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Comment: Re:not the first time (Score 1) 112

by blue trane (#49167463) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

" It doesn't make sense to ask which one it is - a "puff" of light is neither a particle, nor a wave, but a different kind of stuff which has some properties of each."

But this is like the Academie Francaise outlawing certain words. It is an academic exercise. Nature, and language, is far more expressive than (some) physicists, and academicians, would have you believe.

Comment: Re:not the first time (Score 1) 112

by blue trane (#49167443) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

Outside the wire, the effect is on the ether.

Yves Couder provides a macroscopic experiment that duplicates the diffraction patterns of photons self-interfering: Single Particle Diffraction and Interference at a Macroscopic Scale.

The reason he won't go so far as to say that's what's happening on a quantum level is, that it requires an ether. And we all know that Einstein disproved the ether (actually he just came up with a, supposedly, simpler model).

Comment: Re:Sure, some access is bad (Score 1) 53

by blue trane (#49143301) Attached to: Facebook's Colonies

"Unless they ask the IRS to make you accountable to them"

There is a better way: make taxes voluntary, fund the government at zero cost through the Fed. The private sector creates at least an order of magnitude more money than government, so there is plenty of room to expand the public money supply.

Indexation of everything (including savings, salaries, transfer payments) eliminates any potential "inflation tax".

Comment: Re:if you think it's a free speech issue--- (Score 0) 308

by blue trane (#49134719) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Then let's fix society. Start with a basic income, so that no one has to worry about being on the streets if they lose a job (but you could still live on the streets if you wanted, the basic income should be opt-in). We produce enough surplus to support everyone at a certain minimum standard of living.

Then when people are freed from the fear of starving if they lose their job, they can work on changing societal attitudes, about naked pictures for example. Screw the hypocritical prudes who think the naked body is something shameful, to ridicule. Societal attitudes can turn on a dime; consider that Kerry lost the 2004 election because of anti-gay marriage sentiment. Things have changed.

"Well I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy." -- Ellyn Mustard, about marriage