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Comment: Re:WIMPs (Score 1) 178

by lgw (#49361253) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

Equations can predict, but they don't prove anything.

You've got that backwards, I'm afraid. Science isn't in the business of proof; proof is the realm of mathematics and formal logic. One can prove that one equation, or other statement in a formal language, is equivalent to another under some axioms. Once cannot prove anything about the universe we inhabit.

Science is in the business of useful, predictive models. Dark matter and energy are both "dark" in the sense that we don't have one of those yet. We can characterize them, and there's been some real progress in dark matter as WIMP models predicted the CMBR data nicely, but still, there's so little data to go on. There's a forest of hypotheses for each, and not much yet to weed them out.

If the cosmological constant is, in fact, constant, then it's remarkably close to "0", which is bothersome as it requires such "fine tuning", which is another way of saying we're missing something big. Inflation models also deal with the expansion of space, but don't seem to solve the dark energy problem in any natural way. And QM also has a similar concept: in what been called the "worst prediction ever", the value predicted from QM is wrong by 120 orders of magnitude - so no help there.

Comment: Re:This Guy's Talents Should be Put to Good Use (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by hey! (#49361119) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison

Well, in the end you have to ask "did he get away with it?". Or, given that he turned himself in later, "did he have some purpose in escaping that he fulfilled?"

Intelligence is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. It includes things like thinking through unintended consequences before acting that quite clever people are sometimes bad at.

Comment: I'd put a 'may' there (Score 4, Insightful) 32

by Trepidity (#49360371) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

political pressure is now pushing them hard to open up bidding to multiple companies, which in turn will help lower cost and save the taxpayer money

That's certainly a possible outcome, and hopefully the one we will see, but I think it's a bit optimistic to say that it will do this. It may do that, but a new contract process may also be a total clusterfuck, depending on how it's structured and overseen. The Air Force might get twice as good things for half the price, or it might get something that doesn't work for half the price, or four things that sort of work for twice the price.

Comment: Re:WIMPs (Score 1) 178

by Rei (#49360117) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

One thing that dark energy can't be is *all* fundamental constants, plus position, velocity, etc scaling up evenly. Because if such was the case then there would be no perceptible change.

If youe saying that for example what is ground state would change too then it seems like you're arguing that things at the quantum level *aren't* moving into higher energy states. But things at the macroscopic level absolutely are moving into a higher energy state. So are you arguing that dark energy doesn't act on the quantum scale? I find that difficult to accept if so.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 181

by Jane Q. Public (#49359887) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Why must we keep electing people who are so fucking stupid?

Where have you been all your life?

They aren't stupid (most of them, anyway). On the contrary. They:

(A) think WE are stupid, and

(B) want US to think THEY are stupid. While the entire time their hired pickpocket is sneaking into our wallets.

Comment: Re:One more view. (Score 2) 244

Absolutely loving the reasoning here. There are two possible outcomes.

False dichotomy.

I am not much interested THAT Pao lost the suit. I am interested in WHY she lost the suit.

Until we know that, all other bets are off. You're guessing, and your guesses are probably not correct.

Comment: Re:Damage has been done (Score 1) 244

In the eyes of the investors the Silicon Valley no longer represents a place where technology means everything, where one can get the best talents to work on and create marvelous new and fancy and profitable ways to boldly forge new pathways towards the next technological frontier

And they would largely be correct.

The Silicon Valley, thanks to the feminazis like Ms. Pao, has turned into a place where one can get sued just because one bases one's hiring on the best qualified candidates - and not on the basis of creed, gender and/or racial background

But not for that reason.

The world today that we live in the Silicon Valley is no longer the only place where the investors can find talents - nowadays there are so many options for the investors - They can also go to Europe or India or Korea or Japan or China or Singapore or even Africa / South America

Or, even easier: Oregon or Washington or South Dakota or Texas.

Comment: Re: Yep (Score 1) 382

by Jane Q. Public (#49359849) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Yeah, but 38 year-olds don't want to work 90+ hours a week for the minimum amount of money that the company is willing to pay.

I almost irrelevant but it's not irrelevant. What it is, is reinforcement of my point.

If you HAVE TO pay 1000 chimpanzees to stumble on the work that can be done by 10 educated and knowledgeable and experienced programmers, then ... good luck with that. Because you'll need it.

Even worse if you don't have to, but want to.

Comment: Re: Yep (Score 1) 382

by Jane Q. Public (#49359823) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
It all ceased when companies stopped treating their employees like valued part of the organization, rather than "cogs in the wheel". That started about in the late 60s, into the 70s.

Federal law (and most states) by that time had already been changed to guarantee the kinds of working conditions unions originally existed to fight for. Subsequently, they started to make ever more shrill and strident demands. (Just as the global warmists are now, once they started to realize they really are losing.)

(Partly) as a response, companies started treating employees more like the interchangeable "parts" that unions demanded they be treated as... to the ultimate detriment of the employees.

