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Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time

Matchstick Re:Can someone explain... (262 comments)

I have a device that gives you the winning lottery numbers ahead of time, but it has only a 10% chance of being correct. Is it useful?

about 2 years ago
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Hard Drive Makers Slash Warranties

Matchstick Tin Whiskers (445 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if this were a side effect of Europes (not-so) recent Restriction of Hazardous Substances laws, which mean manufacturers need to use unleaded solder, which leads to tin whiskers.

The whiskers grow slowly and cause no harm, until they do cause harm (maybe a couple years down the line) -- and when they do, it is often catastrophic.

more than 2 years ago
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Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

Matchstick Summary is incorrect (420 comments)

It should say "the native depopulation and consequent re-forestation" rather than "native depopulation and deforestation". In current models, it doesn't make sense that deforestation leads to cooling.

more than 2 years ago
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China Detects 10 Cases of Radiation Contamination, 2 In Hospital

Matchstick Bad title (150 comments)

The /. article title helps propagate the widespread popular confusion between radiation and radioactive materials. Radiation helps you detect contamination with radioactive materials, similar to how light helps you detect the sun. The editor should have stuck with either of the phrasings from the first link -- "10 cases of radiation" or "10 cases of radioactive contamination" -- rather than combine them.

more than 3 years ago
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Scammer Plants a Fake ATM At Defcon 17

Matchstick Re:Pedant Warning! (394 comments)

That was the best discussion post I've ever read on slashdot.

more than 5 years ago
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(Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?

Matchstick Re:I replaced it (412 comments)

Scott Adams logical fallacy #3, "I am the world". Thank you, anonymous slashdot moderator, for your "Troll" judgment.

more than 5 years ago
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(Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?

Matchstick Re:Better Lisp (412 comments)

(setq kill-emacs-query-functions '(kill-emacs-did-you-really-mean-that))

Using setq is antisocial. It blows away any other hooks that might have been set.

I use the moral equivalent of this:

(add-hook 'kill-emacs-query-functions (lambda () nil) 'append)

When I want to quit, I use M-C-: (kill-emacs)

more than 5 years ago

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Tim Schafer Project Smashes Kickstarter Records

Matchstick Matchstick writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Matchstick (94940) writes "Tim Schafer, the veteran designer of classic adventure games like Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, posted a $400,000 kickstarter project to fund a new adventure game and accompanying video documentary. In just over 8 hours the project reached its funding goal, smashing the previous Kickstarter record of $165,000 in 24 _hours_."
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