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Shapeshifting: Proposal For a New Periodic Table of the Elements

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:More missing elements, to to be discovered. (87 comments)

Euhm, if you studied physics, have you somehow missed that the standard model is also essentially a table and a few rules about what positions in the table mean ?

And you may have failed to notice that the physics teacher claimed that chemical elements are made up of standard model particles, and they thus "explain" the chemical elements ... and then proceeded to skip actually showing how you get the composition of any actual element and/or isotope (except maybe H+). Sadly that's not a coincidence. It is thought that the standard model does indeed predict which elements are stable or not, but nobody's ever been able to actually verify that in calculations for anything more complex than Lithium. And something like Oxygen is so far out of reach of the formulas it's not even funny, not to mention Uranium.

Sadly at this point in time, the idea that chemistry can be rigorously poven using physics as a base is just a fantasy. Given that they've failed to actually do that for centuries now, I dare say it's not just because nobody ever thought of doing that.

about a year ago
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Northern Hemisphere Pollution a Cause of '80s Africa Drought

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:The real question.. (158 comments)

Not much, I'd say. They blamed it on:
1) overgrazing
2) bad agriculture
3) global warming
4) pollution of US and Euro factories

How about we simply wait for 5) and blame those guys ?

about a year ago
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GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Postapocoliptic Nightmare (679 comments)

Whereas just randomly eating whatever you find in the wild is more reasonable ? Seriously.

I dare you to read about one 100% natural thing found on wheat. Claviceps purpurea (also called the mother of wheat). This is what will happen to anyone who eats wheat found in nature, and what used to be a rather common "disease" (it's not a disease, it's more accuratly described as poisoning), known as "St. Anthony's fire" (ignis sacer in old medical texts), because the Anthony in question got the "St." part by caring very well for the victims of eating wheat and rye.

Symptoms: Eating natural wheat infected with moederkoorn will induce severe vasoconstriction that doesn't go away. Net effect : blood leaves your extremities and doesn't return until the poison subsides. The effects of that are : every small scratch will experience gangrene, making amputation a necessity. Larger doses (not large at all by the way, a loaf of infected bread can generally be expected to contain more than the LD50 dose) causes hallucinations and attendant irrational behaviour, convulsions, and even death. Other symptoms include strong uterine contractions, nausea, seizures, and eventual unconsciousness. Needless to say, this is a VERY painful way to go.

"Natural" wheat don't you love it ?

Just wait until you hear about what apples can do.

about a year ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

OeLeWaPpErKe Re: Somebody, quick! (412 comments)

Actually the thing that "crushes" the astronaut is the gravity differential over the length of the astronaut. In a "small" (let's say football-sized) black hole that difference is huge, and so the astronaut will get torn apart.

However with a supermassive black hole (and there's never been any other kind detected, they may exist briefly, but that makes the chances of encountering one very small), the differential at the event horizon is tiny.

As for the astronaut, you might think he might have trouble sending nerve impulses from his feet (beyond the event horizon) to his head (outside), however he's guaranteed to fall in faster than any signal can propagate outward, so this is not true. The astronaut will not notice anything (except -maybe- hawking radiation, which will be very weak for large black holes too).

So what do you see when you cross an (realistically sized, ie. huuuuuuuuuuge) event horizon ? Why ... nothing at all. You will see a very, very slight natural luminescence, probably deep in the radio frequence (ie. not visible). Everything will still look normal, exactly like it looked before.

There is also a reason why black holes "look like" the end of time. What does an outside observer see when you fall into a black hole ? Well he sees you slow down, due to time slowing down. An outside observer will never see you actually cross the event horizon, and whatever light you reflect you will reflect "slower" the closer you are to the even horizon. So the light reflecting off of you will fade, but very very slowly. Even hundreds of years after you fell into a black hole, a very sensitive telescope will still be able to construct an image of you and it remains theoretically possible until the end of time (it's going to become damn hard though).

There is also the question of what exactly the edge of the universe is. Objects near the theoretical edge of the universe move away from us at nearly light speed ... which might be what you'd expect to see if these were objects that had just fallen through an event horizon. It makes a kind of sense. The edge of the universe is moving away from us at light speed, but a large black hole would pull in exactly enough space so that any light moving away would travel the distance, and yet still remain just inside the event horizon.

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Want To Hunt Down Earth's Mini-Moons

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Wacky physics, or... (44 comments)

Way to make an argument. Don't bore people with the details.

Do you work for Fox News ?

about a year and a half ago
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European Court Finds Copyright Doesn't Automatically Trump Freedom Of Expression

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Take a look at that statue of liberty. (214 comments)

Well according to the French HADOPI law, you get to do that three times, then you get disconnected.

"Freedom" of the French. Yeah, right.

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Want To Hunt Down Earth's Mini-Moons

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Wacky physics, or... (44 comments)

The funny part is that the "stability" of the celestial system is what convinced Western Europe of a great many scientific facts, and was one of the driving forces of the enlightenment. Even recently, one of the tests of relativity theory (determining whether light really does have a finite speed to be exact) was done by looking at the interference patterns generated by Jupiter's moons. The funny thing about that is that if you were to redo that experiment today you would get totally different values. The same is true for earlier theories, like Kepler's laws or Newton's gravity. The measurements that they purported to explain, they could not actually explain. But very short subsets of those measurements followed the discovered laws to near-perfection.

