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on the realism of space battle of Star War vs Star Trek

the most realistic space battle is depicted in Star Wars, where massive ships loom large by inertia, plasma bolts fly like raining swords, and the giant explosion only possible in outer space. On the other hand, Star Trek is not realistic in just about every way. The oddly shaped ships are not space-dynamic, and teleportation has unsolved philosophical issues, the aliens are humans with horns, and silly evasive maneuver, wrap-drive, time travel, holodeck, lol, figment of desire of scifi nerds.

how Model M keyboard sounds

IBM Model M keyboard buckling spring soundIBM Model M keyboard, Unicomp

Knowledge is Power my Hindquarters

they say, knowledge is power. But that's humanity speaking. Take you, for example. Suppose you study math, and is god at it. What's your fate? You'll be a professor at some university, at best. A javascript web monkey will make more than you. Say, you are top of the game, you won prestigious math awards. Thy power will be below a joe blow at Google, who have better car than thee.lets put superhuman powers in you. Say, you not only is a genius of math, but is a master of world history, politics, humanities, sciences, arts, equivalent to say 10 university degrees. Well, there are quite a lot people like that. Ever seen the Jeopardy show? they are house wifes or mob toilets at McDonalds.

geek + hack = geekhack, on keyboard & keybinding

these days, when seeing so so many whizbang ergonomic mechanical keyboard out there, now i'm more daring in thinking that any keyboard that's traditional PC shape is idiocy of the idiocy.have you seen geekhack or deskthority? There, is where keyboard creatures live… drilling down every detail on keyboard, makers history, electronic schemas, molding of key plastics, key cap shape design schemas, with a million photos and drawing boards.yesterday i was reading this http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=62444.0though, typical of hackers, usually they are lame on keybinding. In fact, you don't find much info about keybinding layout anywhere on the web. All you EVER hear about keybinding, is emacs vs vi, and Swap Caps Lock and Control.in my study of keyboarding, one surprise is that, a programer typically type more keybinding than letter input 〔➤ Emacs's Command Frequency Statistics〕So, this means, Qwerty vs Dvorak vs Colemak vs NEO… key layout is less important for programer…

A Old Friend, on the Run for 14 Years, Captured by FBI

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Perm URL with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/Neil_Stammer_arrested_by_FBI.htmlsomething personal just happened. In 1986, in Montreal, when is was 16 and a street juggler, i met this guy, named Andrew Allen (who later changed name to Neil Stammer). He is a renowned world-class juggler, holding some world records in juggling. He is a street guy, wandered about from country to country, speak and read/write several languages, including Chinese and Old English (and German, French...).i know him only briefly for about a year, but we are somewhat very close. But i left Montreal Canada in 1989 (when i was 21), and we haven't been in contact.about a decade ago (around 2001 or about), i discovered from juggling forums, that he's been arrested and charged for pedophilia related things.I recall, he is a nice guy, and when he was with me, he… (i rather not say), but we haven't had sex (of any sort), nor did he forced or anything in any way. (i am not gay, but he is bise…

KTVA Charlo Greene Reporter quits Live on air with style “F it I Quit!”

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KTVA Charlo Greene Reporter quits Live on air with style “F it I Quit!”

list comprehension, python, semantics & syntax, and the hacker idiocies

Guido wants to remove {lambda, map, reduce} in python. He wants us to use list comprehension exclusively. see Lambda in Python 3000.if you don't know what list comprehension is, see Python Tutorial: List Comprehensionlist comprehension is no good. see Computer Language Design: What's List Comprehension and Why is It Harmful?still, the python hacker idts defend it by “its faster”. In which, python compiler idcy comes forward to defend python language idcy, like a snake eating its tail.however, there's one important semantic advantage of list comprehension. That is, using expressions to build complicated list. The advantage is seen especially with multiple variables (⁖ nested array n levels deep, each level has different number of nodes.). This would be nested map, which is cumbersome. This is also why, Mathematica has the Table[] construct http://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Table.html, which is a functional form of list comprehension. (in Common Lisp, the analogous i…