top New Best Way To Nuke a Short-Notice Asteroid
I realize asteroids are much more numerous in the inner solar system, but we're getting better at tracking them so we would ideally have a longer lead time to deal with any threat. Comets, on the other hand, tend to come out of nowhere, so the short notice scenario is much more likely.
about a year and a half ago
top Reaction To
Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement
Where is the best place to send feedback to Blizzard about this?
top The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake
A C string can be as long as you want and never requires more than length+1 bytes of storage. A length+data scheme would need unlimited lengths to be as flexible with preferably a 1-byte overhead for short strings at least. I guess you could do something UTF-8-ish and add extra length bytes as needed for longer strings, but then you'd need a formula to figure out how much storage the string would require. Sounds a little messy to me.
top Facebook Taking On Apple?
...is that the vast majority of them are written for flash. It remains to be seen if an iOS store will get developers to redo them all.
top How Apple's iOS Went From Insecure To Most Secure
By comparison, Mac OS X has limited application-dependent sandboxing and no code signing, and it only partially implements ASLR.
I was under the impression OS X has had code signing since Leopard, though it's voluntary and not heavily adopted by third parties so far from the looks of it. Also, I noticed a slide in the WWDC 2011 keynote where application sandboxing was listed as a feature of Lion.
top Programmer For Endeavor Now Crew On Final Flight
Greg "The Easter Egg" Chamitoff?
top US Objects To the Kilogram
Could someone explain to me why people always speak of the kilogram as the standard unit of mass and not the gram?
top Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?
Maybe it's so we'll be able to enjoy future Steven Seagal flicks?
top Capturing Carbon With Garbage Heaps
If you keep removing all the plant waste from a farm and burying it elsewhere, wouldn't this deplete the soil of nutrients? I'm not a farmer, but I have to wonder.
top 5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England
What a bunch of wimps.
Here in southern California, a mere 5.5 would hardly even arouse anyone's interest. Probably make page 1 of the local section unless the Padres made a big trade; then it would be relegated to page 2.
I was in Kingston, Ont. (about 2 hours drive from the epicentre) eating my lunch on a picnic bench outside when people came rushing out of the office wide-eyed yelling, "Earthquake!" I didn't feel a thing. Honestly. If that was an earthquake, I've had bigger rumblings coming out of my stomach. Then again, I lived in Japan for a time. They know how to do earthquakes over there.
top NASA's New Mission to the Moon
If they are seriously going back to the moon, I hope they take the opportunity to do some astronomy. Wouldn't it be a good place for experiments in higher wavelength interferometry, for example? One thing I have been wondering about is whether you could line one of the smaller craters in a wire mesh and turn it into a radio telescope? A primitive Arecibo, if you will.