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Comment: Re:this again... (Score 2) 289

Of course when Michelson said this, there were just a couple of loose ends to be figured out...the "UV Catastrophe" associated with the discrepancy between the purely electromagnetic theory of blackbody radiation, and the strange threshold behavior associated with the photoelectric effect.

Right now, we keep on building bigger and bigger colliders and can't really find anything beyond the Standard Model. It seems that the biggest advances these days are coming from Astrophysics rather than High Energy Physics. Today, the two pesky loose ends that are likely to change everything are dark matter and dark energy. What we need is a theory that explains these phenomena and an experiment to test the theory.

Comment: Re:All politics are local (Score 2) 234

by Biff Stu (#46590889) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

In recent news, a state senator from Montana (R) was arrested, and a tea-party-republican-congressman from Florida was also arrested. A Republican from Montana and a Republican from Florida. Who would have guessed that. It has nothing to do with Sacramento or party. Like I said, all politics are local. Especially corrupt politics.

Comment: Re:All politics are local (Score 2) 234

by Biff Stu (#46590861) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

In California, if there's a scandal, it's likely to be a Democrat, just based on the statistics. There are far more Democrats than Republicans in office. Furthermore, if you're in San Francisco, you're going to have a Democrat in office. It's the way the city votes. It's your job to pick a good one.

+ - The Truth is Out There: Snowden's greatest leak yet

Submitted by Biff Stu
Biff Stu (654099) writes "NPR reports that Snowden delivered the scoop of the century to Iran's FARS news agency. The story reported by FARS reveals that the evil space aliens, a.k.a. "Tall Whites," who where responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany turned their attention to the United States after the fall of the Third Reich. These aliens have secretly been calling the shots in the USA since the Eisenhower administration.

Perhaps the real news here is that with Ahmadinejad out they are saying the Nazis were the bad guys and they're not denying the holocaust--but it's probably dangerous to read too much into something this goofy."

+ - U.S. Science Agencies Get Some Relief in 2014 Budget->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The ghost of former President George W. Bush permeates the 2014 budget that Congress released this week. His presence is good news for physical scientists, but less cheery for biomedical researchers, as Congress reserved some of the biggest spending increases for NASA and the Department of Energy. The National Institutes of Health, meanwhile, got a $1 billion increase that is drawing mixed reviews from research advocates."
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Comment: Re:So what (Score 4, Insightful) 258

by Biff Stu (#45420053) Attached to: Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

Exactly my thought. If an F-22 went down over Lake Ontario on a training mission, we would have a dead pilot, and lost $150 million aircraft, which can't be replaced. The F-22 loss might have been noted on CNN, but certainly wouldn't have been /. worthy. So, here we lost a $12.5 million aircraft, which can be replaced, and nobody dies. Somehow, I doubt that the submitter and the /. editors are pro-drone, but I see this story and think that, to the extent that I actually give a shit, it makes an excellent argument for drones.

Comment: Re: I hope (Score 1) 353

by Biff Stu (#43706865) Attached to: Engineering the $325,000 Burger

OK. I like Kevin Bacon. He's starred in some good flicks. I think that Tremors is an under appreciated film, and did you know that he was the one with the "Thank you sir! May I have another?" line in Animal House. He even has that whole Bacon Number thing going for him. But come on, there's a point where being a fan turns into a sick obsession, and I think you're treading dangerously close to that line.

Comment: Could be some dumbass thieves (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by Biff Stu (#43300087) Attached to: Egyptian Forces Capture 3 Divers Trying To Cut Undersea Internet Cable

Quite a few years ago I was hanging out in Egypt at a Red Sea resort with my girlfriend. Now I can hang on a lounge chair on a beach for a few hours, but that's about all can take before I want to get up and do something. So, I decided to take a tour boat out to the coral and go snorkeling. When the boat got to the coral reefs, they dropped their anchor right on the reef, which pissed me off. The captain explained that the government had installed permanent mooring buoys in order to preserve the coral, but these had been stolen by thieves.

Now, fiber cable doesn't have the same resale value as copper, but then try to explain that to a third world dumbass thief.

Comment: Re:Let me fix that for you... (Score 4, Interesting) 205

by Biff Stu (#43129241) Attached to: Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

The disappointment in the high energy physics community is over what comes next. For many decades, high energy physicists have been building bigger and bigger colliders. Each collider has left some unanswered questions justifying the next giant collider. If the standard model seems to fit all the data and there's no clear question to be answered by the next collider, then what's next for high energy physics? All the "new physics," dark matter and dark energy, is coming from astrophysics these days, and they need telescopes, not colliders.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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