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Comment: Re:He claims this himself (Score 4, Interesting) 391

by BetterThanCaesar (#47653755) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

How about this then? From http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/whoweare.html:

<body onload="MM_preloadImages('file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but1_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but2_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but3_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but4_over.jpg','images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but6_over.jpg','images/0_company_over.png','images/0_difference_over.png','images/0_founder_over.png','images/0_team_over.png')">

That's production quality.

Comment: Re:less useful how? Re:The larger, the less useful (Score 2) 108

by BetterThanCaesar (#47252293) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

Unicode seems pretty backwards compatible; have any of the the newer versions overwritten or changed the meaning of older versions (e.g. caused damage)?

Yes. Version 2.0 completely changed the Hangul character set. Korean texts written with Unicode 1.1 were not readable in Unicode 2.0, and vice versa. This was 17 years ago, but note that it was after ISO had accepted version 1.1 as an ISO/IEC standard.

Comment: Re:C strikes again! (Score 1) 152

Actually, C does not try to handle pointers at all. It treats them just like a long int (with the appropriate cast) [...].

That's not actually true. First of all, there is no direct connection between the size of pointers and the size of long int. That is platform and implementation dependent. Secondly, at compile-time, pointer arithmetic differs a lot from that of integers. You cannot add two pointers. You can subtract two pointers to the same type (except void); that will give you the number of elements between them, in the ptrdiff_t type. (In theory, that's only possible if the pointers point to the same array, but the compiler can't know if that's true in the general case.) You can add an integer to a non-void pointer. Adding N to a pointer p is the same as &p[N], i.e. you get a pointer to the Nth element.

Comment: Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (Score 1) 469

Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave?

It would not. The "harshness" is the overtones (40 kHz, 60 kHz, etc.), which you cannot hear. From a mechanical point of view, no matter how quickly the signal switches from low to high, the hairs in your cochlea are bound by their individual resonant frequencies, which limit their respective frequency ranges.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by BetterThanCaesar (#46658425) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

No, this is getting the cook fired by claiming there is hair in your food, because you spotted an Obama sticker on his car in the parking lot.

Not even close. Eich was not the cook with the power to choose a different amount of pepper; he was the chief executive officer with the power to make the rules that affect all employees, contributors, customers, and possibly even the world's web sites. Eich did not get fired, he was urged by a lot of people to step down, which he finally did.

And I don't even understand what the "hair in your food" is supposed to be an analogy of. Is the hair his contributions to Proposition 8, and the Obama sticker JavaScript?

Comment: Re:not a surpise - coders should take notice (Score 2) 109

by BetterThanCaesar (#46303177) Attached to: Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

There's actually a lot of evidence that sitting down the majority of your awake time (8+ hours) is itself bad for the body, and cannot be made up for with physical exercise. Working a few hours standing up and being mildly active (i.e. taking walks) during free time is better. Of course, one hour spent at the gym is better than one more hour in the couch. I'm just saying that if you have the opportunity to work standing up, it is likely worth a lot more than you think!

Comment: Re:I think I wrote one of these. (Score 1) 243

Step one is to compare file sizes. Since file sizes need to be identical in order for the files to be identical, and file sizes are already calculated and stored as metadata, this will greatly reduce the time needed.

  1. List all files with their respective sizes.
  2. Sort
  3. For each consecutive file in the list with the same size as the previous file, compare the MD5 hashes.

Comment: Re:Equality (Score 1) 509

by BetterThanCaesar (#45592499) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

Try making jokes about negative female stereotypes and see how quickly your posts got moderated down to -1 troll or flamebait by all the whiteknight pussybeggars around here.

I wonder why there are so few women on Slashdot. Could it be because of all the idiots who assume Slashdotters are always male, and accuse those who defend women's rights of doing it only to impress women?

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 495

by BetterThanCaesar (#45489809) Attached to: Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

Decrease of 150 tons of meat. Global production of meat 180 million tons. 150/180,000,000 - 0.00005%. Decrease in greenhouse gasses: 0.00005*.18 =0.000009%. Get a million of those together and you would have something.

Apart from the "I'm just one person out of 7 billion, so my meat consumption/petrol burning car/operating system choice/vote doesn't have impact" replies one could make, I'd like to point out that they are also showing a lot of young people (mostly men) that a meal doesn't have to contain meat. It is quote possible that these men will eat less meat (on average) during their lifetimes, influencing their families' consumption, and so on.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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