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Comment: I know one guy who will never know... (Score 1) 267 267

When I was in high school my Biology 20 teacher found an old book in the library with various colour blindness test diagrams in it, and thought it would be fun to pass it around during class everyone could check it out.
On the the guys at the back of the class (you know the ones) cheated on it.

Comment: Re:Though crime is here! (Score 1) 185 185

He had done nothing at that point, he had made no plans to do anything[...]

It might not be in the particular article linked above, but this guy was using police databases to research a bunch of women. I'm certainly not happy leaving people like that to their own devices.

Comment: News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL! (Score 5, Insightful) 59 59

News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL!

No kidding. My Synology NAS had a same-day update to patch this - my custom router firmware needed updating too. If there's a story for every device someone forgot might contain OpenSSL code, it's going to be a busy month.

Comment: Non-divisive "reality" competitions can be fun (Score 3, Interesting) 465 465

After being incredibly turned off by "reality" shows that contain no reality at all ("Dangerous Flights" is the most egregious example I've seen lately), I was totally absorbed by Penny Arcade's low-budget reality show offering of Strip Search last year. (The site is slightly misorganized, but you can find stuff if you try).

The show was a dozen web comic artists in competition. The premise of a single artist being funded and supported by Penny Arcade for a year was motivational, and the simple act of appearing in an episode granted even the entrants ousted first an audience for their work. While it was clear the producers provided for the possibility of backstabbing and conflict, they didn't go out of their way to insert any, and in the end the show was all the better for it. I'd actually put PA's Strip Search above 90% of professional, high-budget, high-production-values TV series.

My point being, it's totally possible to structure an interesting show where game dev competition is friendly and rewarding for all, and producers with zero-sum on the brain don't exist. It just hasn't been made yet, apparently.

Comment: Re:STILL not accurate and STILL misquoted (Score 1) 182 182

And I built 1 system with an OCZ Petrol and it vaporized the partitions 6 months later, so that's 100%. I think luck had more to do with success than anything.

I actually _was_ surprised to get a replacement Vertex 4 fairly quickly, which reminds me I should open it and flash it while the firmwares are still easy to get.

Comment: Re:TFA does a poor job of defining what's happenin (Score 5, Informative) 470 470

What is "unstable code" and how can a compiler leave it out?

The article is actually using that as an abbreviation for what they're calling "optimization-unstable code", or code that is included at some specified compiler optimization levels, but discarded at higher levels. Basically they think it's unstable due to being included or not randomly, not because the code itself necessarily results in random behaviour.

Comment: Re:Not sure what's more depressing (Score 5, Informative) 68 68

This was a standard clinical study with 100 fully-aware participants trying to improve PTSD diagnosis to help the incidents of suicide and psychological issues in returning vets. You've got plenty of other things to gripe about with PATRIOT / PRISM / etc., but for crying out loud this isn't one of them.

Comment: Re:ok so that was cheesey (Score 1) 208 208

Or wipes out competing plants entirely. I read a book last month by Paolo Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl which involved a world where multinational conglomerates owned the genetic codes for engineered plants, and engineered plants were all that was left.

Pretty scary that things are getting even this close to that.

Comment: Re:woosh (Score 5, Insightful) 255 255

They don't get it. The people who block your content in-line can send you back any page they choose, including a 404.

Of course they can. The idea is that those doing the blocking have been forced to do so, and thus can use this alternate error page to distinguish these cases, and show their users how much of the internet they're missing due to government intervention.
A standard 404 could be legitimate, and isn't going to help garner any group support for open-ness.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955