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Comment: Re:false flag (Score 1) 30

by St.Creed (#47810487) Attached to: NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

There will not be teeth to this. There are no teeth to any NATO measures.

The summary could just as easily read:

At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to talk about some shit that no one will do anything about. Not for the first time, they will pass a meaningless resolution without teeth that no one will pay attention to.

And just like with other attacks, they'll just... log them.

Comment: Re: Blame Africa (Score 1) 134

by St.Creed (#47751063) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

I am an African American (not by choice)

Really? Not by choice? Weird. Where I live, we all get to choose our skincolor right up to our birthdate. After that it's set in stone, though. But thanks for clearing that up for me. Otherwise I'd have thought you'd volunteered or something.

Oh, and by the way? Get help. You obviously cought Trollitis from a tree that snuggled up close.

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by St.Creed (#47741033) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I've never seen people fired because they are smart - they are often hired because they are smart, but they are often passed over for promotion too....

Being smart isn't the only reason for promotion. For instance, 10 years ago I was not promoted to a senior position where I worked at the time, and I was pretty upset about it. I mean, I was competing with former kindergarten teachers, in an IT position. Should have licked them without even trying, right?

Wrong. The next step up required all sorts of "soft" people skills that I only graduately received by training and experience. Looking back, my boss was right at the time from his POV. So while smart people get passed over for promotions all the time, it's usually because their intelligence has specialized in just one direction, where the next level up requires more diverse skills. I know several senior scientists that I'd never promote to head of anything. But they're extremely smart. However, they need "handlers" and those are the people that get promoted to a position of more authority.

In some companies this source of friction is reduced by giving people a technical promotion track - with the pay, but without the authority and need to manage other people. I think that would help a lot.

+ - Is our universe a quantum cellular automaton?->

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St.Creed (853824) writes "Noble-prize winner Gerard van 't Hooft is best known for the work that enabled physicists to predict the mass of the top quark, w-boson and z-boson. But he has long been known for his rather "idiosyncratic" ideas on the nature of the universe as well. His theory on the holographic universe is by now fairly well known. However, he has taken it a step further in a 202-page article (or book) on Arxiv.org, where he claims that there may well be a system with classical properties underlying quantum mechanics.

Our models suggest that Einstein may still have been right, when he objected against the conclusions drawn by Bohr and Heisenberg. It may well be that, at its most basic level, there is no randomness in nature, no fundamentally statistical aspect to the laws of [quantum] evolution.

The ideas presented in the introduction are quite interesting to read even for non-physicists."
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Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by St.Creed (#47737985) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

People who perceive you are smarter (whether you are, or not) will often treat you as a threat.

Unless you make sure *they* reach their goals and know that they did it because you helped them - unobtrusively, not rubbing their nose in it, coaching them as much as you can. As a freelancer/contractor (thus: non-threatening) this has helped me get a lot of repeat business because the clients *like* me. Even up to the CxO level. It's also a matter of knowing your weaknesses: I'm not going to encroach on any CxO area because that's not where my ambition lies.

I did see one very smart guy getting the boot from my own boss. He knew he was smart (and he was), but he was also a really annoying asshole who always tried to let other folks do all the work - and my boss knew. He went over the line one time too many and got fired. Now, he wasn't a threat, but he would be exactly the type to whine about how "dumb people fire smart people", instead of taking a good hard look at his own behaviour.

In my experience I've never seen people getting fired because they were smart. They've always been fired because they were trying to be a bit too clever for their own good and played fast and loose with the rules ("I don't need to test this change before it enters production - I *know* it's good!" - in a regulated environment) and with their colleagues and boss. And sometimes because they thought they were smart, but the rest of the world just disagreed.

Comment: Re:Big Bang is RELIGION (Score 2) 109

by St.Creed (#47685771) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Either we accept the "hand of god" in tuning the universe so precisely, or (far stupider IMO), we believe some silly anthropomorphic principle, or we simply accept that the physics is incomplete.

While I agree the last explanation is probably the most likely one (a dampening effect that occurs at a certain point could be a plausible explanation), don't discount nr. 2: we just don't know (and we cannot know) how many universes are generated at any given point in time. Perhaps quantum fluctuations generate 1 billion "universe seeds" per cubic centimeter at any given second, and since they are random, most don't lead to another universe. Some do, and the ones that are "exactly right" give rise to universes like ours. Should we ever find a way to measure these things (not in the next decades, I think), we might find that option 2 is actually the real one. But I agree that option 3 is the most likely one.

Comment: Re:Because of the expansion (Score 1) 109

by St.Creed (#47685751) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

As far as I understood the physics, it was because "space" doesn't have a set of well-defined borders with customs etc. but is a curved area, where the curve is defined by the energy available inside the universe (energy == mass). Once the whole thing collapses it should curve the area much steeper, "contracting" the universe.

But I may be totally off base here, I'm not a physicist.

Comment: Re: Pinch of salt needed (Score 1) 226

by St.Creed (#47684555) Attached to: Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Expectation of privacy deals with portrayal of humans, but I'm not sure that's the issue here (no football player in a stadium has any expectation of privacy to begin with, I think we can all agree on that). I think "public vs. private space" is going to be the main focus of any lawsuit, because it's about the right of the drone operator to enter private grounds to begin with. Or private airspace - and that's an even bigger can of worms due to the laws about where private and public airspaces start. I know that a lot of countries have different laws on that one.

Let's just say the only ones getting rich from the first few drone video's of football games would be the lawyers.

Comment: Re:Not Government (Score 1) 457

by St.Creed (#47681577) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Have you read the comments on CNN about Syria and Iraq? It's hardcore nazi's vs. Greater Israel fascists vs. The Zionist Conspiracy Is Killing Us All vs. ISIS sympathizers who think beheading children is actually quite defensible since they were evil to begin with. If they aren't the worst, I shudder to think what could be worse.

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