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Sven Groot Sven Groot Don't worry... I'm a doctor.
  • How BIG is big data?

    Big data is terabytes at least, usually petabytes, sometimes exabytes.

  • MS-DOS Mobile

    , Bas wrote

    @cheong: That's the most sour, curmudgeonly commentary I've ever read.

    It was this close to ending with "Bah humbug!"

  • Spartan and ClickOnce

    I think the only thing that non-IE browsers couldn't do was detect whether the .Net Framework was already installed (since IE sends that info in the UA string, other browsers do not), so it could decide whether to offer the bootstrap .exe or the .application file directly.

  • The end is nigh

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    Wish I'd had Apple shares though -- presumably they went up?

    MSFT completely crashed, I should've sold last week. :P

    Ah well, they'll go up again once Windows 10 comes out. :D

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    @Sven Groot: I think it does belong in a scientific discussion. I did show how your argument is wrong. There is always a human observer to account for collapsing the wave function, regardless if it is days after the recording.

    That is only true because by definition we can't know about something without observing it. At most that says that we can't know if the wave function would have been collapsed without a person to observe it. Lack of proof does not prove the opposite.

    I didn't make that up, I read it.

    Where?

    Plus, how do new theories begin? With ideas.

    Yes, but for an idea to be taken seriously it has to have some basis in reality. What observations have you (or others) made that lead you to believe only living things can collapse wave functions? As I said, the fact that we can't observe it happening otherwise (because by definition, we have to observe something to know about it) doesn't mean anything. It is just a fancier version of the question "if a tree falls down in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound".

     

    I noticed no answer or acknowledgement of my assertion, just dismissal.

    Because you have not presented any facts to back up your idea. You have just asserted it, nothing else, which gives us nothing to respond to. You made the assertion, the burden of proof lies on you.

    Also, if life is the only thing that can collapse wave functions, how did the universe work before life existed?

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    *snip*

    Until we look, we don't know, and if we never look, we can't know, and when we look, we cause the wave function to collapse. This happens outside of time in my thinking, you cannot EVER separate the scientist/observer from the experiment, I say, and this proves that it is sentient beings who are responsible for collapsing the wave function. To allay Bass, this is a faith issue on my part, but not religious, I'm not a religious person. And I realize this can never be proven or dis-proven.

    At most, this "proves" is that you can't know, which means it doesn't really prove anything. It's fine for you to believe this, but to state anything is proven you need to have an experiment that demonstrates it, and preferably also design an experiment that could falsify it. Since your entire premise pretty much precludes that possibility, it doesn't really have any place in a scientific discussion.

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    Elon Musk just put $10 million towards making AI not scary.

    @Bass: Tell me how humans collapse waves into particles upon observation and I will name you Pope of my new religion.

    They don't. Probability wave functions will collapse upon interaction with anything else regardless of whether humans are present. Typically, "observation" just means bouncing a photon off something. This can happen regardless of whether a sentient being was responsible for sending that photon.

    Just because they use the word "observation" to describe this doesn't mean someone actually needs to be present to see it.

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , ScanIAm wrote

    Nobody is saying that, either.  If it takes 5 hours in line to ride Space Mountain, then it should take everyone 5 hours.  If you don't want to wait for that ride, go to universal and ride the Hulk instead.  But allowing people to pay for priority means that in 10 years, only the wealthy can look back on their great experiences on Space Mountain.  The poor could never wait long enough.  It's intrinsically not fair.

    Wait, sorry to derail the thread, but is that really how fast pass tickets work in the US? My only experience with them is at Tokyo Disney Sea, where they are free. Fast passes are given out in limited numbers for specific time slots. So at the start of the day, you go to each ride and get a pass which tells you between which times you can get fast entry to the ride. The only thing you need to do in order to get fast passes is get up early enough (because for the really popular rides, they will run out fairly quickly). You don't need to pay for them.

  • Finally ordered my Surface Pro 3

    The fan is a little bit noisy but only when the system is under a lot of stress. During normal use, the fan rarely comes on for me. If you're installing stuff, yeah, it'll come on and make some noise.

    I have an i7 myself. I'm typing this post on it, actually, I love my SP3. :)

  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , kettch wrote

    (net neutrality) == (screw Comcast) == (sounds good to me)

    As someone who was recently forced to switch to Comcast (because I moved and was unable to keep my Frontier FiOS at the new address), screwing Comcast sounds like a pretty worthy goal to me. They SERIOUSLY suck, hard.