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Comment Re:Where can I find a UNIX-like Linux distro?! (Score 1) 274

I have to recommend Gentoo for you. Gentoo is really a meta-distribution... and super flexible. You can use OpenRC if you like SysV style init, or you can use systemd if you like the new way. You can use it with Linux kernel or you can use it with BSD kernel. Gentoo is a great system to really discover and learn about what brings a working distribution together and do things the UNIX way.

Submission + - Snapchat (and driver) Face Lawsuits for 107 MPH Crash (nydailynews.com)

moeinvt writes: A Gerogia man is suing Snaphat for injuries he suffered when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle traveling at 107 MPH. The driver of that vehicle, 18 year-old Cristal McGeee, also named in the lawsuit, was using Snapchat and taking selfies at the time of the collision. Snapchat awards digital "trophies" to users who post pictures showing their speeds. Lawyers for the plaintiff argue that Snapchat encouraged the reckless behavior and distracted the driver in the moments before the crash. McGee continued to snap and post selfies after the accident, including a picture of herself on a gurney with the caption "Lucky to be alive".

Comment Re:It's not famous or widely used (Score 1) 114

Your project looks interesting, thank you for the link. As a Java/XML/DB guy myself I realize the importance of good tools for turning business processes and workflows into working prototypes and overcoming the verbosity of these languages. I'm now following your project on Github and hope to install it and try it out soon. Best wishes!

Submission + - New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely A Faster-Than-Light Particle 1

HughPickens.com writes: Phys.org reports that in a new paper accepted by the journal Astroparticle Physics, Robert Ehrlich, a recently retired physicist from George Mason University, claims that the neutrino is very likely a tachyon or faster-than-light particle. Ehrlich's new claim of faster-than-light neutrinos is based on a much more sensitive method than measuring their speed, namely by finding their mass. The result relies on tachyons having an imaginary mass, or a negative mass squared. Imaginary mass particles have the weird property that they speed up as they lose energy – the value of their imaginary mass being defined by the rate at which this occurs. According to Ehrlich, the magnitude of the neutrino's imaginary mass is 0.33 electronvolts, or 2/3 of a millionth that of an electron. He deduces this value by showing that six different observations from cosmic rays, cosmology, and particle physics all yield this same value within their margin of error. One check on Ehrlich's claim could come from the experiment known as KATRIN, which should start taking data in 2015. In this experiment the mass of the neutrino could be revealed by looking at the shape of the spectrum in the beta decay of tritium, the heaviest isotope of hydrogen.p

But be careful. There have been many such claims, the last being in 2011 when the "OPERA" experiment measured the speed of neutrinos and claimed they travelled a tiny amount faster than light. When their speed was measured again the original result was found to be in error – the result of a loose cable no less. "Before you try designing a "tachyon telephone" to send messages back in time to your earlier self it might be prudent to see if Ehrlich's claim is corroborated by others."

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