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Comment: Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 5, Informative) 70

by gerddie (#48679517) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle
The original article describes it a bit differently:

Six observations based on data and fits to data from a variety of areas are consistent with the hypothesis that the electron neutrino is a m^2_v_e = 0.11±0.016eV 2 tachyon. The data are from areas including CMB fluctuations, gravitational lensing, cosmic ray spectra, neutrino oscillations, and 0v double beta decay. For each of the six observations it is possible under explicitly stated assumptions to compute a value for m^2_v_e , and it is found that the six values are remarkably consistent with the above cited _e mass (\Chi^2 = 2.73). There are no known observations in clear conflict with the claimed result. Three checks are proposed to test the validity of the claim, one of which could be performed using existing data.

Comment: Re:A plus (Score 1) 137

by gerddie (#48444561) Attached to: Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Not that it would be enough to have an appreciable affect, but it would increase the impact factor of the journal. That would be contrary to the point of such papers.

Actually no. It would only show (one more time) that the IF is no useful measure. While this may not be the original intent of the paper, it would be a nice addition.

Comment: Re:Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 550

No. It should at least come up far enough to diagnose and fix. Did you miss the part about not coming up far enough to edit fstab?

Sure, but if that really was the case then it was a bug, most likely a distro bug, or perhaps the OP was impatient and didn't wait 3-5 minutes for daemon timeout.

Well, I had the exact problem: Debian testing, systemd installed without me noting that something big had changed, because, well, when you do a dist-upgrade in testing it is completely normal that many packages are updated (Once upon a time there seems to have been a big warning message about the change of the init system, but not any more). Reboot and there I was looking at an error message that made barely sense, something like "device missing, retrying ...". No information what device, no information how long it will try do retry, and no option to interact beyond "crl-alt-del". Of course I didn't wait three minutes, the machine was running okay three minutes ago.

What I did was reboot into an alternative Linux installation, chroot into de Debian install, switch to openrc because I know it better, and search what the problem might have been. Of course it was a stale entry in /etc/fstab and removing it fixed the problem. Now I'm on systemd, because it was next to impossible to install some high level packages (nothing gnome related, btw) without pulling systemd in.

Normally I wouldn't care about the init system, but with this fstab problem, and later cups failing because I had ipv6 disabled, I'm kind of annoyed. An option that would make systemd issue warnings instead of failing hard, or that gives the option to select from ignore, retry, emergency shell instead of only the latter one (and on top only after a very long timeout) would IMHO be the better solution - at least for the transition when one is upgrading. (For the record: it's not that I'm just complaining here on /., I put the latter opinion also in a related Debian bug report).

Comment: Re:7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (Score 1) 217

by gerddie (#48216839) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

YMMV, but in my experience, you only need 2 verb tenses and maybe 300 words of vocabulary to be "yourself" in another language...most human uses simple words to make complex thoughts so you don't need that much to have an identifiable "personality"

I have to disagree. I'm German and live in Spain since seven years now, and there are still many moments when I can not be myself because the languages are too different. Languages also expresses a mindset of a people, and when you touch a point where the mindset between your culture and that of the other language is different, then you will have difficulties to be yourself in that other language.

Comment: Re:Some Sense Restored? (Score 2) 522

by gerddie (#48172447) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again
This vote is not about whether systemd will be the default init system for jessie, it is about whether to ensure that other software packages are kept independent from the init system that is installed, because currently it seems that more an more software packages pull systemd in, even though they are not directly related to the init system.

Comment: Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (Score 2) 365

by gerddie (#48061881) Attached to: Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

To work around it, you can simply fall back to a C-like API at module boundaries

And thus losing the entire reason for using C++ in the first place. The whole point of this project seems to be that they want drivers as C++ classes. If you do that then you end up with a giant mess of wrapper functions to translate calls from simple C to C++ object calls.

Actually no. All you need is one C function to pass the driver class instance to whatever wants to use the driver. From there on you can use the instance to make the calls directly in a C++ manner.

Comment: Seriously? (Score 5, Interesting) 789

From TFA:

Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday.

This is news for nerds, for people who are supposed to love science. Science is, when you can prove things, reproduce them. An announcement from someone on the losing side who has an interest in dragging NATO into this is not a statement that can be relied on. It is not even mentioned what the unofficial channel, is, nor was any kind of prove provided, like with all the rest of the anti-Russian propaganda, btw.

I expect tomorrow news on ./ to be: The pope said that God is real.

Comment: Proprietary image format (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by gerddie (#46818021) Attached to: Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later
I was considering getting the first version of their camera, but they use a proprietary image format for the original data and requests to open it are unanswered so far. Not even a SDK is provided to access the original data even though it was promised. Kind of disappointing and enough reason for me not to buy.

Comment: Re:Medical doctor (Score 4, Interesting) 737

by gerddie (#46736697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
You don't need electricity for soldering, all you you need is something to create heat, e.g. a fire, a needle, and solder: Last time I was on Cuba for a few weeks as a visiting scientists, the power supply of my laptop broke down. I was living in one of those casas particulares, and one of the landlady's relatives proposed to open the power supply (With a saw, because it was glued) . Then he found the bad contact and since they didn't have a soldering iron, he did the soldering with a needle heated in the gas flame. Two weeks later I had to repeat the soldering procedure applying some more tin-solder, but the power supply works without a flaw ever since.

Comment: Re:Done on purpose (Score 1) 322

by gerddie (#46735617) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

It's cheaper for the IRS to pay the dime to continue to make patches so that they will be available to countless others who are caught with their pants down, [...]

What makes you think these patches will be made available for these countless others? Microsoft will bill very single entity out there for the very same patches, that's quite certain.

Comment: Re:The sheer volume! (Score 1) 139

by gerddie (#46729221) Attached to: Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

They don't care about the country, they care more about their own selfishness than anything else. Ending the embargo wouldn't make that go away, Cuba would still be a shit hole because its leaders are utterly selfish pricks who use the country for their own benefit and NOTHING else.

Selfish pricks who set a state policy that makes it possible to provide free education and free health care for everyone that is. Cubans have a life expectancy of 79.4 years (USA 79.8) according to WHO estimates and the infant mortality in Cuba is 4.76, (US 5.2) according to CIA estimates. I have been to Cuba a few times, last time was 2006, and I can say they are certainly not rich, most are rather poor when considering "western" standards, but Cuba is certainly not a shit hole.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan