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Comment: EADS (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by PPH (#49546753) Attached to: German Intelligence Helped NSA Spy On EU Politicians and Companies

And when the NSA needs help interpreting intercepted technical data, for example, it subcontracts with local 'domain experts'. In the aviation biz, that would be Boeing. So Airbus, good luck with those bids for aircraft sales.

If you think that a large part of what the NSA and CIA do isn't plain old economic espionage, I've got swamp land in Florida to sell you.

Comment: Can we use this? (Score 2) 149

by PPH (#49546721) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

If quantum entanglement is a manifestation of 'communications' through a wormhole, then can we create an entangled particle pair, drag one far, far away and start poking it (with some signal). Then, we should be able to observe it's paired partner and extract that signal.

Even if this doesn't give us faster-than-light communications, it has uses. Imagine a submarine with one of a pair of particles in a transmitter. Wiggle (bounce, or whatever) that particle and watch its partner on land. You now have a comm link (possibly at a high speed) from or to an environment that isn't affected by the r.f. propagation problem. Also, untappable optical (or whatever) links. Because there is no physical medium between the endpoints for the NSA to tap.

Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 5, Interesting) 149

by PPH (#49546633) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Best analogy is Einstein's explaination of how radio works:

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

Comment: Re:image lightning? you mean seed lightning (Score 4, Interesting) 48

by PPH (#49544973) Attached to: Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth

Current theory states that high speed cosmic particles ionize the air so the lightning can arc.

Seems plausible. The Pacific DC Intertie operates at 1 MV line to line (500 kV line to ground). This is a greater field strength than cloud to ground lightning, but it doesn't flash over (nearly as often). So lightning must depend on some property or phenomena that occurs at higher altitudes, but not at or near ground level.

P.S. Extra points for that 'current theory' pun.

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