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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

ebcdic Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

"Ireland" can mean either the island or the country called the Republic of Ireland, which is about 80% of the island. The Republic is not part of the UK, it is a completely independent country. Northern Ireland (the northern 20%) is part of the UK. The "Irish Free State" was the name of what is now the Republic of Ireland in the 1920s and 30s and is not a term used any more.

about a month and a half ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

ebcdic I might care... (108 comments)

... if I'd ever heard of MetaFilter.

about 2 months ago
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Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

ebcdic Re:I don't blame him (102 comments)

If you were the maker of Bitcoin, you could afford it.

about 4 months ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

ebcdic Is this what happened to Usenet? (347 comments)

Usenet is much harder to control than web forums, so making it useless by posting endless rubbish would be attractive.

about 5 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

ebcdic Re:Right and wrong (356 comments)

I know it will affect my future buying decisions.

But if you don't buy GM products, they will need another bailout. You have to pay them whether you like it or not.

about 7 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

ebcdic Why? (284 comments)

Why does chess need a "clear and predictable yardstick for greatness"? It's a game, not engineering.

about 9 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

ebcdic Not at all (262 comments)

I only go to work to talk to the people there.

about 8 months ago
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Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

ebcdic What we need to know... (199 comments)

... is when we pass through the next one!

about 10 months ago
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Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

ebcdic Re:Marital/Money problems??? (566 comments)

Given a random source, you can produce another source correlated with it.

about a year ago
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Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

ebcdic Re:Marital/Money problems??? (566 comments)

*Unless* the other source is correlated with the random one.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

ebcdic More than 30,000,000 times (587 comments)

It should be clear you've got the choices wrong when the mode is at one end. My first computer had 384 bytes of RAM. This one has 12GB.

1 year,9 days
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Man Of Steel Leaps Over Record With $125.1 Million To Mixed Reviews

ebcdic Confusing name (364 comments)

I had assumed that "Man of Steel" was a film about Stalin.

about a year ago
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Charge Your Cellphone In 20 Seconds (Eventually)

ebcdic Too much current (295 comments)

My phone battery has a capacity of 2.1Ah. To charge it in 20 seconds would require a current of 380 Amps. What kind of charger could safely supply that?

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

ebcdic Re:Trivially constructive (248 comments)

it provides the contradiction by constructing a list of numbers at least one of which must be a new prime. It's simple to test each of them. If you want to construct an infinite list of primes, just repeat indefinitely.

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

ebcdic Re:Trivially constructive (248 comments)

I'm pointing out that the existing proof is constructive, not giving another proof.

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

ebcdic Trivially constructive (248 comments)

N!+1 either is prime or has prime factors not in 1...N. Try factorizing the integers N+1 ... N!+1 in turn until you come to one that is prime.

about a year ago
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Btcd - a Bitcoind Alternative Written In Go!

ebcdic Not just perspective (150 comments)

What have you bought over the last year? How has their price varied in dollars and in bitcoins? No currency's value is constant, but some are a lot more constant than others.

about a year ago
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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

ebcdic Not funny enough (261 comments)

See subject

about a year ago

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