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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 290

by louic (#48703721) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons
"Given that the course of hypersonic research has acknowledged both of these concerns, why have several countries started testing the weapons?"

Another reason could be that developing such a weapon and thereby knowing what the weak points and technical requirements are is useful when you want to defend against them,

Comment: Re:Gallons per mile? (Score 1) 403

by louic (#48091313) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines
I don't think its true that in marketing bigger numbers are better. Not if you are marketing something like using LESS fuel. But even if you are right, I think the issue here is that if they started with a boeing 747 and then decrease the number, sooner or later they would have to start using fractions or negative numbers.

Comment: science driven science? (Score 4, Insightful) 55

by louic (#48044807) Attached to: Laying the Groundwork For Data-Driven Science
All science is data driven. Without data there is no hypothesis, and without hypothesis there is nothing to test (falsify). This is just another hype, like nanotechnology or now nanobiotechnology etc. Nearly all molecules are nanoscale: their size is measured in nanometers, and in the same way all science is data driven.

There is nothing wrong with good old "science driven science" where people think, do experiments, and think again.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo