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Comment: It has little to do with bitcoin. (Score 1) 251

by mbkennel (#49589051) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy
The Argentinian government, being a master of sense and competency, pre-emptively taxes white-market transactions on the normal banking system. They have power to enforce this on the credit card acquirers & merchant processors, and do it especially with foreign currency transactions.

Presumably there is some way to get 'refunded' some of the taxes back if you can prove to some idiot's satisfaction that you earned the money in a 'legal way' whatever that may mean.

So, doing it with bitcoin is basically a payment processor operating illegally and not collecting withholded taxes. It doesn't have much to do with bitcoin and everything about evading regulation.

Comment: Re:Catholicism + Climate Change = Totally Appropri (Score 1) 700

by mbkennel (#49581079) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
| Please tell us exactly which one of those has said mystical "ring" of deliberate lies, and why.

| 2) The data for anthropogenic warming is weak. TRUE

This one. It's a deliberate lie.

There has been a very large increase in greenhouse gases in the industrial period. It is from fossil fuel mining and burning. This has caused changes infrared emissivity in the atmosphere---this is a measured fact, that the atmosphere is shining more in infrared. It is physically impossible for the climate not to warm.

Extensive data, geological and biological, show this is what has happened.

All other plausible non-anthropogenic mechanisms have been investigated and do not explain the observed data. Every aspect has been investigated every which way for decades.

| 3) Those who disagree with it are ex-communicated from the scientific community. TRUE

At some point, which is about now, they don't have good arguments or data. When they try, their arguments are quickly refuted. It now appears that they are willfully incompetent and motivated by achieving a non-result instead of actual scientific inquiry.

Particle physicists who disagree with conservation of relativistic momentum are similarly "ex-communicated" as they have nothing productive to add.

Comment: Re:The Earth has been warming since the Ice Age en (Score 1) 700

by mbkennel (#49579297) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Exactly! And just as predicted by those pesky laws of physics, the climate was, until modern period, slowly cooling from about 6000 BC to now as the Milankovitch cycle of orbital forcing proceeds on its predicted path. It takes a Milankovitch peak to get out of the Ice Age.

Until humans started releasing greenhouse gases in mass, and that is now causing much more rapid warming.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/globalwarming/holocene.html

Comment: Re:"pressure group" huh? (Score 2) 700

by mbkennel (#49579257) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
| In the whole recorded history of the planet, CO2 *follows* the heat patterns

Except for the very important exception of now, when humans have dug up fossil fuels and burnt them in a mechanism never previously active in geological history. We have CO2 first, and now the heat's coming.

If something different is happening now, the results may be different.

The causal mechanism from CO2 to temperature is not derived from historical correlations but direct quantitative observation and physical experiments. The importance of the paleoclimate is that there may be natural feedforwards in which extra heat releases additional CO2 which would increase heat more still.

Comment: Re:How fucking tasteless (Score 1) 341

by mbkennel (#49332397) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb
| Guess all the stories about the British, Canadian and German scientists contributing must be false, the USA did it single handedly?

a) British & Canadian scientists contributed significantly to the fission bomb project. They did not contribute significantly to the successful fusion bomb projects in the USA and USSR.

b) German scientists did not contribute significantly to the US nuclear weapons projects unless you count former Germans expelled or driven out because of Nazi ideology.

Comment: Re:Google (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by mbkennel (#49293301) Attached to: Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best

> could google have gotton so far without nsa's help? one wonders. and one will never actually know, either.

It's the other way around. NSA was interested in techniques and technology from google, especially high-performance large scale data processing. NSA was/is behind, and they knew it, and they knew the best didn't want to work with them any more when they could get a pre-IPO position at Google when Google had stunningly capable & ambitious people (2000-2005) on average.

Comment: Re:ResearchKit! ResearchKit! That's The Big Story! (Score 1) 529

by mbkennel (#49221009) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More
| I'm more worried about the invalid correlations that will result from this data, given that the users will be self-selected, upper-class individuals.

You mean, the ones who have good health care and spend on branded pharmaceuticals?

Sounds like a great business plan.

Comment: Re:Flat Look may be ugly, but it is useful (Score 1) 516

by mbkennel (#49140135) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
| Seriously Jobs liked flat UI's

no

| and one button mice.

Yes

| While Jobs was off developing Next, Apple adopted 3d shading.

NeXT did it far earlier of course. NeXT used 4-intensity grayscale on its first machine (very tastefully) when most Mac was 1 bit black and white. The grayscale displays obviously didn't have any RGB phosphors, and were extremely clear for the time.

Take a look here and compare contemporaneous Apple/Amiga/Microsoft vs NeXT.

http://www.theoligarch.com/microsoft_vs_apple_history.htm

NeXT was 15 years ahead of competitors, both in UI and software architecture. Windows 95 was a low-end rip-off of NeXTSTEP UI, but at least they had the taste to rip off the best. Note the W95 close button. Note how Windows screwed up by putting minimize & maximize very close to the destructive close 'X' button. NeXT of course but the close button alone and the other menu on the other side.

| One he came back it's forced his developers to put a flat UI on the first iPhone.

iPhone wasn't flat until Steve was nearly dead. I have a very old iPod Touch that runs iOS 4.x. The UI is really good and nice looking, predictable, and fast and efficient. Better than my much faster iPad on 8.

Comment: Re:Townes was Told that the Maser Was Impossible (Score 5, Interesting) 73

by mbkennel (#48926637) Attached to: Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes
Indeed. Bohr argued, even earlier, with Einstein on this issue, saying that stimulated emission was impossible. Einstein derived the rate equations for the laser.

People erroneously imagine that Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics. He wasn't. And in two central areas, the Copenhagen interpretation (it is a useful approximation but makes no sense as physics, decoherence does), and the laser, Bohr was wrong and Einstein was right.

Comment: Reason is pretty simple (Score 1) 101

by mbkennel (#48877973) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile
People will buy "Airtime By Google" more then "Airtime By Sprint" because Google doesn't (yet) have a legacy of toxic customer disservice.

Any Virtual Mobile Network Operator (there are quite a number, I'm on Republic Wireless) has to pay the marketing to acquire customers and take financial risks on payment terms.

The difference is that Google could help Sprint & TM with technical capabilities, backend networking, and organizing

Also Google will gain direct understanding about the performance and capabilities of wireless networks to inform them about how to design Android. And Google will learn how to run a wireless network, which they will eventually do from their satellites.

Google wants to run a comm system which will seamlessly transfer from wifi to terrestrial wireless to satellite wireless, and sell ads by the exabyte.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.

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