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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

oracleofbargth Re:more simplifications and fewer cats, please (197 comments)

You are clearly wrong. The Cat is neither alive nor dead, and heralds the birth of the zombie apocalypse. Run while you still can!

about a month ago

45-Year Physics Mystery Shows a Path To Quantum Transistors

oracleofbargth Re:Quantum (56 comments)

Microsoft hired the VMS developers to write Windows NT, so technically that part happened too. Many intrusions are about as hard as knocking on a door too, so overall i think it is pretty accurate.

about a month and a half ago

My resting heart rate:

oracleofbargth Re:100bpm 90bpm? (169 comments)

Those might just be the people who thought it was the silly option, but were disappointed that it didn't say: "It's over... 9000".

about 4 months ago

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

oracleofbargth Re:One down... (385 comments)

I thought his cat already had a point and click interface. The button is on the laser pointer.

about 4 months ago

I think next winter will be:

oracleofbargth Missing Option (148 comments)

There's a missing option:

"I'm stuck at McMurdo, you insensitive clod!"

I do not happen to be one of those people, but I'm sure that the people at the pole who read slashdot would have liked their own more accurate option.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

oracleofbargth No easy answer: (509 comments)

The answer really depends on several things, but she should start by looking at what she is good at and what she enjoys doing. Trouble is, for kids coming out of high school, they may or may not really know either one of those things yet. I knew right off that I enjoyed writing computer programs (taught myself Basic and some C during high school), so I went for a CS degree for system programming in college, and ended up working as a sysadmin. My wife was the opposite, and didn't find out that she enjoyed working in health care until having to get a "real job" after a couple really bad years of college. I also have a nephew who spent almost 8 years in college, switching majors (and sometimes colleges) every semester for the first 5 years until he found a passion for social work.

If she doesn't have a specific field that she is interested in, but she does want to go to college, I would recommend she pick a degree program that offers an Associates degree mid-way through, (or just go for an Associates of General Studies,) in order to make it easier to get a job or switch colleges halfway through, should the need arise. (In other words: be prepared.) If she wants to go into a field where she would need an advanced degree such as a Masters or PhD, I recommend picking a university that offers the advanced program she wants for her Bachelors' degree, as they often offer automatic acceptance to students who received their undergrad from them, and also may offer dual grad-school credit for some advanced undergrad classes.

With regards to books recommending one avoid studying computer science, I have one statement: We have not reached the Singularity yet, and if nobody studies computer science, how are we supposed to get there?

about 6 months ago

Small Genetic Change Responsible For Blond Hair

oracleofbargth Re:Blonde Scientists? (125 comments)

No, it's silent Bob. J is rather talkative.

about 8 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

oracleofbargth Re:Meanwhile in realityland... (197 comments)

"Don't be evil" =/= "Don't be an asshole"

about 8 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

oracleofbargth Re:raises more questions! (522 comments)


Keyboard? AT keyboard. check.

Video? VGA. check.

Mouse? serial mouse. check.

... so technically yes. Or is that not the KVM you expected?

about 8 months ago

Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

oracleofbargth Re:It is God. (293 comments)

Pigs are not vegetarian, so pig eats vegetarian human?

about 8 months ago

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

oracleofbargth Re:An article that suggests a counter-effect.... (784 comments)

You logic may be faulty. An increase in height of a continental shelf relative to the center of mass of the earth should cause decrease in the depth of the nearby ocean basins, and so a localized decrease in the size of the ocean basin surrounding that continental shelf, which would effectively increase the water displacement of the continent.

Disclaimer: I am not a geologist, so my logic may also have faults.

about 8 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

oracleofbargth Re:sigh (627 comments)

My F's go to 11. (keyboard is missing a key)

about 9 months ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

oracleofbargth Re:Um no (224 comments)

Base pi, of course.

about 10 months ago

Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

oracleofbargth Re:"death" or curable condition (104 comments)

What it definitly is not is some sort of quantum state indicating that the body is about to undergo soul removal.

Unless it also predicts that the person in question will become a politician within the next 5 years.

about a year ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

oracleofbargth Re:Phoenix AZ Google Fiber (172 comments)

From what I hear, it is mostly based on how much the city is willing to bend backwards to accommodate a quick rollout. Google doesnt have to work with uncooperative cities.

This is true. Overland Park got dropped because the city government was being uncooperative.

about a year ago

IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

oracleofbargth Re:Collecovision (178 comments)

The Colleco Adam? That was a design nightmare.

Isn't that the one that would degauss any tapes that you left inserted, because it generated a small EMP when the power switch was flipped?

about a year ago

Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

oracleofbargth Re:Are we even sure all electrons are the same? (299 comments)


Couldn't decide whether to be pedantic about partial charges, or abuse of the English language...

Congratulations, you have broken my pedantry filter.

1 year,12 days

Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

oracleofbargth Re:Can we just call it a "partitioned universe" (458 comments)

A more apt desctiption is our universe is like a cupcake sitting on a platter with (but not touching) a bunch of other cup cakes made from the same batch of batter. Each is slightly different, but they are all made of the exact same stuff and are pretty similar.

The string theory multiverse is more like a bakery display case, with a bunch of different types of pastries that have different ingredients and all look quite different.

1 year,14 days

Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

oracleofbargth Re:TRUST NOBODY (184 comments)

I don't trust the tin foil makers. What can I do?

Switch to cellophane. The tin foil acts as an antenna anyway.

1 year,17 days

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

oracleofbargth Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.

Well, fuck, now I have to avoid certain godda... I mean darn curse words. It won't clean up my filthy language, but I'll be careful not to put certain words together!


The most mistranslated commandment. It has nothing to do with cussing.

A better phrasing would be "Do not take the name of God for the sake of vanity," or in simpler English "Do not call yourself one of God's followers just to make yourself look good."

When you look at it that way, it is probably the most violated commandment of all time.

about a year ago


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