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Comment: Re:California Uber Alles (Score 1) 107

by jae471 (#48027001) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
Huh? The original is much more appropriate....

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president...

Carter Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school
Your kids will meditate in school!

California Uber Alles
California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California
Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay
Mellow out or you will pay!


Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown
When you mess with President Brown

Comment: Re:peer review is a low bar (Score 1) 35

there should be journals devoted to publishing data from reproducing results. Students get experience writing papers and conducting research and everyone gets stronger peer review in their fields.

Which is all fine and good until the results aren't reproducible, then the 2nd year grad student is left challenging The Distinguished Expert Doctor Professor Smith's results, which tends not to go over so well. (Good luck getting funding/grants in the future, when Dr. Smith just happens to sit on a few NSF committees. And don't expect the advisor to risk their funding/grants.)

Comment: Bear Attacks (Score 3, Insightful) 189

by jae471 (#47566007) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

A former coworker once vandalized the list of fatal bear attacks (he added a friend of his to the list). Wikipedia has since been corrected, but not before the name Nick Ruberto (who is alive and well) appeared on several other lists of bear attacks (on some lists he appears as Nick Roberto, but all other details are the same.):

According to my ex-coworker, he received a one-year edit ban once discovered, which was increased to a lifetime edit ban when he appealed.

+ - Hints of Life's Start Found in a Giant Virus->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the world of microbes, viruses are small — notoriously small. Pithovirus is not. The largest virus ever discovered, pithovirus is more massive than even some bacteria. Most viruses copy themselves by hijacking their host’s molecular machinery. But pithovirus is much more independent, possessing some replication machinery of its own. Pithovirus’s relatively large number of genes also differentiated it from other viruses, which are often genetically simple — the smallest have a mere four genes. Pithovirus has around 500 genes, and some are used for complex tasks such as making proteins and repairing and replicating DNA. “It was so different from what we were taught about viruses,” Abergel said.

The stunning find, first revealed in March, isn’t just expanding scientists’ notions of what a virus can be. It is reframing the debate over the origins of life."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Even that Sounds Wrong (Score 1) 347

by jae471 (#47310323) Attached to: Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
I am not a particle physicist, so I cannot comment as to how many vacuum polarisation events a single photon would undergo during the 168000-year trip, nor how much this would actually affect the average transit time. And I agree that this claim seems off -- especially since a photon takes ~4000 years, give or take an order of magnitude, to leave the center of our sun, which has a lower density than what is present in a core-collapse supernova.

OTOH, this is an interesting idea, and it may have greater implications in cosmology.

Comment: Re:So, what's the correction? (Score 4, Informative) 347

by jae471 (#47309997) Attached to: Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
Neither. Because neither is wrong. And the article is trying to sensationalize a claim the scientists didn't make.

It is the average speed of the light over very large distances that needs a correction, to account for the portions of travel where the light, well, is not light. The photons still move at 2.99x10^8m/s. It's the electrons and positrons that move slower.

It's been a business doing pleasure with you.