* Posts by Hand1e

14 posts • joined 5 Oct 2011

Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon


Hawking, a proper scientist?

Maybe, but is he better than Einstein?


Snow and ice fail to freeze battlin' Big Iron bots in their tracks


Shirley there are 10000! (about 10^35000) permutations to consider if using brute force? Although a quick shufti at Wikipedia tells me there is a (n^2 x 2^n) solution but that still comes in at a whopping 10^3000.

Theresa May DDoS case: Man cuffed by eCops


Re: "Suspicion of assisting or encouraging the denial of service attack"

Also, a DDOS would be more like a whole bunch of people standing in your way preventing you from going where you want, which would - certainly in my opinion - be significantly more than petty obstruction.

Yup, sounds like a legitimate demonstration to me.

Microsoft patents spy-TV to check you've paid for content


Patent *application*

The article links to an patent application, not a granted patent. It was *published* a few days ago, not granted.

Is lightspeed really a limit?

Paris Hilton

Re: I don't get it ...

"Or is that just too simplistic a view?"

Yup. Even Paris knows it.

And I can't believe no-one's posted this yet: Speed of light in a bottle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9vd4HWlVA

Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley


To all those who are equating the tweets with ranting at the television, are you aware that television is a one-way medium?

It is very unlikely that people on the television will be able to hear you.

New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

Paris Hilton

Why doesn't it float?

At 200g/m^3 it is considerably lighter than air (about 1kg/m^3)

Nuke clock incapable of losing time chimes with boffins


Terrible clock

...it will only show the correct time once every 12,096,000,000,000,000 years

Mars rover seeks perfect suntan spot to survive winter

Holmes Let me guess - your windshield is 100% free of Martian dust? That Rain-X is indeed working perfectly. Anti-Tiger spray, anyone?

Genetically modified mutants 'safe for release' into the wild


Bear of little brain here

If the modified mozzie is strong enough to compete with and establish itself amongst the natural population, how can it then be removed, other than with a yet stronger (modified) mozzie?

And yes I did RTFA (several times) and the Wikipedia page on underdominance wasn't a shining beacon of clarity either...

Not so fast: Italian boffins say neutrinos not faster than light


Measuring the speed of one set of neutrinos doesn't really say much about the speed of another set of neutrinos.

Swearing fine quashed as teens have heard it all before


In Germany you will regularly get done with this, usually fined.

Some nicely-translated examples here: http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.recht-gehabt.de/ratgeber/meine-rechte-bei-der-polizei/beamtenbeleidigung-wie-teuer-wird-es.html&ei=PnPLTtPIJIWV8gOLnfzdDw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCIQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.recht-gehabt.de/ratgeber/meine-rechte-bei-der-polizei/beamtenbeleidigung-wie-teuer-wird-es.html%26hl%3Den%26prmd%3Dimvns

And if you are going to go with the expense of showing your middle finger (€4000) you may as well throw in some tear-gas for a mere €750 extra.

Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof


There was no mention of whether the prof considered the advantages of transparency, namely that your algorithm can be peer-reviewed before using it in anger.

And I can't be arsed to read the paper myself, so there.


If you're not trolling then you should probably get over this whole game theory thing - did you not read all the posts above?

And not all games have incomplete information. Poker, yes (you don't know what cards the opponent has); chess, noughts and crosses, no (you know all the pieces he has, what moves he can make, etc).

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