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Comment: Re:Um... Did you actually read the program? (Score 1) 187 187

Try 10 times and assume that there isn't a cap after that... But he also blatantly broke the rules.

Please provide pseudocode that determines whether he used brute-force. Be sure to fully justify, with citations where possible, any violation of the zero-one-infinity rule in your answer. For example, why 10 attempts? Why not 9, or 11?

If you can do this, then your claim that he "blatantly" broke the rules might be valid. Good luck!

Comment: Re:Um... Did you actually read the program? (Score 3, Insightful) 187 187

Serious question: how could someone determine that PINs can be brute-forced without brute forcing them? Without the ability to prove it, it's the bounty hunter's word against the website, and we already know websites will do anything they can to avoid paying.

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 1) 308 308

Not a lot of storage is necessary as long as electricity is never priced below market equilibrium, which it should never be. So all we really need to keep the grid blackout- and brownout-free running exclusively on renewable energy are smart meters and lead-acid batteries.

Comment: Re:What would Monderman say? (Score 3, Insightful) 203 203

this doesn't make it easy to navigate traffic in a busy city where you are trying to pay attention to 1000 things on the road at once.

When you have trouble paying attention to your surroundings, you should slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed for conditions. That's the law.

Comment: Re: Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272 272

Nukes are FAR less effective in space because there's no atmosphere for the thermal energy to create a big shockwave, and there's no solid ground beneath it to amplify the intended direction of said shockwave.

So there's nothing for the explosion to push up against (Newton's Third Law). That makes sense.

IMO if you want to blow up an NEO, you'll probably want some kind of kinetic weapon akin to a giant bullet, maybe a space born railgun or something.

What's that going to push up against?

We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.