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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Smallpond Downtown to downtown (418 comments)

Washintgton to Boston

Metro 30 minutes
Wait in lines for baggage check & security 60 minutes
Flight 90 minutes
Baggage 30 minutes
Silver line 30 minutes
Total 4 hours

Tokyo to Kyoto
Total 2 hours 12 minutes

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Smallpond Re:Gerald Bull was an amateur. (337 comments)

What a nitpicker. A shock absorber was specified. Just add a 100m layer of marshmallow peeps and it should be fine.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Smallpond Re:What the goverment does should be public (461 comments)

Selling the driver's license information and cat registration information is considered a revenue opportunity for states.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Smallpond Re:In the uk (461 comments)

Under federal law it could be denied on grounds of national security with no other reason needed. There is no penalty on the federal level for needlessly classifying information.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Smallpond Re:How to Get the Red Tribe to Fight Global Warmin (282 comments)

... As a result, the country mobilized against the threat. Strong government action by the Bush administration outlawed the worst of these gases, and brilliant entrepreneurs were able to discover and manufacture new cleaner energy sources. As a result of these brave decisions, our emissions stabilized and are currently declining.

The chart you link to of CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2013 shows that they have risen 10% over that time. The only years in which they fell were during the economic recession. Since that was caused by Reagan/Bush deregulation policies is that what you are suggesting to combat climate change?

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Smallpond Re:Wait.. (716 comments)

So, if like a liberal leaning newspaper decided to release the addresses of a group of conservative people because of a conservative issue, that would be a serious legal matter instead of freedom of the press?

You mean like printing the addresses of abortion doctors or printing pictures of gun control advocates on targets? I guess that's freedom of the press because I haven't seen anyone jailed for it.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Smallpond Rejoice? (334 comments)

Maybe in California. We're a little less exuberant on the East coast.

about two weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Smallpond Re: Typical muslims (389 comments)

Sometimes a slip is just a slip.

about three weeks ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

Smallpond Re:Most uninteresting (158 comments)

You are correct that Lisp was not designed for humans. It was designed for mathematicians.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Smallpond Re:How about... (349 comments)

Sure, if they aren't symptomatic they aren't contagious, but how can one be sure in the period when someone is sort of starting to feel a little warm, not feverish, I'll be fine after a good night's sleep, no, I don't need to take a day off . . . . You know, the sort of person who can cripple a whole office with a cold or flu? Sure, it's easier to catch the flu, but a lot less likely to die horribly of it.
 

Incorrect. Even in an average year about 36,000 people die of flu, So far ebola has only killed about 5,000 in Africa and a negligable number everywhere else.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Wants You To Vote Tuesday

Smallpond Re:Lucky for Democrats (165 comments)

Since Facebook's users lean Democrat, more of them voting will mean a shift towards Democratic politicians. I bet the Republicans will be pissed.

This is a democracy. Everyone has a right and obligation to vote. I urge all Republicans to go out and vote on Wednesday.

about three weeks ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

Smallpond Re:Most uninteresting (158 comments)

That's a very good point. The reason for XLR (the language underlying Tao3D) was that we have to invent new languages all the time, not because we like to, but because existing languages are very bad at accepting something that is not already in their DNA. You could not get lambda functions in C++ until the language committee sat around a table, standardized it, and then all compiler vendors had to implement it. But if what you need is for example a notation for symbolic derivative, or a notation for slides, or a notation for a specific kind of for-loop, you are stuck. So progress in programming languages is very slow, because each language adds its own little features, but drops tons of other features that already exist in other languages.

The idea with XLR was to create a language where the fundamental process was extending the language. And Tao3D is an example of a relatively large scale domain-specific language (specifically around 3D and animations). Most of it is precisely in a library. But you wouldn't know from using it. It feels "native".

Common Lisp macros allow you to create complex language extensions which are not library functions. They perform as though they are built in. Before anyone writes a "new" language they should at least survey the already existing solutions.

about three weeks ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

Smallpond Re:Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

I believe that SSL keys are unique, too. It's math, not faith.

about a month ago
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High Speed Evolution

Smallpond Re:Farm (282 comments)

Good point. How long does it take to produce a new animal breed?

Domesticated silver foxes did not exist in 1959.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Smallpond O_DIRECT (387 comments)

I was looking to improve some I/O performance by using aligned buffers and O_DIRECT and ran across this tirade from Torvalds:

https://lkml.org/lkml/2002/5/1...

"The thing that has always disturbed me about O_DIRECT is that the whole
interface is just stupid, and was probably designed by a deranged monkey
on some serious mind-controlling substances"

about a month ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

Smallpond Re:The brightest people don't go into CS anymore, (144 comments)

Really? I've been on the wrong end of 4 patents. On the other hand, my sister is a pathologist. Her patients never sue.

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

Smallpond Re:Interest vs capability (144 comments)

Yes. What a surprise that a year of marketing hype hasn't had a major effect on people's choices for what to do for the rest of their lives.

about a month and a half ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Smallpond Re: The cure for obesity! (126 comments)

why not just have a glass of water, and mail a check to the coca cola bottling company separately?

That's called Dasani.

about a month and a half ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Smallpond Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

If you look at the college student he just posted about doing something, then the FBI convinced him to actually do it, then he was arrested. He was stupid, but its not clear he ever would have done anything without encouragement. He had no ties to terrorist groups, but the FBI can still show off how they "caught a terrorist" and you fell for it.

about 2 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Smallpond Re:Survival (488 comments)

The energy density of gasoline is 100 X better than current batteries, so why even bring this up? The interesting number is cost of energy storage, Pumped hydro is cheaper than flywheels or batteries (and has terrible energy density) but is the best current choice for storing lots of energy.

about 2 months ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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