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Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

ABoerma Re:Same everywhere (342 comments)

Why settle for the least bad one when you can vote for a party that will end the government hush-up on extraterrestials, outlaw chemtrails, and make perpetuum mobile energy available for everyone? [see SOPN.nl]

about 2 years ago
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Violation of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

ABoerma Re:Argh science journalism. (155 comments)

The 'you change the system by measuring it' is called the observer effect, and it has to do with wave function collapse and not with uncertainty.

Regarding the HUP: you can derive that without referring to measurement apparatuses, by just looking at the momentum and position operators. Let position x and momentum p each have standard deviation dx and dp, respectively, then by the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality

        dx dp >= |cov(x,p)|.

The covariance of x and p is

        cov(x,p) = E[(x-E[x])(p-E[p])],

where E[A] is the expected value of operator A, and as the commutator of operators x and p is [x,p]=i hbar,

        dx dp >= |E[(x-E[x])(p-E[p])]| = |E[xp]-E[px]|/2 = hbar/2,

which is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
 

about 2 years ago
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Committee Lowers Nobel Prize Award

ABoerma Forget it... (178 comments)

... I'll just aim for an Ig Nobel Prize instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Software Patents Good For Open Source?

ABoerma Betteridge's Law of Headlines (150 comments)

"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no'"

more than 2 years ago
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Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program

ABoerma Re:Next (50 comments)

Taking only the obvious steps:
World of Warcraft > Role-playing game > Role-playing > Roleplay (disambiguation) > Sexual roleplay > Human sexual behaviour > Human sexuality > Virginity ("Losing one's virginity" redirects to that page.)

more than 2 years ago
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3 Share Nobel Prize In Medicine For Immune System Work

ABoerma Re:Hmmmmm.... (75 comments)

I would say that the invention of the sun valve (Gustaf Dalen, Nobel prize for physics in 1912) was a pure engineering achievement.

more than 2 years ago
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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

ABoerma Re:Price of a textbook. (349 comments)

When I was in (Dutch) secondary school, textbooks used to be around €50, so that’s a little cheaper than university but still way over $25. Secondary school students can usually rent their books from the school here instead of having to buy them themselves, so that brings the total cost down to about €10 per book for the student.

more than 2 years ago
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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

ABoerma Price of a textbook. (349 comments)

I can’t remember any of my textbooks costing around $25. I think $100 (€75) is the mean price.

Of course, this only validates their argument: if you are willing to spend $100 on a textbook, spending $25 on a pc for education is not a big hurdle.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Researchers Propose Asteroid Deflection Mission

ABoerma Mass != weight (198 comments)

> (it 'only' weighs 46 million kilograms)

No it doesnâ(TM)t. Kilograms are a unit of mass, not of weight.

about 3 years ago
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Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'

ABoerma Clinton would know (722 comments)

After all, he lived in a white house for a few years.

more than 3 years ago
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IAU Names Fifth Dwarf Planet Haumea

ABoerma Re:Yet another goddess (94 comments)

I wonder which they'll allow first when they run out of 'old' pantheons: planet Xena or planet Jesus. No troll intended, just wondering.

more than 5 years ago

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