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Comment Re:Sure. (Score 1) 115

I went to the ER once with what was probably a pinched nerve. I was having a pain that, at that time, was the worst pain I'd ever felt in my life. After the ER finally decided I wasn't a drug seeker they gave me a shot of something. I remember laughing out loud and telling my wife that it didn't do a thing for the pain because I could tell it was a bad as it ever was but I just didn't care any more. It was awesome.

Comment Re:Musk always ignores safety (Score 0) 139

Solid and liquid rocket motors are about as different as internal combustion engines and steam engines.

I take your meaning, but you didn't go far enough. Both of those liberate the energy stored in a vaporized liquid to increase pressures in a sealed area to increase the volume of the area by pushing a reciprocating piston attached to a system of connections that output rotational mechanical motion.

How about internal combustion and horses?

Comment Biased data source. (Score 2) 108

Ookla/speedtest.net is used by people on fast connections to see how fast they can push data, not by people on slow connections to see how bad they are, and not by the general public to accumulate representative data. This report would be like going to a drag strip and then claiming that the data shows that the average American car does a 1/4 mile in 8 seconds.

Comment Nobody here wants. (Score 1) 507

But your typical consumer doesn't want to mess with all those other devices. Think Grandpa, who barley manages to run the microwave, wants to mess with a RaspberryPi or string cables around and figure out input switching? No, a smart TV is (when done well) a simple solution for the less technically inclined among us. Which is most people.

Comment Re:Every One (Score 1) 191

In physics and astronomy, worldwide, almost every paper that is published in a journal is also published by the authors on the free preprint server arxiv.org .

I thank you for that tidbit for a couple reasons. I've not yet found that source of free information yet, so that makes me happy. It also helps curb my animosity toward the journals. Knowing that research is [mostly] freely available helps me see the journals not as money grubbing gatekeepers of knowledge but rather as curators of vast amounts of information. Curation is a perfectly legit business I got no beef with and can actually appreciate the value of.

Comment Never understood this. (Score 1) 157

How is it possible, even in vaguest theory, for an experiment inside this universe to test the holographic universe theory? Even if this experiment had found the hypothesized effect they would have been no closer to verifying the holographic theory because there could be any arbitrary number of other hypothetical explanations for the effect that had nothing to do with the holographic theory, no? Never mind the particulars of the experiment, how was it even possible in theory that this experiment would offer any insight at all as to the veracity of the holographic universe theory? To test the holographic universe theory would require not being confined to this universe, to be able to interact with or detect existence outside of the universe being tested, no?

A learned hamster scientist looking for tenure wants to test the ball universe theory. He shoots a laser at a right angle to the bottom of his universe and again at a 45 degree angle to the bottom of his universe. He repeats the 45 degree experiment 360 times, increment the bearing each time. The light comes right back to his laser in the right angle experiment. In the 45 degree experiment it comes back to him from 45 degrees elevation and 180 degrees opposite bearing with 3 times the energy loss as seen in the right angle experiment. All the 45 degree experiments get the same result. He has just proven the ball universe theory, right? NO. He's just proven the inside of his universe is a ball. He still knows nothing about the outside of his universe or the nature any part of his universe beyond its inner boundary.

How is the experiment in the article any different from the hamster scientist's experiment? The only thing they can possibly test is the nature of existence inside the universe and not the nature of the universe itself.

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