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Comment: I say we all panic (Score 5, Insightful) 349

by tylersoze (#48271723) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

OK let's see, the one non-medical person that entered the US with ebola and ran around for a few days with a temperature infected how many people again? Oh right, the two nurses that were up to their elbows in his bodily fluids. How many of his family that he lived with did he infect? Or right, zero. And how many of the people infected with ebola have died here in the US? Oh right, that one guy who ran around untreated for a few days. Yep sounds like something we should really worry about living in a country with a modern medical system.

Comment: Tempest in a teapot (Score 3, Insightful) 2219

by tylersoze (#46180143) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Ah well it wouldn't be the internet without people bitching about what appears, to me at least, be a relatively minor website redesign (uh a bigger font and more white space basically?) of a site that's pretty much just a sequential listing of stories with links and comments anyway.

Comment: Re:Have they considiered... (Score 1) 293

by tylersoze (#45286139) Attached to: Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

Actually the money is on SUSY (supersymmetric) particles, which from a mathematical point of view really "should" exist. Meaning it would be odd that the universe exhibits all these other symmetries, but not that supersymmetry. Basically it's one of those things that if you understand the math it totally makes sense there should be this whole other class of particles, otherwise it looks like a kludge if you don't. Obviously just because those two things fit neatly with each other, hey there should be these new class of particles and hey there's a bunch of matter we have not idea what it is, doesn't mean it's *right* but it's not like it's some crazy physicists are pulling out of their asses. I find the MOND stuff more kludgy, oh let's just tweak the model to fit, as opposed to, OK the particles can't be within this mass range, let's try to find to them them at some other mass range.

Comment: Re:Have they considiered... (Score 5, Informative) 293

by tylersoze (#45284525) Attached to: Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

Guess they should have given up on the Higgs boson search 10 years ago, too? A negative results is not a "failure", it just constrains things a little more.

The most compelling evidence for dark matter is

Obviously we should always be open to alternate hypotheses, but at the moment dark matter is still the most straightforward explanation.

Comment: Nitpicking (Score 3, Interesting) 438

by tylersoze (#45125111) Attached to: <em>Gravity</em>: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

Listen, I'll be the first to point out or notice glaringly dumb science inaccuracies in films, but going after Gravity on this count is pretty ridiculous given that the filmmakers knew *exactly* what they were fudging into order to, you know, giving us two hours of decent thrills instead of 2 minutes of, OK they're all dead now, or 2 hours of them drifting in space dying of asphyxiation. It's fine to point out the inaccuracies in order to inform people about the actual facts, but implying they somehow should have gotten it absolutely right is dumb, and really, the hair not floating? Come one, suspension of disbelief anyone? Besides, who's to say in the universe of the film that all 3 stations weren't in the same orbit very close to each other from some inexplicably crazy reason. :) That's really the only way they would have had a chance of survival, or at least tell a compelling story in that circumstance. And either space shuttle was still in service in that universe or it took place in the years it was in service (gasp movies can show things that aren't happening right now?). To me the silliest things were the Chinese station somehow being knocked into such a lower orbit that it was starting to immediately deorbit, but I see where they wanted to introduce yet another against the clock obstacle, and Clooney have to let go to save Bullock.

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan