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Re: Isn't the output totally predictable ...?
The output is deterministic (detemined) by the input data, true; but that doesn't mean you can predict it. "Predict" implies knowing in advance of the event (or in this case, the calculation). The computation isn't a prediction of the results it's acutally getting the result.
I don't remember any "robocode", but I do remember Corewars & Redcode.
sounds like a handy replacement for my Zaurus!
... although actually the Z hasn't died yet,
I find Scilab a perfectly good (and free) replacement for Matlab
Re: I'm not yet sure what the hell OAM actually is ...
An ordinary beam with rotating polarization has no interesting transverse behaviour, and in most systems whatever the spatial profile is, it is ignored. So with both polarizations you get two channels not one.
These OAM beams have a nontrivial transverse spatial modulation; and that spatial structure can carry extra information, if the receiver can detect it.
Re: the receiving end has to be aligned
Yes; hence the "along the same spatial path" remark. The axis of the beam would have to hit inside the outline of the receiver so that the different OAM could be distinguished.
Re: assume "that a battery charges fairly uniformly"?
As a scientist, I have to say that that's exactly the sort of simplifying assumption I'd start with. Not that I would "know" or even believe that it was actually true, just that it made building a model of $WHATEVER a little bit simpler. Later on, when it's clear that the model isn't good enough, you revisit all those convenient simplifying assumptions and decide which ones need to be de-simplified. Usually, trying to build a complicated model straight off is a recipe for confusion. Would you rather be asking yourself the question "which bit of this really detailed and complicated model isn't working?", or "which bit of this fairly simple model needs to be improved?".
That said, other scientists may differ in their approach.
Re: argue that it's united [...] and it's a Kingdom,
How about we just promote both Wales and NI to Kingdoms like England is, and become the UK of E/W/NI? :-)
and best of all ...
... attach them to a bit of fluff - a la dandelion seeds - and you really could do cloud computing!
so what's the non-euphemical translation of the famous linux kernel message, now sadly departed, "lp0 is on fire"?
Re: just one guy created all this in six days, 6000 years ago ...
Well, he says "created". I think maybe he just eventually decided to comb his beard, and all this just kind of fell out in the process.
Re: rosetta data
From the Rosetta/ESA faq at http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Frequently_asked_questions
"The principal investigators head up the teams building the Rosetta instruments and will have the exclusive right to work with the data for six months. After this period, the data will be stored in ESA’s Planetary Science Archive and made freely available to the world's scientific community."
Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology
Regarding your fourth sentence specifically, you are right in that Hawking is neither an Einstein or Newton; his scientific output simply doesn't have the widespread implications and/or impact of either - but then neither do the results of most scientists, however eminent.
Nevertheless, his personal circumstances, what with the wheelchair & robot voice do give the media a nice hook with which to sell stories about his work and/or life to the public. Thus the public have heard of him, and since the public generally admires and trusts scientists, his public profile exceeds his scientific impact.
But I don't think that outcome is a reason to be quite as negative about him as you seem to be; especially as he is neither responsible for the (cosmological) Big Bang theory, or any scientific CO2/climate predictions that I'm aware of.
No need to downvote, a reply is more useful.
You can do quite interesting things with water waves - even make an expanding ripple pattern reform back down to a point again ... and again and gain and again.
Re: I'd rather have user-defined system-wide granular app permissions
I'd rather I could just run android as a UI choice on top of a reasonably standard linux install of some kind.
I expect to be waiting some considerable time. :-)
Re: How would the 'smartphone app' work without changing the meter?
Perhaps by taking a dated photo of the meter, and sending it to the energy supplier? :-)
Re: An R&D division that [is] not only not a money loser, but actually turns in a profit
It seems to me that a good R&D division should lose money in the same way a good venture capitalist loses money: there might well be frequent losses on things that don't work out, but the (few) winners more than make up for those losses.
Whether the "win" project profits get attributed to the actual R&D division is another matter.
Re: Could those who downvoted please explain why?
I didn't downvote, but since the authors seem to have plotted the daily data as well, they could hardly have said to have "destroyed" data - any level of "falsity" induced by their smoothing was evident to the interested reader, as indeed the artefact you mention was to you.
More generally, smoothing may be an imperfect process but it can be very useful for extracting trends, if appropriate care is taken. Ideally, you would make sure to plot the original data along with the smoothed curve, for comparison :-)
Re: Fortunately, human activities helped to counteract the lower solar output
Note that the interaction of extra atmospheric CO2 and glacials has been looked at, e.g.
