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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

lisaparratt Re:ps - I dumb, impatient things often (111 comments)

What if the mistake you make is dying tomorrow, having put off a pleasurable life until the far flung future?

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

lisaparratt Re:subject nobody reads (110 comments)

Or was it just someone terminally stupid misinterpreting their ergot-derived delusions and cursing humanity with the result?

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

lisaparratt Re:Agent Smith was Right (110 comments)

Matrix lines said in the voice he used in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Ruins it forever.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

lisaparratt Re:agree with harmful (104 comments)

Which is why Emoji is important - it's the *solution* to this problem, because it replaces arbitrary character sequences with dedicated code points. As long as there's an easy way to enter them, the substitutions can be eliminated.

about three weeks ago
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NuSTAR Takes Beautiful X-ray Image of Sol

lisaparratt Too small! (44 comments)

Wot no 5120x2880 version?

about a month ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

lisaparratt Re:Anarchy??? (302 comments)

Funny, lots of little dictatorships sounds a lot like the practical implementation of anarchy to me...

about 4 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

lisaparratt Re:Only complaint about decaf (228 comments)

Where do you think the caffeine in energy drinks comes from?

about 5 months ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

lisaparratt Er? (314 comments)

I would have expected that BSD would be deliriously happy that the evil gaze of Poettering hadn't alighted upon their operating system. Why would you voluntarily infest your system with his daemon spawn?

about 5 months ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

lisaparratt Re:Oh good. (99 comments)

Maybe if the GCC team had actually *believed* in their license, and not also used intense obfuscation to stop parts of their toolchain being abstracted out, we wouldn't be in this mess. As it is, though, LLVM+clang scratch many itches that GCC can't even reach.

about 5 months ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

lisaparratt Re:PowerVR graphics (88 comments)

You expected a different graphics solution from Imagination Technologies?

about 5 months ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

So a bit of background first: the PC1512 included a planar extension to CGA, providing 640x200x16 colours. BASIC 2 provided dithered drawing of complex shapes.

LAKESIDE.BAS was a very early procedural graphics generator, using a random seed to draw a, by modern standards, primitive 2D scene. In the distance there was a sky with clouds, snow peaked mountains reflecting in a lake, with little islands and sail boats. In the foreground, there were hills, white buildings with red roofs, white picket fencing separating fields, and all sorts of flowers, bushes and trees. Given how slow the machine was, it'd take a minute or so to draw each picture, leave it up for a little while, and then draw another one.

Whilst this could undoubtedly be rendered in 3D in the blink of an eye, and all sorts of shader magic could make it look like an actual painting, I think it would lose some of the charm.

about 5 months ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

lisaparratt Re:But how long until computers generate good art? (74 comments)

Personally, I'd kill to get a picture frame running LAKESIDE.BAS. Sadly, I've lost my copy of this late 80s "BASIC 2" curio, and since it was pre-Internet, it seems lost in time.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:In other statistics (561 comments)

20% worried they'll win the lottery for a free sex change?

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

lisaparratt Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Or, another way of looking at it: they met their future colleagues, and bailed while the gettin' was good.

about 6 months ago

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