* Posts by beast666

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The future often starts as a toy, so don't shun toy VR this Christmas

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Re: I'd save some money back...

Visit the Callanish Stones next year in the Outer Hebrides. Dark skies like you wouldn't believe. Golden beaches. Stunning scenery. Wildlife...

and then have some VR fun to enhance all that!

Please checkout vrcreations.biz ;-)

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

beast666

Re: Creates more problems than it solves?

McCulloch is a crackpot.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Scotty?

Scotty died you insensitive clod.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

beast666
FAIL

It's a scam.

If this is the actual paper that is supposed to come out in December I can see why it wasn't published in a physics journal. There are a plethora of things wrong with it. So let's start.

In part B they claim a TM212 mode but I'm not exactly sure how they know how to deduce that and how they know how to tune to that mode. Even in their section about tuning they describe how they think the are in resonance but this doesn't mean they know if they are in some particular mode. I'm not an expert in cavities but it seems to be they should have consulted someone who is. They then claim that there are no analytical solutions for a truncated cone, which is not true at all, see here. So right off the bat their understanding of cavities is called into question. They also don't say if their frustum inside is a vacuum, which I think is important if you're going to set up an electric field inside.

They say they put the RF amp on the torsion arm itself. This doesn't seem like a wise choice if they want to reduce all possible systematics.

In their vacuum campaign section they discuss simulated thermal effects but don't say what they used for this simulation. What model did they use, what assumptions were there, etc. If there is a standard piece of software they don't say this either.

In their force measurement procedure section they have a very convoluted and confusing way of measuring force which I don't think matches with their earlier model. One simple way they could have done it is take data with their optical setup then fit it with their earlier thermal model. If they got something significantly above their background model then they might be able to say more. But what they seem to do is record some time series data, what look like pulses, and fit parts of it to linear models to find different parts of some pulse they are looking for. That is a very undergraduate way to do this. They are - from my reading of this confusing method - simply fitting different parts of a pulse to determine what part of the pulse describes a calibration versus other pulses from something else, like a purported thrust. There exists technology that was developed in the 1980s that allows you do do these measurements much easier than they are doing, with much cleaner and clearer results, called NIM, but for some reason they are using this dubious method which likely won't give clear discrimination between signals.

Then they describe different configurations and their effects. The only thing I have to say about this is that it's not clear to me they couldn't have moved electronics outside of the testing area. I've worked with high voltage electronics in a very precise and sensitive test setup before an all of our data acquisition and power supply electronics were easily placed outside the test area, using the technology I mentioned before.

After that they describe force measurement uncertainty, which is great because they didn't have that before. They describe the uncertainties on their measurement and calibration devices. That is fine but these constitute random errors, not systematic errors. The only systematics they talk about are the seismic contributions, for which they quote a number without saying how they arrived at it. They say this is controlled by not doing tests on windy days but that doesn't account for everything since seismic activity, especially from the ocean, can occur without the wind. So it's unclear where they get this number from and if it's at all accurate. This is very dubious. They also cannot control for all low frequency vibration with one method either. Different frequency ranges are usually damped out with different methods. They then say their thermal baseline model contributes some uncertainty, which is true, but then they go and give a "conservative value", which strongly implies they pulled this out of a hat and didn't actually analyze anything to arrive at that number. So I call into question that value. Table 1 tabulates measurement (random) errors then adds them. It looks they quadratically add them, which is correct, but if you worked it out then they did some necessary rounding and didn't keep with the rules for significant figures. They classify seismic and thermal errors as measurement errors, but they are not. If seismic and thermal errors give a continuous shift in your measurements then they should be counted as systematic errors. The authors seem to not understand this.

Their force measurements in table 2 don't seem consistent with what you'd expect to see with increasing power. This says to me there are systematics which they did not account for. In this table they assign an uncertainty to the measured valued which is the one previously discussed. If they has taken data properly and did a proper analysis, the result from that analysis (which should including fitting to their earlier described model) would give different uncertainties for each result. This is standard practice and this is why error analyses are usually done at the end of studies, not in the beginning or middle.

After, they attempt to make some null thrust tests in which they attempt to show that if the z-axis (think in cylindrical coordinates) if parallel to the torsion beam it should show no "thrust". The beam clearly is displaced but since they claim it is not "impulsive" that it is not a true "thrust" signal. This is incredibly disingenuous since it is clear from their plot that something happens with the RF is turned on. The whole idea of impulsive signals doesn't seem correct either since it says to me that they turned they RF on, saw what they wanted to see them turned it off right away. For example in figure 13, would that upward going slow continue to infinity? Probably not. But it's not clear from these plots what the real behavior is.

