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GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

Falstius Re:Download size (900 comments)

Am I missing something?

Unsurprisingly, yes. You can get a DVD in the mail.

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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Falstius Re:Professionalism (1231 comments)

I have a better idea. Canonical can release every six months and you can upgrade once a year.

more than 5 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Falstius Re:Release cycles? (1231 comments)

That poll is not scientific (people who find the poll are more likely to be people with problems), and out of people who upgraded the success rate is 68%. It is listed as 35% because they count successful installs separately from upgrades. Checking the polls for previous releases, the numbers are pretty much the same as this one.

I still don't use a new Ubuntu release for at least a few weeks though. There is always a flood of package upgrades for a few weeks after a release.

more than 5 years ago
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At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

Falstius Re:Celsius: It's for telling temperature (1233 comments)

And also, when building a house (in the US) most things do seem to be written in inches.

more than 5 years ago
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Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

Falstius Re:What's the Difference Between a Computer Salesm (650 comments)

I once was handed a hard drive that would work fine when first plugged in, and then fail after 10-20 minutes of use when it heated up, and then work again after cooling down. I set up a fan to blow over it and copied off all the data in several short bursts and told my friend to buy a new drive. I can see how lazy technicians at a chain might quickly give up when handed something like that.

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Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet

Falstius Re:Maybe the measurements are wrong or incomplete (436 comments)

It could be a case of selection bias. Hot, fast moving planets are probably easier to detect than slow, cold ones. I don't think Kepler has much fear that this will disprove his work, his equations are based on geometry and are definitely correct (or can be corrected by general relativity). A problem in the model for how fast stars eat planets is more likely.

mmm ... planet. Tasty.

more than 5 years ago
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Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging

Falstius Re:Already have wireless power.... (184 comments)

You're thinking of radiated power, this is magnetically coupled power. The wavelength is set by the resonant frequency of the coil and load. You want the coils to be much shorter than the wavelength to avoid radiating power (which is wasted).

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Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging

Falstius Re:Dumb question... (184 comments)

This technology makes the very short range technique used in transformers work over a medium range (on the order of the coil diameter), but it is not and probably can not be a long range technique (like lasers). I only say probably and not definitely because I have studied science history.

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Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging

Falstius Re:Dumb question... (184 comments)

This is magnetic coupling taking advantage of the resonant frequency of the system and is strictly a local effect. Radio's are electromagnetic radiation, which is where electrical and magnetic fields sustain each other will travelling through space indefinitely. The energy in the oscillation of a radio wave does not decrease with distance, it just gets spread out over a larger area (or absorbed, but that isn't relevant to this).

more than 5 years ago
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Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging

Falstius Re:Oh this is going to look cool (184 comments)

Your argument is effectively, "prove physical relation, break rules of physics" You can't make it smaller without making it less efficient. The resonance effect they are using to get decent efficiency degrades quickly once the separation is greater than the coil diameters.

more than 5 years ago
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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

Falstius Re:Stupid... (925 comments)

And yet, every developed country with single payer (government run) healthcare spends less of its GDP on health care and achieves better results. Amazing. The reason of course, is that there is no real competition now but there is lots of profit for insurance companies; and bad performance due to screwed up fee structures that encourage expensive procedures instead of cheap prevention.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

Falstius Re:While there may be "newer" languages (794 comments)

Personally, I think FORTRAN should be taken out and shot. Godawful unmaintainable code is the norm , and there is nothing you can do in FORTRAN that you can't do in a cleaner environment like C++. People only still use FORTRAN because they are used to it, and it will not go away until all the old fucks die.

A lot of that has more to do with who wrote the code than the language. The new C++ analysis code coming out also tends to be "godawful". And FORTRAN95 supposedly has a lot of modern features, so new code can be reasonable. As the article you quoted points out:

Finally, there is no need to be a religious extremist; these days, procedures in different languages can be intermixed (which will only become easier). Different subsets of applications can be written in the most appropriate language, e.g. Java for the web, and all can be glued together in a PYTHON framework. On the other hand, it is also possible to misuse almost any language: C++ includes C, and Fortran still has the GO TO function.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

Falstius Re:While there may be "newer" languages (794 comments)

Fortran has tons of libraries specialized to whatever scientific field you are working in, and is unavoidable in high energy physics especially. Of course, most of these can be wrapped in C and then used in whatever high level language you like.

more than 5 years ago
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What To Do With 78 USB Drives Next Christmas?

Falstius Re:Donate them (381 comments)

For the homeless to use on their shiny laptops? Libraries already have those materials, and are warm.

more than 5 years ago
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Beginning Python Visualization

Falstius I like matplotlib, scipy but ... (46 comments)

I like matplotlib and scipy but I have lots of problems with memory not being freed when making and closing a lot of plots. It might be something I'm doing though, so I'm curious if the book discusses this.

more than 5 years ago
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When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Falstius Re:The Odds (Re:Deliberately causing panic) (604 comments)

I am not concerned at all about my personal health, I realize there is little chance that this flu will raise my chances of dying above the background noise of car accidents, random violence and bee stings. I am a little concerned about the potential effect on an already very fragile economy.

more than 5 years ago
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Vatican To Build 100 Megawatt Solar Power Plant

Falstius Re:Wow (447 comments)

Normally I am skeptical of claims about radio waves causing people harm, but 100MW/9 means Vatican Radio is using over 10 MEGAWATTS. I nearly soiled myself. Cancer is no surprise. Hell, I'm surprised there aren't birds dropping from the sky pre-cooked (yes I'm aware that due to the wavelength absorption in tissue is low). Instead of mutating children and spewing nonsense, they could be providing power for a few thousand poor villages.

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High Tech Misery In China

Falstius Re:we need a trade embargo (876 comments)

How would it help Chinese workers is they are out of jobs???

It wouldn't. But slave labor and unemployment are not the only options.

How would it help the developed world if everything costs more???

You might see a resurgence of a local service industry repairing these more expensive components. So the chinese could get paid more to build higher quality parts, and we wouldn't need to buy a new keyboard every year, and there would be some moderately skilled service jobs in the developed world.

When people/companies/countries trade, then both of the trading partners are better off. Otherwise they wouldn't trade...

Trade is generally, though not always, good for society as a whole. It is always good for the traders. It is often not good for the labors, especially when one partner in the trade uses unethical labor practices to reduce prices.

more than 5 years ago
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Twisted Radio Beams Could Untangle the Airwaves

Falstius Re:It's not about polarization (183 comments)

Thanks for the heads up, I was about to dismiss this as fluff. Instead it is something 10-20+ years off, but much more interesting.

more than 5 years ago

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