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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

walshy007 Re:What an amazing professor (416 comments)

It is rare to find someone so enthusiastic about such content, which in turn makes me want to check out the lectures.

Don't have time until the weekend, and I've seen some of the lower quality links here to videos, but I hear they aren't anywhere near the quality of the 720p rips mit had.

Does anyone have a reliable link to the higher quality clips? Torrent or otherwise?

about two weeks ago
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Fedora 21 Released

walshy007 Re:dropped that fool and the systemd it rode in on (106 comments)

Note that PulseAudio and Jack serve different purposes. Use whichever one supports your needs at that moment. PA happily gets out of Jack's way when you need to do some real-time audio processing.

Jack serves all purposes except one really, low power consumption and massive/varying buffers.

Having multiple devices and multiples streams is an awesome feature that brings Linux a little bit more feature parity with Windows.

We've had that with jack long before pulseaudio was even a thought

There were serious design issues with pulseaudio when first released, I'd seen some of the discussions between poettering (pulse) and davis (jack) it was pretty clear that poettering was winging it without anywhere near as much of a clue about the various design considerations of it all.

Overall the project screamed of "not invented here", there were far better ways to go about the goals without dragging the community through that shitfest.

Now it is certainly a lot better than what it was, but that is not to say that there aren't better ways to go about it, or that the pain it made everyone endure was worth it.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

walshy007 Re:Yep (450 comments)

You do realize that not all problems are the same.. right?

And that to different problems, the different properties of different choices can have varying suitability to that task.

tl;dr. systemd is not some omniscient "I will solve every problem" solution. There will be times where it is less suitable than a different option. People who recognize this don't want to have to throw the baby out with the bath water (from dependencies in other software that aren't really necessary) when choosing to use a more suited option to their task.

The anti-systemd integration people seem to still want to be able to choose the best tool for the task, not be forced along a certain path without necessity. Systemd may have plenty of good uses, but to assume it is the best tool for the task no matter the task is just folley.

I think this whole thing would be a non-issue if you could swap out systemd with another system and still have everything function easily.

The pro systemd people seem to never realize that other people may have differing requirements than they do, and dismiss anyone who does as making "a technically inferior choice". I find it very presumptuous to assume that you know every detail of someone elses criteria for a task you've never heard of.

about a month and a half ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

walshy007 Re:Survival (488 comments)

Lithium batteries have short lifespans unless you're only using a fraction of their capacity, high environmental toxicity, and are extremely expensive.

In regards to lifespan to cycling, you are thinking of lead acid batteries, lithium batteries can be deep cycled all the time. When your phone gets to a few percent battery life, it is being deep cycled pretty heavily.

There does need to be some kind of undervoltage protection, because if drained under 3v batteries can be damaged, however by that point well over 99% of all the energy the battery has has been expended. I'd hardly call that "light cycling".

Modern quality lithiums can be deep cycled somewhere between 500-1000 times depending. A 2-3 year life full cycling once a day isn't too shabby at all.

about 3 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

walshy007 Re:Why "SJW"? (1134 comments)

In regards to the usage of the label social justice warrior

It is used as a short hand for people who have a particular culture, generally very well meaning, nice people, who fail to see how their solutions to perceived "problems" may themselves cause differing problems for people, and that other peoples heirarchy of priorities may not necessarily be in a similar order to their own.

Common but not necessary beliefs/traits of SJWS can include. Blaming the 'patriarchy' for all of the worlds ills. Belief in 'rape culture'. The redefining of words in such a way that the same behaviour turned in the other direction does not qualify "only white people can be racist because only they have systemic power" etc.

Individual social justice warriors may believe whatever they like, there are only trends and common themes, common themes and tactics that lead to a common label.

it's that the name you (collectively) chose sounds like it came out of a paranoid conspiracy.

The name fits the behaviour commonly seen. They are for what they perceive to be social justice. They go about it in a way that is potentially/often very hostile to others interests, and are quite devout in their beliefs. They fight for what they believe in, thus the "warriors".

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

walshy007 Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

bigotry ËbÉgÉ(TM)tri/ noun intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself

If you are intolerant of his differing views, you fit the bill if a bigot.

This is okay, there are plenty of views out there that people don't tolerate. I sure as hell wouldn't tolerate someone who believes it is perfectly alright to come up and punch me in the face unprovoked and acts on that belief.

The lesson to be learnt here, is that it is probably silly to be tolerant of absolutely everything and that calling someone a bigot in the process of being intolerant of someone else's differing views is a silly thing to do. The social justice crowd just needs to drop it, as a step of winding back the hypocrisy.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

walshy007 Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

Even if you find a cause, or several causes for the imbalance that does not necessarily mean that they are problems.

