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## Comment Re: North Pole (Score 1)496496

I'm not sure why you replied to me, the context is out place. Perhaps you are working for Elon Musk and are testing me for more info. Please, if this is the case, I am open for employment with Elon Musk and his team.

I'll make/re-itterate another point to my post at this stage though. My point relates to the common answer with regards to the South Pole answer. As I have stated, the Earth is not a perfect sphere. The shape of the Earth is known as the Geoid. If the non-spherical nature of the Earth is not taken into account, then it entirely feasible that the 1+1/2pi answer will return you to a location that is only at close proximity to your starting point. This may only be a matter of meters or fractions of meters. This sort of small error has the potential to cause an expensive rocket to explode when calculating trajectories for space flight if it is not accounted for. There are a few other factors that need to be accounted for, however, I'll let you work them out from here on in.

## Comment Re: North Pole (Score 1)496496

I tend to see a trap as well. Admiral Ackbar is laughing at everyone here.

If we assume that the earth is a perfect sphere, then the answer is the North Pole. The earth is not a perfect sphere. This leaves us "near" the North Pole. The earths shape at the North Pole tends towards that of the Geoid as it is ice/water. As modern geodesic research has produced a good mathematical model of the Geoid, it should be possible to derive a good approximation of the actual location (or locations) with respect to the North Pole. I'd approach this problem with a recursive style of algorithm.

## Comment Re: How soon? (Score 2)153153

I've often thought that copyright was introduced by The most corrupt Pope Alexander the 6th. He did it as a means to squash the Protestants and their bible printing business. Their bible printing business was undermining the power of Catholic Rome.

## Comment Re:Don't avoid them (Score 4, Insightful)210210

But Facebook? In what possible way does it even remotely offer any service that makes people's lives easier?!

Facebook is arguably an aggregation of some of the best online/telephonic communication mediums ever developed. For the hoi polloi, it's an effective "one stop shop" to communicate with each other.

## Comment LSD and Intel (Score 3, Interesting)511511

Internet folklore from the days of Usenet had stories of Intels R&D divisions using LSD to creatively solve problems. It was never talked about, except when the compulsory workplace drug testers came to find their walkway blocked by higher powers when entering the R&D division.

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## Comment The right to read. (Score 4, Interesting)7272

For Dan Halbert, the road to Tycho began in college—when Lissa Lenz asked to borrow his computer. Hers had broken down, and unless she could borrow another, she would fail her midterm project. There was no one she dared ask, except Dan.

This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her—but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong—something that only pirates would do.

And there wasn't much chance that the SPA—the Software Protection Authority—would fail to catch him. In his software class, Dan had learned that each book had a copyright monitor that reported when and where it was read, and by whom, to Central Licensing. (They used this information to catch reading pirates, but also to sell personal interest profiles to retailers.) The next time his computer was networked, Central Licensing would find out. He, as computer owner, would receive the harshest punishment—for not taking pains to prevent the crime.

Of course, Lissa did not necessarily intend to read his books. She might want the computer only to write her midterm. But Dan knew she came from a middle-class family and could hardly afford the tuition, let alone her reading fees. Reading his books might be the only way she could graduate. He understood this situation; he himself had had to borrow to pay for all the research papers he read. (Ten percent of those fees went to the researchers who wrote the papers; since Dan aimed for an academic career, he could hope that his own research papers, if frequently referenced, would bring in enough to repay this loan.)

Later on, Dan would learn there was a time when anyone could go to the library and read journal articles, and even books, without having to pay. There were independent scholars who read thousands of pages without government library grants. But in the 1990s, both commercial and nonprofit journal publishers had begun charging fees for access. By 2047, libraries offering free public access to scholarly literature were a dim memory.

There were ways, of course, to get around the SPA and Central Licensing. They were themselves illegal. Dan had had a classmate in software, Frank Martucci, who had obtained an illicit debugging tool, and used it to skip over the copyright monitor code when reading books. But he had told too many friends about it, and one of them turned him in to the SPA for a reward (students deep in debt were easily tempted into betrayal). In 2047, Frank was in prison, not for pirate reading, but for possessing a debugger.

Dan would later learn that there was a time when anyone could have debugging tools. There were even free debugging tools available on CD or downloadable over the net. But ordinary users started using them to bypass copyright monitors, and eventually a judge ruled that this had become their principal use in actual practice. This meant they were illegal; the debuggers' developers were sent to prison.

Programmers still needed debugging tools, of course, but debugger vendors in 2047 distributed numbered copies only, and only to officially licensed and bonded programmers. The debugger Dan used in software class was kept behind a special firewall so that it could be used only for class exercises.

It was also possible to bypass the copyright monitors by installing a modified system kernel. Dan would eventually find out about the free kernels, even entire free operating systems, that had existed around the turn of the century. But not only were they illegal, like debuggers—you could not install one if you had one, without knowing your computer's root password. And neither the FBI nor Microsoft Support would tell you that.

Dan concluded that he couldn't simply lend Lissa his computer. But he couldn't refuse to help her, because he loved her. Every chance to speak with her filled him with delight. And that she chose him to ask for help, that could mean she loved him too.

Dan resolved the dilemma by doing something even more unthinkable—he lent her the computer, and told her his password. This way, if Lissa read his books, Central Licensing would think he was reading them. It was still a crime, but the SPA would not automatically find out about it. They would only find out if Lissa reported him.

Of course, if the school ever found out that he had given Lissa his own password, it would be curtains for both of them as students, regardless of what she had used it for. School policy was that any interference with their means of monitoring students' computer use was grounds for disciplinary action. It didn't matter whether you did anything harmful—the offense was making it hard for the administrators to check on you. They assumed this meant you were doing something else forbidden, and they did not need to know what it was.

Students were not usually expelled for this—not directly. Instead they were banned from the school computer systems, and would inevitably fail all their classes.

Later, Dan would learn that this kind of university policy started only in the 1980s, when university students in large numbers began using computers. Previously, universities maintained a different approach to student discipline; they punished activities that were harmful, not those that merely raised suspicion.

Lissa did not report Dan to the SPA. His decision to help her led to their marriage, and also led them to question what they had been taught about piracy as children. The couple began reading about the history of copyright, about the Soviet Union and its restrictions on copying, and even the original United States Constitution. They moved to Luna, where they found others who had likewise gravitated away from the long arm of the SPA. When the Tycho Uprising began in 2062, the universal right to read soon became one of its central aims.

## Comment Just like Nuclear Fusion (Score 0)256256

Just like Nuclear Fusion it will be commercially viable in 7-10 years...

From the Article:

The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of \$3-\$6 per gallon, and with sufficient funding and partnerships, this approach could be commercially viable within the next seven to ten years. Pursuing remote land-based options would be the first step towards a future sea-based solution.

## Comment Re:Passport belt (Score 0)445445

Yeah, how many passwords like: R;3m|/|iv%{^B\$ do you have memorized?

I have 26 like that.
I also have a system to alter them when it is time to change them.
I also have a generic "Password123" password for sites that are use once and forget.

## Comment Passport belt (Score 0)445445

A small notebook kept in a passport belt that never leaves your side should work well.

If you are required to have such a high level of security that this is not a good idea then you should use your memory. A failing memory means that you are not suitable for the job and should find something else, like working in a retirement home.

## Comment Re: So can I sue my college? (Score 1)206206

You just tell these primma-donnas what they want to hear so you pass the course, graduate the fuck out, join the world of adults and start creating/doing things that matter.

When you finally get into the world of adults you will find yourself kissing ass to a moron manager who doesn't know what he/she is talking about. These literature courses will serve you well in knowing how to bullshit your way around.

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