Sources: Arxiv [Printserver; CERN], BBC News
quote: Prove it. Show me a major breakthrough in physics that has come from the private industry that directly competes with public ones like the LHC and whatnot.
quote: Like what? And how much funding is the LHC funding that a more useful program needs? I want specifics. Oh you're just talking out of your ass?
quote: Yup. Talking out of your ass. I would be ashamed to post this kind of ignorant bigotry on Facebook but you don't have that kind of self respect.
quote: Well clearly you are much smarter. Tell you what, why don't you give them a seminar and teach these stupid scientists how to do their jobs? Clearly you know the grand unified theory of physics and once you tell them they can stop wasting their time wanting to discover the inner workings of the universe and can do something more useful like posting ignorant and bigoted statements on Dailytech.
quote: I only seek to benefit myself and the small handful of people I actually like.
quote: Then why do you claim to care what money these people are spending on research?Clearly you have no idea what you're saying and doing.
quote: If they're going to be using money other than their own to perform research, I want it to be research that has the possibility to result in a direct benefit to me...even if that is a better TV monitor or GPU.
quote: The research is for the benefit of everyone if it gets results. If people thought like you when rockets were still around "who needs to put metal in space, what is metal anyways", then we wouldn't have any of this modern technology due to satellites or the ability to have things like very accurate, very up to date maps and navigation and so on.
quote: For all we know, their discoveries will lead to efficient quantum computers that some company will take the research and begin mass production. Computers with insane computational power that improve medical research so you can get a new limb that you lost being a dumbass.
quote: You can never know how useful this will be or what other field it will affect. Maybe better rocket engines, maybe more efficient fusion reactors that run more than 3 minutes and can actually be used for real, maybe better techniques to sculpt very small objects like circuits and nanomachines.
quote: Information is always useful.
quote: Tell me, do you think the whole research on Mars is useless? What if they find life? What if they find some way to grow things there and have a colony? What if in the meantime some smart ass comes up with a good rocket design and mars can be mined for minerals and colonized and we find all sorts of cool shit