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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

HuguesT Re:MAD (179 comments)

In english you can verb nouns if you want. However, like Hobbes said, verbing weirds language.

4 hours ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

HuguesT Re:Depressing News (170 comments)

We should not be polarized about it.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Build Quantum Information Processors

HuguesT Proper motivation (72 comments)

It will be nice to see if Google's interests and motivations will yield interesting, more practical results, in this area.

about three weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

HuguesT Re:Enterprise (613 comments)

man screen. Or man tmux if you prefer.

about three weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

HuguesT Different kinds of servers (613 comments)

FreeBSD is great as a file server, web server, etc. ZFS is totally awesome and stable under freeBSD. It is making progress in Linux (I use it daily) but it is not quite there yet. On the other hand, a compute server or virtual hypervisor does not look too great right now in BSD, because of incomplete NUMA and lack of VM options. Also Linux is not monolithic and Init+runlevels is alive and well. Vote with your feet and choose a distro without systemd or at least init as an option. I'm sure Debian will keep init forever.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

HuguesT Re:has ebola been weaponized? (86 comments)

It is unlikely Ebola has been weaponized. It makes sense to use a virus as a weapon if the attacker has some kind of effective defence against it, otherwise the disease may backfire. Right now Ebola is too dangerous for this.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

HuguesT Re: Dangerous virus (86 comments)

It could be for complications. Influenza causes inflammation, which itself creates a happy medium for bacteria in the lungs. It is standard practice to give antibiotics in severe cases of influenza. This does not help against the virus but helps lowering the risk of reinfections. See there.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

HuguesT Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

Actually winning at chess vs humans is a solved problem. Driving on the road is harder, surprisingly.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

HuguesT Re:Sorry Valve has to cop it (139 comments)

Typical libertarian stance with no relation with reality whatsoever. If you have no consumer protection you pay more, simply because the seller can pull out any scam without consumer recourse. Plus the Americans do have effective consumer protection.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

HuguesT Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

Let' all go and start WWIII. I think Putin is dangerous but not that crazy.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

HuguesT Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

That is like so easy, right? Putin did not enter into a treaty with a government, but with a country. The country is still standing. This Ukrainian government has dissolved the parliament and is holding elections. Putin does not want to wait for the outcome, he already knows they are not going to be favourable to the Russian side.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

HuguesT Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

A race condition that happens 0.1% of the time is not something you cannot deal with. Certainly not by replacing the init system with something flakier.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

HuguesT Re:The init system (826 comments)

I like your analogy but don't view it in the same way. Some people think Michael Jackson was weird, disturbing, all apparences and no substance. Yet there is no denying that he had a lot of talent and many loved his music. Some of his songs are classics. Also, he is 100% human.

In the same way, some people think that OSX is all apparences, no substance and not suited to anything serious. Yet many people love its polished interface and excellent hardware integration. Also it is 100% Unix and most open source software runs on it as well as under Linux.

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

HuguesT Re:Why not grid level storage? (442 comments)

There is the problem of capacity and storage,

According to the same web site you quote, a reasonably optimistic target is 20% PV, 20% wind by 2030. The rest (60%) must be provided by something else. I don't think coal or nuclear is quite dead yet (unfortunately).

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

HuguesT Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Very bad physicist then, then one who could not understand why lantern batteries wouldn't start his car. Any self-respecting physicist, even a theorist, knows about intensity and power.

about a month ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

HuguesT Re:Watson is not AI (161 comments)

A symphony is hard work, but many people can compose a song, not a very good one, mind you. Anybody can learn chess and even become reasonably proficient. Not grandmaster or anything, but decent. Basic algebra is taught to everybody in middle school, so I think you are a bit pessimistic.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

HuguesT Re:Stupid (561 comments)

By the way I think the policy of Apple to staff their store with Apple employees is excellent for the brand. Others would set up a kind of franchise, which would be cheaper but probably not as effective.

about a month ago

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French supreme court neutralizes 3-strikes law

HuguesT HuguesT writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HuguesT (84078) writes "The Conseil Constitutionel, the French equivalent to the US Supreme Court, ruled today that a mere "authority" cannot cut Internet access to Internet subscribers within the frame of the new HADOPI law recently voted by French parliament. In the new law, after a warning by email and another by registered mail, French Internet subscribers could have had their access cut off for a duration ranging between 2 months and one year, without possibility of defence or due process of law, if they were accused of illegally sharing copyrighted material. They could only appeal of the decision before a court of law. The CC "sages" or wise men, ruled that this was unconstitutional on two grounds: the presumption of innocence and freedom of communication and expression. Now the laws has basically no point. The French communication minister, Christine Albanel, has vowed to return to parliament with a new law still implementing the 3 strikes in a new, as yet unknown way. For the time being, strike one for democracy and freedom!"
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Gates foundation deathly side-effects

HuguesT HuguesT writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HuguesT (84078) writes "An long and detailed article from the L.A. Times points out severe, unintended side effects of the health policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. This foundation has given away almost 2 billions US$ to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria worldwide. Thanks in no small measure to this effort, the death toll from AIDS in most of Africa are finally levelling off. However, the money from the foundation is earmarked to the fight against these three diseases, to the detriment of global health. Sick people can also be hungry and not able to ingest healing drugs. Doctors in these countries prefer to be well paid working against AIDS than poorly working against all the other health problems, which creates a brain drain. Numerous children also suffer from diarrhea or asphyxia due to lack of basic care. The paradox is that countries where the foundation has invested most have seen their mortality rate increase, whereas it has improved in countries where the foundation was least involved."
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