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Comment: Re:Dark matter only interacts gravitationally? (Score 3, Informative) 102

by rrohbeck (#49083565) Attached to: Supermassive Diet: Black Holes Bulk-Up On Dark Matter

Dark matter might be amassed slower than ordinary matter though because it's not slowed down by the accretion disk and similar processes that get rid of momentum. IOW, a particle has to be headed directly into the event horizon, otherwise it'll miss and continue to orbit.

Comment: Re:Bware of 'cleanups' (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by rrohbeck (#48992297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?

I still have some superfluous debugging code in a project that literally does nothing in the production version but without it the code crashes randomly after a week or so; a classic Heisenbug. It's clearly data trashed by a wild pointer but I could never find who did it since it's a large multithreaded program that depends on hardware behavior. Neither valgrind nor Coverity were of any help. It's too big to be rewritten so we just have to live with it.

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