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Comment: Re:NASA needs SpaceX. SpaceX doesn't need NASA. (Score 3, Informative) 292

by smaddox (#46543915) Attached to: Back To the Moon — In Four Years

I'm assuming you meant He3, but it is worthless without a working fusion reactor, of which we have none. The only value of a lunar base would be as an intermediate port for assembling large ships for longer journeys. Well, that and you could make some badass telescopes on the dark side.

Comment: First sentence of summary is false. (Score 4, Interesting) 35

by smaddox (#46487505) Attached to: Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

Integrated photonics has its place, but it's never going to replace CMOS for computing. Waveguides don't scale like transistors do. If you want to see what integrated photonics is good for, look no further than Infinera. They build photonic integrated circuits for fiber optics communications in 10 years they will own the market for long distance endpoint hardware.

Comment: Thoughts on thing a week? (Score 1) 48

by smaddox (#46486929) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

What are your retrospective thoughts on you're thing a week project? I'm particularly interested in if you thought it was a success (and what that might mean), and if you would suggest something similar to other artists.

Loved your music ever since i heard about you through Slashdot 6 or 7 years ago! Thanks for all the laughs and entertainment!

Comment: Not the way to economical fusion power generation. (Score 0) 109

by smaddox (#46340475) Attached to: New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

ITER is a all the proof anyone should need that the Tokamak is not the way to economical fusion power generation. Of course neither is inertial confinement fusion, while we're on the topic. It would be one thing if these projects were sold as basic science, but instead they are sold as being practical approaches to fusion power generation. It's a lie.

Comment: Re:how many products? (Score 2) 298

by smaddox (#46130887) Attached to: Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

The problem with Bill Mitchell's approach to monetary theory (Chartalism), is that it is focuses on public debt when it's the inevitable deleveraging of private debt that cause recessions and depressions. Given, it may be a workable approach, but it's not very direct. Steve Keen, on the other hand, focuses directly on the role of private debt in the macroeconomy. He's currently working on a dynamic model fully capable accurately simulating booms, recessions and depressions in all their glory, and he already has some very instructive models. You can check out his blog here, his "manifesto" here, and his research papers here.

Comment: Re:Cool science coming... (Score 1) 136

by smaddox (#46031821) Attached to: CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

Polarized gravitation would also make some forms of man-made time travel possible, which would be quite interesting. It would be very revolutionary if antimatter turned out to have opposite gravitational sign. Unfortunately, we're probably still several years from knowing. Still exciting, though.

Comment: Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 1) 628

by smaddox (#46031345) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

How many humans have complex thoughts by human standards?

The whole point of the concept of evolution is that every separation we make between species is arbitrary. The changes are continuous, not quantized (well, technically they are quantized, but only at the level of DNA, which is a minuscule scale).

Comment: Re:That doesn't seem right. (Score 1) 628

by smaddox (#46031229) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

In my undergrad psychology book, there were several anecdotes of intelligent behavior in various animals. One story was about a dolphin that was trained to clean trash from it's holding tank. Each time it brought a piece of trash to the trainer, it would receive a fish as a reward. Eventually one dolphin figured out that it could put a rock on a piece of trash, rip it into smaller pieces, and be rewarded for each smaller piece. After it figured this out, the other dolphins in the tank apparently started doing the same thing (implying that they learned from each other).

I don't believe it's an accident of history that dolphins are considered some of the most intelligent animals. There are people who study animal intelligence for a living, and I am willing to concede to their expertise.

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