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Comment Re:Robots and explosives, what could go wrong? (Score 1) 286

By definition?

One of the mechanical men and women in Capek's play; hence, a machine (sometimes resembling a human being in appearance) designed to function in place of a living agent, esp. one which carries out a variety of tasks automatically or with a minimum of external impulse.

The Oxford English Dictionary does say "especially" the autonomous meaning, but the above definition certainly applies here. These robots are definitely functioning in place of a living agent.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1174

The British plug is pretty indestructible. If you get in to a fight with one, it'll win. There's not much that misuse could do to it! I do recall seeing a slightly broken one once. It was an old bakelite one and the plastic had chipped slightly on the top half of the casing. Still didn't expose any wires and still went into a socket no problem. Actually, are plugs on American appliances user replaceable?

Comment Re:Gee, just 14 years (Score 3, Informative) 487

The 68k/PPC binaries were referred to as Fat Binaries. As a marketing term, Universal was only ever applied to PPC/x86.

When you say that MacOS doesn't use universal binaries any more, that's not strictly true. It doesn't ship with many that use both PPC and x86, because as you say OS 10.6 won't run on PPC Macs. But it still fully supports them and many software vendors are still producing them. These days, the same tech is used to store a 32 bit and a 64 bit version of the same x86 executable.

Comment Re:Digital divide FTW! (Score 1) 368

We have LAN parties at university regularly, and have a net connection. However, last one we had, the LAN got IP-banned from battlenet. As far as we know, it's just because too many people were connecting from one IP.

Hopefully they can solve that kind of problem before removing LAN play!

Comment Re:What's a C student at Monroe College? (Score 1) 1251

I always find the high percentages gained at American universities quite a contrast to ours (the UK).

When marking undergrad work, I mostly award in the 50%-65% range. A 65 is a good piece of work, answering the question well with evidence of individual research. For the really good ones (maybe 5% of the papers max) I go up to 75%.

I once tried to award an 85% but the moderators decreased it.

Taking the average of all your marks in your degree, 70% is sufficient for First Class Honours.

Comment Re:Are there any downsides to choice in this case? (Score 1) 948

Wow! Someone gets it!

Statically linking libraries means I know that the vast majority of Mac apps will work without me needing to install anything else. (If an app needs support files, it is official best practice to bundle the files inside the app and have it install them on first run.)

I have no such guarantee on Linux.

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