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## Comment: Solves a Fundamental Problem in CompSci (Score 2)135135

by Jouster (#41313165) Attached to: Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

It gets better! Because the behavior of the underlying hardware in a Turing machine is considered axiomatic and unfailing, the following M:tG CR sections:

104.4b If a game that’s not using the limited range of influence option (including a two-player game) somehow enters a “loop” of mandatory actions, repeating a sequence of events with no way to stop, the game is a draw. Loops that contain an optional action don’t result in a draw.
716.1b Occasionally the game gets into a state in which a set of actions could be repeated indefinitely (thus creating a “loop”). In that case, the shortcut rules can be used to determine how many times those actions are repeated without having to actually perform them, and how the loop is broken.
716.3 Sometimes a loop can be fragmented, meaning that each player involved in the loop performs an independent action that results in the same game state being reached multiple times. If that happens, the active player (or, if the active player is not involved in the loop, the first player in turn order who is involved) must then make a different game choice so the loop does not continue.

mean that this M:tG Turing machine solves the halting problem! The consequences of the fact that, without the halting problem, a Turing machine would never have been described are left as an exercise for the reader.

## Comment: Also Solves a Fundamental Problem of CompSci (Score 0)630630

by Jouster (#41313153) Attached to: Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

It gets better! Because the behavior of the underlying hardware in a Turing machine is considered axiomatic and unfailing, the following M:tG CR sections:

104.4b If a game that’s not using the limited range of influence option (including a two-player game) somehow enters a “loop” of mandatory actions, repeating a sequence of events with no way to stop, the game is a draw. Loops that contain an optional action don’t result in a draw.
716.1b Occasionally the game gets into a state in which a set of actions could be repeated indefinitely (thus creating a “loop”). In that case, the shortcut rules can be used to determine how many times those actions are repeated without having to actually perform them, and how the loop is broken.
716.3 Sometimes a loop can be fragmented, meaning that each player involved in the loop performs an independent action that results in the same game state being reached multiple times. If that happens, the active player (or, if the active player is not involved in the loop, the first player in turn order who is involved) must then make a different game choice so the loop does not continue.

mean that this M:tG Turing machine solves the halting problem! The consequences of the fact that, without the halting problem, a Turing machine would never have been described are left as an exercise for the reader.

## No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires383383

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## Comment: Re:A personal appeal (Score 1)198198

by Jouster (#41265901) Attached to: Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping

What is this??
Runnning it through `base64 -i -d` results in a lot of (non-printable) garbage around "ApacheTest (Testing) ".
What is the rest supposed to mean?

\$ base64 -id sd.txt | file -
/dev/stdin: GPG key public ring
\$ base64 -id sd.txt | gpg -
pub 1024D/ED8F1481 2008-02-19 ApacheTest (Testing)
sub 1024g/BD0FBA96 2008-02-19

## Comment: Re:Why do you want to be hired? (Score 1)523523

by Jouster (#38197642) Attached to: How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

I concur and want to re-emphasize the most important part: definitely get involved in the community. Drupal has a very active one.

At the end of the day, remember that credentials are a foot in the door. If you have the same expertise as someone with the credential, you're equally as valuable in an organization, but you have the disadvantage of having to prove it. To reiterate: the sole disadvantage in this scenario is on the front end. Therefore, your focus needs to be on getting that first interview. The best way to do that? Involve yourself in the community at events like DrupalCon.

One other thing: we, and several other companies with which we work, are actually looking for a Drupal developer at the moment. If you or anyone else is looking for some work, drop me a line. I'm fairly sure my email address is listed on my profile, but if not, reply and let me know.

--J

## Comment: Re:depends (Score 1)11371137

by Jouster (#27874709) Attached to: Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Also, while we're at it, how much were you financing on that truck? Unless it was more than the cost of the truck, you were paying exorbitant and usurious rates of interest, or you were in a less than five-year loan, I cannot fathom how you'd come to a \$650 payment on \$25,000 or less in principal, considering I pay less than \$470 or so on an original loan amount of \$25,200.

