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Thorium Fuel Has Proliferation Risk

schroedingers_hat Re:What does this have to do with Linux? (239 comments)

By ruined day I was more talking about spurious signals in your electronics (leading to unpredictable behavior) and ionization of your chemical explosive detonators (both of which may lead to premature detonation). I don't know if these issues have been solved and I can't cite a source other than that I've overheard several other physics types disucussing it and that it fits reasonably well with what I know (although checking the decay products/energies, it's not as bad as I recalled...maybe the issue had to do with protactinium and thorium impurities?).
The result was that it was not something you'd want to make a bomb you would keep out of.
If, on the other hand, there were some person/group with the technical ability to build said bomb and the ability to steal the uranium who wanted to detonate it immediately, then I would think there would be plenty of other things to worry about (such as said person sabotaging one of the archaic positive feedback reactors still in service).

about 2 years ago
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Thorium Fuel Has Proliferation Risk

schroedingers_hat Re:What does this have to do with Linux? (239 comments)

I'd classify myself as much a science nerd as computer nerd (if not more). And I know plenty of physicists who you could at a stretch call nuclear (mostly more along the lines of quantum) who read it frequently.
Also I was under the impression getting 233 from a thorium reactor was rather old news, and the gamma emissions would ruin your day if you actually tried to build a bomb with it.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Proposes New Native JavaScript Engine for OpenJDK

schroedingers_hat Re:Dead horse: stop beating it (80 comments)

No man, Java is the new COBOL, there's gunna be people maintaining and expanding on all the enterprisey java stuff for centuries.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

schroedingers_hat Re:It's math (171 comments)

I suppose my post was somewhat poorly worded.
To expand/try again somewhat, uhm

First a few things that aren't maths, or that maths is not.
For one, it does not generate entirely new axioms/rules. The results often seem novel, but they are directly implied by the axioms -- a small set of things simply taken to be obvious New mathematics comes from greater insight into previous assumptions, elimination of redundant assumptions, or examination of assumptions that noone previously bothered with taking as true/false .
Another thing that maths isn't when done correctly is ambiguous. It should mean only one thing to anyone with the correct context. Two sufficiently capable mathematicians given equivalent axioms should come up with equivalent answers given the same question.

There is mathematics for dealing with vagueness and uncertainty; do not confuse this with ambiguity. Errors due to approximations can be quantified, and all sets of lower/upper bounds on answers should overlap even if different people are making different approximations. Some equations also cannot be solved (or approximated with known error) given our current knowledge.
There is also the whole field of applied mathematics (scientists, most statisticians, mathematicians who actually interact with real data etc do this) ambiguity is sometimes/often found here for various reasons (practicality, ambiguity of knowledge of what is being modelled etc) -- like anything dealing with the real world.
In short, properties of something that's maths:
The important/defining properties aren't altered by representation. Ie. it could be expressed in C++, Finnish, traditional Mathematics notation, some beads on a string, by sufficiently well defined interpretive dance, specially shaped toy blocks, or in a brain and still serve the same function.
It is not inductive (scientific/philosophical definition of inductive, not mathematical) in nature.
It is unambiguous, or is the direct application of something unambiguous.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

schroedingers_hat Re:It's math (171 comments)

I agree with your comment; although I don't see how what you said is relevant to what I said. GP was claiming that Maths was a product of logic (product of a way of reasoning), in response I claimed that logic was a subset of maths (ie. maths is a way of reasoning, one that encompasses the way of reasoing GP claimed maths was a product of).

Continuing with your line of discussion. There is some discussion of alternate logic in quantum physics. Usually largely in the realm of science philosophy/interpretation, but the notion of 'the particle is here (or the cat is alive if you prefer)' can be thought of as neither completely true nor completely false in some interpretations -- ie. that the superposition represents neither your confidence in your measure or reality, nor the probable end result of some unknown event(s), but that the truth of the particle being at point a is at 2/3 of the way from false to true, and the truth of the particle being at point b is 1/3 of the way from being false to true.

There are other non-traditional logics (a simple one is a three valued true, false, unknown) which see application as well as less used (in science/engineering at least) paraconsistent logics which are often studied in philosophy.

about 2 years ago
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HydroICE Project Developing a Solar-Powered Combustion Engine

schroedingers_hat Re:On the oil/steam separator... (144 comments)

If the injectors can handle both oil and water, and you have a pressure release valve in your hot oil reservoir, I see no reason why partial mixing would be a problem. You would get a build up of grease and such, but engines do that anyway.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

schroedingers_hat Re:It's math (171 comments)

