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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

That's a strange distinction you are making there. I think your teacher was more focused on memorization of stupid definitions, and less on understanding.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:What gets corrected? (347 comments)

You never know the path of the photon. In fact, it looks like it went trough all the possible paths, including all the splittings and merging. You can not even tell if it went in a straight line or not.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

"Physics classes push the difference between "speed" and "velocity" pretty heavily"

You mean, bad physics classes...

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:Ummm (347 comments)

"It's more like time doesn't exist as a valid concept for a photon; it just doesn't make sense to talk about a timeline for a photon's frame of reference in the same way that it doesn't make sense to ask what the color red smells like."

Why do you use this stupid metaphor that does not add anything at all?

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

"When light travels through a medium containing matter it will be absorbed and "stored", for some time, in the exited states of the atoms before it is emitted again."

Then the question becomes, how does the light know how to continue in the same direction it was going previously?

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

So, when a photon travels trough a optical fiber cable, now does it know when to turn?

Total reflection you say? So, it goes near all those electrons in atoms, and then it only decides to turn once there will be no more atoms in it's current path?

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

mestar Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Why is nobody mentioning the fact that the light particle does not take a single route trough space, but travels trough it in all possible ways.

about a month ago
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The Game Theory of Life

mestar Re:Simpsons...errr....Matt Ridley did it (85 comments)

Or in the "Red Queen."

So much time would be saved, and so much more understanding of evolution would be had, if sexual selection was thought in schools. My guess is that this isn't done be because of the word sex in the name.

In the context of the article:

survival of the fittest -> narrows the gene pool
sexual selection -> increases variation in the gene pool

The fist part prunes the "bad" genes. The sexual part actually encourages any "bad" genes that became sexually attractive by any random start.

The examples are peacocks tail, deer's antlers and human brain.

about a month ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

mestar Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

"Why spend a shitload of money of a new 4K screen and the video card necessary for an acceptable game experience when I'll be able to do VR with a fraction of the cost and with my existing hardware setup?"

Oh boy, somebody is going to get very disappointed.

about a month ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

mestar Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

The word "flat", it doesn't mean what you mean it means.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re: Progenitors? (686 comments)

I would recommend an excellent book "The Red Queen" by Ridley.

It explains why sexual selection pushes many organism features that are in fact handicaps for survival.

Human brain has all the characteristics of a feature evolved to be a handicap. It uses 40% of total energy, it evolved quickly, and we seemed to survive without it being such a big organ before.

Once you have a large brain and language, it becomes harder to just look at the genetic evolution, since it becomes a genetic/memetic evolution. And it is this person/culture complex that is seemingly most evolutionary successful thing.

One could also argue that is it in fact bacteria that are evolutionary most successful organisms on earth.

I would agree that it is hard to argue that a huge brain is a survival handicap. It may have started that way, but it got useful in all sort of ways. And also, we all look at this problem from the brain's perspective, since this is what we actually are, and not from the genes' perspectives. Also, being in a long non-food crunch situation also makes those 'details' hard to see.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:What's mysterious? (686 comments)

Or if it is coming, it is coming in the form of a simple single cell size, frozen in space, riding a simple rock. Perhaps that is how we got here. (plus the 3 billion years of evolution.)

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

And fire. Not much chance of using fire in the oceans.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Excellent points.

Maybe the Earth is just lucky to contains all sorts of frequencies with various periods that hugely help evolution.

Daily temperature cycles, yearly temp cycles, ice ages, continents moving around, volcanos with huge cycles.

Perhaps we got lucky that the earth is not locked with the sun, that is, only one side always pointing to the sun. Perhaps we had some lucky series of large comet collisions that kept those cycles going. This could be quite rare thing in the universe.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

mestar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

That is a very simple and probably the most important explanation.

Life does not need intelligence. In fact intelligence itself is a handicap, and a product of sexual selection and its handicap principle. (Same with elks' antlers and peacocks' tails.)

We don't know how long do intelligent species exist. By using one smoothing technique, one can say that they live for average of 200k years.

It's worse for nuclear civilisations. A guess by the same rule would say that they live for around 100 or so years.

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

mestar Re:objective list (231 comments)

In that list of 100 most influential persons, who is on the number 11?

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

mestar Re:objective list (231 comments)

Where is the actual list?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

mestar Re:Interesting wrinkle (174 comments)

And uses random forests to identify humans in the 3d space it sees, and also locate 3d positions of ten or twenty of their body parts. Just some details of what 10% does.

about a month and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Sports-Content Uploader Faces $32m Lawsuit

mestar Re:Happy to see it. (149 comments)

Did you even read the post you are responding to? MS has no 5000000 billion dollars.

about 3 months ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

mestar congrats (386 comments)

I want to congratulate that person that made an unsortable excel. What a superb idea that was.

about 3 months ago

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