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Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

fph il quozientatore Re:Uh oh (23 comments)

I made a bet with a colleague mathematician last year; if I lost, my next presentation would have had to be in Comic Sans. Luckily, I won.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

fph il quozientatore Re:Not actually a new stance (669 comments)

There are catholics with very conservative views such as "the world was created 5000 years ago", and catholics that are very progressive and modern in their views. The real problem is that the second type does not call out the first as cranks and forces them to change their views, but rather they shrug and consider it a minor matter.

Christians, even catholics, keep saying "why don't the moderate muslims ostracize Al Qaeda and this kind of extremisms?", but they behave exactly in the same way in this respect.

In my view, this is part of the problem. They give the message that it's ok to believe all kind of unsubstantiated things "because God says so and it's written in the bible", and that is a very dangerous message to pass, especially to young people who should rather be taught how to think with their own head.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

fph il quozientatore Re:Yes (102 comments)

I'd be really scared if the FBI mainframe ran Windows...

about a month and a half ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

fph il quozientatore Phrasing! (64 comments)

As a non-American: are you telling me it's not porn, with that name?

about 2 months ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

fph il quozientatore Re:Addicts (87 comments)

Let me guess, you are about 30. Usual my-generation-is-better bias.

about 2 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

fph il quozientatore Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (178 comments)

"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterion. It's rich people. Let's just put that down in here in black and white.

Yeah, that's what affluent means. Had to look it up myself.

about 2 months ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

fph il quozientatore A better solution (192 comments)

One day after independence, they won't have a working army. Invade them and enslave them all. They'll regret their previous days.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

fph il quozientatore Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (171 comments)

How long will it be before Mozilla decides that the users no longer need the ability to turn off the sponsored tiles?

Uh, if only Firefox were open source, then we'd be able to override these decisions from above by simply patching them out. Oh, wait...

about 3 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

fph il quozientatore Re:Chess (274 comments)

It is correct that duplicate and tournament play eliminates most of it, but bridge still has some second-order luck component. The most classical example is the two-way finesse.

about 3 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

fph il quozientatore Bridge (274 comments)

I started playing bridge during my PhD, at 25. it's a very interesting strategy game, once you get over the "game for old people" stereotype. If you can find a few friends to learn and practice with, I definitely recommend it.

There is also a very nice web-based community (so you can play it even without friends and without leaving your mom's basement); most active players play online on bridgebase.com, including the pros -- on that website you can easily find world champions playing a hand or two just to chill out. It's free (as in beer), unlike the face-to-face tournament which are sorta expensive.

about 3 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

To be more fair, I am not bashing the original paper here -- that one reports the full confusion matrix (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2463244).

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

Yeah, that's why we have better error measures than "70% accuracy", and competent people should use them.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

This should be +10 insightful.

about 4 months ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

fph il quozientatore Re:Space Junk Chain Reaction (150 comments)

FTFA: "The term brings to mind dystopian visions of fighters patrolling near space, but will actually revolve around protecting satellites from space debris orbiting the Earth."

Planetes anyone?

about 4 months ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

fph il quozientatore Better version of TFA (131 comments)

Article in original content format, without ads: here

about 4 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

fph il quozientatore What are these from? (701 comments)

Someone with more nerd points than me could please post a list of the sources?

about 4 months ago

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The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "The Italian ministry for university and research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos. Her press release (Google machine translation) mentions that Italy funded the construction of a "tunnel between the CERN [in Geneva] and Gran Sasso [the labs in Central Italy]". Google maps reports the distance between the two labs as over 900km — but of course once the tunnel is open to traffic the trip will be much faster."
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State "certified e-mail" introduced in Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Starting from today, the Italian government is offering a free 500MB certified e-mail box for every citizen. This e-mail — PEC is its Italian acronym — is based on its own new dedicated protocol (RFCs? Ha! Those are for kiddies) that should handle server-signed sender identification and return receipts. The whole system is meant to allow certified e-mail communication with the Italian public administration, though it is not clear how many offices are going to support it. Every citizen is entitled to a free state-provided mailbox, though there is a list of private providers offering "premium services" for a surcharge.
The whole system has already raised some eyebrows, and an open-source mail server supporting this protocol has already been developed. Only time will tell us if this is going to work. At the moment of writing, the official state "certified e-mail" server is refusing connections — and that's even before being slashdotted."
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Berlusconi will "regulate the internet" wi

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's evil overlord, recently declared (automatic translation by Google) that he is going to propose 'a regulamentation of the internet' during the next G8 meeting, chaired by himself. He did not go into further detail, but added that the proposal is going to have 'an international perspective' and that Italy 'is going to be at the forefront'. How do you say 'good luck with that' in Italian?"
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