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NoiseLTD Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-06-06 12:18 PM
Response to Reply #116
126. Fair enough...
I'm not judging DU based on this single post, notice I said "this is the kind of thing"...

I still can't tell if he's joking. I am an electrical engineer. We are into validation. Sometimes the Navy builds scale models of ships to test their radar cross section (rcs), scaling wavelengths similarly. They can build a model of a ship whose rcs is known and compare it to the scale model, (called "validation") and then they'll know if the technique works. This helps them make decisions about how to build great big expensive ships before they are actually built. They must think that it's worthwhile, in that it provides useful results and has advantages over pure digital simulation.

Here you have someone without any apparent engineering background making very coarse analogies and drawing sweeping conclusions. Stop me if you've heard this: extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. You have someone positing a conspiracy of staggeringly vast size and audacity, based on an experiment that would fairly rate a failing grade as a high school science project. He then gets on the internet samizdat machine and declares that NIST, the military, the President and everyone else are engaged in some sort of bizarre conspiracy.

There are words in the English language for people like this. The most flattering that comes to mind is hoaxer, or perhaps troll. Are you sure you're not being set up by some Freeper?

The only people who could possibly find this kind of demonstration "convincing" are those who are already convinced. It is one of the fallibilities of human nature to accept ideas that confirm our prejudices and reject those that challenge them. We need to fight this all too human tendency if we are to see things clearly and realistically.
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