Damping of glacial-interglacial cycles from anthropogenic forcing
Climate variability over the past million years shows a strong glacial-interglacial cycle of ~100,000 years as a combined result of Milankovitch orbital forcing and climatic resonance. It has been suggested that anthropogenic contributions to radiative forcing may extend the length of the present interglacial, but the effects of anthropogenic forcing on the periodicity of glacial-interglacial cycles has received little attention. Here I demonstrate that moderate anthropogenic forcing can act to damp this 100,000 year cycle and reduce climate variability from orbital forcing. Future changes in solar insolation alone will continue to drive a 100,000 year climate cycle over the next million years, but the presence of anthropogenic warming can force the climate into an ice-free state that only weakly responds to orbital forcing. Sufficiently strong anthropogenic forcing that eliminates the glacial-interglacial cycle may serve as an indication of an epoch transition from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene.
Re: Any suggestions
Hang on, what was that rpg with all the clones, and some kind of repeating "The Google is your friend" motif..?
If this was such a dull & almost-pointless paper ...
... why didn't you choose to write about an interesting one instead? I mean, we all do like to sneer at economists a bit, if even only for entertainment, but actually I was hopng for something fractionally more informative.
Re: See the Drake Equation.
The problem with the Drake equation is that although it partitions all the unknowns into types, it doesn't make them less unknown. It's better to think of what a pututative spacefaring civilization might get to do, and under what circumstances - see e.g.
Re: Lets not ruin space too.
Space is quite big. Even the most enormous galaxy-spanning human civilization of popular fiction would struggle to make even a slight mess of all space. Even blowing up a galaxy would scarcely dent Space.
Re: control 4 billion
"I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if billions of lightbulbs cried out in terror, and were suddenly darkened"
Possibly also required, reading the study itself...
E.g. "On Facebook, people frequently express emotions, which are later seen by their friends via Facebook's "News Feed" product (8). Because people's friends frequently produce much more content than one person can view, the News Feed filters posts, stories, and activities undertaken by friends. News Feed is the primary manner by which people see content that friends share. Which content is shown or omitted in the News Feed is determined via a ranking algorithm that Facebook continually develops and tests in the interest of showing viewers the content they will find most relevant and engaging. One such test is reported in this study: A test of whether posts with emotional content are more engaging."
The following paragraph is also informative as to what process was followed.
Re: does heat bend light?
heat is energy, and energy bends spacetime, and light beams follow curved paths in curved spacetime. So yes, heat does bend light.
Re: I guess Franson must have assumed ...
If it's on the arXiv, you dont have to guess. You can go check it yourself. Or indeed you can check the open access article itself, using the links in the Reg article.
Re: how can an island just appear?
How? By magic, apparently. :-)
And before all you nay-sayers start off, it is well known that any sufficiently primitive magic is indistinguishable from technology (or, possibly, just indistinguishable from some not especially obvious physical process or other).
Here's at cut&paste of the conclusion of the article...
... because how something is said is also useful:
The results of the present study indicate that most of the glaciers were in a steady state compared to the results of other studies carried out for the period prior to 2001. This period of monitoring almost corresponds to hiatus in global warming in the last decade . It may happen that an interval of one decade could be smaller than the response time of glaciers to be reflected in terms of any significant change with 23.5 m spatial resolution of data. This point requires further studies using high-resolution data for a longer interval of time.
So, should we trust these results now, even though the authors themselves worry about the data resolution on which they are based? Or should we wait for a more solid confirmation before using them to inform our actions?
"can be viewed even with low-power binoculars "
does this, for most of us, really mean "might be seen with binoculars, if only it wasn't for all the light pollution"?
(can be found in kstars, for those with KDE stuff on their system)
anyone planning on a big network rewiring job?
... maybe you should read this:)
Easily repairable networks
Robert S. Farr, John L. Harer, Thomas M. A. Fink
We introduce a simple class of distribution networks which withstand damage by being repairable instead of redundant. We prove a lower bound for the expected cost of repair, and show that for networks on the square and triangular lattice, this bound is achievable and results in a network with exactly three levels of structural hierarchy. We extend our results to networks subject to repeated attacks, in which the repairs themselves must be repairable. We find that, in exchange for a modest increase in repair cost, such networks are able to withstand any number of attacks.
Re: LOHAN could be coming from 70.000 ft through a window very close to you ...
and will she be bringing some Milk Tray?
Re: I used to have a small PDA device ...
I've got an old Zaurus I would sell you ... except I'm still using it. Otherwise couldn't agree more ... if only I could get Opie on my phone instead of android :-)
Re: So what are the 'things'
Since this is the London Underground we're talking about, I think by IoT they mean either "Internet of Trains", or "Internet of Tubes"
Re: "If he were to sum up the quarter in two words it would be “execution and transition.”"
hah! - but to sum up in words of just one _sound_ is the best thing to do
the lightbulb moment...
pawlik: "all the very disappointed customers who say 'oh, I bought my lightbulb but now I can't switch it on and off anymore because I can't reach it on the internet.'"
