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Comment: To Framework, or not to Framework (Score 1) 245

by Ken_g6 (#48805485) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

That is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the framework to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous edge cases,
Or to take up code against a sea of requirements, and by opposing end them?

Personally, I prefer the basic PHP (and JSP) model of just writing out a web page with your backend language. I guess that makes me old-school?

Comment: FTL communications? (Score 3, Interesting) 109

Given that two particles can emitted by a single source entangled, sent a long distance apart, and remain entangled,
And that if one particle becomes disentangled the other particle instantaneously becomes disentangled,
If we can measure the entanglement of a particle by its mass,
Then we can communicate faster than light.

But the no-communication theorem states that, during measurement of an entangled quantum state, it is not possible for one observer, by making a measurement of a subsystem of the total state, to communicate information to another observer.

So I think this means that either the no-communication theorem is wrong, or the change in mass of an entangled particle cannot be measured.

Comment: Re:Bogus algorithm (Score 3, Insightful) 68

by Ken_g6 (#48673625) Attached to: The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

I agree on Bubb..I mean, BS. But Selection Sort is really only useful with big objects that you don't want to move much. These days everything's a Reference, so it doesn't matter so much. It makes for a really boring dance, too.

Insertion Sort is more useful in modern use cases. If something's "almost sorted" it's very quick.

Shell sort might be even better. It's practically identical to Insertion Sort except only subsets of dancers would step out at one time. And, with a good gap sequence, it gets done much quicker than either of the above.

Comment: Re:Does this mean (Score 1) 78

by Ken_g6 (#48641849) Attached to: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

Well, it is thought we've found all the dinosaur-killer-size asteroids, and that none are going to impact Earth soon. But there are still plenty of smaller ones that could take out a major city if they hit in the wrong spot. The shock wave from the Chelyabinsk meteor caused injuries, though mainly from broken glass. Plus, you never know where a comet's going to appear.

Comment: I wish more websites were designed for wide screen (Score 1) 567

by Ken_g6 (#48573277) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Lots of websites limit their width to, say, 1024 pixels. Other websites, like this one, extend across the entire page, but don't wrap text which makes them hard to read.

I wish more websites would allow their contents to wrap into two or more columns, like magazines do. Here, for instance, is a user style to wrap Slashdot comments into two columns.

Comment: Re:Blocking Tor solves nothing (Score 1) 84

by Ken_g6 (#48538847) Attached to: US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

OK, then, don't block everything from TOR nodes. Better to go phishing for criminals. They should allow logins to be attempted, but then block the login from occurring (regardless of whether the password was valid). They should then alert users to login attempts from TOR, and potentially freeze their access until their passwords can be reset.

Comment: Re:Will this go the same way as the spintronics? (Score 4, Interesting) 36

Spintronics is a quantum thing - a way of specifying more information in each electron. As such, it's very difficult to work with.

This is more similar to carbon nanotubes. They're a new thing, which could be very useful, if only you could cheaply and efficiently manufacture them and put them in the proper places on a chip. However:

"One major benefit of the POMs we've created is that it's possible to fabricate them with devices which are already widely used in industry, so they can be adopted as new forms of flash memory without requiring production lines to be expensively overhauled," Lee Cronin, a chemist involved in the research, said in a University of Glasgow release.

So using these may be more realistic than carbon nanotubes!

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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