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Comment: Seeing patterns in the random (Score 3, Informative) 486 486

by cjfs (#33782560) Attached to: The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

"Hey we need something to make the coat of arms look more modern" "How about that code in the matrix?" "Just put a bunch of 1s and 0s along the bottom"

And then an intern typed enough 1s and 0s to fill up the available space, trying to make it look random.

Comment: Re:5,000 machines, US$1M (Score 1) 621 621

by cjfs (#30302152) Attached to: SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

That works out to about $200 per machine. In what, electricity from no CPU idle?

Birdwell said the massive software slowed down educational programs in every classroom and cost the district more than $1 million in added utility fees and computer replacement parts.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries