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Comment: True History (Score 1) 752

by Nomen Publicus (#30505544) Attached to: The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

1. Prototype PHP code written and tested in an afternoon.
2. Business case written in an afternoon (forgetting to include the profit generating point.)
3. Vulture Capitalist drinks too much at lunchtime pitch and agrees to provide $BIGNUM
4. Development of real codebase begins.
5. Vulture Capitalist sobers up and demands that the new service starts NOW!
6. Prototype code goes into production.
7. Real codebase development abandoned.


+ - Cassini Captures Saturn's Northern Lights->

Submitted by al0ha
al0ha writes: In the first video showing the auroras above the northern latitudes of Saturn, Cassini has spotted the tallest known "northern lights" in the solar system, flickering in shape and brightness high above the ringed planet.

The new video reveals changes in Saturn's aurora every few minutes, in high resolution, with three dimensions. The images show a previously unseen vertical profile to the auroras, which ripple in the video like tall curtains. These curtains reach more than 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) above the edge of the planet's northern hemisphere.

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Comment: Re:Remember... (Score 5, Funny) 1095

by Nomen Publicus (#30211548) Attached to: Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?
Always ask any kilt wearing Scotsmen you see, "Is anything worn under the kilt?" Laughing, they will give the classic replay, "No, It's all in perfect working order." Remember to shout across the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral. The name is historical and fools many tourists into missing the exciting results.

Comment: Re:Math ftl (Score 1) 365

by Nomen Publicus (#28780915) Attached to: Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening
But 10% of the time it will return a false positive, so 300 people will be detained, none of whom will be terrorists. The description of the problem could be better expressed.

This is a DOS on the security services and explains why despite much propaganda automatic face recognition systems are not in use.

Comment: Re:Of Course (Score 5, Insightful) 204

by Nomen Publicus (#28580163) Attached to: Jammie Thomas To Appeal $1.9 Million RIAA Verdict

And when did deterrents ever stop murders or kids making copies of songs for their friends?

The big fines were intended to make professional copyright violations where some factory turns out hundreds or thousands of copies of fake product unprofitable. Using the same law to beat up some random person is disproportionate.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!