So the solar system, that convinced the Western world that only a "mechanical God" or no God at all ruled the heavens, because everything is perfectly predictable ... turns out not to be predictable, fickle like the weather. They didn't know that at the time, because reliable measurements had just started mere decades earlier, and in the short term they are extremely stable. But the random perturbations of the system (ie. comets just happening to pass by, modifying moon and planetary orbits while they swing by) have an influence that is so big that they destroy whatever signal is in the measurements. Planetary orbits are not stable at all, nor are they even remotely elliptical in practice (they are perturbed too much).

And it's worse yet than merely those comets, the fact is that it was not yet known that the "three body problem" is chaotic, and the relation between starter positions and "end" states is completely unpredictable. So a 11 huge bodies, trillions of smaller bodies system, like the solar system, is completely unstable on all but the shortest time frames. Now, even though we have better scientific models and more accurate theories, we have also found that actually predicting planetary orbits or moon orbits as little as 100 years out is completely impossible to do with any accuracy. This is because of "black swan" events with huge influence, that occur with alarming regularity.

In a way, it's funny, that we were convinced of pretty much the central claim of the enlightenment ... by a measurement error. By a failure to detect omnipresent chaos. The people that convinced the world that physical laws, not God, ruled the heavens ... were wrong. Not about the principle, those laws do apply, but about the actual examples they gave. The laws about gravity do not really predict planetary or moon orbits with any accuracy if there's constantly trillions of disturbances happening everywhere that you cannot measure and thus cannot implement in the calculations. It was just really hard to prove them wrong in the short term. And people believed them, and of course they did not modify their beliefs once it did become clear they were wrong. In this case it was a positive force, of course, but that was mere luck.

The sad part is that this lesson hasn't sunk in. Predicting past events to near-perfect accuracy is easy in a chaotic system. Predicting the future, or even just measuring the present situation, is not impossible, but so absurdly hard that we can safely say that no technology or theory will ever be able to do it.

I'm kind of afraid that's the next lesson we'll have to learn the hard way. Just because we have correct theories does not mean we can accurately predict the future. Chaos is everywhere. Not just in the heavens, but on earth as well, from wall street to the climate.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:And of course ... (240 comments)

If those are your 2 extremes then any possible situation is "in-between". Either the government is the actual government or it's whoever has the biggest gun. Anything else is in-between.

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Boycotting Call of Duty, Medal of Honor Games

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:MODdable history. (220 comments)

Plenty of FBI in Grand Theft Auto though.

Is that really so different ?

about 2 years ago
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Pakistan Boycotting Call of Duty, Medal of Honor Games

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Humm. (220 comments)

I love this moral equivalence bullshit. Can you elaborate ?

about 2 years ago
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Pakistan Boycotting Call of Duty, Medal of Honor Games

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Really? (220 comments)

So wait ... let's get this straight ...

These nice people want to encourage game manufacturers to stop doing something, by threatening to stop selling and spreading pirated copies of their games ?

I'm guessing it's going slightly worse than planned.

about 2 years ago
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BEST Study Finds Temperature Changes Explained by GHG Emissions and Volcanoes

OeLeWaPpErKe Why even bother involving this study ? (355 comments)

Ok, and how do you talk your way out of this one. Since 1990 there have been various studies on the climate. The scientific consensus in 1990 was that the temperatures on earth would rise by 0.2 degrees per decade. The scientific consensus on climate in 2000 was that it would rise by 0.18 degrees per decade. The scientific consensus in 2005 was that it would rise 0.23 degrees per decade.

The reality ? http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=global+climate+studies+last+20+years

Now we can go through the motions if you like, but looking at that graph, is it so hard to believe that we're below every 95% certainty interval for temperature prediction made at least 5 years ago (5 years, because there was an IPCC assessment report in 2007).

Can you just remind me, because I seem to have trouble remembering my philosophy of science class. What does one do with theories whose predictions (which means measurements made AFTER publication) provide completely wrong ? And, given that climate theory has failed the only test that matters for science, accurate predictions, can you please explain to me why anyone believes it ? Please note that saying "others know better than you" is wrong, as made obvious by these "95% certain" predictions the "others" you speak of made.

about 2 years ago
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BEST Study Finds Temperature Changes Explained by GHG Emissions and Volcanoes

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Well that proves it (355 comments)

Would it be wrong to point out that climate studies are nearly universally sponsored by governments, which obviously have a vested interest in "proving" their party's stand ?

If money corrupts climate studies, then all climate studies are corrupted, and there should be no signal.

Hmmmm, maybe that's exactly what's happening here.

about 2 years ago
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BEST Study Finds Temperature Changes Explained by GHG Emissions and Volcanoes

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Well that proves it (355 comments)

So let's have more climate treaties, more inconsistent taxation, and move more production to China !

What does China/other developing economies use for energy for that production ?

