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Comment: Re:String Theory\0 (Score 1) 147

Because the energy in the center of mass of the LHC is much more higher than any nuclear tests can achieve. The energy of a nuclear reaction is around 200 MeV while the LHC's energy in the center of mass is 13 TeV, something like 60 000 higher. No comparison can be made with a nuclear reaction.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 1) 117

Not much different than the right level of maintenance for an airplane, a ship, a bridge, a tower or any other complex engineered device. There will always be gray zones where a court will have to rule, however I believe you can perfectly request a certain number of things to be done in order to keep your business and IT infrastructure covered in case of a security breach.

Comment: Re:Grant money and politics are the problems (Score 2) 411

by AchilleTalon (#49774327) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
Without grants you cannot do quality research, so, here is where everything starts. To do science, you need money. That's why all scientists are concerned about getting the next big grant, you cannot ignore it. Now, as far as I know, there is a scientific comittee to decide who will get money, it is supposed to be isolated from the politicians.

Comment: Re:Can it be fixed? No. Can we circumvent it? Yes. (Score 1) 411

by AchilleTalon (#49774297) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
Exactly, the studies on secondary and insignificant subjects will persist because nobody will invest money to debunk them, it doesn't worth the trouble. Studies and results that really matters will be carefully examined. That's why the high profile example in the summary is a bad example, because that's what exactly happened. This is not an example of bad science, on contrary it is an example of good science. You can get a bad result from a scientific experiment, it doesn't mean you are necessarily a bad scientist. Since that result was a corner stone of the modern science, all the steps of the experiment were carefully reexamined and the bug was found. The problem is the wrong results and conclusion were released in the public because there is a rush to be the first to claim and proclaim a fact, even if the conclusion is still not accepted by everyone, including members of the scientific team that ran the expriment. This is a side effect of what we observe everyone in our society and it is surely not unique to science.

Comment: Re:If it happens... (Score 1) 106

by AchilleTalon (#49768239) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?
Where did you pick economists subscribe to infinite growth? The economy MUST grow if you want the people to become wealthier, there is a lot of people out there who cannot afford more than a meal per day. So, this is where the idea comes the economy should continue to grow. The other point is, if the economy grows no more, you have a static society with a static repartition of the wealth and no more innovation. So, you probably believe someone should "control" the growth of the economy. Then, who? How? When? This is simply unfeasible otherwise than with the current system where sometimes there is bubble bursts which are something like a control mechanism.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 3, Interesting) 742

And that is never going to happen because peace after WWII was settled on a basis to avoid the mistakes of the settlement of WWI which imposed a heavy financial load on Germany as reparation and led to WWII or social conditions in Germany for WWII. So, they did it differently for WWII. Nobody can tell what the situation would be today if the financial charges on Germany after WWII would have been comparable to those of WWI. This is then a theoretical and rhetoretical discussion to make the hypothesis Germany should pay war reparations for WWII to Greece.

Comment: The Sony connection (Score 4, Insightful) 415

by AchilleTalon (#49764969) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

"The Sony hacking incident last year was ample demonstration that our information systems are becoming more and more vulnerable, which is a feature, not a bug, of the increasing transfer of our infrastructure into digital space."

Sorry guys, I can't stop laughing. This writer is a clown. The Sony incident demonstrates Sony is incompetent. It was never a threat against the humanity, only against the gang of fat butts at Sony Pictures.

Comment: Re:Please correct the headline... (Score 5, Interesting) 176

He is known for his work in game theory, however he is not a game theory mathematician since before fading into his mental illness he was working on quantum theory. His paper on game theory is his Ph. D. thesis. Just the tip of the iceberg this mathematician was and could have been if the illness didn't stopped him. Anyhow, it is very sad he and his wife died in an automobile accident.

Comment: Re: 32MB? (Score 1) 227

by AchilleTalon (#49763265) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things
For few bucks you get a chip that offload the TCPIP layer and the whole TLS/SSL protocols and encryption from the processor. That is how the IoT should be done. IoT is about cheap, skinny thin platform. Not about bloated OS using 32 MB of memory just to run, 32 MB of RAM is a lot of RAM just for housekeeping and provide unneeded services. Another Google project that will be withdrawn in about a year.

Comment: Guiness just examined the footage? (Score 4, Interesting) 79

by AchilleTalon (#49761421) Attached to: The Hoverboard Flies Closer To Reality
I find it a bit strange Guiness Records only examined the footage before granting the record. The guy is specialized in 3-D visual effects. I mean, anyone has seen the real thing flying? I am living in Montreal and we never heard about this before today. Don't you think if something like that happened at lake Ouareau in August 2014 it wouldn't have made the front page of our local newspapers?

Comment: Beside hacking (Score 5, Insightful) 103

Beside hacking a device to steal votes, there is a number of other concerns about the online voting which cannot be eliminated by any device you can imagine.

For example, how can you be assured the voter has not sell his vote and the buyer can just sit beside him to make sure he is getting what he paid for? How can you prevent someone to impose a candidate to someone else by threatening him/her/them? At a vote poll, you can make sure nobody is intimidated and anyway there is no way someone else can check the vote he tried to steal.

Online voting is a big No-No.

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