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Comment: Re:Tim Cook is a Pro Discrimination Faggot (Score 1) 1084

by HuguesT (#49377433) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

For me, the line is drawn where some group uses the state to force their lifestyle/belief on others

So, people in Texas who try to use the board of education to promote textbooks that have a negative stance on evolution? These people are from the left? I wasn't aware.

Comment: Theory of why rich people like exclusive items (Score 1) 190

by HuguesT (#49377419) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

I have this theory that rich people like having to waitlist for luxury items. This is not so much for the items themselves (although they to provide a nice status symbol), but to experience what it is not to be rich and having to actually lust, expect and wait for something. If you want, to experience a kind of elusive desire for something they don't have. Most of the common goods they can have immediately, this makes this common goods, irrespective of actual price, worthless to some degree.

We relatively poor people experience that all the time even for somewhat mundane items like a telephone or a car. How lucky we are. Truly poor people experience that for essential goods like food, and that sucks.

In other word, it is not possession per se that create happiness, it is the desire, expectation and sense of achievement that corresponds to this possession that matters. If one is into possessing things of course.

Comment: Buy quality (Score 1) 307

Honestly, these days a computer might last 10 years without being hopelessly outdated. 2 decades ago, there was no point in building a PC for it to last, it would be obsolete in 3 years. Now it a good time to buy quality components. Start with a reliable power supply, a great case, high-quality disks (they do exist) and so on. Use RAID if you can (at least a mirror) and do backups. Your data is more important than your hardware.

Comment: Can't wait, but doubtful (Score 1) 341

by HuguesT (#49297135) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

Like most engineering problems, once a solution exists in prototype form, it looks like a solved problem to the marketer. In reality, there is a big distance between something that sort of works in ideal conditions and something that is really reliable under most conditions. Driving safely and efficiently is a difficult problem, at present requires expensive sensors and a lot of computing. It will get cheaper and easier and more reliable and will probably be useful. However I think we will still have a full set of manual controls in cars for decades to come.

Comment: Re:Why do /. meta-science 'posts' get it increasin (Score 1) 320

Science gets things wrong all the time. In the pursuit of the understanding of Nature, we only have a few reliable tools. One of them is modelling. Nature so far has resisted all attempts, and so all models are wrong at some level. However some are useful.

The general thinking is that we will never have a perfect understanding of Nature, and so Science will never be completely right and completely finished.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 127

by HuguesT (#49191119) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

In other words, it requires GRT to be correct. Which is precisely the point.

The idea of the experiment is described in Misner et al (Gravitation, Misner/Thorne/Wheeler), and a comprehensive explanation of the LIGO experiment is given here, in this Caltech course. But feel free to disprove Kip Thorne and all the others professional physicists who have been working on this experiment for decades, by all means.

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