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Comment: Re:Stars or noise (Score 1) 97

by CheeseyDJ (#48744595) Attached to: Hubble Takes Amazing New Images of Andromeda, Pillars of Creation

I zoomed all the way in to the very far right of the image and with an incredibly crude estimation, determined there were about 10,000 stars displayed on my monitor. At the darkest part of the image. Whats weird is how close together they look. How come everything looks so far away from us?

The billions of tiny stars are actually nowhere near as large as they look in the picture. They are points of light that have been smudged out into little blobs by the image capturing process. The brighter the star the bigger the blob - that's why the nearer, brighter stars look much bigger, when in fact they are also virtually point sources at this scale.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (Score 1) 399

by CheeseyDJ (#47991591) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Hmm, I wonder how many phones are valuable.

FWIW I have a Moto G running CM11, and it is vulnerable. I checked with this test:

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

Someone further down reckons that this can be exploited via a DHCP request, if you are connected to a malicous AP for example. Scary stuff.

Comment: Re:Don't they have something better to do? (Score 1) 201

by CheeseyDJ (#44764071) Attached to: Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists
We've also given you Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Massive Attack, Orbital, Underworld, Faithless etc. etc., all of which could be classed as (or at the very least have been heavily influenced by) electronic dance music. If you haven't heard of any of these, that's your loss.

Comment: Re:List of their patents (Score 1) 171

by CheeseyDJ (#41523893) Attached to: Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

It could be the identifier is a hash - there is some chance of collision, so cannot be guaranteed to be unique.

Yeah, it's pretty clear that "substantially unique identifier" is some kind of legal-speak for "hash code". I see what they're getting at, but the phrase "substantially unique" still makes no sense - either an ID is unique or it isn't.

Comment: Re:List of their patents (Score 4, Funny) 171

by CheeseyDJ (#41385229) Attached to: Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

5,978,791 - Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers

"Substantially unique" - I love that.

I wasn't aware there were varying degrees of "unique". Maybe there's a scale:

  • Not unique
  • Slightly unique
  • Moderately unique
  • Substantially unique
  • Very unique
  • Completely Unique

The best part is that this potentially allows for many moderately unique patents, each patenting varying degrees of uniqueness.

Comment: Surprised? (Score 2) 215

by CheeseyDJ (#41012143) Attached to: Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth

From the summary:

Definitely a different sense of the place than the one given by the reddish-brown posters I remember from elementary school.

That's because the picture has been altered to remove the red haze, in order to produce an image that more closely resembles a landscape on Earth.

From the article:

The colors in this image are not what a human standing on Mars would see — the presence of dust in the atmosphere would make the scene appear much redder. Instead, the pictures have been white-balanced to show how it would appear under typical Earth lighting conditions. This will help the Earth-centered geologists who are trained to recognize features based on how they look using more familiar light.

Comment: Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (Score 2) 1258

by CheeseyDJ (#39819947) Attached to: Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

I challenge you find out what's wrong about the content of the bible and find an convincing argument why people who believe in Christ are doing it in vein. If you want to show that the bible is made up, or its text is corrupt, I'm going to put you through scientific method process and axiomatic logic reasoning to establish your case.

Have you read The God Delusion?. It does a pretty good job of explaining why religion, in general, doesn't make any sense, and it does so via a clear logical thought process. When I read Dawkins' book, I suddenly understood this quote from 1984:

The best books... are those that tell you what you know already

You can write a small letter to Grandma in the filename. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS, University of Washington