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### Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

I know they use the same engine (Bing), but IMO AltaVista's results page seems more complete and intuitive than Yahoo's. For two equivalent searches, the AltaVista page has more similar searches, has more "more results from ...." links, and just seems tighter and more cohesive.

about a year and a half ago
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### Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

Re:So the news is... (381 comments)

Your code shouldn't be more complex than it really needs to be.

Obviously your writing is too simple, because he states the rule simply as "simplicity is the quality of code that is no more complex than required to express the underlying complexity".

about a year and a half ago
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### Lab Rats Given "Sixth Sense"

Interestingly the electrodes were implanted in the "tactile information" processor, so the infrared light is interpreted as touch. That would seem to mean that in "tracking" the source of the signal, the rats meander until the infrared light hits their eyes, and then head toward it as the strength of the touch signal increases.

TFA says "a new sensory input can be interpreted by a region of the brain that normally does something else," but isn't the input just being "converted" into the sense of touch by activating that region of the brain?

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### Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

So you increase the surcharge with some high school math.

If the cost is x and the surcharge is y, then we need:
(x + y) * .03 = y.
.97y = .03x
y = x * .03/.97

So the surcharge you should charge in this case would be y = 3.0928 (or in general, 3.0928% for a 3% credit card transaction fee).

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### If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Re:Cry me a river. (660 comments)

The question is about change in wages, not absolute wages. If IT wages started higher but have remained flat, why is that?

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### Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time

Not of practical use? (262 comments)

Of course this is practically useful. Even if you have to run it multiple times before arriving at the right answer, you're virtually guaranteed to get there in orders of magnitude less time. Just verify the result (multiply the factors, try to decrypt whatever you're guessing the key for, etc.) until it's correct.

more than 2 years ago

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