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Google's Next Challenge, Spam Results

ajrs Re:Broken? (238 comments)

Duck Duck Go

? Duck Duck Go is a game featuring rubber duckies, not a search engine.

about 4 years ago

Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

ajrs Re:Good (532 comments)

Avatar: The last air bender, a three season cartoon story produced in the United States, is quite good. Not to be confused with the big blue Avatar, or the live action movie that condensed the story from the first season.

more than 4 years ago

The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

ajrs Re:Subjective (603 comments)

By 'they' I mean a distro, like Ubuntu for instance. If 10gui eventually comes up with their own window manager (I'm not sure how they plan to distribute or implement their desktop idea.) Ubuntu could let you choose between it and a more standard one like Gnome the same way you can decide between gnome or kde.

Also though, the 10gui concept does change the interface pretty dramatically, the concept would work for any program out there out of the box. In fact, if you use one of wacom's bamboo devices which are already available you'd have the benefit of pen input for fine grain control in artsy applications.

hey, its Linux. They is you! Take a chance, make a new distro.

more than 4 years ago

Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights

ajrs Re:Now... (348 comments)

Make it occur naturally.

Or rather - aren't there some kinds of mushrooms and other flora that glow in the dark? Why not just splice that plant with a tree. I know, I use the term splice like its an easy task.

actually, splicing is fairly easy with trees- or did you mean genetic splicing?

more than 4 years ago

The Hobbit To Be Filmed In New Zealand After All

ajrs Re:There.... (123 comments)

there... the movie!
back again... the sequel!

more than 4 years ago

Google To Shut Down 411 Service

ajrs Re:what? (156 comments)

Never even heard of it. I wonder how many dozens of obscure Google services there are out there

If only there were some automated tool to find them all. A search engine, if you will....

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Using Lasers To Cool Molecules

ajrs Re:Laser cooling? (169 comments)

didn't grok the summary?
article too long, didn't read?
There has got to be a better way!

Thanks, ClickOnThis!

I know, actually a useful contribution... but I couldn't resist.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Entry Turned Into Actual Encyclopedia

ajrs Re:Ah yes (96 comments)

Truth of it is, if you didn't witness it first hand, you'll never know what actually happened. Everyone revises history, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. The best we can do is ask around and use the majority of agreeing sources as "fact". This is why it's important to be a part of things, as opposed to reading them (says the guy in his mom's basement).

Even if you do witness something first hand, your own biases and limited perception can change the 'facts'.

more than 4 years ago

Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus

ajrs Re:Oh, nevermind. (125 comments)

Neither "controlled" the host, it is blind evolutionary luck.

There's no such thing as non-"blind lucky" evolution.

Or, from the opposite PoV, there's no luck in large numbers.

With a large enough number of ants, spores and years, you're bound to get a fungus that makes the ant write Hamlet.

crap. I just squash that ant last week when he crawled onto my keyboard. How was I to know he was trying to write hamlet?

more than 4 years ago

Four Men Go Bar-Hopping For 26 Years

ajrs What a difference a year makes! (1 comments)

25 years of passing out drunk in graveyards and not being able to remember things is a drinking problem.

26 years of passing out drunk in graveyards and not being able to remember things is a record!

more than 4 years ago

Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

ajrs Re:That's how the market is supposed to work. (762 comments)

that is how the market worked. For some period of time you could sell a used Prius for about what you paid for it.

1. buy a prius
2. dive it around for a year
3. buy another one
4. sell the old one
5. get a tax credit
6. profit!

no ????. The size of the 'profit!' depended on the value of the tax credit, the cost to buy and sell a car (taxes, fees), and one year of depreciation after supply rose to meet demand.

more than 4 years ago

Child Porn As a Weapon

ajrs Re:We take great pains (774 comments)

I think the only real defense is not to p!ss people off enough to go to these lengths.

Then there is no defense; some people are just crazy.

more than 4 years ago

If Games Had Super Easy Mode

ajrs How can this be? (12 comments)

Wikipedia has a picture of your mom with the definition of 'Super Easy'...

well, somebody had to say it.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Sleep Proxy Lowers PC Energy Use

ajrs Re:MS invented here JUST LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO (163 comments)

I'd demo'ed multi-threading systems to a bunch of Windows developers years ago and they were unimpressed.

Uh, multi-threading wasn't available for the PC until the Pentium 4 was released. Prior to that, x86 processors were incapable of it in anything but multitasking and non-simultaneous multi-threading (same thing, really). If it can't be done simultaneously, there isn't much point to multi-threading.

That was a full year after Windows XP was released, which came with support for simultaneous multi-threading.

So I'm not sure what systems you were running with multi-threading, but they for damn sure weren't x86, so there was absolutely no point for a Windows developer to pay any attention to you. It's like saying "my sailboat does 50 knots" to someone who races motorcycles. That may be extremely impressive to a sailor, but to a biker won't be impressive in the slightest.

Actually, there a quite a few problems that are easier to manage with multiple program pointers with separate memory stacks in the same general address space, even if they are not truly simultaneous. Web servers, for example. Sure, you could have separate process communicating though shared memory- but context switching introduces a fair amount of overhead.

Anyway, thats what I was using threads for back before windows 98 was released.

more than 4 years ago

How To Destroy a Black Hole

ajrs Re:Whaazzaaaa? (364 comments)

Have you read some of the crazy shit some string theorists publish? You only think you're joking (and your "misinterpretation" is only about 50 milli-Tiplers of crazy). 100 years from now the publications in string theory-related journals will be a textbook example of how a scientific community can collapse into uselessness.

You can't reproduce my results because your interpretation of string theory shifts the universe into a non compatible state every time you try the experiment! Did you try more bat guano?

When experimental results are reproducibly different based on the beliefs of the experimenter, we will have a definitive test for existence of god. Who will exist or not exist depending on what people want to find.

more than 4 years ago

How To Destroy a Black Hole

ajrs Re:Whaazzaaaa? (364 comments)

Well, theoretically, (unless the theory has changed) during the big bang matter could have been compressed past the Swartzschild radius due to pressure and black-holes formed that mass much less than is required for a black hole to form today from gravity alone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primordial_black_hole Most of these will have evaporated by now (or maybe not depending on how you interpret the string theory), but if they can exist there should still be a great many of these in the universe. We know that a black hole can carry a charge, and the surface gravity can be calculated. It is possible that there may be some of these in the solar system, perhaps in many years we will discover a way to detect them, and increase their charge to the point where they could be manipulated electromagnetically.

I love a sentence that can be misinterpreted to imply that I can retroactively change the workings of the universe based on my presumably mutable interpretation of a theory. I'm sure magic works just like this.

more than 4 years ago

New Declassification Process To Open 400 Million Pages of Records

ajrs Re:ya right (135 comments)

The motivation to overclassify is not very strong. It's blatantly against the rules to use classification to hide something embarassing to the US government; The classification on almost all classified documents "leaked" recently was decided long before the embarassing event occured. And yes, people do get reprimanded and punished for applying inappropriate classificiation routinely, since the system is way too complex to be done well.

I would like to think that, but my expectation is that classification is routinely used to cover up embarrassing events. The legal precedent for the "state secrets privilege" was nothing more that that. If we take the term embarrassing to include criminal, negligent, and treasonous.

more than 4 years ago

New Declassification Process To Open 400 Million Pages of Records

ajrs Re:ok everyone (135 comments)

These are old documents. Assuming they are black and white scans or original sources in simple text based formats, you're probably looking at less than 100TB of data. Any medium sized business could build out the infrastructure to search that.

Any medium sized business has better uses for its resources.

more than 4 years ago


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