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Radiation Therapy Mistakes Cost Lives

tsjaikdus Re:highly trained morons (215 comments)

I'm not into the medical field, but while in university doing engineering one of my group members put our model against a big sanding machine thereby pretty much evaporating it within 2 seconds. The only think I thought was oh shit those people get medical degrees, too. If I ever get sick I'm screwed.

more than 4 years ago

Reducing One Amino Acid Could Increase Lifespan

tsjaikdus Re:Am I reading this right? (286 comments)

How I read it. Long life. No sex.

*eat banana and 4 eggs at same time*

more than 4 years ago

Linguistic Clue Pushes Back Origin of "World's Oldest Computer"

tsjaikdus Re:Is it a 'computer' ? (141 comments)

IF a certain marker is aligned with another distinct point, THEN a certain result is produced. IF that marker is aligned with a different point, it produces a different result(ELSIF). If it doesn't align with a marker at all you get your ELSE. The only limitation is that the inputs are restricted to those available on the mechanism.

There's no value added. It's like saying it's true because it's true and it's true because it's not false.

The computer should be able to change its program based on a previous result. That's what "if then else" is all about. The antikythera can not do that.

more than 5 years ago

Linguistic Clue Pushes Back Origin of "World's Oldest Computer"

tsjaikdus Re:Is it a 'computer' ? (141 comments)

I forgot to say that a jump was referred to as backing or advancing the punched cards. This could be either unconditional as conditional. Conditional jumping is a way for the machine to "change its program".

more than 5 years ago

Linguistic Clue Pushes Back Origin of "World's Oldest Computer"

tsjaikdus Re:Is it a 'computer' ? (141 comments)

I agree. It's an orrery. It's not something we would call a computer today, however amazing it is. Babbage's Difference Engine wasn't a computer in that sense too. The Difference Engine is more like an ALU. Today, two Difference Engines are in existance, one is in the science museum in London, the other one will be shipped to some MicroSoft billionaire anytime soon. The machine is about GBP 1 million. Babbage's Analytical Engine, however, that's what we would call a computer today. A real nice box of tricks. The Analytical Engine was somewhat bigger and somewhat more complex. For example, the difference engine is an adding machine. This in itself is enough to make a computer out of, but the AE also had dedicated mechanisms to multiply and divide 50 digit decimal numbers in about 3 minutes upon request of a punched card. Babbage also got rid of the ripple carry we all learn about in elementary school and created something that could add the same 50 digit numbers in 2 steps (adding all numbers, then adding all carries at once by linking 9's next to each other mechanically). I've no idea what it would cost to make it today. It was also never finished, but part of the ALU has been built by Babbage (and later his son did some work too). Babbage called the ALU the mill and the memory the store, concepts that were taken from the weaving industry. He also used somthing similar to the Jacquard loom to read the punched cards.

more than 5 years ago

Tech Or Management Beyond Age 39?

tsjaikdus Re:You will have to know tech either way (592 comments)

It is not what you can do, it is what people thing you can do. Make a lot of noise while working. Walk around a lot. Laugh really hard about other people's jokes. And you're job secure until you retire.

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Alpha vs. Google — Results Vary

tsjaikdus intellectual property (255 comments)

According to the Wolfram Alpha agreement all that is on the internet now belongs to Wolfram Research.

more than 5 years ago

Work Progresses On 10,000 Year Clock

tsjaikdus Re:ha ha ha (307 comments)

Whoah! Free materials! *sits patiently at bottom of Great Basin National Park mountain with extra large set of Allen keys*

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Put an Invention Into the Public Domain?

tsjaikdus do research (233 comments)

It may take a few days of patent search (not really fun to do, but ok), to find that your ideas have all been patented 100+ years ago already. And thus being in the public domain. Problem solved.

more than 5 years ago

Shell Ditches Wind, Solar, and Hydro

tsjaikdus Shell Ditches Wind, Solar and Hydro (883 comments)

I don't care. As long as the TV commercials keep showing chimneys with colorful flowers coming out and lovely bunnies next to it and all to keep my conscious from nagging me.

more than 5 years ago

The First Phone Call Was 133 Years Ago

tsjaikdus Re:Gray died in obscurity (196 comments)

Edison created something that could actually be used. That is including the electrical grid, switches, powermeters, bulb fitting and so on that was all needed to make the bulb glow. All this stuff didn't really exist back then. And a lot of new inventions that came out of that were indeed patented.

I think the patent system is put to good use in this case. If it were for Swan or some other introvert nerd, we would still be reading by candlelight.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With Old USB Keys, Low-Capacity Hard Drives?

tsjaikdus upgrade (546 comments)

Open 40 MB harddisk
Carefully take out read/write head
File off some material off said read/write head
Carefully insert read/write head
Close 1 TB harddisk

more than 5 years ago

Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

tsjaikdus Re:Lojban (369 comments)

21 Bridge Street
Dunwich DU3 4WE

March 9, 2009

Wolfram Alpha
c/o Wolfram Research, Inc.
100 Trade Center Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7237, USA

Dear Wolfram Alpha:

I have a question and I am writing to you for help. My question is about bones. More specifically, about human bones. My question is what is the number of bones in the human body?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours Faithfully,


Enclosure: Question

more than 5 years ago

Coming Soon, 250 DVDs In a Quarter-Sized Device

tsjaikdus Re:Height of stacked paper! (209 comments)

I really want to know how far a stack of paper with this much data would stretch.

Paper or DVD leaflets?

more than 5 years ago

Coming Soon, 250 DVDs In a Quarter-Sized Device

tsjaikdus Re:DVDs (209 comments)

Who cares how many DVDs? How many Libraries of Congress is it, that's what I want to know.

And can it be used to make calls from a public telephone?

more than 5 years ago

Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

tsjaikdus Re:Wrong Premise (1108 comments)

Yeah ok, but you're talking about the bad climate change. The one that is only applicable to the lefties and the poor. It won't effect us. We have the good climate change.

more than 5 years ago

How Small Can Computers Get? Computing in a Molecule

tsjaikdus Re:well thats more just the processor... (143 comments)

Claytronics for example need further miniaturization. Tiny dust specs that communicate with other specs to barbapappa-build any product you'll ever need.

more than 5 years ago


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