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The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

Comment Re:Responsibility to customers (Score 3, Interesting) 437 437

I purchased 1984 on my Kindle back in March, and I always leave wireless turned off except for when I want to purchase another book. As ErikZ mentioned, it extends the battery life for weeks. I fully expected 1984 to be deleted from my Kindle once I turned wireless back on and purchased another book, but it's still there (I reopened it to make sure it was still readable as well), and I received a refund for the purchase as well. The book is also still there on my iPhone Kindle app. So maybe leaving your wireless turned off can prevent Amazon from remotely deleting your purchases? Doesn't seem likely that they would have left that kind of hole in their kill switch, but it did the trick this time.

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