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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

superzerg Re:Don't think so (631 comments)

when there is a problem I (who else?) have to fix it. Right now, I just take a quick look at the Ubuntu forums and helpdesk, and it's done.

Funny how girlfrinds (at leastyours and mine) can't google the problem and find these forum by themselves still ;)

about a year ago
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Magellan II's Adaptive Optics Top Hubble's Resolution

superzerg Re: Nice Summary (136 comments)

I think naturel imaging is used to rules out interferometry

1 year,28 days
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

superzerg 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.

Usually a nation hosting such a project pays for the infrastructures. And if you look at the costing (if I remember well from my PHD), it represents from 1/3 to 1/2 of the total cost : 40 km tunnel is quite expensive. You are right in the sense that I'm not aware of any declaration of Japan concerning the amount of their participation, but in the end that is still about what they will have to pay

about a year ago
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

superzerg Re:Not more powerful than LHC (71 comments)

Linacs are better because they can use singular particles (like electrons) as well

Circular accelerator can use electrons too, in fact there is plenty of accelerator which use different type of particules at the same time (most of the pre-accelerator of the LHC such as the PS and the SPS accelerate electron, positrons, protrons and heavy ions in a seconds timescale)

about a year ago
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

superzerg Re:Leaving only funding in the way (71 comments)

Funding is generally the most important part, and when you leave it to last, it shows something about your management ability. Something about putting the cart before the horse comes to mind.

This how all the big science project I heard about works. If you wait a politician to say "I have a few billion left and I don't know what to do with it, let's make a kick ass science experiment !" you may wait for long long time .... Also politics don't know shit about science, (as they know nothing about technology in general), it would be the best way to get useless (in the sense not scientificly necessary) experiment to be built.

about a year ago
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

superzerg Re:Not more powerful than LHC (71 comments)

Also as electron/positrons are primordial particles (not composed by other particles), when an collision occurs, the total energy of the electron/positron is used to make new particles. On the other side, hardrons are composed by quarks and gluons, so when a hadron collides, as in reality it is one of the quarks which collides, the energy available for the collision is much lower than the hadron energy (and this energy is an unknown to be measured, which makes the analysis more difficult).

about a year ago
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

superzerg Re:Not more powerful than LHC (71 comments)

The LHC's predecessor was the "Large Electron Positron" collider, so that's not a particular reason to use a linear accelerator.

Yes the LEP was the predecessor of the LHC (in fact LHC is in the very same tunnel LEP was), but LEP was at much lower energy (120MeV) than the LHC (6TeV) or what would be the ILC (1TeV). LEP was at the limit of the energy "reasonably" achievable for a circular lepton collider, because energy is lost by synchrotron radiation in circular accelerator. The LHC as a hardron collider is not really affected by this, but to get to the energy of the ILC, an linear accelerator was needed. The main paradigm in high energy accelerator is to build a hadron collider to make discoveries, and then a lepton collider for precise measurement because the much lower background level created by lepton collisions

about a year ago
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First Debian/Ubuntu Bootable ARM64 Images Released

superzerg Re:Software/hardware (34 comments)

I believe the first games for any consoles have been developed on emulated machines

about a year and a half ago
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India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects

superzerg Re:Tinfoil Hats? (160 comments)

Think to it differently: If US, Europe and now India are so convinced (without any proof) of the presence of backdoors in Chinese equipment, it is obviously because they include such backdoors in the equipment they manufacture and see no reason why Chinese would not do the same dam thing. That is the only rational reason I can imagine

about a year and a half ago
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

superzerg Agree with previous observation (605 comments)

They observed ice melt faster than expected in antartica, groendland, glaciers, ... Lets say anywhere, It is just normal consequency that the sea level rise more than expected too.

about 2 years ago
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GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

superzerg Re:This isn't devs listening (197 comments)

The mistake the Gnome developers made was calling the new desktop "Gnome 3". Had they presented it as an experimental new environment and named it "Project Harmony" or "Desktop Zen", or something like that, they would have stepped on less toes and met less resistance to the radical changes, and people would have seen it in better light.

