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Comment: Tense in headlines, and ...what? (Score 1) 135

by wonkey_monkey (#48262675) Attached to: Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Initial reports of recent events don't usually go for the past tense. It looks a bit weird.

So, if our electron has some probability of being in position (x1,y1,z1) and another probability of being in position (x2,y2,z2), those two probabilities can be isolated from each other, cordoned off like quantum crime scenes.

Yeeaaah... I'm not sure that analogy is as helpful as the author hoped.

Comment: The future is here... (Score 1) 45

...but it's still being measured in imperial units.

which is supposed to have a .05mm resolution

Supposed to have? Is there any reason to think that it might not? All of the other specs seem to have been taken on trust, so why has this one been singled out?

Perhaps the writer was suspicious of these new-fangled millimeters. What's that in 1/256s of a inch?

Comment: Correction (Score 4, Informative) 73

by wonkey_monkey (#48238749) Attached to: First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

It's the first deliberate commercial mission to the moon.

I forget the details but there was a commercial satellite that ended up in the wrong orbit, and the easiest way to fix it was to send it out around the moon and back. Okay, it didn't do any actual science or anything, but still.

Comment: Re:Stockdale Paradox (Score 1) 157

by wonkey_monkey (#48231827) Attached to: The Problem With Positive Thinking

I never doubted [...] that I would get out

When Collins asked who didn't make it out of Vietnam, Stockdale replied:

Oh, that's easy, the optimists.

Sounds more like it was the lapsed optimists. What is Stockdale's first quote, if not optimistic?

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

How do you "confuse" those two things?

Not really sure what life lesson I'm supposed to take away from this - stay optimistic, just don't set a deadline for it so you're never actually disappointed? If you get sent to a POW camp, don't think "I'll be out by next week," think "I'll be out before I die," because then if you are, great, and if you aren't, you won't know about it?

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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