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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

BigFootApe Re: Math author dies rich... (170 comments)

Mary Boas' Mathematical Physics book is pretty good, and the second edition was in publication forever.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

BigFootApe Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (581 comments)

Why not have this without the other baggage?

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

BigFootApe Re:its all about choice. (581 comments)

Better to have a neutral way of process dependencies being defined, then have tools automatically translate into the configuration of your favourite init system. Alternately, sell upstream developers on the merit of a standardized init system conf file format and get them to adopt it.

But this isn't the problem. The problem is that un-forked udev is only shipped in tandem with systemd. ConsoleKit is deprecated and replaced with logind, which is only shipped with systemd.

It's like MS bundling newer versions of DirectX only with their latest flavour of Windows, although perhaps not for the same reasons. Same tactics, though.

about a month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

BigFootApe Unit Conversions (942 comments)

Isn't it enough to teach people how to properly perform unit conversions (then show them the cell phone app)?

Within the context of science education, it is a much easier to focus on understanding the mathematical relationships which underpin theory using metric. Use of customary units (US or UK) will result in more students falling back on the use of memorized magic numbers and not proper derived constants. Understanding concepts of scale in science becomes an order more difficult as well.

For this reason, metric units (mks or sometimes cgs) units are by far dominant in scientific papers and texts. Imperial has some presence in engineering, possibly due to a more narrow focus and more resistance to change.

about 3 months ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

BigFootApe Re:Ready in 30 years (305 comments)

Nope. Plasma physics was very young, and nobody had truly studied plasma turbulence.

about 4 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

BigFootApe Re:Am I Asking Too Much? (479 comments)

It's easier to use section breaks, for a variety of reasons. Of course, that's like saying it's easier to knife off your testicles with a scalpel rather than an axe.

about a year ago
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South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

BigFootApe Re:Ethics (185 comments)

Compared to malice or corruption, I think sufficiently dangerous incompetence is equally undesirable. Bad results and bad methods are bad.

about a year ago
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Two-Laser Boron Fusion Lights the Way To Radiation-Free Energy

BigFootApe Re:Er, wait, what? (140 comments)

Please watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeGijutBSx0

about a year ago
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SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

BigFootApe Re:I call BS (167 comments)

The input energy for the heat engine is less than the total amount of energy transported. In an example of a heat pump acting as a chiller, there is significant waste heat which must be dumped into a heat sink.Total energy transported is more than the input energy, but overall energy is conserved.

about 2 years ago
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Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

BigFootApe Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (605 comments)

1) Supercomputers are populated with x86 heritage CPUs because they're cheap.
2) The most power efficient supercomputers are made with IBM PowerPC SoCs.
3) ARM is coming to the data center with their new 64 bit variant.

about 2 years ago
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Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

BigFootApe Re:Translation (780 comments)

Webkit had to be contributed to comply with the licensing of KHTML.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

BigFootApe Re:Why? (330 comments)

My Palm OS device preferred stylus, but could work (badly) with finger touch as well. Resistive touch screens.

more than 2 years ago
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France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power

BigFootApe Re:They will make a fortune (308 comments)

Just use all that wonderful hydrogen to do this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischer-Tropsch_process

more than 3 years ago
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Help Build the World's First Community-Funded CPU ASIC

BigFootApe MIPS (140 comments)

While poking around a couple of weeks ago, I found a couple of HDL sources for MIPS R3000 cores. Would these run into licensing issues? They could be adapted to something similar, or perhaps other uses with the addition of on chip I/O and perhaps a vector unit, IMHO.

more than 3 years ago
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William Shatner Wakes Up Crew for Final Discovery Mission

BigFootApe HAL! (185 comments)

I take it nobody asked Douglas Rain to do the job?

more than 3 years ago
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Private Space Shuttle Flights

BigFootApe Re:Big RC tugs (244 comments)

Atlas V uses a Russian RD-180 LOX/Kerosene motor in it's first stage. It's derived from the RD-170 used in the Energia booster, except it runs two combustion chambers (instead of four) off a single turbo pump.

more than 3 years ago
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Kodachrome Takes Its Final Bow Today

BigFootApe Re:Paul Simon / Kodachrome (262 comments)

Yeah, I don't think he's suffered.

I mean, he did bone Princess Leia. Several times.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

BigFootApe Re:I know what I'm getting for christmas... (399 comments)

The word everyone is looking for would be obsolescent. Just because a newer processor comes out, it doesn't mean that the old ones stop working en masse.

The statement isn't even true, however. Not as long as the older gear is still useful and the inconvenience of replacement outweighs the advantages.

about 4 years ago
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Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

BigFootApe Re:They reconsidered (266 comments)

The days of gentlemen skippers are long gone. America's cup teams now use professional crews and professional skippers. USA 17 (the current cup holder) was helmed by Russell Coutts. Larry didn't "command the crew", Russell did. Larry's most important task was to support Russell financially and organizationally.

I don't mean to take away from Larry's abilities as a sailor, but simply to point out the commitment required of sailors at the top levels of competition. It's no longer the hobby it was 30 years ago. It is a life and a career.

about 4 years ago

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