They then to go on to describe sources of error. At first glance this is great, but upon further reading it looks like an error analysis I would have received from one of my undergraduate students. They are all good sources of error but not a single one was quantified or studied in any detail. At best they simply state in a few sentences why this or that is not important but don't actually back it up with any numbers, which would be proper procedure. This is a huge mark against them and this alone should call into doubt all of their results. But...

They did absolutely no controls. A null test and calibration pulses are not controls. A control lacks the factor being tested (NdT's Cosmos explains this very nicely, episode 5 I think). For that to have been done they would have needed to test several different cavity types: no cavity, rectangular cavity, and most importantly they should have tested a regular cylindrical cavity since this is closest to a frustum. Only then should they have done their frustum measurements. Based on this, their poor treatment of systematics, and their lack of a good method to analyze data (there are no statistical tests mentioned throughout), none of their results should be trusted or given much weight.

They finally go into and start talking about quantum mechanics and how different interpretations could apply (QM doesn't apply here). They also talk about debunked crackpot ideas like Stochastic Electrodynamics (SED), and the Quantum Vacuum Plasma which is complete and utter crankery to anyone who has sat in a half semester of quantum field theory.

tl;dr: It's no wonder why they couldn't get this published in a physics journal. Their experimental and data analysis method are at best at the level of an advanced undergraduate, and they have absolutely zero knowledge of any advanced concepts in physics, which they demonstrate in their discussion section at the end.

This paper should absolutely not be taken as evidence of a working emdrive. And so it remains pathological science.

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How to steal the mind of an AI: Machine-learning models vulnerable to reverse engineering

beast666

Just make AIs that are too intelligent to be reverse engineered like the guy says.

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Google crushes 33 Chrome bugs, pays boffins more than $56k

beast666

Wowzers! New and smaller icons.

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

beast666

Fillet-o-fish

For my wife!

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

beast666

Re: Their loss someone else's gain

I can see that donate a penny button being blocked quickly as well.

You would soon get sick of the scrounging wee thing on every site you visited. Wouldn't be long before you got huge pop up, under, over, sideways, flashing and beeping versions to 'encourage' you to click it and donate 1p.

Pesky things. I hate the idea already

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

beast666

Re: Why is it...

Obviously terrorism could be funded thru off-shore accounts.

Why haven't GCHQ and the NSA been all over this for years?

The obvious answer is that they have but are saying nothing. Why and how?

If this data is a complete surprise to the intelligence community then I would still ask why and how.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

beast666

Great news!

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

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Utter Tosh

"Atmospheric CO2 is the blanket that keeps our planet warm and any further emissions will mean more global warming. Observations in recent years show that warming is accelerating, that polar ice and glaciers are all melting, that sea level is rising … it all looks rather bleak."

That's the problem right there in the first paragraph.

It is completely false and to keep on asserting such nonsense is verging on criminal.

That is all.

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Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

beast666

Re: Monofilamanent mesh

Why don't they just acquire a humble garden spider then accidentally expose it to a massive dose of funky gamma rays?

When it grows to about 20 foot let it spin a web over the prison. It gets to keep the drugs. Job done!

What could possibly go wrong?

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

beast666

Green Loons

"However the extreme heatwaves predicted for the Gulf, where temperatures will regularly hit 50℃ or even 60℃"

The global circulation models from the warmists "project" this does it? The same models that have failed to predict the total and utter lack of warming for over 18 years whilst CO2 levels have steadily climbed?

This article (and CAGW) is embarrassing to behold.

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

beast666

Re: Companies don't pay tax

Guns don't kill people, rappers do.

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Hacker-friendly Chrysler hauled into court for class-action showdown

beast666

I think it is great that all these researchers fix all these flaws before we go flying down The Mancunian Way in our blinged-up Teslas

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

beast666

I like moistness.

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Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

beast666

Tops

For the healthy chunk of skunk on the tray ;)

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

beast666

The day the Earth caught fire... Seriously!

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Second-hand IT alliance forms to combat 'bully' vendors

beast666

Re: Treat them like vehicles?

As I said previously...

