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Quantum Computing Without Qubits

tommeke100 The real question though... (81 comments)

> A classical computer would have to run for thousands of years to compute the quantum equations of motion for just 100 atoms.

But is it web-scale?

2 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

tommeke100 Bennett Haselton (224 comments)

OMG, they stole Bennett's idea for moderating Twitter !!!!

4 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

tommeke100 Re:WTF (121 comments)

When an event emits at a particular wave-length; that event probably emitted at other wavelengths as well. Since different wavelengths travel at different speeds, it's still possible to observe other data from the same event a bit later.

5 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

tommeke100 Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

I'm not clicking that link at work. Best Case it's a RickRoll Youtube link, Worst case it's goatse :p

5 days ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

tommeke100 Again,a very scientific psychology study (219 comments)

Has anyone looked at the graphs and the "linear correlation" between RME and the "collective intelligence" from the study?
There's all kinds of wrong in there. First of all, looks like the dots of the study show a - very scattered - vertical pattern, with actually the best teams seeming to have a rather average RME (higher end though).
Also, who says there isn't a correlation with intelligence in general and RME? Seems to me people "who care" or "pay better attention" will be better at RME as well.
And what's the task to be solved? Apparently seems to be a sudoku puzzle. If you don't really know how that goes to begin with, you're already at loss (even if you're smarter).

about a week ago
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Simple Rogue WiFi Hotspot Captures High Profile Data

tommeke100 Re:Hackers Obey the Law!! (67 comments)

How is this different from every Internet Provider who sure as hell is keeping all the information you're looking up as well?
You can't visit a website without it having +10 trackers on it either.
Are they breaching the law too? Or is it just illegal if you don't do it to make money out of it?

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

tommeke100 Sure (227 comments)

It's also good money
He's coming to Antwerp with his buddy Dawkins the end of January.
Places are 27 euro a pop, the golden circle is 40 euro.
To preach to the choir.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

tommeke100 Re:Bear Grylls (245 comments)

College drop-out nerd takes over the world of computers, becomes richest man in the world and spends billions on charities.
Now best known for drinking his own piss!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

tommeke100 Re:Ubuntu 14.04 (210 comments)

I didn't really want to discuss the Unity interface since there are other options even if installing Ubuntu.
However, the things that work for me are that I have a netbook with a 10" screen, that I really only use for browsing, ftp, torrent, ssh and some light gaming emulators. Movies in 720p and above are already too much for it.
So I put the applications I use most on the left pop-up bar (terminal, Firefox, FileZilla). And all other applications installed are just easily found through the Unity button which gives a search box. So if I need my snes emulator, I just type nes and it will pop-up. Same for torrent etc...
The menu on top will automatically take the running program menu (same as Mac I think), so it's pretty good at maximizing the screen's real-estate for the application. It also runs much smoother than the Windows 7 that was originally installed.
That's pretty much it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

tommeke100 Ubuntu 14.04 (210 comments)

I have Ubuntu 14.04 running on an 'older' Acer aspire one (a pretty shitty machine, but actually works okay with SSD disk and Ubuntu).
. It's probably easiest to install, you get used to the Unity interface after awhile really. The things it doesn't install correctly I just googled with mostly easy fixes (apt-get this and that).
There are actually ways of not using Unity but the old Gnome interface for example. Again, Google is your friend (in this case).

about three weeks ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

tommeke100 Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

I agree mostly with your opinion, however the context is a bit different.
Salman Rushdie wrote that book in '89. At that time muslim fundamentalism and their treats was a rather foreign concept for the West, as is North Korea. Of the kind "that only happens ''over there' ".
12 years and some planes crashing into the WTC later, shit just got real. So these types of threats are being taken seriously.

about 1 month ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

tommeke100 Re:Not worth reading (91 comments)

typical click-bait: "read here why Pluto still matters...."
How about giving a real abstract on why it matters on the Slashdot post and people can click through for reference and details if they want to.

about 2 months ago
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The Life of an ATLAS Physicist At CERN

tommeke100 Re:What it's really like ... (34 comments)

Cool, thanks for replying!
Yes this was also before the LHC on the smaller loop. The community is probably larger and more diverse now. Also, this is just hearsay of one person's account from a long time ago before the age of social media :)
Good luck with your research!

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

tommeke100 Re:a thought (139 comments)

They tax the perks to a ridiculous extent.
The only thing you can do here as a tax benefit is give employees a company car. Which is still taxed, but less than getting the monthly lease money in cash.
Our company actually had to stop providing a 1-hour per week free gym visit (which nobody used) because after an audit they saw that as a taxable perk.
So we would have to pay taxes on something we never used in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

tommeke100 Re:a thought (139 comments)

> I can pay my guys $1000 more apiece but they'll only take home $700

You obviously don't work in Belgium. Here we see maybe $300 of that $1000 raise.

about 2 months ago
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The Life of an ATLAS Physicist At CERN

tommeke100 What it's really like ... (34 comments)

I had a friend who was a PhD student in Experimental Physics in the late 90s.
As part of his lab's obligations, he had to do some grunt/shift work at CERN about a week every month.
He said unless your life is Physics 24/7, it gets boring pretty quickly. A lot of people there only talk about physics, they have no other hobbies.
There was not much to do besides the Physics aspect.

This seems to have changed though judging from the article, there seems to be social clubs which is certainly an improvement. Still, she (the woman in the interview) says the turn-over rate is huge, people are send there at the beginning of their PhD and get back to their home labs after a while. Looks like that aspect hasn't changed but that's probably true for most University Labs in the world.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

tommeke100 Re:German cars (525 comments)

As a Belgian, I would tend to agree, except for maybe the South of Europe (Italy for example) whom have far more aggressive driving.
Congestion isn't much worse than you would get in other big cities, except our cities are so close to each other (Antwerp - Brussels : 25 miles) that congestion just flows into one big clusterfuck.
One of the issues is that the highways around big cities aren't bootstrapped for ongoing traffic, so there is no way to swirl around Brussels for example if you just pass by and don't need to be there.
Also Belgium is on the crossroad of many bigger countries ( Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, ...) so our roads are heavily burdened by foreign trucks passing through our country. You can actually see that in the crash clip above. You have a truck driving behind a truck that just passed it, while the accident happened another truck was overtaking the truck with the dashcam, and the car who tried to cross to the exit crashed into another truck waiting on the exit.
This is a typical situation here in Belgium. You could say the driver was not cautious enough and should have been in the first lane sooner. However, I drive that highway (the E40 from Brussels to Oostende - sea side) every day to work and you just have a string of trucks driving one behind the other that stretches for miles.
It's choosing between sitting between 2 trucks for a couple of miles (which really gives you zero chance of survival if the truck in front of you crashes and the one behind you smashes into you) or just hoping the stretch before the exit clears up and you have a safe passage to get into the first lane.

about 2 months ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

tommeke100 Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

The closest spiral galaxy to us is Andromeda, 2.2 million light years away.
Andromeda is approaching our galaxy at a rate of 670,000 miles per hour.
Five billion years from now it will probably collide with us.
So, we'll just have to be patient if we want to hop onto another galaxy :-)

about 2 months ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

tommeke100 Re:Our metrics indicate... (185 comments)

No. They will use their metrics based on performance appraisals and the like.
Of course, Performance Appraisals are just to document the bonus you get or don't get.
They would just better data mine browsing habits at work and correlate that with skills and market pull for these.

about 3 months ago

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