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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

drolli Re:Russell's Teapot, anybody? (855 comments)

You did not understand what i meant.

If something is inside the universe we can interact with it. If we cant interact with something, then it is outside our space-time.

I dont waste my time thinking about untestable things.


Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

drolli atheism is just another religion (855 comments)

we have no idea what is outside our universe. we can only test theories inside the universe.

making testable predictions is the realm of science.

making untestable predictions is the realm of religion.

the hypothesis that there is no god/higher force outside the universe is as untestable as the hypothesis that ther is any kind of god outside the universe.

as a physicist I therefore am agnostic, buy I expect religions not to make any conclusions which affect my life by conclusions from unproven fairytales

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

drolli Matlab is full of strange features (725 comments)

-Possibility to access the "parent" scope
-Distinction between "workspace scope" and "global variables"
-Really weird stateful behaviour when using/declaring global variables
-Impossibility to redirect the output of commands under special circumstances
-Lazy copy in combination with slices (yeah, awfully practical, but run a profiler to see what happens)
-At least two different ways of associating data with "handle objects"
-"handle objects" (feels like the early 80s)
-weird scopes for function declarations
-absence of a decent "map" operator
-half-assed "function handles"

about two weeks ago

Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

drolli A complicated question. (203 comments)

I worked for 10 years as a researcher in quantum computation. Looking back, i would say that i see a mixed bag. On the negative side i have to say that many groups try to jump on whichever direction the most recent five papers in the field had been in, very often with little or no result at all. (if the Nature paper is out, the other group already followed the new path for five years).

On the positive side, we come to the other groups/leaders, which follow a direction which adresses aa problem until it's solved. In the superconducting QC field that would be for example (There are many other good and creative groups in the field) the group of John Martinis. They adressed the problems they saw over years in hard work (and that started in 2002 or earlier), at least such effort is usually rewarded in science on the long term.
But again on the negative side: the papers they managed to put in Nature or Science were focused on the final results of the engineering - the papers which really adressed the problem puzzeling the community for years, where they really found out how to reach the goal were published in Physical Review B, Physical Review Letters and some other Journals. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 077003, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 210503, Phys. Rev. B 68, 224518, Phys. Rev. B 67, 094510, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 117901, Phys. Rev. B 77, 180508). The fact that enhancing the building blocks for a final result gives you much less impact factor than obtaining the final result make the stategy not be creative and hope for others to fix problems a reasonable one. Even catching a Nature paper every few years is enough for a conservative, non-abitious group leader, so you can burn a few postdocs in average, which you put up to the current topic, and if you a lucky, your results look accidentally good every few years, even if you did not contribute much to science.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

drolli Re:Depends (546 comments)

You have no fucking idea of my plans (or where i live) and yet, you conclude that they must fail.

I can assure you: Working as a prositute is not one of these.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

drolli Re:Depends (546 comments)

My rates will be higher then.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

drolli Depends (546 comments)

I hoold a PhD in Physics, but coding is a important part of my usual jobs (i am a consultant).

Educating myself in conding and following a master, and then a PhD in Physics trained very different aspects of my skills.

None of each outweiths the other, and i am feeling very confident that i will never be without a job

about two weeks ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

drolli Re:Sponsored post (237 comments)

Yes i would have hoped that the most plausible theories (IMHO) for the cell towers would have been examined closer, but then it turned into a diffuse "china is so bad" speech.

IMHO there are several reasons why such towers could be close to military bases:

a) Some enemy to the US tries to spy on the solidiers phones (trying to uncover their identities etc) - unlikely

b) These cell towers serve to protect the identity of all (or some) phones (by filtering the network protocols, hiding location information) on the base, and are operated by the military.

c) Some US intelligence organization tries to spy on the soldiers to figure out who is spying, or whistleblowing, or something else of interest to them.

d) The primary fundtion is not to intercept phones of other providers, but to have a private 3G network

about two weeks ago

Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

drolli Happy that i did not buy an iphone (132 comments)

Sometimes it's ok for me it the UI of an app it's not so great as long as it does the job which i need to be done right now. (e.g. importing/converting files formats, unusual calculations etc....)

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

drolli Boobquake? (542 comments)

So if we al watch boobquake photos over highspeed internet, something very bad should happen....

about two weeks ago

Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

drolli Re:Love Free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps (67 comments)

Nokia never sold any phones in Japan. (it was impossible to even get a charger for my Nokia phone)

about two weeks ago

NASA's Competition For Dollars

drolli Re: How Does SpaceX Do it? (78 comments)

No. I am fine here. I like going on my bike to work trough a forest.

No matter how bad environmental problem become, earth will still be better than anything which we could plan to reach. Fixing the problems here woll have a fraction of the cost whcih fixin them by flying away would have.


about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

drolli Re:Simple (635 comments)

If anybody related to unix adminstration does not know vi then he should not be hired.

Not because i think that vi is great or not, but plainly for the reason that vi is installed with the bare minimum installation, which means you will be able to edei config files long before any other editor is installed.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

drolli Re:Simple (635 comments)

You young fool!

if i am using vi then only becaue ex actually starts vi in ex mode instead of the real ex.

(just kidding)

about two weeks ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

drolli Re:lulz (848 comments)

I worked with Ukrainians, and i worked with Russian, and we worked all together. Most of the normal people on both sides have no problem friends to each other, or being married with each other.

I am deeply worried about some polititians (on both sides) being more conderned about economics than about saving the lives of many civilians, and soldiers. Russia could have stopped a long time destabilizing the region, and the West made some big mistakes about 9 months ago in not giving Russia guarantees for their safety and constructive influence, and instead of insiting in finally "winning" the cold war.

about three weeks ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

drolli No rules (182 comments)

I always thought that rules are for cowards (if you belied the Uber etc. lobbyists). The good thing about bein a taxi is that the situation in this case would be pretty clear, i guess.

about three weeks ago

$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

drolli Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

Could you power down and act death for a few minutes? Then the devices would reset itself for the next owner.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

drolli I have seen other things come and go (826 comments)

My strategy:

a) Install distribution according to purpose (default: debian, laptop: ubuntu, server/with supported commercial sw configurations: red hat) out of the Box
b) Verify if additional features needed are there
c) Add the features you really need which are missing
d) If it does not work, follow the documentaiton
e) If following the documentaiton does not work withing a reasonable time, change distribution to a more conservative one and repeat from step a
f) perform testing
g) optimize performance (up to compiling a new kernel)

Has served me well the last 20 years. If i need knowledge about systemd, i hope its documented well, otherwise its off the list.

about three weeks ago


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Unbundling Windows from a Notebook?

drolli drolli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I know, the question is asked from time to time, thats partially because the situation really changes, so i ask it again. I want to buy a subnotebook. Some of the most interesting candidates (e.g. Sony P-Series) are sold bundled with Windows, which i am not interested in buying at all (the last personally bought MS product was Windows 3.1, included in OS/2 2.1).

So what is the current strategy about refusing EULA, annoying the support etc? How did it/does it work out? The Reports on the net vary strongly. I am less interested in how the world should be, how it from a philosophy of law perspective should be or how the theoretical legal situation is. I am interested in what really worked, how much time it took and how annoying it was.

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