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+ - Fabiola Gianotti to Take Over as CERN Director-General-> 1

Submitted by somegeekynick
somegeekynick (1011759) writes "The public face of the ATLAS experiement at CERN which co-discovered the the Higgs-like boson in 2012, Fabiola Gianotti, 52, has been chosen as the next Director-General of the particle physics lab. She'll become the first woman to hold the position. The 5-year term begins on Jan 1, 2016."
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Comment: Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

by somegeekynick (#47612079) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
"To those who point to the few sitcoms that have no laugh track, I've noticed that the music tends to "react" in the right moments and I'm not convinced that's an improvement." I don't remember listening to music in Modern Family, apart from the title sequence and whatever music might come up as part of the story. There might be some at the very end of each episode, but the voice over usually gives some insightful family advice then.

Comment: Re:First pass (Score 2) 44

by somegeekynick (#47529643) Attached to: Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

I don't understand the concept of first pass. Do they really mean "first pass ever" which I suppose would also mean humanity will never ever interact with this comet ever?

[emphasis mine] Why? (Assuming humanity lives in harmony on Earth for another few million years) It's non-periodic (the 'C' in C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)) comet, so as far as we know, it will be the first and only pass through the inner Solar System.

+ - Feedly Forces its Users to Create Google+ Profiles

Submitted by somegeekynick
somegeekynick (1011759) writes "Feedly users, a lot of whom migrated from the now-defunct Google Reader, are now finding out that they will not be able to login to the service without a Google+ Profile. In a blog post from Edwin Khodabakchian, which was posted almost at the same time the change rolled out, the reason for the change is stated as following Google's own move from using OAuth to Google+ for authentication. What has riled up a lot of users, as can be read in the comments, is that this change has come without warning and a lot of feeds are now being "held hostage" by Feedly, especially for users who are reluctant to create Google+ Profiles."

Comment: Re:Ground vs Space (Score 1) 74

by somegeekynick (#39461899) Attached to: Massive Construction Effort Begins For World's Largest Telescope
What you're referring to is interferometry. I came across a news in the last few months that someone somewhere making suggestions along similar lines. As has already been said, space-based observation is comparatively costlier both to build (and send it up) and difficult to maintain or upgrade compared to ground-based installations.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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