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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

Mark J Tilford Re:Play them in my browser (100 comments)

Surely dosbox has been ported.

about 8 months ago

Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

Mark J Tilford Re:Curious (160 comments)

The bible says that the sins will be visited on the descendants of the perpetrator.

This research says that there will be an effect on the descendants of the victim.

about a year ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

Mark J Tilford Re:So (373 comments)

1) Add a bunch of images with height and width 1, and have src on a suspicious server to your website.
2) Anybody who visits your site becomes a false positive.

about a year ago

Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

Mark J Tilford Re:Vegas huh? (296 comments)


more than 2 years ago

A Memory of Light To Be Released January 8, 2013

Mark J Tilford Re:Doorstops (228 comments)

TvTropes refers to this as the ChrisCarterEffect.

more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

Mark J Tilford Re:Also (865 comments)

There is: http://www.2d-glasses.com/

more than 3 years ago

German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

Mark J Tilford Re:Innocent until proven guilty? (349 comments)

That's in a criminal trial. Copyright can be civil or criminal, so it's "preponderance of evidence".

more than 3 years ago

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

Mark J Tilford Re:Got it wrong (594 comments)

C-style arrays have the property that (array + offset), provided offset is within the array, can be treated as a shorter array of the same type.
Giving a value within the string special semantics preserves that property; giving a position withing that string special semantics does not.

more than 3 years ago

Passcodes Prove Predictable

Mark J Tilford Re:Pick a number between 1 and 10 (167 comments)

Even with fewer than 10 people, there's a high chance of duplication. 5 people indpendently picking digits from 1 to 10 have a nearly 70% chance of duplication;

more than 3 years ago

No P = NP Proof After All

Mark J Tilford Re:Mistake in Summary (318 comments)

n! can be improved upon; TSP can be done in n^2 * 2^n space and (I think) n^3 * 2^n time, though that's obviously impractical for any large n.

more than 3 years ago

Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

Mark J Tilford Re:How do you hit the cockpit? (546 comments)

IIRC, anybody who's going to be pointing lasers into the air is supposed to file notice with the FAA; the FAA will notify any pilots who file a flight plan to avoid that area. A stage show will file the permits; small groups may fail to do so.

about 4 years ago

Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

Mark J Tilford Re:Great new way to annex your neighbor (285 comments)

I'm reminded of a story from the Crimean War:

A soldier wrote to his family "Go to _____ store in London, buy me some maps of the Crimea and send them out here. They have better maps than the army gives us."

more than 4 years ago

Bees Beat Machines At 'Traveling Salesman' Problem

Mark J Tilford Re:Heuristic (394 comments)

It's possible to do better than O(N!); there's a straightforward O(N*2^N) algorithm.

more than 4 years ago

Piezo Crystals Harness Sound To Generate Hydrogen

Mark J Tilford Re:This gas can't be transported... (187 comments)

IIRC, if you're using direct current, hydrogen and oxygen are produced at opposite ends of the wire. So separating them is automatic.

more than 4 years ago

Permanent Undersea Homes Soon; Temporary Ones Now

Mark J Tilford Re:Asimov? (122 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Internet-Caused Mistrials Are On the Rise

Mark J Tilford Re:Not all data is online (414 comments)

Odd. The usual example for judicial notice involves a defense attorney using a Farmer's Almanac to put the phase of moon into evidence, and discredit a witness.

more than 5 years ago

New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

Mark J Tilford Re:LOL (1235 comments)

Anybody who disables it and gets caught will go to jail.

about 6 years ago


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