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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

osu-neko Re:EVE Online (630 comments)

Maybe... but Gallente ships prefer with melee-range weapons. :p

about a week ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

osu-neko I usually do both (162 comments)

When asked for advice, I usually start with a "best practices" answer, and then follow up with "but if that's too much, at least do ..." Basically, the best answer, followed by the answer that's most likely to be followed if they decide the best answer is too difficult/time-consuming/more effort than it's worth/whatever.

about a week ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

osu-neko Re:BAD SUMMARY (167 comments)

there is a factual problem with the summary...

It is a bad summary, but only because the wording is ambiguous, not that it's factually incorrect. The statement you're objecting to is perfectly correct in one interpretation, and dead wrong in another. Your own counter-statement, "it is not required of the opponent to play rock 50% of the time," is equally ambiguous. In fact, 50% of the time (assuming a fair coin), the opponent is required to play rock, so it's true that "it is required of the opponent to play rock, 50% of the time". Leaving out the comma yields a true sentence (assuming the correct interpretation is chosen of the now even more ambiguous sentence) that contradicts the quoted sentence of yours, assuming you parse your sentence as "it is not required: that the opponent play rock 50% of the time", but does not contradict it at all if your sentence is parsed "it is not required that the opponent play rock, 50% of the time", since 50% of the time, the opponent can choose freely, and thus is 50% of the time, is not required to make any particular choice. So, both the summary and your explanation of what's wrong with it contain statements that not factually incorrect, just ambiguously worded such that a reader might interpret it to mean something that is incorrect rather than something that is correct.

This is a textbook example of why programming computers in plain English would be a monstrously bad idea.

about two weeks ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

osu-neko Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

You seriously think that each player in RPS has a 33% chance of winning each round? Think a little bit about that. Oh, I forgot, this is /.

What do you think the odds are for each player? Keep in mind that there are three possible outcomes for each round: win, lose, or draw.

about two weeks ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

osu-neko Re:Hmm (277 comments)

Maybe I should look at this implementation for my upcoming MMO, which will likely go live somewhere in 2030 :)

But getting three random passwords for an MMO is easy. Just send out three emails to users claiming they've been caught selling gold...

about two weeks ago
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Google's Project Tango Headed To International Space Station

osu-neko Re:My curiosity (22 comments)

No. Acceleration is change in velocity. That's what it is measuring. If velocity is not changing, acceleration = 0.

No experiment can distinguish between gravity and uniform acceleration, so if acceleration is what it's measuring, it can't possibly tell the difference between 9.8m/s^2 of acceleration and Earth-normal gravity. Indeed, just as Special Relatively is based on the fact that rest and uniform motion are the same thing, General Relativity is based on the fact that gravity and acceleration are the same thing. If you are sitting still on Earth's surface, you are undergoing 9.8m/s^2 of gravitational acceleration. In order for the accelerometer to read zero, you would have to be in free-fall.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Project Tango Headed To International Space Station

osu-neko Re:My curiosity (22 comments)

Oops, make that "up". /bonk

about three weeks ago
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Google's Project Tango Headed To International Space Station

osu-neko Re:My curiosity (22 comments)

An accelerometer doesn't measure speed but acceleration, if it was moving on earth at a perfectly constant pace (and perfectly smoothly) the accelerometer would likewise not measure anything, right?

If it measures acceleration, then whether at rest or undergoing smooth, constant motion, it should measure an acceleration of 9.8m/s straight down.

about three weeks ago
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Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

osu-neko Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Is there nothing he couldn't do?

