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Comment: Debian GNOME needs some attention (Score 3, Interesting) 394

by Bruce Perens (#47979731) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

After something like 20 years I finally found a system that won't run Debian unstable right now. My Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 magnesium tablet + iKey Jumpseat magnesium keyboard. Systemd and GDM break. Bought (for less than full price) because I am a frequent traveler and speaker and really do need something you can drop from 6 feet and pour coffee over have it keep working.

But because of this bug I have ubuntu at the moment, and am not having fun and am eager to return to Debian.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 973

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 973

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:#1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Minin (Score 1) 173

by julesh (#47850553) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

#2, Silver Mining. It turns out mountains don't come labelled as "gold" and "silver-only". As world affluence increases, demand for gold and silver increases.

Don't worry. It turns out that the cost of mercury is rising much faster than the cost of gold. Another decade or so of this, and it will be more economical for the gold miners just to sell their mercury stocks straight back to us.

Comment: Re:Broken light bulbs. (Score 1) 173

by julesh (#47850489) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

All the symptoms mentioned by the parent poster are recognized for acute inhalation exposure to Mercury, but I'm running into paywalls trying to find out just how rapid their onset can be.

At a concentration level similar to the ones you're likely to see in the few moments after breaking a lightbulb, symptoms of acute mercury inhalation exposure require "a few hours" of exposure to develop. The patients in this review each absorbed a dose similar to the complete mercury contents of a typical CFL; it seems unlikely that an accident of the type described would result in more than a few percent of this amount of absorption, as the instinctive response to the bulb breaking - closing your eyes and exhaling - will prevent most of the contaminants entering your system. Also, unless the lamp was turned on at the time it broke, it is unlikely that more than a small percentage of the mercury was in vapour form.

Comment: Re: Broken light bulbs. (Score 1) 173

by julesh (#47850439) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Fortunately, I still have a "backup" mercury thermometer that's close to 40 years old - but I've wondered where to buy a backup for the backup should it meet an untimely demise.

You should consider replacing it with a readily-available spirit thermometer, e.g. this one. Spirit thermometers have a smaller temperature range that they can measure than mercury thermometers, but are often more accurate over that range, and if you just want one for medical purposes, you're not interested in any temperatures outside a very narrow range anyway. Plus, when that untimely demise eventually happens, it won't create a health hazard that requires careful cleanup.

Comment: Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (Score 1) 1134

by julesh (#47831899) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

You mean like all the great references from the article? Hey let's ask the people that are trying to downplay this situation what their take on the whole thing is?

But here you go: reference. He didn't review it. He just gave it title spot and listed it as a stand out.

I found this by actually following one of the references from the article.

What I found out by following those references: she started sleeping with him in May. This article was published in January. To quote Gjoni's account:

To be clear, if there was any conflict of interest between Zoe and Nathan regarding coverage of Depression Quest prior to April, I have no reason to believe that it was sexual in nature.


It is therefore irrelevant.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling