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Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by Wandering Idiot (#47713537) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban
I'm pretty sure all the things you just stated are basically empirically true, although those are overly simplistic and broad phrasings of them, almost to the point of uselessness. I'm sorry any formulation of political or social policy more complex than "burn down the existing civilization, I'm sure things will be magically all better then!" rankles you.

Comment: Re:FTL Doesn't Mean Reverse Time (Score 1) 265

by Wandering Idiot (#43337615) Attached to: How To Communicate Faster-Than-Light
This isn't the first comment along these lines I've seen in the comments section. Dear god, has the level of science education on /. really fallen this low, or am I being pranked by belated April-foolsers?

Sending a message back in time from your own perspective does require bouncing it back from a moving reference frame to my knowledge, but is a valid consequence of FTL communication within special relativity.

Stop assuming you already know everything and can dismiss anything you don't understand; it just makes you look stupid. You don't appear to have even heard of special relativity beyond the word "observer", so I'm not sure why you think you can overturn the work of pretty much every physicist who's looked at the subject beyond unwarranted hubris.

Comment: Re:April fools again? (Score 1) 265

by Wandering Idiot (#43336769) Attached to: How To Communicate Faster-Than-Light
Again, no it isn't, if by "comms" you mean any type of useful information transfer. You appear to have severely misunderstood the principles involved.

Functionally, quantum entanglement is the equivalent of placing single red and blue balls in separate boxes without looking at them, sending one box to China, and then opening your box. If it's the red ball, you now know the one in China is blue, and vice-versa, despite the great distance between them.

Now mechanically, the quantum equivalent is considerably more exotic, and involves either instantaneous transmission of quantum states or hidden variables that predetermine the result, but as far as actual utility, it's the same thing, and you can't use it to actually send any new data.

Comment: Re:For the umpteenth time... (Score 1) 469

by Wandering Idiot (#41829027) Attached to: Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
This is a pretty standard communism apology. No matter how many times communism has been implemented in a state, tyranny results. But apologists always say, "Well, it just wasn't done right."

Interestingly, the proposed end-state Communist utopia is pretty much the same as a Libertarian utopia, if you strip out the buzzwords. The totalitarian stage (even if it's never been implemented exactly as Marx envisioned) is explicitly not the end goal, but envisioned as a necessary step along the way. Of course, no attempt in the real world has actually gotten past that stage, just as the efforts of economic libertarians are likely to just leave us stuck in a state of dystopian corporate feudalism if actually implemented.

Comment: Re:What kind of question is this? (Score 1) 618

by Wandering Idiot (#41770335) Attached to: Best Trek Captain?
Sisko? Politically correct? He sterilized an entire planet just to catch one guy who betrayed him. He started wars with both the Klingons and the Dominon. He personally designed the Defiant, a ship which said "to Hell with the usual Starfleet ideal of peaceful exploration", and was basically a bunch of guns strapped to an engine powerful enough to rip the whole thing apart if not handled properly. He punched Q in the face. And then there was the time he framed the Dominion for the murder of a Romulan official who had actually been killed by someone working on his behalf, in order to trick the Romulans into joining the war against them, breaking numerous legal and ethical rules along the way.

If on the other hand you're mad that there were captains who weren't white males, you're just an idiot. Janeway's problem wasn't that she was a woman, it was that she was a badly developed character, with an actress whose voice could grate cheese.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra

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