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Comment: Re:Twenty five years of science destruction... (Score 1, Offtopic) 117

I'm surprised that India waited this long to ditch those pompous morons.

I'm surprised, too, but not by that. Well, thinking positively, I hope India can get off the ground and get to the Moon and can there find safe drinking water, sanitation, housing, health infrastructure as well as something to reduce the malnutrition for the hundreds of millions in their country that find they are still in very short supply.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 2) 190

Agreed. I control all commercial flights with an Atari joystick from 1982 that I customized to be on the same frequency as the InFlight entertainment system of all commercial aircraft. So this researcher is a fraud, or the FBI is lying. I know, because its me. I'm doing all the flying. Now... all I need to do is get the FBI to repeat this, then everyone will start asking "how does he do it?" without asking "why would anyone believe something so nutty?"

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

by catmistake (#49618913) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

I think it's likely that the test is faulty, but they need to figure out why or how the test is faulty.

There is actually a better chance that curiosity, need, whatever, will continue to drive development of practical technology without science having uncovered the secrets of how it achieves its practice until long after its wide adoption. You may have heard of boat building, which our species invented here on Earth a long time ago and long, long before anyone realized what water really was and why things sink or float. NASA is one of the few organizations that justifiably has been long prided by I think everyone to be a group of ideally dedicated smart likeably cooperative over-achievers that successfully apply science rationally to develop technology to achieve the goals set before them. If you had the capital and need to do so, who would you hire to get you safely there and back if "there" was Earth's orbit or beyond? NASA's on everyone's short list. I'm interested because this is pretty good nerd news, and not any weekly world tripe, that some scientists with merit have (with transparency and established process) produced eye-popping results in an experiment and with an apparatus that does not share the secret of its result in any obvious way, IOW, wtf, that's impossible... what gives? I can't just hand-wave off that obviously one of these bozos messed up... it's NASA, they really can't afford bozos... just the regular type of professional scientists and engineers that excelled in such a way professionally to interest NASA into hiring them, and they're neither a dime a dozen nor are there very many dozens of them to begin with... considering... Merica... today... a little soft in the middle, but some of our agencies and facilities are still intact. NASA is one of them, and very much alive... everyone, everyone, should just fucking send NASA $10, you know they won't steal it, they'll actually use it to complete their mission. The first thing I'd doubt before doubting NASA was the fidelity of the information between reports and what NASA really did and said. So you can bet that somehow NASA did a faulty test, while I can bet that somehow between you me, the editer, reporter and the laws of physics something might have slid a little and a small error, in comprehension or reporting, whatever it was... a small error has turned into something now widely reported. Or maybe there is no error... something really great is happening and our best guys don't know why but they're sure the best guys we have to mess around with this and develop if it indeed is doing what they're reporting... even if it reads like a practical joke, I don't really care, its so much better news than... you know all the other crappy news... crime... war... etc...

Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 2) 536

If wired broadband internet is a critical feature of any house you buy, verify before you buy.

What verification steps can you possibly take beyond what he did? Hack into their computers to determine if there really had been service at that address?

Obviously, all that is necessary is to order the service, rather than fruitlessly engaging in this ridiculous "verification" ritual. Schedule the damn install, and see what happens. If they show up, you can reschedule. If they don't, don't buy the house.

Comment: Re:solar and wind are just proxies for natural gas (Score 1) 437

The math is very clear. What isn't clear to you is the history of nuclear power. The only reason the US invested so much in nuclear power in the 1950s is because someone massively overestimated the need for fuel for bombs. A single plant could have produced enough fuel for nuclear weapons, yet we built 110 or so of them. It really isn't fair to ask why solar hasn't quiet yet overtaken nuclear because of the massive investment in nuclear from 1940-1970. Had a fraction of the capital invested in nuclear been diverted to solar R&D in the 1950's, you better believe solar would be everywhere you could imagine now, and cheaper than spit. Only since the call for alternative energies has commercial interests taken up development of solar power. In the last 10 years alone, there have been massive advances in solar manufacturing processes and the efficiency of photovoltaics. Give it 10 more years, and nuclear will be a joke, unable to compete with solar, which is very nearly at cost of energy parity right now. Solar isn't perfect, and is no free lunch. But it is simpler, available to anyone and not just rich governments to implement, and as I said, in very short order solar generated energy will be cheaper than nuclear generated energy.

