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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Don't care (174 comments)

That isn't true. Sports don't exist to be elitist and show others that you're better than they are.

That is the definition of "competition".

You find competition in everything whether you are talking elite coders, spelling bee champions, among sales people and amongst companies.

Some people said Steve Jobs was "elitist".

Competition brings out those characteristics. Sports is a way that it is done where the arena is physical prowess.

2 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

TrollstonButterbeans Correct: many phenoma in astrophysics are ideas (224 comments)

>A lot of phenomena in astrophysics are ridiculous, but real.

No there are many ideas in astrophysics. We don't know if they are real.

Dark matter? Maybe or maybe not. Dark energy? Maybe or maybe not.

Hawking radiation? It is an idea, it hasn't been proven or disproven.

Speed of light limitation? Probably, but how are neutrinos that have mass going 99.9999% the speed of light? That should require almost infinite energy shouldn't it?

Big bang? A large body of evidence points to a time limit to the beginning of the universe, but cosmic background radiation is the only stronger evidence of a big bang --- yet this could have another explanation.

Cosmic inflation? Could be a non-starter for reasons we currently don't have a handle on --- case in point, it is only happening *far away*. Supernova are used as standard candles, but what if we had different looking supernova 10 billion years ago and our measurements are wrong, therefore inflation isn't happening.

Astrophysics is an emerging field, even now. There are few ways to test all the ideas.

Many of the theories of the exotic blackholes rest precariously on a shaky house of cards, because there is no convenient way to test the ideas.

4 days ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

TrollstonButterbeans Re:No (261 comments)

Maybe for voting, I don't see your argument on the freedom of speech thing or the other ones.

And land was cheap and plentiful and plenty of trees to cut down and make log cabins.

Not many very apartment renters back then, as you seem to apply was going on.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

TrollstonButterbeans The United States Voted For That Declaration (261 comments)

In 1948, the United States voted for that declaration.

"n 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly by a vote of 48 in favor, none against"

This was the West announcing their idea of human rights.

(see Wikipedia)

about two weeks ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

TrollstonButterbeans Ok, but the thing is ... (214 comments)

If negative mass and positive mass collide, what would happen?

They are supposed to be opposites, and let's presume they cancel each other out ...

What could they cancel out into? You still have to conserve the energy.

High energy photons can create particles with mass if they strike matter, what kind of photons would the negative mass particles be related to?

Even positive and negative mass don't cancel out, would having a lot of positive mass and negative mass in the same area cancel out gravity?

What role does the Higgs play in negative mass?

I'm no particle physicist, but negative mass seems to integrate very poorly into the system here.

And presumably negative mass would have particles of some sort, some sort of unusual electrons or quarks or protons or maybe none of those --- but all mass as we know it interact with photons (neutrinos excluded?), so presumably negative mass would need to reflect light or absorb it.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

I want to give the pizza guy a $2 tip. Do I really want to get his email address, register online, have him register online, get his mobile phone number and all of that.

How is your suggestion even in the same universe as "more convenient than cash"?

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

TrollstonButterbeans Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

Are we assuming all transactions humans do are with merchants?

Naive as hell !

Crappy list of examples, I'm sure there are hundreds of examples: 1) What about if I want to buy your [insert bike or computer or whatever]? 2) Baby sitter? 3) Kid's allowance? 4) Pay some kid kid to mow yard. 5) Underground transactions (illegal stuff)

The importance of cash will continue to decline with transactions with merchants, but it will never remotely approach "cashless".

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

TrollstonButterbeans Warp Drive (564 comments)

Back in the 1960s after the moon landings, people would have expected we would be well past Mars by now. Probably Jupiter, Saturn or other stars.

The moon landings happened 45 years ago!!

I see no evidence of any programming that "learns" or is the slightest bit adaptive.

And immortality wouldn't help --- evolution is powered by the failures dying off.

And although slightly off the topic, what good would immortality be when advances in genetics will make humans better.

And immortal 2014 human living in the year 3000 would be like a Homo habilis hanging around us. Would be genetically obsolete.

This article is --- well --- shortsighted, bordering on the naive.

about three weeks ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

TrollstonButterbeans Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

You aren't right in a technical sense on this at all. It scary what Javascript and WebGL can do and the speed of it, but what is really scary is what a mess Javascript is in 2014 --- makes Perl look like BASIC. No need to obfuscate Javascript in 2014. Also I'm not sure if technologies like NaCL and WebGL should be in the future --- I guess, but it will be coming.

But more to the question, what kind of web is this leading to ...

I used Adblock and Flashblock right now just to have a half-way decent experience on the internet to avoid a ghastly internet flash ads from downloading untold GBs of data/video/audio to annoy me without a way to mute it.

The internet is a train to nowhere and no one is driving it, big corporations will turn it into a minefield of advertising (which is FINE, by the way) but rip apart everything good (involuntary flash ads, bandwidth, speed, shitty cross-domain javascript, DRM, turn web standards into circuses) to get there.

Steve Jobs back 3 years did a rant again Flash, which at the time and still now embodies the villanous nature of plug-ins.

And with WebGL and video streaming and DRM in HTML5 --- your internet may get turned into a turdball --- just to waste everyone's bandwidth to show ads you will never click.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Did you still get the links outside Europe (74 comments)

Which rights of yours are being assaulted when politicians and 1%ers use Google privacy requests to snuff true information and private dissent under the guise of "privacy".

One man's right to "privacy" is another man's right to control your information.

My "right" to privacy can be used to conceal fraud, criminal activity, bad press and do it with the brute force of government on my side.

And the brute force of government is the power to make you poor, to have you arrested, to put you in jail if you do not comply.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

TrollstonButterbeans Myths are socially hilarious (198 comments)

UFOs, Bigfoot, Ghosts!

You would think the modern age of cameras in everyone's phones would produce evidence-a-plenty of these kinds of things.

But reality is far less interesting than we want it to be ...

No magic, no supernatural stuff --- and sadly no bigfoots or aliens that bother to come here and snatch cows.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

TrollstonButterbeans Likely Partial Answer: UV (304 comments)

If it floats in water, it is going to get hit by perpetual exposure to UV radiation.

The same way sailors get sun burnt very quickly. UV gets reflected by water, enlarging the exposure. UV tears apart molecular bonds, which is why, for example, the ozone layer is so important.

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

TrollstonButterbeans Re:No such thing as maintenance free car (455 comments)

I had said: Electric cars will have safety recalls.
You said: None of the things you mention are services that necessarily have to be performed by a dealership...

Safety recall fixes have to be done at a dealership. Like when GM issues a recall for the ignition switch that can catch a car on fire.

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

TrollstonButterbeans No such thing as maintenance free car (455 comments)

"Not specifically Tesla, but electric cars don't have alot of things that car dealers make money"

Electric cars need tires. Electric cars need brakes. Electric cars will have safety recalls. Electric cars can be in accidents. Electric cars can be broken into.

I don't claim to know much about electric cars, but if it has moving parts it will be need to be serviced at some point.

I don't think you thought your post through.

about a month ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

TrollstonButterbeans Uh ... Blackberry? (61 comments)

> probably cheaper to buy blackberry than develop a phone from scratch

If Blackberry can't market their own phones, how could a non-phone company like Amazon do so?

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Speaking of editors (135 comments)

What is your advice on when to use semi-colons?

about a month and a half ago

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