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Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 1) 157

by dataspel (#49511587) Attached to: Mandelbrot Zooms Now Surpass the Scale of the Observable Universe

Plants are engines powered by the Sun. The very purpose of those leaves is to tap the flow of solar energy. When the giant celestial nuclear reactor is taken into account, the entropy of the entire system is increasing.

Plants are engines powered by the Sun, made almost entirely out of water and air.

Just had to throw that in, otherwise I would have modded up your answer.

Comment: Write a trivial web server (Score 1) 172

by dataspel (#46950619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
Its very handy to have a lightweight web server running on your machine that you control completely. You will immediately start learning about sockets, TCP-IP, and HTTP. You can set up a home page with useful information [e.g. how many cats do I own and what are their names]. Plus if you ever open a port on your router, you will quickly learn lots and lots about why security is important.

Comment: Re:Good game to try (Score 1) 172

by dataspel (#46950587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
I wrote an implementation in C when the Sciam article was first published. Of course, Stomper (a one line program that copies itself to the next higher address) was pretty much unstoppable, until I introduced the ability to capture enemy processes and repurpose them for programs on the allied side. Lots of fun, but I could never get anyone to try it after I explained the game. I think they were afraid of a process "escaping" and overwriting their machine :)

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