Comment: Re:solar and wind are just proxies for natural gas (Score 4, Insightful) 437

Nuclear power is the answer. I know someone is going to point out the nuclear waste that comes from nuclear power now.

Yes, waste is a concern. But the real concern is the economics of nuclear energy has never made any sense. It is outrageously expensive, and never has a nuclear power plant been able to have been built without massive capital from governments. An individual can install wind and solar and other alternative energies on a local scale. There are solvable problems involved. Eventually, the problem of energy storage will be solved. But the problem with nuclear power, which is that is the most expensive form of energy ever conceived, will never be solved. Nuclear energy proponents ignore this, but it is the only thing standing in the way of your dream of nuclear power being the solution to the world's energy needs: its just too damn expensive. Money wins every time.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by catmistake (#49260113) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

and how many innocents had their lives taken by it.

This and this alone invalidates the death penalty in all circumstances, according to Blackstone's Formulation.

But it goes much deeper. Statistics prove the death penalty does not deter crime. Many have been executed, yet we still have murders and violent crime. Those who commit murder do not care about life, and thus the threat of a death penalty will not deter them from their committed acts.

Due to appeals, lawyers fees, court costs, the death penalty is far more expensive than keeping a convict in prison for life.

And the coup de gras, the death penalty is overwhelmingly biased towards killing black men, many whom have been shown to be innocent after it was carried out... the stats don't lie, the death penalty is racist.

If only those voting for the political Right would put their economic interests first, there would be no GOP, no nanny/police state, no unregulated out-of-control capitalist interests destroying our planet, and no inneffective, expensive, and racist death penalty.

Comment: Re:This ex-Swatch guy doesn't have a clue (Score 1) 389

the model that goes on sale on April 24th will be nothing like the updated version that catapults it to mainstream popularity.


Apple competitors have had an actual watch that is a phone, no tethering to any other device necessary, on the market already for a year or two, at least. Apple is obviously going that direction, but can't quite get it to be the size they want yet... so they left the obvious killer function out for now, and are misdirecting the expected criticism of the absence of this function with all this haptic feedback stuff, a flashy interface and oooo checks my pulse wow. When Apple finally does release an actual watch phone, everyone will act like Apple invented it or at least perfected it... five years after you could have had that function (but not slick Apple design) from another tech company.

IMO, the entire idea is flawed if Apple expects it to carry the company's success through another decade. Apple is a hardware company, not a jewelry company. Apple is completely ignoring its actual customers (education and home computing markets) to go after the high hanging fruit. I think Apple needs a product to compete here, but I don't think they should expect great things at the expense of their bread and butter products. Those that buy expensive watches know a thing or two that Apple apparently does not: a good watch is a good investment. There are no good digital watches that appreciate. They're not going to get the high hanging fruit, i.e. new customers that were former Breitling customers. They're going to get the same customers they've always had, their loyal customers Apple keeps ignoring. I know this because I have been a loyal Apple customer for more than 20 years, and I have salivated over each new product... brainwashed maybe... but this... idk what this thing is... I am so stunned by it, it has deprogrammed me. Its having the same effect on me as if Apple was releasing a rectal thermometer as their new flagship product, a beautifully designed thermometer that doesn't yet give you a temperature and only works in conjuction with your iPhone.

Comment: Re:Except inflation (Score 1) 226

by catmistake (#48947101) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Except, it does... Inflation dictates the spatial dimensions occupied by the observable universe and distribution of matter within it.

Inflation does no such thing!! It is ridiculous to even suggest that the most convenient hypothesis thus imaginable, twisted and dressed to match an anthropomorphic observation, from an anthropomorphic vantage point, that is only part of a model within the current accepted paradigm has any authority over long past events, if they even occurred, or any authority whatsoever over the Universe, other than to help deny other ideas and hypothesis from surfacing for mere consideration that do not fit within the accepted current paradigm. Many often make this mistake of getting carried away with the difference between objective reality and the very human attempts to shoehorn it into our larger ideas or understanding, that we're pretty sure are correct, but for all of the arrogance of science, it could in fact just be a very well orchestrated gag.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory