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Comment: Re:Actually, the Mandelbrot set is already 4D (Score 1) 255

by billbaggins (#30127840) Attached to: "Mandelbulb," a 3D Mandlebrot Construct, Discovered
Technically true, but look beyond the formulae for a brief moment and look at what they're *doing* and you'll see the way out: his mechanism for computing [x,y,z]^n is to convert it to spherical coordinates [r,theta,phi], then do something similar to complex exponentiation - [r^n,theta*n,phi*n] - then convert that back to rectangular coordinates. So rectangular [0,0,1] becomes polar [1,0,0], which squares to polar [1,0,0].

Makes sense as long as you think about it a little, but not too much.

Comment: Re:Celsius: It's for telling temperature (Score 1) 1233

by billbaggins (#29607817) Attached to: At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

Take one meter. Make a cube of that side, a cubic meter. Fill that with water near the sea level and you get a volume of 1 Liter of water. Which happens to have a mass of Kilogram.

Oh, and you were doing so well up to that point. A cubic meter is 1,000 liters; filled with water it would have a mass of 1,000 kilograms, or one metric ton. For a single liter, you want a cubic decimeter.

But thanks for playing, anyway.

Comment: Re:Surprise surprise! (Score 1, Offtopic) 117

by billbaggins (#27414533) Attached to: National Security Letters Reform Act Reintroduced

Why is "hate crime" legislation a good thing again?

If I beat you up and leave you for dead, that's one victim.

If I beat you up and leave you for dead because I don't like your hair color, and it's known that I belong to a large group of similarly-minded people, then not only have I victimized you, but everyone who has your same hair color is now going to be looking over their shoulders, in fear that one of my compatriots is after them next.

That's why "hate crimes" deserve special punishment - because they have the intent and effect of victimizing not just one or two or a few people, but a whole group. It's a whole new level of unacceptability.

Businesses

+ - EB games exposed

Submitted by
black hole sun
black hole sun writes "Ever walk into an EB games only to get harassed by an employee? Or have you ever overheard some steaming pile like The Shield being lavishly praised, in a thoroughly dishonest manner? Well, don't blame the employees; mystery shoppers hound them constantly to ensure they're handing out the required amount of BS to customers. They cannot give their honest opinions about games or accessories; that is, if by "honest," they mean "negative." EB corporate apparently makes them perform every trick in the book to lie, cheat and steal money from your wallet. And to think that most of them get minimum wage — they have my sympathy."
Censorship

White House Forces Censorship of New York Times 356

Posted by Zonk
from the beating-on-the-grey-lady dept.
VE3OGG writes "It would seem that scientists are not the only ones facing censorship from the White House. According to several news sources the New York Times originally had intended to run an article co-authored by a former employee of the National Security Council, critical of the current administration's policies toward Iran. The article had passed the CIA's publication review board, but was later redacted on orders from the White House. Article authors Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann were former advisers to the White House, and thus all of their publications are scrutinized by a board before they can be published. Of the numerous documents this pair has published since leaving their positions, they say this was the first that was actively censored.

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