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Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 499

99% of people are fully capable of separating Israel the state and jews the people, even if they are criticising Israel the state. That people are (verbally) "attacking jews" when they are criticizing the actions of the Israeli government is mostly a right-wing strawman.

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 4, Insightful) 499


Israel is in western countries (Europe and US) regarded as "one of us" - and we hold them to a higher standard than some dictator in small far-away country we don't have very tight relations to. Also, because of these relations, and because Israel is somewhat dependent on support from the west and many Israelis have tight connections to (family, business), we regard it as more likely that they would listen to protests in the rest of the west, than whoever is fighting in Sudan would listen.

Comment: Re:Just an opinion... (Score 1) 123

by kyrsjo (#47447577) Attached to: Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

Physics is the same: First and often 2nd author did 90% of the work, then comes people who contributed a little, and finally the supervisor/advisor.

However, some conference papers in my field (accelerator physics) have a different scheme of author sorting: First listed is the corresponding author, i.e. the person who actually wrote the paper and did most of the work. Then comes the rest of the people in his/her institution, listed alphabetically. Then comes the rest of the people, sorted first by institution and then by name.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 502

Computers are different here. I now have a Dell Latitude 14" machine (I can't find the model number now... On older model the model number was printed over the keyboard, but it isn't anymore), and it came with two mic's built into the top of the display bezel, next to a reasonable web cam. With Skype and similar apps on Linux, the audio is really good.

My old machine (also a Latitude, but a 7-8 year old model) had the mic on the main body of the machine, above the keyboard. That meant it picked up all sort of keyboard and fan noises, making an external webcam with a built-in USB mic completely necessary for internet telephony.

Comment: Re:What logic! (Score 1) 139

by kyrsjo (#47350593) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

Exactly - they are equivalent except for the ease-of-use. And voting in Norway is already pretty easy (source: I am a citizen) - you have voting booths at basically every primary school during election day with quite short queues, and you can pre-vote a lot of places (which was my preference a couple of times - go to the booth in the corner of the university canteen). They also come around to hospitals, retirement homes etc. so that even if you're stuck in bed, they bring the ballot box to you.

Where is mail-in voting the default?

Comment: Re:Wait, trials? (Score 1) 139

by kyrsjo (#47337179) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

You're wrong.

In Norway, the standard system is that you get into a private voting booth, which is stocked with ballots for different parties. You may if you wish rearrange this ballot (cross out candidates etc. using a normal pen), before you put the ballot in a closed envelope. You take this envelope, together with an ID, to the ballot box, show the ID and get crossed off the list, and put the envelope in the ballot box.

It is also possible to cast the vote a few weeks earlier at some locations (local government offices, universities, embassies/consulates etc.), basically using the same system except that the protocol (the list which you are crossed off from) is electronic.

Finally it is possible to mail in a ballot (you need not use the official forms, it is acceptable to write the name of your favourite party on a sheet of paper) if you are living abroad, but the process is somewhat complicated. This probably corresponds closest to the electronic system.

Comment: Re:Heard a talk from a CERN physicist (Score 1) 31

by kyrsjo (#47077169) Attached to: CERN's Particle Smashers List Their Toughest Tech Challenges

Luckilly most of that is done in the trigger of the experiment, where dedicated hardware solutions filter out a lot. These boards typically sits physically close to the experiment, monitoring a few key subdetectors. When one of a list of pre-programmed conditions occur, they read out all the data from that event, and pass it on to higher levels of sorting. This has to happen very quickly, as there is a new collission every 25 ns, and each of the subdetectors can only hold the data for a few events before it "rolls off the pipeline".

It's kind of a very very fast spamfilter...

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