* Posts by Scott Sinnock

13 posts • joined 8 May 2014

How much of one year's Californian energy use would wipe out the drought?

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Finally

Finally some sanity in the matter. Adapt and innovate to climate change rather than use it as an excuse to regulate and tax.

Arctic ice returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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The article ends with, "But that's not changing many world views in the climatology departments.". We scientists seem to believe our models more than our data. Statins, anyone?

Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Internet as a right? Maybe, but how about food and shelter first, then maybe fresh water, then perhaps electricity, then perhaps the internet along with other modern things like free medical care? First food, shelter and fresh water. Plus, I guess I was mistaken, because I thought Al Gore invented the internet.

Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Windows 3.1, dog that is was, did everything I needed an "operating" system to do, just a graphical interface on DOS. Everything since is mostly "apps" and "new features" but the disk storage and ROM usage interface nearly the same. So 18 billion on planned obsolescence and new color schemes and new icon sizes and tons and tons of apps I don't want or ever use.

NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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We ARE alone. We can never get there. Earth is our home. It is all we have. Lets not ruin space too.

ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

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Re: Wonderful

Thanks, dan, I cracked up when I read your short version. Me too or neither as the case may be. I hope the beer in my fridge really exists outside my sensible universe. I am pretty sure it does. But you know there are some crazy philosophers that say I can't really be sure. I usually doubt them.

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Re: Wonderful

Thank you, I think than may have been the picture I was thinking of, or a similar one. Maybe it's all one big brain or thought?

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Re: We could be in a simulation

"It doesn't really matter", well not really, but it's fun to think (cogito) about. Does anyone "really" care what the end of the universe will be in a gagillion years from now, or how it began a gagillion years ago. Not existentially (the "sum" part of Descartes famous quote). I don't think I remember the big bang, nor do I suspect I will live to see the IR heat decay long after the stars wink out. I suspect I will die long before then.

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Re: Which brings up the old question...

The Matrix syndrome.

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Re: Manning120 - We could be in a simulation

If consciousness is simulated, then it is conscious, so would be as "real" as our consciousness, which many have said is not real.

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Re: Wonderful

A self-centered set of spherical coordinates with azimuth and declination (Stereo diagrams, star charts, etc.) are just as mathematically rigorous descriptions of the universe as any based on Cartesian coordinates. Special relativity favors no observer in any coordinate system and translation is no problem. In such a coordinate system, the universe does indeed rotate about us. This has teleological implications too. I suggest Einstein and quantum mechanics (seeing, sensing is "manifesting", Schrodinger's cat) put us back in the center of the universe, rather than being an insignificant mote in the vastness of Cartesian/Copernican space. It ALL happens here .... now .... where we, the observers manifest sensible reality. Another observer may be in some other place, but I am here, and can't help but be here, I have no alternative.

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Re: Wonderful

The observer, of course.

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Wonderful

An image: the dark matter looks like a nerve network. A question: Could the universe rotate like shown in the film?

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