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Comment: Re:They only needed the aluminim transparent... (Score 1) 242

by addsalt (#34915216) Attached to: DoE Develops Flexible Glass Stronger Than Steel

...for the cameras. The whales wouldn't care. They spend lots of time in the dark. And besides, which would make you feel better? magically appearing in a black void? Or looking out and seeing the insides of a Bird of Prey?

Indeed. They would have no time to consider the cameras. After the whale magically appeares it has very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then has to come to terms with not being a whale any more. The bowl of petunias is a whole different story

Comment: Re:Why this kind of crap always comes from the UK? (Score 2, Insightful) 214

by addsalt (#33806014) Attached to: New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

... in reality, schemes like this are positive for society. The only problem would be if they started putting cameras in houses, but nobody has actually done that before, and nobody in their right mind would even try it in a democracy.

Why wouldn't the rhetoric that cameras in public places help prevent and prosecute crime not easily transfer over to "private" places? I would expect that most abuse and a fare share of murders occur in private places. Think of how many murders could be solved (and prevented) if we had cameras in houses. We would completely get rid of meth labs. Obviously the only people who wouldn't want a camera in their house are the ones who want to continue doing these illegal activities. Why should I get to commit crimes just because I put up a lean-to and it is now magically a "private" place.

The concerning thing about 1984 is that it IS a "democratic" society, that is controlled by fear. If I am so scared of crime in public places, why would I not be scared of crime in private places?

Comment: Re:Physicist speaking (Score 1) 284

by addsalt (#33462882) Attached to: New Calculations May Lead To a Test For String Theory

If you dislike, please propose a better solution rather than just complaining.People complain at string without proposing anything better.

The major concern is not that people continue to investigate string theory, but that it is done en masse at the expense of following competitive theories. The string theory trail has certainly gotten colder, and it is time to start investigating other alternatives. I'm all for a few physicists beating the dead horse because it just may come back to life, but we don't need everyone doing it.

Comment: Re:Enforcing culture...? (Score 2, Insightful) 508

by addsalt (#33390534) Attached to: Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

It's pretty difficult to think about things you have no words for.

Really? Because my children had cognitive functions long before they had any sort of verbal language. For another anecdotal reference, many times I will remember a conversation, but not remember what language it was in, and quote someone in a different language than what they originally said. What is remembered is the idea behind each word, not the specific word itself (which has no intrinsic meaning).

Comment: Re:Why haven't we evolved to see IR or microwave? (Score 1) 238

by addsalt (#32850648) Attached to: Some Birds Can See Magnetic Fields

well, evolution only favors a trait if it lets you have more babies... as humans have been diurnal pretty much from the get-go, the advantage of great night vision is lessened because we are generally asleep at that time

it also would favor any trait that keeps you alive long enough to have more babies - say by being able to see predators at night.

Comment: Re:More government encroachment (Score 2, Insightful) 232

by addsalt (#32108122) Attached to: FCC To Make Move On Net Neutrality

who's gonna pay for it? the company that spilled it

And they will, which will in turn decrease their profit margins which will be unacceptable for shareholders. That, along with the "decrease" in oil availability because of the spill will result in higher gas prices for a while.

With large scale problems such as this, we can't be blind for the fact of who really foots the bill. Regardless of if governments or corporations front the money, you and I always end up providing the cash.

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 374

by addsalt (#31328182) Attached to: Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

We should also note that making a pseudo-sphere diameter smaller doesn't shorten the daylight/obscurity period on the said sphere. Even if Earth went to half its current diameter, days should remain the same length unless we change the rotation speed as they suggest in TFA.

The change in diameter would change the moment of inertia for the planet. Since there is no change in angular momentum, the rotational velocity of the earth would need to increase to conserve energy (i.e. shorter days)

Comment: Re:HA! (Score 1) 342

by addsalt (#31314482) Attached to: Calendar Bug Disables Older PlayStation 3 Models

No, the reason you shouldn't sue is that suing someone because they pissed you off makes you an asshat.

Yes, because people should live by social norms and measured responses, but Sony isn't a someone. We've been pushing free market to the point in which lawsuits are the only way to get a company to do what you want. The risk of financial damage when the PS4 is launched due to customers being upset now will not provide a quick enough response to the problem. Re-read you Ayn Rand, the company should only change if they are financially at risk. Lawsuits provide that risk.

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