Almost exclusively coal, which is pretty much the worst method of producing energy, environmentally speaking. Also, transporting those produced goods to the west is not exactly environmentally friendly either.

about 2 years ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Of course not (430 comments)

This is how the justice system should work. To be exact : the prosecutor doesn't assume the defendant is guilty, they only assume the police is right, and build the legal case to prove it. That does mean that they assume everyone else is wrong.

Because that's really what happening at trial : police ("the state") versus defendants. Obviously IF it gets to court, by that point the prosecutor does indeed think the defendant is guilty. Why ? Because otherwise he'd have dropped the case before embarrassing themselves in public.

about 2 years ago
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Norway Tax Auditors Want To Open Source Cash Registers To Combat Fraud

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Just releasing the source may not fix it (161 comments)

We're talking here about tax departments that cannot manage to keep spreadsheet software operational on their office systems, cannot keep their own tax databases accessible of backed up, and worse. Never mind the fact that hardly any business administration is ever really correct in the first place. Having them run a centralized online service for millions and millions of customers sounds like a spectacularly bad idea. Besides, what about businesses without internet connection ?

I was amazed, when I first saw this, but cash registers never contain the amount of money their record claims they should at the end of the day. My jaw dropped to the floor for 20 minutes when I was told the same goes for ATMs. It tends to be a shortage because people are much more likely to complain when shortchanged (mostly accidentally), so it's expected to be a negative correction, up to 5% of the amount sold. This presents an obvious way to cheat that the taxman cannot (reasonably) attack businesses for.

about 2 years ago
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Norway Tax Auditors Want To Open Source Cash Registers To Combat Fraud

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Just releasing the source may not fix it (161 comments)

Why fake the program when you could simply use the open source of that program to re-write the datafiles ?

about 2 years ago
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Norway Tax Auditors Want To Open Source Cash Registers To Combat Fraud

OeLeWaPpErKe Releasing the source is bound to make things worse (161 comments)

Please note that it's an open question whether it's practical or not.

You could say the same about built-in kernel rootkits, they're very impractical to install on someone's machine. Yet we know about instances where machines were shipped with kernel rootkits installed.

Besides, why so complex ? Open sourcing these programs will lead to "tax optimizers". Write a program that reads in all the data files of the program, and outputs a "tax optimized" version with all the little details changed to better suit the business owner's tax situation. There will be absolutely zero ways of proving this was done, because the data files were generated by the exact same code that normally generates them based on sales, just with faked dates and missing transactions.

I wonder why everybody always comes with elaborate schemes to cheat using ridiculously complex methods to achieve these objectives when you could simply lie (and given the fact that no administration is ever accurate, finding an inconsistency is not exactly reason to throw the book at someone, keeping track of every single thing you do that involves money is a lot of work, you don't want to do it and as a result, accuracy is lacking at best).

about 2 years ago
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Norway Tax Auditors Want To Open Source Cash Registers To Combat Fraud

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:Just releasing the source may not fix it (161 comments)

If you think this is about efficient use of government money ... you've not been to these countries.

This is about punishing "employers", finding an excuse to nail a few of them to the nearest cross (and then afterwards complaining that everybody is raising prices and only big companies that bribe government survive). And, more general, punishing anyone perceived as a capitalist. People who trade for a living in public places are of course straight in front of the leftist's gun barrel.

It is not about money, beyond the level that is required for the state to survive (and given that the state has been living on >100% borrowed money for decades, ...)

about 2 years ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

OeLeWaPpErKe Re:This is a rare breed of human. (758 comments)

Nobody's saying that. The argument is that allowing people to force (over 7x less efficient for plants) themselves on a "natural" diet leads to starvation of people who are priced out of the market by this. It also leads to more land use, pollution, chemical contamination, energy expenditure, etc, to compensate for the lesser efficiency.

And of course, natural foods are less safe when it comes to food diseases that can harm humans.

about 2 years ago

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Nanosolar solar cell printing press in action

OeLeWaPpErKe OeLeWaPpErKe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) writes "Nanosolar has placed a video of it's solar cell printing press operating on youtube. Apparently these babies are less than a dollar per watt and can be produced at 100 feet of solar cell per minute.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ClLKVs9oSxE&hl=en

Apparently the novelty is in the ink that can just directly be printed. The printer costs about 1.7 million dollars, but apparently that's peanuts compared to "traditional" solar cell production facilities."
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Turkey/UNIW : Criticism of islam becomes criminal

OeLeWaPpErKe OeLeWaPpErKe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

muslims-against-liberty-and-the-un writes "That is the conclusion of a conference sponsored by Turkey's government on "islamophobia".

http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME03.@AM14392.html

"The fight against Islamophobia should be carried out politically, legally and economically both in the national and international arena and in a systematical and strategical way, the statement said."

Thought crime will be imported at the level of the UN. Obviously this law would be discriminatory in the extreme, but then again that is the point of it. And this is done despite the widespread persecution of all faiths under both theoretical muslim law (dhimmi status), and in actual muslim states (criminalization of bible/vedas/... posession in just about all muslim countries, death penalty for non-muslim proselytism, destruction of churches, hindu temples and buddhist status everywhere in the muslim world)."

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