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## Comment 2140 (Score 2)301

Well, fortunately we won't have to worry about that until 2140. By which time I am sure transaction fees will be more than enough to compensate.

## Comment Re:do they support ..... (Score 2)95

Lol, I logged in by accident with my gmail account, then with my slashdot account :D

## Comment Re:Is there a prize (Score 1)414

Well, if you were to recite 1 digit per second, it would take around a million years to read the entire number out. I think the audience and speaker would be long gone before that happened.

## Comment Re:Thanks for the answers (so far) (Score 1)414

I believe there is an algorithm for generating just the nth digit of pi. So to check the results they could take a few digits at random and check them. The checking would likely take a long time, but not as long as generating the whole set.

## Comment Re:What's the message? (Score 1)414

Indeed you are correct - you could have an approximately equal distribution of all digits, but it doesn't tell you anything about the substrings. As a trivial example, a number which contained "13" but never "31" could never contain the string "431". So, to know for sure that you eventually find any given substring within the digits of pi, you need to prove that there is a roughly equal distibution of all digits, plus that all those digits are arranged in every possible ordering.

## Fossil of Ant-Eating Dinosaur Discovered In China64

thomst writes "Charles Q. Choi of LiveScience reports that a farmer in southern Henan Province in China has dug up the first known ant-eating dinosaur, a half-meter-long theropod (the dinosaur family to which T. Rex belongs), whose fossilized remains were described as 'fairly intact'. The 83- to 89-million-year-old pygmy dinosaur has been named named Xixianykus zhangi by Xig Xu, De-you Wang, Corwin Sullivan, David Hone, Feng-lu Han, Rong-hao Yan, and Fu-ming Du, whose paper on the critter, A basal parvicursorine (Theropoda: Alvarezsauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of China, was published in the March 29 issue of Zootaxa (the abstract is available in PDF format for free, the full article is paywall-protected.)"

## Comment Re:Pre-emptive move against HTML5? (Score 1)168

Well, as long as browsers start to provide html 5 support there isn't a problem. Sites can be upgraded to serve html 5 video, with fallback to flash if the browser doesn't support it.

## Comment Re:We hit 7 TeV, but how much more to go? (Score 1)256

How can they be so sure that anti-matter was anihilated ? Maybe it just ended up on the other side of the universe.

## Comment Re:We hit 7 TeV, but how much more to go? (Score 1)256

It's turtles all the way up too then.

## Comment Cloud computing ? (Score 1)93

Cloud computing is all vapour anyway.

## Comment What about AFS ? (Score 1)484

I am surprised that nobody has mentioned it, but what about a server running AFS (Andrew File System).

It has some great features:

Scalable - you can add as many servers as you want
Secure - it uses kerberos by default
Fast - local caches are kept until another client needs them.
Cross platform - openAFS supports pretty much every platform in existence.

## Comment Re:AbiWord faces the same issue (Score 3, Informative)398

I have the same problem with the LiVES project. Over 3 years ago, I managed to compile the sourcecode for OSX/Darwin, it took a lot of fiddling around, but it worked. I excitedly posted the news on the website and mailing lists, but no OSX users seemed interested. Since then, the code has changed a lot, fixes were made for it to compile on IRIX and Solaris.

Recently somebody posted a forum message noting how easy it now is to compile under OSX. I again posted this news, and asked if somebody could kindly compile it and send me a link to the resulting binary. Since then...nothing. Hence I have come to a conclusion about OSX users...well, I will let you guess what it is.

## Comment Re:Experiment (Score 1)207

The thing is, to keep it clean you have to run virus checkers, spyware removers, adware removers, etc, etc. Windows is just too hard for the average consumer.

## Comment Re:Even the Germans... (Score 5, Insightful)207

In my experience, Linux outperforms Windows and Mac on the low end, the high end, and the middle end.

Free software is never a bad choice.

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