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Comment Re:Name drop (Score 2) 90

It's important because they have tenure or are doing research as scholars for the given institutions. If someone working for Google, Apple or Microsoft comes up with something new or big on their time and dime, I'm sure they'd want their company to be mentioned as well. In research, you always mention your sponsor; may it be an academic institution or a particular grant you received.
I agree that for a given discovery, it's not because you are from Yale or Stanford that suddenly it's more valuable. Not every research from Yale of Stanford is per definition state-of-the-art. However, it's a chicken-egg problem, because these prestigious institutions tend to attract the brightest, or they at least get first pick in the pool of brightest people. This doesn't mean other researchers in other institutions can't be as good or even better.
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Journal Journal: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress while listening to Time by ELO 1

Don't know why - but I really like that combination.

I've gotten off my schedule of reading Starship Troopers and TMiaHM every year - but I did just reread The Moon is a Harsh Mistress last week-end. My wife was in Ukraine and I was kind of bored but not motivated enough to do something that took effort.

I've outgrown RAH's politics but I still love the story.

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Journal Journal: Magnet Links from Chrome in Plasma 5 3

For some reason magnet links that I clicked in Chrome were opening the Transmission client instead of Ktorrent. I remember doing something in the past related to this - though I think the issue then was that chrome didn't know how to handle them at all.

Comment Re:Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

Exactly. let's say you have a DB that's under-performing in your system and that really needs to be looked at because it's affecting other parts of the system. It could be any number of things. Maybe the db schema was badly designed in a previous task. Maybe it's bad SQL queries. Maybe the DB installation is not optimal and adding memory / cache etc.. will help. Maybe the linux OS or VM which powers the DB is not optimal. This task can basically take from 1 hour to 2 weeks (just to put a number on it) to finish and troubleshoot. Who wants to commit sprint velocity suicide?

Comment Re:You can't go wrong with Slack... (Score 1) 6

It's broken now as far as browsing categories - and has been for a while. You can search for specific packages and install them/uninstall them but you can't use apper to just browse through the different types of software available. It's a known issue and I haven't heard anyone mention any ideas on when it would be fixed.

Comment Re:You can't go wrong with Slack... (Score 1) 6

I am using the Nvidia driver - nouveau has never worked for me with this card on this machine. And it's the only card I've ever found that fits the case - it's an Acer that's really compact. I've had it for 6 years or so and I love it - but at some point I may need to get something new. But I've never seen anything with quite the same form factor. I really like it over the big, big boxes that are normal for so many desktops.

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Journal Journal: F21 - F22 Today 6

Support for Fedora 21 is coming to an end and so I decided to upgrade to Fedora 22.

I don't run the default Fedora install, I use the KDE spin. I realize KDE isn't the primary desktop for Fedora, but until now it's been alright. I use Fedora for a lot of reasons but mostly because it is the distro I know. I know it because it is the first distro I used on a regular basis for more than just messing around. I did that because at my work we got a new server running RedHat.

Comment Re:Perhaps this explains my Garmin (Score 1) 131

that's my experience as well which is the opposite of what the study claims. It seems to under-report distance, which causes lower measured speed. Indeed, with dropped measure points ( corners, running under trees or dense urban environment) it just counts less distance.
About the current pace, that's a bit to be expected. I noticed it's doing error correction as well, where at first it seems to under-report, and the next 30 seconds it's claiming I'm running much faster.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller