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Comment Pascal Changed my life (Score 2) 130

I could show this article to my wife and truthfully say "we would not have met and had offspring if it weren't for this computer programming language you've never heard of". My first real job that eventually led to a career and a move to this city was because I had done work in school on a parser for Pascal, ended up programming on an HP1000 mini (RTE-XL), meeting her, getting married etc etc. Then I think, 'heh, never mind'. Very nostalic; glad to see it's out there. Thanks, Pascal.

Submission + - Now here's a trailer for a trailer (

wassomeyob writes: In the wake of the frenzy over the latest Star Wars trailer, we have this: a peek at the trailer for the upcoming trailer for the new Terminator movie. With frame-by-frame analysis to come, I'm sure.

Submission + - Gangnam Style surpasses Youtube's 32-bit view counter 1

neoritter writes: The Korean pop star PSY's viral music video "Gangnam Style" has reached the limit of Youtube's view counter. According to Youtube's Google+ account, "We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!"

Submission + - Most planets in the Universe are homeless

StartsWithABang writes: We like to think of our Solar System as typical: a central star with a number of planets — some gas giants and some rocky worlds — in orbit around it. Yes, there's some variety, with binary or trinary star systems and huge variance in the masses of the central star being common ones, but from a planetary point of view, our Solar System is a rarity. Even though there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy for planets to orbit, there are most likely around a quadrillion planets in our galaxy, total, with only a few trillion of them orbiting stars at most. Now that we've finally detected the first of these, we have an excellent idea that this picture is the correct one: most planets in the Universe are homeless. Now, thank your lucky star!

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