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Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 1) 72

by Greyfox (#49785597) Attached to: Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory
Inasmuch as I can follow it, a lot of it seems to be "Well the math seems to work (or can be made to work) so we should be looking for these specific things." Also, it seems like every time an experiment is done trying to prove any of the collection of things in string theory (Or supersymmetry, for that matter,) they always seem to end up not validating what the experiment was trying to prove.

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 1) 72

No, I agree. If Feynmann can't follow their calculations, there's something largely amiss. Then again, that was a while ago and for all I know they might be making perfect sense now.

But I still contend that "it sounds like gibberish to laypeople" is a pretty low bar to set. It's almost impossible to describe something like QCD to non-phycisists without stopping twice a sentence - "well, not a literal color", "not 'up' like in 'gravity'", etc. - even at the high school textbook level.

Comment: Re:Already has (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#49782261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

What about in a live setting if the singer is tired or sick and needs help delivering a 'usual' performance as opposed to trying to record a performance that just isn't there? Isn't that what they were made for initially?

Yes. That's the idea. Still true, though. Vocal range can change from day to day.

Comment: Re:Corruption? In Russia? (Score 1) 83

by drinkypoo (#49780177) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

I think I see where you're both going, and I agree with him. It's not like just any asshole can broadcast. The government decides who's even allowed to bid on spectrum, so even if there were nothing fancier going on, there's manipulation at that level. But beyond that, Fox "News" and their victory in court against having to even try to tell the truth when they call it news is vindication of the position. The mainstream media does the will of the government, and buys legislation in same, to the extent that the lines between the two are blurred.

Comment: Re:Two quick fixes to mass replicate (Score 1) 229

by American AC in Paris (#49777397) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Sure, plenty of kids and teens would not get educated, but they're probably not get anything now either. You can't make a student that won't learn educated anymore than you can make a morbidly obese person who refuses to eat right healthy. Sometimes society is better off with such people being allowed to make themselves into warnings for others.

Setting aside the sheer depravity of this argument, we have ample historical context for what happens when society cuts off the neediest. France, Haiti, Cuba, China, Russia, Algeria, Egypt, India, Scotland, The Phillipines, Mexico--just to name a few places where social and political inequality have driven massive, bloody revolts.

Wealth and political power calcify with the already wealthy and powerful. The middle and working classes slowly lose what wealth they have through attrition. Poverty becomes a virtually inescapable sink of destitution. Eventually, enough people end up having quite literally nothing to lose that you get vicious, deadly, destructive revolutions that take generations to recover from.

If you insist on taking a "pragmatic" view of not even bothering to -try- to improve the lives of the impoverished, try to at least understand the historical ramifications of what you're arguing for.

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