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Comment Re:Go figure. (Score 1) 250

This paper has uses so many assumptions to reach such an old and obvious answer as to render itself practically useless. I guess the bar is pretty low at the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. Then again Loeb is known for dressing up homework problems and publishing them as amazing revelations. Somehow the reviewers haven't caught on.

Comment Re:Yeaaaaaaa (Score 1) 129

A DDOS attack does nothing to attack the integrity or security of the data. The success of a DDOS attack only indirectly calls data safety into question - if they were not able to defend against DDOS, perhaps they're also not good enough to maintain security.

As an aside, I'm currently living in Australia, and the site worked fine for me at about 6pm.

Comment Re:First cool site was 'the liquid oxygen barbecue (Score 1) 136

Besides the LOX demo and his invention of Refrigerant R-406A "AutoFrost", George was an Alpha Hardware Hacker at Purdue who presented at Usenix conferences. He got a grant to work on multiprocessing, and so he took two VAX 780's, and connected them by the backplane, creating a multiprocessor VAX. Digital Equipment liked it so much that they made a product of it, called the VAX/782. The CPU clock was 5 MHz and there were a lot of DIP-package digital logic ICs in there, with lots of space between them on the PCBs.

Comment Classic Steve Jobs and the Nascent Web (Score 5, Interesting) 136

Steve Jobs and some folks from Pixar were going out to lunch one day. While walking out of the building, Steve said "we have to find the killer app for the Internet". Steve and I both had NeXT workstations on our desks, and they had the first Mosaic web browser for NeXTStep on them. I'm not sure I even tried that browser, but we both completely missed that this was the killer app for the Internet.

Comment Re:Viral (Score 1) 134

Developer previously stated numerous times that it would take "hundreds of hours" to reach the "center of the galaxy (he misspoke and said Universe earlier...)".

Murray said that for typical players. This guy is by definition not the typical player and quite likely rushed towards the centre to reach the bragging rights of that particular goal, after all finding a planet isn't exactly a unique feat. Thereby skipping most of the discoveries, lore or sheer "it's just an interactive screensaver but damn it's pretty so I don't care" moments.

Mind you, people watch train footage. I've built the same repetitive, mundane, boring mob farms and whatnots as everyone else in Minecraft and I enjoyed every single block of it. So I'm pretty sure I will love No Man's Sky.

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