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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

arodland Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

If 0.999... != 1, then there exists a number which is greater than 0.999... and less than 1. What is this number?

more than 3 years ago
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Perl 6, Early, With Rakudo Star

arodland Re:A decade too late. (220 comments)

If I'm programming in Python, then I'm not programming in Perl.

Bullshit. If you only have room in your brain for one language, then you're a shit programmer and no one cares what you think. :)

about 4 years ago
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Perl 6, Early, With Rakudo Star

arodland Re:A decade too late. (220 comments)

Rolsky used to think of Mason + mod_perl as providing the whole stack. He doesn't anymore. But he still works on Mason, and still uses it -- as a frontend to other frameworks. So you're absolutely right :)

about 4 years ago
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Porting Aquaria To the PSP

arodland Re:Potential Wii/console ports (25 comments)

SDL/GL is available on Wii Linux, but running a game under Wii Linux means mediocre performance and only running on "hacked" Wiis. Going the "official" route would require a much more thorough port of BBGL into Nintendo-approved bits. And lots of direct cooperation from Bit-Blot. And a few grand and some legal hassles. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Porting Aquaria To the PSP

arodland Re:Potential Wii/console ports (25 comments)

Until a recent (late last year?) update you couldn't *do* anything useful with the SD card. You could put music or pictures on it, and you could put games on it if you didn't want to play them. Anything you actually wanted to run had to be moved back into main storage (moved, not copied, due to piracy paranoia), and then moved back when you were done with it (it couldn't just be quickly deleted because you had to move it the first time, due to piracy paranoia). So the existence of more than one app over 150MB would have completely crippled users' ability to enjoy the system.

Why they haven't changed the limits since then? Meh. Nintendo has never really made intelligent decisions.

more than 4 years ago
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Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video

arodland Re:25 year old Betamax tape still readable (266 comments)

Right where I put it. Also, there's no DRM on homemade recordings; that doesn't benefit major studios...

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

arodland Re:WHY would you do this? (507 comments)

I barely got passed "486MHz CPU, 28 MB of RAM"

Who passed it to you?

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

arodland Re:When you have a machine from that era... (507 comments)

Older than it needs to be. I ran Slackware 4 (just about contemporary with Redhat 6.0) on a laptop with lower specs than that, no problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

arodland There are more than enough small distros around (507 comments)

Damn Small Linux and Tiny Core Linux being some of the obvious choices. Your real problem is getting things booted in the first place. I wonder whether gPXE is able to see your PCMCIA network card. If it did, you could just boot that off of a floppy and from there it would be a pretty simple task to netinstatll something; if not, well I'm pretty sure DSL has a set of floppies still. You could also try installing Slackware 9, which I think was the last version to ship a floppy set -- just install the very base system from there and then once you're booted you can try an in-place upgrade over the network.

more than 4 years ago
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The Gathering Storm Discussion

arodland What, no Churchill? (186 comments)

I was hoping for a review of Churchill's memoirs.

more than 4 years ago
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How many countries have you visited?

arodland Re:10+ is winning... (958 comments)

Of course, we are willing to defend your right to have that opinion

You may be, but your coworkers took the job mostly because they figured getting paid to drive around in a jeep with a bunch of buddies and shoot shit sounded like a good time.

more than 4 years ago
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How many countries have you visited?

arodland Re:Texas as a country (958 comments)

Baja Oklahoma

I prefer Chihuahua Del Este.

more than 4 years ago
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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

arodland Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (882 comments)

When I lived in Northeast PA it was always the New York drivers that couldn't manage to take a curve at speed. I figure they're from the city and they don't comprehend any kind of curve except a 90-degree turn ;)

about 5 years ago
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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

arodland Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (882 comments)

120 is perhaps a bit crazy too. I've done 100 on I-80 in the past... let me tell you that a road gator or anything else in your lane and not moving comes up really fast at 100mph and your ability to maneuver is not at its maximum either. I think 90 is a practical max.

about 5 years ago
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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

arodland Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (882 comments)

Because it's illegal. If you're in the left lane, and there's anyone behind you, and you could be in the right lane, then you're obligated to get the fuck over there whether you're doing the speed limit or not.

about 5 years ago
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Linus Calls Microsoft Hatred "a Disease"

arodland Re:free software and open source (634 comments)

Ahem. "You can do it your own way -- if it's done just how I say."

more than 5 years ago
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Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age

arodland Re:I don't have anything really smart to say (599 comments)

Lou Gehrig and the eponymous legionnaires are the rare exception.

Perhaps you've heard of Alois Alzheimer, Hans Asperger, Thomas Hodgkin, James Parkinson, or Georges Tourette. Then again, probably not. But you've most likely heard of Alzheimer's Disease, Asperger Syndrome, Hodgkin Disease (or at least non-Hodgkin Lymphoma), Parkinson's Disease, and Tourette Syndrome.

more than 5 years ago

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arodland arodland writes  |  more than 7 years ago

arodland (127775) writes "The Times Online is reporting that a pair of NASA probes, due for launch in September and dubbed STEREO, will be collecting data in the study of the Sun's output and its effect on Earth's climate. Since the Sun's power dwarfs anything that humans are capable of, and we know that its output can vary noticeably in the course of as little as a week, some scientists argue that it's only sensible to investigate the possibility that warming trends on the Earth are due primarily to an increase in energy received from the Sun."

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