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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Pro-feet Re:Bullshit (152 comments)

And you chose to ignore all the content in his/her arguments, by distorting context (the comics arguemnt) trying to undermine the credibility of GP. Who's the weak-ass, AC?

3 days ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Pro-feet Re:Egyptian President (1350 comments)

Sounds good, but we are talking here about a regime in a country which is sentencing political enemies to death by the hundreds... I could never shake hands with that man - I'd be left with stains of blood on mine.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Pro-feet Re:Video (1350 comments)

I fully disagree. I do not need to watch such videos (and I will not) to understand whaht is going on. Or shall we slowly make the whole society numb to deep human suffering and disgusting brutality?

about three weeks ago
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New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

Pro-feet OPERA did not claim FTL neutrinos (142 comments)

What the OPERA collaboration claimed was that they had an anomaly in their data, which led to a possible interpretation of nneutrinos travelling faster-than-light. Since they found that a very extrordinary claim, they knew they needed extrordinary evidence, and after a few months of searching within, they opened up to the scientific community to help find their mistake, if any. They were very scientific about the whole thing, and didn't at any point claim "hey look here, we found neutrinos to go faster than lightspeed!".

In summary, TFS contains crap on the part I know about, so I'm not inclined to go read TFA... I'll hear it from a more reliable source if it turns out to be anything important.

about a month ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Pro-feet The nobel was for prediction, not discovery (137 comments)

TFSFS, i.e. The First sentence of TFS, is a load of crap. Physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize for *predicting* the Higgs Boson, *not* for discovering it!

And the rest of the summary doesn't make me a bit interested in reading TFA either. There's been Higgs imposter models out there from before the discovery was made. And sure they have their merit. But as long as we have no new physics observed, the Standard Model covers it just fine.

about 3 months ago
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Black Holes Grow By Eating Quantum Foam

Pro-feet Re:Isn't this (164 comments)

The LHC is basically working at the same energies equal to cosmic rays striking the earth's atmosphere.

Within a factor of a few tens of millions, you are right.

Nope, GP was right. The centre-of-mass energy in collisions of UHE cosmic rays with our atmosphere is of the order (slightly above) of the centre-of-mass energies reached at the LHC. That's another reason why we build colliders: it's hard to reach high energies in fixed-target collisions.

You'd think that after 4.5 billion years of cosmic rays hitting things like this planet, the sun, the other planets, etc. that a black hole would be here by now.

What about speed relative to the earth? A black hole produced from a cosmic particle will be produced from a stationary particle being hit, and will thus have a high momentum, easily enough to escape the earths gravity well before interacting with anything. A black hole produced at CERN will be produced from two particles travelling at nearly the same speed in opposite directions, so it will be travelling much slower. Or will it still have a high enough speed that it doesn't matter?

Don't forget that the LHC is colliding the quarks and gluons inside the protons, and the speed (momentum, you mean of course) of the incoming particles is never mathematically equal. Still, you have a valid point, this is an important difference between the LHC collisions and the comic-ray ones.

about a year ago
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Examining the Expected Effects of Dark Matter On the Solar System

Pro-feet Re:Majorana or Dirac? (190 comments)

I'm sure the grad students on those experiments that rely on it _not_ being impossible would not call this distinction pedantic.

But hey, what do I know, I'm not even one of them.

about a year and a half ago
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Examining the Expected Effects of Dark Matter On the Solar System

Pro-feet Majorana or Dirac? (190 comments)

It can't collide with itself? Good to know that the Majorana versus Dirac particle question is settled then. Oh, wait...

Of course, I didn't bother to RTFA...

about a year and a half ago
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International Linear Collider Design Ready To Go

Pro-feet Re:Not more powerful than LHC (71 comments)

A circular one would be preferable to a linear one when your goal is to reach as high a number of collisions as possible at your target energy (as it is here), because in a circular accelerator you can store the beams instead of having to produce and dump them continuously. But unfortunately a circular collider is not possible due to the enormous synchrotron radiation at the energies aimed for, which forces you among other things to continuously pump enormous amounts of energy in your beams.

about a year and a half ago
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First Observations of Short-lived Pear-shaped Atomic Nuclei

Pro-feet Fruits and science (64 comments)

"...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped."

about a year and a half ago
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Is Eccentric Sven Olaf Kamphius To Blame For Spamhaus DDoS?

Pro-feet Re:s/iu/ui/ (133 comments)

By the way, "koeieuier" is a real word!

about 2 years ago
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Is Eccentric Sven Olaf Kamphius To Blame For Spamhaus DDoS?

Pro-feet Re:s/iu/ui/ (133 comments)

Easy!

aa ee ie oo uu ui ei ij au ou eu oe eeu ieu aai ooi oei

I love my language!

about 2 years ago
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Iran Blocks 'Illegal' VPNs, Google, and Yahoo

Pro-feet Re:Iran cut off from the Internet... (176 comments)

Nice black-white thinking.
The people tried, at least in the cities, after the elections in 2008. Remember that uprise? Many risked (and some lost) their lives. It was not just a small minority, but it was suppressed.

I was in Esphahan just before those elections and the ordinary city people I met were in general very open, interested, longing for change.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Blocks 'Illegal' VPNs, Google, and Yahoo

Pro-feet Re:Iran cut off from the Internet... (176 comments)

And what about the people, they all turned extremist and dumb all of a sudden? I find this all quite insulting to the several Iranians I have met and worked with. They (also women!) typically are well schooled, well opiniated, and very different from the neighbours you mention.

about 2 years ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

Pro-feet Re:NO. (646 comments)

In my language, as in many others, nobody ever says "March 8th 2013". It would sound silly in that order, and indeed it leads to a lot of confusion. It may be news to you, but you are not the center of the universe.

about 2 years ago
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CERN's LHC Powers Down For Two Years

Pro-feet Re:Understandable but still frustrating (71 comments)

This is wrong. They were shooting lead nuclei around in the past month even, and have done before.
When the LHC will come back, it will run protons again, and again lead nuclie at some more future point.
Heavy-ion collisions is something the machine was designed for.
It's the higher energy that requires the extensive repairs and upgrades, and the downtime.

about 2 years ago
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The Paradox of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Pro-feet Re:A lot of this BS is just Daniel Berg's fiction (266 comments)

There were French president's elections coming up ; that's maybe a more plausible conspiracy theory.

Apart from that he is an absolute prick with women (or call it his weakness).

about 2 years ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

Pro-feet Re:Random predictions are maybe even better (290 comments)

You call a Belgian a chauvinist? That must be the joke of the day. I bet you don't know any Belgians!

Yes, IAAB (I am a Belgian).

about 2 years ago

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