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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

pjt33 Re:Yeah right. (99 comments)

You're probably thinking of Samuel Johnson as quoted by Boswell:

Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.

3 days ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

pjt33 Re:Doublespeak (280 comments)

It's not a closed market. Just a regulated one.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

pjt33 Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

Like, I'd be making money on every transaction since it uses my app, and my app's purpose is solely to connect riders to drivers, but I wouldn't be the one supplying the vehicles or drivers.

They'd get you for conspiracy instead.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

pjt33 Re:Hard to say (346 comments)

The report I read elsewhere suggested that it was, at least in part, a reaction to the new owner sacking the editor.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization

pjt33 Re:... break most modern cryptographic codes? (62 comments)

I think GPP was talking about the generic comments made on quantum computing rather than the particular analysis which is the main topic. Shor's algorithm does discrete log as well as factorisation.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization

pjt33 Re:Right... (62 comments)

If you have to explain the joke, it's not funny.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization

pjt33 Re:Examples given look like 1 bit different (62 comments)

I rather hope that it requires that the bits which flip are next to each other, because otherwise they've overlooked 16843009 = 257 * 65537, the product of the two largest known Fermat primes.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

pjt33 Re:I agree (523 comments)

The word "cursive" isn't used much outside North America. "(Hand)writing" (as contrasted with "printing") has much wider currency.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

pjt33 Re:quick notes? (523 comments)

I don't know about you, but I can jot-down quick notes on scraps of paper a hell of a lot faster than I can get out an electronic device, open a note-taking program, and attempt to use an on-screen keyboard to type the same notes with any degree of accuracy.

That's not a fair comparison. If you're counting the time to open the memo app on your phone, you should also count the time to find a pen or pencil and a scrap of paper. For me the time which the former takes is fairly consistent, but the latter varies considerably because I don't usually carry a pen in my trouser pocket.

As an aside, you seem to be making more of an argument for teaching shorthand than for teaching writing.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

pjt33 Re:PR works well? Where? (413 comments)

By contrast Belgium's record of 18 months without a government as a result of PR should be a warning to us all.

A warning or an incentive?

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

pjt33 Re:Serfdom (110 comments)

The topic is undergraduate study, not research. The people who are inclined towards research will want to take a full CS degree rather than an apprenticeship.

about three weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

pjt33 Re: How are we covering the shortfall/defecit? (323 comments)

Canada has a strategic maple syrup reserve, so the idea that the USA could have a strategic cocoa reserve isn't completely ridiculous.

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

pjt33 Re:Amino acid data? (337 comments)

I think it's the gas chromatograph rather than the mass spectrometer (surely chirality doesn't measurably affect the mass of a molecule?), but they're built in to the same instrument, COSAC. This abstract sounds like a chromatograph to me.

about a month ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

pjt33 Re:It wasn't just PLATO (134 comments)

Teletype? Luxury! My mother learnt to program when she was in secondary school by posting punched cards across the country to Manchester University and getting the results back a week later.

about a month ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

pjt33 Re:MS Office Incompatibility (170 comments)

If you ever look at a document.xml extracted from a .docx file you'll be astonished at how much crap there is in there just to support revision tracking.

about a month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

pjt33 Re:UK article, US units (165 comments)

For some things. But a lot of the units which people in the US call English are different sizes to the units with the same name in England. And the UK certainly doesn't use $ for its currency, which I think is what the GPP was talking about, although I think they may have overlooked a context switch from the UK beta tests to the US launch.

about 2 months ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

pjt33 Re:Is Google Losing It? (160 comments)

If they're highlighting Google Play then I can see a new anti-trust investigation in the near future.

about 2 months ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

pjt33 Re:incremental backups (150 comments)

Depends on what the problem with the colo server is. It's not entirely unknown for police to seize an entire rack of servers from a colo. (E.g. 1, 2, and I half-remember incidents in other countries too).

about 2 months ago

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Ocean currents proposed as cause of magnetic field

pjt33 pjt33 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pjt33 (739471) writes "The Institute of Physics reports a recently published paper which proposes that ocean currents could account for Earth's magnetic field. The currently predominant theory is that the cause is molten iron flowing in the Earth's outer core. There is at present no direct evidence for either theory."
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