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"Mandelbulb," a 3D Mandlebrot Construct, Discovered

billbaggins Re:Actually, the Mandelbrot set is already 4D (255 comments)

Technically true, but look beyond the formulae for a brief moment and look at what they're *doing* and you'll see the way out: his mechanism for computing [x,y,z]^n is to convert it to spherical coordinates [r,theta,phi], then do something similar to complex exponentiation - [r^n,theta*n,phi*n] - then convert that back to rectangular coordinates. So rectangular [0,0,1] becomes polar [1,0,0], which squares to polar [1,0,0].

Makes sense as long as you think about it a little, but not too much.

more than 4 years ago
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Cable Exec Suggests Changing Consumer Behavior, Not Business Model

billbaggins Re:Just release TV shows for free (675 comments)

I'm always at a loss for what to say when the Cialis commercials come on.

"Bathtime, kiddo!"

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

billbaggins Re:well (939 comments)

Preach it, brother. The only reason the F-lock key isn't winning this poll in a landslide is that most people aren't unfortunate enough to have one.

more than 4 years ago
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At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

billbaggins Re:Celsius: It's for telling temperature (1233 comments)

Take one meter. Make a cube of that side, a cubic meter. Fill that with water near the sea level and you get a volume of 1 Liter of water. Which happens to have a mass of Kilogram.

Oh, and you were doing so well up to that point. A cubic meter is 1,000 liters; filled with water it would have a mass of 1,000 kilograms, or one metric ton. For a single liter, you want a cubic decimeter.

But thanks for playing, anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Manager's Schedule vs. Maker's Schedule

billbaggins Re:Documenting your time (274 comments)

Dude. You are my hero. That just became my project for tomorrow. Sure, I'll spend a lot of time on it... but if it works, no one will ever know!

more than 4 years ago
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I prefer to work ...

billbaggins Office Space! (392 comments)

Door (closed, and heavy enough to mask most noises) on my left, window on my right, monitor and speakers in front of me. Eat it, cube-dwellers!

more than 5 years ago
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I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...

billbaggins Re:Gerbils, it's all about the gerbils (828 comments)

Thousands of hungry cannibalistic gerbils.

Umm... if the gerbils are cannibalistic, wouldn't that mean they would eat each other? Not a terribly fear-inducing defense, I'm afraid.

more than 5 years ago
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National Security Letters Reform Act Reintroduced

billbaggins Re:Surprise surprise! (117 comments)

Why is "hate crime" legislation a good thing again?

If I beat you up and leave you for dead, that's one victim.

If I beat you up and leave you for dead because I don't like your hair color, and it's known that I belong to a large group of similarly-minded people, then not only have I victimized you, but everyone who has your same hair color is now going to be looking over their shoulders, in fear that one of my compatriots is after them next.

That's why "hate crimes" deserve special punishment - because they have the intent and effect of victimizing not just one or two or a few people, but a whole group. It's a whole new level of unacceptability.

more than 5 years ago
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Solar Craft Flies Through Two Nights

billbaggins Glass houses... (156 comments)

Looked at your /. username lately?

more than 6 years ago

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