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Comment Can someone please explain this "boundary layer"?? (Score 1) 380

I guess I'm the stupid one here, but I don't understand the basic premise. Can someone please explain exactly what this "boundary layer" of motionless air is on a regular heatsink/fan? Why/how does it form and exactly how big of a problem is it really? I am just not understanding how there can be any motionless air unless there are some eddies formed by the fins or some such. Help! Thanks.

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EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game 620

An anonymous reader writes " has reported that an EVE Online player recently lost over $1,200 worth of in-game items during a pirate attack. The player in question was carrying 74 PLEX in their ship's cargo hold — in-game 'Pilot's License Extensions' that award 30 days of EVE Online time when used on your account. When the ship was blown up by another player, all 74 PLEX were destroyed in the resulting blast, costing $1,200 worth of damage, or over 6 years of EVE subscription time, however you prefer to count it. Ow."

How To Play HD Video On a Netbook 205

Barence writes with some news to interest those with netbooks running Windows: "Netbooks aren't famed for their high-definition video playing prowess, but if you've got about $10 and a few minutes going spare, there is a way to enjoy high-definition trailers and videos on your Atom-powered portable. You need three things: a copy of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, CoreCodec's CoreAVC codec, and some HD videos encoded in AVC or h.264 formats. This blog takes you through the process."

Comment Should Women Compete Separately At All? (Score 5, Insightful) 1091

To answer the question of whether or not she should be allowed to compete as a female if she is not 100% female, one must first consider the question of whether women should be competing in a separate class at all.

Let's avoid the underlying moral and philosophical issues and just stick with the practical reason for setting things up so women compete separately: approximately 50% of the population is female, so it is a political necessity. You can argue all sorts of other reasons, but when it really comes down to it, that is the crux of it.

And if you really think about it, we don't actually have women competing against women in one group and men competing against men in another group. What we REALLY have is women competing against women in one group, and EVERYONE ELSE competing in another group. Men are not set up as a protected class, it is only women who are set up as a protected class. If a sufficiently gifted female runner wanted to compete against men, I very much suspect that she'd be allowed to do so.

Once you realize the reality that female sports are basically a protected class based on a political reality, the answer to the other question becomes pretty simple: anyone who is not 100% female is not part of the "protected class" and should therefore compete in the "everyone else" category.

Is it fair? Maybe not. But how is having women compete separately "fair" in the first place? It is just for political expediency, and personally I don't see anything wrong with it if it keeps 50% of the population happier and more fulfilled than they otherwise would be without causing any undue hardship on a significant part of the population.

Comment Re:brilliant or dangerous? (Score 2, Insightful) 1134

Convoluted or obfuscated code is no benefit to anyone and deserves scorn.

However, there is nothing about being a brilliant programmer that requires one to write convoluted or obfuscated code.

The best code needs very little documentation because it is immediately obvious to any other programmer what the code is doing, and long comments are only required in sections of the code where the purpose of the code is not immediately obvious.

It does require a dose of humility to intentionally add minor inefficiencies to a program to make it more clear, though, and it sounds like the Josh in this story was sorely lacking such humility.

Using five lines of code to show the intermediate assignments in a long calculation instead of doing it all in one line of code can make the logic flow easier to follow by orders of magnitude, but some programmers are unwilling to deface the elegance of their design with such simplicities.

Ultimately the true genius is the person who can write brilliant code that is also easy to read and modify.

Comment Re:great news (Score 4, Interesting) 128

The President swears to uphold the Constitution, but what if he chooses not to?

As you point out, the worst that happens is the court eventually overrules, but often the damage has already been done and the President can just try again in a slightly modified way.

Is such disregard for the Constitution treason?

At the very least it is an impeachable offense, but only if congress has the will to impeach.

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