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Comment: Re: Does it matter? (Score 1) 668 668

a) How do they erase the memory of dinosaur poop from the water molecules in the pills? Dinosaur poop can't be good for me.

Someone thought of that too. "Water memory" doesn't occur unless "activated" by striking the substance with a leather and horsehair-covered paddle.

Comment: Re:excellent (Score 2) 226 226

I was shocked to find how poor the performance of expf() was compared to exp() in glibc. Turns out that in a handful of functions, they are changing the rounding mode of the FPU, which flushes the entire FPU state, obliterating performance. After switching to a different version -- from another library -- that didn't change rounding modes, performance was back on par.

It's perfectly understandable why rounding mode changes are necessary, since the FPU can be in any rounding mode coming in, and some guarantees are required, but they should really provide variations that do not do this. I truly hope the new implementation avoids it altogether, otherwise we're back on square one.

Comment: Re: Scrap all the rules (Score 1) 104 104

As a young ham, myself and another member of our club were rebuked for what we thought was a clever workaround to a persistent jammer. We came up with a list of repeaters, assigning a number to each. When a jammer would come along, we'd simply say "meet me on number 4" and we'd QSY to that repeater to continue our QSO.

At a subsequent meeting, one of the OM officers of our club told us to knock it off as it could run afoul of the "codes & ciphers" prohibiting of part 97.

Classic Games (Games)

It's Time For the Descent Games Return 251 251

An anonymous reader writes "Gamers of a certain age will probably remember Descent, a game that combined first-person shooters with flight sims in a way that has never really been replicated. GameSpot has an article calling for a new entry in the Descent series, and it reminded me of all the stomach-churning battles I had as a kid (when the game wasn't bringing my 33MHz 486 to its knees). 'Here's where modern gaming innovations make Descent an even more tempting reboot. From the two-dimensional mines of Spelunky to the isometric caves of Path of Exile, procedurally generated levels help deliver fresh experiences to players in a number of genres. The mines of Descent would be perfect candidates for such creation, and they wouldn't have to be limited to the metallic walls and lunar geology of past Descent games.

Imagine exploring organic tunnels carved by some unknown alien creature, or floating past dazzling crystalline stalactites in pristine ancient caves. Perhaps the influences of Red Faction and Minecraft could also come into play as you bored your own shortcuts through layers of destructible sediment. All of Descent's dizzying navigation challenges could be even more exciting with the immersive potential of a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or the Sony Morpheus. Feeling the mine walls close in on you from all sides could get your heart racing, and turning your head to spot shortcuts, power-ups, or delicate environmental details could greatly heighten the sense of being an explorer in an uncharted land.'"

Comment: Re:Innovation vs rent-seeking (Score 5, Insightful) 166 166

SpaceX are fantastic, world-class innovators, but lobbying the government to tilt the playing field their way smacks of rent-seeking.

You're confused. It's called levelling the playing field. What the USAF did was sign a no-bid contract with the Boeing/Lockheed to purchase Russian rocket engines. A huge no-no in the public sphere, if not illegal. The only way to get them to reverse on that was to go to court.

Comment: Re:It tried to follow the plot (Score 1) 726 726

When Starship Troopers was performed at Rifftrax, they couldn't alter the movie in any way. To get around this, they had the cameras cut away to a silly diversion (Gorilla-grams!), while a non-offending corner of the scene played out in stage right. If you were live in the Belcourt theatre, you got to see the film in all its glory.

Always look over your shoulder because everyone is watching and plotting against you.

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