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Comment Paging Minister Hacker (Score 3, Interesting) 420

"As it is, governments do just enough to appear to be doing something." How it is that this is not a Sir Humphrey Appleby quote astounds me!

Perhaps one of these quotes could work in its place:

"Two kinds of government chair correspond with the two kinds of minister: one sort folds up instantly and the other sort goes round and round in circles."

"'The Government's position' means 'the best explanation of past events that cannot be disproved by available facts'."

"In government, many people have the power to stop things happening but almost nobody has the power to make things happen. The system has the engine of a lawn mower and the brakes of a Rolls Royce."

"A Civil Service computer strike would bring government to a standstill if it were not for the fact that it is already."


Topically speaking, I've notice the biggest problem to accepting a scientific understanding comes in the form of two anti-science options: 1) A scientifically sounding think tank or lobbyist's research seems directly in conflict with reality but fits well other people's preferred realities and 2) All scientific understanding is really an indoctrination technique, and only the ignorant can see reality.

Of course, neither is particularly exclusive in any field.

Comment High Concept == Lazy Bullshit (Score 1) 144

"It's like FaceBook, but it's entirely for gamers with registered stats, competition organization, walkthrough wikis, easter eggs, cheat codes and skins!" I've heard this before, it's called, "High Concept." It is the reason why 90% of US movies are easy to forget within a few years. "It's Space!" The description of 'Alien' which lead to a franchise that has lasting impact, but the vast majority of high concept ideas end up as forgettable works. There are lots of things in the digital world that the real world doesn't have a ready analogue for (though many are created to explain them to those that didn't do much immigrating in 40+ age realm.)

Digital analogues (ha) were necessary for trying to exploit the potential functionality of modern computing (or explain things for funding). The fermionic world will continue to innovate new things for the human experience, and the digital world will incorporate them. The digital world will create things that have no comparative functions in the physical realm of human experience, and the real world will find ways to use the core idea that came from them. To say one group will always think from this environmental context is to ignore modern civilization wouldn't have happened without people who could do otherwise. There is a maximum 2% genetic difference between any two people without significant genetic defects (T21), which means someone who genuinely believes in Intelligent Falling has nearly the same intellectual potential Dr. Martyn Poliakoff, and conversely, the average slashdot poster has nearly the same social skill set Princess Di.

"The periodic table of videos show sixtysymbols in a numberphile testtube," is strangely recognizable to the target audience of one reference in the above paragraph.

Comment What do landfills have to do with it? (Score 1) 182

You only said, "Polypropylene isn't something that is bio-degradable." You didn't say anything about biodegradation in landfills. Perhaps you were confused between anaerobic degradation and biodegradation in general. Perhaps you thought all landfills functioned under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, but this is not the nineties. Everything from bio-reactors to surface churning is used regularly in many modernly operated landfills in hopes of capitalizing biodegradable materials (and not just those deep tubes attached to methane turbines).

Comment A study of moderation (Score 1) 647

So, I wanted to show my results for those with some curiosity how moderation worked out.
A) My karma remains excellent, despite a weekly troll hunt.
B) (0) Flamebait didn't just get there with a couple of moderations. Times were not included, but the order can be determined. In Comma Seperated Values:

Moderation Value, Reason, Result, Rank, Note;
null, null, 1, Normal, This is premoderation;
-1, Overrated, 0, Normal, This was pretty much expected;
-1, Overrated, -1, Normal, Someone really didn't want to see this again;
+1, Funny, 0, Normal, Told ya that could happen;
-1, Flamebait, -1, Flamebait, Technically\, I can't disagree;
+1, Insightful, 0, Flamebait, Some rankings really stick\, but what's up with Insightful?;

I'd recommend going for the gold rather than worrying about the karma. The net community value of your actions determines your karma; hiding it for fear of flamebait or trolling does nothing to benefit you. If you like to go on a troll fishing binge, own it. I do. My net effect still remains positive due to my on topic contributions to other discussions. If all you do is lurk and post as an AnonCow, why have an account? Many trolls possess, embrace and show off their gloriously poor karma. I know. I know them by name. You don't get banned by slashdot for being a total d-bag. That's how it was designed since, I don't know, version 3, let's call it. Maybe...98?

It doesn't matter if you have a history loaded with praises for or condemnations against a particular party or philosophy, as most of the positive contributors to slashdot focus on the discussion, not history of the people in the discussion, unless they really like that person's point, in which case, maybe they may look at a journal or previous posts. People that go on an ad hominem tirade look trollish and influence those who don't understand how to recognize a legitimate point in the first place.

I've posted anonymously a total of four times in a decade. Once was due to an absence of being logged in. Two were for entertainment purposes and once was to show someone what they should have done (similar to the entertainment purposes, really, pretty much 3 entertainments and a lazy, though, maybe two lazies due to an overlap).

