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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) 456

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.

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

Jumping over a fence, using whatever equipment you want (drones or whatever), doesn't suddenly turn an enclosed, walled off and guarded space into a public space. So I wouldn't use that argument.

But if you were to overlook the field from an appartment or highrise in the area, well, that would be fair game I suppose.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by St.Creed (#47641457) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

21 days off per FTE is the legal minimum in The Netherlands. Once worktime reduction (*) is factored in, it's usually more like 21 days + 12 = 33 days off. That's without the public holidays, we're talking flexible days here.

And we're not at the top position for days off. As far as I know, German workers have more days off each year.

(*) a lot of collective bargaining agreements have clauses where most people work 2 hours less each week in order to create more jobs in that sector.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by St.Creed (#47641393) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Drone 31751, please report to re-education camp five for "schooling". You seem to have misaligned your memories after reading those historical novels once again. As you are well aware of, everyone volunteers to work at least two workperiods from age 4 upwards. Do not spread anti-computer propaganda.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Computer.

Comment: Re: Today I Learnt that... (Score 1) 181

by St.Creed (#47637265) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

It's still bad PR, and that can be used by political opponents if handled right. Which means that any politician currently in power will rather not have such letters in their inbox. Before you know it the opposition will be holding a press conference, saying things like: "As we all know, the current government can't be considered green, despite their name. Why, the UNESCO even had to send a letter about this priceless part of our environment because they were damaging it! What hypocrites! You better vote for us. Because we care..."

Not just that, but when negotiating over returning cultural heritage items, a government that this happened to would find itself in an unpleasant position: "oh, we can't give you back your {priceless statues/Elgin marbles/fossilized remains} because as you have just shown, you can't be trusted with UNESCO heritage sites. Have a nice day!".

So, not entirely toothless unless you don't give a fuck about world opinion or negotiations anyway.

Comment: Re:Chill (Score 1) 315

by St.Creed (#47628845) Attached to: Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

The placebo effect is well documented and scientifically valid. The name it goes by is only relevant due to the way it enforces said effect. And saying placebo effects are useless is silly: it's much better to have someone cured from a placebo than from chemicals (or hormones), especially when dealing with children where the final effects of hormones and chemicals are not all that well understood.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn