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Comment Re:Everyone runs with fear from NP problems (Score 1) 497

The classic "Computers and Intractibility" book by Garey & Johnston (1979) gave three ways to explain to your boss:
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, I must be too dumb.
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, because no such algorithm is possible.
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, but neither can all these famous people.

Some of us have been going around saying "I must be too dumb" when we get stuck for a few decades now.

Comment I have bad news for you (Score 1) 395

Nobody really cares where you are. You're a tiny blip in a vast sea of Android users, and their collective behavior is what's interesting. Quit worrying so much about "surveillance", because, really, you're boring and not profitable, so Google isn't watching you.

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