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Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 4, Funny) 725

I'm sure (s)he's now totally changed their opinion on the nature of the political right after reading your well thought out and well argued post.

Anyway, can we stop with all of the anger for a minute and remember that a human being just died here? Show some respect. Regardless of whether or not we agree with his positions, there are people out there who loved and cared about this man. My condolences go out to the Koch brothers for their loss.

Comment Re:Can we stop the Einstein worship now (Score 1, Interesting) 137

Michelson-Morley, a negative (i.e. non) result, did nothing whatsoever.

Einstein didn't copy: Science is almost always a collaborative process with people building on top of each other.

When you don't give credit, as Einstein was famous for not doing, then it is copying. Had Einstein given the proper amount of credit, he wouldn't have the unreasonable levels of adulation he has today. Which was the OP's point.

As to the papers you list: Einstein was always a contributor, and a big factor in general. But the papers you cite are invisibly small compared to SR/GR. For anyone else, those papers would be worth framing. But Einstein basically fizzled in his later years. The big stuff he was working on -- trying to define space/fields/ether, and trying to unify the e/m & gravity -- produced zilch.

Comment Re:Can we stop the Einstein worship now (Score 1, Interesting) 137

I somewhat agree with you.

Einstein copied from/built off of many others, prompting some physicists to give the credit for relativity to Lorentz and others? Yes

Einstein was weak enough, mathematically, that he needed Hilbert (and even some interns) to help him with the math? Yes

Einstein did little after SR/GR? Yes

Even worse, in my books, is that SR discarding the ether was the single most damaging thing to happen in physics in the last 110 years.

GR saying the ether can be there, but is not needed, did not fully reverse the gaff of SR.

Einstein then vacillated about the ether for the rest of his life, coming out both for and against numerous versions of the ether, before finally settling on a name-changed ether.

Bottom line? Einstein played both sides of the ether fence, and played games with words, rather than advancing physics and further than SR/GR.

On a non-physics level, I like Einstein. He was a thinker, philosophical and a pacifist. And he didn't wear socks...something I haven't been able to give up.

Comment Re:If Facebook hosts content in France.. (Score 1) 136

Wrong. If Facebook has a service in France, they are subject to French law.

If Facebook has servers in France or accepts ad revenue from a French company, they should absolutely be subject to French laws. Depending on European Union laws, this could even apply if Facebook has servers or accepts ad revenue from any European company. Depending on trade agreements between France/EU and the USA, this could even apply if Facebook has servers or accepts ad revenue from any US company.

It all depends on trade agreements in place for all countries involved in this case.

Comment Re:Good for France. (Score 1) 136

So what do you do when laws in different countries are contradictory?

Example: Certain speech being illegal in country A, but protected in country B?

If there ever was a situation where it is impossible to follow the laws of two countries simultaneously, then the company simply has to decide which country to do business with. If it was impossible for Facebook to follow French law and US law, for instance, Facebook would be forced to choose which country to do business in. That means accepting no ad revenue from either US companies or French companies. It really is that simple.

There is no universal right that a company must be allowed to do business in every country on the planet.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 282

Put simply: pagers are amazingly reliable, and have nearly perfect coverage. In ideal circumstances, a pager adds nothing to a phone. In real-world circumstances, it does.

After all, if you're sitting at your desk where you made sure you have good cell phone coverage, you also have email and IM and so on, and the phone itself is almost redundant. But when you're at some random customer site, or driving through some place cell coverage is sparse, or in a variety of little cell-coverage dark spots, the pager just works.

Comment Re:New black markets (Score 1) 183

But I bet she didn't expect this to happen under a government favoring corporations and trying to reduce the liberty of everyone else.

That book was about the merger of government and corporations! Bailouts and protections of failing companies was most of the plot. FFS, while it's hard to recommend it as the writing isn't great, you shouldn't complain about it if you won't make the effort.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 2) 183

Power investors buy physical gold. The only problem with this is when an investor takes his gold with him on a fishing trip and suffers a boating accident. This happens far, far more frequently than you might expect.

Boating accidents - they're not just for guns!

(For those not in on the joke: when the government starts ignoring the Second Amendment and tries to disarm the citizenry, they will discover that millions of high-end rifles with duly registered sales were tragically lost in boating accidents and so cannot be turned in).

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