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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Longjmp Re:Get over it (332 comments)

You misspelled Missipissi...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

Longjmp sonsort (195 comments)

This is slashdot, ok, so I'm not surprised no one came up with sunsort
list sonsort( list ) {
static father me;
return me->son("sort!",list);
}

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

Longjmp Re:Is it bad? (143 comments)

Does it have a vibrator on the gear shift?

Yes, it's called "reverse".

about 9 months ago
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'Opportunity' Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Roving Mars

Longjmp Re:10 Year Anniversary (51 comments)

It is a widespread misconception that Inuit have dozens of names for snow. They don't have significantly more words than plain English.
However their language allows to combine words into a new noun, examples in English would probably work like this:

"snow on ground" -> "groundsnow"
"falling snow" -> "fallsnow"

about 9 months ago
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Space Junk or a Meteor? Fireball Lit Up Midwestern Skies

Longjmp Re:Fuck JavaScript. (87 comments)

I think someone here has it in his sig: "slashdot is unusable without NoScript"

about 10 months ago
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Wisconsin Begins Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads

Longjmp Re:Spiked tyres and featered tread and higher sili (139 comments)

Better tyres yes, spiked tyres depends.
They make sense in areas/countries with low population density and snow covered roads.
On mostly ice/snow free streets they wear down any pavement quite fast, resulting in street repair costs magnitudes higher than the initial savings during winter.
That and they are really shitty compared to normal tyres when you brake.

about 10 months ago
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E-Books That Read You

Longjmp Re:Feeling justified in eschewing e-books (120 comments)

Would you like to participate in an experiment? Good!
On the count of three, throw your e-reader at the wall. I'll throw a printed book at the wall. Does yours still work? Mine does! [...]

I'm deeply impressed how you managed to get your post as a written letter delivered to slashdot via snail-mail. and have them type it in for you ;)

about 10 months ago
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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

Longjmp Re:I have to laugh over the rolling vs howling... (219 comments)

* I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think that the pronunciation change is more noticeable in US media.

Well, the British are famous for some pronunciations too, especially when it comes to town names.
Just look at the nice little town of Littlelancfordupstratdoushire, pronounced "oi".

about a year ago
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Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

Longjmp Re:Hmmmm (397 comments)

Best "profit" reply ever!

about a year ago
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Stop Listening and Start Watching If You Want To Understand User Needs

Longjmp Not really new... (161 comments)

Don't program what they say, but what they mean.

about a year ago
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GOCE Satellite Is Falling To Earth But Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

Longjmp Re:Arrr! (122 comments)

She?

You see, in English language basically everything that can't run away and hide up on a tree on its own is considered female.
And this thing is even flying towards us, which qualifies double, especially for slashdotters.

about a year ago
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One In Five Sun-Like Stars May Have an Earth-Like Planet

Longjmp Re:Maybe won't make any difference (142 comments)

Nothing with mass can ever reach c.

Easy solution. Just prepare a spaceship with a catwalk, and use some of the already anorexic wannabe fashion models as astronauts, promising them they'll get themselves as cover on Vanity (or whatever).
By the time they are nearing C, their mass will be zero.
Problem solved.

about a year ago
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One In Five Sun-Like Stars May Have an Earth-Like Planet

Longjmp Re: Maybe won't make any difference (142 comments)

If you manage to carry propellant several times the mass of the sun with your spaceship, yes.
Good luck.

about a year ago
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Dolphins' Hunting Technique Inspires New Radar Device

Longjmp Re:Near Zero Information in the article (79 comments)

Since none of the articles explains technical details, I can only speculate about the dolphins (which is more interesting anyway).
If their second "click" is used as a reference signal, i.e., the signal itself, not its echo, it could be used not only to invert the first signal and filter out the noise, but also give information about the distance:
Depending on when the reflected echo comes in - delayed (and overlaid) - to the reference (second) signal it would also account for the distance of the target.

1 year,6 days
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Dolphins' Hunting Technique Inspires New Radar Device

Longjmp Re:Near Zero Information in the article (79 comments)

Meanwhile I've read all linked articles, and none of them describes how it actually works, which was GP's question.
Quoting an absolute meaningless part of TFA doesn't help either.

1 year,6 days
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Dolphins' Hunting Technique Inspires New Radar Device

Longjmp Re:Near Zero Information in the article (79 comments)

Well, the summary describes it:
The radar "sends out two pulses in quick succession to cancel out background noise", like dolphins which "send out two pulses in quick succession to cancel out background noise".

I also think that sending out two pulses in quick succession may cancel out background noise.

*eyes rolling at 300 rpm*

1 year,6 days
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A Peek At Apple's Planned $5B HQ

Longjmp The Ring... (257 comments)

I can't believe no one came up with this yet:

One ring to rule them all...

;-)

1 year,17 days
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Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies At 88

Longjmp Re:Run-on sentence summary (81 comments)

And as "everything used to be better in the past", that's nothing new, just browse some writings of Roman authors. But then, even nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Everything was better in the past, even the future!

1 year,19 days

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