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Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7, 2016. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:44pm

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:27pm

Yes, I would agree Joseph. : )

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:22pm

I'm not for full-on political correctness, necessarily.  Orson Scott Card just tends to be one of the more flagrant examples for which a little cleanup is necessary, because ... well, he's a bigoted asshole.

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:19pm

I think they did alter Ender's Game to remove those problems Joseph. It is now politically Correct I would imagine. I would have to see the movie though to know for certain.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:05pm

Well, yeah.  Technically, it's inserting and removing a zero, in an invalid manner.  However you want to label it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2013 at 2:22pm

I actually haven't read Ender's Game; don't know if I'll get around to it. Agreed that a movie gives an opportunity to "fix" details.

On the "1=2" proof, I think it's easier to explain the flaw not as "dividing zero by zero is undefined" (scary, forbidden) but like this:

1*0 = 2*0      but    1*42 =/= 2*42

The multiplication by zero hides the inequality of the other factors -- which can't happen when you multiply or divide by a nonzero number.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:54am

Ah, I just pulled up the IMDB listing.  Looks like a lot of female extras and very minor characters.  Cool.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:49am

Ender's Game looks awesome. Harrison Ford too.

You think they might have fixed the dynamic, putting in more than just the token Petra?  Just because Orson Scott Card is a sexist, homophobic bigot is no reason to maintain his skewed worldview in the movie.

The change to Major Gwen Anderson makes it look like they might have fixed a few of the thematic problems that are a result of Card's extreme Mormon views.  The major themes should be left intact, but a lot of the details can be adjusted.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:38am

Yup, there's always a divide by zero hidden somewhere in those sorts of proofs.

 

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