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The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"

Comment: Re:more importantly (Score 1) 366

by Jacked (#32737654) Attached to: Firefox 4.0 Beta Candidate Available

Firefox rarely crashes on me, but, it does have quite the appetite for memory (though, to be fair, I rarely notice or care).

I'm running a fairly fresh instance of FF 3.6.6 on Win7, only one other tab open, and it's averaging about 145MB (it keeps fluctuating from 143 to 148, but spends most of its time at 144MB).

What I find amusing is that I'm also running Ubuntu 10.4 in a VirtualBox VM, running a couple terminals, hi-res wallpaper, compiz enabled with 3d cube rotation, and Chrome with the same two tabs open, and the entire VM w/the OS + Chrome is only consuming 114MB.

I'd bet VirtualBox is using using some more memory that isn't showing up in task manager, such as drivers and the like, but I still find it amusing.

Comment: Re:Not just women (Score 1) 706

by Jacked (#32705226) Attached to: Women Dropping Out of IT

Nope, it's just you ;)

But seriously, 70-80K sound about right, depending on what branch of IT you're in and where you are located. For a helpdesk worker, ya, probably not. But, for a sysadmin, experienced programmer, DBA, or network admin, 70-80K is common, with many earning more. Even in the midwest that number sounds about right.

Comment: Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (Score 1) 976

by Jacked (#31826136) Attached to: Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

In the majority of states it's perfectly legal to be in the intersection when the light turns red, as long as you entered the intersection beforehand, with a reasonable expectation of being able to clear the intersection.

With the most common example being a left hand turn. Most states teach their drivers that when making a left hand turn at a light, when the light turns green you should pull forward into the intersection and await a safe gap in through-traffic before turning. If the light turns red while you are still waiting for the last straggler to go by, you still haven't "run the red". You complete your turn as soon as possible. In fact, if the drivers to your left and right enter the intersection before you complete your turn, they are typically guilty of a moving violation for entering an uncleared intersection. As I read from someone else, in every state it's illegal to accelerate into a stationary object :)

Comment: Re:If I could do it, I would! (Score -1, Troll) 658

by Jacked (#31722044) Attached to: What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

Oh, poor baby. Maybe you suffer alone because no one wants to be around someone whom obviously has a significant chip on his shoulder.

Ya, it sucks that you have diabetes. And, I see no reason why you or I shouldn't have to pay higher insurance premiums when our cost of care is going to be higher than average. That's life, it doesn't have to be fair.

Comment: Re:Was it just me? (Score 1) 160

by Jacked (#31486886) Attached to: Speed-Assembling Servers
lol, nope, you weren't the only one. I seriously thought it said "Herpes without capes" and just assumed I didn't "get" something, but it was still amusing because it made so little sense. Never occurred to me that it might have said something else until I read your comment and re-watched the video. "Heroes without capes" makes SOO much more sense.

Comment: Re:What is this "entitlement mentality"? (Score 1) 200

by Jacked (#31300356) Attached to: The Difficulty of Dismantling Constellation

I don't have any mod points, so I'll just post an agreement, instead.

The one set is free, the other set involves taking my money and giving it to someone else.

If the "someone else" then gets the notion that he has a "right" to my money, problems come up.

Exactly, that's what most people don't seem to get.

Comment: Re:The SS/Medicare comment is pointless (Score 1) 339

by Jacked (#30879902) Attached to: Larry & Sergey To Cash In $5.5B of Google Chips

I actually agree with most of what you're saying. Regarding the home appreciation (if any), I'm just saying that if the value goes up, it's not free money that other people should get dibs on.

I very much agree with you on the getting rich through government appropriations, since that tab is actually being picked up by the people, one way or another. Though I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong or immoral with inheritance. In most cases, that wealth was earned somewhere along the line. No reason to respect it, but again, there's no reason for other people or the government to think they have a right to any of it, either.

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