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Comment Re:Higgs "hate" because the discovery is meaningle (Score 1) 205

In reality, there is of course only a percentual difference between having everything be nothing or 'nearly' nothing if you look at atoms as being mostly empty anyway.

My 'Whoa. Déjà vu" was actually a smart ass reference to The Matrix because if everything is essentially non-existant, then what is the difference between our reality and a virtual reality simulation.

Cool stuff!

Submission + - New results indicate that particle discovered at CERN is a Higgs boson (

An anonymous reader writes: Geneva, 14 March 2013. At the Moriond Conference today, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) presented preliminary new results that further elucidate the particle discovered last year. Having analysed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time.

Comment 3.96$ a month... (Score 3, Interesting) 273

... is pretty cheap (5$ is for a family account). But as BB itself says, you can only upload 2 to 4 GB per day.

They should be making a mint on that service! They use home-brew storage pods and are very open about it, too!

Anyway, be careful to read all the gotchas: (hint: 'everything' for a certain definition of everything. No virtual machines, ISO's and NAS storage by default.) (hint: not all OSes are treated equally.)

(Full disclosure: I work for a storage manufacturer that sells de-duping storage so I think I understand their cost model a bit better than most.)

Comment Re:Why not stick to real risks? (Score 1) 154

Let's convince the bean counter's boss that Somali accounting methods and bookkeeping practices
- require less staff
- require fewer resources
- are much easier to use

It would amount to a great cost reduction and the boss would have to deal with less of those pesky bean counters!

What's more, the bean counters can hardly protest such a smart business measure...

Comment I've heard such a prediction before... (Score 1) 100

It was around the year 2000 I heard a long speech by a short American woman in the Kürhaus in Scheveningen (The Netherlands.) This freshly arrived UUNet manager proclaimed that the Internet would double in traffic every 9 months.

I preferred to listen the two (very tall, Dutch) senior networkadminstrators that looked at each other in disbelief while muttering "Where did she get her figures from?"

Contrary to what some might expect, I believe Cisco is akin to the very short American UUNet manager, not the very tall networkadmins.

Comment Re:The work itself (Score 1) 732

I haven't even bothered to read other replies before posting my own so forgive any redundancy. I think it important to respond on my own.

First of all, no you're probably no devil. Your bossess may be devils, but they're irrelevant for the moment.

I would like you to read back your own statement and, after reading the next part, decide for yourself if you're morally responsible.

Now I'd like you to try and imagine that the problems you're solving are in military biotech instead of mathematical finance. I can imagine it's very interesting and even fulfilling to create new and innovative bio-weapons for the company or governement you're working for. Yet, if you think about the consequences of the deployment of your inventions, would you still feel the same way about your work? Proud of being influential, responsible?

You can decide for yourself if you're evil. Other people, like me, can have an opinion on your ethics, but we're just 'us'. You're you and you have to live with yourself.

Good luck!

Comment Re:astroturf in action (Score 1) 369

In other words, because land becomes uninhabitable, a nuclear disaster is worse than a hydro-dam failure? Do you understand that for comparable loss of life to that dam failing in China, there would have to be 40 chernobyl style accidents? As to your comments on Chinese geography being responsible instead of human failure, perhaps this example will make you think again:

Besides, the area of habitable land made inhabitable by hydro dams /while in operation/ is quite probably a lot larger than the area made uninhabitable by nuclear accidents. I can't find a good comparison, though.

Chernobyl was an older, less safe style reactor that was badly designed, built and operated than those in Japan.

A modern style reactor would not suffer from cooling failure and a pebblebed reactor would even go on without any consequences if all people would suddenly disappear from the face of the planet. (Hmmm. Not the best example as there would be no humans to 'inconvenience' with relocation anyway :)

The amount of lives lost, financial and other consequences, over the lifetime of this way of energy production are all well below those for other types of energy production. This is just like a large aircraft accident: the sheer number of casualties makes people /feel/ unsafe but airtravel is still a very safe if you look at the bigger picture. The shortcomings you mention are all addressable.

In other words: if this accident makes you feel 'Nuclear energy lost its gloss' then I wonder how you would feel if you informed yourself properly of the consequences of the alternatives. To me, nuclear energy has proven itself beyond a shadow of a doubt in the Japan disaster and I think we should use nuclear energy more, not less, because of this.

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