top Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
And all the things in the room start attacking you! Or spamming you with ads. Or demand a ransom in Bitcoins before they let you leave.
top Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
You don't even need a text editor if you use a site such as
top PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the framework to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous edge cases,
Or to take up code against a sea of requirements, and by opposing end them?
Personally, I prefer the basic PHP (and JSP) model of just writing out a web page with your backend language. I guess that makes me old-school?
top Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist
Given that two particles can emitted by a single source entangled, sent a long distance apart, and remain entangled,
And that if one particle becomes disentangled the other particle instantaneously becomes disentangled, If we can measure the entanglement of a particle by its mass, Then we can communicate faster than light.
the no-communication theorem states that, during measurement of an entangled quantum state, it is not possible for one observer, by making a measurement of a subsystem of the total state, to communicate information to another observer.
So I think this means that either the no-communication theorem is wrong, or the change in mass of an entangled particle cannot be measured.
top The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing
I agree on Bubb..I mean, BS. But Selection Sort is really only useful with big objects that you don't want to move much. These days everything's a Reference, so it doesn't matter so much. It makes for a really boring dance, too.
Insertion Sort is more useful in modern use cases. If something's "almost sorted" it's very quick.
Shell sort might be even better. It's practically identical to Insertion Sort except only subsets of dancers would step out at one time. And, with a good gap sequence, it gets done much quicker than either of the above.
top Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction
Well, it is thought we've found all the dinosaur-killer-size asteroids, and that none are going to impact Earth soon. But there are still plenty of smaller ones that could take out a major city if they hit in the wrong spot. The shock wave from
the Chelyabinsk meteor caused injuries, though mainly from broken glass. Plus, you never know where a comet's going to appear.
top New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible
top 2014 Geek Gift Guide
...if nothing at
the XKCD store appeals to you, that is...
one of these in a box. Label the box "Office chair". Stand back and watch the fun.
And for those less familiar with XKCD, print out a card with that comic to go with the box. It might still work.
about a month and a half ago
top The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
Lots of websites limit their width to, say, 1024 pixels. Other websites, like this one, extend across the entire page, but don't wrap text which makes them hard to read.
I wish more websites would allow their contents to wrap into two or more columns, like magazines do. Here, for instance, is
a user style to wrap Slashdot comments into two columns. about a month and a half ago
top Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'
The problem is that the SSN wasn't designed to be an identification number. Some cards even say "Not for identification."
top US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes
OK, then, don't block
everything from TOR nodes. Better to go phishing for criminals. They should allow logins to be attempted, but then block the login from occurring (regardless of whether the password was valid). They should then alert users to login attempts from TOR, and potentially freeze their access until their passwords can be reset.
top Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice
For a network with such "massive distributed computing power", that's some pathetic servers they've got there.
top Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory
Spintronics is a quantum thing - a way of specifying more information in each electron. As such, it's very difficult to work with.
This is more similar to carbon nanotubes. They're a new thing, which could be very useful, if only you could cheaply and efficiently manufacture them and put them in the proper places on a chip. However:
"One major benefit of the POMs we've created is that it's possible to fabricate them with devices which are already widely used in industry, so they can be adopted as new forms of flash memory without requiring production lines to be expensively overhauled," Lee Cronin, a chemist involved in the research, said in a University of Glasgow release.
So using these may be more realistic than carbon nanotubes!
top After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest
It took ten years to get the Rosetta mission to the comet. By then a RTG would be fairly depleted too.
top Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?
Mod parent up. I got a USB drive as a gift that claimed to be 256GB! I tested it, and I think it's actually a 4GB drive with a little over-provisioning.
top Philae Lands Successfully On Comet
I understand that a Greenpeace boat got in the way...
Or was it a piece of
a green ship?
top Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory
Or maybe some of the particles include
top Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter
If the force carriers for ordinary matter are called
Then would the force carriers for SIMPs be called...SIMPsons?
top What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company
No, to compete in price against anyone you only need assets. That can be money, or it can be tangible assets, such as rocket parts that remain in serviceable condition after a launch. Probably no one here will like it, but under current law, even "intellectual property" counts as an asset.
top What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company
I'm sure the solar panels from defunct rovers could provide at least a trickle charge.
And he can put a better charging station there later.
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