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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

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

What is Belgium doing in your list of stable countries ?

about 2 months ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

thospel A (hidden) communication channel is not an attack (121 comments)

WTF ? That's a covert communication channel, not an attack.
At least the original source gets that right. But what idiot writes the slashdot version of the article?

about 8 months ago

Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

thospel Re:Cannot be (141 comments)

Even better, if the universe is 6000 years old and this star is 6000 light years away, it must be from the beginning of the universe, which is exactly what these researchers discovered. Scientific proof of the bible!

about a year ago

Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

thospel Re:Link? (526 comments)

> I googled "Porn" and nothing came up

React to some Viagra spam to solve that problem

more than 5 years ago

Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas

thospel Re:Linux user - USB stick boot image? (559 comments)

If you have another computer you can also do a PXE of a freedos image to which you copy the firmware and update program. Nowadays i first have to resize the standard floppy image though (since the firmwares are getting so damn big). Then leave that setup around and simply update your floppy image whenever you need to do a new firmware upgrade, select PXE boot in your boot setup and do the update..

about 6 years ago

Perl 5.10, 20 Year Anniversary

thospel Re:Features and whatnot. (304 comments)

Yes. defined or is one of the most useful practical changes of perl 5.10.
Maybe it's clearer when you realize it will mostly be used as "or otherwise use this default". Now a lot of existing code uses || for that purpose, and too often people don't realize that doesn't work the value was 0. But handling the 0 case properly makes the code very ugly.

more than 7 years ago


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