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Comment: Re:Dark Matter here (Score 1) 23

by lgw (#48283181) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Does anyone know what the "strongly" in SIMP means? If this means "Interact via the strong force", that could make some sense. It doesn't seem to mean "interact strongly with normal matter". If also seems to me quite likely that dark matter could interact (with other dark matter) by some new force that ordinary matter simply ignores (though anything that acts like friction is ruled out).

Comment: Re:Robot factories (Score 1) 171

by jedidiah (#48283103) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Why should non-profits get a free ride? If a University wants to retain their underwater basket weaving department then they should either find donors or students willing to pay cash.

Non-profits have escalated their tuition at brutal rates and have been doing so for decades. So I really don't have much sympathy for them either.

Comment: Re:Not a Fan of Google Glass, But... (Score 1) 281

by jedidiah (#48282279) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

There is also confusion regarding the whole "copyright is illegal" thing. Copyright violations can be a crime or they can be a tort. In the general vernacular, "being against the law" only applies to things that are criminal.

Things that give other people standing to sue you are not "illegal" in the vernacular use of that term.

Not sure how actual lawyers would split that particular hair.

Furthermore, the line between crime and non-crime is fluid. That is that it changes over time. It's also notable that the existence of that line by itself is enough to distinguish imaginary property from real property.

Real property interests don't expire.

Comment: Re:I would send that TV back (Score 1) 110

by lgw (#48282227) Attached to: Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

I would send that TV back if I had made the mistake of buying it in the first place.

Well, I have a TV that I'm sure does all that shit, but it doesn't bother me because I never use the "Smart" features, I just wanted the best display panel. It can track "HDMI Port 1" to its heart's content, for all I care. The UIs for these "Smart" devices all suck IMO. A laptop with a wireless mouse (and wireless keyboard that I almost never need, except when Netflix decides to log me out) beats every interface I've seen so far.

Comment: Re:Robot factories (Score 2) 171

by lgw (#48282149) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

They're just lazy and making a life choice to be poor

Ignoring the trollish intent for a moment - if you graduate with a degree with "studies" in the name, as opposed to one with "engineering" in the name, or a handful of others, you have made a life choice to be poor.

The fundamental problem, and it's one of America's worst right now, is that you made an uninformed choice to be poor! If the point of a specific university program is to make you a wonderful well-rounded person with no marketable skills, then great, offer that, but tell the high school kids (and their parents) honestly "you have $100k in debt and no employment prospects with this program". Truth in labeling! (And maybe some trust-fund babies will take you up on it.)

Where I went to school, you didn't have to commit to a major right away, and several of the engineering programs made a visit to all of the student dorms to recruit, which was always a mix of "look at the cool things we do" and "we're the Nth best paying major the year after you graduate". IIRC, Materials Science was on top, followed by Chemical Engineering (this was in Texas), followed by CS. But the point is we knew that a non-STEM degree, other than accounting, was the bottom half of that list, and a really poor career prospect.

BTW, apparently an Anthropology degree give you the highest chance to still be working retail after graduation, with Arts/Graphic Design, Sociology, English, and "anything Studies" all on the to-be-avoided list, at least if you're planning for a career outside of the fast-food industry.

Holding all universities' funding hostage to their graduates actually finding work (beyond retail) would be a vast improvement to American life!

Comment: Re:Not a Fan of Google Glass, But... (Score 1) 281

by jedidiah (#48281577) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

There is nothing to protect themselves from here. They are just being jerks for no good reason.

Also, this is not "private property" we're talking about here but a "public accommodation". Getting to do business with the public means that there are any number of compromises you have to make with your "property rights".

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 1) 465

by lgw (#48281391) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

There is no trade off needed.
A no brainer.
If all energy is produced without creating CO2

Producing energy that way costs more today. That's what people don't seem to get: you're talking about reducing everyone's standard of living, significantly (the cost of everything goes back to energy and labor). If that's the best thing for the long run, then fine, but we should be damn sure before we start hurting people for possible future gain. Intense skepticism is always appropriate where politics and economics overlap, and that's what we're talking about here.

How much will it cost to reduce carbon use by X? How much will it cost if we don't? What value of X is the optimal trade-off? Until we have numbers, trying to force people to change is just greed-for-power, or religious zealotry.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 224

by lgw (#48280989) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

It is a FACT that ebola is ONLY CONTAGIOUS when symptoms are present.

Irrelevant. There is no magic "symptoms are present" detector. There is a window when people will deny to themselves that anything is wrong, but they are contagious.

It cannot survive well outside the body, it cannot be spread through the air, it only spreads through body fluids, and those fluids must then somehow enter another persons body....all told its a very poorly adapted virus

False. Ebola spread just like the flu. If someone sneezes on you, you get it. The virus can survive on a door handle for hours. Just like the flu, it's easy to contaminate the area around you. The flu spreads plenty well.

Are you misunderstanding what "airborne" means in epidemiology?

Comment: Re:VERY POSITIVE: Systemd is well-modularized (Score 1) 603

by Theovon (#48280937) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Systemd is also modular in that it is comprised of multiple components that run in isolated processes, which avoids having one service crash due to bugs in another. It's also not as spaghetti as people say it is. As I said in another post, the high level differences between systemd and sysvinit are:
- sysvinit starts a whole bunch of services whether you need them or not sequentially at boot time, and the startup is controlled by shell scripts.
- systemd starts services entirely on demand, only when they are needed, automatically managing dependencies, and the startup is controlled by C code.
So basically, they're a lot a like, except that systemd maintains more components internally to the project, and it's smarter and faster.

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