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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Liquid Len Re:What the French call la dolce vita? (477 comments)

The French do tend towards language chauvinism.

No, sorry but that's simply not true. The French language nowadays includes a lot of foreign words. Of course we have the French Academy which tries to impose French words for everything but really, these (generally old) guys are representative of themselves only, and have nearly no relevance. For instance, they tried to impose "couriel" instead of "email" (and a whole bunch of other ridiculous words) but hey, who would have guessed, it never picked up ...
I believe French-speaking Canadians, OTOH, tend to be much more protective towards the original language.

about 4 months ago
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Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

Liquid Len No beta, thanks (93 comments)

That is all.

about 6 months ago
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GNU Octave Gets a GUI

Liquid Len Re:scilab is better but french. (166 comments)

Scilab is far better and always had native 3D graphics, a GUI and a simulation engine: scicos/xcos. It atonishes me that it is systematically ignored. Is it because is french?

Personally, I find Scilab pretty awful (and for the record, I'm french).

about 7 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

Liquid Len Enter the zone (262 comments)

As a physicist, I use hearphones just to "enter the zone". Usually, after a while, I find them distracting. Kind of as if they were consuming brain cycles that aren't free anymore. I know it's time to remove them, hoping the phone doesn't ring or som jac^h^h^h coworker doesn't pop up...

about 9 months ago
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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

Liquid Len Re:Nothing of Value (310 comments)

It depends on if he knew about it. If he did then he's obviosly responsible. If he didn't then that's of course also bad. Either way is not good for him.

If he knows, he's responsible. If he doesn't, he's incompetent. Which do you prefer ?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

Liquid Len Teach yourself music (299 comments)

Pick up an instrument, or if you used to play an instrument when you were a teenager, time to get it out of the attics.
(Re-)learn how to play (we have great softwares and books/CD for this, nowadays) and learn by listening to the masters. Learn also some theory.
At some point, get out and find yourself a band, suited to your skills (a bit better, ideally) and taste. At the very least, you'll have fun but you could even end up being a good musician. Depends on the time you want to spend on it.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

Liquid Len Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

The pedal orientation is not switched in RHD cars.

Woosh

about a year ago
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

Liquid Len Re:The scary part... (270 comments)

True. And I have a hard time convincing myself that these guys are doing it alone. For sure, they get some help. China ?

about a year and a half ago
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TI-84+C-Silver Edition: That C Stands For Color

Liquid Len Re:Approved lists (198 comments)

Amen to that. I also have a HP48s, which I still use. Back when I was in school, I sometimes used it to cheat. To do this, I add to input many formulas or reproduce drawings, or write programs to perform some calculations (atomic physics comes to my mind). But in the process of doing that, you learn a lot. Eventually, you don't have to cheat anymore because you know pretty well the subject. And even if you didn't work enough to learn all you were supposed to, you've still learnt some of it. This makes a huge difference compared to, say, using a smartphone to browse the internet and find your answers.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Wallet May End Up Inside Your Actual Wallet

Liquid Len XKCD (190 comments)

Obligatory xkcd link
I for one find this cartoon incredibly insightful and disturbing (and I do use google services, although I wish I wasn't).

about a year and a half ago
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Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible

Liquid Len French economy (112 comments)

At the moment, the French economy is not doing well, to say the least: austerity has become the rule in the EU and so far, no signs of recovery have been observed (I for one don't think austerity is the right answer, but let's stay on-topic). As a FOSS enthusiast (and, incidentally, as a French...), I'm glad to see this kind of effort finally happening. But I also suspect our government sees this as a cheap way to cut licence costs and won't invest sufficiently in the migration. I think it makes sense from a economic standpoint in the middle/long term, but there is a transition period which I'm not sure they'll be willing (or able) to handle with sufficient resources.

about 2 years ago
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50th Anniversary of the Starfish Prime Nuclear Weapon Test Today

Liquid Len Re:This was used in "Voyage to the bottom... (190 comments)

Unfortunately, this is probably a good argument against project Orion. Hundreds (thousands?) of tiny nukes going off in LEO would probably also do bad things.

It means Orion has to be built in space and moved away from the planet on some other kind of propulsion before you can start launching nukes, not that Orion is a bad idea...

Except that in this case, you need to put the thing in LEO using several Saturn 5 propellers. And this is so expensive (not too mention the risk) that it basically ruins the whole concept. No, really, I used to like Project Orion too but there's no way it could work. Too dangerous, too expensive. Let's put it to rest, already.

about 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman Falls Ill At Conference

Liquid Len Re:Gosh, is the Slashdot audience really that cree (460 comments)

Not everyone on /. is like that. Many of us quiet readers idolize folks like RMS and you, Bruce.

-brian

And some of us quiet readers just have a lot of respect for guys like you (which is not exactly the same as "idolize").

more than 2 years ago
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Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

Liquid Len Re:Neither new nor interesting (414 comments)

Why is this RUBBISH on the front page?

Yeah, yesterday, I was just asking myself "Why is this RUBBISH on Ars Technica" ?

more than 2 years ago
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WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

Liquid Len WMaker - xfce (192 comments)

I used to be a devout user of WindowMaker around ~2000 (I had used fvwm, olvwm and afterstep before). After that, I've used Gnome 1, then Gnome 2... I found Gnome 3 to be an abomination and I went to XFCE. It does what it is meant to do and quite frankly, I don't see why I would want to go back to WindowMaker. And no, nostalgia isn't enough...

more than 2 years ago
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How Stephen Hawking Has Defied the Odds For 50 Years

Liquid Len Physically challenged genius (495 comments)

I've always wondered if he would have been so successful without his illness. If he hadn't suffered from MND, I imagine he would have had various activities and maybe he would have diluted his precious time between numerous tasks. I suppose that to qualifiy as what people call a "genius", you have to be very smart and work all day (either by discipline or by being forced to do so, as in his case). In other words, what if myself, a modest scientist was suddenly forced to think about physics all day long rather than share my time between scientific work, administrative burden, and more mundane tasks (including family and leisure), would I be more successful ? I've always doubted that, but I don't think I'll never get an answer to this.

more than 2 years ago
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

Liquid Len Re:Good thing nobody hates the French (561 comments)

actually, it was started by a french whore, and the cheeks were not on someone's face

(Score:3, Informative)... only on Slashdot...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?

Liquid Len Re:Big Ones and smaller too (363 comments)

Einstein's House, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Princeton, New Jersey

Einstein's House in Princeton is nothing special, really. It's just a regular house in dowtown Princeton (Mercer Street) and last I checked, it wasn't open to visits. Besides, it's got absolutely nothing to do with PPPL (Plasma physics lab you mention) which is outside the city center, although a visit to the fusion and other experiments conducted there is also interesting (I used to work there).

more than 2 years ago
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I have started Q businesses, where Q = ...

Liquid Len Re:I'm an engineer, not a business man (252 comments)

I like to build things. I am good at building things. I have no desire and no particular talent for soliciting customers and investors or managing people, infrastructure and money. If I were to start my own business, guess what I would have to spend most of my time doing?

Amen to that. It took me some time to accept it ("What ? Engineer ? Build stuff ? You really don't want to have a career ?"), but I feel exactly the same as you do. Wish I had mod points...

more than 2 years ago

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