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Cat fight! Mrowwwr! Hisssssss! Every now and then, you can capture a snapshot of the scientific process at its worst (and paradoxically, its best, too). The trick is to look at the Letters or Perspectives section of your favorite scientific journal. In…
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How can I tell whether I want a CPU that is faster (GHz) or has more cache memory? 
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If you find your memory hitting more than half used whenever you user your computer with your most coupon running apps. You should consider a Ram update if you have available slots.
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A UK company caled "Veber" is trying to trademark the name "Python" and force the Python Software Foundation to change the name of the language. PSF requests community support in the form of protest letters and funds for an appeal. See the link for details. 

I say we boycott Veber.

The Foundation says:

According to our London counsel, some of the best pieces of evidence we can submit to the European trademark office are official letters from well-known companies "using PYTHON branded software in various member states of the EU" so that we can "obtain independent witness statements from them attesting to the trade origin significance of the PYTHON mark in connection with the software and related goods/services." We also need evidence of use throughout the EU.


http://lxer.com/module/newswire/ext_link.php?rid=180914
It would prevent anybody else from using the word “Python” in goods, packaging, services, or in business papers and advertising without Veber's express consent. Doing so would breach the trademark and...
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I wasn't planning on buying anything form Veber.  I doubt if my boycott will have much effect.
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For a good time, traceroute 216.81.59.173
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Computer question:
I've decided to switch to a new Linux distro. I've been playing around with it for months on a small partition, and I now have it tuned exactly the way I like it. So, now, I'd like to do an install on one of the larger partitions, to replace the system that was already there. However, if I do a fresh install, I'd have to go through lots of re-tuning and duplicated effort. Is there a way of copying the contents of one partition to another so that it will all still boot up and work properly? Can I use dd? What do I do about GRUB? Thanks!
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Romney debates himself.
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I have a blog! Topic: evolution. Each week I find some inspiring article from the recent scientific literature and babble about it.

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Well, I guess it's time for a new computer. The laptop still works great, but I'm doing some serious 3d image processing (skull CT reconstruction and analysis).

I'm thinking about putting together my own machine from components. I have an old box/tower lying around; I think it takes ATX boards.

Anyone have ideas about linux-compatible mother boards, CPUs and GPUs? How to avoid UEFI problems?  I think I can come up with about $500, give or take. Current laptop has 2GB RAM and a 1Ghz CPU, so that's the power I need to beat. 
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Now to get rid of the stupid numeric pad!
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I'm still considering whether to share this on facebook. Different audience.
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Just saw an amazing production at Berkeley Repertory Theater. The play is called An Illiad. It is a re-telling of The Illiad as a single monologue, just as it was intended to be performed. In fact, it is implied that the narrator is Homer. But it is a Homer that has survived the millenia since the war, and has been telling it over and over, until the power of it has shattered him. Now he tries to make a modern audience understand what happened.

It is powerful, brutal and absolutely true to the original. In fact, it is like reading the original, and much of it is taken directly from Fagle's wonderful translation. Get thee to the theater and see it!
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The production sounds interesting, but I'd hesitate to call Fagles' translation "wonderful," any more than I'd say that about Lombardo's, which Fagles' imitates.
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The new game by Amanita Design is out! Actually, I think I missed the debut by a few months, but who's counting?
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