• DaddleDew@lemmy.world
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    11 months ago

    The guy thinks that hiring a team of rocket scientists means that he is a rocket scientist himself and that it means that he already knows all there is to know about everything.

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    Here’s a little more context. Elon doubling down and linking Uncylcopedia, a crowd-edited satirical website, to support his stupid stance.

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      “Nano applies to everything and therefore means nothing. Definitely indicates bs.”

      What? When will your companies switch from those bs nanometer scale transistors in their CPUs and use down to earth millimeter etching? Make it even more awesome! Centimeter wavelength!

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      And here’s someone much cleverer than me explaining just a few of the uses of nanotechnology and why it’s not BS.

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        While I appreciate the effort (and the info!) I don’t think anyone in good faith actually needs to be told that nanotechnology is real and potentially very useful.

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          The first reply to this post was asking what nano was so I thought I’d add an explanation with added Musk nonsense. Yesterday I posted in !confidently_incorrect and found that some people didn’t know what “soup du jour” meant in English so I’m erring on the side of caution today!

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            It’s absolutely appreciated regardless!

            It’s always nice when stupid discussions introduced by trolls in bad faith ends up being an opportunity to actually learn something interesting. :)

            Also got me googling to check if “soup du jour” meant something else than soup of the day in English - you had me intrigued for a second!

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              You’re welcome! Someone replied on the soup de jour post that they “didn’t speak French” and I thought they were trolling at first. I assumed it was a well known loan word for all native English speakers, like RVSP, déjà-vu, cul-de-sac, chaise lounge etc etc. That’s what I get for making assumptions!

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                I think there’s a chance you might indeed be overestimating the average English speaker’s proficiency in loan words! Good thing dictionaries are not hard to find these days. :)

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      How is this man the guy who owns the most important, bleeding edge technology company in the world.

      We need SpaceX to succeed but do we really want to give this dumbass that amount of power? Oof

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        Do we need SpaceX to succeed? I’d rather they get dissolved and everything given to NASA. If I could have my fantasy world fulfilled, anyway.

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            I bet we figure out that launching all these satellites into orbit was premature and we’ve created a new irreversible disaster that private companies knew about but hide from us since they also control social media now

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              In the case of Starlink satellites they’re in a low orbit, and will naturally de-orbit after about 5 years, so they won’t really be a big space problem in the future.

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          To be honest I love the idea of the government handling space exploration but (saying this as someone who works directly for a government body) the government is just too slow and ineffective to get space exploration online in the timeframe needed for it to generate new technologies that would help the climate crisis.

          It’s mostly because of funding and ineffective bureaucracy not lack of talent or capable workers, but it’s a problem nonetheless.

          In a better world…

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          I believe the star link internet is very useful for people living in rural areas or war zones like Ukraine. I honestly don’t about the rest of it.

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      “The daily public displays of mental breakdown will continue until people respect me”.

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      The only circumstance it gets used, seems like.

      I’ve never heard it followed by something that actually was respect.

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        Because you don’t need to clarify that you are provide all due respect otherwise.

        “With all due respect, those are nice shoes.”

        “With all due respect, I’ll have the waffles.”

        “With all due respect, I think there are a few more jellybeans in there.”

        It just isn’t necessary in these and other common situations.

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          It’s “proper” usage is preface for a statement whose interpretation is ambiguous or easily misunderstood as disrespect, not as a “you’re not allowed to be offended” preface for statements intended to be disrespectful.

          What I was saying is that the latter use case is overwhelmingly the more common one.

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            Yup, something like “with all due respect, I don’t think you’re seeing this clearly right now. You should eat a Snickers.”

            Not “with all due respect, you’re decision-making skills rival a toddler’s, but without the low stakes and amusement.”

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                My point exactly. Some people, Musk being amongst them for sure, are due zero respect. As such, using the phrase without showing or indeed having any respect is proper and correct use.

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        Well, its ACTUAL intended use (and the most common one) is to say basically “I’m going to criticise you, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t respect you as much as you deserve”.

        In some cases, including Musk, the amount of respect deserved is none and as such you can use the term correctly without respecting the person you’re addressing at all.

