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Comment: Re:Helium shortage (Score 1) 116

One would assume that these aren't going to have passengers or crew. If it blows up at altitude, the whole balloon should combust, producing harmless water. I am sure with modern safety precautions even the recovery could be automated to ensure that no human life is even endangered. Even the Hindenburg wasn't that great in terms of actual loss of life.

Comment: Re:wont last (Score 1) 287

by byornski (#48431275) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart
Actually I do believe that Walmart are trying to overcharge people for the products they get and I don't think most people would disagree. The main point of my post was that their offer of matching prices encourages people to shop there as it implies that their prices are competitive.

Comment: Re:wont last (Score 1) 287

by byornski (#48430989) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

I think the real problem here is that Walmart are trying to overprice people and then console them with the offer that if they can bring in a cheaper price they will honor it. The real solution would be Walmart not overpricing, but clearly they are not prepared to do that so they offer these deals.

These deals trick consumers into thinking that they will obviously get the best deal there as why else would the shop offer this deal. The cashier does not necessarily know how much these items are worth and it is clearly not their fault. It is a large company trying to extort as much money as possible from the people who do not bother. If they are not willing to put in price checks with other shops and keep wanting to overcharge normal customers, then this is the way they must do business.

Comment: Re:From a physics professor (Score 2) 234

by byornski (#47938719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
I agree generally with the above. For some background lectures, I would suggest Leonard Susskind's lectures. A highly entertaining lecturer and knows his stuff. But again, the above is true in that the only way to truly understand physics is to do some problems. To combine it with IT, you can try doing simulations of things. Alternatively try your hand at some masters level projects. (eg. these)

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