestingly, why has been testing and tweaking it for several months with a small group of beginners (and their kids) to make sure it flows as nicely as he intended it to."


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