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Comment: We should act quickly! (Score 5, Funny) 219

by ctrl-alt-canc (#47515181) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
Or the markets will soon be invaded by cheap made-in-China Higgs bosons. Although swiss-made Higgs are known to be by far more precise and accurate, the cheap chinese bosons will send CERN factory into bankrupt, unless some kind of duty is introduced to slow down foreign particles.

Comment: This remembers me what happened years ago... (Score 4, Funny) 358

by ctrl-alt-canc (#47306113) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones
When car started to be equipped with electronic spark control, it was found that a particular UK car brand was very prone to RFI from CB stations. Whenever the RF field was strong enough, the car engine stopped due to EM interference.
CB radio drivers, whenever they spotted this car type in the London traffic, drove close to it, honked at the poor driver to get his attention, and then showed him their hand pressing the push-to-talk button of the transceiver...

Comment: I don't trust this, indeed. (Score 3, Informative) 72

by ctrl-alt-canc (#47167881) Attached to: Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses
IAAP (I am a physicist), and my work field concerns also geophysics. TFA is very suspicious for several reasons. I just list the simplest points to understand

First, there are way too much self references: take for example the first sentence "Rocks, especially igneous rocks, behave as semiconduc- tors under certain conditions". They connect this sentence to four papers previously published by one of the authors (Freund). Nobody else in the scientific world ever verified that rocks are semiconductors ?!? This does not make a good start for the topic they are going to discuss.

The authors claim that it is more than 50 years that the boundary between earthquakes and VLF emission has been established. Unfortunately this is not true: if it were, seismic network would be composed of radio receivers, they are way cheaper than seismometers. The existence of a connection between VLF emission and earthquakes is still an open question, and there are no conclusive proofs supporting it.
What we know is that earthquakes are usually not associated to a simultaneous VLF emission, so a theory explaining how earthquake precursors can trigger a VLF emissions should also justify why earthquakes have no VLF emission as well.

Figure 1 of TFA is a masterpiece of deception: please look at the value range in the graphs showing the computed and measured events: do you still think that the numerical predictions estimated by the authors and the field measurements can be defined "similar" ?!? They only share the same shape, when drawn on very different time and amplitude ranges!

Summing up, I am afraid that this paper isn't going to be of any help with earthquake prediction...the next, please!

Comment: In a related news... (Score 2) 191

by ctrl-alt-canc (#47162449) Attached to: Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car
...General Motors announced that they want to motorize your computer. They plan to install a diesel engine and a steering wheel in every laptop. So far, no computer maker has done so well in providing fast-spinning hard disks and easy to use GUI, and some have seriously damaged their reputation (e.g. Windows 8).

One way to make your old car run better is to look up the price of a new model.