Its changing the situation to favour the preferences of a group, depending on the situation being changed and what measures are to be taken some people may consider it worth it, but others may not.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

walshy007 Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

the intelligent person wonders why

I have no problem with this, it's always helpful to try to figure out how something came to be.

and tries to correct the problem.

This can be problematic. We can try to figure out what influences the male muscovy duck to hold the female down and force copulation for example, but why is it a "problem"? and why should it be "fixed"?

Since when is people choosing what they want a "problem" that deserves "fixing" with indue influence?

Science is a tool used to try to figure out how things are, it doesn't judge them as morally good or bad.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

walshy007 why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

Wikimedia Foundation efforts to address this "gender gap" have so far remained fruitless.

Why must everything be gender balanced? Why not let women do what they want instead of trying to force them in to places that aren't necessarily their thing?

If women are actors instead of objects, they can make their own damn choices and do what they want to do without requiring others to try to sweeten the deal specifically for them to try to entice them.

about 4 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

walshy007 Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

I agree with your post, I brought it up mainly because someone said that we know something with certainty, my post was to remind people that we don't really know anything 100% and to always leave room for doubt, nothing more.

about 4 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

walshy007 Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

I see people claiming that something is without a doubt 100% certain and truth. Which is why I linked that speech.

there are plenty of scientists out there who know the limitations of what they know, and there are a few who are more certain than they should be. When measures are proposed from theories where the measures are likely to destroy some people's livelihoods,the amount of certainty people want can differ. Those who aren't likely to be adversely affected by the measures are the most likely to want to push forward. Those that will be adversely affected, want to be truly sure it is worth it.

wanting to protect the environment from people can be a nice goal, but people need resources. It doesn't matter if we become 30% more energy efficient across the board when the population doubles.

about 4 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

walshy007 Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

There are lots of things we know with certainty.

i think richard feynman put it best.

The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain.

Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.

about 3 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

walshy007 Re:non sequitur? (143 comments)

Most lead acid batteries don't like being discharged really quickly, ones designed for cold cranking amps tend to not like being too deeply run down either. Right now for sixty dollars I can purchase an 11.1v lithium polymer battery that can output well over 250 amps co tinuously and 500 amps in bursts that's on a four amp hour battery. Up the capacity and the maximum current can get crazy

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

walshy007 Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Were the dissenting opinions from within the organisation though? I remember a piece written by one of the gay employees that said while the revelation of his donation was disappointing that he had always been reasonable and treated them no differently than anyone else.

from a bystanders point of view, it looked like just a lot of hate directed towards him, with no end in sight until there was some form of admission that he was an evil evil person.

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

walshy007 Re: Sigh (748 comments)

What people consider harm can be pretty arbitrary though

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

walshy007 Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Considering I don't see gay marriage activists advocating polygamy be accepted yeah, they aren't for equal rights. The only sensible thing that would treat everyone equally in regards to marriage would be to eliminate it as a government thing whatsoever.

treating people equally can be a silly goal though at times, I would not treat the prime minister of great Britain. The same as I would treat a six year old on a special needs bus. Like it or not people are different and sometimes those differences can matter to their suitability to a task or problem.

what people would probably agree more to is not using criteria irrelevant to a task, but that then devolves into what are the criteria and why is it important.

anyway the point I was trying to get across is equality as a blind goal is not necessarily a good thing.

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

walshy007 Re: Sigh (748 comments)

bigotry ËbÉgÉ(TM)tri/ noun intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself It is kind of sad, how the people calling others bigots in a negative fashion are often being bigots themselves. The word is used far too often by left-leaning people in hypocritical ways.

about 4 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

walshy007 Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

The scary thing is you think that women have been powerless victims for millennia completely unable to have any effect on society or men until an eyeblink ago.

You must think women are pretty inferior to men to maintain that belief.. because how else would that situation have been maintained?

When it comes to people sense of agency, agents are capable of making decisions that affect the outcome of things, and things simply happen to objects.

To say that women are unable to have control over their situation (as you do when you paint them the victim) is to objectify them.

It is often in this way that feminists are the biggest objectifiers of women that I know.

about 5 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

walshy007 Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

And I think the majority of women back then (who were _not_ feminists) had a better idea.

Women weren't granted the vote until over 50% of the women _wanted_ the vote. To say that it was unfair before then is to say that those women who didn't want to vote were wrong, in which case you are telling women what they should want.

I actually did a rather lengthy post on that topic somewhere else in this thread.

