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Comment: Re:directory recursion simple example of WHY and h (Score 1) 252

by Garridan (#49013289) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness
Indeed, recursion is just looping with a stack. When you need a stack, recurse. Otherwise, loop. Contrary to TFS, there is clear reasoning behind a competent programmer's choice. The viewpoint of this being a capricious choice made at the "preference" of the programmer suggests that the submitter doesn't understand the vast differences in the internal impelementations of various languages.

Comment: Re:They have nothing else more important to do? (Score 1) 135

Freedom to speak, yes. Freedom to shout at all hours of the night, impinging your neighbors' health and peace of mind, no.

Just in the same way that you have the freedom to write what you want... but only on things you own. You can't just scratch "Obama is a Muslin Satinist" on your neighbor's car and claim "free speech".

Comment: Re:Hmm... I thought it was *my* vehicle. (Score 1) 157

by Garridan (#49002701) Attached to: Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades
I'm tempted to agree with this. Automatic updates are largely a good thing. Assuming the patches are good. Assuming that you have control over when they're applied. Assuming they don't brick your car overnight, while charging, while driving. Assuming your car isn't bundled with spyware now that it's always-on. Assuming that your car will even move if it can't connect to the internet (I'm looking at you, Sony).

Comment: This guy is a crank. (Score 0, Flamebait) 81

by Garridan (#48882411) Attached to: Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Before I die, I would love to see just one universal logical qubit that can be indefinitely error corrected. It would instantly be classified by the government, of course.

Jesus fuck, who thinks that this crank is worthy of an interview? Classified information is purely a product of the government. They can't just classify information produced by citizens (citation: the first fucking ammendment, you dumbass crank). Case in point: it looks like D-Wave is getting close to beating out classical computing on some problems, and "the government" is... a customer. And apparently not storming their offices in jackboots to shut them down.

Comment: Re: PRIVATE encryption of everything just became.. (Score 2) 379

How are they going to copy information that isn't flowing over the lines?

Simple. They patch your OS with a rootkit. They can make information flow over the lines, so long as it isn't airgapped. And an airgap is only so useful, as stuxnet shows.

Comment: Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (Score 5, Funny) 388

by Garridan (#48540731) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier
It's common knowledge that every object ever made has a weak point. A point where even the lightest feather touch causes the entire thing to fall to pieces. Ninjas train den mak, the skill of identifying that point on a live human. Naturally, engineers are highly aware of this. If a den mak master should see even a rough sketch of this aircraft carrier, they could locate the point. Then, a sniper could literally explode any aircraft in the world with a feather-filled hollow point round.

Don't you know anything about modern warfare? Geez. Nerds these days.

Comment: Re:Is it me (probably) or is the article a bit dum (Score 2) 62

by Garridan (#48515407) Attached to: Mathematical Trick Helps Smash Record For the Largest Quantum Factorization
They found a pair of primes that differ by two bits. If you find two billion-digit primes that differ by two bits, you'll get the same system of equations. And once you find those, you can claim that a quantum computer has factored their product. Ooooh, maaaaagic. Quaaaaaantum maaaaaagic. It sounds even more magical if you say that you're solving infinitely many biprime factorizations, but I suspect that proving such a claim is at least as hard as the prime gap conjecture.

The authors then go on to say that the D-Wave machine has 512 qubits. This is true. But those qubits are nothing like fully connected, so their insinuation that arbitrary systems of 512 variables are solvable is totally ludicrous. Assuming Moore's law works out for D-Wave for a while, we might see that... but it'll be years.

Comment: Re:Misleading (Score 2) 81

by Garridan (#48394789) Attached to: Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life
No no, the presence of a brass gear is all that is necessary to make something steampunk. The Antikythera mechanism is just as steampunk as a rolex watch or a hat with a gear hot-glued to it, which are much more steampunk than a steam locomotive since they produce way too much torque to transmit through brass years. Don't you know anything?

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.