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Comment They didn't advance the SW universe enough. (Score 1) 203

I was a fan of the original Star Wars, they are tremendously well done space opera movies, but their time has passed. Lightsabers, the Millenium Falcon, the stupid Storm Troopers, the death star/planet, the masked bad guy, etc all seen before. The latest movie, although suberbly executed, was not fresh at all. It was a rehash of all the things we have seen in the past.

I hope they take those 7 months and update the Star Wars Universe, at last.

Comment Why should copyright expire? It should be infinite (Score 1) 349

Please mention a good reason why copyright must expire.

There isn't actually one, beyond freeloading. I.e. the only reason the /. crowd wants it abolished is because they want their free stuff.

An expiring copyright system completely undermines the law of supply and demand. Having an expiring copyright or no copyright at all will destroy the market, and then you will have no works to demand for free.

Comment You don't need to break the bank, just print it. (Score 1) 189

USA could effectively print its Space Program...just print a trillion dollars, and make it available to NASA, to create the most amazing spaceship yet built, which will carry humans to every corner of the Solar system.

Not only will there be a worldwide economy boost, and a huge one in the US, but in the end you will have an actual spaceship.

And this program will accelerate all sciences and education in US, due to the tremendous demand for scientists and science-aware personnel.

Comment Re: absence of evidence (Score 1) 157

"God does not exist" can easily be proven:

One can not be omnipresent and omnipotent at the same time.

If he is omnipresent, then there is no room for creating anything, thus he is not omnipotent.

If he is omnipotent, then he can create things, but he is not omnipresent, because he wasn't occupying the space its creation did.

One can also not extend his own space to create something, because in that case he is not omnipresent in respect to the space he was in.

Therefore, there is no God.

However, this does not mean there are no creators of this universe, but they certainly aren't Gods in the biblical sense.

Comment Are electrons measured before being entangled? (Score 1) 257

If not, then here is your experiment flaw.

It may be that the correlation exists due to the time the electrons are fired. I.e. when two electrons are fired at the same time, then there spins might be corellated.

By same time, I mean the same light cone, as defined by GR.

If particles are fired in different time cones and then we find out they are not correlated, then it means that correlation is somehow linked to the frame of reference.

Anothet possible explanation is that entangling two photons creates some gravity waves that travel through the connected wires backwards to the electrons, affecting their spin.

Comment Re: Distance? (Score 1) 257

Which is very strong evidence that our universe is a simulation, running on a computer.

And the fact that reality isn't there until observed, is also a strong evidence of the universe being a simulation: the computer that runs it has limited resources, and so it optimizes rendering performance by not rendering what runs isolated and does not cause effects in its surroundings.

Comment Economics is a science, but it is also chaotic. (Score 2) 375

Just like Physics cannot predict the weather in the long term, because the weather is a chaotic system, Economics cannot predict the state of the market, not because it does not have theorems or its theorems are not correct, but because there are too many variables and the outcome cannot be predicted.

Comment Re: Wait, physics doesn't work either? (Score 1) 214

The Bell's theorem is based on the assumption that if there are local variables that are hidden, the result measured spins of the particles would be linearly correlated to the angles these particles are created from.

I do not see how this assumption is valid though. Particles are not billiard balls. Particles may have properties that force their spin into specific correlations. It is stupid to accept that local variables would mean linear correlation.

Comment We forget the role of emotions and instinct. (Score 2) 421

In the discussion on Artificial Intelligence, we totally forget that the human behavior is driven by emotions and instinct and not by intelligence.

People are bad not because they are highly clever but because they enjoy being bad.

Without emotions/instincts, a machine cannot be bad or good. It might be exceptionally clever though, combining facts, extrapolating and discovering new facts and solving problems much better than humans.

Comment Re: I have an idea (Score 3, Interesting) 743

Greek here as well.

We are indeed lazy, and we simply are unaware of that.

We think that spending a day in the office is what productivity is about.

Number one rule amongst us greeks is this: if nobody is watching, then don't do the work.

It is no coincidence that the word we use for work also means slavery. We equate work with slavery in our minds.

And that is why there is no real progress in Greece the last few decades.

Comment Can't prove quantum entanglement is real. (Score 1) 157

Science has not proved and cannot prove that Quantum Entanglement is a real phenomenon, because it cannot be measured: as soon as one measures the particles, the entanglement is destroyed.

Furthermore, science has not proved that quantum entanglement is particles linked or particles created symmetrically. For all we know, entangled particles may be born in symmetrical state and not be linked at all.

Thirdly, we haven't even proved that a single photon is a wave. We have shown that a stream of light particles acts as a wave, through the double slit experiment, but not an individual photon.

We also have not proved that the interference pattern we are seeing in the double slit experiment is not due to spacetime ripples that create certain paths for photons to travel to instead of photons being waves.

In the double slit experiment, if the slits are turned sideways or become circular or rectangular, the interference pattern on the projector changes accordingly.

However, if the slits are enlarged, the interference pattern ceases.

This means that what actually happens is that there is a collision of photons with the slits, when the slits are small enough. When the slits are enlarged, there is no collision, and therefore no interference pattern.

When we put a detector between the electron/photon gun and the slits, the electron/photon emitted by the gun is absorbed by the detector and reemmited from the other side of the detector in a straight line, because the detector and the slits form a straight geodesic line, and thus the emitted electron/photon goes straight through the slit and does not collide with the slit walls.

I bet that if the detector is placed right where the opening hole of the electron/photon gun is, and the slits are moved slowly away from the detector, the interference pattern will reemerge, showing that there is no wave function to collapse, and thus proving that QM is the best error mankind ever did.

Comment If the Japanese didn't built the Yamato... (Score 1) 114

...we wouldn't have gotten Space Battleship Yamato, one of the most epic stories ever written.

If one wants to understand the Japanese mentality, they can start with Space Battleship Yamato. The mixture of violence, romance, war, and the fact that the heros of the show would rather die than surrender to aliens, are some important aspects of the Japanese culture.

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