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Comment: Sinfest deserves your recognition (Score 1) 321

by klaasb (#42402157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

Comics I follow are

http://www.sinfest.com/ (hands down the best)
http://www.dilbert.com/ (still going strong and providing daily comfort)
http://wumocomicstrip.com/ (funny)
http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/index.html (mostly pro mac)
http://www.xkcd.com/ (the tool that belongs in every geeks toolbox)

Comment: Just don't loose it (Score 1) 191

by klaasb (#40243633) Attached to: I assume that my data stored online is ...

What is important for me is that my data stays available to me.
If it also becomes available to other ... that is just their luck. I don't really care.

Since I don't back up at all locally, I keep all my data on one raid-5 configuration, the way google/dropbox/apple store my data is probably a lot better.

Science

+ - Supercomputers Crack Sixty-Trillionth Binary Digit-> 1

Submitted by Dr.Who
Dr.Who (146770) writes "According to http://blog.energy.gov/blog/2011/04/28/supercomputers-crack-sixty-trillionth-binary-digit-pi-squared, "a value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton." The article goes on to cite use of computationally complex algorithms to detect errors in computer hardware.

The article references a blog http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2011/03/Pi-goes-on-forever/ which has more background.

Disclaimers: I attended graduate school at U.C. Berkley. I am presently employed by a software company that sells an infrastructure product named PI."

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Space

+ - The Densest Planet In The Universe (So Far)->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Astronomers have found what may be the biggest rocky planet in the neighborhood.

The planet is called 55 Cancri e. It is 60 percent larger than the Earth, eight times as massive and orbits its star so fast that an entire year passes in less than a day.

It is about 8.57 times the mass of Earth, plus or minus about 0.64 Earth masses. That gives a density of about 10.9 grams per cubic centimeter, twice that of Earth, which averages about 5.5 grams. The surface gravity would be about 2.7 times that of Earth, comparable to what one would feel at the cloud tops of Jupiter."

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United States

Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the wonder-if-they're-paywalled dept.
eldavojohn writes "You might recall back in June when it was noted that North Korea was developing and exporting flash games. Now, the isolated nation state is apparently home to some game developers that are being published by a subsidiary of News Corp. (The games include Big Lebowski Bowling and Men In Black). Nosotek Joint Venture Company is treading on thin ice in the eyes of a few academics and specialists that claim the Fox News owner is 'working against US policy.' Concerns grow over the potential influx of cash, creating better programmers that are then leveraged into cyberwarfare capabilities. Nosotek said that 'training them to do games can't bring any harm.' The company asserts its innocence, though details on how much of the games were developed in North Korea are sparse. While one of the poorest nations in the world could clearly use the money, it remains to be seen if hardliner opponents like the United States will treat Nosotek (and parent company News Corp.) as if they're fostering the development of computer programmers inside the DPRK. The United Nations only stipulates that cash exchanged with companies in the DPRK cannot go to companies and businesses associated with military weaponry or the arms trade. Would you feel differently about Big Lebowski Bowling if you knew it was created in North Korea?"

The 11 is for people with the pride of a 10 and the pocketbook of an 8. -- R.B. Greenberg [referring to PDPs?]

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