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Comment: Re:GRRM shouldve hired coauthors (Score 1) 126

Harsh and really unrealistic.

I enjoy the series- not a fanboy. It's a big book series. I doubt that anything you do in your life will approach this size of work.

It's comments like this that drive creators to away.

But creators should be aware that there are probably a thousand patient fans enjoying the work for every bitter unrealistic comment. And there's always at least one person who will spit in your face even when you try to give them a 20 dollar bill.

I hope he finishes the series. He owes us nothing.

Comment: Re:Problem for Evolution (Score 1) 19

by labnet (#48929725) Attached to: Scientists Discover How To Track Natural Errors In DNA Replication

Those are interesting points.

I read 'Darwins Black Box' by Behe many years ago, and thought he made good rational arguments about irreducible complexity.

When a genetic mutation occurs, there will be a continuum of effect, from new feature to no effect to death.
Natural selection will only have a certain forcing effect that is weighted to the 'death' end of the scale.

The problem I have with evolution, is the vast majority of any random mutation will be non beneficial and that this process will happen faster than natural selection can remove these defects from the population.

Comment: Problem for Evolution (Score 1) 19

by labnet (#48929089) Attached to: Scientists Discover How To Track Natural Errors In DNA Replication

Isn't this a problem for Evolution proponents.
Evolution requires that beneficial DNA mutations win out over non-beneficial.

Lets say DNA is like a self replicating VM. The VM has built in error correction but occasionally a copy error occurs. The premise of evolution, is this copy error is occasionally beneficial and the non beneficial errors eventually die out, but the spectrum of copy errors can cause vastly different outcomes. Sometimes a copy error may change an eye color, or cause a miscarriage.
The question is, does the rate of beneficial mutations outweigh the rate of non-beneficial so the NEW functionality is created and functional entropy is halted?
My pragmatic side says, If I changed random bytes in a VM, I wouldn't eventually get a facial recognition system, I'd get slowly decaying VM.
 

Comment: So you could use this tool to make your code anon. (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by Maxo-Texas (#48927675) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Write a version of pretty-printer that rerenders your code into a different style.

Have a lexicon of mipelled words for each "personality".

Another lexicon of variable names.
a vs inta vs int_a vs x.

Refactoring and unfactoring for subroutines.

Run the comments through google translate and back to english.
ukrainian
japanese
chinese

Synonym and antonym substitution in the comments.

The mind dances at the possibilities to mess with this algorithm.

Comment: Re:Damn! (Score 1) 128

by Maxo-Texas (#48923251) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

That's pretty trivial and already occurs.

The convention center effectively gets no signal due to the way it was constructed anyway and so the major brands have repeaters inside the hotel while the minor brand phone's don't work.

DFW Hyatt is a good example of this. If you are not on Verizon- good luck using your phone inside the convention center downstairs.

When it is incorrect, it is, at least *authoritatively* incorrect. -- Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy

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