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by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

Either I don't understand, or we're talking about different things. Consider two subatomic particles that are on a collision course. Their interaction, should they get close enough, is governed by QM. When they "bounce" off of each other, there will be a certain probability that they will ...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

it's quite obvious that you haven't studied anything outside of capitalism... I'm so sick of ignorant people who feel they need to butt in... It is the unwillingness of people like you... it's quite clear that you aren't going to put thought into these issues, so please just stop... I used to think...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

Ok, could you unexplode an atomic bomb?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

Maybe not the big pieces, but what about the paths and interactions of the individual molecules responsible for the chemical reaction that made the explosion in the first place? And the molecular bonds that held the (now) pieces together in the first place?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Actually, yes, the profit motive itself that is the premise of capitalism is inherently flawed in that.... Yes, it's flawed. This is why it should not be unrestrained. Every other system is flawed too, just in different ways. But this is not the root of the power behind fake news on the net. Hell, ...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

doogly wrote:Quantum mechanics *is* time reversal invariant (except for some weak interactions, which are mostly irrelevent for the macroscopic limit.)
So.... could you unexplode a bomb by reversing time? Or would the particles likely pick other paths upon interaction?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If advertising were banned from the 'net, about 4/5 of the sites would disappear, and 1/10th of the sites would retool into nothing more than propaganda machines being funded by "totes not advert dollars, bro". But if advertising had been banned from the 'net, the sites would not have bee...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No, capitalism isn't the problem, it is merely imperfect (like all other systems). The problem is what is incentivized, and how we are misled to follow the bait. We took what was "given" to us, not realizing what was being taken from us. Socialism, communism, Marxism, all the -isms have th...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's kind of what I was saying in my final paragraph. Then why are you still in favor of [targeted advertising], when you see where it's going? So... how do we neutralize the propaganda? We change the ecology. The reason propaganda self-amplifies is that it is planted in soil that makes its money...
by ucim
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1852
Views: 311628

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Blending in with human driving straight up requires at least some minor rules fudging to not be disruptive. That won't fly in traffic court - at least not with a human driver. Get Uber's lawyers involved though and all bets are off. In 2016 there were only 1.16 fatalities per 100 miles. You do mean...
by ucim
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As far as targeted advertising goes, I'm not just OK about it, I'm actually somewhat in favour of it. As I used to be fond of saying, most TV advertising is for cars and feminine hygiene products, neither of which I'm in the market for. Replace that with adverts for saxophones and cycling gear and ...
by ucim
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 5465

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

...except that coin flips are independent of each other, and recessions aren't. Recessions are dependent on the state of the economy, and that is dependent... not on when the last recession was (that's too simple), but on where the economy is with respect to where it should be. FSVO "where"...
by ucim
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

Naively, it seems to me that time's arrow is a result of the third law and the uncertainty principle, and as such, is a macroscopic thing. Consider an explosion; a classical case of increasing entropy. During the explosion (like at most any other time), the future is likely to be more disordered. An...
by ucim
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 6207

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

You can also view source. It's in plain text in the source, just dribbled out line by line by javascript.

Josee
by ucim
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25808
Views: 2123189

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It leaves you no time for a personal life. Or sleep.

Maybe that's not really a corruption. :)

I wish I could drink (alcoholic beverages) in any quantity without getting drunk, and without any other ill effect.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

mrob27 wrote:Worse, once you assume that alphagrammed transliterated Hebrew is the code...
That's not what the video says. Hebrew is not the source related language; Turkish is. Where did you find Hebrew?

Jose
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

It's not Beanish, but the Voynich Manuscript is actually getting translated! My post (in ICT): http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?p=4328823#p4328823 The video: watch on safeshare.tv: https://safeshare.tv/submit?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dp6keMgLmFEk watch on youtube: https://w...
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0593: "Voynich Manuscript"
Replies: 111
Views: 32897

Re: 0593: "Voynich Manuscript"

Actual progress on the Voynich manuscript: Voynich Manuscript Revealed (2018) Ata Team Alberta (ATA) has deciphered and translated over 30% the manuscript. Currently, a formal paper of the philological study was submitted to an academic journal in John Hopkins University. watch on safeshare.tv: http...
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So my question becomes, is my data worth anything to these people? Yep. Just the metadata about your metadata (what kinds of friends you have) lets them build profiles, and those profiles allow them (and their customers) to target you even outside of facebook. Even if you aren't current, your frien...
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564380

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My understanding is that the "stolen" data came from terms of service of an app that they got Amazon Turkers to download. The app mined the profile information of the turkers and their entire list of facebook friends... even if the friends did not agree to have their data taken in such a f...
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4858

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

All these people clicking on icons. Whatever happened to the age-old posting of questions to a room in China? Emoji. Okay, if you prefer, my observation so far has consistently been that when I double-click an icon on the desktop [...] and I have a private detective on retainer... You have the dete...
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

Love These Advent posts! And once again, I'm surprised by how fast things are happening as we near the e... Dawn of Time. Just as it was in the Yip of Time. And as it should be.

