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Comment: Almost all my twitter accounts are bots... (Score 0) 84

by snowsmann (#47665255) Attached to: Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

The only reason I ever signed up for twitter in the first place was that it was the easiest of the social networks to create a bot. I wanted to see how hard it would be to set up something like that... and twitter makes it super easy...
15 or 20 minutes and I set up @piDigits which is tweeting out 140 digits of Pi every hour...
So simple, I did this with a few lines of code sitting on a Google spreadsheet doc and set a trigger to run the script in the doc once every hour. Completely legit free services + 30 minutes = your very own twitter bot, not tied to any of your own physical hardware.
Makes me wonder if twitter really does like the bot idea... I think it helps the system as a whole, because people want some kinds of automated news, or whatever else can be automated... Plus, it's usually really really easy to spot the TRULY useless *FOLLOW ME FOLLOW MY FRIEND* bots.

Comment: Re:A high schooler? (Score 3) 478

by snowsmann (#40019059) Attached to: Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

No need to be so pedantic. Regardless of the binary-ness of the situation, there is still always an analog component. For something to become binary there needs to be a threshold, a majority has it's threshold set to 50%. If one then passes the threshold, but barely, then one could say that there is "barely a majority". This concept can be extended to vast majority (i.e. ~75%) and what I meant with vast vast majority is that some percentage (well over 50%) of Americans fall into that category. Probably asymptotically approaching 100% given the way the World populace is headed...

Btw, not all programmers are computer science/information theory types. There are those of us who are real electrical engineers who realize that a transistor has infinite states and it is only a simplification that we see it as binary; greatly reducing the complexity of computer style circuit design.

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 1) 139

by snowsmann (#39872971) Attached to: Finally, a Shark With a Laser Attached To Its Head

That is because "hi" is not a word (in this context)... It is certainly an exception to the rule "put a damn apostrophe on a word when you want to make it all possessive like". If it were not an exception then "his car", "snowsmanns car", and "its car" would all be correct. But "his" is another word entirely, "its" is a form of the word "it".

interlard - vt., to intersperse; diversify -- Webster's New World Dictionary Of The American Language