You are looking at things through a great deal of distortion today. Women have always been favoured (see the women are wonderful effect which feminism uses to it's ends), but being favoured has had different sets of trade-offs at different periods.

about 5 months ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

walshy007 Re:correlation, causation (387 comments)

Oppression: prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.

This also may take your interest, from the past.

Let us first take our existing marriage laws. We shall find that in England whilst the woman is practically relieved of all responsibility for the maintenance of her husband, he can be compelled by poor law to maintain her under a penalty of three months’ hard labour for leaving her without provision, should she choose to apply to the parish. On anything that by latitude of interpretation can be deemed ill-usage or neglect, she can, if rich, obtain judicial separation with alimony from the divorce court, or, if poor, a magisterial order for separation with weekly maintenance from the police court.

Jackson versus Jackson has decided that a wife can leave her husband at will, that he cannot raise a finger to compel her to remain with him or to come back, neither can she be imprisoned for contempt of court for refusing to obey an order for restitution of conjugal rights; in other words, it is decided that the contract of marriage is the single case of a contract which one of the contracting parties is at liberty to break without reason given, and without compensating the other party. But it is well to remember that it is only one of the parties that has this liberty, for Bunhill versus Bunhill gives the wife the right to follow an absconding husband and break into his house, if necessary, for the purpose of compelling cohabitation. He, on his part, is precluded by the decision in Weldon versus Weldon from obtaining restitution of conjugal rights even by way of action; he is liable, however, for his wife’s postnuptial torts, so that she has only to slander or libel some person without his knowledge or consent, and whilst she comes off scot free, even though possessed of property, the husband can be cast in damages. Trespass to land, trespass to goods, injuries done through negligence, all these actions coming under the legal definition of “torts,” render the husband liable, no matter what private wealth the wife may possess.

Is the ability for a woman to put a man in jail effectively at her whim if he is not sufficiently wealthy not injust? Would you consider it a form of oppression, or not?

I can give modern examples, actually far worse ones for men where the women are literally holding the power to end their lives with impunity.

But I'm wondering what you consider oppression first.

about 5 months ago

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Will Redhat's biggest future competitor be Vmware?

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "Redhat CEO Jim Whitehurst believes that in five years time, vmware will be their most likely competitor.

A view that stems from seeing "Platform as a Service" (cloud computing) heavily influencing the future of business. Intent on becoming the primary data abstractor for x86 platforms by pushing kvm adoption in the enterprise."

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Xbox360 reset hack yields unsigned code execution

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A new exploit has been shown which allows unsigned code execution on the xbox360 on all current models. It functions by pulsing the reset pin at a critical time during the checksumming/crypto boot process.

The exploit enables the running of Xell a boot loader which facilitates the running of linux amongst other programs."

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Jack VS PulseAudio

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  about 4 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave a fraction of a percent off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code."
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Jack VS PulseAudio

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  about 4 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave 1% off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code."
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Miyamoto 'Banned' from talking about hobbies

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "After Shigeru Miyamoto developed a love of puzzles, the "brain-training" software that has proved to be an international "killer application" on the Nintendo DS console was born. He became interested in taking more exercise, and Wii Fit was created. He took up music lessons, and Wii Music was the result. Now, according to sources at Nintendo, the games designer has been banned by the company from speaking publicly about his hobbies."
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linux kernel numbering changes

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "In a recent thread it was asked what it would take for an "unstable" 2.7 development tree to be created, to which Linus noted replied:

"Nothing. I'm not going back to the old model. The new model is so much better that it's not even worth entertaining as a theory to go back. That said, I _am_ considering changing just the numbering. Not to go back to the old model, but because a constantly increasing minor number leads to big numbers. I'm not all that thrilled with '26' as a number: it's hard to remember. I think the time-based releases (ie the '2 weeks of merge window until -rc1, followed by roughly two months of stabilization') has been so successful that I'd prefer to skip the version numbering model too. We don't do releases based on 'features' any more, so why should we do version _numbering_ based on 'features'?""

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Net censorship to be increased in australia

walshy007 walshy007 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

walshy007 (906710) writes "The Australian communications minister has put a bill forward to include "terrorism and cyber-crime" on it's blacklists as pornographic material is currently. "Under the proposed amendment, Federal Police will inform ACMA of websites to be blocked, and the agency must then notify the relevant internet service providers. ISPs will be required to "take reasonable steps" to prevent users accessing the website or content." "Without warning, the Government, through Senator Coonan, is proposing to provide Federal Police with powers to censor the internet,""
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