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Comment: Re:What if... (Score 2) 82

by dbIII (#49499509) Attached to: The Origin of the First Light In the Universe

Doesn't quantum theory mean that the above can all be true at the same time?

Not as such on a macro scale.

It's turtles all the way down...

"The Science of Discworld" has a good section on the big bang. For those who haven't read it the book is about comparing science with magical thinking by comparing a very fictional world with reality.

Comment: Re:What if... (Score 2) 82

by dbIII (#49499489) Attached to: The Origin of the First Light In the Universe

Why is the light seen as background radiation not from these OTHER big bangs?

Because the math fits the background temperature. It doesn't fit the other ideas suggested so far such as yours.

I mean so wrong that crap has been built on crap that now has become a religion, a test of faith

Don't let your lack of understanding of either religion or science stop you from making such stupid accusations. Is your God so puny that it can be killed by astronomy?

Comment: Re:Age old story of outsourcing (Score 1) 123

by dbIII (#49499257) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt
As I've seen with the relationship between government and telecommunications companies giving the CEO an expensive bribe does not stop them screwing you over either.
Paying someone to care just results in them caring about the money supply. Without "skin in the game" there is little reason to care.

Comment: Re:Is it the Apps? (Score 1) 113

Nokia's (and Blackberry's) problem was mostly one with which market leaders have had a long tradition - the unwillingness to compete against or see beyond their own success.

With less infighting and a bit more resources the N900 would have come out before the iPhone (it was nearly ready for sale at that point), and then Nokia may have decided it was worth enough of an advertising budget for people to actually hear about it.
Yes, I know about the mythical man month and all that but the N900 team was tiny and there was plenty of stuff that could have been done in parallel with more people on board.
The first iPhone is crap in comparison - it can't even multitask and is slow. Compare it with the current iPhone and you'll wonder why anyone thought it was ready for market let alone bought one. However it was "good enough" and had the Apple marketing machine right behind it and serious resources going into the app store.

Comment: Re:Just staggering... (Score 1) 160

You realise that recycling these beats is a massive massive undertaking, and costs billions of dollars anyway - they are full of nasty stuff which needs specialist handling and removal well before you get to the saleable steel and recyclables.

What gives you that impression?

they are full of nasty stuff which needs specialist handling and removal

Proper asbestos removal is not as hard as you appear to think and the protective gear isn't very expensive. Training isn't hard either - "keep your stuff on or you are fucked" covers 99% of it.

When it's not done properly (there are idiots in the world) asbestos sparkles in a pretty way in the sunlight as it blows in the breeze. Like all dust a lot of water keeps it down for a while.

Comment: Age old story of outsourcing (Score 4, Interesting) 123

by dbIII (#49498481) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt
Age old story of outsourcing - you still need to retain enough people to watch the contractors so they can't cut corners on the expensive bits.
One blatant example I saw was with non destructive testing of welds in high pressure pipework leading to portions of a turbine in a coal fired power station. At those welds it was done by spraying on thing white paint, using a magnet and spraying on a fluid with suspended magnetic "dust" that would collect wherever defects disrupted the magnetic field. Access was a bit tight so the contractors tested the top of the pipes and they ran the magnet around the bottom of the pipe without looking at it so that some scratches would be left to show that the magnet had been used. The lazy pricks were caught doing that so we had to send someone along as an observer and make them do a couple of weeks worth of work over again, because with their scratch trick we had no way of knowing is any inspection had actually been done or not.
So MBA types - that person standing off to the side not doing anything during a concrete pour may be there solely to reduce fuckups due to dishonest contractors.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 237

by dbIII (#49498427) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

I stand against genetically modified crops because I don't want fucking multinationals to own the intellectual property rights over basic foodstuffs.

Then maybe we should change the GMO laws so that someone other than a multinational can afford to get a GMO plant certified as safe to eat. At the moment not even a university can afford it unless they are likely to see huge financial returns, so they don't even try. Thus monsanto stuff but no vaccines delivered via chunks of banana or even a tomato that can be transported but still tastes like great grandmas tomatoes (there's some very slow research happening along those lines that the researcher said is just the long way of approximating what he could have achieved with GMO ten years ago).

Comment: Re:Private IoT reporting for duty! (Score 1) 104

by dbIII (#49498385) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

"Hate" is such an overused term.

But entirely descriptive of many of the posts about CLF here over the years.

As for the reduced life that's where "just good enough" starts to dominate a market that had been established via reliability.
It took me more than ten years of using CFL bulbs to find one that explained the hate that had been expressed on this page, and that's because fashionability had a greater role in it's design than function. If IoT devices can avoid that criteria there may be more hope, but I suspect you are correct that once they become a commodity there may be a race to the bottom.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354