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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

fph il quozientatore Funding (307 comments)

As a mathematician, the best part of it is probably asking your department to put the rifle on your research funds. I'm sorry, professor Dumoulin, you need *what*?

4 days ago
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Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

fph il quozientatore Re:Hyperion (35 comments)

The website hyperionmovie.com seems to have last been updated in October 2010, and what they had there was not super substantial in the first place. My guess? Deader than the City of Poets. More dead than God's Grove or Hebron. Makes the flippin' interiors of Labyrinth worlds after the Opus Dei look positively lively.

The twitter account @hyperionmovie (probably managed by a marketing person) has seen the last activity on October last year, so let's still hope! Maybe it's only dead as a dead pope.

4 days ago
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Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

fph il quozientatore Hyperion (35 comments)

What happened to the Hyperion movie, by the way?

5 days ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

fph il quozientatore Double-blind? (469 comments)

That's not double-blind. I haven't watched TFV in its entirety, but for instance @19:00 there is a violinist playing with goggles and a researcher handing her the instruments that can see clearly what is what.

Incidentally, sorry but I cannot resist: double-blind? Maybe we should say... double deaf! /ducks

about two weeks ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

fph il quozientatore 2D printer (143 comments)

So you mean they will soon get as clunky and unreliable as 2D printers?

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

fph il quozientatore Re:other suggestions? (161 comments)

You mean that it will take a couple weeks to decrypt a file using Javascript in IE8?

about two weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

fph il quozientatore Re:Makes sense to me (133 comments)

If the system is out to get you, become part of the system.

Is that you, Silvio Berlusconi?

about three weeks ago
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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

fph il quozientatore Re:Never understood the modes (248 comments)

In my view, the fact that VI uses the wrong home keys (or at least, different home keys than all keyboard manufacturers and the rest of the world) is *bad*. It is a relic of ancient 1970s terminals that would better be changed.

about a month ago
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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

fph il quozientatore Re:Great. Why? (248 comments)

I like it because it's simple and it works

You keep using that word. Notepad is "simple". This is not. Powerful, yes. Simple, no.

about a month ago
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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

fph il quozientatore Re:Never understood the modes (248 comments)

The "natural typing position" should be JKL;, not HJKL. That's why all keyboards have a tactile hint on the F and J keys. This is even more relevant for a programmer, who uses lots of symbol keys from the right part of the keyboard.

about a month ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

fph il quozientatore Re:define _GNU_SOURCE (134 comments)

Clearly, it should've been _GNU_LINUX_SOURCE.

about a month ago
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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

fph il quozientatore Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (199 comments)

I'm a mathematician. I am a "creator", paid by your taxes to produced good research ideas that are later put on arXiv.org and on my website for everyone to download. This system seems to work well, at least in our field. Just sayin'...

about a month ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

fph il quozientatore Re:If only... (295 comments)

the development of GPU drivers that are not useful in their business context

*points at summary*

about a month and a half ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

fph il quozientatore If only... (295 comments)

Oh, if only a large company like, say, Google would adopt the drivers and support their development...

about a month and a half ago
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IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

fph il quozientatore Re:Sounds horrible (146 comments)

Ten points to Gryffindor!

about a month and a half ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

fph il quozientatore Re:Long term will spell doom (313 comments)

Let me put it this way - how much worse could your boss/team lead/manager screw things up if they thought they could code?

You're right, better leave them doing the same job with a convoluted Excel spreadsheet.

about a month and a half ago
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Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

fph il quozientatore Re:I'm sure pirates will like them. (216 comments)

Incentive, like, for instance, a boatload of luxury cars waiting to be stolen?

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

fph il quozientatore alias please=sudo (83 comments)

Please? Can we have it in major distros? Makes a lot of sense from a user's perspective.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

fph il quozientatore Re:Not sending history to Valve (511 comments)

I suspect the actual DNS being hunted for are the cheats' "DRM" servers that ensure you paid the guy who made the cheat money.

So, this raises the question: is there a meta-cheat that cracks the DRM?

about 2 months ago

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The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "The Italian ministry for university and research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos. Her press release (Google machine translation) mentions that Italy funded the construction of a "tunnel between the CERN [in Geneva] and Gran Sasso [the labs in Central Italy]". Google maps reports the distance between the two labs as over 900km — but of course once the tunnel is open to traffic the trip will be much faster."
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State "certified e-mail" introduced in Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Starting from today, the Italian government is offering a free 500MB certified e-mail box for every citizen. This e-mail — PEC is its Italian acronym — is based on its own new dedicated protocol (RFCs? Ha! Those are for kiddies) that should handle server-signed sender identification and return receipts. The whole system is meant to allow certified e-mail communication with the Italian public administration, though it is not clear how many offices are going to support it. Every citizen is entitled to a free state-provided mailbox, though there is a list of private providers offering "premium services" for a surcharge.
The whole system has already raised some eyebrows, and an open-source mail server supporting this protocol has already been developed. Only time will tell us if this is going to work. At the moment of writing, the official state "certified e-mail" server is refusing connections — and that's even before being slashdotted."
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Berlusconi will "regulate the internet" wi

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's evil overlord, recently declared (automatic translation by Google) that he is going to propose 'a regulamentation of the internet' during the next G8 meeting, chaired by himself. He did not go into further detail, but added that the proposal is going to have 'an international perspective' and that Italy 'is going to be at the forefront'. How do you say 'good luck with that' in Italian?"
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