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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

mindwanderer So God is just an alien hacker? (745 comments)

What do you think is the type of Pi? const ludicrous double?

about 10 months ago
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How the Dark Lord of the Internet Made His Fortunes

mindwanderer Not so bad. (60 comments)

Dark Lord of the internet? Please, it's not like he pirated music or anything.

about a year ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

mindwanderer Cornered rat. (431 comments)

I reckon a select number of government officials are shitting bricks not because of what has already been revealed, but what remains. This irrational, dangerous behavior by Cameron tells me that whatever it is, it's huge.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

mindwanderer Schrödinger's cat (530 comments)

Wanted: dead and alive.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

mindwanderer Re:Are you kidding me? (610 comments)

The NSA does worse than break the law: its surveillance machine is unconstitutional. Exposing this at the cost of your own future is heroic, not traitorous.

about a year ago
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Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

mindwanderer Re:TL;DR (600 comments)

Someone will come up with an amplituhedron 'cube' puzzle.

about a year ago
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Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

mindwanderer Need a car analogy. (600 comments)

Why is this any different from the multitudes of other mathematical wrappers of reality?

about a year ago
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Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

mindwanderer This move makes no sense. (219 comments)

The only reason I can think of for removing the auction house is if they wanted to do away with trading altogether, because old fashioned trading is just an extremely inconvenient auction house. Because I can't see them doing that, I am forced to conclude that they have changed the loot system so that you can rely on self-found gear. But if players are not forced to resort to the auction house in order to progress, then you cease to have a problem, so why remove this convenient feature?

about a year ago
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Flies See the World In Slo-Mo, Say Researchers

mindwanderer How to get back at flies. (176 comments)

This is probably why you can cup a fly with your hand if you do it slowly enough; any motion that seems slow to us will be imperceptible to the insect. It also makes it impossible for the fly to sense the air displacement.

about a year ago
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Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

mindwanderer Even bad profs will teach you a valuable lesson. (273 comments)

Life is imperfect and unjust; quit your moaning, stay on your toes, and make the best of what you are given. If your tenured professor sucks (and for me, most of them did), pull your socks up and study by yourself or with friends. It all goes downhill from here so better get used to it.

about a year ago
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First Gear Mechanism Discovered In Nature

mindwanderer System only works for juveniles. (136 comments)

"It's not yet known why the Issus loses its hind-leg gears on reaching adulthood"

Issus wives can really grind your gears.

about a year ago
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Linux 3.12 Codenamed "Suicidal Squirrel"

mindwanderer Lemming? (102 comments)

I take it 'Lemming' was deemed to not have enough dramatic flair. Leaping Lemming?

about a year ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls

mindwanderer When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. (137 comments)

I know they've probably been working on this for a long time and they just want a return on that investment, but I think it's going to hurt them in the long run when it's revealed to be yet another lackluster Blizzard offering.

about a year ago
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Michael Jackson Themed MMO In the Works

mindwanderer All kidding aside... (180 comments)

If they let kids dance and create music together somehow ("collaborative in-game activities"), then I can see this becoming a success, if they pull it off well. However, the fact that they didn't give any details regarding the gameplay tells me that this unlikely to be the case.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

mindwanderer Zyban and Voxra (258 comments)

Back in my WoW playing days, I met a guy that would name characters after AD drugs that he was taking / had taken before. I can totally see him taking this drug but then rolling a Voxra / Zyban orc alt and becoming even more addicted to the game.

more than 4 years ago
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Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

mindwanderer The ultimate irony would be... (1017 comments)

if someone were to upload an incriminating cellphone video to WikiLeaks. But seriously, the timing here is indeed very suspicious, and it makes me sick to my stomach.

more than 4 years ago
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A New Take On the Fermi Paradox

mindwanderer My guess is... (388 comments)

any and all civilizations advanced enough to spy on us have done so eons ago and reckoned that by the time any life form could possibly get to their own technological level, they would again be far too ahead to care. So they stopped looking in on us. Meaning that we will only contact other intelligent life when we ourselves obtain the technology to do so ourselves, or another civilization does so a little before us.

more than 4 years ago
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BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal

mindwanderer I blame World of Warcraft. (192 comments)

How do you compete with it? Certainly not with DLC. And certainly not with yet another MMO that needs to build its userbase from scratch (BioWare's loyal fans are roleplayers; they couldn't care less about MMOs).

more than 4 years ago
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Decrying the Excessive Emulation of Reality In Games

mindwanderer I think TFA is on the right track, but... (187 comments)

one which will lead to the same place if developers aren't careful. Old games inspired people, took them to wholly different worlds because it left a lot to your imagination. It's curious to have come across this article today because just yesterday I was replaying half-life 2, felt intensely bored, and suddenly felt like playing the original quake. The premise is virtually identical: go in and shoot anything that moves until it stops moving. Yet in quake, in the back of my mind there were always these questions: Where am I? How old is this place? What manner of creatures have lived here? Is this on a different planet? A different galaxy? Because really, the game gives you no effing clues.

These days I don't know if we're playing games anymore or if the games are playing us. Don't get me started on RPGs that throw lore at you like you have nothing better in your life to do than read crappy fiction.

more than 4 years ago
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Programming With Proportional Fonts?

mindwanderer Use fonts made for programming. (394 comments)

Proportional fonts: look pretty, increase readibility of words.
Monospaced fonts: increase readibility of code by making all symbols very distinct (ie. ( from {, O from 0, -- not a single line, etc.). The 14% improvement you gain in reading keywords and variable and fuction names is nothing compared to the bugs that arise from similar-looking symbols.

I use Terminus, with no smoothing of any kind. Just raw, beautiful pixels.

more than 4 years ago

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