Home-Built Turing Machine
Actually, in a sense, you can. The Turing machine doesn't require an infinite tape, just a tape of arbitrary length. Basically, you need to be able to always add more tape. Eventually, of course, the universe will run out of mass for you to make tape out of, but the machine is still a proper Turing machine.
The distinction may seem meaningless, but consider the set of all finite bitstrings. This set will not contain any infinitely long strings, but it will contain arbitrarily long string. However long you want your string, there's one in the set, and a longer one, but no infinitely long ones. There's a definite difference between arbitrary finite length and infinite length.
I've always found that this realization makes the Turing Machine just a little bit more real.
Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul
There may be some patent concerns though.
Major MMO Publishers Sued For Patent Infringement
seems that patent needs a review.
I believe Roger Ebert gave it two stars.
BBC Wants DRM On HD Broadcasts
You are educated stupid! The 4-corners of the 24 hour day rotate simultaneously inside a single cube.
God creates from opposites, not ONEism. The harmonic cube form will prevail.
Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day
One shot if you accidentally format your data partition because by now you're blind drunk on cheap scotch.
Apple Pulls C64 Emulator From the App Store
It was kinda fun to live in that age when people were gullible enough to accept ANYTHING that popped up on screen.
Yes, those days are definitely behind us...
What's this, I'm the 10.000th visitor to dodgycrackwarez.cz? My goodness, I've won a prize, how exciting!
Doctorow On What Cloud Computing Is Really For
What you need is some sort of article, written by a respected tech writer, that explains in plain terms what cloud computing is, and what the hidden downside may be for the average consumer.
Hmmm... now where would we find such a thing?
Dell Says Re-Imaging HDs a Burden If Word Banned
No, it means "We have a single image that goes out to tens of thousands of customers in hundreds of different hardware configurations, If the software configuration in that image changes, we have to test with the maximum level of paranoia to ensure that we don't get a flood of complaints, and requests for refunds, that each have to be verified independently and will set us back millions of dollars."
I'm sure their imaging system is in order and whipping up a new image will take at worst a few hours. But I can certainly understand the cost of testing will be considerable.
And remember that this is an issue caused by absurd software patents, so for once the Slashdot groupthink is on the side of Microsoft.
Treasured 'Moon Rock' Is Petrified Wood
And the astronauts weren't looking too healthy either.
NVIDIA Predicts 570x GPU Performance Boost
I expect the real intention is more like BUY NVIDIA STOCKS THEY ARE THE FUTURE, CPU STOCKS SUCK.
Who needs profits from actual sales when you can manipulate the market?
Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include Antivirus
Snow leopard uses the Symantec A/V engine, so it is 200% slower.
Snow leopard? More like slow leopard!
(I had to do it... there was no other way)
iPhone 3Gs Encryption Cracked In Two Minutes
He even encrypted his last name.
New Firefox Vulnerability Revealed
I'm just sayin'.
Futurama Voices Could Be Recast
Very effective! They could probably cut the voicework for three really low-budget episodes out of that.
Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games
Until some indie distribution platform pops up that allows you to trade your games, and it's hailed as a great new idea.
Typography On the Web Gets Different
Then a couple of weeks later they'll visit the site on Aunt Betty's old machine with IE6 and FF1.5 and demand that the site should look the same on all, and we'll be back to having sites that use images (or proprietary plugins) for all text just to get the fonts right...
You could simply tack the images on only on the browsers that don't support the new features, and use the bleeding edge standard features in the browsers that do support it. That way, the PHB can decide whether he thinks it's justified to spend all that money on creating non-essential features for browsers that will be gone in a few years (go willing). If he still thinks it's worth the money, it's probably an actual issue, rather than some PHB-ism.
Tomorrow's Science Heroes?
I couldn't agree more. Alice Roberts is well on her way to becoming the new David Attenborough.
Jammie Thomas To Appeal $1.9 Million RIAA Verdict
The problem with the $79K award is that, if you work on the assumption that she is expected to be able to pay, then the damages an artist can get from a single count of copyright infringement is greater than the total income that they would otherwise get from selling music.
But, if that happened, then owning the rights to music would become more important to music labels than actually producing good music. The whole business of making music would become a perverse combination of hype and ownership on a multinational level. Then, their legal arm would grow stronger and stronger and it would begin a maffia-like extortion of insignificant music downloaders, ruining people's lives without regard for any kind of proportion.
Imagine such a world.
Chicken Feathers May Hold Key To Hydrogen Storage
+4 funny for a poultry little pun like that...
Judge Thinks Linking To Copyrighted Material Should Be Illegal
It's not only vastly impractical, it turns the whole idea of the Internet on it's head. The whole idea of putting a file behind a publicly accessible URL is that you are making it public. All the rest, search engines, websites, aggregators everything else is just add-ons to make that act, and the act of typing the url into the address bar to get the file, more user-friendly. The act of putting something behind a URL without restricting access in any way, means you've made it public. That's the rule of the Internet. If you want to restrict access a bit more, you can use http-authentication or session based authentication, there's certainly no lack of options.
Now if you want to build a business model on the internet, I wish you all the luck in the world, we know it's possible, but you do have to follow the one rule. Nobody forced you to be on the internet, feel free to leave again if you don't like it.
Now, newspapers can legitimately gripe about people stealing their content, and semi-legitimately gripe about aggregators displaying it, but that has nothing to do with linking, and this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. The fact that he wants to ban paraphrasing others' content as well makes me wonder how the hell this guy came to be a judge.
That sounds like it would be the single biggest threat to free speech in the last fifty years if it were to go anywhere. Imagine what the media conglomerates would do with a law like that.
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