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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

the_arrow Re:Telescopes and camping or night-tours (207 comments)

More importantly, for the OP, go camping with a telescope with your kids.

Even if they're not old enough to really go into the theoretical bits, spending some quality time with their dad, seeing some awesome images through the telescope (and letting the wife have some quality time alone for herself) will probably make you the best dad in the world. It might not help you do something useful for the betterment of astrophysics, but I'm sure it will help you unwind after a long work-week, and as you try to explain the things your kids see in the telescope will help you understand some of these things better yourself. A good teacher should always learn while teaching, and all that. :-)

3 hours ago
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Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

the_arrow Re:Stonehenge (28 comments)

My life is so successfull
I've got everything a man could ever need.

Got a 1000 dollar haircut
And I even have a talkshow on TV.

And I know I should be happy, but instead
There's a question I can't get out of my head.

What's the meaning of Stonehenge?
It's killing me that no one knows
Why it was built 5000 years ago.

Why did they build the Stonehenge?
How could they raise the stones so high
Completely without the technology
We have today?

When I make my jalapeños
Calamari and prosciutto
I'm the king!

My wife applaud(s) me in the kitchen
When I tell her all I bought is from the local store

(And) When the kids have gone to bed, we're all alone
She gives me a smile
Then she plays with my balls

(But?) All I think of is Stonehenge
I think about it when I dream
The biggest henge that I have ever seen

What's the purpose of Stonehenge?
A giant granite brithdaycake
Or a prison far too easy to escape?

Stonehenge! Stonehenge! Lots of stones in a row!
They were 25 tons each stone, my friend
But amazingly they got them all down in the sand
And they moved it (Stonehenge!)
And they dragged it (Stonehenge!)
And they rolled it 46 miles from Waleeees! - Heeey (46 miles from Wales!)

What's the deal with Stonehenge? (Oh, what's the deal, what's the deal, what's the deal)
You should have left a tiny hint
When you made this fucking labyrinth, of stone! (Who the... )
Who the fuck builds a Stonehenge? (fuck builds a Stonehenge?)

Two Stone Age-guys wondering what to do
Who just said: "Dude, let's build a henge or two!"

I would give anything to know
About the Stonehenge
Yeah, I would give all I have to give
Would you give them your car?
(Mmm) Are you kidding me, of course I would have given the car
What car do you drive?
Drive a Civic, drive a Civic. Drive a Civic!
A car you can trust!
Never mind the car, let's talk about the henge
What henge is that again?
It's the Stonehenge, it's the Stonehenge!
God, it is the greatest henge of all!

What's the meaning of Stonehenge?

[Credits: Ylvis - Stonehenge]

about a week ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

the_arrow Re:Geez, he still has a point (266 comments)

To be fair, Wasteland 2 hasn't happened yet.

To be fair, no it hasn't, we'll have to wait nine whole days more for it to happen properly.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

the_arrow Re:Why do we need Auto? (193 comments)

typedef void (*FunctionPtr)();
std::map<std::string, FunctionPtr> knownCommands;

While on the subject of C++11/14, why not use std::function instead of a function pointer?

about a month ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

the_arrow Re:Sitting on the floor? (181 comments)

Does he also park in the handicap space?

While handicapped people make handicapped faces?

about 1 month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

the_arrow Good for just browsing (165 comments)

One thing that libraries are very good for, is to just walk around aimlessly along the shelves and see what's there. You still can't do that online.

For example, I was at a library just the other day, and didn't really know what book I wanted, so I just wandered around, picking up a book here, a book there, putting back a book when I found something more interesting. Left the library with The Complete Conan Saga, and Gaimans The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

about a month ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

the_arrow Re:its why devs cringe. (180 comments)

Of course it's possible to write illegible code in Python. After all, it is possible to write FORTRAN in any language.

about a month and a half ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

the_arrow Golf ball? (138 comments)

Dimples on a car? Like a golf ball car?

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

the_arrow Re:Pft (962 comments)

In many societies throughout history, women have (and still are) considered second citizens. It wasn't that long ago that in western culture women should be at home, and should obedient and timid creatures that serviced their husband and children no matter how their husband treated them.

Is it so hard to see that when women try to that stereotypical role that many men will have feeling about it? Most often those feelings are fear which the men show as hate.

So no it's not something which can be blamed on women "sticking out", it's because they are women that they get more "hate" than other groups.

And saying that everybody does it to everyone is a bad excuse, especially when it happens more to women than to men.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

the_arrow MapPoint and scenic routes? (174 comments)

MapPoint? Wasn't it the service that plotted a route between two cities in Norway by taking the long, two-day and over 1600 mile scenic route, instead of the more direct 500 mile trip it was if going the other way around?

Well, yes it was!

about 2 months ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

the_arrow Re:No shit (203 comments)

There are many people who came up with great inventions or mathematical proofs just because no-one told that it would be impossible and not work.

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

the_arrow In the words of Agent Smith (564 comments)

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

about 2 months ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

the_arrow Limit Theory (100 comments)

Haven't seen Limit Theory mentioned yet. It's an infinite space sim, all of the universe is procedurally generated, and coded by a single guy. Looking darn pretty too!

