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by E_H
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 5255

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Title text: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask?[ /quote] DWIM [Do What I Mean] 1. adj. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, what result was intended when provided with bogus input. Often suggested in jest as a desired feature for a comple...
by E_H
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 6833

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Or that one where you're in a huge, deserted underground base with beige carpet, that seems to be slowly filling from below with styrofoam packing kernels that you somehow know have already filled dozens of lower levels. Or the one where you're shooting down a dark tunnel in a big stone chair, unabl...
by E_H
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 7953

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Look for my forthcoming paper: "Magnetohydrodynamic Topological Invariants of Quantum-Relativistic Neutron-Gluon Superplasmas in Supernova / Black Hole Transitions"
by E_H
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 92633

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Regardless of the vote, under 18 USC 2071 Mrs. Clinton isn't eligible to hold any office. Her exposing secrets to several other governments while taking many millions of dollars in bribes, funding ISIS, paying thugs to attack her opponent's rallies, electoral fraud in the primaries, creating the Mus...
by E_H
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 10792

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

Then, as doogly implied, you have simply misunderstood the comic. After realizing that he was wrong in his initial claim, White Hat Guy retreats to a true but irrelevant position rather than admit to his initial wrongness. Seems like a good tactic. Which reminds me: it turns out that you actually c...
by E_H
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 10792

Re: 1731: "Wrong" : is wrong about particles

Too bad Randall himself got the end wrong. In quantum mechanics, particles are solely an artifact of interaction, particles never propagate. There are no particles, there are only fields Art Hobson , American Journal of Physics, (cited by 39) So you're saying that trying to decide whether there are...
by E_H
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 10792

Re: 1731: "Wrong" : is wrong about particles

Too bad Randall himself got the end wrong. In quantum mechanics, particles are solely an artifact of interaction, particles never propagate. *more things* That is the point of the last panel. I'm confused - is E_H saying that Randall got it wrong by accidentally having WHG get it right, when he's s...
by E_H
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 10792

Re: 1731: "Wrong" : is wrong about particles

Too bad Randall himself got the end wrong. In quantum mechanics, particles are solely an artifact of interaction, particles never propagate. * von Neumann's "Proocess I" and "Process II", interaction and propagation - particles are inferred from the discrete nature of interaction...
by E_H
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1025:"Rock Tumbler"
Replies: 50
Views: 19848

Re: 1025:"Tumblr"

I figured it was the I Ching he was looking at. Hexagram -41 = hexagram 0 -41 |base64 = hexagram 23, ䷪ , "Po – Splitting Apart (Breakthrough). Above – KEN – Keeping Still, Mountain; below – K’UN – the Receptive, Earth". Nothing about a lake. Even worse: "THE JUDGMENT for SPLITTING APA...
by E_H
Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 43536

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

Beyond the systematic error possibility (the experiment can't match up individual decays with individual neutrino detections, the decay calculations may be imperfect, which could give some new physics, though less exciting), I see a couple of possibilities: 1. Neutrinos are tachyons, but only part o...
by E_H
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 33124

Re: 0947: “Investing”

"Thorp and Shannon (the guys who created the mini-computer) " Those weren't post-grads, they were professors. Not just professors, but titans. Ed Thorp went on to invent the hedge fund (after also inventing card-counting at blackjack). His fund averaged over 20% return a year after fees wh...
by E_H
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 33124

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Curiously, 2% is the expected long-term rate of return on stocks after inflation, taxes, and taxes on inflation. Unfortunately, after deducting transaction costs to keep the portfolio representative of the stock market and to reinvest dividends, the rate is even lower, by 0.5% - 2%. If you invest wh...
by E_H
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 26557

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

2011 is actually shaping up to be a well-below normal Atlantic hurricane season. See:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accumulated_Cyclone_Energy . The ACE index would have to nearly triple before it would be above average.
by E_H
Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No Country for Gentleman Scientists
Replies: 43
Views: 10136

Re: No Country for Gentleman Scientists

I think the emergence of open-source and Creative Commons show that independent technical work is at least as healthy as ever. While much of it is engineering or programming, some of it is properly considered computer science, and scientists in all disciplines make frequent use of open source softwa...
by E_H
Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National debt and the Federal Reserve
Replies: 42
Views: 7758

