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Comment: Re:This is not a computer (Score 1) 89

by SloWave (#43312779) Attached to: Biological Computer Created at Stanford

A transistor is a computer. It just computes exactly one function on exactly one set of inputs. It's a simple finite state machine.

So transistor is a finite state machine is a computer. Well I've got a jar of pennies where each one is a finite state machine and therefore each one is a computer. Or else maybe they should start teaching more engineering and less computer science.

+ - Mexican Cartel Beheads Bloggers->

Submitted by sanzibar
sanzibar (2043920) writes "The Zeta's killed and beheaded an Internet blogger Wednesday in Nuevo Laredo, the fourth slaying in the city involving people associated with social media sites since early September.

"This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn't report on the social networks," advised a note left before dawn with the man's body at a key intersection in the city's wealthier neighborhood.

The victim, identified on social networking sites only by his nickname — Rascatripas or Belly Scratcher — reportedly helped moderate a site called En Vivo that posted news of shootouts and other activities of the Zetas, the narcotics and extortion gang that all but controls the city...."

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Comment: Pie Crust Promise (Score 4, Interesting) 712

by SloWave (#34245278) Attached to: US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans

Saying "the pictures will never be saved" is known as a "Pie Crust Promise" - easily made, easily broken. Here is some interesting reading on similar promises from the government, especially on how the SSN will never be used for identification. http://www.scragged.com/articles/the-plague-of-presidential-pie-crust-promises . The moral is never EVER trust the government .

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten

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