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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

Comment: Re:Uhh, goats? (Score 1) 274

by CheeseyDJ (#38902635) Attached to: Aussies Could Use Elephants To Fight Invasive Species

Been there, done that they went feral : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_goats_in_Australia. Though some farmers to make a fair living off mustering the ferals and then selling them for pelts and meat.

If the Aussies' reaction to the feral goats is anything to go by, the sight of children racing on elephant chariots would be a suitable consolation.

Comment: Re:Thinking through the uses... (Score 5, Interesting) 50

by CheeseyDJ (#38289440) Attached to: 'Merging Tsunami' Amplified Destruction In Japan

What might be practical, however, is to think about how to site critical pieces of infrastructure (such as... say... nuclear power plants...

Honest question - does anyone know why the Fukushima plant was built on the east coast of Japan, facing the bomb-waiting-to-go-off that is the massive subduction zone a few miles off shore?

Why wasn't it built on the west coast, so it was sheltered by the island itself? I know hindsight is a wonderful thing, but looking at the map this seems like a schoolboy error to me.

The person who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

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