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I just computed the number of solutions (all solutions, not optimal ones) to the problem where this[^] was a solution (ie all coverings of the yellow cells with rectangles):
Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
I did some work in that direction recently (also the Exact Cover variant, which turns out to be easier). It makes some pretty pictures, like this[^] (Set Cover variant) and this[^] (Exact Cover variant).
Spoiler alert: I solved it with ZDDs. Runs in about two seconds. Half a second for the Exact Cover variant.
Is that interesting enough to write an article about? I've got some stories about trade-offs and design decisions, and pretty pictures of the results.
My daughter was thrilled when Matt Smith came on stage for this one - we had sacked off Stevie Wonder to see Orbital on the Other Stage - I have seen Orbital many times (including every performance at Glastonbury) - they do a very good show - the two chaps in the band have the surname Hartnoll - as did an early Doctor
DD, something that might be up your street but maybe you've seen the books? We were in Waterstone's yesterday and they had a display table containing about eight books or more on the good Doctor's stories. They look like new prints rather than reprints of books from way back when. Leastways, the covers looked quite modern.
If there is one thing more dangerous than getting between a bear and her cubs it's getting between my wife and her chocolate.
A video of hot blonde twins on the Internet which is disappointing.
“Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed” “One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated”
As a developer I tend to leave those sorts of niceties to the user/project manager.
Really it all comes down to what is easiest for the user, the pretty interface may make an impression at the beginning but I tend to err on the side of the ease of use rather than the aesthetic of a piece of software.
If metro works better in a particular situation then go ahead and use that style.
I am one of those who still finds a keyboard/shortcut faster than a gesture or a right click on a mouse...
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”