It is not just a project called gnome 3, they stopped devolloping gnome 2, made it incompatible with gnome 2 due to dupilcate filenames. Cause of the incompatibility with gnome 2, the biggest distibution made only gnome 3 available (Ubuntu, Fedora,...).

about 2 years ago
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Google Wants To Be a Wireless Carrier

superzerg Analogy with France (151 comments)

Just to give you an idea on how things can evolve I would like to share what happen in France. I'm French, so I'm not familiar with US rate, but from what I remeber seeing here, it seems "unlimited" data plan with caps at 500 Mb are about 50$/month. It is somewhat comparable with what we had here before a 4th operator named Free enter the phone market.

Free made a plan which was 20€ = 25$ (15€ =20 $ for who used them also as internet provider) with 2Go caps, free unlimited calls and free ulimited SMS/MSM. No subvension was given to get a new phone, but there was no commitment period either.

In one year we saw dramatic price decrease from most opperators but still Free still succeded to get about 6% of the market (source = wikipedia). My point is indead mobile operators overprice badly the plans, and there is hope when a new one enter the market that things evolve positively.

about 2 years ago
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Everspin Launches Non-Volatile MRAM That's 500 Times Faster Than NAND

superzerg Re:So NOT Vaporware? (119 comments)

If manufacturers get really silly, in theory a mobile device could be built that doesn't distinguish between its main memory and its mass storage. The two functions would be served by the same solid state circuitry. Obviously accommodating such a hardware design would give the kernel guys fits, but it could simplify things in the software a great deal, and incidentally net an interesting performance gain that's visible to users.

Why would it gives kernel guy fits ? How would it be different to have a swap partition ? Anybody could say me what would be the problem running with no memory and only swap ?

about 2 years ago
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Leak Hints Windows 8 Tablets May Be Dearer Than Makes Sense

superzerg Re:Windows RT + Office (365 comments)

I guess it is a poor traduction from french where dear and expensive are the same world : "cher"

about 2 years ago
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Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time

superzerg Re:Can someone explain... (262 comments)

I guess iff the reponse is right 50% of the time u just need to make the calcution several time : u will get 50 % of right reponse and lots af small % of different wrong reponses.

about 2 years ago
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USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

superzerg 100 W is enough ? (247 comments)

When I saw 100W I thought : "cool if they went for such a power it should be to enable to power my laptop". Then I looked at the power at the exit of the adapter : 19V 4.74A : almost 100W. And it is from last year with "only" 2 cores, so I doubt if will be enough in a few years. Why didn't they took an confortable margin like 200W, so if the standart succed, we wont have the same kind of odd stuff such like puting 2 usb to power my laptop (like for some hard drive like with USB 2.0) ? Otherwise I like the idea, hoping it will not loose part of his relevance with : standart USB 3.0 PD, micro USB 3.0 PD, mini USB 3.0 PD, ? USB3 PD (used only for printers and scanner).

more than 2 years ago
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Higgs Data Offers Joy and Pain For Particle Physicists

superzerg Re:Did we really find it? (186 comments)

It is already confirmed as 2 LHC's detectors (ATLAS and CMS) obtained the same result. This is the main raison why there are these 2 detectors instead of just 1. The team of physicists are different, so are the framework and analysis involved in the discovery.

about 2 years ago
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Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again

superzerg It would be a wonderfull news if ... (343 comments)

the airport security was not about make you buy stuff at the "duty free" shops as they confiscated all the cream, alcohol ... you took with you. If the duty free shop were cheap, it would be one thing, but thy are not, so I guess the VAT is just converted to airport taxes which will make airports resist to what ever evolution on that way.

more than 2 years ago
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LHC Will Be Shut Down In 2011 Because of "Mistake"

superzerg Energy (183 comments)

For now, accelerated particles will have a maximum energy of 7TeV (half the power of the LHC's design maximum)

The design energy for LHC particles is 7TeV, which means 17TeV energy in center of mass during collision. The planned particles energy is 3.5TeV until 2011 which make 7TeV in center of mass.

more than 4 years ago

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