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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

pjt33 Re:Also available for UK, Canada, France ... (95 comments)

The UK one which inspired the US one is actually mentioned in the summary, but if you're assuming that 90% of /.ers won't even RTFS you're probably right.

about two weeks ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

pjt33 Re:Smart move... (127 comments)

Vulcan definitely has "religious connotations".

about two weeks ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

pjt33 Re:Moron Judge (135 comments)

But he's not charged with money laundering. He's charged with conspiracy to launder money. If dirty money comes in and clean money comes out then money laundering has occurred, whether or not some of the intermediate steps involved the exchange of non-monetary assets. So "I was only involved in transactions involving the exchange of non-monetary assets" is irrelevant: what matters is a) whether they were part of a larger chain of transactions to launder money; b) whether he was aware of that larger chain.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

pjt33 Re:My two cents... (210 comments)

Probably not, but they don't make $50 billion annually either.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

pjt33 Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

"A new law that has a fairly vague scope"? It's a law which dates back to 1995, and its scope is fairly clear. See the ECJ's Factsheet.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

pjt33 Re:My two cents... (210 comments)

Google shouldn't have to make intelligent decisions as to what needs to be removed.

Why not? Every other company which does business in the EU has to make intelligent decisions about how it implements the law, including those aspects which allow for a data subject to request deletion of personal data which was collected, stored, and processed without consent or legal necessity.

about three weeks ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

pjt33 Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

Spain's fences surround two cities. That's not quite the same as cutting a continent in half.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

pjt33 Non-citizens are still humans (276 comments)

We are talking about US citizens, right?

What on Earth does that have to do with it? It's perfectly reasonable for the law to distinguish between citizens and non-citizens in matters like residence. I'll even grant that it's not unreasonable for it to distinguish between citizens and non-citizens in the question of who can vote - although that flies in the face of the professed reason for the US War of Independence; and as someone who lives and pays taxes in a country where I'm not a citizen it sometimes irritates me that I can't be fully involved in politics. But in basic matters of human rights like the right to the presumption of innocence, which is what this is about, nationality should be completely irrelevant.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

pjt33 Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

The courts decide what the law means, as well. That sometimes ends up in effect changing it, although from a strict legal point of view it isn't.

about a month ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

pjt33 Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (42 comments)

I'm not a real physicist, but by coincidence I happen to be reading a good book about the LHC and the Higgs field at the moment. (The Particle at the End of the Universe, by Sean Carroll: highly recommended). The explanation given, as I understand it, is that what really matters isn't particles but fields: particles are what we perceive when a field has a concentration of energy in one* place. (* Except that we're talking quantum mechanics here, so the Gabor-Heisenberg-Weyl uncertainty principle applies).

about a month ago
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Fresh Evidence Supports Higgs Boson Discovery

pjt33 Re:More than one Higgs Boson? (42 comments)

FWIW, the mass of the Higgs is less than that of the top quark, but considerably more than that of the other quarks.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

pjt33 Re:Do you even endofunctor bro? (254 comments)

When I wrote that line, what I really had in mind was a specific platformer-creation tool which was responsible for a rash of crappy games on Kongregate a few years ago, but I couldn't (and still can't) remember the name.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

pjt33 Re:Do you even endofunctor bro? (254 comments)

It really dawned on me that game programming just does not mean what I think it means.

Do you think it means AAA FPGs and RPSes? The vast majority of games are much smaller scale than that.

It's possible that the game programming camp is setting the children up with a point-and-click game dev engine (although I hope not); but it might well be giving them a framework like PyGame and a lot of help to get a couple of simple 2D games running. If it fosters the kind of experiences that my generation had growing up in the early days of home computers, it's a good thing.

Weekend hackathons, on the other hand, allow far more time than is necessary to get an alpha version of a simple game running. When I worked in the industry, I once put together an alpha for a word game in 2 hours. It wasn't optimised, it had one bug in the UI, it had placeholder graphics, and as we play-tested it we made major changes to the scoring system, but it was playable and enough fun to get the green light for further development.

about a month ago
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Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

pjt33 Re:Sad ... (100 comments)

The English don't even have their own word for "style of cooking", and use the French cuisine. But one area where English cuisine excels is desserts. A English restaurant will have two or three times as many desserts as a Spanish one, and they'll all be tempting.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's Horizons Spacecraft To Probe Pluto Moon For Underground Ocean

pjt33 Re:Couple of things I don't get here (47 comments)

Having RTFA (I'm sorry), they think that it's probable that way back when Charon's orbit around Pluto was elliptical enough to generate tidal forces which would have warmed its interior. They don't know whether the cracks exist, and if they don't find any then it puts an upper bound on the historical eccentricity of the orbit.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

pjt33 Re:Seriously? (Yes, seriously.) (466 comments)

Don't you need to keep the original file and the code you used to transform it, so that you have an audit trail which shows how you got the current data?

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pjt33 Re: Not surprising. (378 comments)

Having the interest to look for the operating manual, read it, and test it, all with the aim of learning and having fun rather than under any obligation, seems rather close to the Jargon File definition of a hacker.

about a month and a half 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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