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Comment: Re:Well that's a start... (Score 1) 163

by adonoman (#48420385) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)
I'd love to see an expert system that could take in some form of legal jargon, the details of a specific situation, and spit out an unambiguous application. Of course, then it could lead to all sorts of "hacking" the system. Imagine winning a court case because of an off-by-one error in a law, or a buffer overrun vulnerability in a contract that allowed for arbitrary code execution.

Comment: Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (Score 2) 239

by adonoman (#48115557) Attached to: Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)
If you are doing any floating point calculations and assuming exact results, you're going to get yourself in trouble. The issue is that FSIN is less accurate than advertised, not that it's not 100% accurate.

Anyone who deals with floating point math very quickly learns about error accumulation and how to deal with it.

Comment: Re:Costs (Score 4, Funny) 315

by adonoman (#48095281) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal
We'd obviously have to situate it off-world and use some sort of electromagnetic beam to send the generated energy to earth. Heck, given the amount of extra power generated, we could just send off the energy everywhere and there'd still be enough hitting the earth. We could then use devices here to convert that energy into electricity.

Comment: Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 3, Informative) 190

by adonoman (#47196613) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
The explanation I've heard for useless showy features (a la peacock) is that the ability to put resources into giant shiny feathers show that you have the ability to gather enough food to live, and have leftover energy to devote to impressing the ladies. It's not so much the particulars of what the feature is, but rather having resources (or money) to burn indicates that you're successful enough to be a good mate.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.