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Comment: The begining (Score 4, Insightful) 49

by coastwalker (#49755497) Attached to: Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC

IANA theoretical physicist but...

In six months or so we will know whether there is anything absolutely extraordinary to be learned from the LHC. It is only a hope that new physics will be found at 13TeV. We spent the money to find the Higgs and found it, in the next year or so we will know a lot more about it but the hope is that something of interest to the general public may come out of the energy boost. I would not hold your breath though, so far we have only seen exactly what we expected to see. The next big thing may be to search for the gravitational waves from the big bang to settle the question of whether inflation started the universe. No one is funding it until at least 2035.

Sadly I really think we need to keep our fingers crossed that a mere doubling of energy in the LHC will find anything startling.

Unfortunately we probably need to spend at least as much money on a different experiment to find another amazing thing.

Having said that it is already a triumph to have discovered the Higgs scalar field - something that was only a theory until the LHC came along and now it is in the text books because of it.

You may find that like the moon landing, a tremendous leap forward is followed by 50 years of disappointment once the political will has died. (At least we have transparent aluminum AlN now) :-)

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 616

by coastwalker (#49711883) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

Advertising should be either sought after or relatively invisible. I quit watching television in the 80's and I allowed advertising on websites whilst it was apparent that they paid for the service I was using. These days advertising kills people http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-e... So fuck the bastards.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 2) 442

by coastwalker (#49366689) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

I have done research on this topic and I think I will take my chances with the conclusions of the majority of the scientific community. Not the principle that if it is temporarily good for jobs then it is the right answer. The track record of going after the money and nothing else is littered with destroyed lives, Bhopal for example. I note that with freedom comes responsibility and I also note that the people who shout about it the most are the least likely to take any responsibility for anything.

Comment: Re: a "COUNTRY that absolutely loves to censor stu (Score 1) 91

by coastwalker (#49232837) Attached to: Turkish Ministry Recommends Banning Minecraft -- Over Violence

I suspect to many Muslim youth ISIL looks very little different to the way the left in the Spanish civil war looked to young Europeans last century. Many many Europeans went to fight the dictator Franco and died. Fortunately they did not in the main bring their bombs and guns back with them, we certainly did not put them all in prison as we do returnees from Syria and Iraq.

There is no church hierarchy in Islam that we could expect to make a statement on behalf of the faith, its not so easy to denounce your own religion either. I am not surprised that you think that extremism is tolerated by default in Islam, I think it is more a case of it being difficult to tell by what is pronounced publicly. Also we have to overcome the stunning hypocrisy of Bush and Blair who are personally responsible for lying to the world about weapons of mass destruction then proceeding to start a war in which 153,828 Iraqi civilians have died. This is 51 times more people than died in the Twin Towers. No wonder muslims have concerns about their place in our societies.

Sorry but this is like expecting the Pope to denounce the Westborough hate church. Also remember that the ISIL soldiers in Syria have in fact liberated the country from Bashar al-Assad. The fact that this liberation is into the care of a death cult is something that many will not believe. It would be like the West denouncing a christian militia - say the lords resistance army. I do not recall any church leader excommunicating those men for murder, abduction, mutilation, and child-sex slavery.

The point is that Muslims views are open to persuasion just like westerners. At the moment ISIL is doing a great job of trying to tar Muslims the world over with their greasy death cult and the predictable outraged bigoted red faced old white men are screaming from the rooftops that all Muslims are apologists for terror because young Muslims are being sold a better future by the death cult than the same bigoted red faced old white men.

We need to step up to the plate and offer the youth a better vision than "all Muslims are terrorist sympathizers". If we do not ISIL will succeed in driving a wedge between the west and its Muslim population.

The one guaranteed outcome of us allowing ISIL to do this will be genocide, because they believe that the end times are here and they want it to happen on both sides - and personally I will be blaming the red faced old white men for allowing simple psychology to beat the West if it happens.

Comment: Re:a "COUNTRY that absolutely loves to censor stuf (Score 2) 91

by coastwalker (#49232105) Attached to: Turkish Ministry Recommends Banning Minecraft -- Over Violence

Turkey is a basket case. The current leadership is introducing medieval Islam in what was technically a secular country. They have little choice.

On its boarders the region run by the Islamic State death cult who have co-opted the Islamic religion to indoctrinate their cannon fodder. The point about Muslim religious authority is that it belongs to whoever declares that they own it. The point about a religion is that it replaces the moral judgement of individuals with the rules as given by the earthly religious authority.

To cut a long story short if Turkey does not adopt a mediaeval society and reject the west then the people will turn to Islamic State and kick the government out and replace them with the death cult.

Expect Turkey to become hostile to westerners.

Comment: Re:the solution to their perceived problem (Score 1) 98

Not really relevant though in this case is it. Do you really think the application of the law is by legal reasoning?

The detecting and prosecuting authority's will be instructed to apply sanctions for the personal possession of encrypting technology and to automatically sanction without discretion.

Jurys are not required for 99% of court cases, the judge just rubber stamps the prosecutions case.

Cameron has turned out to be a duffer who just repeats the odious bigotry of his class.

Even the Brown Shirt party - UKIP with their dreams of immigrant prison camps and deportations couldn't be worse than slime-ball Cameron. At least they are honest about who's neck they want to get their jackboots on.

Comment: Original Radio series (Score 1) 39

by coastwalker (#48010211) Attached to: Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

Wonderful fun at the time. The characters were recognizably like us. It had great music. The science was logically correct though largely imaginary, the shoe event horizon has for example not moved in social science from a theory to a measurable process. One of the main protagonist drinks tea, and the infinite improbability drive is driven by the random information from a realy hot cup of tea; one wonders how much tea Adams drank writing it. At the time it was completely unique, it had stereo sound and even a plug on national television https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (Score -1, Troll) 540

by coastwalker (#47879371) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

You know it would be nice to hear an American say something more grown up than a five year old once in a while.

The only good news is that everyone with the strongest reasons to hate each other are over 80 years old now and will soon be dead.

Which rather begs the question why young Americans keep spouting this shit about the Cuban kid in the playground who took something and wont give it back.

Surely 54 years of punishment ought to be enough?

Comment: Re:Occam's razor. (Score 1) 85

Posters do not have to pander to idiots just to be civil. There is nothing wrong with a bit of boisterous prose.

The associated subject of the impossibility of human interstellar travel is another one that people never admit

Mind you it is a bit dull realizing that the human race is stuck in this solar system forever, never mind just for now.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.