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Comment: Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (Score 1) 351

by visualight (#48903169) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

The fundamentals were there. The problem was that she had difficulty applying it to a car, and more specifically, the brakes. Some basic ideas like the relationship between weight and inertia had to explained in detail and not just referenced. In the end I never felt satisfied that she really understood everything because she refused to discuss it anymore.

Comment: Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (Score 1) 351

by visualight (#48900825) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

I was on a long trip, going through the Rockies with a very loaded sedan, towing a trailer. It was her turn to drive and for some time I had been repeatedly admonishing her to increase her following distance, slow down, etc., because of the excess weight. As she continued to ignore me my explanations grew longer and more detailed, until finally she interrupted me with "What's inertia?"

Comment: Re:From the outside... (Score 1) 666

by visualight (#48874645) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Currently, accepting GMO means becoming a vassal of Monsanto Corporation. Why would any sane populace _choose_ to be dependent on an ethically challenged mega-corp for their food supply? This isn't about fear, *no one* in a decision making position is *afraid* of GMO. They're just smart enough to keep it the fuck out of their country.
Next time you decide to throw in a bonus (inseparable from Monsanto) GMO plug while posting, please refrain from the standard "fear" debate Monsanto shills always use --and kindly explain why any farmer would choose to depend on Monsanto for his livelihood *forever*. In the U.S. there is no "choice", they'll get you eventually.
Thing is, YOU are well aware of all of this, and yet here you are advocating for GMO. You're a bad person.

Comment: Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (Score 4, Informative) 219

by visualight (#48764313) Attached to: FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

"Everybody else pretty much agrees North Korea did it... "

Wait, what? I was under the impression that -no one- thinks North Korea did it. I certainly don't, and that's in part because my government is so -focused- on getting us to believe they did.

And in part because the president is a democrat (pwned by Hollywood).
And in part because of what was hacked, what was released.

(another) data breach is embarrassing. An attack by NK garners sympathy. Also, without this hack The Interview would have made about a dollar.

No idea why 'North Korea did it' can possible be modded "Informative".

Comment: Re:Balloons (Score 1) 174

by visualight (#48726131) Attached to: How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe

Gravity slows down the expansion, and, it slows down the passage of time. Time and space are not merely relative they are one and the same. The expansion of space and the passage of time -are the same thing- .

Perhaps at some point space-time expands so fast that it actually rips and a huge expanse of the universe is flooded with quantum energy made matter. Uniformly, throughout the expanse. This matter then slows down the expansion -temporarily though, as matter collects together due to gravity and creates new "pockets" where the speed of expansion can pick up again.

Comment: Re:Pullin' a Gates? (Score 1) 449

by visualight (#48715923) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

Instead of paraphrasing why not just quote him directly? It's not a long article and no one will think 'strawman'.

"Big caches are efficient. Parallel stupid small cores without caches are horrible unless you have a very specific load that is hugely regular (ie graphics)." ...
"the crazies talking about scaling to hundreds of cores are just that - crazy."

In that context, he's right. If you're doing hundreds of dumb cores you should be using gpu already.

Comment: Re:Arrow of Time (Score 1) 107

by visualight (#48555209) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

I might not understand what you're saying.

The farther away galaxies are from each other, the faster they are moving from each other, and, the faster they are accelerating. Wouldn't this and other phenomenon be independent of my perception? I mean gravity doesn't only affect my physical being and the construction of it in my mind. It objectively affects the passage of time throughout the universe. Doesn't it?

Comment: Re:Arrow of Time (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by visualight (#48554619) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Time cannot go backwards because time, as an independent phenomenon doesn't exist. The passage of time, and what enables "change" is the expansion of the universe. It expands slower or faster near or away from the influence of gravity as time passes faster or slower near or away from the influence of gravity. Time and space aren't simply "relative". The are the same thing. Entropy is strongly correlated but not actually coupled.

IANAP, and I haven't actually convinced anyone that the way I see it is true. But I think the universe described by Renate Loll is probably the closest to my own mental picture. Or, at least, the idea that there are not really three spacial dimensions but one made my own mental map easier to "run" in my mind.

Comment: Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 584

by visualight (#48552667) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

wtf. YOU are the one shifting and deflecting. ONLY YOU. And that's the fucking point. There is nofuckingway you didn't read that post, or have been exposed to same or similar evidence IN FUCKING GENERAL.

Your ENTIRE series of postings has been under the PRETENSE of being ignorant of all such information. You are a LIAR.

We can predict everything, except the future.