It's nice to hear the basement door creak open every now and then - Hi cellocgw and ergman. :)

Jose
by ucim
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 4858

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Right now, my computer does what I tell it to do - if I double-click on an icon on my desktop, my computer "runs" whatever the icon represents. No. When you double click an icon, the computer does whatever the authors of that application tell it to do. And that application, behind the sce...
by ucim
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8027

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

mathematicians claim [...] that it is superior to the world of empirical reality No. Just....no. ...the world of mathematics in the mind of mathematicians is inherently shaky... No, it's not "shaky", it's "limited". GIT says (roughly) that there are true statements (about a doma...
by ucim
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8027

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Math is a game. The object of the game is to figure out the rules. That is... to figure out which sets of rules are interesting (lead to interesting results). On the other hand, the universe is a thing. We presume that it operates based on a set of rules, and seek to figure which rules are in the se...
by ucim
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

It takes roughly a gallon of jet fuel to move 100 pounds on a domestic flight (at an industry average price of $3.05 a gallon). Weight-costs add up quickly and multiply out to millions $ per year. So, with those numbers, a 200 pound person with ninety pounds of luggage costs less than nine dollars....
by ucim
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

My point about weight was that the overall cost structure for airfare should be based on weight carried since that's what drives the actual cost to the airline. I don't think that's true at all. It's a bit cheaper to fly an empty plane across the country, but not much. It's pretty much a fixed cost...
by ucim
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 16576

Re: Quantum Question

doogly wrote:There are no violations of special relativity or causality in quantum mechanics.
No. Just a violation of the sense of what "is" is.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Realistically people should get a weight allowance and have to pay if it's over that, Why weight? The delay is due to bulk, not weight, and the two are not well correlated (especially when one is encouraged to put the heaviest things in carryon so that one's luggage doesn't go over the limit). The ...
by ucim
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

Remember, on the OTT, every number is an interesting number. So, unbasement at will, and do treeish stuff at will. And I see this makes me Pope of NP2639, so consider that a decree. :) And Will will be the lucky one!

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

So.... in the very best case we can save ten minutes on a trip that's typically going to be three or more hours in the air, plus getting to the airport an hour or two before the flight, plus the time it takes to get to the airport and to the ultimate destination. Not something I'm going to lose slee...
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 412516

Re: Questions For The World

Yeah, the key to heroism isn't risk, it's selflessness.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 412516

Re: Questions For The World

PAstrychef wrote:I get that I don’t think this guy was a hero. But what do you other people think?
Well, I'm other people and I agree with you. :) To be a hero requires that risk be (successfully) taken selflessly, for a greater good.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

Scene 60 [Extreme close-up: Exterior, day.] The camera is tightly focused on some mud, which is being carefully removed by fingers to reveal the underlying shape of part of a slab. The camera pulls back slowly, as more mud is removed and soon the entire slab is in shot. It is about half a cue wide,...
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 412516

Re: Questions For The World

Shackleton was a hero because he rowed across the Antarctic Ocean in a 14 foot boat and landed in the right place by dead reckoning, in order to save the lives of everyone who had sailed on the Endurance . Other people misusing the word for their own personal gratification doesn't change this. Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

SuicideJunkie wrote:If toddlers make up a significant percentage of the plane's passengers, an efficient boarding process is a lost cause no matter what you do.
How does Air Force One do it?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862665

Re: 1190: "Time"

GnomeAnne wrote:The Advent doesn't seem to observe daylight saving Tim.
Perhaps he doesn't believe that cutting a foot off the bottom of a blanket and sewing it to the head makes it longer.

In any case, I'm enjoying them!

Jose
by ucim
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8606

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

xtifr wrote:It is a source of constant amazement to me that an app designed to show moving pictures and sound across the internet (Netflix) can be so much better behaved on a mobile device than an app designed to show static text (Kindle).
You might want to look into their data usage. Just saying.

Jose
by ucim
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8027

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

I notice that your statement (1) and your statement (2) are not mutually coherent and not mutually consistent. Huh? I understand "coherent", but what does "mutually coherent" mean? I baked a pie. Did I bake a pie? What do you believe ? What would convince you? Before you were co...
by ucim
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 86906

Re: 0688: "Self-Description"

I came across this comedy routine about charts; I think fans of 0688 will appreciate it: The Amazing and wonderful world of charts - Alex Velluto - Dry Bar Comedy watch on safeshare: https://safeshare.tv/submit?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8Vw4eJLoXUQ watch on youtube: https://www...

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