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Comment: Prelude to extradition request (Score 1) 616

by doru (#44399633) Attached to: US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden
Russia is also a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, so the Strasbourg court can prevent it from extraditing Snowden if he can face the death punishment (less certain about torture, since Russia failed to ratify the relevant protocol). Holder is simply preparing his extradition request to Moscow.

+ - Gun-related deaths and inequality

Submitted by doru
doru (541245) writes "Each new mass shooting revives the discussion of gun control and raises the point of the relation between gun possession and gun-related deaths. However, the situation is presumably much more complex. For instance, the number of deaths by firearm is also strongly correlated with the inequality (as quantified by the GINI coefficient). What other parameters might be relevant?"

Comment: It has been reproduced (Score 2) 186

by doru (#40708609) Attached to: Higgs Data Offers Joy and Pain For Particle Physicists
The data obtained by two independent experiments (CMS and ATLAS, both at the LHC) is in excellent agreement for the mass of the particle. The results are also coherent with those obtained by two experiments (CDF and D0) based at the Fermilab. Something has been found, with a very high statistical relevance (five sigma level, so there is only a chance in a few million that this is a fluctuation). Whether this something is indeed the Higgs boson as predicted depends on its detailed behaviour, so it will take more time to find out. It does however look like it, or a close relative...

Comment: Re:Exhaustive search... (Score 2) 170

by doru (#39993187) Attached to: Goldbach Conjecture: Closer To Solved?

Notice that no computers where involved in the proof — this is classical mathematical proof involving logical deductions rather than exhaustive search.

Computers were involved to some extent. From Tao's blog:

The first refinement, which is only available in the five primes case, is to take advantage of the numerical verification of the even Goldbach conjecture up to some large {N_0} (we take {N_0=4\times 10^{14}}, using a verification of Richstein [...])

. See the paper by Richstein:

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