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Comment: Duh (Score 1) 438

by cwsumner (#49141611) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

"Here's 1.2 mil. We want you to tell us that it is possible that global warming is being caused by the sun"

The Sun causes all warming, there is no other source of energy for us. (And no, things that originally came from the sun don't count...)

But, if you want to know if it is possible that the Sun could cause what is called "Anthropomorphic global warming", then yes of course it could. It is already known to do so. The berden of proof is on the other side, to prove that it is -not- caused by changes in the sun !

Comment: Already (Score 1) 265

by cwsumner (#49122363) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

We already have "robots" that write code! They are called Compilers and Linkers, and they have put all of the Assembler coders out of work.

Except me and a few others. But I have not actually done assembler for a long time.

The next step up is code generators, like what the Clarion development system has. They are run by scripts which can be written by coders, if necessary. So instead of writing assembler or writing source code, to run the app, we write "Template" code to run the code generators.

But Clarion has been around for more than two decades, so it is not that new... 8-)

Comment: Re:Numerology (Score 1) 182

Is it just me, or does all this math wrangling seem like what Geocentric scientists were doing to properly figure out the path of stars in our night sky to align with their theory?

Epicycles? Yes, it does sound like that...

By the way, it is actually a valid way to model irregular repeating functions. Only now we call it a Fourier Series! 8-)

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1) 280

by cwsumner (#49121927) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

Ingested uranium was even used in the treatment of diabetes before the discovery of insulin.

Arsenic was used to treat syphilis. Doesn't mean it worked. ...
We used to treat headaches with leaches. Doesn't mean there's any actual science behind the treatment.

The arsenic was somewhat effective, in the days when they had nothing better.
They now treat those smashed toes with leaches. And it can save them from amputation.
Don't get so sure of yourself, it's dangerous... 8-)

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

I'm not quite sure if you understand how Stealth works then...

The idea of Stealth aircraft is to not reflect EM radiation at all. It bounces it away in another direction or absorbs it outright.

If detecting stealth was as simple as using a different frequency, then it would be worthless.

Precisely... and it -is- worthless, unless you know the radar systems it needs to defeat. They try to make the effective frequency band as wide as possible, but it is still limited and tuned to the ones we know about. Particularly if detection systems use laser light, or very low frequency. In WWII they even used passive sound detectors for short range, like a few miles.

Of course, the "stealth" aircraft use multiple types of systems to defeat detection. But no-one should think they are "undetectable".

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

The premise is that they are coming to Earth to attack it. They must have a reason to attack us if they are doing it, right? Then what could that reason be? Material, food (including us), planet to live on, possibly a few others. If they would like to live on what we would consider an inhabitable planet and want nothing from us, then they would not be attacking us in the first place and you missed the whole point of the question.

You are missing the obvious answer. The answer, in fact, that ancient records say already happened here. And may be the reason that we are here, at all.. They want slaves, to do their work for them. 8-(

But there was a big war, and (hopefully) the ones here now are a bit more humanitarian.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

There are an infinity of odd numbers, but none of them are divisible by two. If something's not possible, then it doesn't matter how often you try. The whole "space jump" idea, while neat SF, seems more firmly impossible the more physics we learn, sadly enough.

Actually, each of those add numbers -is- divisible by two. It is just that the answer is not an integer. The universe doesn't care that we prefer counting on our fingers!

All of our laws of physics, and everything else, are just guesses. Some are pretty reliable, like the ones Engineers use, but still just guesses. You can not truthfully say that anything is impossible. Say it is unlikely or very difficult or they are trying to do it the wrong way. But it is not possible to know that it is completely impossible... 8-)

(That's the difference between a Mathemetician and an Engineer, the Mathemetician thinks he can define things as impossible.)

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

I thought humans where a type of monkey and that humans have already turned out all the great books?

Good point!! 8-)

It's like staring at an old TV set that is not tuned to any signal. All you see is "snow". But, every now and then, you see a flash of a picture.

The question is, is it a hallucenation? Or is it real? ... The answer is Yes, to both.

Or as RF Engineers call it: "Noise Aliasing".

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

If physics doesn't allow for it, it doesn't allow for it anywhere. It doesn't matter how large the Universe happens to be.

If you think we know all about physics, you are way ahead of any physicist that I know of...

It sounds sort of like a primitive 1700s south sea islander, talking about how likely it was that ships could get there. 8-)

Comment: Re:examples please (Score 1) 132

Most people's eyes can actually see the colors fine, but you need to stay outside for several hours for the eyes to get that sensitive. That might be a bit cold in Alaska! 8-)

I have been out at sea, on watch with all lights out at night, and after a while I could see the stars twinkling in color... thought I was having hallucinations at first, but then other people said they could see it too.

Comment: Predicting weather (Score 1) 249

by cwsumner (#49083353) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

It is not just the selfish that can use extortion. It goes like this:
"Be polite, because if you piss me off bad enough I will shoot you. I might go to jail for life, but you will be dead."
Seems to work here in Virginia... (and y'all wonder why southerners are so polite). 8-)

The math sounds interesting.
But all they have really shown, is that the calculations are very sensitive to initial conditions. That is the problem with the calculations for predicting the weather, and you know how good that is... 8-)

Comment: Re: Nothing is possible. (Score 1) 249

by cwsumner (#49083191) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

So when I'm approached with offers to make more than $10k in a few weeks because I've empirically demonstrated programming skills worth that kind of pay, but I don't get the job because I don't have a degree that cost enough, it's because I'm stupid and lazy? ...

No, it's because the person interviewing you is stupid and lazy, You would not like working there anyway... 8-)

Comment: Re:Service Sector (Score 1) 307

by cwsumner (#49083147) Attached to: The Software Revolution

... The name "austerity" implies a lot less money spent, but nothing couple be further from the truth.

In htis case, the name "austerity" does not mean less spending, it means less spending -by the govenment-. Unsupported government spending "sucks" value from all of the people through inflation, and thereby dampens the economy.

Government spending can only boost the economy if the spending is from stocks of value that do not cause inflation. Such as contingency funds from previous years or from gold stocks. Otherwise it is counter-productive.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.