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Microsoft, Partners Probed Over Bribery Claims

deaton Re:Simple (137 comments)

Exactly. That would be the only reason U.S. federal authorities even care about this, it's not like they have any jurisdiction in those countries.

about 2 years ago

The Nuking of Duke Nukem

deaton Damn! (325 comments)

I knew I shouldn't have pre-ordered back in 1999.

more than 5 years ago

How Heavy Is a Petabyte?

deaton Re:library of congress (495 comments)

and since E=mC^2

177,249 gigajoules/C^2 ~= 1.97 milligrams

more than 5 years ago

Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

deaton Re:Agreed, but engineers still use Fortran (794 comments)

I used both Matlab and Fortran in school. I would say that Matlab is more C like in it's syntax, and considerably easier to write number crunching code. I remember having to write subroutines in Fortran that were merely a function call in Matlab, granted, several of the Matlab toolboxes were available to me, but I had to wrtite everything from scratch in Fortran.

I think that's why schools are still teaching Fortran, they are actually teaching numerical methods, not just programming, at least in the engineering programs. In fact, Numerical Methods was the title of my first Fortran class.

more than 5 years ago

Leap Second To Be Added Dec 31, 2008

deaton Re:Gee, thanks for the notice (255 comments)

What are you complaining about? They gave you about 259,200s notice.

about 6 years ago

States Throw Out Electronic Voting Machines

deaton Let me see ... (238 comments)

Wide use of these machines was adopted in the 2000 election: Winner=George Bush

Even more are used in the 2004 election: Winner=George Bush

Now they throw them out just in time for the 2008 election because George Bush might win again if they didn't.

more than 6 years ago


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