Re: National debt and the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve system is a quasi-governmental entity to which the Congress delegated its constitutional authority to coin money and emit bills of credit, plus some other powers. The Treasury also has been delegated portions of the same powers. The Fed is owned by the private banks in proportion...
by E_H
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro
Replies: 15
Views: 4210

Re: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro

Greece's debt shouldn't be considered any more of a problem for the Euro than Alabama's is for the Dollar. We're not talking about that much money, 148% of a $330B GDP= $488B face value. (I'm assuming the debt statistic is reckoned on the face value.) Let's say they need to get that down to 50% of G...
by E_H
Fri May 27, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 29004

Re: 904: "Sports"

Errm, maybe Monte Carlo valuation of exotic options, as those often don't have nice formulas for their price. Even then, it's assumed there are margins of error (despite being done with thousands of simulations with thousands of steps). Financial analysis is otherwise rarely based on random numbers...
by E_H
Tue May 17, 2011 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Others: while your opinions are no doubt important to someone, that isn't me. Either participate in good faith with all these people who really do know what they're talking about, or leave this thread now. Supported opinions would be important to me; none other than my own have appeared in this thr...
by E_H
Tue May 17, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

You have no idea who you are arguing with The fact that you are unable to soundly refute any counter argument, .... But also, http://www.liveperson.com/e-h/ I get it, you're an engineer and good at math. That doesn't mean you know a lot about biology, or why your system of approaching things has be...
by E_H
Tue May 17, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Izawwlgood - there isn't anything much more complicated than hydrogen that is really well understood, certainly not anything as complicated as microtubules. How many phases does even as simple and ubiquitous a molecule as water have? About 17? Many of those weren't predicted, but explained after the...
by E_H
Tue May 17, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

...arxiv... ...Google tech talk... ...YouTube video... These are not credible sources. Also, to the rest of your post: a forest is great material to turn into books, but chainsawing a tree and finding a copy of Twelfth Night is highly unlikely. Just because a given substance/structure could show qu...
by E_H
Tue May 17, 2011 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Mokele: If microtubules have a computational role, as seems very likely (quantum or not - note my original post did not endorse QC in MTs) then that will of course affect everything that microtubules affect, which is virtually everything in the neuron. It really isn't plausible that the computation ...
by E_H
Sun May 15, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Charlie, the self-appointed quack-detector: "I mean seriously, Bandyopadhyay, "we've never detected a non-topological qubit?"" Counterexamples? Could a qubit be even in principle non-topological in an appropriate point of view? Spins are topological, magnetic fields are topologic...
by E_H
Sun May 15, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Mokele:"Honestly, how can people have spent so much time talking and thinking about it without examining a single, live neuron. Pretty much any biology department will have at least 5 people capable of setting up any experiment they want." When you are ignorant you should refrain from pont...
by E_H
Sun May 15, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Mokele: "All irrelevant to brain function unless they have proof that these effects can alter neuronal firing patterns."

Microtubules totally determine the locations of all axons, dendrites and synapses. They also affect the summation function at least indirectly and perhaps directly.
by E_H
Sat May 14, 2011 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7689

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

The New Scientist article has nothing to do with quantum entanglement, but simply a conventional resonant synchronizing effect. On the other hand, the people who claim that there cannot be any quantum effects in the brain haven't spent much time looking at the literature. Max Tegmark's and others' m...
by E_H
Tue May 10, 2011 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Electronics Education and Experimentation
Replies: 13
Views: 6392

Re: Electronics Education and Experimentation

The number one thing is a good multimeter, one with a capacitance function as well as voltage, current and resistance. Plan on spending at least $70 for your good meter. Get a backup if you can, even if it's a lower quality one - measuring two quantities at the same time can be very useful and educa...
by E_H
Mon May 09, 2011 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 31962

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

It should be noted that most of these women were collaborating with men who deserve much of the credit. Meitner collaborated with her nephew, Otto R. Frisch, who had some of the crucial insights in conceiving and explaining fission. (He also was the first to propose a specific mechanism for creating...
by E_H
Fri May 06, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 25445

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

A better analogy than the rubber sheet, so accurate that it may not really be an analogy at all, is to regard the gravitational field as increasing the index of refraction of space. Where the gravitational field is high, the index of refraction is also high and light moves more slowly. Since light's...

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