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Experimental nuclear and particle physicist. These days I'm teaching, but I've spent a lot of time on nucleon structure in fixed target electron scattering and neutrino oscillations using reactors and beam sources.


Nov
30
awarded  Custodian
Nov
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Kill program after it outputs a given line, from a shell script
Oct
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
20
answered Why did dialup modems make noise?
Aug
21
comment How can I edit a file if there is no vi, vim, joe, etc?
You haven't said if ed is present or not...
Aug
6
comment Is a process PID guaranteed to stay the same as long as the process doesn't die?
That is, of course, strictly true, but that simply reflects the definition of "process" that the OS uses. The user will see a continuity of state with a changing number, and if she was counting on the presence/absence of the PID to determine if some state was present on the machines this would be a problem. That's why I called the behavior malicious.
Aug
5
comment Is a process PID guaranteed to stay the same as long as the process doesn't die?
Well, a malicious programmer can break the guarantee, but this is generally true of well behaved programs.
Aug
5
answered Is a process PID guaranteed to stay the same as long as the process doesn't die?
Jul
22
awarded  Caucus
Jul
22
awarded  Constituent
Jul
15
awarded  Yearling
Jul
3
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
13
comment Remove new tab with most visited websites in Firefox
Thank god. That is absolutely the most bletcherous "feature" I've been subjected to as an "upgrade" in ages.
May
7
comment What is the ⎋ key?
That's Apple for you: breaking tradition to get a more culturally neutral iconography (i.e it means "escape" without be spelled as abbreviated English). Again.
Apr
17
answered How can I tell whether a binary can be run in the terminal or requires X Window System on Linux without access to the Internet?
Apr
17
comment Prevent write access for root in home directories
In principle this should be possible with access control lists enabled and no root user (i.e. you set up specific administration users for various functions but no account with uid 0), but it would require very careful construction and a probably be a maintenance nightmare.
Mar
28
comment Is Unix not a PC operating system?
Windows in various incarnations, OS/2, various DOS's (not just the MicroSoft ones either), BeOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and I know I've missed some. The problem with "Unix" is that it is ill-specified, but then so is "PC".
Mar
26
comment Replacing a Macintosh SE hard-drive
Note that though the standard install didn't do it you could partition large drives. More partitions on a large drive would mean smaller blocks in each partition.