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Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

Squiffy Re:This just makes sense (1345 comments)

It's not just *an* interpretation. You claim it's *the* interpretation, as in, other interpretations are wrong and yours is right. What evidence do you have to back this up?

more than 3 years ago
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Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

Squiffy Re:This just makes sense (1345 comments)

A story's effect does not prove its intent. Take Ed Wood's _Plan 9 from Outer Space_ for example. People laugh at his serious effort.

What actual evidence do you have that, "The message of Abraham and Isaac is about learning that sometimes what you feel is right emotionally is actually wrong, and sometimes what feels wrong emotionally is right"?

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead

Squiffy The Law Should Say (332 comments)

The law should say that the trademark holder must either defend the trademark *or* proactively grant license to use it when it looks like someone might be in violation. IANAL but it seems like the law binds your hands if you hold a trademark. Either you act like a douchebag or lose it.

more than 3 years ago
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Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults

Squiffy "Felt?" (82 comments)

They *felt* sharper? So what? Sometimes I *feel* like a dragon with a nine-foot penis. Doesn't mean I *am* one.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

Squiffy Not Again (247 comments)

I'm so sick of this bullshit I could just scream.

more than 3 years ago
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Borderlands 2 Announced

Squiffy Brown (79 comments)

I have one question: Will the sequel also be monotonously brown?

Between Fallout 3, New Vegas, the caves in Oblivion, and Borderlands, I've had just about all the grey and brown I can stand.

more than 3 years ago
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Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

Squiffy Re:65 percent (350 comments)

The test set represented 18000 users. The probability of flipping 18000 coins and getting 65.9% heads or more is 8.1e-405.

more than 3 years ago
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Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Squiffy Re:No warp drive for you! (196 comments)

Light has momentum, not mass.

Beside that, special relativity has been corroborated again and again, tachyons are shown to be unstable due to their imaginary mass component, and physics as we know it simply doesn't hold up well in the presence of closed spacelike paths.

This isn't to say FTL travel is impossible. *Maybe* some way exists that gets around these huge obstacles, but when they say there's no known way it could work, it's not for lack of imagination.

more than 3 years ago
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Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Squiffy Re:Single photon with controllable waveforms? (196 comments)

Ah, okay. Right. So then I guess different waveforms represent different superpositions? What is the basis? The only one I can imagine is complex exponentials, but the closest thing those have to a "location" is phase, so I don't see how they could exhibit a propagation velocity. Maybe I'm just going to have to read a book about this.

more than 3 years ago
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Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Squiffy Single photon with controllable waveforms? (196 comments)

What does "single photon with controllable waveforms" mean? I thought photons were all sinusoids under a gaussian envelope.

more than 3 years ago
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Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Squiffy Re:Nonsense (196 comments)

"Spooky action at a distance" happens faster than light, but only *after* the entanglement has been set up and the partner particle has been transmitted at light speed or slower. And even then, no information can actually be sent by this method.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Has 95-Year-Old Remove Her Diaper For Screening

Squiffy Re:Couldn't care less (582 comments)

I'm an American and I sympathize with you wholeheartedly.

more than 3 years ago
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A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher

Squiffy Re:Indies? (179 comments)

I'm not a big fan of Terraria, but I do feel it's different enough from Minecraft that it deserves to be its own game. Its RPG-ish sense of progression is much stronger than Minecraft's and its sidescrolling style is not to be overlooked. I can totally imagine Terraria being born from someone looking at Minecraft and wishing it had gone in a different direction.

more than 3 years ago
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Two Elements Added To Periodic Table

Squiffy Re:How close are we to the island of stability? (138 comments)

We're missing the island of stability and we don't know how to hit it yet. As the article you link states, "The manufacturing of nuclei in the island of stability proves to be very difficult, because the nuclei available as starting materials do not deliver the necessary sum of neutrons."

more than 3 years ago
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Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished

Squiffy They need to speak more clearly (117 comments)

Why must they repeatedly conflate partitions, partition counts, and sequences of partition counts? I can't tell what they're actually saying. First the article reads, "To be slightly more technical, from Ken Ono and Kathrin Bringman, 'A partition of a non-negative integer n is a non-increasing sequence of positive integers whose sum is n.' The concept is straight forward, but how to obtain these partition numbers, in general, is actually no trivial matter."

Then later, "...a finite, algebraic formula for partition numbers thanks to the discovering that partitions are fractal." Well do they mean partitions are fractal, or partition counts are fractal?

Another article at eScienceCommons (another post here links to it) quotes Ono: “We prove that partition numbers are ‘fractal’ for every prime." How can a number be fractal? Or does he mean the sequence over primes is fractal? WTF?

Ken Ono says in the press release, "I can take any number, plug it into P, and instantly calculate the partitions of that number." Does he mean the partitions themselves or the partition count?

You'd think detail-oriented professionals would be more precise in their wording.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

Squiffy Re:Riiiiight (402 comments)

4e18 seconds of thrust??? The halfway point is only 6e9 seconds out. That gives you 6e6 m/s delta-v. Still prohibitive, but if the journey is 6000 years you have exp(2e5/3e5) ~= 2.

more than 4 years ago
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The Real Science Gap

Squiffy Re:Science? What for? (618 comments)

Genetics and evolution are tied up together. Evolutionary theory has led to insights in genetics and vice versa. Any understanding based on genetics has evolutionary theory to thank as well.

more than 4 years ago
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1 Molecule Computes Thousands of Times Faster Than a PC

Squiffy Re:Should be "used in" (246 comments)

Redundant? Who said this before me?

more than 4 years ago
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1 Molecule Computes Thousands of Times Faster Than a PC

Squiffy Should be "used in" (246 comments)

"a common calculation using spectral analysis and data compression" should read "a common calculation used in spectral analysis and data compression" instead.

more than 4 years ago
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Skinput makes the entire body a touch interface

Squiffy Touch Interface, huh? (1 comments)

My body is already a touch interface, baby.

more than 4 years ago

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