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Comment Nobody here wants. (Score 1) 507

But your typical consumer doesn't want to mess with all those other devices. Think Grandpa, who barley manages to run the microwave, wants to mess with a RaspberryPi or string cables around and figure out input switching? No, a smart TV is (when done well) a simple solution for the less technically inclined among us. Which is most people.

Comment Re:Every One (Score 1) 191

In physics and astronomy, worldwide, almost every paper that is published in a journal is also published by the authors on the free preprint server .

I thank you for that tidbit for a couple reasons. I've not yet found that source of free information yet, so that makes me happy. It also helps curb my animosity toward the journals. Knowing that research is [mostly] freely available helps me see the journals not as money grubbing gatekeepers of knowledge but rather as curators of vast amounts of information. Curation is a perfectly legit business I got no beef with and can actually appreciate the value of.

Comment Never understood this. (Score 1) 157

How is it possible, even in vaguest theory, for an experiment inside this universe to test the holographic universe theory? Even if this experiment had found the hypothesized effect they would have been no closer to verifying the holographic theory because there could be any arbitrary number of other hypothetical explanations for the effect that had nothing to do with the holographic theory, no? Never mind the particulars of the experiment, how was it even possible in theory that this experiment would offer any insight at all as to the veracity of the holographic universe theory? To test the holographic universe theory would require not being confined to this universe, to be able to interact with or detect existence outside of the universe being tested, no?

A learned hamster scientist looking for tenure wants to test the ball universe theory. He shoots a laser at a right angle to the bottom of his universe and again at a 45 degree angle to the bottom of his universe. He repeats the 45 degree experiment 360 times, increment the bearing each time. The light comes right back to his laser in the right angle experiment. In the 45 degree experiment it comes back to him from 45 degrees elevation and 180 degrees opposite bearing with 3 times the energy loss as seen in the right angle experiment. All the 45 degree experiments get the same result. He has just proven the ball universe theory, right? NO. He's just proven the inside of his universe is a ball. He still knows nothing about the outside of his universe or the nature any part of his universe beyond its inner boundary.

How is the experiment in the article any different from the hamster scientist's experiment? The only thing they can possibly test is the nature of existence inside the universe and not the nature of the universe itself.

Comment Sure, I'll sign. (Score 1) 602

Everything I am 'forced' to sign that I don't want to gets signed by "Clark W. Griswold".

But frankly, I wouldn't have any problem signing something with obligated me to something as nebulous as "reasonably available".

"No, Your Honor, I do not consider it reasonable to take off work at a paying job for a week to go work for free at a former employer who laid me off."

I'm pretty confident any half decent lawyer would have no problem convincing anyone that this isn't reasonable.

Comment Re:Too much hype ruined it for me. (Score 1) 242

Oh yeah, and I forgot the main thing that cheesed me off more than any other: the exposition kept dropping me out of the story. Every time I started to get pulled in and started to enjoy things they'd go through some long protracted expository scene, like the slingshot maneuver being explained to the freakin' director of NASA. Seriously? That scene when on about 20 minutes longer than necessary. It should have been:

Boss: "Dude's got an idea."
Rich: "Slingshot Hermes back out."
Wiig: "Faster?"
Rich: "Checks out."
Director: "OK. No."

Comment Too much hype ruined it for me. (Score 1) 242

After all the hype about scientific accuracy I was excited to be wowed by it. I wasn't. Not only that I was irritated by a number of things. If all the hype hadn't got me in the mindset that I was about to watch one of the best done science plausible movies ever I could have given a pass on all this in exchange for being entertained. However, due to the hype I went in expecting that the entertainment value would be delivered in the form of scientific accuracy to delight my pedantic inner geek. I am disappoint.

Motion in Hermes #1: Everyone looked like they were flying on wires. Which they were, but after the astounding work done on Apollo 13 with weightless motion, the bar was pretty high and I expected better from 'one of the most scientifically accurate movies ever'. If not for that hype I wouldn't have been irritated by it because wires are the way it's done.

Motion in Hermes #2: When they were flying through the hub and got to the ring spokes, do I recall incorrectly or were the spoke access ports stationary relative to the hub? Shouldn't they have been rotating around the hub? (I admit I could be remembering wrong here.)

Motion in Hermes #3: Why were there curved trajectories every time someone went down into a spoke access port? You don't get sucked in like a vacuum cleaner hose. Granted there would be a slight breeze caused by air circulation and gravity does increase as you move from the hub centerline, but neither of those things could account for the radical accelerations seen in those scenes.

Growing potatoes: Wouldn't they have been irradiated prior to stowage due to the long storage time and therefore no longer be viable?

Gut bacteria = composting bacteria?: I don't know about this one but it seemed not right to me. I find it difficult to believe that the gut bacteria in his crap would have been suitable for composting said crap for use as fertilizer and be safe for application to food. Seems a stretch, but maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong.

All this said, I will sustain one point of hype: the 3D was very well done. Not obtrusive, felt natural (camera focus was always at story focus), and most of the time I never thought about it. Very nice.

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