My arse

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HP haters: Get ready to rage against THE MACHINE 'next year'

beast666

my arse

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

beast666

...and then.

Why didn't you want your picture on the billboard Sir?

I errrr...

Take him down!!!

Bzzzt

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

beast666

He should retire and spend more time with his delightful wife Fanny...

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

beast666

Re: @beast666

Then you will never know anything my friend.

Open your mind and you will be free!

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beast666

Re: notoriously addictive?

Here's a thing...

Play it.

Report back here in xxx months.

(Cue discussion about use of the apostrophe.)

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

beast666

Re: Lenoneveragain

You have a 'truck'

Say no more....

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

beast666

Re: Time for a change?

I had to help an old guy the other day to convert .pdf files to 'Word'

It turned out this guy needed to renew his certificates to be a captain of a large ship.

There were many docs and certificates... Seriously, a lot....

This guy has probably captained more tonnage than the Moon.

And they wouldn't accept pdf!

Anyhow... Jap nuke thing wasn't worth evacuating a squirrel for...

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

beast666

Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

No. Go fast enough in the right direction and you will never hit the planet.

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

beast666

Check this out 1080p60

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl1d_pNRYOw

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

beast666

Re: Bah!

Why do you have that installed pray tell? Just associate .pdf with Chrome...

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beast666

Only the JRE not the JDK

I need this abomination on my hackintosh to run Eclipse, which is itself the spawn of Satan.

Anyways-up, the latest Java 8 JRE does try to sneak the wonderful Ask toolbar on you. If you install the JDK, which also installs the JRE, it doesn't.

Take-home point: I hate you Java and all who sail in you.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

beast666

My Renault Scenic outputs 90Kw.

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SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not

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Forward encryption anyone? I've heard it said that phones don't have the processing power to do that... I call bullshit, but if anyone knows otherwise?

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

beast666

That's a good idea. Except people can only live on £100 a week if their rent is paid as well...

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

beast666

Not in my lifetime!

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

beast666

I, for one, welcome our Apple self driving overlords...

(Except if it uses Apple Maps.)

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: DSCOVR not Gore's idea

"Now the deniers can start denying once again, but this time in the face of hard data as to the Earth's net heat gain that cannot be accounted for by solar activity."

I had to read this twice because of the stupidity of it.

If the heat isn't coming from the Sun, where is it coming from? There is no net heat gain! If so we would have turned into molten blobs eons ago!

The Earth's temp is in a remarkable equilibrium.

Look at this graph...

https://suyts.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/image266.png

See?

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beast666

Re: DSCOVR not Gore's idea

Sigh.

Satellite data sets already confirm 18+ years of NO GLOBAL WARMING, despite a linear increase in CO2.

As for the albedo data... bring it on! It will be the final nail in the alarmist's gravy-train coffin.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

beast666

Where will Apple get it's power in the night-time?

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In India, Facebook and chums boil the internet down to 38 websites

beast666

Bill and Melinda have put billions into good causes. Good on them.

Calling him the biggest robber-baron does him and his wife a dis-service.

You should be ashamed.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

beast666

Use Chrome... It's just been updated...

No? Use IE or FF and get pOwned.

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

beast666

Sky surveys

With all the wide-angle/frequent surveys of the sky, why haven't said objects been observed already?

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

beast666

Visual Studio online supports git perfectly well.

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

beast666
FAIL

"...been cooled to 1.9 Kelvin above absolute zero..."

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

beast666

Roll on NDK support for us cocos-2dx users out here...

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

beast666

I for one...

Welcome our pre-singularity overlords.

At the moment of the singularity and afterwards all bets are off of course.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

beast666

Re: Windows 7 is too blame

Actually we do need a new filesystem.

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

beast666

Now that guy has a skill that won't be replaced by robots anytime soon!

He even has gob control by the looks of it!

Respect.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

beast666

Re: A question

I think you mean decompiler.

Couldn't be arsed reading the rest of your nonsense...

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

beast666

Re: oracle@delphi.gr

You are in denial.

If you trace back from the present you will find that you can go back 18 years and find no warming.

This is a fact.

Go back 30 years and you will indeed find warming. But this is not my assertion.

It is indeed demonstrably true. (18+ years of flat temps)

You Sir are the troll for not accepting my assertion and the facts and continuing to use weasel words.

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Benefits of rising CO2...

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/08/deserts-greening-from-rising-co2/

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