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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Buying guns? (156 comments)

I was not aware cats were ever allowed to bear arms in the first place.

about 4 months ago

Protect Your Android Phone By Killing All Its Crapware

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:All the crapware? (201 comments)

Oh, no! Daleks are even worse!

about 10 months ago

Nobelist Gary Becker Calls For an End To Software Patents

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:As a sortware patent holder... (147 comments)

It would be more like if they could keep living there but could not stop other people from moving in. Well, if all the people living there could not see or interfere each other, that is.

about a year ago

Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Counter strike (365 comments)

There was an article on Google patenting something vaguely this a little while ago on here. Apparently some companies want it (at least for the employee compliance aspect). Also, as many people pointed out, the better your legal advise, the closer you can get to illegal without technically crossing the would help with "creative accounting" & the like.

about a year ago

Kingston Introduces 1TB Flash Drive

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Piracy enablers? (170 comments)

I have several computations running right now with around 1GB of state each. I save them periodically for comparison over time/to mitigate power loss/to be able to back up if something goes awry (there is some randomness involved). It is pretty easy to get a few tens of GB of "temporary" state involved in a project, & when I move back & forth between them, it is nice to be able to keep the half-finished things around. (These computations do happen to involve some media (images in this case), but that only accounts for ~100MB of the data which is shared between all instances, the rest being oodles of floats.) & since I have a magnetic disk, saving & reloading the state can take several seconds (especially if I do it in all 6 or so instances at the same time).

about a year and a half ago

The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Things to come... (110 comments)

I was not suggesting paying the church for everything. I was rather suggesting having contributions to the government be voluntary also. Of course, as has been pointed out, people tend to like their church but not their government, but one might also hope it would lead to the government having to be nice/unobtrusive/manifestly helpful enough to convince people to pay them. It says something that governments feel the need to threaten force to get enough funding.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:H! (589 comments)

Why would the byte order mark be at the end of the balloon instead of at the beginning?

about 2 years ago

The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Things to come... (110 comments)

On the one hand, churches do not force their members to tithe at gunpoint (at least, none in America of which I know). On the other hand, many seem to be doing just fine with their funding being completely from voluntary sources, even when some people make use of their resources without paying tithes. Makes you wonder whether the IRS is needed at all.

about 2 years ago

Estonia To Teach Programming In Schools From Age 6

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Age 6 is a little bit too early, methinks (307 comments)

I have programs I wrote when I was 7 (at the latest, that is just the last file modification time). Nobody taught me logic beforehand. You internalize logic by playing with it. My dad just gave me a programming book (Getting Started with COLOR BASIC, for the TRS-80), & a while later (a year, a few years, I do not remember) I was to the point where he could no longer help me (despite done some programming in college). I also feel that a significant portion of my worldview has been influenced by learning about programming & computer hardware from an early age.

Even if you do not understand a specific mechanical or electronic device (or even biological mechanism), understanding the general principles of automation helps tremendously both with fixing things when they are broken & not getting taken for a ride by snake-oil salespeople. I wonder what effect teaching most kids programming might have more generally in life, beyond just interacting with computers. It might even help teach kids how to learn new things, rather than just learning what they are explicitly taught (although granted, that might require some pretty good educators).

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:CRC (440 comments)

The relevant number when worrying about non-adversarial hash collisions is the square root of the number of outputs (assuming they are close enough to uniformly distributed), due to the birthday paradox. So in the case of CRC32, more than ~2^16 files makes a collision likely (well, 2^16 gives about 39%), & with 2^22, the probability is nearly indistinguishable from 1 (it being over 99.9% for only 2^18 files).

about 2 years ago

Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Food pill (317 comments)

I (apparently) never get hungry (for as far back as I can remember). I essentially just eat when it is time, & sometimes I accidentally eat too much or too little (or forget to eat at all). It would be great to have a pill/packet with the right amount of nutrition already measured out (plus some flavoring in just the right amount to make it taste good but not encourage overeating, & of course have different pills have different flavors) for most of the time so I could just take N a day (not necessarily 3, as the pill might have timed release, or else taking smaller doses more often might be better). & of course nothing stops one from still having the occasional traditional meal, e.g. when eating out with someone else.

about 2 years ago

Move Over, Quantum Cryptography: Classical Physics Can Be Unbreakable Too

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Unbreakable encryption is easy! (126 comments)

If you take the holographic principle into account, it will eventually fill up if it is of finite size. Or do you have a pocket universe?

more than 2 years ago

Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:A high schooler? (478 comments)

That way you could tell if someone copied it so you could sue them, of course.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Not just Apple (337 comments)

Well, there are projects to make touchscreens with raised buttons & such for better feedback. If it had good enough resolution (quite possibly not with current prototypes) you could even output braille, & then the same phone (not necessarily the same apps) could be used by sighted & blind people alike.

more than 2 years ago

20 Years of GSM and SMS

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:20 years later... (157 comments)

I have SMS disabled (due to the extra cost, since most people I contact use Facebook or E-mail anyway). Incoming texts appear to be dropped silently without notifying the sender.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Find Long-Sought Majorana Particle

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Did anyone else read "Marijuana Particle?" (128 comments)

I suspect the word "marijuana" has a much higher probability in most people's minds, even among Slashdot readers, than "Majorana." Most people simply have not thought about it enough to make conditioning on "particle" sufficient to change this. Although after this article it should change for many Slashdot readers.

more than 2 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded music ...

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Headphones, always headphones (334 comments)

Playing games on my DSi using just the 2 built-in speakers but with "surround" mode (something similar to binaural, I presume, given there are only 2 speakers) enabled occasionally leaves me looking around for some noise behind me. Either my auditory cortex is easier to fool than most, or their method works even without headphones (or both).

more than 2 years ago

With 8 Cards, Wolfenstein Ray Traced 7.7x Faster

Mr.Z of the LotFC Re:Nice scaling (97 comments)

I raytraced a simple scene once where I solved the rendering equation analytically (to see if it was practical), & the result was badly out of focus because I had neglected to include a lens (I did not expect it to be that realistic). Better raytracing does in fact produce non-perfectly-focused images, even with approximate solutions (although it is possible that said improvements to raytracing have different technical names than "raytracing").

more than 2 years ago


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