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          What it “ACTUAL” says is “no disrespect” not “no unintended disrespect beyond the disrespect you deserve” - the intended use case is clarifying statements that are ambiguous or could read as disrespect, but are intended respectfully.

          I do not agree that it’s “intended” as a window-dressing disclaimer for open disrespect. Even if you personally feel that the target deserves no respect - just have the balls to disrespect them openly and without dancing about the matter.

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            The word use is very clear: “with all due respect” means “with all the respect that is due”. If you want to express respect whether it’s due or not, you say “respectfully”. You’re the one who’s trying to enforced your personal definition over the logical ACTUAL one.

            Btw, I do not dance around anything myself. When using the expression towards someone who’s NOT worthy of any respect, I say “with all due respect, which is none”.

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    Clearly this is the guy you’d want to be producing your rockets. Might as well defund NASA right away.

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    Well, he has Elon Musk in his display name, that definitely is 100% synonymous with bullshit

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      MElon probably means that “nanotechnology is bs”, and no it’s not, it’s just a science that is in it’s infancy, and one that may become extremely useful in the future.

      Also Elon says that while pushing NFTs and crypto constantly.🤦‍♂️

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        And we definitely are already making great strides in commercializing it, depending on how you define the set of nano-tech.

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        I mean like everything is nanotechnology, you can mayyybbe argue against quantum if youre really stupid, but like even smoke alarms use some nanotech.

        Its mostly a buzzword tbh, and that’s from someone getting a degree in the field (we learn a shitload but its not much different from advanced chemical engineering)

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          All of tech is full of buzzwords, buzzwords are easy for the layman to understand and conceptualize, buzzwordy-ness doesn’t make something more or less of a reality, it just helps people who don’t fully understand the concepts digest the reality.

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            For sure yeah, like I said im in the field so I better believe in it a little lmao.

            But it just always gets me when its used in media cause its just used as a deus ex machina type trope, which isnt too based in reality, and is what most people think of when they think nanotech

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              But it just always gets me when its used in media cause its just used as a deus ex machina type trope, which isnt too based in reality, and is what most people think of when they think nanotech

              I would probably blame the God father of Cyberpunk for this one as well, William Gibson’s works gave birth to so many of the tech buzzwords we hear, then we have Neal Stephenson who invented the Metaverse concept which is now unfortunately the name for Facebook and associated products. Those guys brought the premise to the fore, and later authors turned those premises into tropes. Then there’s all the work that James Cameron did with the Terminator franchise too.

              Again, this goes back to layman, because the media is made up of laymen, and the media is supposed to essentially parrot what the goings on’s of the days are, unbiased reporting is supposed to just be regurgitation of the facts, a perfect example of this is the Associated Press, their articles are usually short and to the point, minimum editorializing, like Joe Friday from the old Dragnet TV show used to say “just the facts ma’am”.

              So laymen writing tech articles for laymen is essentially similar to the whole “copy of a copy” degradation, or the old game of “telephone” as the story gets passed from layperson to layperson it’s going to change and lose accuracy, because the experts are no longer looped in maintaining the veracity and accuracy.

              So yeah there’s real danger for fear mongering in tech, but there’s also a positive aspect of tropes and buzzwords, and that’s inspiration, young tech kids taking this stuff in and becoming those people changing the tech industry, I’d hate to include Zuckerberg here but Snowcrash was absolutely an inspiration to him enough to change his company’s name to Meta, and there are many other similar examples of this both good and bad.

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      I assumed the scientist was doing something with nanotechnology, which according to the CDC is “the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. The technology promises scientific advancement in many sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy, materials, and manufacturing.”

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      Usually it stands for nanometer. It can also mean very small. Its a prefix which means a billionth of something, like centi means a hundreth.

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      It’s a prefix and it depends on the suffix it’s attached to. If you are talking about a nanometer it’s 10^-9 meters. If you are talking about nanotechnology, that’s a buzzward. In between that though there is plenty of meaning. If you are talking about graphene nanosheets, that means they are nanometers thick, i.e. roughly between 10^-9 m and 10^-7 m. In the material science context nano means the size of an object. Nanobeads would be nanometers in diameter. as opposed to microbeads which would be micron sized. A nanomachine would be a machine that is nanometers in size, etc.

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      It’s Metric. Americans won’t understand.