Well, back to candles it is, then.
Re: planned obsolescence [...] Planet Linux does it too
Oh no! Are they going to retire the fvwm window manager now? Dammit, I'll have to switch back to twm!
you might want to be careful: one newspaper claimed today that scientists had discovered a new (invisible) eighth colour of the rainbow. But they really had - over two centuries ago: see W. Herschel, "Experiments on the Refrangibility of the Invisible Rays of the Sun", circa 1800. http://www.jstor.org/stable/107057
Re: mining Bitcoins...
... and so some are already working on ow to maximise return, see e.g.:
Do Bitcoins make the world go round? On the dynamics of competing crypto-currencies
Stefan Bornholdt, Kim Sneppen
Bitcoins have emerged as a possible competitor to usual currencies, but other crypto-currencies have likewise appeared as competitors to the Bitcoin currency. The expanding market of crypto-currencies now involves capital equivalent to US Dollars, providing academia with an unusual opportunity to study the emergence of value. Here we show that the Bitcoin currency in itself is not special, but may rather be understood as the contemporary dominating crypto-currency that may well be replaced by other currencies. We suggest that perception of value in a social system is generated by a voter-like dynamics, where fashions form and disperse even in the case where information is only exchanged on a pairwise basis between agents.
Re: thermometer reading at a rural weather station
... but how does that reading map onto the average temperature of the area in which it inhabits? Is it intended to represent a ground temperature or an air temperature? What if I want to use it as a measure of air temperature in a surrounding box of area A and height h? Do the thermometers have a changing response as they age? Can I trust what the manufacturer said? What about when they are replaced for new ones with different properties? How do we correct for the changing nature of the landscape around it? Thinks like this need to be checked and ironed out.
Re: much data manipulation
As it happens, here's a recent discussion of solar irradiance validation
(but published formally in Astrophysics and Space Science 350(2), 421-442, 2014)
Would you like the raw satellite data as well? I'm sure there are all sorts of ways the existing analyses could be challenged (apart from those covered in the paper already, of course).
Re: much data manipulation
It's important, however, to distinguish between types of "manipulation"
(a) that done with intent to deceive
(b) that done by mistake or carelessness
(c) that done as part of a calibration or compensation process to ensure the numbers output by the sensor correspond (to the greatest extent achievable) to what the sensor data is understood to mean (or is intended for use as).
This raw data you are so keen on may or may not be what you think it is, or may or may not be misleading (wrt your purpose) in subtle ways. For example, a few years ago, I happened to have a conversation with a physicist whose specialism was (IIRC) the calibration of satellite data related and needed for an estimation of the Earth's energy budget. Such things are not trivial.
Re: how to communicate
Those interested in the dynamics of social discourse may find the following article amusing:
Mental ability and common sense in an artificial society
Krzysztof Malarz, Krzysztof Kułakowski
We read newspapers and watch TV every day. There are many issues and many controversies. Since media are free, we can hear arguments from every possible side. How do we decide what is wrong or right? The first condition to accept a message is to understand it; messages that are too sophisticated are ignored. So it seems reasonable to assume that our understanding depends on our ability and our current knowledge. Here we show that the consequences of this statement are surprising and funny.
Re: Years ago
Personally, I could quite imagine citizens of ancient Rome standing round so that they matched up with nearby statues or other representational art in some amusing way, let alone the reasonable likelihood boxes of old Edwardian b&w photos doing a similar thing with paintings or whatever; or someone or other doing this - with actual album sleeves - in the 70's.
No doubt someone might have some sort of priority claim over this kind of amusement, but I not only strongly suspect they have been dead a while, but they might even have been dead for millenia.
Re: bring the rock into orbit around Terra.
... isn't NASA planning such a mission? Although the aim is to put it in orbit around the moon instead....
Re: I can't see ... what much coherent story can be told after I to VI ...
hmm .. something that goes off at a tangent, and does something new with the SW storyverse, whilst also cleverly including hints to set the scene for the next sequel trilogy after this one? :-)
Re: "the actual paper is perfectly correct, it's the press release that is wrong."
... so a lesson for scientists - check that press release drafted by the institutional PR department, and make sure it's right (or at least not-wrong ... they're doing their best but they aren't experts). In my case, we rewrote it substantially. That said, you have very little control over what gets bootstrapped by journalists off the back of the release - or worse, of a press-agency remangled precis of the press release.
Re: 1.49597871 × 10^15m
Hmm ... Register Units?
About 8 mReg?
(Being 8/1000 of the distance from here to Regulus. Although mysteriously, the Register-star is in the constellation of Leo (probably eating its entrails...), and will be obscured by 163 Erigone on the morning of March 20th - expect articles to go missing or be delayed around that time.)
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