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Comment: Re:fundementally impossible (Score 3, Insightful) 86

by rpresser (#47539727) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

The problem is not the six suns but the constraints on the planet and moon:

* that the planet's orbit be stable over thousands of years. Millions or billions, if you want life to evolve.
* that the moon stay invisible at all times -- never be illuminated enough by any sun to be visible.
* that the moon be wide enough in angular size to eclipse one sun for over a day!

If you read this paper, you see they settled on a moon the same mass as Kalgash but with the density of Saturn! How could such a system possibly arise?

Comment: Re:When CPU meets RAM. (Score 1) 32

by rpresser (#45507113) Attached to: The Double Life of Memory Exposed With Automata Processor

Somewhat similar. Also resembling WISARD, which used RAM like a neural network.

The essential point to think about is that a 1GB RAM can act as a cellular automaton with a billion cells. There's no algorithmic complexity to defeat because there's no algorithm. Of course the harder the problem gets, the more cells you need....

Comment: Re:not a fan (Score 1) 514

by rpresser (#43766537) Attached to: Review: <em>Star Trek: Into Darkness</em>

Hey Pegg, you've got a bit of something brown there on your nose.

I would pay TRIPLE ADMISSION if JJ replaced all the headache-causing lens flare with just 5 minutes of thought-causing idea.

I'm not knocking lens flare because I'm smug. I'm knocking it because it fucking hurts my goddamn eyes and leaves me with a half hour headache after the movie ends. No way am I seeing this in 3D.

While I'm griping ... has JJ Abrams ever done ANYTHING without dragging fucking time travel into it eventually?

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.

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