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Comment: Re:Another take on the matter... (Score 1) 359

by Remus Shepherd (#47696633) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Nope. From the article, the looters were chanting that they believed Ebola was a scam. They do not believe it exists. So they're not going to bother trying to sterilize the objects stolen or 'purge' the infected. They're going to treat them as if they're going to get better. But they won't, and now the entire neighborhood is vulnerable to the disease.

Comment: Re:What's the additional challenge here? (Score 2) 56

by Remus Shepherd (#47677429) Attached to: A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

I think they're building these robots to solve the problem of how to make these robots. A pixel in a game of Life is easy to maintain -- it has an x,y coordinate and immediately knows all its neighbor's positions. A robot has to identify all its neighbors and then localize itself using infrared and communication time lags. That's a challenge. The only way to meet that challenge is to build the robots and figure out how to make them work.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous! (Score 1) 590

by Remus Shepherd (#47466561) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

You're saying that Thor is a transitive property. I'm guessing that like XOR, it's an abbreviation of 'Therefore-Or', and is some kind of operator akin to the fuzzy logic Union operator.

If that's true, then we can use De Morgans' law to state that:

NOT(a THOR b) = NOT(a) THOR NOT(b)

This is true of a class of operators M, if any M(j) in the set obeys the commutative relationship:

a M(j) b = b M(j) a

and the distributive relationship:

a (M(j))^x b = (a M(j) b)^x

But if that's true, then we can write:

(M(j))^x = THOR^x

Or in other words, any operator that holds M(j) will possess the power of THOR.

Thanks! You just cleared up forty years of Marvel comic plots for me!

Comment: Re: Ridiculously stupid (Score 2) 501

Speaking as a physicist myself, I'm not sure he knows what he's doing. Physicists tend to oversimplify things.

Picture a massless, spherical cow.

Now picture that massless, spherical cow bouncing like a pinball around a giant tornado hemmed in by a thousand-foot wall...

Comment: Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 1) 190

by Remus Shepherd (#47202545) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
Not faces that are easy to punch. Faces that can take a punch. This isn't an attempt at humor, I'm serious. A strong jaw, chiseled features, and a cleft (therefore padded) chin -- these are modifications that help a face receive punching with minimal injury. They have also become preferred characteristics in sexual selection.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 493

by Remus Shepherd (#47120405) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration
Mutant registration acts are fictional also. I think you have to look at this as if we're living in a comic book world. If mutants are real, then are mutant registration acts legal and ethical? Can you then compare them to vaccination registration acts? I don't have an answer to any of these questions. I think it's a very thorny debate.

Comment: Re:No. And there is a precedent. (Score 4, Insightful) 297

Don't pin your hopes on teaching people what your religion believes. *Every* religion believes in wacky, nonsensical things that can be twisted around and laughed at.

Teach people that your religion *acts well*. That should be your central difference with Scientology -- the Scientologists break the law to spy on and destroy their enemies, while legitimate religions treat people fairly. Belief does not matter at all. The way a religion acts is what makes them honorable or criminal.

Comment: Re: damn EA.. i hate you (Score 1) 329

by Remus Shepherd (#46981851) Attached to: EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games
The problem is that in order to do that the original companies need to sell the Intellectual Property to the new owners. That won't happen cheap. Even the City of Heroes IP, which was shut down by NCSoft because it was no longer worth running the servers, could not be sold for less than ten million dollars. IP is expensive. The companies are all speculating that they might be able to make a new game with the same IP someday. With that kind of IP hoarding mentality, they will never let another company run servers for a defunct game that might someday compete with them for the same IP.

Comment: Re:Magnetic particles (Score 1) 71

by Remus Shepherd (#46952703) Attached to: Electromagnetic Noise Found To Affect Bird Navigation
No reason to get snarky, especially when the original post is correct. There are magnetic materials in birds' eyes. However, they only register when exposed to a magnetic field under certain conditions, as a quantum phenomenon. It is an electron spin transfer that is delayed by the quantum Zeno effect to a timescale where the birds' retina can detect the difference.
It's not as simple as a compass that points them in the right direction. Birds use some seriously weird quantum tricks to see magnetic fields.

Comment: Re:So they still find their way? (Score 1) 71

by Remus Shepherd (#46952615) Attached to: Electromagnetic Noise Found To Affect Bird Navigation

I think the bigger problem is that the avian electromagnetic sense is tied to their eyesight. So the electromagnetic noise isn't just causing them to fly in the wrong direction, it's interfering with their ability to see. This may cause them to run into buildings, wind turbines, and power lines more often than usual.

Comment: Re:Isolate the Protiens (Score 1) 178

by Remus Shepherd (#46920843) Attached to: Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

It might not be that the young mice have something the old mice don't. It might be that old blood has too much debris -- malformed platelets, histamines, hormones, viruses, and rubble from collapsed cell walls. That junk could be gunking up the metabolic works in the elderly. Then you're not looking for a protein factor, you're looking for a filter, which is much more difficult to develop.

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