Withhold certain information while talking to cops.

about a month ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

osu-neko Re:Lack of privacy knowledge (182 comments)

Understanding of basic vocabulary seems to have gone out the window today.

anonymous: without a name attached to the work/deed/etc. cf. greek/latin "an-" (without) prefix and "onym" (name)

pseudonymous: with a false name attached. cf. greek/latin "pseudo-" (false)

What's being described here is not pseudonymous, unless a note is being attached to each transaction saying "This transaction was made by Mark Twain" (assuming the actual person conducting the transaction isn't actually named Mark Twain).

about a month ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

osu-neko Re:Lack of privacy knowledge (182 comments)

By that absurd definition, anonymous posts aren't anonymous because they are posted, anonymous letters aren't anonymous because they're printed, etc. You fundamentally fail at understanding what "anonymous" means if you think being logged makes it not anonymous. What makes anonymous things anonymous is not the fact that they're not recorded, because indeed they all are, and have been for the thousands of years of anonymous writing/deeds/etc. What unites all the things we've described as "anonymous" for millennia is that what isn't recorded alongside the various things that are is the author's name.

about a month ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

osu-neko Re:There may well be life on Europa (216 comments)

Another mission to a world we've been to before will yield more interesting science that one to a world we've never been to before? That seems unlikely. Not saying there isn't a heck of a lot more to learn on Titan, but your reasoning here is bizarre.

The fact of the matter is, we don't know what we'll find if we go looking at Europa. One of the things about science is, instead of trying to find the answers to questions like that by just thinking about it (i.e. the philosophical method), the scientific method involves actually looking instead of merely guessing. If we want to know what we'll find on Europa, we'll have to send a probe and actually see.

You could fill a book full of perfectly reasonable statements about what we'd find on planets before we sent probes to them, all as reasonable as what you've saying, based on what we thought we knew at the time, and all dead wrong.

A mission to Europa is far more likely to yield scientifically interesting results than another mission to anywhere we've been before.

about a month ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

osu-neko Re:hostile ot all known life? (77 comments)

It should be noted that life almost certainly started in Earth's oceans (where the vast majority of it remains to this day -- life outside the oceans is practically a footnote). I do believe are hydrosphere is approximately two-thirds hydrogen, one-third oxygen (by atom count -- by mass, of course, the one oxygen atom outweighs the two hydrogen atoms).

about 1 month ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

osu-neko Re:Way to go moon! (69 comments)

A peer reviewed science fair project? I'm not sure if "Ken has cooties" and similar reviews from his peers would have contributed significantly.

about 2 months ago
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

osu-neko Re:no wrong dates (111 comments)

Nonsense. ARM started designing chips in 1983

Nonsense. ARM didn't design anything in 1983, as ARM didn't exist at the time. ARM was founded in 1990 to continue development of the already existing design.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

osu-neko Re:Also see.. (129 comments)

...Steve Jobs take credit for other people's work in this video, just like always.

Where? I didn't see him claiming at any point to have single-handedly developed it. Are you claiming he didn't play any part at all in it? If not, then you're just plain wrong and you know it.

about 3 months ago
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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

osu-neko Re:Reporters have zero clue, News at 11 (230 comments)

Or perhaps the reports here have a bigger clue than you. Yes, jet fuel is kerosene, but not all kerosene is jet fuel. If they were, in fact, using jet fuel, using the more specific term would be more accurate. Do you have some reason for thinking they got their facts wrong here?

Jet fuel is liquid, too. They could have reported that they used liquid, which would be equally true... but even less specific and thus less informative. The more specific you can be, the better.

about 3 months ago
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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

osu-neko Re:[OT] mmBtu? (230 comments)

Old habits die hard. Don't forget about other fun gas-related units, such as the hundred (standard) cubit feet, ccf.

That's "cubic" feet. You're going really old school when you start talking about cubits.

about 3 months ago
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Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up On Monday

osu-neko Re:units (67 comments)

Only that was what was said. They said they were the same size as a basketball court...

Actually, that's not what they said. They said that the probe would not have been able to power itself even with solar panels the size of a basketball court. It's a hypothetical statement. My car would not be able to lift itself, even if it was filled with hydrogen. This is true, but in saying this, I'm not saying my car is actually filled with hydrogen, just pointing out that it wouldn't have enough lift even if it was.

Granted the way they said it unfortunately implied what you said. But it's not what they actually said.

about 3 months ago

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