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Submission + - The software behind the Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs Boson (

mikeckennedy writes: The largest machine ever built is the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. It's primary goal was the discovery of the Higgs Boson: the fundamental particle which gives all objects mass. The LHC team of 1000's of physicists achieved that goal in 2012 winning the Nobel Prize in physics. Kyle Cranmer is here to share how Python was at the core of this amazing achievement!

You'll learn about the different experiment including ATLAST and CMS. We talk a bit about the physics involved in the discovery before digging into the software and computer technology used at CERN. The collisions generate a tremendous amount of data and the technology to filter, gather, and understand the data is super interesting.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 159

the city of Edmonton, Alberta has this in their 311 app. took a pic of a pothole earlier this year, phone asked to use location, allowed it and entered a description/location. i put a takeout coffee cup in the hole for scale, and also because it amused me. hole was fixed within a month. you can track all of the various reports made (road damage, graffiti, abandoned vehicles) on a map right in app. even allows anonymous submissions, though who really knows just how anonymous it is. pretty damn handy.

Comment Re: Good example (Score 1) 345

doesn't even need screws; my Samsung Galaxy S4 has a couple small indentations around the edges to pull the back off. it just basically snaps on. add to that (anecdotally, from what I see) that most people keep their phone in some sort of case. even with the user-changeable battery on the S4 the phone is small enough that I just feel more comfortable holding and using it in a case; at 6' and 180 lbs I'm not a particularly large person, and the standard Otter Box seems to beef up the phone enough to be comfortable to use and still small enough for a pocket.

Comment HAHAHAHAHA (Score 1) 289


Whew. That was a good one. Man you had me going there, Slashdot.

Now for an encore I'm going to build a pocketwatch. Well...I'm not actually going to build one, I'm just going to talk about what one does. Then I'll outsource all the gears and springs to experts, then throw them in a pillowcase and shake the thing until i get a watch. The watch should happen as a by product.

Comment Re:DNA testing of waste? (Score 1) 177

in my neighbourhood, those "unseen areas" tend to be my garden, where i grow my food. i keep my cats leashed when they're outside and i wish everyone else would have the same courtesy. there was a woman on the news earlier this summer complaining that whenever she let her cat out it came home with a patch of fur shaved off. she couldn't seem to wrap her head around the idea that this would stop happening if she stopped letting her cat roam free around town.

Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

you can do the ketosis bit without the starvation bit if you drop carbs to 50-100g/day (or even lower if you can will your way through it, they're pretty much non-essential). I seem to fall into the same camp as you and the other child post; I did very well with ketosis the first time, got lazy with the diet, and have more issues with adherence on subsequent runs. so is the way of the carb...

Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

but just quitting food is a terrible idea for health. the idea to rectify obesity is to lose adipose tissue in a controlled manner while maintaining lean mass and a healthy overall body. of course you will lose "weight" if you just stop eating food (or restricting calorie intake too heavily), but you'll lose a not-insignificant bit of lean mass along the way as your body tries desperately to deal with the new starvation condition, which likely means storing everything it can as fat while simultaneously catabolizing muscle tissue. if you want to do an experiment for yourself to see how, for example, the source of the calories can change the way in which they're metabolized, try cutting out all grains and simple carbs and replacing them calorie-for-calorie with good fats (not seed oils) and you'll more than likely find that your "weight" (specifically body fat) will drop even though calorie intake stays roughly equal.

Comment Re:A more accurate summary might be: (Score 1) 192

xp was released in 2001. mainline support ended in 2009 and extended support ended over a year ago. sure, they need to insure critical systems stay online but they've known for the better part of a decade that this day was coming. it's maybe "only" nine million dollars, but it's a nine million dollar bandaid on an issue that they'll still need to address in the near future.

Comment I disagree with this statement: (Score 1) 193

But the modelers argue that this really wasn't a failure, because their predictions served as worst-case scenarios that mobilized international efforts.

Sure, this worked this time in everyone's favor. But what about the next epidemic? Let's say the modeling is better next time (which it should be) and it predicts another disaster. What then? People will look to the modeling on Ebola and say "it's not going to be that bad" and regard the next warning more lightly. This does nobody any good.

A good example of this is Hurricane Katrina. The Weather Channel makes every weather event look like the apocalypse because it's the Weather channel and they really only have one story they can run. They have to keep eyes on their channel to sell advertising time. So they exaggerate everything. And people become numb to the warnings - and look what that got us with Katrina.

No, it's always better to call things for what they are. I think they would be better off to say the modeling was off, call a failure a failure, and keep people's trust intact.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.