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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

exploder Re:A clean break is needed, like "Visual Fred" (180 comments)

Not all that well in Python's case, but if 2.6 sucked as bad as PHP does now, there might be more urgency. And Perl 6 might get a bit more traction when and if it starts existing.

about a month and a half ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

exploder Re:Domain Registry of Canada (113 comments)

Not sure if they are connected but they used to send real mail to try and trap people into renewing/transferring with them. So it only takes 14+ years for ICANN to do something?

I know, motherfuckers act like they forgot about DRA.

about 2 months ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

exploder Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

You're right of course. I took the AC to mean that negative quantities don't exist objectively, which is a different issue. I may have misunderstood.

about 2 months ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

exploder Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

Uh, yeah, we can measure -1. The charge of an electron. The distance along the x-axis that I travel when I walk one meter west. The effect on a wave when it encounters an identical one 180 degrees out of phase.

And if negative numbers worry you, this will blow your mind: by all indications, the way things really work, at the quantum level, is unavoidably governed by complex numbers. Don't let that "imaginary" label fool you...those bastards are really real, too. Sorry.

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

exploder Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Put down the Left Behind novels and step slowly away.

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

exploder Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

In all the ways that really matter (fiscal policy, economic policy, regulation, law enforcement, etc...), the candidates are identical.

I think you've taken a valid point and stretched it a little far here. If we'd had eight years of Gore starting in 2000, do you think Iraq would have played out exactly the same? If we were on our way to eight years of McCain starting in 2008, do you think the trends in health insurance would be what they are?

Whether you approve or disapprove, you have to agree they'd have been different.

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

exploder Re:Completely useless for me. (204 comments)

in fact some are trying to say that no cooking is allowed to make me go out and blow all my dough on restaurants

Are you sure this isn't total bullshit?

about 2 months ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

exploder Re:Woo! (46 comments)

It's still a shitty comparison. The whole point is to give the reader an intuitive sense of an otherwise unimaginable quantity. It should be a red flag when you've replaced the number 500 with 40,000.

about 2 months ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

exploder Re:Woo! (46 comments)

I was unsure about this, too, but now I know it's about 1/40,000 of a 500 mile road trip. Thanks, Slashdot!

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

exploder Re:Libertarian nirvana (534 comments)

I don't think the text of the Aereo ruling was "nobody is allowed to use loopholes anymore."

about 3 months ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

exploder Re:Interesting (84 comments)

Me too. I hope it hurts.

about 3 months ago
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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

exploder Sounds fishy (174 comments)

they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far

Did they do it with one weird trick discovered by a mom?

about 5 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

exploder Re:Ah, antimatter (393 comments)

That is so obviously not what the GP meant.

about 5 months ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

exploder Re:BAD SUMMARY (167 comments)

Obviously it's a long-time average. The chance of deviating from 50% by any given amount goes to zero as the number of trials becomes arbitrarily large. The summary doesn't spell this out in iron-clad logic, but anyone who spends time thinking about math, stats, or especially game theory knows the score.

about 5 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

exploder Re:So far away (400 comments)

Meant to mod parent funny, misclicked "overrated", posting to undo.

about 6 months ago

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DoJ is Against Net Neutrality

exploder exploder writes  |  about 7 years ago

exploder (196936) writes "Forbes reports that the Justice Department has come out against net neutrality, supporting their decision by analogy to the USPS:

The agency said providing different levels of service is common, efficient and could satisfy consumers. As an example, it cited that the U.S. Postal Service charges customers different guarantees and speeds for package delivery, ranging from bulk mail to overnight delivery.
I guess they'd have no problem with the post office charging extra to deliver letters to certain people, then?"

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Gamma Ray Anomaly Could Test String Theory

exploder exploder writes  |  about 7 years ago

exploder (196936) writes "String theory is notorious for its lack of testable predictions. But if the MAGIC gamma-ray telescope team's interpretation is correct, then a delay in the arrival of higher-energy gamma rays could point to a breakdown of relativity theory. A type of "quantum lensing effect" is postulated to cause the delay, which is approximateley four minutes over a half-billion year journey."
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