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Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

LordofEntropy Re:Obligatory something-or-other? (228 comments)

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 2 years ago

Book Review: Think Like a Programmer

LordofEntropy Re:I always recommend "Code" (98 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Book Review: Think Like a Programmer

LordofEntropy I always recommend "Code" (98 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

LordofEntropy Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect (1365 comments)

Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. Also, Beggars in Spain.

more than 2 years ago

Curiosity Lands On Mars

LordofEntropy Re:Primary directive (411 comments)

"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.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

LordofEntropy A couple forgotten books I always suggest (1244 comments)

The Birthgrave - Tanith Lee. Her first book.
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub - Stanislaw Lem.

more than 2 years ago

GameStop Offers $50 Certificate For Coupon Fiasco

LordofEntropy Re:Corporate naming b.s. (147 comments)

I don't know, would you rather be a Hydro-Ceramic Technician or Dishwasher?

about 3 years ago

Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve

LordofEntropy Re:Maybe means finding life now more likely? (183 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

'Digital Universe' To Add 1.8 Zettabyte In 2011

LordofEntropy 1.8 Petabyte per second... (60 comments)

Wow that's a lot of data. Can't wait to see more of the results published.

more than 3 years ago

Games: Sony Confirms PSPGo Gone; New Consoles Expected 2014

LordofEntropy Re:And here I was, (116 comments)

IIRC XBox 360 has 256MB of system RAM and 256MB of Video RAM. That's pretty low-end by today's standards.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

LordofEntropy Subway (2288 comments)

Who wants to order a 30.48 cm sub at Subway?

more than 3 years ago

Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'

LordofEntropy Re:Nuggets and Fluff (357 comments)

"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!

more than 3 years ago

How To Destroy a Black Hole

LordofEntropy Re:Picking nits (364 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Why Some Supermassive Black Holes Have Big Jets

LordofEntropy Re:Here's a silly question (111 comments)

Wow, thank you everyone for the interesting and informative posts on this thread. Great to see some signal in the noise.

more than 4 years ago

Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline

LordofEntropy Obligatory (336 comments)

In Soviet Russia, signal transmits you!

Or something like that.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

LordofEntropy Re:One suggestion (763 comments)

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?

more than 4 years ago

CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone

LordofEntropy Re:What's with the nationalism (316 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

LordofEntropy Re:About time to arm ourselves (450 comments)

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:
(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.

more than 4 years ago

Building Complex Circuits With Carbon Nanotubes

LordofEntropy Re:So this means 3-D processors, right? (42 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago



Arizona attempts to make trolling illegal.

LordofEntropy LordofEntropy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordofEntropy writes "Though unlikely to pass any First Amendment test. Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer has a bill on her desk that would in essence make "trolling" illegal. The law states "It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.""
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Blu-ray capacity increase via firmware

LordofEntropy LordofEntropy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LordofEntropy (250334) writes " reports that Sony and Panasonic have announced a new optical disc evaluation technology that increases capacity from 25GB to 33.4GB. The tech uses existing Blu-ray diodes and is accomplished via firmware upgrade. The article says that it is not know if and when the upgrade will be adopted into the Blu-ray spec. However, given that Sony and Panasonic are behind it "it will likely happen later this year.""
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