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Comment Re:Really so hard? (Score 4, Interesting) 169 169

Amazingly enough, people that go through with these mass shootings post their plans to social media more often than not. It sounds crazy, but you have to be a little crazy to want to do shoot up a kindergarten or assassinate the president in the first place. The problem is of course the noise level. We had the same problem after Columbine when suddenly all of those teenagers weren't just sullen outcasts, they were potential madmen. Correlation is not causation.

Comment Re:we only hear about the failed attempts (Score 1) 217 217

He wouldn't transfer it into his personal bank account. He would set up a LLC who's sole purpose in life is to distribute the winnings, half of which happen to go to the original guy. As long as he doesn't suddenly start trying to live like MC Hammer and trigger an IRS audit he'll probably get away with it.

This guy was caught because he was an idiot.

Comment Re:Perfect summary of Perl from Larry himself (Score 1) 133 133

One can argue that Perl is more featureful in its implicit behaviors that are massively confusing to people who don't them. In C you generally have to be pretty explicit with what you're doing, but in Perl you can leave out some of the details and let the interpreter figure them out for you. This is the first area where newcomers get lost. Much of the "crazy punctuation" ends up being helpful once you spend a couple of minutes understanding the basics of the language, clearly denoting which tokens are variables and what kind of access the coder wants. Complex data structures are far far less ugly now than they were in the early days of Perl 5 too, and a normal human being can actually make them without trying a thousand different combinations of dereferencing operators to figure out exactly which one they need. I wouldn't call them "good" or fun to use, but it's not like pounding nails through your dick anymore.

Comment Re: Wow (Score 1) 143 143

Is the wind resistance from an atmosphere 0.6% as dense as Earth's a major problem? It seems to me that you wouldn't need the tunnel at all, saving considerably on building costs. Or if you need the tunnel it is only to keep the dust from piling up on the tracks and doesn't have to be depressurized.

Comment Wouldn't take that bet (Score 2) 265 265

They are saying there is a 1 in 3 chance that California will experience an earthquake sometime in the next 50 years? Doesn't California suffer Earthquakes on a regular basis? I thought maybe they were talking about major quakes, but the summary immediately goes on to talk about the odds of a major quake.

Comment Re:important definition: maximum speed. (Score 1) 238 238

Is 3 less hours in the air worth $10,000 to you? Fuel prices aren't going to drop back down to 1960s levels without some sort of major energy revolution, and drag still goes up with the square of your speed. One also has to consider how much CO2 they release when they take a flight, and if they're willing to release an order of magnitude more to save 3 hours of their life.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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