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Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by RockDoctor (#49366371) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

some people do deserve it. timothy mcveigh for one example

McVeigh? Oh, you mean the freedom fighter who was murdered by the government for his attempt to start the War of Liberation of the American People from the Curse of Washington? The future will not look kindly on the people who murdered this martyr, and the supporters of that government will be first up against the wall when the Revolution comes.

It looks a bit different from the other end of the telescope, doesn't it?

Comment: Re:Publication (Score 1) 104

by RockDoctor (#49246763) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups
... or planned a novel, which he then sliced up into short-story-sized parts for publication.

Innovative? Bullshit! Dickens was doing this 150 years ago. The only significant difference was that Dickens had guarantees of the order in which his installments would be published. but he still needed to set up each story (not everyone would have got all the previous parts), continue the established story lines, and lead to a cliff-hanger for the end of the episode. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Comment: Re:Number of legal positions (Score 1) 186

by RockDoctor (#49238819) Attached to: Number of Legal 18x18 Go Positions Computed; 19x19 On the Horizon
The answer has been known to be about 3^361 for ... probably longer than the notation for expressing 3^361 has been known. That is approximately 10^172.24, but you need to correct for the number of board positions which are not legal. That's not going to be a simple function of board size, I suspect.

Comment: Re:How Much Does it Cost? (Score 1) 186

by RockDoctor (#49238671) Attached to: Number of Legal 18x18 Go Positions Computed; 19x19 On the Horizon

What is the financial interest is solving this?

It's Go ; it's more important than mere finance.

There is a ha-ha-but-serious school of thought about Go that it's not a matter of life and death, but something much more important. You'd be harder-tested to find a room full of Go players who could meaningfully give an opinion on whether Go was more important than the heat death of the universe. I suspect that given such qualified people, you'd get an affirmative on the question.

Comment: I hope the author learns how to do his homework (Score 1) 208

by RockDoctor (#49238647) Attached to: A Year On, What Flight Simulators Can't Prove About Flight MH370

Feith said that turning off the communications and taking the aircraft to the remote Indian Ocean was a course of action consistent with someone trying to purposefully lose an airliner. "It's 20,000-plus feet deep there,

Errr, no. 20,000 ft deep would put it in a fairly deep oceanic trench. Since we don't know where it landed, the appropriate depth to pull out of ones arsehole is the average depth of the oceans. Which is 12-14 thousand feet depending on who you ask.

Being wrong by a factor of about 50% doesn't suggest that any of the rest of TFA would be worth reading.

Comment: Re:basically how the UAE works (Score 1) 247

by RockDoctor (#49201491) Attached to: Facebook Rant Lands US Man In UAE Jail

I never understood the whole 'take your passport' thing. I was under impression that if I show up at the US embassy,

First you've got to get to the Embassy. If the country in question requires you to carry your ID card, visa and passport at all times, then the odds of you making it to the Embassy are pretty slender.

Remember, Dorothy, you're not in Kansas any more. The rules of home don't apply there because, uh, you're not at home any more.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 1) 196

by RockDoctor (#49201361) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

That way, maybe we will finally get to name its companion "Goofy", rather than that dumbass Charon moniker.

I'm going to assume that you don't know the origin of the name of Charon. It's quite a sophisticated semi-private joke between the rules of astronomical nomenclature and classical literature. "Goofy", on the other hand is just some stupid cartoon joke.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"