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Universe's Dark Ages May Not Be Invisible After All 18

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-you-have-a-big-enough-flashlight dept.
StartsWithABang writes: The Universe had two periods where light was abundant, separated by the cosmic dark ages. The first came at the moment of the hot Big Bang, as the Universe was flooded with (among the matter, antimatter and everything else imaginable) a sea of high-energy photons, including a large amount of visible light. As the Universe expanded and cooled, eventually the cosmic microwave background was emitted, leaving behind the barely visible, cooling photons. It took between 50 and 100 million years for the first stars to turn on, so in between these two epochs of the Universe being flooded with light, we had the dark ages. Yet the dark ages may not be totally invisible, as the forbidden spin-flip-transition of hydrogen may illuminate this time period after all.

Comment: Re:Explaining my thought processes: which tools? (Score 1) 407

by Hognoxious (#49762519) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

The original invention is in doubt, but typewriters first became mainstream in the US. They were designed for English. When they were adapted for other languages with more characters and/or squiggles, dots and the like something had to give because, due to economies of scale, the number of keys couldn't be changed. That something was the less common punctuation marks.

Unix, C and the like came from the US. They naturally make use of characters that are easy to type on a US keyboard.

Seems to me the job design is wrong. It's like complaining that it takes time to get changed when switching twice an hour between cleaning operating theatres and shovelling pigshit. Maybe you could go back in time and lobby for spelling reform in whatever godforsaken babble you mumble in.

For me, I set a UK keyboard to Welsh on the occasions where I've needed to add French or German texts to a program.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 335

If you helped them become more like you, then they would do better at pulling their own weight.

You can't do that unilaterally. It needs the recipients to at least try and help themselves. It's not like the German economy is a huge secret.

I'm not sure Greece has even recognized the need. They've been told for twenty years that they need reforms and they've done nothing.

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Journal: Why libressl is stupid

Journal by drinkypoo

I really want to like libressl. But it pretends to be openssl badly. They refused a patch that would have mitigated this whole RAND_egd problem by simply returning that it doesn't work when someone tries to use it, which means that you commonly need a patch to use it at all. If it's not going to work like openssl, then it shouldn't occupy the same space in the filesystem.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor