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Comment: Re:Townes was Told that the Maser Was Impossible (Score 5, Interesting) 60

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.

Comment: Re:Useful changes (Score 2, Insightful) 55

by mbkennel (#48862039) Attached to: Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)
| How about a cryptocurrency that targets an inflation rate that is known to be economically stable, say 2%, by standardizing on a openly evaluated standard basket of goods. You know, how actual currencies work but without the middlemen of the reserve banks

Because you can't do that without reserve banks. And you can't have banks without a way of pricing money through time, and you can't price money through time without a debt market.

Hey cryptocurrency boosters, are you up to loaning bitcoin or something less popular for 10 years?

Comment: What else? (Score 1) 312

by mbkennel (#48835979) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

What would be in done in any normal situation.

Find the person responsible for engaging in the illegal activities. Charge the person with those activities. Find the owners of the property. If that property is part of evidence of a crime, then store it unmolested as evidence.

If an owner is convicted and given a fine, sell the property to pay the fine, and give any remainder to the owner. Sentence the owner according to a law. If the owner is not convicted, give the property back to the owner with an apology.

Comment: Re:I do not understand the self-flagellation (Score 4, Insightful) 479

by mbkennel (#48832323) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Where's the bitching about under-representation of people over 40?

There are oodles of people who want these jobs, and are very motivated to get them, and have specific industry experience, and don't need any hand-holding, coddling or emotional kisses.

Oh yeah, fuck them.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 2) 290

by mbkennel (#48823665) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure
| The Roman Empire fell apart because the gold coin was debased with less valuable metals and made worthless over time.

turned around, causality is

| Since President Richard Nixon took the U.S. off the gold standard in the early 1970's, the U.S. dollar has become increasingly worthless over time

One individual US dollar has become increasingly worthless. "The US Dollar" as a system, is increasingly powerful and useful over that time, and there were and still are many useful and profitable investments which more than make up for the depreciation built in to one single dollar. And precious metals are not a very good one.

| P.S., Some people believe that the world central banks are surpressing the prices of precious metals to prevent people from realizing how worthless the dollars are in their wallets.

In that case, don't fucking fight the Fed!

So they're printing increasingly worthless dollars are yet so powerful that they can suppress the precious metals EVEN MORE? And by printing so many more worthless dollars? How does that work exactly?

They didn't manage to suppress the equity market, the real estate market or the bond market, which can also, even more effectively, make people realize "how worthless their dollars are" by increasing even faster than a dollar. What's up with that?

PS, if you advocate a gold peg, go see Greece: it is suffering tremendously under the same equivalent peg of their currency to a German Euro. The message from facts of 1930-1933 was very clear: the countries in a major recession which depreciated first, came out better economically.

Comment: yay for Bitcoin speculators!! (Score 1) 290

by mbkennel (#48823567) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure
They are making the consequences of economic folly, like doing anything monetary or serious with bitcoin, plainly obvious and providing a valuable public service!

Bitcoin is a total fail as a currency because there is no bond market in bitcoin. Why would there be? Any of you bitcoin hoarders up for lending bitcoin for 10 years? Didn't think so.

If you want a tangible commodity, there are many options to buy and hold them.

Bitcoin is a success for anonymous money laundering and illegal activities.

Comment: Re:Alarmist much? (Score 1) 161

by mbkennel (#48778617) Attached to: HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In
| First, 'SPDY was a very good prototype' followed by 'the most hideous of SPDY's warts removed' was summed up with 'the IETF can now claim relevance and victory by conceding practically every principle ever held dear

aka "not worshipping doe-eyed at my political whinging"

| in return for the privilege of rubber-stamping Google's initiative.'.

aka "they wanted to ship something that works, now"

Sure, it should be called 1.2 and not 2.0, but that's marketing BS anyway.

Comment: Because Congressmen retaliate. (Score 2) 200

by mbkennel (#48612247) Attached to: NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower
I have family members who worked in NASA at high levels.

NASA has no power compared to a powerful Congresdroid scorned.

The consequences to NASA for publicly embarrassing Congressdroids over embarrassing pork insisted upon by such droids would be so much worse. The retaliation droids would in return destroy the primary science goals and missions of NASA.

Stennis was mentioned, back many years ago, as a prime geographical centroid of pork though hardly the only one.

Comment: Re:She's.. (Score 2) 235

by mbkennel (#48246575) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer
| If I were a government spook and I was trying to crack a reporter's computer, I would use an off-the-shelf exploit, not something that pointed straight back at the government. I presume that computer spooks know where the black-hat marketplaces are, and thus where to buy new cracks as they go up for sale.

They weren't interested in exfiltrating information off her computer.

If you were a apparatchik and wanted to Send A Message, you'd use whatever you had conveniently available and was ready to use, and not something which could be dismissed as an accidental hack.

Why did Putin have that defector assassinated in London with polonium of all things? Why not an auto accident or a "robbery"? To make it absolutely clear who did it.

Note that this malware may be something 'off the shelf' for certain agencies (e.g. FBI/DHS). The government is large and heterogenous, with distinctly different motives and management. The people who really get into the nitty gritty of the black hat malware and know how to use it. (e.g. NSA) could be distinct from the ones who get "weaponized" malware ready to use in a package, "For Official Use Only".

Gravity is a myth, the Earth sucks.