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Comment: Re:I am not able to find that disproof (Score 1, Informative) 263

by Knee Patch (#49721267) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq
There's nothing to be disproved. The submitter is just showing ignorance. I was able to find a commencement address by Arno Penzias where he shows the audience what a staggeringly large amount of time we are talking about when we talk about monkeys (or computers) randomly recreating text of any appreciable size. Tip to the submitter: Don't use phrases like "mathematically impossible" unless you really know what you are talking about. Slashdot readers fall all over themselves in their hurry to assert their superiority in these kinds of cases.

Comment: Re:Battlefield Earth sucked (Score 1) 121

The first half of the book was good. The second half was not good at all. Also, what was up with the whole "nobody in the entire galaxy can make sense of Psychlo math; oh wait, it was just that their number system had a different base this whole time. lol, whoops" thing?

Comment: Re:Say what? (Score 5, Insightful) 199

by Knee Patch (#46661923) Attached to: P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe
Agreed. I got lost right around here in the summary:

So if macroscopic superpositions exist, there must be an algorithm that can solve this NP-hard problem quickly and efficiently.

Maybe the paper has a really great argument to support this assertion, but it doesn't seem obvious to me.

Comment: Re:so the new clock is 3x as accurate as the old o (Score 2) 127

by Knee Patch (#46655685) Attached to: New US Atomic Clock Goes Live
Several of the sciences depend on extremely accurate timing. It's not a question of seconds lost over millions of years, but rather "how accurately can I time an event that is only a few nanoseconds long", or even better, "Exactly how far apart were these two events, even if the events are separated by hours, or days". It's misleading for the media to talk about timing in the way that they do, but apparently normal people's brains explode when someone says "nanosecond" or "parts per billion".

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