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Comment: can't wait to see it work on fox news web site (Score 3, Interesting) 371

by youn (#49160389) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

It is an interesting algorithm, but who is to say the fact is correct? if many sites say the same information, the fact is more correct? if that is the case, then how much better is that from links. when there is more than one version of the truth (conflicts, spin vs fact)... plus not all information is facts... philosophical questions may have more than one answer etc... so I am definitely curious to see how this works out

Comment: Exclusive: pix of Titan ancient civilizations (Score 2) 69

by youn (#49154119) Attached to: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

According to a news flash I just made up, NASA sent a probe to titan and not only found definitive proof of life there but they were able to take pictures of ancient civilizations of methane based life on titan... According to a new hypothesis formulated by the lead scientist on the mission, "This must be some very old fart" :p

Earth

Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate 367

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-ask-kim-stanley-robinson-what-to-do dept.
merbs writes: Harvard has long been home to one of the fiercest advocates for climate engineering. This week, Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences published a research announcement headlined "Adjusting Earth's Thermostat, With Caution." That might read as oxymoronic — intentionally altering the planet's climate has rarely been considered a cautious enterprise — but it fairly accurately reflects the thrust of several new studies published by the Royal Society, all focused on exploring the controversial field of geoengineering.
Biotech

Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone 187

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-piece-at-a-time dept.
Clark Schultz writes The premise behind Jurassic Park just got a bit more real after scientists in South Korea said they are optimistic they can extract enough DNA from the blood of a preserved woolly mammoth to clone the long-extinct mammal. The ice-wrapped woolly mammoth was found last year on an island off of Siberia. The development is being closely watched by the scientific community with opinion sharply divided on the ethics of the project.
Open Source

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime 245

Posted by timothy
from the for-the-child-processes dept.
mtaht writes ESR is collecting specifications and donations towards getting a new high end machine to be used for massive CVS and SVN repository conversions, after encountering problems with converting the whole of netbsd over to git. What he's doing now sort of reminds me of holding a bake sale to build a bomber, but he's well on his way towards Xeon class or higher for the work. What else can be done to speed up adoption of git and preserve all the computer history kept in source code repositories? ESR says he'll match funds toward the purchase of the needed hardware, so if you want to help drive him into bankruptcy, now's your chance.

Comment: I humbly believe the experiment is flawed (Score 1) 247

by youn (#47764327) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

1) even assuming we are holograms, how do they know the imperfections are not simulated
2) even if the experiment comes with results that confirm it, an irregularity does not mean we are holograms, it could simply mean some theories about the universe are adjusted
3) Even supposing for a moment that we live in a simulated universe, what the heck are you going to do about it? ask for a refund? ask for a change in the simulation?

Comment: what do you mean no visual? (Score 1) 876

by youn (#46194977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

_ gui interfaces
_ gui db tools
_ gui class visualization
_ auto complete
_ some uml tools allow you to prototype classes.

Programming can be as visual as you want it to be. no, this is not fully visual because it does not make sense - it is not because you have a "smart phone" that computers are smart enough yet :)

my personal question is why are most language still ascii and resort to external library for i18n strings

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?

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