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Comment: Re:Similar problem happened to me (Score 1) 386

by invisiblerhino (#30479752) Attached to: DRM Flub Prevented 3D Showings of <em>Avatar</em> In Germany

I saw the first ten minutes of 2012 in the wrong aspect ratio. They fixed it, but refused to show the beginning again, nor to refund us. (Cineworld cinemas were the culprits). It was annoying because we missed some subtitled dialogue, but the storyline was simple enough for us all.

Comment: Re:the author also doesn't understand peer review (Score 1) 1093

by invisiblerhino (#30421934) Attached to: The Limits To Skepticism

For a wonderful introduction to peer review, you could do worse than read this:
It is an exchange, carried out over several years, between a man who believes he has solved quantum field theory, and the reviewers who carefully look through his papers when he tries to publish. They come up with good points and ways to improve the paper, but he resubmits and resubmits until he finds somewhere that accepts it. Along the way, he gets increasingly rude and angry, while the reviewers remain polite and engage carefully with him.

My favourite part is that it's published on the guy's personal website, although he really doesn't come out of it well.

Comment: Re:Duh! (Score 2, Interesting) 191

by invisiblerhino (#29678301) Attached to: Design Starting For Matter-Antimatter Collider
You're absolutely right. To jump on the bandwagon, there's been one since at least the seventies, when CERN modified the Super Proton Synchrotron to be a Super Proton-Antiproton Synchrotron. In the meantime, HERA at DESY collided protons and positrons for years... I don't know the history, so not sure when the first one was. In any case, this is definitely not news. The most interesting things about the forthcoming colliders is not whether they use antimatter: to quote Gerard 't Hooft's replies to physics cranks: "Antimatter is routine, and time travel is impossible." The most interesting thing is what they will discover. Additionally, the article totally misses the point. For some reason, they've latched on to a fairly technical accelerator physics topic. CLIC is not proposed to be built any time in the near future (look out for the International Linear Collider first), and wakefields are a purely electromagnetic effect, nothing to do with space and time warping. They are interesting in themselves, and as a possible future accelerator design (google wakefield accelerator).

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1354

by invisiblerhino (#28422497) Attached to: Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?
Don't give up hope. One of my male friends from my degree (physics) met a like-minded, older guy who is a real polymath: he works in finance, so knows stochastic calculus, computer programming etc, and he's also a cultured man who enjoys playing the piano and goes to the opera. He's also a millionaire, because he works in finance. Hopefully, this has cheered you up a bit, not made you jealous.

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson