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Comment: Re:Need Falsifiable Observable Predictions (Score 1) 288 288

If they're talking about a pulsating universe, there may be a way to verify some of it. I'm looking at this from a layman's perspective. If a big crunch happened before our current universe's big bang, could it be possible that this big bang happened before all of the material from the previous universe had been drawn into the singularity? Because simply put, why would the singularity wait for everything to fall into it? What if 'our' big bang annihilated that still inward falling matter while rapidly expanding? Would it be possible that we can see evidence of this in WMAP CMB images?

I know that the idea is that the entire universe including its dimensions is supposed to be expanding or eventually possibly contracting, so everything stays inside it and there can be nothing falling into this self contained universe. My idea needs time and space to exist outside our universe, so I'm probably just rambling.

Comment: Contact the other person (Score 1) 224 224

I'd send an email to that wrong address, explaining my concerns and asking them in the most friendly way not to abuse the information they unintentionally received and to please delete the banks' email. If they answer, I'd take it from there (at least I would have some info about that person). Stay polite and don't make threats because they could cause a lot of damage in return.

If they don't answer, then I would talk to a lawyer.

In the mean time I would monitor my bank account(s) closely.

Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 514 514

I can follow your argument and I actually agree.

But what I meant with scientists having tunnel vision is this: if scientists have been working on a brilliant solution for several years, there is a possibility that the desire to finally apply it in the wild, might cloud their judgement. I'm not saying that they purposely avoid thinking about negative results, but their mind is set on a positive outcome. That's perfectly understandable and very human behavior. If you've been working on a, in your mind, solution that's going to bring a lot of good to the world, you want the world to benefit as soon as possible and it's not unthinkable that you may overlook unwanted side effects.

Comment: Common sense (Score 3, Insightful) 514 514

The reason why people don't trust GMO food for instance, is that it's sometimes impossible to undo mistakes that are made. Scientists tend to have tunnel vision and have made mistakes with global impact in the past. So I don't find this gap surprising at all. People are wary because they think scientists want to mess with the planet.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 570 570

So it means you get one year to decide if you want to upgrade for free. Any future upgrades for that device will be free.

From TFS I understood that Microsoft would be going the Google way and make us their product instead of customers, but that summary indeed seems to be wrong about that.

But I'm still not clear on their new business model. Are they going to charge for every new device, and/or for additional software?

I was wondering what company would be the first to come up with a device independent "personal assistant" because I think that's the successor of our current smartphones, tablets, televisions etc. It looks like Microsoft is first, so I guess the other giants will soon follow.

Comment: Idea for stealth encryption (Score 1) 562 562

Imagine a type of encryption that changes text into other text by swapping words with words from an agreed dictionary (swap verbs with verbs etc). The resulting text wouldn't look like it's encrypted, it just isn't meaningful. A private and public encryption key can determine the seed for the swapping and the dictionary to be used.

Would such an encrypted text still be recognized as encrypted, or would it be able to stay under government radar?

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