Though, it's not down on a planet level, it's only in space.

about 3 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

the_arrow Re:What's the solution? (205 comments)

Airline crash? Like the airline going bust (e.g. chapter 11) or airline crash as in the whole fleet of aircraft crashing?

about 3 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

the_arrow Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

What do you think will happen if climate change leads to less fresh water being available, or arable land starts shrinking? While bad in itself, you don't think events such as those will lead to war?

Even if the human race can cope well with potential climate change, you will still get wars. So the worst case scenario is both problems due to climate change and wars.

So by combating potential climate change we might be able to prevent drought/famine and war at the same time.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

the_arrow Re:Frequent hurricanes? (627 comments)

And sea level rise has been going on for 12,000 years since the last ice age

Weird, here in Scandinavia it's the land that have risen since the last ice-age. Because you know, 3000 meter thick ice weighs quite a lot and pressed the land down, and the land is now (still) rebounding.

about 4 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

the_arrow Re:What kind? (115 comments)

I wonder how hard it would be for all the older games that run in DOSbox?

Doesn't many old DOS-era games from gog.com come with DOSBox? Shouldn't be too hard to move from one DOSBox installation to another?

about 5 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

the_arrow Re:whine (226 comments)

You're supposed to have both "Developers who do Ops" and "Ops guys who develop" in one team to do "DevOps"

Si the idea is to take good (hopefully) programmers and make then into mediocre (at best) operation guys, and take the operation guys and make them into mediocre (at best) developers?

Somehow that doesn't really sound like a good idea to me. Wouldn't it be better if you have good developers doing development, and good operation guys doing operation stuff?

I don't know about operations, but we all seen what happens when mediocre developers are let loose on a code-base.

about 5 months ago

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EU parliament group opposes long copyrights

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "It seems there are some politicians who "get it". At least it seems that way after reading an entry in Rick Falkvinges (leading Swedish Pirate Party member) blog. To be more specific the ones from the green group in the European parliament who now have adopted a position saying in part:

the copyright monopoly does not extend to what an ordinary person can do with ordinary equipment in their home and spare time.

The group also states in their new policy that:

Net neutrality must be guaranteed.

The actual policy-paper can be found here (PDF warning.)"
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Apple may be taken to court for app rejection

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "In Denmark the tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet usually have scantily clad ladies on page 9. When making an iPad application, Apple of course rejected it because of that. However, Ekstra Bladet is not happy with that, and many sites (like this one) reports that Ekstra Bladet is thinking about taking Apple to European court for "unfair censorship and anti-competitive behaviour". It have even been reported on the CNN website."
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AmigaOS twenty-five years of check-ins visualized

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "

As a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amiga computer, Hyperion Entertainment has made a video using the Gource CVS visualization software showing a time-compressed version of 25 years of Amiga development, from the early days of AmigaOS 1.0 to the present. Personal commentary added by one of the current core full-time AmigaOS developers, Hans-Joerg Frieden (a.k.a. "Rogue").

Video in a couple of popular formats and resolutions availabe here."
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Pricne says Internet is over

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, "The internet's completely over." At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror.
Quoting Prince: "The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."
Full interview found here."

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Swedens first IPRED ruling overturned

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "Acording to an article in Swedens The Local the first case under the European union antipiracy directive IPRED has been overturned in the court of appeal. The ISP ePhone was told by a lower court to connection information for a private ftp-site to five book publishing companies, but that ruling have now been overturned."
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Artist not allowed stream his own music

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "Scottish artist Edwyn Collins wanted to stream one of his own songs on MySpace, it seems that Warner wont allow him to.
From the article: "Edwyn Collins has been barred from streaming his own song through MySpace. Management for the former Orange Juice frontman have been unable to convince the website that they own the rights to A Girl Like You, despite the fact that they, er, do." Also: "MySpace are not equipped to deal with the notion that anyone other than a major [label] can claim a copyright, complained Grace Maxwell, Collins's wife and manager.""

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TeliaSonera customers cut of from part of Internet

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "Since a couple of days, many TeliaSonera customers have trouble reaching parts of the Internet. This is because Cogent cut of their connection after a dispute over an upgrade of Cogents network. TeliaSonera have sent a letter (blog in Danish, letter in English) to customers."
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Sweden going all digital

the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "As of 9:45 central european time today, the last analog TV transmission in Sweden went off-line. From today, Sweden is the first country going completely digital."
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the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "Saw this quote at the bottom of Slashdot:

Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three — and paradise is when you have none." — Doug Larson

Personally I have two phones connected to a single land-line, one private cellular phone, one work cellular phone from my employer, a SIM card from where I work, and one cellular from the condo board.
My question is simple: How many phones and/or lines do you have?"
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the_arrow the_arrow writes  |  more than 7 years ago

the_arrow (171557) writes "In 1994 the Swedish band Rednex had a major hit with the country-dance hit "Cotton Eye Joe". In 2007 that very same band (still somewhat active) are upp for sale on eBay.
You want to own your own pop-band? Now is your chance!"

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