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Comment: Re: Science vs Faith (Score 1) 736

Because it happens all the time in quantum mechanics? Because the heat death of the universe would imply a settling out such that quantum events would become the most energetic events in the universe? Because it might all just be a simulation that was switched on one day, and we can check for certain types of simulations by looking for lattice QCD partitioning that would be aliased into the large structures of the universe, depending on how it was programmed.

You know what these answers all have in common? They're testable. They're explorable. They invite further questioning. They do not require, nor ask for, faith.

Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 1) 736

Absolutely true. And even though science can disprove the 6k Earth it doesn't mean everything else in religious texts is false. While I don't proscribe to a religion I also don't proscribe to invalidating religion - even if certain elements are suspect that doesn't degrade some lessons to be learned from the texts - faith or not.

The same can be said of any other work of literature.

People tearing down science's ability to answer all questions do so on the faulty assumption that it somehow raises the credence of religion to do the same.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 2) 736

Moreover the Big Bang is just the current limit of measurement. There's no specific reason to think that won't be revised, and several efforts have been made to extend the predictive model to a "pre" Big Bang epoch (for all the meaning that has when time itself is compacted down to infinity - of course, part of it is showing that that isn't quite what happened).

Science establishes the limits of things in-so-far as they can be presently measured by reproducible means.

Comment: Re:Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. (Score 1) 252

It actually counts on your resume?

Seriously, you cannot get in the god damn door if you don't have paid experience in the exact area they're looking for. No one cares if you read a book. What does that say on your resume? "Familiar with ".

Any idiot can put that on a resume, everyone does, but they can't put it in their paid experience column which is the one which matters.

Comment: Re:oh wow (Score 2) 128

Yes, melting plastic in a closed environment. Brilliant. Instead of planning for their little hobby-jump in Low Earth Orbit, let's bring a cranky, tiny toy to make coat hangers... (in free-fall LOL). I just love the armchair engineers and programmers here going on about the 3D printer will be this tool to help colonize the universe..

It's baffling to me where this nonsense comes from. I'd expect that from eight year olds, not adults.

But then again, simple math and reality in the video game generation is too much to ask for, I guess.

We don't even have the Concorde anymore, and you loons are talking about going outside the Solar System as if it's even remotely possible. The only propositions you have are decades-old fantasies.

Reality isn't going away. You're not going anywhere. Not you, not me, not your kids, not their kids, and not whatever will replace us in a hundred thousand years... Evolution is still happening, you know.

As opposed to the idiot who's pretty sure that the actual engineers and scientists involved in building the device, planning its mission and experiments on the ISS, and then putting it in an actual rocket and launching it into space...didn't consider all of this?

Comment: Re:They don't need fancy gadgets (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by Electricity Likes Me (#47958427) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

This is also why the Secret Service collaborates with the FBI and other intelligence agencies to proactively assess threats.

If you've not seen or heard any evidence of a planned attack, and no one potentially has any sort of firepower or exotic weaponry, or could be in DC, then the unarmed crazy man is almost certainly an unarmed crazy man who you should just tackle down.

The same naysayers would be screaming if the Secret Service had shot an unarmed crazy man as being somehow emblematic of Obama being a tyrant.

Comment: Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (Score 1) 388

$1.3 trillion (US) federal tax cost / 12 million people = $11.3 million per person covered.
Does that look right so far, or did I fat-finger the calculation? That's US trillion, which is different from UK trillion, I believe.

As has already been pointed out you were off by a factor of 100 and that's assuming the basis of your calculation is correct. It isn't.

Here is the actually CBO report:

They estimate 1.4 trillion over the next __10 years__ with a net cost of $36 billion in 2014. 36 billion for 11 million people is approximately $3300 per person per year. Without considering inflation that is about $33,000 per person over 10 years.

For comparison the US goverment in 2012 spent $4075 per person on healthcare (

On a side note, European nations providing free healthcare to their entire population spent about $3500 (Purchasing Parity USD) per person in 2012. Adding in private expenditures and the US spent about 2~2.5x the amount per person on healthcare as comparible nations in Western Europe / Australia / Japan and generally achieved worse out comes in pretty much all categories.

Also to be factored into those long term costs is the proportion of people in the population who will be coming of the age where they need to purchase healthcare - currently circa 15-20 million or so. Factor that they're distributed along the same demography and that's a 800,000 people a year who can be expected to directly benefit (i.e. have health insurance, where they previously wouldn't) each year over the next 10 years, not accounting for people who are likely to benefit from increased competition etc. via other mechanisms (of which the website is one of them).

Comment: Re:There is a lot we need for long term archiving (Score 1) 113

by Electricity Likes Me (#47953061) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Images are a sparse data set though. See the preponderance of techniques which rebuild a nearly complete image from 1% of the pixels.

If you took those negatives and tried to write densely packed information to them, how recoverable would it be then?

Comment: Re: More than just data (Score 2) 113

by Electricity Likes Me (#47953053) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

More importantly: it's a regular, repeating sequence that would visible separate variable data.

Even with no knowledge of what a tab is, it would be obvious in analysing the data that it was doing something special. Anyone with some knowledge of DNA's structure would be able to infer the rest.

Comment: Re:Learning Lab (Score 1) 284

by Electricity Likes Me (#47942201) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

My purchase of the year last year was a 42u rack for $1 off ebay.

Though technically I think the seller got a better deal, because I had to navigate that thing down the narrowest stairs ever before getting into an elevator it couldn't stand up in. I think basically I paid them for the removal bill.

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