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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Trailer Trash Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (594 comments)

Read pages 126-140 of "Brief History of Time". I'm not talking about physics and as such you should trust Hawking's ideas more than mine. The problem here is that Hawking isn't talking about physics, either. He's bothered by the fact that the Big Bang points to God, at least to him. So he goes off to crazyville trying to get rid of the Big Bang. It's really kind of sad to watch, and it's not science.

As I said, and I quote, "I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject." That makes me more of a scientist than Hawking who sadly allows his belief in the lack of a deity to cloud his thinking in the scientific realm.

3 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Trailer Trash Time saving tip for these guys (307 comments)

Come to Tennessee or Indiana and drive out in the country. Pretty much half the stop signs have already been prepped for you - you just have to count holes.

4 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Trailer Trash Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (594 comments)

No he doesn't - he sounds like a creation "scientist" explaining how the earth really *could* be only 6000 years old. Yes, the Big Bang might be an incorrect hypothesis, but I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Trailer Trash Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (594 comments)

In "God and the Astronomers", agnostic Robert Jastrow chronicles the development of the Big Bang theory, and how for decades many physicists resisted it; not because of data, but because it meant the universe had a beginning, which was at odds with their worldview (“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be." --Karl Sagan). They recognized that if there was ever truly NOTHING, that science would never be able to explain why there is SOMETHING.

The question of origins is outside the reach of scientific inquiry. I wish the physicists would stop playing in the philosophical and theological sandbox.

If you read Hawking's "Brief History of Time" he is literally driven nuts by the fact that the Big Bang points to a creator and ends up coming up with an absurd hypothesis that would alleviate the necessity of a big bang. Color me unimpressed.

The fact that anything exists is, in and of itself, strange. Even an empty vacuum is something.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Trailer Trash Re:Hulk hogan could code too (578 comments)

Possible . With a lot of effort a team of bright minds could teach hulk hogan to do some java . But then , who's gonna fight the undertaker??

I regret that I'm out of mod points. Well said.

about a week ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Trailer Trash Re:Calculations (147 comments)

If I'm doing my math right here, that comes out to ~1,900km/s at the outter edges of the platter. That's about 0.6% of the speed of light.

Wolfram Math ...Divide by pi and sqrt to get radius, multiply by 2pi to get circumference, multiply by RPM, divide by 60 to get it in seconds... Correct?

So if it's a third the size of Manhattan at rest, how big is the outer edge at full speed?

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Trailer Trash Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

We have romantic thoughts about prior times mostly because we forget all the shit about them. Your average medieval market fair .... or the simple fact that most likely everyone reeked to high heavens.

You apparently haven't been the the renfaire around here. But, yeah, other than that, spot on.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Trailer Trash Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

Actually the main problem I see with this is how ineffective it makes the NSA. If you spy on every damn thing then there is no way you can adequately cover the important things. This wide area net makes for an incredible amount of holes which is why they suck so badly at real intelligence. We need them on point, not spying on 7 billion people.

This. It's amazing - fucking amazing - that while the NSA was busy spying on Americans Putin was able to invade the Ukraine and surprise us. Like, gee, maybe listening to grandma's phone calls doesn't make us safer. Who'd a thunk it?

I don't mind us having a spy operation. Really. But we didn't catch the Boston bomber, didn't know Putin was going to invade Crimea until he was there. What, exactly, are we paying for here?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Trailer Trash Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Koch Industries is your first clue about what this is about. Let's face it: nobody has heard of them except from the looney left frothing at the mouth over the evil Koch Brothers. Certainly they're not a well-known company that is selling goods directly to consumers, and quite frankly their business practices don't directly affect anybody. Same with Monsanto. I don't like a lot of their practices but I also don't directly do business with them.

Comcast, on the other hand, is well-known for terrible customer service and all that. Putting all of these on the same page makes the whole thing kind of surreal.

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Trailer Trash Re:Calculations (147 comments)

At 1000 bits per square inch, to get 6TB you need about a third the size of Manhattan.

It takes a couple of hours to get up to 5800RPM, but when that bitch is spinning don't even try to tilt your computer.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Trailer Trash Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

To further your point, if they really thought Eich was so bad they would quit using Javascript. But that would come at a *real* cost, unlike hounding him out of his position which can be done for free.

Makes it all the more pathetic.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Trailer Trash Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

The President saying "I'm opposed to gay marriage" does a hell of a lot more work than $1000 given to a losing campaign. Not. Even. Close.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Trailer Trash Re:Brace Yourselves (1482 comments)

Exactly! I bet 6 years ago when Obama was against gay marriage you were calling him a bigot and trying to publicly shame him too, right?

Bwhahahaha hahahahaaha. I've spent years calling out Obama for his bigotry and cowardice on gay rights, but thanks for asking.

