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Tracking Whole Colonies Shows Ants Make Career Moves

Sduic Re:I'll bet the ant employers don't whine. . . (47 comments)

Unfortunately, ant colonies are rife with nepotism. Also, instead of centralising their information, they appear to work entirely upon hearsay and rumour. Basically, if you do find yourself a position in an ant colony, don't expect to enjoy it.

about a year and a half ago
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Former Sega Employee Reveals Sega Pluto Prototype Console

Sduic Re:How long before Sega asks for it back? (79 comments)

The console is called the Sega Pluto, and apparently only two prototype units were ever made. The one you see in the gallery above is owned by a former Sega of America employee who somehow ended up with it on his desk at Sega. When he got laid off the Pluto was placed in a box and taken home.

"You wasted how much on this boondoggle? I want you AND your pet project OUT OF HERE!"

about a year and a half ago
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A New C Standard Is On the Way

Sduic Re:C11???? (305 comments)

The worst part was the C4 standard was prepared with SemTeX.

more than 2 years ago
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Navy To Auction Stealth Ship

Sduic Re:Such a waste (124 comments)

...it even comes with the dock.

For Sale: S.S. Borealis

Part of failed experiment; we guarantee it will be hard to find.

P.S. Buyer is required to return vessel to US territory for...disposal.

more than 2 years ago
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First Full Observable-Universe Simulation

Sduic Re:I hope it isn't labeled (95 comments)

It's all right, they used éclair instead of fairy cake.

more than 2 years ago
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First Full Observable-Universe Simulation

Sduic Re:Has someone asked it... (95 comments)

I hear that Maxwell's got someone on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Programmers Ruining the Design of eBooks?

Sduic Re:It's not just ebooks (470 comments)

Plauger's spectrum: the range of feature necessity with regard to the C++11 specification.

more than 2 years ago
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Undersea Neutrino Observatory To Be Second-Largest Human Structure

Sduic Space (120 comments)

On the scale of human constructions, it will be second only to the Great Wall of China.

...and the largest one not visible from space...except if you're a neutrino, presumably.

more than 2 years ago
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The IOCCC Competition Is Back

Sduic Re:The Internet is based on C (201 comments)

Without C code there would literally be no Internet.

Because obviously only C is Turing-complete.

Before I stir up any vitriol, I'm just kidding. I think C is under appreciated precisely because is provides only a thin abstraction that (hopefully) maps well to the target architecture, but otherwise stays out of the way. That is to say, when all you have is a hammer, you can easily shoot yourself in the foot.

more than 2 years ago
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Canary Islands Eruption Could Create New Land

Sduic More information (93 comments)

Data Update 13/11 – 12:20 UTC : - Joke reports ups and downs. NO jacuzzi, but a brownish stain coming up now and then. NO magmatic material (at least not visible) in the stain area. - The stain coloring cannot be seen on the webcam. Joke stands 150 meter above the sea level and has a better view over the sea.

Data Update 13/11 – 12:15 UTC : Webcam live again (eruption camera not stable – wind instability or technicians working on it)

Data Update 13/11 – 10:38 UTC : - Joke has arrived at the Naos viewpoint and reports that a new stain is forming approx. or on the location of the former jacuzzi. The new stain is brownish at the inside , green at the ourskirts and a layer of foam at the edge. - she also says that people currently in La Restinga are reporting a strong gas smell

Data Update 13/11 – 10:27 UTC : - 10 (volcanic) earthquakes since midnight. The strongest one being a 2.7 magnitude earthquake. - The depth varying from 18 to 23 km (only -10 km depth would be a very important new event) - GPS deformation (the change of the surface because of the pressure of the magma) is relatively unchanged, which is one of the indications (in combination with harmonic tremor) that the eruption i probably still going on.

Source

Incidentally, what are the chances they'll just end up with an atoll? Would this land rush be damp squib?

more than 2 years ago
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Build the 2006 Prototype $25 PC

Sduic Re:Death of the desktop means cheaper desktops! (120 comments)

[N]ow that the popularity of desktops is waning

I'm genuinely curious, is there significant evidence of this (i.e. that I might look over), or is this somewhat like with the ever-prolonged death of PC gaming I keep hearing about?

more than 2 years ago
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3D Printers To Save Hermit Crabs

Sduic Abandoned Shells? (107 comments)

man-made shell shortage (they inhabit abandoned shells)

Well, that explains where my Thompson shell went...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Tell High-Schoolers About Computer Science?

Sduic Re:KISS (315 comments)

I'm aware of the distinction. You might note that I listed both, but did not conflate them as you suggest. As an aside, a general knowledge of Material Science is of little use if your Metallurgy knowledge is limited, or non-existent.

My advice was meant to imply that practical skills should be backed up by relevant theoretical knowledge, as the complement is stronger than either alone.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Tell High-Schoolers About Computer Science?

Sduic KISS (315 comments)

Decide what you want them to take away from the session:

  • What is Computer Science?
  • Why might someone want to pursue Computer Science?
  • What is a typical career in IT-related fields like?
  • What are your motivations and experiences?

You could also describe a (typical?) high-level problem and work through the basic steps you would use to solve it.
Keep it brief, as initial interest in the area is not a given.

more than 2 years ago
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

Sduic Re:Lots of interesting angles (269 comments)

"Isn't is Socratic?"

That was an Alanis Morissette song wasn't it?

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla Model S: 0-60 In 4.5 Seconds

Sduic Re:320 miles (426 comments)

A cattle catcher?

more than 2 years ago
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Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins

Sduic Indeed (226 comments)

"Essential open source Windows admin tool No. 15: VirtualBox" -- TFA

about 3 years ago
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Israel To Join CERN As First Non-European Member

Sduic Re:politics a vital part of the mission? (351 comments)

Engineering is to Science, as Science is to Art.

In other words, it's a matter of how conclusively argued wrong your perspective is.

...and yes, I'm being facetious.

about 3 years ago
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Security Researchers Crack APCO P25 Encryption

Sduic Re:Catastrophic incompetence (37 comments)

Based on the article, it seems the system is often restricted to a small common subset of security/authentication due to needing to maintain interoperability with legacy elements (e.g. DES-OFB encryption must be available where used, but others are optional).

In other words, they (may not be able to) keep a secret because the other stuff doesn't understand HOW to.

As to how effective their security would be otherwise, I couldn't say, although apparently authentication is a major problem that would need attention.

about 3 years ago

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