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Comment: LSU 1970s; history (Score 1) 123

by harvey the nerd (#49179163) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave
The article only talks about MIT history and laser inferometers (LIGO). It doesn't credit Louisiana State University's efforts to build resonant mass gravity wave detectors from the 1970s. By 1972, physics Prof William O Hamilton at LSU was working on a multi-ton aluminum bar and a He3 dilution cooler in what would become the Allegro graviy wave detector.

Some interesting history papers:
http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/pap...
http://www.slac.stanford.edu/g...

Comment: sellouts (Score 1) 958

by harvey the nerd (#48965769) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
Much of the bias, pseuoscience and error comes from university "authorities" and thought leaders that were purchased wholesale, and media that claim (big) "Science sez..." The nutrition field has had many sellouts to industry.

If you want to know what science says, read and analyze papers yourself then compare with other papers. Then make some observations and checks yourself, just to be sure. There is always vested interest groups eager to do your thinking for you, for only a small part of your health, wealth and freedom.

Comment: Re:More ambiguous cruft (Score 4, Interesting) 514

I am an engineer with chemical and biological background. I've seen more than I want to in commercialized conclusions by PhD scientists that were really just hired guns, corporate and academic. In some cases they got unhired because I proved things otherwise and showed long stretches of repeated, highly biased results.

I think paycheck corruption in science today is even worse, like with the CAGW promoters.

Comment: Gordon Gould, 1st laser inventor? (Score 1) 73

by harvey the nerd (#48927901) Attached to: Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes
We should not forget Gordon Gould's statements about being Townes' grad student who made the major critical breakthroughs for the laser. Gould had a three decade patent war to win his patent claims to invention of the laser and many developments. It's an interesting story for an overage commie grad student...

In the end, Japanese manufacturers paid over a billion $ royalties on Gould's patents.

Comment: cashless is suicidal (Score 1) 375

by harvey the nerd (#48502191) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming
My lost $20 bills never sent me a charge for $24,000 from halfway around the world from a country I've never been to. If some psycho exGF, worker, political opponent manages to frame you or turn everything off, 2-3 weeks fast pedaling becomes harder, while you starve. In a police state, all kinds of bad things formerly just in the movies, mean YOU.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.

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