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Comment: Re:This just makes sense (Score 1) 1345

by Squiffy (#37559680) Attached to: Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

A story's effect does not prove its intent. Take Ed Wood's _Plan 9 from Outer Space_ for example. People laugh at his serious effort.

What actual evidence do you have that, "The message of Abraham and Isaac is about learning that sometimes what you feel is right emotionally is actually wrong, and sometimes what feels wrong emotionally is right"?

Comment: Re:No warp drive for you! (Score 1) 196

by Squiffy (#36876990) Attached to: Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Light has momentum, not mass.

Beside that, special relativity has been corroborated again and again, tachyons are shown to be unstable due to their imaginary mass component, and physics as we know it simply doesn't hold up well in the presence of closed spacelike paths.

This isn't to say FTL travel is impossible. *Maybe* some way exists that gets around these huge obstacles, but when they say there's no known way it could work, it's not for lack of imagination.

Comment: Re:Single photon with controllable waveforms? (Score 1) 196

by Squiffy (#36876860) Attached to: Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Ah, okay. Right. So then I guess different waveforms represent different superpositions? What is the basis? The only one I can imagine is complex exponentials, but the closest thing those have to a "location" is phase, so I don't see how they could exhibit a propagation velocity. Maybe I'm just going to have to read a book about this.

Comment: Re:Indies? (Score 1) 179

by Squiffy (#36405796) Attached to: A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher

I'm not a big fan of Terraria, but I do feel it's different enough from Minecraft that it deserves to be its own game. Its RPG-ish sense of progression is much stronger than Minecraft's and its sidescrolling style is not to be overlooked. I can totally imagine Terraria being born from someone looking at Minecraft and wishing it had gone in a different direction.

Comment: Re:How close are we to the island of stability? (Score 1) 138

by Squiffy (#36354836) Attached to: Two Elements Added To Periodic Table

We're missing the island of stability and we don't know how to hit it yet. As the article you link states, "The manufacturing of nuclei in the island of stability proves to be very difficult, because the nuclei available as starting materials do not deliver the necessary sum of neutrons."

Comment: They need to speak more clearly (Score 1) 117

by Squiffy (#34963226) Attached to: Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished

Why must they repeatedly conflate partitions, partition counts, and sequences of partition counts? I can't tell what they're actually saying. First the article reads, "To be slightly more technical, from Ken Ono and Kathrin Bringman, 'A partition of a non-negative integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n.' The concept is straight forward, but how to obtain these partition numbers, in general, is actually no trivial matter."

Then later, "...a finite, algebraic formula for partition numbers thanks to the discovering that partitions are fractal." Well do they mean partitions are fractal, or partition counts are fractal?

Another article at eScienceCommons (another post here links to it) quotes Ono: “We prove that partition numbers are ‘fractal’ for every prime." How can a number be fractal? Or does he mean the sequence over primes is fractal? WTF?

Ken Ono says in the press release, "I can take any number, plug it into P, and instantly calculate the partitions of that number." Does he mean the partitions themselves or the partition count?

You'd think detail-oriented professionals would be more precise in their wording.

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