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Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon

tomtomtom777 Re:Hello (276 comments)

Well spoken. It's "Tuttle", not "Buttle".

more than 2 years ago
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CouchOne, Membase Merge, Form NoSQL Powerhouse

tomtomtom777 Re:cool! (46 comments)

Memcached is a distributed in-memory cache implementation, it has nothing to do with noSql. See: http://code.google.com/p/memcached/

Incorrect

Memcached is a key/value store, which doesn't use SQL or RDBMS concepts and is therefore by definition a noSQL project.

The fact that it is an in-memory cache implementation is irrelevant.

more than 3 years ago
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CouchOne, Membase Merge, Form NoSQL Powerhouse

tomtomtom777 Re:cool! (46 comments)

Memcached is a distributed in-memory cache implementation, it has nothing to do with noSql. See: http://code.google.com/p/memcached/

Incorrect

Memcached is a key/value store, which doesn't use SQL or RDBMS concepts and is therefore by definition a noSql project.

The fact that is an in-memorty cache implementaion is irrelevant.

more than 3 years ago
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Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet

tomtomtom777 Re:Wattage (497 comments)

I try not to plug in more than one vaccuum cleaner.

You don't know what your missing. There's nothing more satisfying then vacuuming together with your mother/girlfriend. Using the same socket definitely adds to the excitement.

We've just bought our sixth vaccuum cleaner to expand our vaccuum cleaning parties.

more than 3 years ago
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Carbon Trading Halted After EU Exchange Is Hacked

tomtomtom777 Re:Wait, carbon trading wasn't a scam to BEGIN wit (228 comments)

Offer companies tax credits to reduce emissions and fine them for exceeding but letting them pay to pollute is a joke.

So what is the difference between fining them for exceeding and letting them pay for exceeding?

more than 3 years ago
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How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

tomtomtom777 Re:How long will we have to tolerate cars? (606 comments)

Why would you imagine that tubes would be easier or cheaper to build underground? Tunnels are expensive! No, our tubes will be mostly above ground, which will also provide a better view while we're using them.

They might provide a better view while we're using them but not while were not using them

Eventually, transportation will become a commodity that we will not consider worthy of spending our precious and rare ground-level space for.

more than 4 years ago
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How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

tomtomtom777 Re:How long will we have to tolerate cars? (606 comments)

Now that would be an interesting poll: how long before our cities get rid of these dirty, ugly & dangerous cars?

Agreed. The transportation of the future will not be in the air but underground where tubes can be kept at almost vacuum and "cars" can move very fast using magnetic leviation at very low energy consumption.

The future cities will be beautiful

more than 4 years ago
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Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier

tomtomtom777 Re:Comment your data too! (590 comments)

"Uncompressed ASCII is universal."

Big endian or little endian? It's not as universal as you may think.

Endianness is irrelevant for ASCII. It only determines the order of bytes within multi-byte words. ASCII is 7-bit and therefore, there is no difference between "big endian ASCII" or "little endian ASCII".

more than 4 years ago
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Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier

tomtomtom777 Re:Comment your code (590 comments)

No. They are not compiled and therefore lag behind the state of the code in almost every software project I have encountered so far. If you can choose between naming and commenting, use naming. For example, a parameter called ZeroBasedIntegerIndex will be in your editor's autocompletion and therfore visible where you use it. A comment is only visible where you define it, and therefore gets lost in usage. And if the ZeroBasedIntegerIndex happens to be defined as a string, you'd change it immediately. The comment would probably stay wrong for a very long time.

So you are actually promoting the use of variables named like ZeroBasedIntegerIndex?

That name really sucks, dude. I understand that you want to clarify the advantage of good variable naming, but ZeroBasedIntegerIndex is NOT a good example. Names should describe what the variable means semantically.

more than 4 years ago
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Typically, I get N pieces of snail mail per day;

tomtomtom777 Re:Wow! (228 comments)

Rob Muntz did something very similar for the great duch program waskracht

more than 4 years ago
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My Automobile Gets __ MPG

tomtomtom777 Re:Diesel (1141 comments)

Why isn't this ranked informative?

Cause the moderators have learned what "Le" means?

more than 4 years ago
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There is no...

tomtomtom777 Re:Third Rule of Fight Club (314 comments)

Well, that's stupid.

Rule #1. 0

I didn't post the whole algorithm for the sake of brevity and humor.

You must be new here

more than 4 years ago
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The Tuesday Birthday Problem

tomtomtom777 Re:Summary misstates the problem (981 comments)

You have read correctly. When it is given that one of the children is a boy there is no difference between the statement that "the other child is a boy" and stating "both children are boys". There is no ambiguity there.

more than 4 years ago
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The Tuesday Birthday Problem

tomtomtom777 Re:Summary misstates the problem (981 comments)

"I have two children, one of whom is a boy. What's the probability that my other child is a boy?" ... it is given that the FIRST child is a boy.

I must admit that English is not my native tongue but I fail to see how this gives that the FIRST child is a boy. Doesn't "one of whom" implies that it can be either the first or the second?

more than 4 years ago
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Arrr ye a pirate, matey?

tomtomtom777 Re:Netherlands (572 comments)

Although it has been suggested to add a fee to the ISP costs to compensate the labels for downloading (via Buma Stemra), this has not passed the dutch parliament yet, so we don't pay for it in other ways like we do with blanc media.

Even though it is not illegal to download in the Netherlands, you are still reproducing something without the proper authorization, which I believe is the usual meaning of the word.

more than 4 years ago
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Arrr ye a pirate, matey?

tomtomtom777 Re:Netherlands (572 comments)

It is impossible for me to download pirated media since it is legal to download movies and music here.

I'm afraid it doesn't work like that. Pirating doesn't cease to be pirating just because it is legal. Just as alcohol does not cease to be drugs just because it is legal.

more than 4 years ago
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Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By Microsoft

tomtomtom777 Re:Say what? (539 comments)

Human rights activity? These girls are allowed to sleep during working hours ?! My employer would seriously kick my ass for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Towards an Open Geolocation Database

tomtomtom777 Re:Big guys? (74 comments)

But 2 million is still a really large number for this metric. In any case it is by far the biggest location based social network at the moment.

more than 4 years ago
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Towards an Open Geolocation Database

tomtomtom777 Re:Big guys? (74 comments)

I've never heard of Foursquare and Gowalla until reading this.

Foursquare as over 2 million unique visitors per month. That is twice as much as /. So yes, it's a big guy. Never having heard of it before is kinda your problem here.

more than 4 years ago

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