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Comment What is this? And what did you do with /.? (Score 1) 1146

As someone who is looking to get himself into a similar situation (I'm a linux/programming geek, my girlfriend is a language geek), I find it very strange to not only find such topics being openly discussed on /., but finding information that's helpful? Honest? About something other than boobs? I'm shocked. Let me know when the real /. is back. Until then, I'll bookmark this, and download it after a couple days in case it "disappears" to save face.

As for my (significantly insignificant, IANAMP) two cents, I must agree with several people above - your significant other has to be someone that you are completely honest with, and someone that can be completely honest with you, no matter what. That's the only way it's going to work. It's not going to be all happy all the time, but neither is life.

Comment Re:Linus (Score 1) 909

I patched this bug at my school once. They had handles on both sides of the one-way doors in the lounge. Early one morning, I took a screwdriver to them and removed the "pull" handles, stashing them in my room. No one (including security/maintenance) noticed for a few weeks, or if they did, they were pleased by it. The general consensus was basically good riddins. Eventually though, security noticed (and started banging on the remaining handles with their maglites, as if it would do anything). I got fined, and my patch was reverted. Some people just don't understand.

Comment Re:Aiding and Abetting? (Score 1) 340

Yep - my family had a late 80's Toyota Camry with problems. Long story short, we ended getting up two more of similar vintage and consolidating the three iffy cars into two fairly reliable ones. When we went to start the second car, we only had the key to the first. On a lark, we went to try it anyway, and it started right up. We still just use one key for both cars, and my key to the first one actually opens the trunk of the second one, when its own key doesn't. Keys are an exercise in security by obscurity/effort.

Comment Re:The Artist Concept (Score 1) 95

Wow, that is stunning. And it reminds me of Larry Niven's description of the Tanith spaceport from Brenda. I was just reading N-Space the other day, and the picture reminded me of this passage:

The wrecked ships that had haloed the planet after the Battle of Tanith were long gone. Shuttle #1 descended through a sky that seemed curiously empty. What had been the Tanith spaceport still glared like a polished steel dish. Seen from low angle the crater became a glowing eye with a bright pupil. ... A new port had grown around the crater's eastern rim. Terry and Charley, riding as passengers while Sharon flew, picked out a dozen big aircraft, then a horde of lighter craft. The crater must make a convenient airfield. The gleaming center was a small lake. Have to avoid that.

Considering it was published in 1988, it beats Blizzard even existing by three years. It's highly improbable, but it's fun to think that the artist was inspired by the story, anyway.

Comment Re:Okay 1..2..3..4..5..6 (Score 1) 280

If his only goal was to get true random numbers, then yes, your solution would be fine.

As it is, however, his goal was to convince his users that the dice rolls they're getting are truly random, and not just some magical formula in the computer (which is what they will see any algorithm as, no matter how much you reassure them otherwise). For that purpose, building a giant machine that rolls a bunch of dice and takes pictures of them is the only way to do that.
It's not the ultimate solution for generating random numbers, no. But for generating believable dice rolls (to the average human, not a math PhD), not much can top it. Not only that, but it's pretty entertaining, and was surely a lot of fun to get up and running.

Comment Re:Question (Score 2, Interesting) 205

No! This is Slashdot, you can't just go around doing real math and/or chemistry! It gets people all antsy, and then they start rioting...it just isn't a good idea.

On a sidenote, I've always been confused as to why chemists feel the need to use a ridiculous word like "stoichiometric" for such a simple concept as "ratios", which is already a weird enough word. Science is confusing enough without stunts like that, thankyouverymuch.

Comment Re:oblig. (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Best quote from the piece:
"This is only the first step in newspapers by computer. Engineers now predict the day will come when we get all our newspapers and magazines by home computer, but that's a few years off. So for the moment at least, this fellow [showing an elderly newspaper street vendor] isn't worried about being out of a job."
They were about 30 years off of their "a few years" estimate, but it is still eerie actually hearing such a prediction from nearly three decades ago voiced by a newsperson.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 524

Hey, on Amazon, for only USD$500 more, you can get one specially platinum-wrapped, with a free listening hat! What a steal! If you really want quality, you can even get one pre-burned in for a mere $2500! I'm glad that these great engineers have shared their valuable insights with us, so we can benefit from increased network throughput. The world should thank them.

Comment Re:Creationism... (Score 5, Insightful) 848

scientists with doctorates (from other Universities) falsifying the evolutionary and big bang theories

There's a significant problem with that: falsifying (aka finding possible problems with) evolution or the big bang is hardly proving Creationism. I've never seen a valid defense of Creationism other than "evolution isn't true". The problem is, it's not a binary system. They are not logical opposites. Disproving evolution isn't proving Creation, not by a long-shot. If you want to get a degree in "anti-Evolution" by all means do. But don't pretend that "disproving" some small part of the dominant theory in biological and/or cosmological science negates and renders useless the entire theory, and also somehow provides evidence for an empirically random minor theory.
A good theory has to add value. This means it has to explain everything the old theory explained, and add additional, optimally risky, predictions that the old one didn't, to explain things the old one didn't. That's a pretty daunting task for a theory as big as evolution. If you want to try to counter a specific part of evolution, by all means go at it. But trying to disprove all of evolution by, say, questioning carbon-14 dating, is not the way to do it.
Einstein's theory of gravity won out over the dominant Newtonian theory not because it had Einstein's name on it, or because some religion had nonsimultaneity written in their books. It's because Einstein explained everything Newton did, explained things he didn't, and made very risky predictions as to how things would happen under his theory as opposed to Newton. Many of these have since proved true.

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