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Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 2) 128

by wonkey_monkey (#48932055) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

You can sort of simulate one. Build a device that flashes a light when you press the button - but slowly increase the delay from 0 to... well, I'm not sure exactly, 0.25s? Something like that.

Anyway, if you do this right, your brain will "edit out" the delay (something it does all the time to reconcile differences between the senses).

Then at some point, the device resets the delay to 0. Next time you press the button, your brain will convince you that the light came on before you pressed.

Comment: Re:So can a flock of starlings (Score 2, Insightful) 128

by wonkey_monkey (#48931991) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

Just because quantum mechanics doesn't make intuitive sense to you, doesn't mean you can come up with any old analogy and dismiss the work of people far more qualified in the field than you. Well, you can, obviously, but it doesn't make you right.

It's amazing, that if you know the starlings are flying east to west, and you can only detect a starling as a complete *flock* of starlings, and not see the individual birds, then the flock can jump back east, i.e. back in time, interacting with the previous version of itself.

How is "jumping back" analogous to "interacting with the previous version of itself"?


How about, instead of being condescending, you perform some experiments - or even just provide more than a half-baked analogy - to disprove the last 100 years of quantum mechanics? Obviously all the devices we've been able to create based on this hard-won understanding must be figments of our imagination...

So the thing you know as a photon, is actually a flock of something smaller that is sufficient in density to promote an electron.

Isn't that completely incompatible with the photoelectric effect? You know, the very phenomenon which lead to the concept of the photon in the first place?

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 324

by wonkey_monkey (#48931587) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

because those chips are pure security theater, protecting only against the (quite rare) 'skimming' devices

Chip and PIN also protects you against having your card stolen and used in store, because the only verification is the signature - which is conveniently already on the back of the card for the thief to copy (and usually checked by a singularly uninterested human).

Secondly, how rare is "quite rare"?

How the authors conclude that this has anything to do with ATM bombings is a complete mystery.

Yes, that bit confuses me as well. The link that the Slashdot editors have added goes to a story about card data being hacked to allow unlimited withdrawals, and the like - not nicking someone's card and taking out their money.

Comment: Condescending headline much? (Score 1) 279

by wonkey_monkey (#48924315) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Who are you, Mr Headline, to tell me I don't need an iPad? I think most Slashdot readers are more than capable of making up their own minds on this one.

Here is one Slashdotter who does need his iPad.

Less op-ed clickbait, more actual news, please.

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