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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

mrego Re:Now we need ... (131 comments)

Great idea. Add a pun tag too. Then make it all searchable by tag type. Then they could focus on mostly science and tech news and add moderator points and change their name to some geeky unix or regexp character sequence... Mod this up insightful please.

about two weeks ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

mrego Re:They've re-invented PL/1 (306 comments)

Sorry, but it is PL/I not "PL/1". The 'I' is a Roman numeral. PL/I PL/I PL/I. There never was a PL/1. Got it?

about three weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Tim O'Reilly About a Life Steeped In Technology

mrego cover illustrations? (39 comments)

Still no plans to sell cover illustrations as posters, etc. ?

about three weeks ago

Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

mrego Re:Over dramataizing (44 comments)

What about the odds of hitting Deimos?

about a month ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

mrego Re:But what does it do? (115 comments)

Yes, but it can kill stray birds and insects...

about a month ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

mrego Excelsior! (701 comments)

Good enough for Whitman, Longfellow, and Stan Lee.

about a month ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

mrego Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

Not to mention (note that it HAS NOT been mentioned...) the Clinton 4.6 cent deficit reduction tax on gas, PLUS state excise taxes... AND... ON TOP of ALL of that is the state sales tax on gas (yes, they are calculating the sales tax ON TOP of the excise tax). So any increase is magnified. Note that it sounds like, oh well, about time for a measly 12 cents... ok for urban elites that travel a few miles by gas powered vehicle, perhaps a scouter...or maybe they commute by train or bus or electric/hybrid car and don't care.... but for rural folk living in jobs deserts who are poor and must travel via used gas-gulzing clunkers it is quite a big deal especially since gas has more than DOUBLED in price since 2008. Sometimes to get to the right unemployment office and back costs us $12 in gas which we don't have.

about 2 months ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

mrego Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

Right, not personal tax records.... they are PUBLIC RECORDS!!!! Even worse that they are 'lost'. So much for the most transparent administration. hahaha

about 2 months ago

NASA's Horizons Spacecraft To Probe Pluto Moon For Underground Ocean

mrego Re:Strange writeup (47 comments)

I thought the aim of everything NASA does not is supposed to be reaching out to Islam. If this isn't the probe's primary aim then something is wrong. You're right, the summary stinks.

about 2 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

mrego Re:Coal is dead. Already. (769 comments)

There is such a thing as clean coal. Please educate yourself. Anthracite burns clean than NG. There is also plenty of low sulfer coal in Utah, unfortunately Clinton unilaterally declared the land a national monument, probably to help his buddies in Indonesia (the other source of such coal). Thanks.

about 4 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

mrego Re:Solar Panels on homes is just a good idea... (769 comments)

No, it is not. Unless you live in the southwest, solar on its own is un-economical. With subsidies, it may be break even. But should we really subsidize (from forced taxation) a power source that is only available at best half of the day (and often far less of the time than that)? Go Geothermal instead: a power source that is potentially available 100% of the time from 100% of the land on earth. That makes much better sense.

about 4 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

mrego Re:Wrong reasoning (769 comments)

All above are wrong. Forget stupid limits which can easily be circumvented. FULL transparency (and a functioning press) is what is needed, including the origin (especially if foreign) of millions of micro contributions supposedly made from fictional characters.

about 4 months ago

Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

mrego Re:Uproar? (146 comments)

Nowadays the IRS film division spends its time making Star Trek parody videos.

about 4 months ago

Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

mrego Re:But is it a class M planet? (239 comments)

"A planet circling that far left star..." City on the Edge of Forever

about 4 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

mrego Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Especially since there are 55 other genders according to FB.

about 5 months ago

Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

mrego Re:Likely Wrong (44 comments)

Just XXXXX it out. It is an ex-announcement now.

about 5 months ago

Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

mrego Re:Graveyard of broken ships... (63 comments)

Your sig sucks: It is PL/I !! One as in Roman numeral I. There never was a PL/1.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

mrego Re:Co-op programs (370 comments)

Yeah, that damn Republican Zuckerburg. What an asshat he is.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

mrego Re:Accurate answer (365 comments)

Since they are translating a program/algorithm into circuitry, they need only to know the maximum number of gates that are used at any one cycle time (taking into account necessary time delays), so just adding all the gates per operation way over states the answer since and, not, or, etc. gate circuitry can be reused for different operations at another cycle time. Also, as for logic operations, run it through a Quine-McClusky optimization as well to minimize them.

about 8 months ago


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