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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

erc uh-huh... (199 comments)

"So if macroscopic superpositions exist, there must be an algorithm that can solve this NP-hard problem quickly and efficiently." Really? The two aren't related. Does whoever wrote this live in Colorado? This story is wrong on so many different levels that it's hard to know where to start. Like it's just a string of phrases all strung together, in the hopes that the writer, if they can't dazzle with their brilliance, at least baffle with their BS...

about 4 months ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

erc Bandwidth (142 comments)

> Bandwidth doesn't matter after a certain point LOL! When you can load a Linux distro in seconds instead of tens of minutes you'll re-think that... I'd move for bandwidth :)

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

erc Mercurial and S3 - cheap! (383 comments)

Turnkey Linux and Amazon S3 - the download's free and I spend a couple of dollars a month to store backups. All you need is a machine :)

about 2 years ago
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The Lies Disks and Their Drivers Tell

erc ATA? (192 comments)

ATA? Does anyone use that anymore? Hasn't the world gone to SATA, FC, or SCSI-? This seems a lot of ado about nothing...

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

erc Bill Nye is full of it (1774 comments)

I heard Bill Nye on C2CAM - he is completely wrong in most of his assumptions:

  1. He assumes that anyone who believes in God is a Christian, but most people who believe in God are NOT Christians - Muslims make up a huge number of believers in God.
  2. He presents evolution as if it is a fact, when in fact it is a theory.
  3. He completely discounts the Intelligent Design theory, claiming that Neanderthal Man is evolution and that we are descended from such (among others).
  4. He denigrates people who believe in creationism, lumping them in with fundamental Christians and then trying to ridicule them, using emotionally-loaded terms and language to refer to creationists.
  5. He associates non-evolutionary creationists beliefs such as the 6-day hypothesis with evolution, then ridicules the hypothesis and dismisses all creationists ideas based on his ridicule of the hypothesis.

All in all, Bill Nye comes across as an angry athiest, pissed off at Christianity and trying to twist evolutionary theory to bash Christian beliefs.

about 2 years ago
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Wall Street and the Mismanagement of Software

erc Safety-Critical Systems programming (267 comments)

Can anyone point me to something legible on the subject? We'd like to start moving in the direction of provably correct systems and software, but I haven't been able to find much out there on the subject. Agile certainly isn't it, and every time I mention it, I get accused of "trying to go back to the failed software model, waterfall".

NASA does it, the aircraft industry does it - why can't we write systems that are robust? There was a similar article about "1,000 programmers furiously writing commands in 1/2 day to send to the Curiosity Rover", but finding details about how this process is done and managed is about as hard as finding out the truth about a political candidate. Where can one find this sort of stuff?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

erc XFCE is da bomb... (818 comments)

Because KDE, like Gnome, is slow and a RAM hog. XFCE screams...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:Charities (570 comments)

The United Way is terrible. They also strong-arm companies into strong-arming their employees into "100% participation". No, thank you.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:It (570 comments)

Wasn't there someone who did this as a psychology experiment a while back? Took out ads in the Enquirer and WWW saying "Send $1 to..." and an address. I forgot how much money the guy got, but it wasn't trivial, as I recall...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

And you are absolutely correct - given that you are INFORMED as to both sides of the issue. People are easily swayed by emotional appeals presented on TV, which doesn't present the other side of the story nearly as often. People too easily forget the fiasco after 9/11, when the money given by people that was SPECIFICALLY earmarked to be used for 9/11 victims and survivors was instead used to buy a bunch of shiny new comms gear for ARC.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

Until you do a little research. Look into the side of the BOD of ARC and what the executives get paid. It's all public information. I think you'll be surprised.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

You obviously didn't actually READ what I posted, did you? ARE was charging enlisted men while giving officers stuff for free. Thats a DIFFERENT issue than you raise, which was American vs. Aussie troops.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

A quote from the comments section on Charity Navigator:

I have worked for the ARC for over 11 years now as both a volunteer and a paid staff member. The organization is very top heavy with mostly overpaid executives at the National Headquarters in Washington DC. Generally the volunteers and staff "in the field" are the ones who go to great lengths to serve clients. Many positions in the field have been eliminated in recent years as the executives in the "ivory tower" protect their own salaries and positions. Our Service Members and their families are now served mostly by call centers empoyees who are inexperienced instead of caring employees working alongside our military throughout the world.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

3.9% sounds low until you figure it out in dollars.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

It should be obvious to someone who posts here. Think about it.

During WWII, ARC would give away free coffee and doughnuts to officers, and that was well-publicized. What wasn't publicized was the fact that ARC would charge enlisted men a dime for the same thing. When my father learned of this (he was an officer), he demanded that his men be given the same deal. When ARC refused, he gave them their doughnuts and coffee back, and spread the story among the other officers.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Deal Allegedly Lets UMG Wipe YouTube Videos It Doesn't Own

erc Unlawful on it's face... (392 comments)

This is unlawful conduct under Section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act of 2010, as well as RICO statutes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

erc Re:American Red Cross - worst? (570 comments)

Confirm. My uncle retired from the ARC with a *very* good pension. I'd never give a dime to ARC.

more than 2 years ago
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Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent

erc Re:Integrating everything into one thing? (253 comments)

I've got 30 years of processional experience, so does that make me more of an expert? Snarky comments aside:

The name "compiler" is primarily used for programs that translate source code from a high-level programming language to a lower level language (e.g., assembly language or machine code).

This is from Wikipedia, and is the most commonly-accepted definition in the industry, academia notwithstanding. I hardly think that JavaScript qualifies.

I'm still not sure why you chose to create monolithic applications, when the clear industry trend is towards more flexibility, particularly by using web services.

more than 2 years ago

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