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Comment: On the matter of electrons (Score 1, Interesting) 32

Electrons have 'spin'. Electrons also have an electric field. Do electrons have a magnetic field? - Yes they do. An electron's magnetic field is its 'spin'.

Why even call it 'spin'? Back in the day the function of magnetism was explained with the 'turtles all the way down' analogy of 'elementary magnets' meaning they didn't have a clue and possibly did not want to admit ignorance.

Today we know that this elementary magnet is the property of an electron spinning on an axis just like a planet does. It can not spin faster or slower, but it can turn to any alignment. When a bunch of electrons line up their axis of spin in this way (and maintain their position), what we get is of course a proper magnet. - Magnetism is therefore a quantum effect on a macroscopic scale.

Magnets interact with bosons, which in lasers do their thing by depleting entropy so that space is bent, aligning the emission of photonic bosons. Emission of photons from electrons is usually in a random direction, but lasers do things differently. - Magnets attract or repulse by bending space because their homogeneous ferromagnetic material locally depletes entropy. The Higgs particle, a boson famous for is ability to cause gravity, bends space too.

The old vestiges of ignorance persist however, among popular press and celebrity scientists who have followers not because of their theories but because of their charisma. It's eppur si muove all over again, though he Vatican did admit they made a mistake after 350 years...


The Social Laboratory 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the playing-with-a-nation's-psyche dept.
An anonymous reader writes: We often worry about technology and unscrupulous intelligence agencies driving us toward a surveillance state. But apparently Singapore already beat us to the punch. "Not only does the government keep a close eye on what its citizens write and say publicly, but it also has the legal authority to monitor all manner of electronic communications, including phone calls, under several domestic security laws aimed at preventing terrorism, prosecuting drug dealing, and blocking the printing of 'undesirable' material." They've used it to do good, like swiftly moving to contain the spread of infectious diseases and to figure out how the public wants policy problems solved. But they've also obliterated privacy and restricted what people can say and do. "Singaporeans speak, often reverently, of the "social contract" between the people and their government. They have consciously chosen to surrender certain civil liberties and individual freedoms in exchange for fundamental guarantees: security, education, affordable housing, health care." The article notes, "It's hard to know whether the low crime rates and adherence to the rule of law are more a result of pervasive surveillance or Singaporeans' unspoken agreement that they mustn't turn on one another, lest the tiny island come apart at the seams."

Comment: Re:Nokia still has products? (Score 4, Interesting) 54

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47574441) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

They started out in 1904 making rubber. Today they provide large part of Finland's export, so around here they are considered 'too big to fail'.

Importing a CEO from abroad was seen with great suspicion, which is why Elon made such a grand and public gesture of assimilating Finnish culture for a few months. - A venture about as daft as scheduling Tibet for two years to get enlightened.

Comment: Peasants revolt (Score 1) 242

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47521223) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Thoughts of a free man:

"Execuitive branch"?

State, Treasury, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Defense, Health and Human Services,
Housing and Urban Development,
Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security ...Agricultural terrorist? Actually that makes sense with all the amfo they have. They probably have more of it than some states have in TNT equivalent nuclear arms.

On a completely unrelated note, farmers need drones, don't they? Big ones, for dusting crops, herding cattle and what not.

Comment: Grave misconception (Score 1) 77

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47491323) Attached to: Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

...clearly operating to the benefit of society (as opposed to purely commercial drone use)...

Is this some kind of anglo-american thing? Over here the reason commercial entities get tax breaks is because they should be operating to the benefit of society. Economic speculation and other short-sighted ventures are tolerated as the exception and not the norm of society.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous! (Score -1, Flamebait) 590

by Ceriel Nosforit (#47461011) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

I was going to mod the lot of you ignorant mouth-breathers as flamebait but instead I have decided to educate you.

[Thrymskvida] is one of the best known poems from the Poetic Edda

Thor is primarily an asar deity and he'll be a she if it damn well pleases him. Marvel representing Thor as a female in other adventures than the one in the Edda is far, far from being unprecedented.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor