top Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars
I for one welcome our new entropic overlords.
Thank you for your warm welcome. You will be rewarded with a slight decrease in delta-s.
about a year and a half ago
top Book Review: Think Like a Programmer
In my opinion, absolutely. He gets into programming later in the book as he describes how you give instructions to this 8-bit machine he has basically built in the book. Getting a basic understanding of memory, instructions, and the logical constructs used in computers, I think is critical to any programmer. Otherwise inheritance is just "oh I can use this stuff in my class magically" without understanding what is actually happening—which will make other concepts like pointers, multiple inheritance, and polymorphism very confusing.
top Book Review: Think Like a Programmer
Charles Petzold's book, Code, is one I recommend to anyone who asks me about getting into programming. Actually I recommend it to anyone interested in computers in general. He uses flashlights, relays, and the like to "build" logical gates, accumulators, memory, and so on. A great read that really lays out how computers work.
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. Also, Beggars in Spain.
top Curiosity Lands On Mars
"Message from Curiosity: Landed safely. Initiating primary directive - kill cats."
Now that's funny. +1 internets Sir! Nothing beats a good bit of geek humor in the morning. Congrats to NASA, indeed congrats to humanity. It was exciting to watch and hopefully some additional people will be inspired to help keep the pursuit of knowledge through exploration a priority.
top Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
The Birthgrave - Tanith Lee. Her first book.
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub - Stanislaw Lem.
top GameStop Offers $50 Certificate For Coupon Fiasco
I don't know, would you rather be a Hydro-Ceramic Technician or Dishwasher?
top Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve
Doesn't mean it's any more likely. Water is known to be quite abundant in the universe. While finding a whole shitload circling around a black hole is pretty cool, it would be more significant to find a shitload of water on a planet in the so called "Goldilocks Zone" around certain types of stars—for at least the type of life that we know of.
top 'Digital Universe' To Add 1.8 Zettabyte In 2011
Wow that's a lot of data. Can't wait to see more of the results published.
top Games: Sony Confirms PSPGo Gone; New Consoles Expected 2014
IIRC XBox 360 has 256MB of system RAM and 256MB of Video RAM. That's pretty low-end by today's standards.
top Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?
Who wants to order a 30.48 cm sub at Subway?
top Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'
"Nelson’s philosophy toward computing is widely reported on being that a user interface should be so simple that in an emergency, a beginner is able to understand it within ten seconds."
Sounds like he's looking for the return of Microsoft's Bob! Time for Melinda Gates to break out that project manager hat and return to her former glory!
top TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program
I get excited...and arrested.
top How To Destroy a Black Hole
I believe it is also quite dependent on the mass of the black hole which affects the Schwarzchild radius. In the case of a super-massive black hole, spaghettification would occur well after passing the event horizon. With smaller black holes the spaghettification would occur before hitting the event horizon.
top Why Some Supermassive Black Holes Have Big Jets
Wow, thank you everyone for the interesting and informative posts on this thread. Great to see some signal in the noise.
top Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline
In Soviet Russia, signal transmits you!
Or something like that.
top How Do You Handle Your Keys?
After they break into my car, how do they know where I live to actually utilise this bundle of keys?
Perhaps they then open your glove box and get the address from insurance, registration, and other documents usually kept in the vehicle?
top CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone
You all have it wrong, technically he apologised.
Absolutely hysterical. Well played. I can't believe this hasn't been modded up given the usual numbers of regional spelling and grammar threads.
top INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US
Political party X screwed us, vote Y!
Seems like we've only got two valid choices here. Which is the one we hate and the one we like again?
Ambrose Bierce sums it up nicely in my opinion:
"Conservative (noun) A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others."
Granted he isn't referring to our two parties, however it seems appropriate since the two parties tend to label themselves as either liberal or conservative.
top Building Complex Circuits With Carbon Nanotubes
From the FA:
"A recent IBM study showed that for a given total power consumption, a circuit made from carbon nanotubes is five times faster than a silicon circuit"
"The Stanford group is currently working to make ever more complex integrated circuits. "So far as complexity is concerned, there is fundamentally no barrier" on carbon nanotubes, says Mitra."
So at least in theory not only can the designs be updated as you mentioned, but they should be able to get pretty crazy with said designs.
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