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Comment: Re:Limits of Measurement (Score 3, Insightful) 109

by sconeu (#47569433) Attached to: More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

Follow up to my own post.

The fact that you cannot measure the momentum and location of a particle exactly is NOT a limitation imposed by measuring apparatus. The fact is that a quantum particle HAS no exact momentum and location, as a result of its wave function.

Comment: Re:Limits of Measurement (Score 4, Informative) 109

by sconeu (#47569411) Attached to: More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

Your explanation of Heisenberg with the inability to observe is incorrect. That's a RESULT of Heisenberg.

Heisenberg's Principle comes out of the wave/particle duality. To localize a particle, you have to add waves of differing frequency to its wave function (ala Fourier). The more you localize it, the more waves of higher frequency you add. Momentum is derived from the wave frequency. Therefore, when you localize a particle, you are increasing the uncertainty of the momentum (by adding more and more higher frequency waves).

This is the argument that Heisenberg used (yes, I've read his book).

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 820

by sconeu (#47558179) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Let's look at it another way. Some Aztlan nutjobs somehow manage to set up a base of operations in Tijuana, and say that they want California "back".

They start by sending in suicide bombers to San Diego. The Mexican government does nothing to stop them. They launch rockets into San Diego and Orange County. The Mexican government does nothing to stop them.

Assuming this scenario, what should/would the US government do?

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 0) 504

Hey, AC. I'm going to assume you live in the US.

Let's assume the following hypothetical. A bunch of the Aztlan nutjobs somehow manage to assume some power in Tijuana. They decide that they want California "back".

They start sending suicide bombers into So Cal. The Mexican government does nothing. They start launching rockets into So Cal. The Mexican government does nothing.

What should the US Government do in this situation?

Comment: Re:Not going to happen again any time soon (Score 2) 211

by Gonoff (#47494597) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Get this: Hussein installs a black guy in as NASA chief,...

I'm not from the USA so I don't understand your country but your joke? confuses me. Hussein is dead. His fellow Iraqis hung him after a lengthy trial. Also, it has not been seen as a common role of anyone from the USA to help Moslems feel good about anything. You have it in your constitution to keep church & state separate. That's why nobody would get elected president if they were an atheist or anything but a follower of a western variant of Christianity.

Comment: Re:Connect with a VPN (Score 1) 390

by Catbeller (#47484723) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

As I've blathered on for years, business doesn't make fortunes by manufacturing product, but by manufacturing scarcity. Lumber. Water (soon!). Bandwidth.
And people: Businesses make monopolies, not governments. Businesses want to control supply, create scarcity and drive up prices and buy up their competitors so they can drive up prices again. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Market. The oil cartels control oil supply, Diamond controls comic book distribution, etc. Choke points *they* create by ruthlessly destroying their competition. Government can't mandate competition in the sense you can't pass a law to make sharks stop eating tuna. They persist in eating the damned tuna; it's their nature. Sometimes, as in the last 30 right-wing years, the tuna *is* the government.
Monopoly exists 'cause lack of regulation, not 'cause of it.
In cabling the US, the US businesses refused to provide service unless they had local monopoly, so the cities divvied up their territories and the cable companies rolled out. That was a business-demanded requirement, not a government-demanded one. They would not provide unless they were exclusive. The only alternative was municipal cable, which happened, but is mostly sued or otherwise driven out of business. Right now a federal law, paid for by the big cable companies, is about to make muni rollout *illegal*. You may blame government, but the businesses are buying that law.


Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the when-earth-attacks dept.
New submitter DavidMZ writes: The Siberian Times reports on a large crater of unknown origin that has appeared in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. The Russian government has dispatched a group of scientists to investigate the 80-meter-wide crater. Anna Kurchatova from Siberia's Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Center believes the crater was a result of an explosion when a mixture of water, salt, and natural gas exploded underground. The Yamai Peninsula is known to hold Russia's biggest natural gas reserve."

You've been Berkeley'ed!