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Comment: Re:It's that twat with the upside down head again. (Score 2) 50

by Hognoxious (#49506871) Attached to: Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe

The article isn't defining the sequence, per se; it's listing elements in the sequence calculated solely from the initial complex number.

You can't do it from one complex number.

If what you said was true then why does every implementation - and I've written at least two[1] - use two complex variables? And why is there such a thing as a Julia set, the difference being whether it's n (should be z anyway) or c that represents the point on the Argand diagram you're going to colour?

Whatever the clickbaiting hipster twat tried to say, Penrose explained it 27 million times more clearly. I read that bit of tENM just today, as it happens.

[1] Sinclair basic, MS Pascal for Dos.


Oklahoma Says It Will Now Use Nitrogen Gas As Its Backup Method of Execution 165

Posted by timothy
from the that's-not-the-only-cost dept.
schwit1 writes Yesterday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, the Washington Post reports.

Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it's pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It's also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports.

Oklahoma's primary execution method is still lethal injection, but the state's procedure is currently under review by the Supreme Court. Earlier this week, Tennessee suspended executions statewide following challenges to its own lethal injection protocol.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 245

You either replied to the wrong post or you aren't looking hard enough. Here's my nomination:

You could also search for any posts containing "Anti Social" or "UK Libel". It's amazing how many people are qualified to practice law in countries they couldn't point to on a map, and sometimes can't even spell the name of.


Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe 50

Posted by timothy
from the from-here-you-can-see-forever dept.
StartsWithABang writes You're used to real numbers: that is, numbers that can be expressed as a decimal, even if it's an arbitrarily long, non-repeating decimal. There are also complex numbers, which are numbers that have a real part and also an imaginary part. The imaginary part is just like the real part, but is also multiplied by i, or the square root of -1. It's a simple definition: the Mandelbrot set consists of every possible complex number, n, where the sequence n, n^2 + n, (n^2 + n)^2 + n, etc.—where each new term is the prior term, squared, plus n—does not go to either positive or negative infinity. The scale of zoom visualizations now goes well past the limits of the observable Universe, with no signs of loss of complexity at all.

Comment: Re:posting from 1986? (Score 1) 238

by Hognoxious (#49506431) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

MD is MiniDisk, right? True, they were smaller but the quality was a bit poo, IIRC. But they could record, at a time when CD burners were doublepluscrazy dollarpounds.

Size isn't really an issue in a car though. I drove Route 66 in a U-Haul van with my Panasonic player - bought a quarter of the way in when my fucking awful Sony did the decent thing and died - sitting in the auxiliary storage module. That's a crate on the passenger seat held in place by the seatbelt.

Them was the days, aye...

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 245

anyone calling you a 'murder'[sic] would be at risk of suit a defamation suit from your estate [...] the normal protections afforded to an unconvinced[sic] individual

Ask yourself about Jimmy Savile & Cyril Smith (and J Edgar Hoover). Never heard of them? Well that must be why. Nobody dare mention them.

What are these student loans you want help with? Were they for a J.D. at Columbia Pacific University?

Star Wars Prequels

Star Wars Battlefront Game Trailer Is So Realistic It Looks Like Movie Footage 109

Posted by timothy
from the cgi-is-cheaper-than-actors dept.
MojoKid writes It has been a tremendous week for Star Wars fans. First we got to see Han Solo and Chewbacca make an emotional reappearance in the newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (the second official trailer Disney has put out). Now, Electronic Arts is treating us to a visual smorgasbord of cinema-quality footage showing the forthcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. Battlefront will support to up 40 players divided between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire, all shooting it out and playing with some of the coolest Star Wars vehicles and weapons around. We're talking jetpacks, AT-AT war machines, AT-STs, TIE Fighters, X-wings, and more. Though the trailer allegedly shows actually "game engine footage," it's questionable whether or not it's actual gameplay or just pre-rendered cut scenes from the game engine. Either way, it's still pretty impressive.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340