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Comment: Re:Trivial observation (Score 1) 133

by Lehk228 (#47554193) Attached to: A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World
decompression speed is unimportant for general purpose compression, it is either adequate or not adequate, if deompression speed is not adequate it does not matter how well it scores on other metrics it is unusable for your use case, if decompression speed id adequate, it really does not matter if it's just barely adequate or insanely fast.

+ - Bird flocks resemble liquid helium->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."
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Comment: Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (Score 1) 91

by Lehk228 (#47518467) Attached to: Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD
if the government really wants what is on your disk, they will put you in a small cage until you give up the keys, if they REALLY want it you will take a trip to an officially nonexistant location and find out what successively higher and higher voltage across your genitals feels like until you give up the key, or die.

Comment: Still play weekly (Score 4, Interesting) 127

by Archfeld (#47490075) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Been meeting with the same group for more than 30 years now on Saturday night. I started playing the when the 1st red-book with crayons came out, I was like in 6th grade, and yes I still have the boxed set and nearly EVERY other book, module, and accessory. I'm 46 now and NO other form of RPG online or other can compare to the fun and comradeship of a face to face pen and paper RPG. More imagination, more interaction, and for those of you who doubt it is family fun, our group consists of 2 single ladies, 3 single guys, 2 married couples all my relative age (mid 40's) and 3 much younger players in their mid 20's ( 2 guys and a girl. We have 3 players who rotate as Game Master and we play in a long standing organically customized world. We have been at several Gen-Cons and we ran a full tourney game that was very successful several years ago.
Long live D&D

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