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The Physics of Space Battles

flargleblarg Re:There Ain't No Stealth In Space (428 comments)

And if you are going to use the Voyager craft as examples, please remember that it took 12 years to reach Neptune and will take THREE HUNDRED YEARS to reach the Oort cloud.

At which point it will be V'Ger. :)

2 days ago
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iOS 8 Review

flargleblarg Re:Not answered in review (216 comments)

That's wayyyyyy too much effort for how I launch things: Tap, tap, done if it's on the first screen. Otherwise if it's on the second screen then it's swipe, tap, tap, done. I'd rather just Tap, tap, tap, done, with never any swipe.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

flargleblarg Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)

Chuck Norris can brute force a 256-bit key in the time it takes to blink his eyes.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

flargleblarg Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

I have no clue what all the above really means.... If you are saying that 256 bit keys are hard to break, I would concur. If you are saying that it would take a long time, I would again agree. However, if you look at "possible" it is totally possible to brute force a 256 bit key, it just takes TIME to do, LOTS of time OR lots of computers. Either way, it is perfectly possible... Now it may take a LOT of computers (more than are physically possible) or it may take a LONG time (more than we likely have before the sun destroys the earth) but that is all about being practical and not about being possible.

It's mathematically possible. It's humanly impossible. No human will ever build a machine using normal matter that is capable of it.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

flargleblarg Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

Correction: You meant to say "set up a hog farm." Setup is a noun. Set up is a verb.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

flargleblarg Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

sugar: 50% fructose, 50% glucose HFCS: 55% fructose, 45% glucose
zomg, clearly hfcs is the reason people are getting so much fatter.

It's not that simple.
Do a little reading about it. Your body has to expend energy/effort to break sugar into fructose + glucose, whereas with HFCS, the fructose and glucose are already separated and your body has immediate use of them. This is the kicker, and why HFCS is worse than sugar. Of course, even worse than HFCS is fruit juice that's high in fructose.

about two weeks ago
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iOS 8 Review

flargleblarg Re:Not answered in review (216 comments)

It'd only be nice if you have a filing fetish. It's not useful. Any minor pleasure it might bring filing fetishists would be vastly outweighed by those ordinary phone users who lose applications.

That's a rather naive thing of you to say. Some of us have a hundred apps installed, and it's very useful to have them organized and be able to select them quickly with just a couple or three taps, rather than scrolling through dozens of pages of grids.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

flargleblarg Re:Wow... (232 comments)

A good Waterfall approach gets 4x more done than any version of Agile

Citation needed

about two weeks ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

flargleblarg Re:Well, if you're going to push... (159 comments)

More to the point, when people use, "Google," as a verb, they mean to actually use Google, as opposed to using any brand of facial tissue available when saying, "Kleenex."

Exactly! You can't google something using Bing, for example. Not that you'd want to anyway. You can only google something using Google.

(Now I feel like I need to go wash my hands after mentioning Bing. Eww.)

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

flargleblarg Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Ya, I should have stated mirror-opposites assuming a vertical mirror line (which is what's relevant/important when it comes to hands on the wheel).

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

flargleblarg Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Don't feel bad. It's tricky wording. I wasn't sure how to word it to be clear (and to be fair, I don't think it was really clear). "Opposites" to me would imply 180 opposing... so I wrote "mirror-opposites" to imply a vertical mirror, but of course that's pretty subtle and not very unambiguous.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

flargleblarg Re:Not about ease, about authority (231 comments)

Existing POS software for school cafeterias already can cross-reference the enrollment records and photos.

What exactly makes you think it's piece-of-shit software?

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

flargleblarg Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

In reality, it turns out, 9:30 and 3:30 are safer.

Oh yeah? 9:30 and 3:30 are not mirror-opposites. Did you mean 9:30 and 2:30?

about two weeks ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

flargleblarg Re:obligatory (115 comments)

And always compress your logs before flushing them out to archive!

about three weeks ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

flargleblarg Re:obligatory (115 comments)

Is recent activity contained in a log?

Yup, and the logs are even rotated!

about three weeks ago
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Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

flargleblarg Re: Would be nice to see Scala replace Java (94 comments)

I'm pretty sure, though, that even any class that requires you to use equals(), you can still use == as a fast-precheck. That is, a==b implies a.equals(b) for all objects a,b in all classes. The converse, of course, is not the case: a.equals(b) does not imply a==b. And the inverse is not true: a!=b does not imply !a.equals(b). But the contra-positive is true: !a.equals(b) does imply a!=b.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

flargleblarg Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Ok, so it's the developer's fault for not using lint then.

:-)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

flargleblarg Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

Yes "clever" operator overloading comes up high in my list. Scripting languages are full of it like in Pike: str/" " Divide a string by space to get an array of the words. But I dislike it way more when operator overloading abuse is done in user code than when it is a language construct.

So, if you take that array of words and multiply it back by " ", do you get the original string? Because that would make it cool.

about three weeks ago

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