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Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 96

Higher freqs?

The problem isn't just higher frequencies, which as you say getting to optical frequencies will be really hard, but not impossible. The rest of the problem is bandwidth. I can't find the source article for this, but I'd bet the bandwidth is tiny. Visible light covers and entire octave of bandwidth. I've seen zero sign that metamaterials will ever have close to that much bandwidth. Increasing the frequency just means making things smaller. Most of the metamaterials have elements that resonate at specific frequencies.

Comment Re:Moses has dibs on the Tablet... (Score 1) 367

As in stone tablets for all you FSM heretics...

I don't know what stone tablets have to do with a Finite State Machine, but I'm no FSM heretic; my programs always transition cleanly from one state to the next, with no muddled undefined states in between.

And I'm pretty sure Moses cleanly transitioned to his final state as well.


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