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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

severn2j Re:Goddammit! (97 comments)

so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence ...Except for that pesky 4+ sigma deviation between the expected and measured value of g for a muon (and a brief mention of a new Fermilab experiment to push that to 7 sigma). Other than that, nope, no evidence at all.

Well, yeah okay there's that. But as others have said, that's not new information. I should have said there's no new evidence.

The point of my moan is that this is yet another puff piece from StartsWithABang that frames itself as "Holy shit! Earth shattering breakthrough occurs!" when it actually hasn't. I find that annoying and something that seems to be happening more and more lately.

about 5 months ago

The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

severn2j Goddammit! (97 comments)

I'm not a physicist, but I do find this kind of stuff interesting enough to know that the headline is a big deal, but now I see that firstly, its another Starts With A Bang advertisement and secondly, the headline end with a question mark, so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence.. *sigh*

about 5 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

severn2j Pity it wont hit (123 comments)

860 years is long enough away that we would be able to develop any number of solutions to the problem, plus it would give us something to shoot for. I mean, nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a fiery death.

Then again, if we're still stuck on this rock, arguing over pieces of land by then, I guess we deserve it...

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

severn2j Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

I am willing to agree that blanket censorship is a bad thing.

How can you be opposed to the censorship of child pornography? Please avoid the slippery slope argument. That one has been played out.

How about the idea that a pedophile viewing child porn has an outlet that may provide enough of a release for them so that they don't go out and abuse a child themselves?

about 6 months ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

severn2j Re:When will we... (266 comments)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"Romans, they go the house"?? Admittedly, my latin isn't great..

about 6 months ago

Comcast Confessions

severn2j Re:Every single day (234 comments)

I think that might be against Youtube TOS.

There's always Faebook.

about 6 months ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

severn2j Re: Great... (582 comments)

It seems to be also quite foolish to fly a civilian aircraft over a war zone..

about 6 months ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

severn2j Re:A minority view? (649 comments)

In reality, there is no evidence, and never has been any evidence, that God exists... none, not a single shred, ever in the history of the human species.

The faith is strong in this one. Your education is lacking.

Is the GPs statement that you've quoted wrong? If there is some evidence of the existence of a god, please let us know because if so, then I (and every other "non-believer") am obviously lacking some education as well.

about 7 months ago

Solar Impulse 2 Makes First Flight

severn2j Speed (34 comments)

If they want to fly around the world with it, wont they need to keep up with the sun, as that's it power source? If so, it'll need to go a lot faster than 30kt..

(Disclaimer - In /. fashion, I only read the summary, so if the article explains it, then I apologise.)

about 8 months ago

UK ISPs To Send Non-Threatening Letters To Pirates

severn2j Only 4 ISPs signed up? Bit misleading.. (93 comments)

The summary seems to suggest that there isn't much take up of this, with the comment, "Only four of the UKs ISPs have agreed to the 'Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme' so far". I think its worth pointing out that those 4 ISPs cover nearly 94% of the market... http://www.thinkbroadband.com/...

about 9 months ago

Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View

severn2j Re:Just to be clear (66 comments)

Just to be clear here: the devastation is all due to the tsunami, not to the reactor failure. Foreign media seem to often forget or ignore that the disaster was the earthquake and tsunami. That's what killed almost 20k people dead and destroyed the homes of many hundreds of thousands of people.

Seems like TFA forgot that too.

Quote - "Tomioka is the closest thing we have ever seen to a nuclear wasteland."

Except it isnt, its an earthquake and tsunami wasteland..

about 10 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

severn2j Re:Linux client (335 comments)

I use 'grive' myself, while not as good as the linux dropbox client, it does the job okay for my backups.. https://github.com/Grive/grive

about 10 months ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

severn2j Re:11000 miles? (330 comments)

Yes, I don't however see any data on their website about how wide they are planning to build the ring out.

From the website:- "1. Lunar solar cells To ensure continuous generation of power, an array of solar cells will extend like a belt along the entire 11,000km lunar equator. This belt will grow in width from a few kilometers to 400km."

about a year ago

Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

severn2j Re:The UK border staff are wildly incompetent. (261 comments)

This right here is the problem we in the UK have with attitudes to EU immigration, the belief that the UK is somehow a glorious land of opportunity that the unwashed masses of the EU are clamouring to get into. As a Brit, I can tell you it isn't, and if it wasn't for the ties of my family here, I would be long gone..

about a year ago

NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

severn2j Re:Really good question (326 comments)

As a Brit who spent some time working with an American recently, I would agree with you. We both found that the differences between the US and UK language is more than just an accent.

about a year ago

EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden

severn2j Re:Where? (88 comments)

As our (UK) government seems so insistent on passing laws to undermine any sort of civil liberty we may have had and basically falling over itself to be the US's lapdog, while alienating us from the rest of the world, it seems to me that the EU is our best chance for undoing some of that damage. They may not be very good, but there a damn sight better than our government (including the opposition parties).

about a year ago

Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

severn2j Re:Developer approval (205 comments)

I'm not so sure, from my reading of it they're giving away the Valve Complete pack, which they tend to sell for next to nothing every time there's a Steam sale anyway.. My guess is most people interested in these games will already have them.

1 year,7 days

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

severn2j Re:Summary is a troll (691 comments)

The link to Fourier's gangrene on Wikipedia is totally unnecessary, and the article includes an image that is decidedly not safe for work.

Captcha: unclean

Fortunately, I made the rare step of RTFA, where Mr Stross added "(NSFL danger: do not click that link)", which appears to not be in the summary..

about a year ago


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