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Comment: Re:Townes was Told that the Maser Was Impossible (Score 1) 62

by ClickOnThis (#48927219) Attached to: Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

People erroneously imagine that Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics. He wasn't. And in two central areas, the Copenhagen interpretation (it is a useful approximation but makes no sense as physics, decoherence does), and the laser, Bohr was wrong and Einstein was right.

It's going too far to say that Bohr was wrong about the Copenhagen interpretation. There are several competing interpretations of quantum mechanics. None of them have been definitively ruled out, with the exception of local versions of the hidden-variable theory, as a consequence of Alain Aspect's experiments that tested the Bell inequality.

Comment: Re:I disagree! (Score 1) 139

by ClickOnThis (#48889239) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Yes. The meter is defined as the distance light travels in 1/299792458 of a second in a vacuum, so GP was half right.

Half-right perhaps. But circular. S/he defined a second in terms of a metre and the speed of light, and then turned around and did the opposite, defining a metre in terms of a second and the speed of light.

Comment: Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (Score 2) 227

by ClickOnThis (#48859429) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

You have to take steps to make progress. You can take something useful and make it more open (like librem) or you could start from scratch and make something very basic that is completely open.

This. Stallman himself took the former, more pragmatic approach when he began Gnu. He started with an existing proprietary Unix system (Sun OS?) and used it to develop parts of Gnu, with the goal of replacing the entire OS eventually with Gnu.

Comment: Re: Tony Blair quoting Churchill quoting Verne (Score 2) 75

by ClickOnThis (#48845539) Attached to: Winston Churchill's Scientists

Or you'd simplify the tax code, which would make it easier to spot them, and which would lead to less mistakes which means less fraud and less errors.

Fewer mistakes do not lead to fewer fraud cases. Fraudsters know they are cheating. They're not making 'mistakes.'

I'm not indisposed to simplifying the tax code, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking that this would somehow 'simplify' the ever-inventive schemes of tax fraudsters.

Comment: Re:Emperor Obama (Score 1) 202

by ClickOnThis (#48814369) Attached to: Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Don't cow farts account for the second highest source of methane? Well not cows alone but human created in cattle, manure storage farming etc. I think in 2002 or 2004 methane from cattle or human created accounted for the highest source of methane release beating out the oil fuel industry as highest contributor in the US for methane.

Actually, cow belches account for most (~90%) of the methane produced by cows. The remainder comes from the other end, either as farts or as outgasses from feces.

Comment: Re:Don't put cameras on everything (Score 1) 138

by ClickOnThis (#48761277) Attached to: Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

Live remote viewing implies broadcasting, and that raises the question of the intended audience, and of the expected fate of the rifle-operator.

To me, the situations that would "require" live viewing instead of a static file after the fact are one or more of the following:

1. The audience has a real-time tactical interest in the video.
2. The rifle-operator may not be able to provide a static file later (i.e., may be captured or killed.)
3. The rifle-operators or their organization wish to send a real-time message, whose impact would be reduced if it were displayed after the fact.

The only groups I can associate with the above situations are the military (1,2) and terrorists (2,3) with obvious differences in their respective objectives and rules of engagement. One can imagine many benign consumer-oriented situations that might use this technology, but none of them really require live-streaming.

Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.