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Comment: Re:Bogus algorithm (Score 1) 64

by Carewolf (#48676961) Attached to: The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

It's usually mentioned in CS courses because the first stage in introducing these classes is "think about sorting some numbers - how do you go about doing it", and generally Bubble Sort is the first formalisation that falls out of that. The fact that Selection Sort is the one that you think of is neither here nor there - most students come up with something looking like bubble sort.

Most people get to insertion sort or bucket sort first, since those are the ones that arise naturally from sorting playing cards in respectively your hand or the whole deck on the table.

Comment: Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (Score 2) 163

by Carewolf (#48659029) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

Well, you don't have to figth it. It will autoconfigure just fine after moving the cables. All you need to do is wait the 500ms it takes to do a new DHCP request and get the same IP adress again. If that is too long, you should probably be using a static configuration in the first place.

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by Carewolf (#48653919) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

If someone had a gun on September 11, 2001 perhaps the history would be different. In Soviet Russia all pilots were armed, and rightly so.

I travel and every day I see pocket knifes, souvenir knifes being stolen at the checkpoints. The other day my credit card size stainless steel multi-tool (ruler, screwdriver, wrench and a 2 centimeter cutting edge) has been confiscated because it had a less than one inch "blade". Yikes.

Every single day passengers bring bottles of whiskey and other alcohol in the glass bottles, which is essentially a ceramic blade/knife, if the bottle is broken. Heck, you can buy alcohol in the airplane.

I have interviewed several airport security directors and directors supplying security solutions. All of them, in private, agreed that this is a security theater.

No it wouldn't. It wasn't a problem to fight against the hobby knives unarmed either, no one expected the hijackers to be suicide terrorist, and the only thing that would make a difference is hind-sight.

Comment: Generally speaking (Score 1) 272

by m.dillon (#48647275) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Generally speaking, major owners of multiple networks such as Fox often try to force distributors (cable networks, dish, etc) to bundle all of their networks. Kind of an all-or-nothing approach. Otherwise networks like Fox News just wouldn't get distributed at all. It doesn't have a large enough following.

This is slowly changing as peoples viewing habits change. People are watching less T.V. these days and that is shifting the cost model such that the 'junk' channels are now more of a drag on profits vs the relatively few channels that people still really care about.



Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-fox-for-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes Fox News and Fox Business were pulled by Dish Network over the weekend, as both continue to argue over a fee agreement. From the article: "Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that "Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

Comment: Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (Score 1) 196

by Carewolf (#48638655) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

requires exponential resources to simulate

WTF is an exponential resource?

Exponential refers to the amount of resources, not the type. It basically means it takes e^n resources to simulate. While the GP left n unspecified, lets assume it is either particles or wave functions.


FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate 555

Posted by samzenpus
from the looking-into-it dept.
v3rgEz writes In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics.

Comment: Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (Score 1) 435

by Carewolf (#48624323) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Hey thanks for not making a huge deal out of castros death

I think I'm missing part of this joke, because Castro isn't dead...

Castro died several years back but got replaced by another Castro, though this new one isn't the Castro people refer to when they refer to Castro.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Does Denmark... (Score 1) 190

by Carewolf (#48615715) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Oh, so Denmark is going to pull a Putin and cut off whatever sections of Greenland it wants for itself?

??? There is no plans for anything. Besides Greenland already is Danish and under Danish military rule, someone would need to invade it for there to be any conflict.

The North-West of Greenland was almost lost in the 70s because no one lived there and there was no military presence, as uninhabitet land Norway tried to lay claim to it, that was only stopped by adding a miltary presence there, so the only reason North-West Greenland is still considered part of the policial entity Greenland is because Danish military is there, if it wasn't it would be part of another country.

Comment: Re:Does Denmark... (Score 1) 190

by Carewolf (#48611505) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

... honestly think that they can keep Greenland under their thumb for that long? Greenland already doesn't want to be part of Denmark - 75% voted for independence in a nonbinding referrendum in 2008 with a 72% turnout. The wealthier they become and the greater the percentage of the wealth that Denmark siphons away, the more they're going to want it. If Greenland and its EEZ start raking in trillions of dollars annually (which is the sort of mineral wealth up for grabs), how low in the single-digits do you think the popularity of remaining part of Denmark will be? For every trillion of GDP that'd be nearly $17M per capita, at Greenland's current population.

Is Denmark going to force Greenland to stay with them by the gun?

The part of Greenland inhabited by greenlanders can secede all they want. It is the large uninhabitet area that has all the resources, and the only ones living there are Danish scientists and military.

Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by spontaneously moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.