I'm impressed. You must be *real* popular over at Daily Kos.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Trailer Trash Re:Brace Yourselves (1482 comments)

When a not-even-boycott of Firefox results in Eich not having custody, visitation, medical or inheritance rights, then you can whine about hypocrisy. Until then, you are simply full of shit to pretend that the public shaming of bigots is in anyway shape or form equivalent to legalized discrimination.

Exactly! I bet 6 years ago when Obama was against gay marriage you were calling him a bigot and trying to publicly shame him too, right?

Right?

Oh.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Trailer Trash Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Saying it's "a different opinion" is under-playing it. "Cheese is delicious" is an opinion. "I will donate money to deny a class of people basic human rights" is something more, something that speaks ill about you personally. I have no plans to stop using Firefox, but you'd have to be a dick to do that.

By your logic Fred Phelps just had a different take on the world, and can't we all just get along?

So, I'm sure you refused to vote for Obama 6 years ago, right?

about two weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

Trailer Trash Re:Is there any law against competent jurors? (232 comments)

Part of the problem is that people who are familiar with "x" will tend to sympathize with others of their kind. Look at the problem we have holding any member of the criminal justice system - from street cops all the way to judges - liable for even the most egregious illegal acts. It's crazy.

Juries should be a mix of experts and non-experts alike, with the experts providing needed information for the others. There's no perfect way around it, but the current method of "throw out all jurors with an IQ over 75" is obviously subpar.

about two weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Trailer Trash Re:America is boned (870 comments)

It would have been far less consequential to the economy as a whole to simply let the failed banks fail. I've explained this at length elsewhere but not only do we have the direct harm of paying money to a private entity to keep them in business we have the far larger harm of signaling to other 1%ers that they can do whatever the hell stupid shit they want and then whine until the government saves them. That is a much bigger problem. Much much bigger.

Markets only work when there's feedback, both positive and negative. Do a google search about people who can't sense pain. They harm themselves badly without realizing it. We're creating huge companies that are like that now by taking away their pain. It's a very wrong thing to do.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Trailer Trash Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

That's not automation though. Self checkout is just making the customer do the cashiers job for free before realizing that customers suck at doing these things correctly because it's not their job.

I grew up in a grocery store, quite literally, so I have way big expertise here. The problem with self checkouts isn't that customers suck, it's that the self-checkout doesn't trust the cashier (that's you in case you missed it) and so doesn't allow the kind of actions that make checking out fast.

All self-checkouts have a separate bagging area which is a large scale or set of scales which weigh the items that you put in the bags after you scan them. This means that you have to scan a single item then bag that item, wait for the scale to notice and acknowledge the change in weight, then you can go on to the next item. Scales typically don't register small changes in weight very well, and with 50 lbs. of stuff on a scale adding a typical item changes the weight by only 1%. That might not be enough to even cause movement of the scale for it to notice the weight change. When that happens, the automated checkout complains and the human cashier who is watching all of the automated checkouts has to intervene.

A regular cashier has no such inhibitions and simply scans each item as fast as he can with an audible beep to confirm that the item has been scanned. A good cashier will have items in both hands and run them over the scanner as fast as he can and simply rescan anything that causes no beep. This system allows the regular cashier to be around 10 times as fast - possibly even faster - than the self checkout.

If people could be trusted better, self checkouts could be made far better. In their current form they're borderline unusable for more than 2 or 3 items. In our local Walmart they removed them after the first year due to rampant theft around them, so it's a real problem.

People often think it's a problem similar to an ATM. When I was a kid and I wanted to deposit or withdraw money from my bank account I actually went into the bank with my savings book and saw a teller. The ATM actually sped this process up for the most part, but what it does is far simpler than the automated checkout and the user has far less control over the transaction. Think about it - it's not like you get a big bundle of cash and then tell the ATM how much you're taking. The ATM is more akin to a vending machine.

At Harris Teeter here and now Publix they're moving to "online ordering". At Harris Teeter you order online and later come by the store and they bring your stuff to your car. In time (yes, it's coming) someone will move to a warehouse setup with robots to pick most of the orders. Expect it. Self checkouts have reached their limit but the future is automation.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Trailer Trash Re:America is boned (870 comments)

Only in poorly regulated capitalism do entities get too big to fail.

Wrong. Only in poorly regulated capitalism do entities deemed "too big to fail" by the government get propped up and continue doing the exact same stuff that caused them to fail in the first place while generously giving "campaign donations" back from the money given to the by the government.

In a true free market, GM went bankrupt and the pieces were bought by their smarter competitors. In a true free market, the big banks who had a bunch of failed mortgages went bankrupt and the pieces were bought by their smarter competitors.

Crony capitalism isn't the same as capitalism.

about three weeks ago

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rubyonrails.org - Poached!

Trailer Trash Trailer Trash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Trailer Trash (60756) writes "The domain name "rubyonrails.org" has been snapped up by a domain farmer. Navigating to the site — any of the sites on the domain — brings up a smiling young lady and a list of "links" related to Ruby on Rails. I'm not adding an actual link; the new owner is probably getting plenty of traffic as it is."

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