top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?
That's the stupidest thing I've read all year.
top Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School
Statistics. That unforgiving bitch no one asked to be invited that tries to manipulate all of our lives.
Statistics don't manipulate people - people manipulate people.
ASA. And I vote.
top Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests
I'm glad my beloved grandfather and great uncles are gone, they fought against fascism in WWII and this kind of gestapo shit would disgust the hell out of them. I could probably wrap his body in some copper wire and run my entire neighborhood from all the revolutions he's turning in his grave.
I wish I had a chance to know your beloved grandfather and great uncles. You know, back when they were walking magnets.
top Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers
If you pay for something and they don't deliver, can't you just call your credit card company and dispute the charge?
top Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?
Go ahead and storm the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade with guns blazing, demanding your privacy. Let us know how that turns out.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue trying to prevent the next Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek, Aurora, Tuscon, Newtown, etc.
top Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Be careful what you wish for, Dr. King.
top Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes
Last week, I created a meatloaf in my kitchen. I did not, however, "invent" meatloaf.
top Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...
My Apple II had 16K. If yours had only 4K, what are you doing with a 7-digit UID?
top Book Review: The Ingenious Engine of Reality
I read the first few pages of your link. I agree. Word salad.
top NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress
What is called when you borrow money at 0%, never pay the principal and only pay the interest? It's not money printing? What is it, then?
That's not money printing. That's called "a gift", since the entity you borrow from no longer has the money.
top Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time
I But what if it is also moving and/or turning/rotating on/along one or more axis. How would we perceive that?
Perhaps as a cosmic centrifugal force that causes galaxies to fly apart from each other, interpreted as a cosmological constant causing the expansion of space itself? Oh, wait...
top Computer Science vs. Software Engineering
Physics degree -- you might end up working on radio antennae...
Or as a
quant on Wall St.
top Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines
The penalty for under-consumption should never be more than the cost of the electricity that one would have to consume to avoid the penalty. There's no point in motivating them to *waste* electricity.
about a year and a half ago
top Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire
Romney's response to Question 11:
For example, his “Utility MACT” rule is purportedly aimed at reducing mercury pollution, yet the EPA estimates that the rule will cost $10 billion to reduce mercury pollution by only $6 million (with an “m”).
I understand the
cost of a reduction being $10 billion. What does it mean to say that the extent of a reduction in mercury pollution is measured in dollars? about a year and a half ago
top Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests
"Tyranny of the majority" is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for lunch.
(Attribution unknown.) about a year and a half ago
top Google+ Account Suspended? You Won't Find Out Why
You're both right. The GGP was correct, and it follows the same rules. E.g., see "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics, first line: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
about a year and a half ago
top How a 1960s Discovery In Neuroscience Spawned a Military Project
In the original script the Matrix was actually *run* on the human brains, but execs thought that would be too complicated for the masses,
Unfortunately, they were right.
top Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors
No, 0.0999[...] (I can't do the symbol here, because
/. doesn't do Unicode) is not the same as 0.1 It's never 0.1. The more decimals you add, the closer you get, but like the speed of light, it can never be reached.
Wrong. 0.09999... == 0.1 for the same reasons 0.999999... == 1:
X = 0.09999... Then:
10X = 0.9999...
(10X - X) = 0.999999... - 0.0999999...
(All 9's in hundredths place and beyond cancel out)
9X = 0.90000000...
X = .1 QED