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Comment: No thanks (Score 4, Interesting) 156

by dreamchaser (#46740559) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

I'm often an early adopter of technology, but I'm not interested in this type of product until it's far more unobtrusive and obvious. I can perhaps see a time when having a HUD built into my glasses might be useful, and sure there are times when I wish I could snap a picture of something more quickly than I can by pulling out my phone, but I'm not about to pay $1500 for what amounts to a barely beta product. I won't even go into my concerns about all the data Google already gets from us.

This one day sale stunt is just that, a stunt. They are testing the waters and trying to stimulate demand.

Comment: Re:Mountain out of a molehill (Score 4, Insightful) 239

by dreamchaser (#46710407) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

I think you completely missed my point. The hand wringing is useless. Fix it, mitigate it, and try to move on. Any damage that has been done is one. All that cane be done now is to patch and mitigate. All the wrangling going on on the 'net is amusing. The past can't be changed. We can learn from it and move on. There are plenty of ways to stop the bleeding. People are acting like the sky is falling. It's truly sad that you're one of them.


Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics 51

Posted by timothy
from the hangman's-noose dept.
mikejuk (1801200) writes "The Matrix Reloaded started something when 'The Merovingian' wore a number of very flashy ties. The problem was that we thought we knew how many ways you can tie a tie. The number of ways had been enumerated in 2001 and the answer was that there were exactly 85 different ways but the enumeration didn't include the Matrix way of doing it. So how many "Merovingian" knots are there? The question is answered in a new paper, More ties than we thought [PDf], by Dan Hirsch, Meredith L. Patterson, Anders Sandberg and Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson. The methodology is based on the original enumeration and an interesting application of language theory. The idea is to create a programming language for tying ties and then work out how many programs there are. For single depth tucks there are 177,147 different sequences and hence knots. Of these there are 2046 winding patterns that take up to 11 moves, the same as the The Merovingian knot and other popular knots, and so these are probably practical with a normal length necktie."

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by dreamchaser (#46676267) Attached to: To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

What a stupid article. Beer is hardly the best source of antioxidants. Blueberries would be a far better choice.

"Eat antioxidants to prevent cancer" ....well thank you captain obvious, we have known this for many years!

Except beer makes an excellent marinade for meats and can be incorporated into BBQ sauce as well.

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