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Comment: I'm sceptical (Score 1) 86

by ocean_soul (#41996861) Attached to: Invisibility Tech Demo Tomorrow In NYC

I am very skeptical to any such announcements. I would like it better if every one would keep the exited reporting for after the demo. Especially /., which considers itself to be well educated on scientific and technological matters.
As a physicist (PhD) working on radio science in relation to astrophysics I have seen a lot of people proposing a lot of awesome inventions, that never worked...

Comment: I don't understand (Score 1) 392

by ocean_soul (#41810957) Attached to: 26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Why is this `the frankenstorm of the century? What does that even mean? And why is it relevant that there are power plant's in its path? And how would a storm cause a meltdown (not to mention that US nuclear power plants are designed to safely melt down)? And most importantly: why is crap like this getting posted on /.?

Comment: Not important news, surprisingly. (Score 5, Insightful) 73

by ocean_soul (#41290067) Attached to: CERN's Higgs Boson Discovery Passes Peer Review Publication Hurdle

In contrast to what many people think, passing peer review is not all that important. Among scientists, there is no such thing as 'ratified science'. This is only something that needs to be done to get a paper published in an scientific journal. That would be important if the publishers were trying to make other scientist aware of their findings or if they need publications in peer reviewed journals in order to secure money. Neither of those is really the case here.

Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 2) 267

by ocean_soul (#41200755) Attached to: Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun

If this is true, and there is actual causation and not only correlation (both these things are not clear to me at the moment), my first hypotheses would probably have to do with the quantum Zeno effect, rather than gravity. Although an explanation using gravity variations is also a valid hypotheses. But I agree that speculative hypes like this do not belong on /.

(disclaimer: PhD in physics, working in space-science)

Comment: Re:What happened to the days of hitmen? (Score 3, Insightful) 140

by ocean_soul (#40966633) Attached to: Intellectual Ventures Tied To 1,300 Shell Companies

The trolls very rarely get away with this stuff in a courtroom. Most of the time they settle out of court, because the defendant does not have the resources (in case of a small company) or it's just cheaper for them (in case of larger companies defending). Patent trolls are, most of the time, very scared of actually having to go to court. If this happens they will probably lose. And if they lose a dangerous, at least for them, precedent would be set.


+ - Judge steps down over US 'enemy' comment in Megaupload case->

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vu1986 writes ""On Tuesday, the chief judge of the New Zealand district court that must decide if Dotcom can be extradited announced that Judge David Harvey had surrendered the case and would be replaced. The move comes after reports that Harvey said ”We have met the enemy and he is [the] U.S.” at a recent conference in relation to the current state of copyright law.""
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