Incidentally, the antidote to the Pauli Effect is to tape a raw sausage to your circuit. Everyone knows that your circuit always works when you put your finger on it, and the sausage emulates your finger. (There is actually some truth to this joke, as the sausage/finger provides a little parasitic capacitance, which can make an unstable RF circuit become stable.)
The theory is that there's an elemental particle, the bogon. When this is absorbed by a piece of equipment, it frequently malfunctions.
Good engineers, over time, become bogon sinks, so that when there's an engineer around the bogon absorption rate of the equipment they're working on drops. Meanwhile, managers tend to become bogon _emitters_. So, give a device to them and it instantly fails. Pauli, here, sounds like he was a massive bogon source.
This handily explains the effect where the device will reliably fail but when an engineer shows up to look at it, it works fine. It also explains why demos are so flaky: all those people watching the demo are emitting a massive bogon flux...
Going to get a second cup of coffee now...
Sometimes on a channel with bad reception, just touching the antenna to adjust would improve the signal due to the human body acting as a weakly-coupled extension of the antenna. And of course after letting go the signal would degrade again. Made it hard to optimally tune the station sometimes.
"When an angry Wien asked how a storage battery works, the candidate was still lost. Wien saw no reason to pass the young man, no matter how brilliant he was in other fields"
If we have a guy like that again to suspect of such effect, then we could try the isolation of parameters to see if there was in fact just a bias or it could lead to deeper issues. And interference from quantum biology might not be completely out of the question https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_biology
August Kekulé's work on the structure of benzene came to him in a dream:
Ramanujan credited his mathematical skills to a Goddess:
When Einstein met Tagore, "Einstein: Then I am more religious than you are!":
Pierre Curie: "There is here, in my opinion, a whole domain of entirely new facts and physical states in space of which we have no conception."
Kurt Gödel proved God exists:
And take a look at the recent popularity of Discordianism and Thelema among programmers.
It's not impossible to make joke-y replies to posts and receive upvotes, but it takes a lot of practice (or authority).
If a 100 people would post one-liner memes then the comment section would be no fun to read. It used to be a strength of HN to have an incredibly resourceful comment section with good debate. It was not uncommon for the author of a programming language to chime in on a discussion about said language.
> The most important principle on HN, though, is to make thoughtful comments. Thoughtful in both senses: civil and substantial.
> The test for substance is a lot like it is for links. Does your comment teach us anything? There are two ways to do that: by pointing out some consideration that hadn't previously been mentioned, and by giving more information about the topic, perhaps from personal experience. Whereas comments like "LOL!" or worse still, "That's retarded!" teach us nothing.
Edit: I see that your account was created 1499 days ago. This may make my reply seem silly (also coming from a newly created account). It was a sincere attempt at answering your downvoting concerns though.
Also, groupthink. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink