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Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology

JustinRLynn Re:Down under (94 comments)

Hold up a ball. Which side points to the earth? What happens when you drop it? Will it always fall towards the earth? Now, go to Australia. Which side of the ball faces the earth? What happens when you drop it? If you drop the ball, will it fall towards the earth? If so, that's why they haven't fallen off. Now of course, move a larger-than-earth, as-dense-as-earth object near the Earth on the side of Australia and your answer will differ. Of course, the Earth is more likely to be destroyed by gravitational tidal forces due to that before you are able to 'fall off' Australia but at least you'd have your tired old joke. :-P

about 2 years ago

Undergrad Project Offers Site Privacy Information At a Glance

JustinRLynn Accessibility? (61 comments)

Nice idea and I hope the implementation is well thought out -- designing pictograms that make sense to many cultures is difficult. The other usual concerns also apply -- speaking of which, one issue I see right off the bat is that they're using color as a sole designator in the icon set. For people with red/green color blindness, this makes the set of icons unusable for its intended purpose.

more than 2 years ago

Appeals Court Makes It Easier To Dump Software Patents

JustinRLynn Re:Patent Court (109 comments)

It's more like we can't not do something, that is to say, it is directly required.

about 3 years ago

Weather Satellites Lose Funding

JustinRLynn Re:The satellites will still be there, just listen (275 comments)

In a world where communications media allow only one person with $5000 worth of equipment to share that equipment with people who have all the spare time (and there are lots, just look at us for an example) it'll be pretty much the same as before (visit a website, here's your data).

more than 3 years ago

Air France 447 Black Boxes Readable

JustinRLynn Re:Yey for solid-state memory! (116 comments)

They're not just listening to it. There are a lot of recovery techniques that must be performed very carefully and with strict controls to recover every last bit of intelligible information from those media.

more than 3 years ago

Mainstream Media Looks At Anonymous

JustinRLynn Nietzsche says (118 comments)

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." .. seems oddly apt, but possibly a little late for the mainstream news.

more than 3 years ago

Exabit Transmission Speeds May Be Possible

JustinRLynn Re:Faster than silicon (98 comments)

It's kind of awesome when real physical devices start to sound like technobabble isn't it?

more than 3 years ago

Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

JustinRLynn Re:ich bin Anonymous ! (575 comments)

You look more like a meat popsicle to me.

more than 3 years ago

Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math

JustinRLynn Re:A really simple argument: (323 comments)

Who also often have no technical expertise in the field of the case in which they are supposed to be making decisions. One week a rubber tyre manufacturer, and the next a microcomputer chip manufacturer debating about the minutiae of their patents which are almost all >10 pages long and filled with hundreds upon hundreds of "whereas"s and conditions, I'd imagine it'd be enough to make any tenured lawyer pull out their hair.

more than 3 years ago

Instant Quantum Communication Is Near

JustinRLynn Re:Physics (287 comments)

As they say, "A cat in any state is fine too."

more than 3 years ago

Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

JustinRLynn Re:What do they share? (420 comments)

Now with 90% more logical fallacy per communiqué!

more than 3 years ago
top Hacked With Sql Injection

JustinRLynn Re:USE BIND VARIABLES (288 comments)

You know, I could be a smart arse and say this rules out most people that choose to use PHP, but I think my karma would burn. Oh wait....

more than 3 years ago
top Hacked With Sql Injection

JustinRLynn Re:USE BIND VARIABLES (288 comments)

Yeah, you pretty much do, you just don't write it in SQL any more, you write it using codeigniter's API. I'd much rather see:

$matching_vehicles = $vehicles->findBy(array('vin' => $vins));

There's nothing quite like a proper abstraction. You might want to take a look at the Doctrine ORM.. it implements something like that.

more than 3 years ago

Linus Says Android License Claim Is 'Bogus'

JustinRLynn Re:What? (116 comments)

All adults sound the same in that universe.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Released!

JustinRLynn Re:Slow! (554 comments)

Does it come with Reversi? Also, can it be downloaded from Nebraska?

more than 3 years ago

Navy Uses Railgun To Launch Fighter Jet

JustinRLynn Re:A linear induction motor is not a railgun. (314 comments)

MM = Machinist Mate, think Mechanical Engineer but for maintenance operations on mechanical equipment. EM = Electrician's Mate, think Electrical Engineer but for maintenance operations on electrical equipment. A-Div: various shops and other groups that maintain the mechanical systems such as Hydraulics, AC, Steam and Heat, the catapults, fire pumps and water distribution systems, among others. M-Div: Machinery division refers to the group of MMs. E-Div: same for EMs. Afraid I don't know what DZ means, though it's a METAR code for drizzle, so perhaps that's what's being referred to. No first hand knowledge here, just stuff gained from reading, so please if you've got first hand or links, please correct.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

JustinRLynn Re:I didn't know that (481 comments)

There's a general feeling (at least one that I've observed) that online petitions don't do anything useful, so even though one exists I certainly wouldn't trust it to judge demand for any one particular thing.

more than 3 years ago



Linux 3.0 Release Delayed

JustinRLynn JustinRLynn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JustinRLynn writes "A recent Google+ Post by Linus Torvalds indicates that version 3.0 of the Linux kernel will have to wait due to the discovery of a "subtle pathname lookup bug." Linus indicates, "We have a patch, we understand the problem, and it looks ObviouslyCorrect(tm), but I don't think I want to release 3.0 just a couple of hours after applying it.""
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Start a game company by trolling the industry?

JustinRLynn JustinRLynn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Splarka writes "Tim Rogers of and Robert Pelloni of Bob's Game are fed up with the gaming industry. Tim's disillusionment at trying to work within the industry has caused him to try another approach. So he has teamed up with Bob (an infamous troll in the industry) and formed "Action Button Entertainment" to return the gaming industry back to the ideal of creating fun and playable games, rather than coming out with new gimmicks and new versions of old games every year. However, the catch-22 of the console gaming industry is that you must be known before anyone will work with you. With this in mind, they crashed E3 and made a movie about the experience."
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