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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Memnos Re:Slascode "asciifier" (533 comments)

I'm fairly sure that "asciifier" is an indecent term that should never be used on our wonderful series of these intarweb tubes. Don't you think of the children? Are you being an Insensitive Clod, or are you just smart? Oh, sorry, my bad, you're just smart. Shall we shake hands, or bump fists, or duel in the morning. (I have a prior engagement in the morning with a girl named AsQui, so I suggest the shanking hands thingy.)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Memnos Re:Bios code? (533 comments)

I would have to guess any error handling code I have ever written. It may not be the most oft-run code, but for me it sure seems like it is..

about 6 months ago
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Martha Stewart Out To Exterminate Patent Troll Lodsys

Memnos Re:Patents need to describe significant inventions (150 comments)

And all too many patent applications are crap for reasons of prior art or obviousness, but examiners at the USPTO don't have nearly the time to research all, or even most of them. BUT, if you hear of a patent application (or patent) that is just BS due to prior art, you can just go to the Ask Patents website (run by StackExchange and free) and ask if it's a valid one based on prior art or obviousness. Anyone can also provide answers to the questions asked, and the answers will be crowd-ranked according to correctness and reasoning. Bad patent apps will be forwarded to the USPTO and the examiners actually do listen.

about 10 months ago
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Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

Memnos Humans (291 comments)

Hello everybody, I play a HUMAN on TV...

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

Memnos Re:Google blackout (291 comments)

And advertisers are only equal to their advertisements. And do not try to school me about my confusion, because I WILL have confusion. But I also create software for a few (aka 3) of the largest companies in the world. So STFU, child.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

Memnos Re:Google blackout (291 comments)

If by big in a couple of niches and by narrow you mean very very deep, then OK. you do know what money is, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

Memnos Re:Donation Catchup Opportunity (291 comments)

And you are not well thought out, and thankfully not a political cause.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Earth Special?

Memnos Re:But... (745 comments)

Basically, the minimal things that life requires are,1) an energy differential into which it can pump "work" and create an environment where entropy can locally decrease, 2) mathematical combinations of participating elements (which may be amino acids, or shit that we don't have a clue about) that can exploit these energy potentials and 3) the likelihood that they will at some point reproduce themselves and eventually exhibit selection for better forms of what they reproduce. We should not presume to know all of the forms that that can take, because the math says that we don't know even a small part of it.

more than 2 years ago
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The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV

Memnos Re:Sports? (277 comments)

Good point. The stick and the hole. GOOOOALL!! (She'll say something similar I assume.) XX chromosomes are delightful, when used in delight, and they have brains too, sometimes.

more than 2 years ago
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The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV

Memnos Re:Sports? (277 comments)

But at least to some extent, sex IS a "stick and ball" game.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Memnos Re:He... (948 comments)

I beg to differ. The example that I meant to portray is that any man, any father, with any sense, does not beat his children. Most fathers have no desire to do so anyway, 'cuz your kids are the best thing you ever did. I meant that that child abuse is not acceptable within society, and it might be met with one's own severe punishment, despite one's arrogance and vitriol. And "within an inch of your life" does not mean that you are beaten to death. It does mean that you know not to beat your kids again.

more than 2 years ago
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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Memnos Re:He... (948 comments)

I am from the South. When someone crosses the line into plain cruelty like this, regardless of the folly of their kids, there is no statute of limitations, and there is no court of law. They get beaten to within an inch of their life by those who they thought were friends, and they never ever do it again.

more than 2 years ago
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Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

Memnos Re:Neutron Activation Analysis (210 comments)

Sorry, I meant to say he's detecting the neutrons produced by fission as they move faster than light does in the detector medium, not gamma rays.

more than 3 years ago
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Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

Memnos Re:Neutron Activation Analysis (210 comments)

He did use a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor to actively interrogate for special nuclear material, causing a subcritical fission reaction. This produces radiation of higher energies than are normally emitted by enriched u-235 (HEU) or weapons-grade plutonium (WGPu) or are significantly present in the background, but it is nothing new technologically. For detection, he is using another technique that is not new, but is perhaps novel in its application. He is using both a Thallium doped Sodium Iodide scintillation detector and a Cherenkov Water Detector doped with Gadolinium Chloride (in concert with photomultiplier tubes) to detect the Gamma radiation that is produced by any fission events that would be induced in HEU or WGPu (respectively) by active interrogation. This method has the benefit of high sensitivity AND high specifity. It is also more cost-effective than current passive methods, since it uses more commonly available materials (no He-3) and proven technologies. Currently the setup exceeds the amount of time allowed by DHS for a scan, but is useful to confirm or rule out initial tests. It is also being improved upon.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM To Build 3-Petaflop Supercomputer

Memnos Re:How should we measure supercomputers now? (73 comments)

Perhaps, just maybe, we could adopt a very fuzzy metric instead of precision without accuracy. Say for example, what important questions can they help us answer? As amorphous as that criterion will be, it will likely stimulate smart engineers to do whatever necessary to get tangible, valuable, benefits.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM To Build 3-Petaflop Supercomputer

Memnos Re:Why I love Moore's law (73 comments)

True, but right now there are many orders of magnitude more processing of information occurring in just a few hundred of the cells in most parts of your own body.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM To Build 3-Petaflop Supercomputer

Memnos Re:Why I love Moore's law (73 comments)

I have a cat. I routinely exceed ten petaflops daily, but it screws up her neural net processing big time.

more than 3 years ago
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Another Crumbling Reactor Springs a Tritium Leak

Memnos Re:WTF is up with the summary? (466 comments)

WTF is right. In general I agree as that far as the spin, loaded terms, and hyperbole, that the summary causes more danger from its bullshit emissions than the subject matter it "addresses"

As an addendum, which you might already be aware of:

One reason tritium is pricey on the world's markets is that it is especially useful in producing boosted fission weapons, which greatly exceed the efficiency of the chain reaction. In a fission weapon one key performance factor is doubling time (aka "alpha") which represents the time required for the number of fission reactions to increase by 2x. The shorter the doubling time in an exponentially based energetic reaction such as fission, the (much) more energy is produced -- in the A-bomb case it's crucial to have as many doublings as possible before explosive disassembly overcomes inertial confinement. Even the misnamed "H-Bombs" (2+ stage devices) produce most of their yield from fission processes, so similar principles apply.

But as you stated, tritium leakages are not a cause for concern, unless one has magic tiny tritium-gobbling nano-machines in the air that will collect the isotope and sell it to the highest bidder prior to decay or diffusion.

more than 4 years ago

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Quantum Cosmology

Memnos Memnos writes  |  more than 8 years ago Care to share stongly or weakly held opinions about the universe? What you say can not and will not be held against you, but please relate your opinions to some verifiable evidence or research. I am particularly interested in the effects of ("Darwinian") selection principles upon cosmological events, but would like to hear all viewpoints (Branes, etc.)

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