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+ - What would your first 24 hours of a "I've got to disappear" plan look like? 1

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diacritica
diacritica writes "This Ask Slashdot is inspired by à-la-Bourne movies but taking a more realistic approach to the world we live in. You are native to and live in a big city (> 1M pop) in a G8 country of your choosing. T = 0h, you accidentally witness a strange event. T = 1h, you realize you're being followed AND you get the feeling that the police/government might be involved. Context data: you are able to speak one language apart from good English. You are 25 to 45 years old. You are computer savvy. You are engaged/married, you have family living in the same city. 99% of your money is in a bank account. You prefer to go "rationally" paranoid. What would you do in order to feel safe after those 24h? Remember, you didn't commit a crime, but there are plenty of real-world resources invested in catching you."
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+ - Finding My Summer Vacation's Shortest Path->

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CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes "Clay Breshears at Dr. Dobb's has a fun formula for optimizing the drive between multiple cities. "Think of a map as an instance of a graph, the cities are the nodes and the roads between cities are the edges. The length of the road is the weight of the corresponding edge. The All-Pairs Shortest Path problem takes a graph of n nodes represented by an n x n weight matrix, W. The result is an n x n matrix, D (for distance), where the D[i][j] entry holds the minimum weight of the path from node i to node j. Entries in the W matrix can be zero, positive (if a direct edge lies between the two nodes), or the infinity value where there is no direct edge between the nodes.""
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Comment: Re:What Kind of 'Hiring?' (Score 1) 135

by Chappsterr (#30930410) Attached to: Oracle To Invest In Sun Hardware, Cut Sun Staff
I work at a large exchange in Chicago.. We had about five Sun technicians who worked on our servers with any hardware issues. Great guys, all of them. Any issue we had, they'd almost guarantee to fix it. Then Sun let them go, and forced the software division to come out and work on our equipment. Now we have about 10 new guys, all software-side. They give us horrible support and have to call their helpdesk every ten minutes to fix any issue they haven't seen yet. It takes probably three times as long for any issue to fix itself nowadays.

Thanks, Sun.

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+ - Contest Speed Limit with Google Street View?

Submitted by Chappsterr
Chappsterr (1304949) writes "Last night I was pulled over for reportedly going 60mph in a 45mph zone. I knew for a fact that the speed limit was 55, so when I got home I went onto Google Street View and traveled along the highway to check out the speed limit. Sure enough, the speed limit was 55. I took a screenshot of the speed limit sign, along with the location that I was pulled over at (which oddly enough has a 'Speed Limit Ahead: 45' sign at). I'm thinking that this is enough for me to win a case. Would Slashdot agree?"

Comment: Re:i always thought the big bang was bullshit (Score 1) 408

by Chappsterr (#23729881) Attached to: Study Hints At Time Before Big Bang
The short answer is this:

No matter which direction we look into space, the expansion of the universe is always going to be the same. This sounds kind of obvious until you realize that 13.72 billion light years one way, and the same distance another way are incommunicable, and they've been incommunicable ever since the universe was created - light cannot travel from one point of our obvservable universe to another because it would then have to travel at twice the speed of c. Because these incommunicable points in space are the same in an infinite series of characteristics, then it's fair to assume that these physics are NOT local.

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

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