I may have actually been there at the time. That, or this is just something he does normally anyways.
Argh. Above was me. Did not mean to be cowardly.
Yep, it's all in the name. It's the PATRIOT Act. You want to be a PATRIOT don't you??
Same thing with the ridiculous "Job-Killing Healthcare Law Repeal Act" or whatever they're calling it. You don't want to KILL JOBS do you???
It's in the name, so it must be true, right?
Apparently, slot machine software errors are fairly common, as witnessed in these stories:
The lesson here seems to be that casinos can deny you a slot machine win any time they wish by claiming software errors, and if you find an error that you can exploit, you may find yourself on Federal charges for doing so.
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That's all good and fine if you're actually a contractor and your daily travel involves hauling around lots of tools and large hardware. Nobody's going to say people shouldn't drive trucks if they don't have a real use for them on a daily basis. But so many people (men, mostly) drive their oversized monster trucks to work every day to sit at a desk and code all day. And those trucks? Not a scratch on them. No, I don't think they've ever actually been used for construction purposes.
As for me, I don't need to get windows replaced every single day. If I do, I'll rent a truck for a day. Or even easier: have them delivered. If it's local it'll cost like $20, or about 0.05% of the cost of the gas I save annually by not driving a goddamn monster truck to work.
Right--there's no problem with taking a mathematical model and tweaking the parameters until it fits experimental results.
But when you do that, it means your model is dependent on some basic assumptions. In the case of string theories, a well-known parameter is the number of spacial dimensions. If a model happens to fit experimental evidence very well, but only if there are 11 spacial dimensions, that's all well and good. But that model is useless if the assumptions are false.
We might still be able to design experiments to discover whether extra dimensions exist. Right now they're not feasible, due to the amount of energy it would take to explore those depths. But it may be possible. Of there turn out to be enough extra dimensions to fit a string theory, then we can put a check next to that parameter saying that it's consistent with reality. And that's a mark in favor of the theory.
It seems packets are being dropped by AT&T routers. A few other sites seem to be unreachable too. ZDnet has the scoop: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=18064
From the site Why is the RSA Factoring Challenge no longer active?
Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.
I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money