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+ - The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "This may seem a little far fetched, but if our understanding of the physics behind the recently-discovered Higgs boson (or, more specifically, the Higgs field — the ubiquitous field that endows all stuff with mass) is correct, our Universe shouldn’t exist. That is, however, if another cosmological hypothesis is real, a hypothesis that is currently undergoing intense scrutiny in light of the BICEP2 results."
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+ - Workaholism in America Is Hurting the Economy->

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An anonymous reader writes "Work/life balance is a constant problem in the tech industry. Even though experienced and mature engineers have been vocal in fighting it, every new generation buys into the American cultural identity of excessive work being a virtue. Each generation suffers for it, and the economy does, too. This article backs up that wisdom with hard numbers: "The 40-hour workweek is mostly a thing of the past. Ninety-four percent of professional workers put in 50 or more hours, and nearly half work 65 or above. All workers have managed to cut down on our time on the job by 112 hours over the last 40 years, but we’re far behind other countries: The French cut down by 491 hours, the Dutch by 425, and Canadians by 215 in the same time period. ... This overwork shows up in our sleep. Out of five developed peers, four other countries sleep more than us. That has again worsened over the years. In 1942, more than 80 percent of Americans slept seven hours a night or more. Today, 40 percent sleep six hours or less. A lack of sleep makes us poorer workers: People who sleep less than seven hours a night have a much harder time concentrating and getting work done.""
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Comment: So Long Debian! (Score 0, Flamebait) 379

by zixxt (#46203627) Attached to: Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

As a current Debian(testing,Jessie) user this strikes me as a bad choice. However I am thankful that there other sane distros not drinking Lennart Poettering's brain cell killing kool-aid. So I say hail o/ to the Linux Distros not selling their souls, Slackware, Gentoo , Ubuntu thank you guys for not being retards and seeing the suckyness of systemd.

Seems I will have to migrate off Debian pretty soon. It was a good year I had with Debian but with this it seems Debian as chosen to be a follower, a kool aid drinker and a also ran instead of being unique. Thank you Lennart for killing off another distro for me to love.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 4, Informative) 340

by zixxt (#45811105) Attached to: X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

No. I just like network-transparent applications. It was one of the main draws that I had toward Linux almost 20 years ago, and is why I still use it today.

(My home Linux boxen are all headless, and they can stay that way for all I care. If I want to run something graphical, it's trivial with X.)

(And no: VNC is more of a problem than it is a solution.)

Modern X(org,server.. et.el) really is not network transparent unless you are just talking about TWM mixed in with a xclock or an xterm, most modern apps and even window managers that are built on top of modern gui toolkits and/or extensions are not compatible with the basic X library which makes X network transparent. Most of what makes X tick now and days will not scale over the average network and you will be left with a lame ass system if you try. As such if you want to use your modern desktop environment over a network prepared to and plan to pull your hair out because you are relying on such outdated tech norms.

Wayland is the future and the way forwards fellow *inx junkies.

Comment: Fiction (Score 0, Flamebait) 34

by zixxt (#45768369) Attached to: Interview: Bruce Sterling Answers Your Questions

We've gone away from science because our whole society's gone away from science. We're in a science-hostile society now, it's politically dominated by Creationists and climate denialists.

Its funny because both Creationists and so called climate change denialists are the ones not brainwashed by the right wing world fascist elite(illuminati) to believe in things that are works of pure fiction. So it is science "fiction" is to believe in evolution and that there is such a thing as man made global warming.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!