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Comment: Re:Hats of for MIT (Score 1) 164

by drix (#27353525) Attached to: MIT To Make All Faculty Publications Open Access

We get about 300 days of sun a year in the Bay Area. If you choose Stanford there is a non-negligible chance that you will become significantly less interested in algorithms, and much more interested in things like hiking, cycling, partying, etc. Stanford has a much greater "normal person" component (athletes, dumb rich kids) than MIT. Consequently, you will wind up a little more normal as well. Based on the people I know who went to MIT, if you choose that route almost the exact opposite will occur. You will exit a significantly better engineer at the expense of learning social niceties and basic grooming. Both skills (engineering & people) can take you far in life. You can't neglect either.

BTW, something tells me you know your USACO score by heart. :-)

The Internet

False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself 513

Posted by kdawson
from the round-and-round-it-goes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Germany has a new minister of economic affairs. Mr. von und zu Guttenberg is descended from an old and noble lineage, so his official name is very long: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. When first there were rumors that he would be appointed to the post, someone changed his Wikipedia entry and added the name 'Wilhelm,' so Wikipedia stated his full name as: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Wilhelm Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. What resulted from this edit points up a big problem for our information society (in German; Google translation). The German and international press picked up the wrong name from Wikipedia — including well-known newspapers, Internet sites, and TV news such as spiegel.de, Bild, heute.de, TAZ, or Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the meantime, the change on Wikipedia was reverted, with a request for proof of the name. The proof was quickly found. On spiegel.de an article cites Mr. von und zu Guttenberg using his 'full name'; however, while the quote might have been real, the full name seems to have been looked up on Wikipedia while the false edit was in place. So the circle was closed: Wikipedia states a false fact, a reputable media outlet copies the false fact, and this outlet is then used as the source to prove the false fact to Wikipedia."

Comment: Re:Spreadsheet (Score 1) 437

by drix (#26071635) Attached to: iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

That is definitely the CW, but I wonder about it. It seems like it was much more the case before Adobe came along and started crushing QuarkXPress into oblivion. The UI for Mac and Win InDesign is practically identical now. What's the argument for spending extra money for a Mac as a publisher or designer nowadays?

Comment: Re:LOUD, Crazy Loud (Score 1) 606

by drix (#26000393) Attached to: Apple Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar

I thought the same thing, but then wondered why MSFT would be so stupid as to put cheap Macs into the hands of users. I mean let's be honest, the Apple tax is the only thing keeping an additional like 25% of the Windows user base from switching.

I therefore posit that Steve Jobs is actually financing PsyStar. Although he would never be down with such a retarded name.

Comment: Re:Interesting, but nothing really new (Score 1) 371

by drix (#25884087) Attached to: Google Chrome Tops Browser Speed Tests

People who take the time to search out and install ad-blocking software are not interested in clicking on banner ads anyways. I can probably count on my right hand the number of times I've (purposely) clicked on ad in the 15 years I've been surfing the web. Anyone who is annoyed at the mere act of having to look at a banner ad is highly unlikely to click on one. Thus the marginal impact on ad revenue is probably low.

And, just like every discussion ever about torrenting, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference what anyone thinks about it, because the practice will continue regardless :-) Moreso for ad blockers since they are 100% legal. So might as well stop crying.

Comment: Re:Embed your real name in your fake (Score 1) 262

by drix (#25815009) Attached to: Real Name For Open Source Development?

I think "little effort" overstates things a bit. Real names seem like a large-enough keyspace if you go outside of middle America and take the entire world into account. The name of a famous world leader, properly capitalized, hashes to 82f028fc9a88d87445a91190400a5516c55e8973. If anybody can identify it, I'd be fascinated to hear how they did it. And to save you the trouble no this hash is not found in Google :-)

Comment: Re:Be a teacher (Score 5, Interesting) 564

by drix (#25776863) Attached to: Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

As someone who is starting a math grad program next year and got an 800 on the GRE verbal, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear you say that :-) Boasting aside, I have always felt that people miss out on the distinction between mathematics and computation. Performing mathematical operations sequentially to arrive at an answer, a la a computer, is what you do on the SAT (and I assume the ACT as well.) This is a very different feat from sitting down with a math book and trying to wrap your ahead around a theoretical concept. To me, writing a proof has always felt like far more of a right-brained activity
than a left-brained one. When I'm thinking deeply about something mathematical, the feeling I get is akin to what I experience when playing music or drawing--completely different from performing addition and subtraction. I theorize that this is why a lot of math professors are crummy arithmeticians.

Comment: Re:Pyrolysis may be more useful (Score 4, Insightful) 618

by drix (#25745337) Attached to: Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

We have way more arable land than we do water to irrigate it. It takes 50x as much fresh water to grow a pound of beef as a pound of rice or soy beans. The fresh water constraint will bind long, long before we ever run out of places to grow or graze--in fact it's already being reached in the developing world. In your terms, we could stretch this planet a lot further as vegetarians than as omnivores.

Comment: Re:Slow down... (Score 4, Interesting) 618

by drix (#25745299) Attached to: Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

I hate to be that guy on /. who can't take a joke, but... brine shrimp have a really important niche role in the food chain. This is a bit of an oversimplification, but basically without brine shrimp and things like it, there would be none of the larger tasty fish that we like so much to eat so much. This is why it drives conservationists nuts when people bitch and moan about environmental regulations aimed at protecting something which seems insignificant to the layperson. You fail to see the interconnectedness of it all.

Communications

Mozilla Is Eyeing Your Phone 107

Posted by timothy
from the convergence-cometh dept.
Slatterz writes "Mozilla is planning to develop a browser for mobile phones by 2010. Mitchell Baker, chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, has been laying out her plans for the organisation over the next two years. Baker also committed to expanding the role of Firefox and building on its market share, while developing new browser technology such as the Aurora project. Mozilla has already stated that it is working on a mobile version of Firefox, but has never set a timeframe for release."

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.

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