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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Ken_g6 Now imagine the room gets hacked... (228 comments)

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.

3 days ago

Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Ken_g6 Re:low requirements (642 comments)

You don't even need a text editor if you use a site such as CodePen.

about a week ago

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Ken_g6 To Framework, or not to Framework (245 comments)

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?

about two weeks ago

Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

Ken_g6 FTL communications? (109 comments)

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.

But 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.

about three weeks ago

The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

Ken_g6 Re:Bogus algorithm (68 comments)

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.

about a month ago

Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

Ken_g6 Re:Does this mean (78 comments)

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.

about a month ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Ken_g6 I wish more websites were designed for wide screen (567 comments)

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

Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

Ken_g6 Re:Itr should not be an issue (184 comments)

The problem is that the SSN wasn't designed to be an identification number. Some cards even say "Not for identification." Example

about 1 month ago

US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

Ken_g6 Re:Blocking Tor solves nothing (84 comments)

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.

about 1 month ago

Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Ken_g6 Slashdotted already?! (51 comments)

For a network with such "massive distributed computing power", that's some pathetic servers they've got there.

about a month ago

Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

Ken_g6 Re:Will this go the same way as the spintronics? (36 comments)

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!

about 2 months ago

After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

Ken_g6 Re:RTG (88 comments)

It took ten years to get the Rosetta mission to the comet. By then a RTG would be fairly depleted too.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Ken_g6 Re:Make you sure you can read and write every bit (178 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Ken_g6 Re:Hold on (188 comments)

I understand that a Greenpeace boat got in the way...

Or was it a piece of a green ship?

about 2 months ago

Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

Ken_g6 Re:Strange? (138 comments)

Or maybe some of the particles include strange quarks?

about 3 months ago

Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Ken_g6 Would their force carriers be called... (103 comments)

If the force carriers for ordinary matter are called bosons...

Then would the force carriers for SIMPs be called...SIMPsons?

about 3 months ago

What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Ken_g6 Re:To compete in price (96 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Ken_g6 Re:He'll Never.. (96 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago


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