Point is, go for it.

Comment Allow me to show you Karma To Burn (Score 0, Flamebait) 647

This here goddamn country went down hill the moment Erbammy Hussein got inter office. He plans on replacing our bones with some fancy polymer he's been puttin' in the fleride in city drinkin' water, along with that filter for schools to aid in indoctrination of youngin's.

Now, depending on who's got the moderator itch, I do have to throw in some absolutes:

Gnome is one of the worst attempts at stealing Winders for hackers who don't wanna pay shit for shit. It's only a hair worse than KDE, which doesn't got no shit for it that wasn't goin' for that awful mexican girlfriend system with the bouncin' ball. That was almost as bad Beboss thing that's always comin' back, but it still looks like 80's shit. Only IBM ever made a good Windows knock off in that Star Trek thingy, but it wasn't no good compared to what Bill in the buddies cooked up. That Winders is better than Meth!

Now, in case a funny counter-corrects an offtopic, allow me to inform you that all metamoderators have a history of raping their own mothers and burning stray cats. Now a score of 1 is still possible, and anyone who sees that should mark it as overrated.

Comment Perhaps a Waste of Time (Score 3, Insightful) 189

To respond to this so late, but...

Normally, when dotters take to correcting a post en mass, there isn't a reason to cover anything; however, the logic of, "We got these things 25-50 years later from a theory, but anything that doesn't contribute this quarter is a waste of money," would be sufficient to kill the theory of economic value versus investment. We got lots of things from the money dumped on the Space Race and the succeeding era, but from a dollar in to dollar out that month, year or even decade perspective, it wouldn't have appeared to be that affordable, even though those technologies, from fuel cells (more than just one type), to photovoltaics, to advanced ceramics and plastics, account for more economic profit today than the most expensive year of the US Independent Space Exploration Era.

I, however, wanted to plug, in a non-spammy way, a couple of places on YouTube that shows current payoff. While it doesn't focus on the LHC, it's a follow up on technologies that are otherwise related to what is being done at the LHC.
This is YT Channel BackstageScience, with a feature call for the video titled, "Lap of a Synchotron". In this video (as well as the many in that list), you will find discussion about many of the assists to, primarily, materials science that comes from the many research activities in the beamline branches.
This is the same facility, but these videos are more on the individual research projects going on at that facility.

Synchotrons are relatively expensive, and when they were the new thing, they were more expensive to construct, maintain and run than many infrastructure projects; they were the LHC of their time. Now, we have safer planes, improved medicine and more advanced super- and semi-conductors. Intentionally producing nanoparticles has been a relatively new thing for commercial industries, but that new economy is entirely dependent on technology like the synchotron.

BackstageScience has a video titled, :"Muon Man", which is an interview with one of the scientists in general. If you asked someone 25 years ago what practical applications existed for muons, you would have been told they can be used to detect time dilation in accordance to Special relativity or changes in a protons charge field. Today, we use the to detect restricted radio-active materials and peer into the inner workings of large-scale geological activities, which will eventually allows us to detect volcanic eruptions and, quite possibly, earth quakes.

With regard to this specific project, the LHC's job is to understand the fundamental structures of energy at very small scales. The idea it's stuck on the Higgs boson research shows a lot of ignorance, but the kind one might expect from the limited understanding that comes from someone who would say, "[A]nything other than the proton, neutron, electron and photon," is exotic or has never produced any useful technology. E^2=M^2C^4+P^2C^2 has brought us anti-matter, which eventually led to improved medical technologies. The fact is, large projects, like the LHC, are necessary for such advancements, but too expensive for even a single portion of the economic spectrum to manage for the initial time between theory and application. To say it was too expensive because you can't see any advantage in it shows a failure of understanding how doctorates lead to economic and social advantages. Perhaps you should join slashdot with the moniker Lysenko, so, we will all know how ignorant you are about the importance of advancing science through large scale. publicly funded projects.

Comment That's Where You Went? (Score 0) 138


See, as I look at it, burning petroleum from other planets on this one should make it even more Venusian than burning the pre-solar petroleum under the basaltic plains.

I wonder if we'll see some steam-punk space travel of using our petroleum to get more petroleum elsewhere. Go us!

Comment Any Sub Culture, Any Language (Score 1) 451

Due to the idea of showing aggressiveness, out-stripping capability/capacity or the comparative extreme, everything from computing to politics has some extreme language. Explode, nuclear, destroy, execute, shoot-down, assassinate, surgical strike and war, which have been around forever, have found new companions with jihad, terrorism, dirty bomb and shock and awe. Phrases that may eternally be in bad taste have a tendency to pop up, such as holocaust, genocide, nazi (not that the Interweb Tubes have stopped that one), crash a plane into, Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) and Windows 95.

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