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Comment: Re:Dark Matter here (Score 1) 103

by mellon (#48283545) Attached to: Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

Don't worry. You're a fine mixture of baryons and leptons. Any WIMPs or SIMPs are just along for the ride.

This article is a bit frustrating in that they haven't actually discovered a dark matter particle—they've just come up with a new idea for what it might look like. So it's not even a virtual particle. It's a hypothetical particle. But interesting nevertheless...

Comment: Re:Society hypocrisy.... (Score 1) 387

by mellon (#48164361) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

It's that the language used is too harsh. A hundred years ago that kind of language would have gotten you shot. The sense in which our society is gentler is that nobody has gone gunning for Linus yet. Personally, I think that's a good thing, but it's no excuse for him to behave that way. It's totally possible to express disagreement without shrieking.

Comment: Re:The language in the old west (Score 1) 387

by mellon (#48164303) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Srsly? My 19-year-old niece swears like a sailor. I've seen no evidence that Kids These Days swear less than we did. But we're not talking about swearing. We're talking about saying things that would get the shit beaten out of you if you said them to one of your beloved manly men face to face. Torvalds would be a bloody spot on the pavement if he said some of the things he's said to people to some guy in a bar.

So let's not pretend that that kind of behavior is socially acceptable. It's not, and the fact that you'd get the shit beaten out of you for saying it to someone's face is all the evidence you need.

Comment: Re:In short... (Score 2) 232

by mellon (#48156155) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Um. No. My town, pop. 13k, had a really great town manager who retired. I know she was really great because I saw what she did. Replacing her was hard. And that's a small town. City manager is a hard job. Of course, you can get a corrupt city manager who does a bad job, but to do the job well requires a lot of skill and dedication.

Comment: Re:That photo did rather weaken her argument (Score 1) 622

by mellon (#48137457) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Huh. So if you ever appear in a photograph that some ignorant person on the internet considers "a sexy picture," even if you are fully clothed, then you are implicitly consenting to have every private picture of you that anybody can get their hands on illegally distributed for all to see. Failing to see the logic here, sorry.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.

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