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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

Taikutusu Re:Can it wait? (142 comments)

You sure? We could talk a bit about reach and flexibility...

more than 4 years ago
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A delicious steak should be ...

Taikutusu It depends on the meat... (763 comments)

It depends on the cut and what kind of meat it is. I usually eat my steaks rare, but I wouldn't ask for a Waygu under medium rare - it needs to be cooked that much so that the fat gets cooked through the meat. If you cook it any less, you'll end up chewing on great lumps of fat, which isn't particularly tasty.

more than 4 years ago
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Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming?

Taikutusu Re:Once a PC fan, now a Console fan (518 comments)

I hate this absolute garbage about "I need to upgrade my Graphics card every year to be able to play newer games!"

Utter, utter bullshit. How long have graphics cards like the 4870 been out for? Find me a game that doesn't run just fine on that (minus pathalogical examples like Crysis that run like crap on pretty much whatever hardware you throw at it).

If you make decent buying decisions, you should be able to stretch your video card for at least 2 1/2 to 3 years.

That, and trying to play an FPS with a controller is about as much fun as trying to pull out your teeth with a set of plyers.

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

Taikutusu Re:Corn Lobby Response submitted... (542 comments)

"You know the commercial they'd like to do if they could, and I guarentee if they could they'd do this right here. Here's the woman's face: beautiful. Camera pulls back, naked breast. Camera pulls back, she's totally naked, legs apart, 2 fingers right here, and it just says "Drink Coke"".

more than 4 years ago
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Use Open Source? Then You're a Pirate!

Taikutusu Re:Seriously flawed logic (650 comments)

Ending is better than mending, ending is better than mending, ending is better than mending...

more than 4 years ago
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75% of Linux Code Now Written By Paid Developers

Taikutusu Re:Lottery? (368 comments)

The thing is, if you're a coder, you're also probably good at math. You can thus calculate the odds of winning said lottery, and promptly decide "I'm not going to waste my money on that".

People who play the lottery would be a pretty biased sample of the population I'd imagine.

more than 4 years ago
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TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification

Taikutusu So how long until we get... (262 comments)

...George Carlin's all suicide channel on cable TV?

more than 4 years ago
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Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

Taikutusu Such garbage... (538 comments)

http://xkcd.com/384/

Congratulations, you can google some numbers and stick them into a formula. You're brilliant, and it's oh so funny to come up with bullshit statistics like "only 100 times more likely than finding intelligent life in the universe".

more than 4 years ago
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IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee

Taikutusu Re:the school district model (620 comments)

I have always thought of programming as the art of converting caffeine into an executable. Coffee is part of the cost of doing business.

Mathematicians had the monopoly on this first, since they are devices for turning coffee into theorems.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Take On iTunes?

Taikutusu Re:Its a Fractal (277 comments)

iPods and the like are not the best, and you're kidding yourself if you think they're anywhere close. They basically pulled off a Microsoft of their own - in the right place at the right time. They got a critical mass of brand name recognition and rode that to where they are today.

Terrible stock speakers, comparitively crappy audio decoding hardware, and tying them to annoying and crappy programs (iTunes) is just the start. "Popular" does not imply "Superior".

more than 4 years ago
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The Real-World State of Windows Use

Taikutusu In other news.... (374 comments)

The sky is blue, the grass is green, and rabbits are procreating at a fast rate.

about 5 years ago
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The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

Taikutusu But then... (705 comments)

If they teach everyone to touch type, there won't be any reason to own a keyboard with no markings on the keys.

You're removing both my entertainment when anyone wants to use such a keyboard, and the knowledge that my porn collection is slightly safer!

about 5 years ago
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Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

Taikutusu Re:bug (711 comments)

Yeah, but the alternative Mebi and Gibi sounds like something out yaoi. So I'd rather stick with 1 Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes.

That's the only qualm I have as well. I want to use correct language, it's just that if I ever used the term "Mebibyte", I'm afraid everyone would think I either had a terrible lisp or I was just generally a bit slow. It sounds ridiculous.

We need some better names here.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

Taikutusu Re:I hate our system and I use metric on my own. (711 comments)

You're missing the point of the metric system. The entire idea is that I don't -have- to remember that there are 12 inches in a foot, that there are 14 pounds in a stone, that there are 4 quarts in a gallon, and all other such examples. Essentially any measurement that is not to do with time or computers will have a common divisor of 10.

It's less strain on your memory and easier to calculate. Yes, the mathematician in me realises that from an abstract point of view, the two systems are isomorphic. That doesn't mean that I want to go around using units with more complicated ratios where I don't have to.

As any good engineer will tell you, don't make a system any more complex than it needs to be.

more than 5 years ago
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Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

Taikutusu Re:Browse safely (673 comments)

Ah, the beauty of having your own computer that no-one else will use.

Of course, I'd say the number one porn protector is to install some variant of Linux on there. That way, the only people who will be able to navigate around it will also be able to use Linux, so you know you already have the firepower of "well you look at it too" in your back pocket.

more than 5 years ago
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Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

Taikutusu Re:No pattern = a very good thing (432 comments)

To the post correcting me on composite, thanks. Stupid mistake.

Perhaps it's the extreme tiredness, but I still see nothing in elliptic curve cryptography which makes use of the fact that pi must not contains any patterns in its decimal digits. Unless you were talking about the stupid mistake re prime/composite that someone kindly corrected for me.

more than 5 years ago
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Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

Taikutusu Re:No pattern = a very good thing (432 comments)

Cryptography has nothing to do with a prime "not being a prime". It's to do with quick factorization of primes.

Besides, I don't see why pi having any sort of repeating pattern would disrupt any theorems. I honestly can't think of any theorem that requires such a thing. Irrational and transcendental yes, but no repeating decimal pattern?

Maybe you can enlighten me to such a theorem.

more than 5 years ago

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