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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.


Dec
17
revised Making a directory on unix readable,writeable,executable by me and no one else?
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Dec
17
answered Making a directory on unix readable,writeable,executable by me and no one else?
Dec
10
comment Linux less behavior and stderr
@cYrus: It occurs to me that the difference is probably the terminal we're using, as both my tests were in xterms (version 269) from the XQuartz 2.6.3. Indeed, the Mac OS 10.5 Terminal.app gets it "wrong" the first time then "right" subsequently. Huh? I guess that argues in favor of a buffering explanation, but I'm not going to try to figure it out any more.
Dec
10
comment Linux less behavior and stderr
Yeah, I opened a shell of Scientific Linux 5.3 box at work and got the expected behavior with bash 3.0.15 and less 382. Could there be a regression in there?
Dec
10
comment Linux less behavior and stderr
@cYrus: That works as expected for me, too. 'Course I tried in on a Mac OS box. Bash 3.2.17, less 394. Maybe something linux specific. In any case RedGrittyBrick's approach should work fine.
Dec
10
answered Linux less behavior and stderr
Dec
3
comment Transferring a large amount of data between continents
This comes up a lot in High energy physics. There was a time when the only cost-effective thing to do was write tapes and air freight them. Those days seem to be gone (for now, sometimes these things cycle) and a variety of internet based solutions are used.
Nov
28
answered sed parsing data: fields (words) separated with whitespace
Nov
28
comment sed parsing data: fields (words) separated with whitespace
sed may not be the best tool for this. Is ther a particular reason you don't want to use awk, or perl or something better suited?
Nov
27
comment What does 'make install' do?
My answer to stackoverflow.com/questions/528399/… gives a brief overview of the usual kinds of things done by make install steps from a programmers point of view.
Nov
27
comment Remove desktop environments cleanly
When you say "completely remove" do you include the underling libraries, and if so are you willing to lose those applications that rely upon those libraries without being integrated into the window-managers/desktops? Because tese things are delivered in a compoentized way, they can end up being deeply entangled with things that seemed separate. Indeed that is part of what distributions manage: the complex inter-relationships between various libraries, services and applications.
Nov
27
comment Mac OS X consumes so much memory
If you are not familiar with linuxatemyram.com, you should read it. Yes, it's for Linux, but the way of thinking about memory consumption applies to all unix-alike systems including Mac OS.
Nov
26
comment How to change the partition size without re-install the OS?
Not a programming question in any way. Better on SuperUser.com, but I believe that is has bee asked and answered there more than once already.
Nov
24
comment Is there something like Things for Windows?
It is helpful, when you are looking for an alternative to Foo to (1) say what Foo does (you can imagine a user reading this question who has the perfect solution, but has never heard of get things done...) and (2) provide a link to a more extensive resource. It would also help to say what features and interface elements you like. The better the question you right, the better your chances of getting good answers.
Nov
18
comment How do you disable the CAPS LOCK key “delay” on Mac OS X?
You remap the useless thing to control and relieve your emacs pinky in the bargin?
Nov
18
comment Is overclocking legal?
Apple tries to leverage the laws relating to software to maintain control of the hardware. That's not surprising, because they would very much like to have the world work that way, but they can take their opinions on the matter, fold them until... Mind you, I won't buy anything that doesn't come with physical media or the ability to burn the same explicitly to make it hard for the seller to try to change the terms later on.
Nov
18
comment Is overclocking legal?
Sony also has a pressing desire to control how you play on their network, and they'll try to use the various IP laws that apply to software to manage that, but they still have no traction on matters of hardware. A sale is a sale, and once they've sold it they have no further rights in the matter.
Nov
18
comment Is overclocking legal?
It's your property, man! You can shoot it, drown it in genuine maple syrup, try to jamb it into the socket backwards, or anything else you care to do. You own it. The folks you bought it from do not own it. They can take their opinions on the matter, fold them until they are all corners, and stick them someone uncomfortable.
Nov
16
comment emacsclient: create a frame if a frame does not exist
When I do man emacsclient it doesn't tell me about a -c option. Do you know what versions exhibit this behavior?
Nov
8
comment What are the pros and cons of using ErgoEmacs?
Basic things like "save" and "undo" and "cancel command" etc etc are rarely customized. I've never had trouble with a colleague's emacs, but the basics are always where I expect them to be.