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$100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

albyrne5 Re:So wrong it's offensive (324 comments)

Any books you would recommend on this theory? It's interesting stuff.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia and the History of Gaming

albyrne5 Re:then? (240 comments)

Haha, I don't know why but this actually made me laugh.

more than 3 years ago

Hank Chien Reclaims Donkey Kong High Score

albyrne5 Re:This why Rome fell (122 comments)

Please cite even one of these texts. Also, please check the meaning of "misnomer" in the dictionary.

more than 3 years ago

Programming Mistakes To Avoid

albyrne5 SELECT FROM dual for no reason (394 comments)

This one bugs the hell out of me:

In PL/SQL, when people for some bizarre reason avoid using IF/THEN/ELSE and normal := assignments, but instead to a SELECT DECODE FROM dual.

Why?! Dear Lord why?

It's harder to read. It's slower. It's against normal practises. It's an utterly unecessary use of SELECT.

So why do they do it? And why do they insist - when I point out their stupidity - that it's "just developer preference" and "there's no performance hit"?


more than 3 years ago

AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'

albyrne5 Re:Reminds me of... (371 comments)

Hahaha, OK looks like it's a sign from above that we have to collaborate on a tune!

more than 4 years ago

AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'

albyrne5 Re:Reminds me of... (371 comments)

I'd always felt that the orchestral string riff in Bittersweet Symphony was a rip-off of Grieg's "In the halls of the Mountain King", but I could never get anyone else to hear the similarity. For me it's very very similar. Strange how music works in the brain!

more than 4 years ago

The Worst Apple Products of All Time

albyrne5 Mobile Me? (469 comments)

I made the switch to Apple about 2 years ago - iPhone, iMac and Mac Book Pro, and I've been very very pleased with almost every single aspect.


It's f***ing DOG-DIRT! Whether it's sync issues or the server dying, or e-mails vanishing into thin air; there's always SOMETHING going wrong with the goddamn thing.

And I keep holding on thinking, "well they're bound to get it right sooner or later", but it's later and later and later, and still no sign of it ever being fixed. Drives me batty.

more than 4 years ago

How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

albyrne5 Re:LyX (823 comments)

Hahahahahahahaha, brilliant.

more than 4 years ago

"Time Telescope" Could Boost Fibre-Optic Communications

albyrne5 Re:Oh good! (183 comments)

How is this flamebait?!?!

more than 4 years ago

Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China

albyrne5 Re:Fun with acronyms. (426 comments)

First of all, Chernobyl was largely not caused by human error. It was due to pure bloody mindedness inherent in the USSR and a dangerous reactor design that made even more dangerous by disabling critical safety systems.

Seems to me, "pure bloodymindedness" is an error, or at least an error-producing state of mind. And the decision to disable critical safety systems was an error.

These errors were made by humans.

But, whatever.

more than 5 years ago

Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

albyrne5 Re:Cue the following: (1306 comments)

I'm just picking this one quote (I believe, in context), because it shows so clearly that you do not understand evolution.

However, in the (very) long run evolution theory is quite clear : there can be only one.

If this was the case, how do you explain the fact that independent of some large-scale environmental insults which left temporary reductions in species there has generally been ever increasing numbers of species filling ever greater numbers of evolutionary niches.

Granted, humans are now doing a bang-up job of wiping them out, but we will either learn how to stop doing that, and thus survive alongside what's left. Or keep doing it until the whole ecosystem is screwed (for us) and we die out, leaving the remaing species to fill up all the niches again, as they have always done, because that is what evolution does - fill the niches.

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

albyrne5 Re:How many bones (369 comments)

OK, who has the instruction manual for the parent post? I don't follow any of it.

more than 5 years ago

Simulating Emotions Within Games

albyrne5 Re:Second Post! (47 comments)

PHRASE ... "Emotional state" ... DOES NOT COMPUTE ...

more than 5 years ago

Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth

albyrne5 Re:Let's land on it. (157 comments)

Are you saying "I love you" to GP or to the vacuum cleaner?

Because if it's the vacuum cleaner that you love ... well ... wait, I guess you could put your ... in the ... hmmm ... and then you could ... brb!

more than 5 years ago

First Earth-Sized Exoplanet May Have Been Found

albyrne5 Re:On the flip side... (222 comments)

Dude, he say "wind" the population down, not massacre them. We're all gonna die, may as well plan to make the future better for the ones who have yet to live.

more than 5 years ago

First Earth-Sized Exoplanet May Have Been Found

albyrne5 Re:Earth-sized != Earth-like (222 comments)


What am I missing here? Tidal locking just means (I thought) that the satellite's period of rotation around its own axis is the same as the period of orbit around the planet. Same for planet-to-sun situation. (And they're in the same plane yadda yadda).

more than 5 years ago

IWF Backs Down On Wiki Censorship

albyrne5 Re:Be serious. (226 comments)

And what is being done about this murderer in our midst? Perhaps this censorship furore is just cooked up by Old Father Time to distract us from his evil deeds perpertrated everywhere, all the time.

more than 5 years ago


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