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Comment: Re:All they really need as a compelling feature is (Score 1) 243

by sg_oneill (#49729733) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

I don't think you can get 4K projectors yet.
Also, my long long room with peaked roof wouldn't be ideal for the projector.
Otherwise I'd be interested.
Yes you can. In fact its been around longer as projectors than its been a thing for TV screens. However traditionally thats beause they where used for movie cinemas.

There are however now domestic models.

Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 5, Informative) 469

by sg_oneill (#49633627) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

No it wasn't that. Andrew Tannenbaum had no intention of using Minux as a general purpose OS kernel like people wanted it to be. He wanted it to be a teaching kernel and thats all. He didn't accept patches for the most part because he wanted it to remain simple enough for an undergrad student to completely understand (I know that because my WANG hard drive patch couldnt be accepted because of that very reason). Even patches to add networking where rejected.

Comment: Re:Dressed for success? (Score 3, Informative) 62

Fat load of good it did her. She got sexually assaulted by a drunk studio exec (And refused to ever name him. She didnt want to cause trouble and only revealed what happened later on). However Nimoy was aware of what happened and becamse a staunch defender of her. So whilst Kirks good graces where of doubtful providence, Spock was certainly on her side.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 1) 247

by sg_oneill (#49525529) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Thats a trickier one. The reason Microsoft was held to be anti-competitive was because by tying it to windows , it *leveraged* windows near monopoly to artificially create a an IE monopoly over Netscape Navigator. Chromes desktop dominance seems to be based on consumer preference which is perfectly legal.

Now as to mobile phones, THAT is a completely different kettle of fish and one that might just get it in hot water.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by sg_oneill (#49476215) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Antitrust isn't really about consumers (although arguable it is ultimately) but about making sure the free market is both a market and free.

When the entire industry is subject to a single companies whim, then its a bad thing. Microsofts anticompetitive practices in the 90s and early 2000s held the IT industry back years, because web browsers stop being competitive and for the web industry that meant we where stuck with a bloody awful lowest common denominator (ie6) for nearly a decade. At least until EU sanctions gave firefox a fighting chance, and web browsers had to compete again and we saw real innovation finally.

Wheres the innovation in searching, when the only engine one needs to care about is google. Wheres the innovation in content, when the only rule in web presence is "does googles algorithm like it". One company holds millions of IT workers fates in their hands, and thats not safe and its not a free market, just a market.

Comment: Re: Dark Energy (Score 1) 199

by sg_oneill (#49467979) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

i am not saying the steady state theory is correct. i am saying we cannot say the big bang theory is authoritatively correct

Science isn't very good at conclusively proving things, but its awfully good at disproving things.

For the steady state theory to be true, a few things must be true. We would have near amounts of light bombarding us, since the universe would have been around for an infinite amount of time at an infinite size thus being able to shoot infinite amounts of light in all directions for the forever that preceded. This *clearly* is not the case.

Secondly theres none of this "local" vs "non local" observation in the steady state universe. Its *premised* on uniformity in the universe, that is anywhere in the steady state universe looks the same as anywhere else. This is a problem, because we know that whilst the universe is kinda isotropic in some respects, its certainly not perfectly so. Theres nowhere in the steady state theory for the "but what if its different over the horizon" argument to hide, because 1) No horizons in the steady state, and 2) Steady state predicts perfect spatial isotropy. 3) Steady state predicts perfect temporal isotropy. This *can't* be true . Where are the radio galaxies in the local neighborhood. Where are the quasars. Things are DIFFERENT now then when we look back a bunch of billion years (away)!

Theres also the fact that General Relativity is incompatible with the steady state theory, for reasons outside of my mathematic skillset to fully understand.

Finally theres the MBR, and this is the big one. We know the MBR is basically a black body radiation. Something "banged" that isn't banging now.

To wit

The steady state model does not appear to agree with the observed dL versus z relation or with source counts ... In a sense, the disagreement is a credit to the model; alone among all cosmologies, the steady-state model makes such definite predictions that it can be disproved even with the limited observational evidence at our disposal. The steady-state model is so attractive that many of its adherents still retain hope that the evidence against it will disappear as observations improve. However, if the cosmic microwave background radiation . . . is really black-body radiation, it will be difficult to doubt that the universe has evolved from a hotter, denser early stage. - Steven Weinberg

Steady State is a dead theory , and its been dead for the better part of a century. Time to give it up bro.

Comment: Re:Dark Energy (Score 1) 199

by sg_oneill (#49467939) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

In fact, the fact the observable limit tells us was that universe "banged" some finite time ago. In a solid state universe we would have infinite amounts of light coming from infinite distances. And we don't. Whilst this doesn't speak to whether the universe is infinite or finite in size, it does tell us quite conclusively that light has only had a certain number of billion years to propagate, meaning that it *started* , which pretty much rules out the solid state theory.

Throw in a tonne of other evidence for the big bang, and I really don't think its a controversy anymore, outside a few theoreticians on the edge.

Comment: Re:Lobbying and Contributions (Score 1, Troll) 441

by sg_oneill (#49467919) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

The Tea parties foundations where straight up bonkers from day 1 when that stockbroker dude flipped out on TV about how unfair it was bankers might get punished.

screw that noise. Each and every one of those teabag nuts where stooges from day 1. It was a movement born rotten.

Comment: Re:Dark Energy (Score 1) 199

by sg_oneill (#49460371) Attached to: Supernovae May Not Be Standard Candles; Is Dark Energy All Wrong?

even the big bang theory, commonly accepted, was formulated by a belgian priest: i

And newton was practically a religious fundamentalist, Algebra was invented by a muslim cleric (Al-Gebra!) and so on.

The reason we are fairly confident about the big bang is because we have [i]very strong evidence[/i] for it, namely the microwave radio background which more or less lets us *look at* the big bang, or at least its aftermath, and a whole slew of other observations, including the fact the universe seems to be redshifting away from a central point.

Dark matter is a popular theory because it makes the math work. Its not a pseudoscience, its an unproven theory, and there IS a difference.

String theory, ehhhhh thats a bit more on the edge. The problem with string theory is we don't know how to falsify it. It does have the property that it answers a lot of questions, but it seems to be unfalsifiable so whilst its not really fair to call it a pseudoscience, until someone figures out a way to disprove it (And if supersymetery is disproven by the LHC , then it might well be that disproof), or of course prove it, then its more an abstraction than a first class science theory.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long