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Comment: Re:A flat universe is not conclusion of the articl (Score 1) 235

by AxeTheMax (#49656821) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

If we are affected, we can observe these effects.


No, it literally does mean that nothing else can affect us.

Absolutely not. We know only what we have observed and deduced in the limited life of the human race. Other things that we have not observed or deduced yet will emerge. But until they do, we don't know that they are there.

Comment: Re:A flat universe is not conclusion of the articl (Score 2) 235

by AxeTheMax (#49652981) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

The problem is, that as far as can be determined, what we have observed, is all that mankind will ever reasonably be able to observe on this matter. So unlike the glass of water above, its like observing 99% of the lake and finding no lochness monster, then concluding there is no lochness monster.

What we have observed is what we can observe, and it may be all that we can ever observe. It does not mean that there is nothing else that can affect us. A better example is of someone stuck in a little cove, observing the ocean from that viewpoint, hence seeing only a fraction of it. As far as that person is concerned there need be nothing else anywhere.

Comment: Re:And probably infinite (Score 2) 235

by AxeTheMax (#49652947) Attached to: Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat

Flat does not imply "infinite". I see no reason that it is "likely" the universe is "infinite". "Infinite" in actualized physical terms is meaningless,....

'Infinite' in mathematics is not a meaningless concept, hence the possibilities of applying that maths to the physical universe remain. You probably mean that in your model of things there is no place for this concept.

Comment: What else is driving this (Score 1) 58

by AxeTheMax (#49452587) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated
I'm amazed that the USPTO is allowing patents to such ridiculously obvious notions, and that they take huge amounts of money to even challenge. What, apart from greed and lawyers, is keeping this system alive? Is it the possibility of control it gives big players over small ones?

Comment: Re:Wait... what? (Score 0, Troll) 228

by AxeTheMax (#49337425) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament
One of the 'good actors' was the first to develop and has been the only one to ever use nuclear weapons. Despite there being no military reason for it other than to demonstrate a more efficient method of killing civilians than anything that had been developed before. You're talking poppycock, either because you chose to be deluded in favour of one side, or because you're stupid and swallowed all the propaganda you've been fed.

Comment: Pigeons could be drones (Score 1) 92

by AxeTheMax (#48038415) Attached to: China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons
Whether this story is true or not, one thing is certain, the next time there is a land battle between two technologically advanced armies, they will shoot every bird out of the sky in case it is an enemy drone. A major land war could be another significant extinction event for wildlife. Rats and cockroaches will survive of course.

Comment: Re:Yet more English learning (Score 1) 147

I did say 'relatively minor'. I'm thinking of an Indian language with about 50m speakers and a written history as long as English. The culture of India being as it is, everything you can find is geared to learning English. Yes, there are TV shows and all sorts of stuff on Youtube, but I was thinking about reasonably sophisticated learning material. Still, if the main market is oddities like me who are mainly interested in understanding some 300 year old poetry, I suppose we have to work for it.

Comment: Yet more English learning (Score 2, Insightful) 147

Never mind English, there are lots of paths to learning it in most countries. Not so the other way. How about a scheme for those of us who want to learn some other, relatively minor language, where it is difficult to even find basic texts outside its native country?

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White