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Comment: TERCOM (Score 1) 9

The first implementations of the SLAM-type algorithms came from a missile with the same name; the Supersonic Low Altitude Missile. This was a multi-attack nuclear weapon which would cruise along the ground at Mach 3 and pop off nukes on Russian cities as it went, spewing fission products from its exhaust. A truly monstrous weapon.

Its design started in 1955. - No, that's not a typo.

Comment: Re:How about we beta test on Venus? (Score 1) 367

The CO2 in Venus' atmosphere could be used as a source of carbon for building a ribbon around the planet. A satellite-based atmospheric heater could perhaps propel the gas to sufficient altitude. The oxygen could be combined with hydrogen so that vapor clouds formed on Venus, since those reflect a lot of sunlight back into the atmosphere. There might be enough hydrogen in the solar wind for this to be done reasonably quickly.

It could be sensible to build an orbital ring/space station around Venus while we wait for the planet to cool...

Quite glad to see that Mars doesn't get all the Terraforming attention! =)

Comment: Re:This is probably a very silly question ... but (Score 1) 429

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48339551) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

If it had mass, presumably yes. This of course assumes the new universe has the same laws of physics as ours.

They might not have the same laws of physics. In that case, they would fit the strict definition of 'dark matter', even if not the actual observation which caused the term to be invented.

Comment: Re:Explains creation of Universe, but not Metavers (Score 1) 429

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48334711) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

This shims another layer of abstraction in between the causa prima and the now.

To be specifc, it makes sense for logical entities not to play outside the rules of axiomatic set theory. Axiomtic set theory is defined and limited by this assumption which in turn creates the very fabric by which we do math. - You make up a rule and then you follow it to its logical conclusion.

Are humans logical entities? A lot of our existence is determined by the evolution of our neurons, which gives rise to an inherit body of knowledge that we call instinct. We know that life is an emergent property of physics, so it does indeed make sense to question wheter or not this is a silly place.

I don't attempt to tell you what's what, but merely to tell you that the pure math approach isn't it. GÃdel proved it, BTW.

Comment: Re:Book? (Score 1) 429

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48334487) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

The math probably is new. The current discussion certainly involves new participants.

Interest in the matter at hand traces back to before the dawn of modern man. The philosophers of Ancient Greece wrote about chaos and logos.

There is a wide community of thinkers who are well-versed in all of these narratives. You're welcome to join us.

Comment: Re:This is probably a very silly question ... but (Score 1) 429

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48334341) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Not a silly question...

It's important to distinguish the anthropic concept of three dimensions plus time-in-one-direction from cosmology. If we don't do that we just attempt to shape the universe in our own image. A whole lot of philosophy needs to be skipped over for the cosmological universe of discourse to make sense.

There's a simple cheat to better intuit the fabric from which the quantum fluctuation emerged, called the anthropic principle. - Whatever fabric needed to exist did exist and still exists because if it didn't we would not be here to observe it. It's an existential proof.

The anthropic principle isn't as useless as it might appear at first glance. - It allows for new universes to fluctuate into existence at any time.

My pet theory is that such a parallel universe in 3D space is what caused the oh-my-god particle event. =)

Comment: Re:i miss old slashdot (Score 1) 81

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48284351) Attached to: Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

I feel for you...
So, imagine a beowulf cluster of these things!

I would imagine that interconnect with these things would be an issue. Usually computation is cheap while bandwidth is expensive, so you might have to use a huge number of extremely small computational cores to get the kind of linear increases in speed we'd expect. That would have to result in a RISC arcitecture, and apparently you can build a more or less complete computational core with just 70 transistors.

Not sure if anyone has ever tried to make a parallel processor out of those, but Maxim Integrated has a microcontroller called the MaxQ in this category of exotic architectures.

Comment: Re:Excellent news (Score 3, Informative) 30

by Ceriel Nosforit (#48274533) Attached to: Getting 'Showdown' To 90 FPS In UE4 On Oculus Rift

The excellent coding has been around for a while. It's asset creation which is uncomfortable. Large studios with big budgets go at it with the sweatshop approach, so there is little demand for procedural workflows.

It's mostly fine art in concept and Z-brush, and then a series of atrocities conducted against the artists' vision as the assets get shoe-horned into a console.

So good luck Sony... You'se gots problems.

"Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." --Matt Groening