--J

## Comment: Re:depends (Score 1)11371137

by Jouster (#27874589) Attached to: Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Thinking back just a year or two to a comparable situation, I was 23, with a credit score of approximately zero, in a car with a declared value of around (US)\$5k (that I owned outright), and I was only paying (US)\$400 or so every six months. And that was with comprehensive coverage, too.

You were paying somebody's salary at your insurance agency. You really need to find out why your premiums (premia?) were so high. You might be a victim of identity theft and need to clear your record while you still can.

--J

## Comment: Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (Score 2, Insightful)492492

by MutantEnemy (#27464453) Attached to: North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

Obviously [nuclear disarmament] is never going to work

Damn it.

Every year that nuclear weapons exist there is a certain chance that someone uses them and triggers the apocalypse. I don't know what that chance is. But even if it's very low, given enough time it is certain to happen! Bear in mind that nuclear war has almost started on several occasions, including by accident. We cannot survive this situation forever.

## Comment: Re:This sounds silly to me (Score 1)610610

by MutantEnemy (#27275053) Attached to: If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons

Qualia are the one thing for which there is no scientific evidence, but everyone knows exists.

The thing about qualia is that they cause humans to go about arguing about qualia! Given that they have this massive effect on the world, I find it hard to believe they aren't physical.

## Comment: Re:This sounds silly to me (Score 5, Interesting)610610

by MutantEnemy (#27267169) Attached to: If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons
It looks to me like it's intended as a reductio ad absurdum of the concept of free will: i.e. assume free will exists, then show that ridiculous things follow. To me, it's obvious that free will doesn't exist. Our brains are made of the same stuff as the rest of the universe, obeying the same laws. These laws may be indeterministic, but since we have no control over quantum randomness, that randomness doesn't help us in any way.

## iRobot Develops Hamster-Guided Robotic Vacuum108108

Posted by timothy
from the cat-powered-would-be-too-smart dept.
carusoj writes "The folks at iRobot apparently have plenty of time on their hands. They created a prototype wireless, robotic vacuum cleaner... powered by a hamster running inside a spinning ball. The rodent's movements with the ball are fed to and analyzed by a complex set of sensors, which then guide the actual vacuum device to mimic the animal's speed and direction. You can see where this is going: it's a clever ploy to then get you to buy a second robot that would automatically feed, water, and clean up after the hamster in the first robot."

## Comment: Re:Outsource web hosting. But, which provider? (Score 1)298298

by Jouster (#27051943) Attached to: Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?

A2's hardware and pricing appear a bit out-of-date. Consider BlackMesh; it's the company I work for, and we run a tight ship in a tier-4 datacenter with name-brand equipment and massive onsite technical expertise.

In terms of load-balancing, I'd agree with earlier posters that you really don't need any for 1,000 visitors a day. As you scale up, I can't recommend strongly enough the use of a hardware load balancer; we've had excellent luck with those from Kemp Technologies, which incidentally run a version of the well-known open-source load-balancing daemon ldirectord. The load balancer then automatically covers your HA needs in terms of a Web front; depending on what you have going on in the backend, a combination of NFS, DB replication, or other service-specific replication configuration, often alongside a deployment of Heartbeat, will cover your data-persistence needs.

To the OP, or anyone else, feel free to poke me via email if you'd like to discuss options any further. I'm a network engineer, not a sales guy, so prices aren't my strong suit, but we can work together to design a platform that you can then get bid on by a number of hosting providers, us included.

--J

## Comment: Feature Suggestion--Channel Selection Optimization (Score 1)217217

by Jouster (#27034643) Attached to: Contest For a Better Open-WRT Wireless Router GUI

The #1 problem with WiFi in my area is the lack of available channels. Half the problem is the all the unsecured routers still set to SSID "linksys" and on the default channel. So, add in a feature that can connect to each visible network that has a default SSID and admin password and moves its channel to free up a channel for my use.

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