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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

aiht Re:Could anyone look at my lang-edu startup? (75 comments)

... What are languages YOU want to learn?

Japanese, actually.
Don't read too much into that, though: I'm a self -selected sample.
Thanks for the work you've put in. I'll have a look at Nihongo Master.

about 3 months ago
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Italian Researchers Demonstrate 'Powerloader' Suit

aiht Re:Add lead shields, go to Fukushima (57 comments)

If the onboard electronic is rugged for arsh environments, adding some lead plates may be an idea to approach some areas in Fukushima plant.

Lead is good for shielding because it's dense, right? So maybe it would be better to use something even denser - uranium.

about 6 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

aiht Re:Could it be (255 comments)

I have never seen a Blu-Ray disk, and I am not too sure anyone I know has. You must live in the USA (not a device for connecting hardware).

The correct capitalization is Blu-ray. Also, are we going to argue the difference between disk and disc? Most (US) dictionaries list them as being the same. A disk can be defined as any thin, flat, circular plate or object or (when talking computers) any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage (magnetic disk, floppy disk, optical disk) (taken from dictionary.com). Admittedly, the BDA does use disc to refer to the media.

In general usage, disk and disc are synonymous (with k being preferred in US English, c in British).
Standard practice in computing, though, is for optical discs - Blu-ray, all the way back to Laserdisc - to use a c, while magnetic disks are k. It's to do with hard disks being pioneered in the US and optical discs being pioneered in Europe.

about 7 months ago
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Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

aiht Re:why? Well here's a bash interpretation (148 comments)

not only are there no people on this site able to "understand the topic", but neither are the folks on any other site. In my opinion, physicists are trying to count to zero, in the most intelligent way possible.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that you are actually aware that the doodad you used to post this comment does not work by magic, even though you seem to be implying that physics is pointless.

about 8 months ago
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Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

aiht Re:Why a Cheshire Cat? (148 comments)

“The neutrons behave as if particle and magnetic property are spatially separated while travelling through the interferometer,”

Is it just me, or does anyone else find that completely freaky? Ok, I kinda get how quantum effects don't really occur in a "location", but at a superimposed potential of different locations....but having different properties measured at different locations just freaks me out...

I didn't find it freaky, but I did respond oddly; I burst into a delighted giggle. I'm still grinning like an idiot, and not because of the Cheshire Cat reference.
This news makes me very happy.

about 8 months ago
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Google Ports Capsicum To Linux, and Other End-of-Year Capsicum News

aiht Re:What problem does capsicum fix? (71 comments)

Improved security models like SE Linux or now capsicum are intellectually interesting, but do they solve a real problem?

After all there are really few working exploits in the wild against up to date Linux systems, and a non up- to date system will be hacked anyway, with or without fancy security models.

Isn't the whole point of dropping privileges (whether using something fancy like Capsicum, or simply switching to a non-root user after initialisation) to mitigate what happens after a process gets successfully attacked?
Whether a zero-day vuln or an old vuln that hasn't been patched, if the attacker can't do anything important once they get in, doesn't that help?

about 8 months ago
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FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

aiht Re:You can pry my antibacterial soap (160 comments)

from my warm, well-sanitized hands.

You're happy for someone to take it away from you while you're still alive? Meaning, you won't put up a fight? Okay, no problem then.

about 9 months ago
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FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

aiht Re:Logic (160 comments)

That's not what the study says. It says that the bacteria in these strains that are born resistant to triclosan are also resistant to certain antibiotics. This "sub-lethal" dose, as you described it, killed 999,999 out of 1,000,000 bacteria in those strains. It just so happened that the specific amino acid expression that allowed those mutants to survive not only made them able to survive the triclosan exposure, but also exposure to certain, named clinical antibiotics. What you're describing was just an implication of the study.

So by killing all the ones that are susceptible to triclosan, you leave a breeding pool of only those few individuals that happen to be antibiotic-resistant as well. How is that "just an implication of the study" and not "the exact outcome you really want to avoid" (a.k.a. "becom[ing] resistant to [some antibiotic] by being exposed [to] Triclosan")?

about 9 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

aiht Re:Australia has always been a social engineering (78 comments)

-the Orwellian 'department of statistics' has (and uses) the legal power to forcibly 'interview' any citizen, asking them the most intrusive and sickening questions about their sex lives and other personal issues.

Sorry, but what are you even talking about?
I can't find anything online called the Department of Statistics (except for in various universities, of course). Do you mean the Australian Bureau of Statistics?
They're the ones who send out a census form to be filled in and mailed back. I have never heard any suggestion that they send representatives to question people directly, let alone "physical inspection" or wielding the threat of jail time.
Do you have a source for this?
Am I just feeding a troll, here?

about 10 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

aiht Re:Feel sorry for this Canadian women (78 comments)

And also angry at the Departments in the Australian Public service that has been caught spying.

And also angry at the Departments in the Australian Public service that are spying but have not been caught.

about 10 months ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

aiht Re:This benchmark is pointless (196 comments)

I am a scholar and study parallel computing.

aka I'm a second year computer science student.

No, give the guy a break... English is not his first language. You can tell from the "what your compiler is doing in your back", instead of "behind your back", that sort of thing. From timezone, European seems most likely... from the sentence structure... French?

Indeed, godrik's English is quite fluent. It's just those few subtle points that give away that they're probably not a native speaker.
And well picked, AC: godrik has mentioned living in France in the past, so may very well be a French speaker.

Of course, we could just ask... but where's the fun in that?

about a year ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

aiht Re:Speed is irrelevant (196 comments)

You are an idiot.

NO U

No, _I_ am Idiotus!

about a year ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

aiht Re:other compilers (196 comments)

I thought that was something people used back when MS-DOS was a popular OS was not even aware the product still existed.

I am talking about Watcom C++ of course.

It was open sourced some time ago. Now it supports Linux (to some extent) and some other CPU architectures.
It can still make DOS/4GW exes, though. Ahh, nostalgia.

about a year ago
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Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

aiht Re:anything can be broken, so nothing is useful (465 comments)

You do realize that "eyewitness accounts" are considered one of the least reliable forms of evidence, right?

I know they are one of the least reliable forms of evidence, but if you're going to talk about how they are considered then you need to specify who is doing the considering. I don't know about the courts of any particular country, but laypeople often seem to consider eyewitness accounts as infallible.

about a year ago
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How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security

aiht Re:Null pointer detection at compile time (470 comments)

allowed to dereference it without first checking it for NULL?

dereferencing a NULL pointer is always undefined behavior

Dereferencing without checking for NULL is not the same as dereferencing NULL.
Just because the compiler may not be able to prove that you never call that function with a NULL pointer, that does not mean you can't prove it yourself. If that is the case, why check again?

about a year ago
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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

aiht Re:He gave away his login.... (262 comments)

"crows" = "crowd". Good grief... :/

Crows are also very detail oriented. I get them to help me with my tax returns.

about a year ago
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New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

aiht Re:Tsinghua University (102 comments)

Thanks, Guppy. That is a fascinating story. The world's quite an interesting place, if you only take the time to look.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

aiht Re:This is straight from Microsoft's playbook (510 comments)

What are you basing this prediction on?

Android.

Yeah, I remember that time that Valve embraced, extended and extinguished Android.
Oh wait...

about a year ago
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Prankster Calls NSA To Restore Deleted E-mail

aiht Re:No service. (221 comments)

Being a ward of the Bureau of Prisons is not the same as working for the fed.

Yeah, that's more like being a contractor than an employee.

1 year,18 days

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