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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

PiMuNu Same in High Energy Physics, IMHO (135 comments)

Interestingly, the same things can be said about High Energy Physics - in the last half century, physicists have figured out the standard model of particle physics. Meanwhile, the cost of pushing back the energy frontier (cf LHC) is at the level where it funding is required from a large portion of the Western world to make a major discovery. Research is driven by grad students and post docs, most of whom can never get a permanent position, while funding is diminishing in real terms.

For me, the current academic system needs updating from the 19th century. It is bad for science not to make the change, because we see the good staff leaving to find a proper job.

about 5 months ago

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

PiMuNu Solution = PR? (168 comments)

You should decide on the solution then agitate for it. For example, one might say Proportional Representation is a solution, as it permits for a broader spectrum of parties/mandates/issues to be represented. (This is my opinion having voted in UK for ~ 4 elections).

about 6 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

PiMuNu Nothing new here? (150 comments)

Back to the article... Parity violation has been known in quarks for many many years - see (hint: CP violation means charge-parity violation, which is a special case of Parity violation)

about 7 months ago

Android KitKat Released

PiMuNu Re:the name (358 comments)

Interestingly, the word KitKat originally derives from pies made in London. The KitKat club, deriving its name from originally meeting in a certain London pie shop, was a social centrepiece of the whig oligarchy that managed the UK government in the early part of the 18th century, and also one of the first institutions to introduce the concept of copyright, thanks to support from Tonson, a publisher and lobbyist for the publishing industry. It is not clear whether there is any relation between KitKat confectionery and KitKat pies, however.

about a year ago

LibreOffice Calc Set To Get GPU Powered Boost From AMD

PiMuNu Re:If you need it you are doing it wrong. (211 comments)

The problem with excel is that it is hard to document against and test. In the software world we have lovely tools like doxygen and all sorts of testing suites. We have nice things like functions, classes. One can do analogous things in spreadsheets, but they just aren't as well set up for that sort of stuff. It makes it hard to define what is going on into logical blocks, hard to break that down into blocks that can be tested against. I'm not someone who cares about this language or that language, but I do care that a developer goes through some development process that includes testing and documentation, and I don't see how that can be done in excel.

about a year ago

CERN Testing Cloud For Crunching the Universe's Secrets

PiMuNu Re:Just a thought along the side-line (67 comments)

CERN has invested in about 5 million lines of C++ code (google GEANT4 and ROOT) - there is no backing out of C++ now. Python is nice because it can sit on top of the C++ backend and provide less buggy UI. It is also becoming the de facto standard for scientific computing (not just in HEP).

about a year ago

International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

PiMuNu Re:Relevant comment here... (71 comments)

The JPARC (H- ion) linac actually has a 50 cm kink following the recent earthquake. It still works! That's why we install trim magnets...

about a year ago

International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

PiMuNu Re:In Japan?! (71 comments)

Who said Japan is paying for half the fees? Physicists hope that Japan will stump up, but this has not been stated by anyone in authority to make such a decision. $5 bn is not small change. Nb: asking for money may be awkward at the moment following an uncontrolled release of a tiny amount of radioactive material at JPARC a couple of weeks ago in somewhat uncomfortable circumstances...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice For Summer Before Ph.D. Program?

PiMuNu Re:It's never too late... (228 comments)

Nice, but citation needed.

about a year and a half ago

A School in the Cloud

PiMuNu Re:lol (126 comments)

Universal education was an invention of the enlightenment, so started coming in mid-18th century e.g. universal primary education was introduced in, say, Austro Hungarian empire by Empress Maria Theresa during 1740/50s.

about a year and a half ago

LEGO Announces GNU/LInux-Powered Mindstorms EV3 Platform

PiMuNu Re:Would have loved this... (164 comments)

Agreed. There is a lego clone called megabloks - that uses the same interface as lego but much cheaper. If you mix lego with megabloks, it is clear that the megabloks build quality is far inferior, leading to crap buildings that fall over. lego is actually decent stuff.

about a year and a half ago

DRONENET: An Internet of Drones

PiMuNu Nice but why fly? (108 comments)

The ability to have autonomous vehicles is immensely powerful. Flying drones is stupid and can be dismissed out of hand - but the technology to do this with the road network is already here.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Develop Sixty Day Bread

PiMuNu Re:Real bread goes stale after 1 day (440 comments)

The bread I make at home lasts about a week. Store it in a bread bin or a bag on your bread and yours will to.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

PiMuNu Re:"Gender biased" may be oversimplification (165 comments)

There is an interesting study where they gave a bunch of monkeys some dolls and diggers. The female monkeys went to play with the dolls, the male monkeys went to play with the diggers [citation needed, maybe someone into developmental psychology has it]... just one of those things...

about 2 years ago

Climate Contrarians Seek Leadership of House Science Committee

PiMuNu Re:Richard Muller (518 comments)

Oh, I didn't realise they had been here already Oh what, you don't mean some ancient race of star travelling shape shifters, you mean a bunch of guys right. Okay, just checking.

about 2 years ago

The Empire In Decline?

PiMuNu Re:It was his people's skills, not products. (488 comments)

I used to have an application that would let me use the keyboard to find and launch applications. I had to remember quite long key combinations, which was a pain, but I could do a manual search for them if I needed to. But then windows 3.1 came along and ever since then it never seemed to work quite so well...

about 2 years ago

The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

PiMuNu Re:This is weird (295 comments)

Posted from my Linux Mint laptop... it just works tx. It's an OS, its job is to "just work". If you notice it, that's a problem.

about 2 years ago

WTFM: Write the Freaking Manual

PiMuNu Re:Information Mapping (299 comments)

Googling around - looks like proprietary bs to me

about 2 years ago



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