Recognising, identifying and using patterns is mathematics. By collecting things which demonstrate the fibbonaci sequence together your Kenyan kid is doing mathematics even if he is not very good at formally structuring his thoughts using the conventions form academia.
Ambiguous communication (ie. communcation can mean more than one of the available things that aren't degenerate in the current circumstances) is merely bad communication.
Approximations, qualitative analysis and context dependant communication (one of the reasons you can't input into a CAS using traditional notation or just using the same LaTeX as you would for presentation) are common in mathematics. If you don't believe me, go study chaos for a few years. There are plenty of other examples (such as statistics given in the rather hard to follow anon post above).
You don't often see the exact words you mentioned, or communication that depends that heavily on intuition and state of the recipient because it is (usually) too ambiguous to be useful.
Again, if you ask anyone that practices the art, they will be more inclined to say that mathematics is the process of organising, identifying, structuring etc. patterns than the current set of conventions and results we have. Communicating a precise thought unambiguously is important for this; this is why we use the languages/notations/etc that we do.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

schroedingers_hat Re:It's math (171 comments)

Then what do you refer to the study of, and manipulation of logical systems including non-tradition (ie. meta-consistent logic). It is sometimes done by those who identify as philosophers, but I think you'll find that the majority of such work is done by people who identify as mathematicians and call it mathematics.
Math (according to anyone I know who has studied it deeply at least) is the thought process. The models and tools which are then applied to the real world are more often referred to as results

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

schroedingers_hat Re:It's math (171 comments)

To my mind this belies a misunderstanding of what mathematics is.
It does not depend on any one representation, or encoding. It encompasses any (non-ambiguous) expression of rules and relationships between things (be they real, ideals based on reality, or entirely fictional mental entities), or non-ambiguous measurements, and more importantly, the process of generating, manipulating, and understanding said relationships.
I agree wholeheartedly that our current encoding/names/expressions/forms/system of categorizing such things is completely human and largely incidental, but you could probably grab any decent mathematician and put her in an environment with completely different conventions without her having much trouble.

about 2 years ago
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Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

schroedingers_hat Re:please (248 comments)

Hi rikxik,
How do I do that? I'm not sure.

PS. Still coming to the orgy on friday?

about 2 years ago
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Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

schroedingers_hat Re:I BLAME GLOBAL WARMING (228 comments)

Aliens use cheap noname chinese laptops?

more than 2 years ago
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FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

schroedingers_hat Re:Death Penalty (614 comments)

That's why you have a multiplier based on the number of total infractions of any and all companies that are subsidiaries of the same companies, have had the same companies as subsidiaries,or share majority shareholders/board members. It could go something like this: 1e6*2^n dollars where n is the number of infractions.

more than 2 years ago
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What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

schroedingers_hat Re:easy (480 comments)

- it is a fact. The government is spending more money than any company, the government has more employees than any company, the government has more contractors than any company, the government is entangled in more businesses than any company.

Assuming they are true, none of these things rebut gp's statement.

more than 2 years ago
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What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

schroedingers_hat Re:Do unto others (480 comments)

Humans are good at doing these things called generalising and abstraction.
We can abstract away from receiving buttsecks to 'things that bring pleasure to the individual' or even more abstract concepts like 'maximising my utility function'. It gets fuzzy and difficult when trying to compare dissimilar utility functions, but that's why we have all these laws and public forums for debate and such like.

more than 2 years ago
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Hitachi Creates Quartz Glass Archival Medium

schroedingers_hat Re:Problem... (116 comments)

Another approach would be to augment this with a bottom up approach (for those words they can't quite get, or if all the languages die). It's fairly easy to get anough mathematics accross to communicate a simple audio and/or video codec (anyone competent enough to build microscopes and semiconductors is going to get the basic logical operations and from there some kind of assembly isn't hard).
Then include a bunch of sesame street and other stuff aimed at kids. Suppliment it with picture dictionaries along with our current understanding of linguistics and how it applies to the languages we know.

more than 2 years ago
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Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains

schroedingers_hat Re:no self control (322 comments)

So you're saying we should bring the fast food home and use it to destroy all the kids favourite toys then send them to their room with no dinner?

more than 2 years ago
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Look-Alike Web Sites Hoodwink Republican Donors

schroedingers_hat Re:Just goes to show you... (294 comments)

I don't get it.

YES, BECAUSE ACTUAL CRIMINALS ARE MORE MORAL THAN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! LOL! IT'S A JOKE!!!

I realise this, but what was the joke? Isn't humour usually based on some misrepresentation or exaggeration?

more than 2 years ago
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Possible Proof of ABC Conjecture

schroedingers_hat Re:Linking to Wikipedia to explain math (102 comments)

Explaining mathematics accessably is hard (much harder than merely providing a correct formal description), takes a long time, and is often only possible with a test audience. If you're willing to spend the time to add such explanations to wiki you're quite welcome.
Until then I'm going to be grateful for the already large amount of time and effort put in to providing what is already there.

more than 2 years ago
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With 'Access Codes,' Textbook Pricing More Complicated Than Ever

schroedingers_hat Re:Better or worse? (400 comments)

Well I had him again the next semester and helped tutor both courses later. He had fixed it.

more than 2 years ago

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