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Comment: Tools reclassified again? (Score 3, Informative) 75

by Mogusha (#41945665) Attached to: Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools
I remember reading an article about how dragonflies were using stones to tap down their nests making it harder for predators to find. The result was a reclassification on what constituted a tool removing the dragonflies from being classified as tool users.
Many animals use tools. So, I don't really see how this is news worthy other than that the bird learned to build them on its own without help from other birds.

Comment: Re:unlocking vs jailbreaking (Score 1) 118

by Mogusha (#37991654) Attached to: Windows Phone Unlock Tool Goes Official
I think you missunderstood the last post. I was refering to the word "Calibrating" in the parent. As it was posted using my phone autocorrect decided to change "jailbreaking" into "Calibrating". This change wasn't what I had intended, and, while admitedly, I should have checked the post to ensure that none of those really obvious substitutions was present, it was there and I attempted to make the post less obsfuscated. I suppose an assignment would have been more appropriate to help with understanding, or perhaps reposting the entirety of it, however, that may have resulted in more of the same errors decreasing readability and increasing my annoyance with my telephone.

Comment: Re:General algorithm already known (Score 2) 139

by Mogusha (#36629564) Attached to: Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

It's not even a generalization. It's the exact same algorithms. Once you can solve a 4x4x4 there is no extra algorithms needed at all to solve any cubes of any higher degree.

The typical idea is to solve the cube to the point of being a 3x3x3 with all the centers and edges solved. When solving the edges if you're trying to get the edges in place any portion of the edges can be grouped to look like a cube with a smaller degree.

Someone could argue that the 5x5x5 and 4x4x4 algorithms are needed, because of the extra center edge pieces, but with proper edge pairing that's usually a moot issue. But, I could always be wrong, the 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 algorithms might be needed for any cube larger than a 3x3x3. The real point is that anything above a certain point is the exact same algorithms.

Comment: Re:Carpentry and computer power failures (Score 1) 156

by Mogusha (#36589940) Attached to: Nailing the Cause of Recent Linux Power Issues

Nailing, even by hand, isn't old-school manual construction.

Nailguns are mostly only useable in certain circumstances, like when doing framing, or woodwork finishing. When it comes to things like putting metal siding, spiking concrete, or putting in drywall beads nail guns don't have the accuracy, nor the light touch required.

Also, if you're meaning screws are the wave of the future, they don't have the type of give that are needed in many situations. For instance, if a building was put up with only screws in an earthquake the screws would tend to break whereas the nails would allow for some room to move and maintain their hold. Either way, nailing is still new school.

Comment: Re:Academic publishing is a scam anyhow (Score 1) 209

by Mogusha (#36578346) Attached to: Black Market Database Access To Scholarly Journals

I'm pretty sure that not being paid would instroduce more bias than having some kind of standard rate. The reason I say this is because many of the reviewers will just briefly look over the paper and give some kind of default opinion on it without really reading it well. With monetary incentive they may do a better job of reviewing it as their time is paid for.

Then again, it could also introduce a problem where people still just give a default review and take the money.

Perhaps a study needs to be done on this so that the journal can be locked behind a paywall never to be read by anyone as the price would be too high.

Comment: Lazy Doctors? (Score 1) 291

by Mogusha (#36370804) Attached to: Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors

I'm all for having more expert computers in the fields, as it means we can potentially get better treatment. But, people tend to be lazy, and I'm sure, given as many patients as some doctors have to see in a day, that some of the people that are supposed to be doing what we hire doctors to do will be just asking watson for the treatment with probably only a half-assed attempt at verifying how good those results may be. It seems like Isabel might have a bit more promise in these markets for safety.

Also, if Isabel doesn't understand non-jargon, why not develop a way to use Watson to "translate" into technical speak for Isabel. Then again, that might just be a google translate style accident waiting to happen.

Comment: Re:Holland? (Score 1) 139

by Mogusha (#36231986) Attached to: Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland

I believe that the Netherlands was originally called Holland by many outsiders due to the confusion that originally came from the Dutch language itself. As Hollands is one of the old terms used to describe the Dutch language. To make matters worse, things that were considered "Dutch", at least in old Dutch, were called Hollandse. These two issues most likely contributed to the confusion about Holland vs Netherlands.

Another issue is that the Netherlands, about 200 years ago or so, consisted of, at least in part (I don't recall if it was the entirety or not), of Belgium, and Belgium then was known as South Netherlands.

It would appear that there is a strong push to try and make Netherlands to be the official term and uniform term for the Netherlands and it's language, as the language is now known as "Nederlands" in Dutch, and the land is refered to as "Nederland."

Comment: Re:What the? (Score 1) 374

by Mogusha (#36090628) Attached to: Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert
I would definitely agree with that.

I remember one of my teachers telling us about a project he worked on where they needed to keep track of the people who were working on it. They came onto the bright idea of just giving everyone a cell phone. Simple, as the employees would be happy to have a cool new phone to use, and they could easily keep track of them.

There was, I believe, a service that you could call that would allow you to get GPS like service before GPS became popular. This service was also used by emergency service to determine where you were as well.

Although I could just be off my rocker.

Comment: Re:Let me say (Score 1) 362

by Mogusha (#35980386) Attached to: Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space
Having multiple booleans in a single word definitely makes sense to keep the true == 1 convension. I suspect, however, that in a case like the voyager probe they would likely have had multiple copies of the same memory to prevent radiation problems.

However, as Dog-Cow pointed out, true is defined as !false, which means that any value, including -1, would be classified as true. So, in at least the cases where one were trying to go for software that could counteract possible hardware problems of that likeness it would be a safer idea to go with -1 instead of 1.

Comment: Re:Let me say (Score 2) 362

by Mogusha (#35971532) Attached to: Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space
Would probably be even more expensive given the number of features implemented in Windows.
The voyager probe code was most likely entirely purpose written, which is much easier to manage than something like windows which is designed for third party programs and tries to allow for general purpose computing.
Although, there are a few things that could be done to improve some reliability, even in old c++. Although I'm sure there might be difficulties with platforms other than x86. Like using -1 instead of 1 as "true". Thereby having all 1's set instead of a single bit which, in theory, could change.
But in reality, there's probably more issue with programmer's bugs than hardware issues.
One major question that I have had is why has the standard library not been expanded over the years. Code reuse is one of the best ways to reduce working bugs in pretty much all code. Although that's probably a result of many patent and IP issues. :/

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