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Neanderthals "Had Sex" With Modern Man

adrianwn Re:humans (536 comments)

From the video's description:

They are on a journey to find the last remaining kakapo, a fat, flightless parrot which, when threatened with attack, adopts a strategy of standing very still indeed.

It seems like "standing still when threatened" isn't the only reason why there's only one of them left...

more than 4 years ago
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Gameboy Color Boot ROM Dumped After 10 Years

adrianwn Re:Methinks (124 comments)

Because he can.

more than 4 years ago
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Schneier on Un-authentication

adrianwn Re:I lock my computer when I walk away (336 comments)

Yeah, that'll teach the establishment a lesson, you little rebel!
Fuck the system, man!

Oh, and I nearly forgot: "Arise, chicken! Chicken, arise!"
(for the uninitiated: ATHF)

more than 4 years ago
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Ants Vs. Worms — Computer Security Mimics Nature

adrianwn Re:I can defeat the ants (104 comments)

Just be careful you don't leave a honeypot lying around anywhere your ants will find it.

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

adrianwn Re:Pick two (639 comments)

"Insightful"? Aw come on, people! I was aiming for "Funny"...

more than 4 years ago
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French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

adrianwn Re:What girls? (512 comments)

This is slashdot.. there are no girls

Uhm, yes, we all understood what he meant, thank you.

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

adrianwn Re:Pick two (639 comments)

(1) Large feature set (2) Compact/optimized (3) Fast to market Pick any two...

...and you'll get one. If you're lucky. And it won't be (3). And sometimes it won't be one of the two that you picked.

more than 4 years ago
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How the City Hurts Your Brain

adrianwn Re:I find it stimulating (439 comments)

The truth is that most people work in office buildings that are not that busy, and they only spend a tiny fraction of their day in a busy and distracting environment.

An office environment is not distracting? Have you ever heard of e-mail, youtube or slashdot?

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

adrianwn Re:You kid, but... (453 comments)

Note that many organisms survive very nicely with no brain at all.

Commence republicans/neocons jokes in 3... 2... 1...

more than 5 years ago
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If Programming Languages Were Religions

adrianwn Re:wow (844 comments)

You're easily offended. Too bad for you, the rest was rather funny.

more than 5 years ago
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Birth of the Moon: a Runaway Nuclear Reaction?

adrianwn Re:Wouldn't there be an empty space? (355 comments)

Dude, the European definition of billion is a thousand million, just like in the USA.

Huh? Where?! In German, French, Spanish and Italian, the word "billion" (resp. the words similiar to it) always means 10e12.

more than 5 years ago
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UK ISPs Are Censoring Wikipedia

adrianwn Re:That's OK. (668 comments)

"Because God created it, the human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve intact its splendor and its beauty." - Pope John Paul II.

Speak for yourself. I for one do not want to see the nude bodies of 80% of my fellow citizens (or 99.9% of all slashdotters).

more than 5 years ago
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A Quantum Linear Equation Solver

adrianwn Re:Seems bogus (171 comments)

They talk about dealing with sparse matrices but they would have to be O(log n) sparse to be useful for a single application of the algorithm. For example, a matrix with n=1000000 would have to have around 15 non-zero values and a trillion zero values.

Wrong. An upper bound in big O notation does not give any indication as to constant factors of the "real" bound (nor to other summands which are in o(log n)). In fact, your statement doesn't even make sense, because it is an asymptotical bound and hence can't be applied to a fixed size of the input size.

more than 5 years ago
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Ext4 Advances As Interim Step To Btrfs

adrianwn Re:Why not ZFS? (510 comments)

Obviously the common definition of "microkernel" does not apply to SAS (Single Address Space) systems. The difference between Singularity and Linux is that in Linux all the modules logically belong to the kernel, while they are logically separated in Singularity: in Linux all data structures can potentially be accessed by every module; this is not the case in Singularity. Hence you can call Singularity a microkernel system, even though everything runs in the same address space.

more than 5 years ago
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Ext4 Advances As Interim Step To Btrfs

adrianwn Re:Why not ZFS? (510 comments)

A microkernel loads modules into the kernel space.

No, that's the opposite of a microkernel. A microkernel loads its modules (then often called "servers") into user space. If the kernel and its drivers etc. run in the same address space (as is the case with, e.g., Linux), then we're talking about a monolithic kernel, even if it can dynamically load modules.

more than 5 years ago
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EMP-Shielded Power Grids Under Development

adrianwn Re:Exactly (111 comments)

A one-megaton nuclear bomb detonated 250 miles over Kansas could cripple many modern electronic devices and systems in the continental US and take out the power grid for a long time.

I don't mean to troll, but you don't need a nuclear bomb to take out the power grid [1,3]. Instead, the money should be invested in renewing the outdated grid in the USA [2,3].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_North_America_blackout

[2] http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/26/business/grid.php

[3] http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/239-5-years-after-blackout-power-grid-still-in-dire-straits.html

more than 5 years ago
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New Speed Record For Magnetic Memory

adrianwn Re:Oh, FFS. (26 comments)

Actually, it's more like a replacement for the "DRAM"-part in "(DDR-)SDRAM": "DRAM" describes the underlying memory technology, while "synchronous" describes the interface method (the results are returned on the edges of the clock signal). So the product will probably be called "SMRAM" or "DDR-SMRAM".

more than 5 years ago

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