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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:41 pm

10% of all the traffic on the internet is protected by a wall of lava lamps

Not, in fact, a joke.

EDIT: The article is a bit wonky on it's explanations. This video has more accurate details:



(the link description is still accurate though. 10% of all the traffic on the internet is protected (indirectly) by a wall of lava lamps)
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby zaratustra » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:03 pm

Friday wrote:So it tnrus out taht hmunas can raed wrdos jsut fnie, eevn if you jbmlue all the lterets auonrd, as lnog as the frsit and lsat ltteer are in tiehr croecrt palecs.


not eeilrtny aaurtcce, as it gtes mroe dlucffiit ddinpeeg on the slbnicrmag.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:42 pm

I honestly can't figure out that last word.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Caithness » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:51 pm

It's the gerund form of slbcrmae.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Brentai » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:12 am

scrambling

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby beatbandito » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:39 am

While doing completely innocent research into just how creepy the implied romance of a manga I'm reading is, I learned this is the first google result for "age of consent japan".

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Thad » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:33 am

Mongrel wrote:10% of all the traffic on the internet is protected by a wall of lava lamps

Not, in fact, a joke.

EDIT: The article is a bit wonky on it's explanations. This video has more accurate details:



(the link description is still accurate though. 10% of all the traffic on the internet is protected (indirectly) by a wall of lava lamps)


My wife (who's got a strong math background but not much in the way of CS) once asked me how computers can produce random numbers. It's a very good question, and the short answer is that they can't; they can produce numbers that look random, and that's good enough for most use-cases, but there are security risks when these pseudo-random numbers turn out not to be as random as they seem.

And that to generate truly random numbers, you need to use some kind of analog source, like, yes, a lava lamp.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby François » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:00 pm

Random.org uses atmospheric noise as a seed; when it started out, it was literally from a $10 radio tuned to static.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby beatbandito » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:55 pm

TIL: During WWII Illinois (and other states) conserved metal by making license plates out of compressed soybean. Goats had a tendency to bite these plates right off the trucks, which seems to be (at least the most direct contribution to) why we have the image of goats chewing on tin cans today.
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