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Comment: Re:Microsoft helped majorly in the project (Score 1) 291

by f3r (#40603001) Attached to: Why Were So Many "Crazy" Higgs Boson Stories Published?

Microsoft provided research to CERN, not OS. .

evidence please?

CERN probably used Linux because it's highly customizable.

LOL. Playing adult games with baby toys? Sure you do not even begin to grasp the computational tasks that are to be done in order to make a 5 sigma discovery of such heavy particle. You probably have a desktop-level knowledge of OSes, dont you? you could check the numbers, like data flow, amount of storage, flops etc which are needed in CERN...

Unlike FOSS zealots, they understand the importance of using right tool for the job

sorry to wake you up from your nice dreams, Linux is the only tool used in serious science, unless propietary hardware suffers from the windows lock-down. That's why you'll see more windows boxes in labs than in theory departments (in fact it is rather hard to see a theorist using anything but linux)

Comment: cannot be otherwise (Score 1) 291

by f3r (#40602819) Attached to: Why Were So Many "Crazy" Higgs Boson Stories Published?
(senior quantum physicist)
"may be one of the most important scientific discoveries ever"
BS. Science does not evolve by critical jumps made by one person in one tiny micro-region of science space. It evolves by hordes of scientists opening new fronts all over. (comment: it might well be the most expensive and publicised in the whole history of science, though)

"Is the particle's discovery just on the fringe of common scientific knowledge"
Isn't that 100% redundant? every discovery is at the fringe by definition.

Some days ago I was telling a friend that every time my parents come with a "hey, have you heard about (...) scientific discovery?" it takes me at least 10 minutes to relate the newspaper's title to the real news, even if the news belong to my field of research. Even if journalists were not interested in sensationalizing the news, and even if they were not complete idiots, which I am sorry to know they are, they could NEVER post reasonable scientific news, because they do not understand the content. No matter how much you try to explain the Higgs mechanism, lay people are never going to understand it, you need the maths for that, no way around. They could grasp some fairy-tale-ishly drawn picture of an approximate explanation, but never the reality. This is such an obvious concept to people who are expert at a given field: you can only understand what you know about, in other fields you are just like a little baby wandering in the dark.

But, hey, let's keep with the false illusion that being mediocre and ignorant is no problem at all.
Education

Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F 567

Posted by timothy
from the only-surprising-because-it's-true dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Google search anthropologist Dan Russell says that 90 percent of people in his studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page. 'I do these field studies and I can't tell you how many hours I've sat in somebody's house as they've read through a long document trying to find the result they're looking for,' says Russell, who has studied thousands of people on how they search for stuff. 'At the end I'll say to them, "Let me show one little trick here," and very often people will say, "I can't believe I've been wasting my life!"' Just like we learn to skim tables of content or look through an index or just skim chapter titles to find what we're looking for, we need to teach people about this CTRL+F thing, says Alexis Madrigal. 'I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don't use it at all,' writes Madrigal. 'We're talking about the future of almost all knowledge acquisition and yet schools don't spend nearly as much time on this skill as they do on other equally important areas.'"

Comment: Re:I thought they already knew why corona is hotte (Score 3, Informative) 111

by f3r (#33473530) Attached to: NASA Preps Closest-Ever Sun Mission
from what I know, all that is based on heavy numerical simulations (prone to errors in the assumptions, lack of more thorough numerics, etc). The simulations are based on parameters determined from measurements made from distances longer than those that will be reached with this new probe, and on assumptions also extrapolated from everything observed "from here". Summed up, that explanation could be right or completely wrong. We have to measure more and from smaller distances.

Comment: Re:US abuse (Score 1) 966

by f3r (#33027448) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Afghan War Secrets
It's funny that you feel this way about conspiracy theories (I mean US people), because the subject transforms into either not believing *at all* in conspiracies, or believing *all* of them. Don't you think the world is more complicated? Don't you think that with your attitude you'll be missing real complots when they happen? Oddly enough, this attitude is only present in the US, any idea why?

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 840

by f3r (#31996194) Attached to: Pope Rails Against the Internet and Transparency

You didn't read the actual speech did you? If not, you are speaking from ignorance.

would you read a speech from a Mullah speaking of internet? no, why? you don't care a shit about that illiterate piece of ...

On slashdot, people will believe anything negative claimed about that Pope.

wow! this is an amazing fact... why should that be? The pope is an idiot, obviously, no one intelligent will ever defend the want of substituting reality with a fairy tale; it is coward and childish, and well studied in psychology. In the future this kind of people will be treated, and of course no one will ever read on their opinions, as if they had something important to say.

Oh my fucking god.... we are so willing that all those fucking believers disappear and lets us build a world without dellusions...

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