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Comment: Re:Ten Million (Score 1) 120

by Rockoon (#47572119) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

An extraordinary claim would be that people didn't die because of delays to market of drugs that save lives.

Since its you that seems to be making that claim, it is also you that needs to provide evidence that people do not die while the FDA delays the availability of life saving drugs.

(we know you cannot do that, but maybe not everyone knew that you were the one with the extraordinary claim, not the guy you accused of having an extraordinary claim)

Comment: Re:Strange? (Score 1) 96

by Rockoon (#47570047) Attached to: More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

In this case I think we see an illustration of the fact that the notion of a particle as a mathematical point in space - something with zero dimensions - is an abstraction; an approximation that works well enough because we can't in that much detail any way, and it makes the equations so much easier.

All that we ever really measure after all is interactions (not exactly the same as 'forces' but 'force' is the macroscopic equivalent.) Both the notion of particles as either something with zero dimensions, something with many dimensions, or perturbations in some theoretical 'field' is an abstraction.

Take the leptons such as the electrons. In our observations we frequently take several interaction measurements of 'an electron' that together happen to be consistent with a mathematical description of a 'distinct thing' but that doesnt make it so - all we actually witness are the interactions, and in actuality its the interactions many times removed that we are witnessing but thats another topic.

'Electron' is just a label to help describe some interactions that we observe. There is a difference between knowing somethings name and knowing what that somethings is. The most truthful statement that can be made is that the universe appears to preserve some quantities in between interactions. We have given names to these quantities (charge, mass, spin, momentum, ...) as well as names to the sets of these quantities (electron, up quark, ..) that appear to be linked in some fashion.

Richard Feynman cared about the interactions. He didnt bother with the notions of what particles actually are, or even what the quantities preserved actually are (or why they are preserved.). In one interview he notes, when talking about inertia, that there is a difference between knowing something and knowing the name of something. We have a word for a phenomenon we observe called inertia, but we havent a clue why it is so.

Particles are just labels.

Comment: Re:You needn't charge anything (Score 1) 514

by Rockoon (#47562503) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

if he used only about 60% of his available credit line each month, and left 15 or 20 dollars per month in carryover balance

Passes the smell test. Remember that the credit score is a measure of expected value, not a measure of worthiness.

Someone that pays down to 0 every month presents the minimum of risk to the creditor, but they also arent paying any additional interest from a balance due.
Someone with a large balance due pays a lot of interest, but they also present significantly more risk to the creditor.

The maximum expected value for the creditor is somewhere in the middle of those.

Comment: Re:Sounds like the Drake equation all over again. (Score 1) 133

by Rockoon (#47553925) Attached to: A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

IIRC, the Drake equation was also a 'spitball' solution whipped off the cuff to address an inconvenient interviewer question. Subsequent tweaks have made it as accurate and reliable as when it was first spat out upon the world - and about as useless.

At least the Drake equation attempts to count something. I think people are missing this important fact about this bullshit compression rating: It isnt counting anything.

Comment: Re:Hmm, an immediate hostile reaction, you say? (Score 1) 200

by Rockoon (#47539829) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Yes, if anyone should be paying anyone, it is Verizon/Comcast that should be paying Netflix, as Netflix is providing the content that Veriz/cast sell to their subscribers.

So then Verizon turns to their customers and says "oh you want the Netflix package? Thats $20 more per month than our basic service"

Werent you guys just arguing that ISP's shouldn't be allowed to do that? But now you are arguing that they should be forced to do it?

Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score 1) 394

I will be an ISP that starts requesting random files from everybody else and CHARGE them if they are dumb enough to send them!!!

Thats better than the alternative, where you can just send unrequested data out to arbitrary IP addresses and then expect payment. In the scenario you suggest, the sender can at least opt out and stop sending if someone is abusing them.

This is the same reason that the sender pays the postage on snail mail and that it really cannot rationally be any other way except in rare circumstances that cannot be the general case.

Netflix pays Level3 a fee to send data to you. Verizon wants to be paid for handing data that originates from Level3's customers that is destined for its customers. In real terms Level3 should be charging Netflix a premium for destinations such as Verizons network so that Verizon can be reimbursed the expenses associated with handling the volume of traffic originating from Level3.

Well in the case of snail mail, thats exactly what happens. If you want to send a letter from Canada to the United States (or vise-versa) the regular local postage fee isnt enough. The sender has to pay a premium so that the other countries postal service can be reimbursed even in the case where the person its destined for requested the letter.

The exception is when its postage due, but we already know that everyone is against Verizon charging customers that use Netflix more than the customers that do not use Netflix.. "Net Neutrality" and all that.

Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score -1, Troll) 394

Except Verizon here lets just some "low capacity" cables connect them to Netflix's provider on purpose

...because Netflix's provider (which is Level3) isnt paying for the bandwidth disparity between Level3 and Verizon on purpose.

Thats how the internet is paid for. The sending provider pays the receiving provider for the bandwidth, and this is the only rational way it can be.

You do know that Netflix uses Level3 because Level3 offered the best deal, and the only way they could offer the best deal is to skimp on their responsibility to pay for the packets originating on their network.

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 1) 292

Or do you figure the militaries aren't paid for by taxes?

You seem to be missing the painful fact that spending is not taxes. It could easily be said that out military as paid for by borrowing.

Why will you not simply admit that when you take more money away from one company than another, the one that has less money taken from it can out-compete the one you took more money from?

Its clearly not hard to understand.. right? So you are just being willfully ignorant? Its a fact that you clearly refuse to ever admit, meaning that you are not being intellectually honest on purpose. That means your arguments are dishonest. Purposely being dishonesty is called lying...

So the question stands as to why you are lying.. why you refuse to simply admit something so basic.. is it because your economic philosophy is a religion rather than something based on rational thought, or do you have an agenda of some kind such as wanting to hurt corporations due to simple hatred? Doesnt matter what the answer is.. you are a dishonest fuck at this point. hatred or ignorant religion.. doesnt matter.

Comment: Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (Score 0) 132

by Rockoon (#47534117) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

It stimulates the economy with relevant tech spending, inspires our children, and sets a rocket ahead of other nations.

So what you are saying is that if they were $400 billion short instead of only $400 million short, then that would be even better.

(translation: Your broken window fallacy isnt any more correct the second time that you post it)

Comment: Re: According to Wikipedia (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by Rockoon (#47533901) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

The falacy is related to destroying things to create work. It does not apply here.

The fallacy is related to making a decision by looking only at the parties directly involved in the short term, rather than looking at all parties (directly and indirectly) involved in the short and long term.

Thats a direct quote from the link that you do not understand but amazingly had to balls to act like an expert on. Dont open your mouth when ignorant unless its to ask questions to reduce your level of ignorance.

Comment: Re:Hmm. I smell a rotten bucket of fish (Score 2) 132

by Rockoon (#47533843) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

So...the rules designed to prevent spending more money than necessary that would end up in the pockets of people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world...cause more money than necessary being spent and ending in the pockets of other people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world?

Yes, thats why big government is bad. Bigger government means bigger amounts of money does this.

Comment: Re:Someone has an agenda to push (Score 1) 292

The purpose of a carbon tax is to make carbon emitting-technologies more expensive

Then why do the people that push for carbon taxes always say the exact words: "pay the cost of [the] externalities"

You are admitting that they are lying in order to sell their carbon tax scheme. So why do you trust anything that they say then?

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.