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Comment All of the above (Score 1) 160

Well, yes, all of these to various extents. Plus the need at times to be precise, when the equivalent in general language is vague. Plus when writing for your peers, it is a lot easier to use your shared language.

Any particular impenetrable paper may result from one of these causes or any combination.

It is fair to say that if an informed layperson (someone with an ongoing interest in the field, not a specialized degree) cannot get the gist of the argument, then the paper is poorly written and shouldn't have been published.

Comment Re:If text is enough... (Score 1) 227

... then just use a simple text file. Come up with your own scheme for title, date and time and it will work. Either as single file with search, or with multiple files and grep(1).

And please make things easier on yourself by setting up commands to automate your own chosen format. I have simple commands for opening a file with today's date in the name, inserting date and time into the text of the file, generating numbered lines, and so on.

Autogenerating dates and times is particularly valuable in avoiding extremely costly mistakes.

(For me, this is aliasing "mylog" to something like emacs ~/Notes/`date +"%Y%m%d"`.txt)

Comment Re:kind of need them... (Score 1) 688

How can you point out that it is only MJG's work that lets Linux be more popular on new hardware than, oh, BeOS? That goes completely against the agreed-on narrative so ably established by previous posters, that Garrett is a useless whiner and who needs him. This is why it is so important to read everything before adding your own 2 cents.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 1) 186

When they were called on their fraud, they checked their research and confirmed they did find an thermal anomaly as predicted by Pons and Fleischmann.

Oh, you've been listening to Eugene Mallove. (Just checked Wikipedia and heard for the first time of his terrible murder, so I will limit what I say.)

Scientific laboratories are complicated places. If the people who were there say, "There is a blip in the data when we changed the settings on the something-or-other" and someone who wasn't there says "This published plot PROVES cold fusion occurred" the default should not be to believe the person who wasn't there.

The experiment is not proof that there is no cold fusion. It is proof that cold fusion is not a robust, easily obtainable effect that could be reproduced based on the information publicly available at the time.

Comment Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 186

For example, it was shown almost TWENTY YEARS AGO in Jet that the capabilities of modern experiments outstripped their ability to deal with the effects of the resulting radiation, and no one has run a large experiment using a reactor-like fuel mix since.

Since then, there has been quite a bit of evidence collected that trying to design and construct a new machine with reactor-grade shielding on a shoestring budget is not something that can be accomplished quickly.

Comment Re:Work = Achieves Goals (Score 1) 337

No, the goal of every "reactor" ever built so far is to study plasma physics. To make the site ready for megawatts of flux of neutrons and gammas would cost five times as much and take 5 times as long to build. It's like testing water pumps and cooling towers for a fission plant without any uranium around--it's faster, cheaper, and safer. One device is under construction that WILL generate more power than it takes in, and the costs and building times are much higher in consequence.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 2) 160

> its an issue of not even trying.

It's hard to disagree with this statement, although we do not know all the details. Compare to computers—we have insecure OS's running insecure servers on insecure networks, and then people realized that maybe all this should be retrofitted with security without losing a single capability or backwards compatibility. That's definitely hard. On the other hand, we have had cars secure from RF-based attacks for a hundred years, and now suddenly they become insecure without the addition of a single meaningful capability.

I could duck tape an ipad to the dash of my 10 year old car and have something more capable and more secure than a 1 year old car.

Comment Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 166

It is not clear to me that the big difference lies in the presence or absence of network access. The power lies in the ability to redirect the interface using DISPLAY. Piping through ssh relies on being able to set DISPLAY to a virtual device, e.g. localhost:0.10 and have everything work on this virtual display device disconnected from any hardware and work for every single application.

Whether the commands to the virtual device are sent to an open port 8000 or sent encrypted over an ssh link doesn't seem to be particularly important. It's the initial step of being able to connect any GUI to an arbitrary virtual display that is key. True, X with no security and an open port 8000 allows anyone to start an X client on the display with no local account needed, but I haven't seen this in use since the demise of the X terminal (good riddance. anyone want one? I need to clean out my office).

It seems likely that if Wayland compositors support a version of Xnest, then effective networking will work. But it's the initial level of abstraction that is needed.

Saying that X support will continue as long as codes support X is truly begging the question. The problem is the next time serious modifications to a code are made; in most cases, if network support doesn't happen for free, the developers will not bother.

Comment Re:The author of the article is confused (Score 1) 227

When you are hanging "No Tresspassing" signs on your private property or a "KEEP OUT" sign, do you also include in big print the exception "EXCEPT AS PERMITTED BY LAW" ?

No, and that proves the point, because trespassing means entry without permission. Guests are not permitted to trespass--they are not trespassing by definition. Furthermore, "No Trespassing Signs" frequently cite specific state laws that govern their meaning and interpretation.

Is the assumption that trespassers carry a copy of the state code in their pocket? No, the purpose is to place people on notice that their behavior is governed by specific laws and they are responsible with learning and following those laws. That's all the NFL needs to do.

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