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Comment Re:Theoretical breakthrough... (Score 1) 152

The probability of "7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7,7" is the same as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0,1,2 or any other 13-int sequence.

You are thinking of placing sequences in categories (k consecutive numbers), for which the probability indeed decreases rapidly with k.
But that requires you to define similar sequences, which is a form of finding patterns.

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

Perhaps the total number of cows, pigs, chicken, etc. would decrease. But the diversity of animals has drastically declined due to industrialisation of cattle farming.

"30 percent of global biodiversity loss can be attributed to aspects of livestock production"
"animal farming saps soil nutrients and pollutes the environment as waste runoff from farms causes algae blooms that consume oxygen in water, killing essential bacteria and destroying healthy ecosystems"

If nothing else, the land area for them is taken away.

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

Have you ever actually seen cows in your life?

Have you ever seen the cows that meat is made from? Probably not, since they are locked away in meat factories and have never seen green. Cows grazing is a children's book dream. It's "inefficient".
And don't tell me you buy your meat from the local butcher -- every time you go to a restaurant, that's meat factory meat right there.

Comment Re:SystemD = Bolsheviks (Score 2) 293

Oh the problem is there alright.

See here for example:

You want to replace sysvinit with something.
Now whether that is upstart, OpenRC, systemd or something else is the question.

systemd's service dependency tree and triggering is definitely attractive, and you can do some cool server configurations with it. For example, assign resources to a service, and that restriction applies to all sub-processes. Or find all processes launched by a service.

Comment Re:The Purpose of a Phone (Score 4, Insightful) 197

These devices have not redefined the way we phone

The Purpose of a Phone Is to talk to another person, and be able to hear and understand them

Lets not be so narrow-minded. Smartphones are communication devices - and they have redefined the way we communicate - world-wide, nearly free, with a mixture of instant texts, emoticons, images, gifs, short videos and, yes, voice.

It is not solely the phone network anymore, and it is not just telephoning that a phone does -- although you still can use it that way.

Comment At least one Slashdotter didn't like it (Score 4, Interesting) 283

Cameron's original sci-fi blockbuster earned $2.8 billion, though at least one Slashdot user argued that its overall message was that technology is bad, "strange because the movie is among most technically sophisticated ever."

And then all of Slashdot argued against him ... Seriously, what authority does one slashdotter have?

Comment Re:stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 132

Why does some murderer have the right to be forgotten?

Murder cases make it on the internet because the press is reporting about it -- usually because someone has been accused.
If you had been accused of a outrageous crime and later found innocent, you will have your name associated with those news stories forever. Every time an employer googles you, they will get that impression, and you will spend the rest of your life arguing that charges were dismissed.
For those people I think a right to be forgotten is appropriate.

Comment Re:we're all scientists (Score 4, Insightful) 634

He is a science communicator. He goes to scientific research and presents it to the public in an understandable way. When he has questions, he asks scientists.
Sarah Palin does not consult scientists. That's why Bill Nye is considered an authority when he speaks. Not because he contributed, but because what he says is based on scientific research.

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