Don't tell me that's false; I went through it myself. I didn't want to be a member of the union, but I had to in order to have the job. The union kept pressuring the company to give us things we didn't even want. And AS A DIRECT RESPONSE, the company said they'd treat us at the MINIMUM level the union could get away with forcing them to do.

Company execs (who I knew personally and very well) said it straight up: as long as the unions kept the pressure on, they would treat their employees like shit to the best of their ability.

And I was an employee, and I don't blame the company a damned bit. It was the UNION causing all the problems. I knew them too, by the way: a bunch of smarmy mafia-type amateur lawyers.

So: anecdotal evidence. But in my experience, that evidence is very real. The union didn't care about me, all it cared about was itself. It actually fucked me over.

Comment: Jane is Lonny Eachus is a pathological liar (Score 1) 762

by khayman80 (#49359819) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

As expected, Jane provides absolutely no links to back up any of his accusations. And still no evidence that Jane grasps the irony of his lecturing scientists about what scientists think.

And Jane still hasn't admitted he was wrong when he repeated the same false Sky Dragon Slayer things in public over and over.

... Are you aware that the KKK has historically been tied to the Democratic Party of the U.S.? Look it up. [Lonny Eachus, 2014-12-16]

... KKK was a Democrat organization. Look it up. [Lonny Eachus, 2015-01-09]

... Left-wingers who don't know that the KKK has historically been closely tied to the Democrat party? (Even just Wikipedia will tell you that much.) [Jane Q. Public, 2015-01-22]

And we should never forget that the KKK was primarily a Democrat organization. Many people don't remember that. [Lonny Eachus, 2015-03-08]

... How easily people forget. Forget, for example, that Southern segregationists (and even the KKK) were overwhelmingly Democrat over the last century. ... [Jane Q. Public, 2015-03-21]

Pardon the FUCK out of me, but unjustifiably being compared to the KKK would piss A LOT of people off. [Lonny Eachus, 2013-05-31]

Is that why you repeatedly bring up the KKK? Because it's a good way to piss a lot of people off?

Truth: Lincoln also suspended Habeus Corpus. And he wanted to ban slavery SO HE COULD SHIP ALL THE NEGROES BACK TO AFRICA. ... Lincoln was not much of a "hero". He was a racist asshole. [Lonny Eachus, 2012-01-18]

... Abraham Lincoln was a hero of the black people for abolishing slavery, yes? [Lonny Eachus, 2012-04-26]

Abe Lincoln: the ultimate "white supremacist". He wanted to end slavery IN ORDER TO send them all back to Africa. #RealHistoryNotSchool [Lonny Eachus, 2013-12-17]

Abe Lincoln was the most openly racist President in history. Obama visiting Lincolns' memorial is a tribute to ignorance. Lincoln wanted to end slavery because HE WANTED TO SHIP ALL THE BLACKS BACK TO AFRICA. It's history. Read it. Get educated. And by the way, yes Lincoln actually TRIED to ship some former slaves away, but it ended in disaster. Look it the f* up. [Lonny Eachus, 2014-05-26]

... Lincoln was a racist among racists. Lincoln wanted to end slavery BECAUSE he wanted to send all the blacks back to Africa. He even tried to implement the plan. [Lonny Eachus, 2014-07-07]

Lincoln did not like negroes. His stated reason for wanting to free them was so that he could ship them back to Africa. He actually sent one ship full of them to the Caribbean as a trial run. Most of those on board died from smallpox. He was preparing a second expedition when the Civil War broke out. ... [Jane Q. Public, 2015-03-21]

Gosh, how could anyone admire a man who was assassinated three days after proposing that some black people deserved the right to vote? Must be a tribute to ignorance, that's the only answer.

Only one person can save the day. Jane/Lonny Eachus, we need you to leap into action and keep lecturing "the black people" on how ignorant their choices of heroes are. Maybe after enough mansplaining by old white guys, we'll finally be able to heal as a nation.

Comment: Re:Jane is Lonny Eachus is a pathological liar (Score 1) 762

Good grief. When have I ever said false things?

Your Slashdot comments are full of them, some of which I have thoughtfully saved for posterity.

I have argued with you about them at the time, but only later mentioned them in self-defense from your personal attacks. Unlike you, I am not trying to discredit you, except for defense of your personal attacks. Unlike you, I have only made comments on Slasdot that (should it ever become necessary) I can back up with documentation.

In the meantime, you have been given "plenty of rope to hang yourself", as the saying goes. And to continue the metaphor: you have made an awful lot of effort to put that rope to the use for which it was intended.

If you think I am at all bothered by your lengthy exercises in self-abuse here, you are very much mistaken. The more you do, the more goes into the notebook for later.

I am very patient.

Hey... speaking of which: what happened to that fatal condition you claimed here on Slashdot to have? The one you strongly implied would claim your life in a very short time?

It seems you have outlasted the dreaded (claimed) prognistications you quoted to me. Congratulations! By lying about that too, you have probably broken a record for the unethical ways one may tell lies on Slashdot.

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