1109 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007
I tried expecting the unexpected once
but nothing happened. I certainly didn't expect that.
Re: Not surprising
Surely that was not Velikovsky but the HHGTTG. The latter is at least rather more scientifically reliable.
Re: Linus in toys out of pram shocker!
Go ahead. Oh wait. I thought you said 'criticise'.
Can't see how this could be useful for conference calls.
It seems to be, by definition, one to one. And when it comes to one to one video calls people are either not interested or they want, how should I put it, a certain degree of privacy in which case a screen and webcam are entirely adequate. I can't even see how you could point this thing downward - not much use for Chatroulette then.
Congratulations. (I'm not been sarcastic.) You've actually clearly stated the major commonsense assumptions that relativity violates.
If i'm travelling near the speed of light and fire a bullet from a gun i'm holding will the bullet slowly leave my gun because it can't possibly travel faster than the speed of light :)
No, because velocities in relativity don't add in that way as described above.
If stationary the speed of light is therefore c when moving light is potentially c + my speed is it not?.
No because a fundamental premise of relativity is that c is the same for every observer no matter how they are moving. This isn't just an assumption but an experimental result (look up the Michelson Morley experiment) that relativity explained. Also there is no such thing as 'stationary'. That's not strictly a result of relativity, but relativity's description of how relative velocity work pretty much put paid to any hope that the universe has some preferred velocity against which all others are measured.
because i'm nearly travelling at the speed of light whilst holding my gun would I be incapable of running around in my ficticious spaceship?
It follows from the last point that you're not really "travelling at the speed of light ". You maybe with respect to say the Earth, but if so it's equally true that the Earth is " nearly travelling at the speed of light " with respect to you. What matters is that if "nearly travelling at the speed of light " is say .999 c and your gun fires a bullet at say 0.002 c the velocity of the bullet with respect to the Earth is still going to be less than c. Counterintuitive, yes but the fact is space and time simply don't work in the way our commonsense tells us they do.
Slowing down light is trivial
The current record, if I recall correctly, is something like walking pace. (I'm sure it's been reported here if you care to look.) C on the other hand is a fundamental physical constant. Unless you happen to be a member of the Q continuum you don't get to change it. It's simply a part of how the world works.
Now that doesn't mean there might not be workarounds but those workarounds need to be compatible with relativity in much the way relativity is compatible with Newtonian physics.
Re: What about the Wales?
I vote for areas in Wales and volumes in whales - what could go wrong?
Time to break out
the Greek strategic reserve of hemlock.
Re: New Opportunity for Office Theft
Why, is there a "firm but flexible" substitute for the resin?
Re: One thought does spring to mind
Don't wish for it. The contactless systems I'm forced to used nominally requires a tap but of course being near field the response can happen at anywhere between a few centimetres or a few millimetres which can be incredibly disconcerting like a keyboard with random lag. I'd imagine that slows things down significantly.
It's just not the same without the bad makeup.
Re: When I were a lad...
You obviously went to the wrong school. . .
Re: so what?
Why is that a problem? The electricity distributers buy electricity at the market price add a markup and sell it at the retail price. That's how the business works. Explicit government subsidies aside (and if there are going to be subsidies they should be explicit) why should the consumer expect to sell their electricity at more than the market rate?
Re: Life is full
Shorter LarsG; "harden the fuck up because I will never be one of the vulnerable".
Your conspiracy theory
needs more conspiracy. I suggest something involving Dick Cheney.
"Taken over by Samsung"
Must... resist... obligatory .... joke ....about .... lack of rounded corners.
Re: hypocrisy of the human race
NASA has certainly done a great job of marketing it as such (since everything has to be marketed as entertainment these days) but no, it's not entertainment.
Re: Oh great...
And the hissing. Don't forget the hissing. Death would be sweet release.
Re: NBN challenge?
I doubt it. As soon as you even start to think about watching video 10GB starts to look pitifully small. For those of us who have switched to watching TV online wireless is simply not an option. I suspect the NBN figures can be explained by the fact that, at the moment, 12Mb/s is good enough for the vast majority of applications. When genuine high definition streaming video becomes available that will change.
It really looks like that
for the 500 milliseconds before your eyes fry.
"The little rover that could"
I thought the correct El Reg form was "nuclear-powered, laser-armed, interplanetary death tank".
the sound of WTF in the morning.
Re: James Van Allen had similar issues
This being El Reg I suspect vodka and orange might be more appropriate.
I misread it as "quibble"
But maybe that only applies to the solicitor type.
Re: The joys of capitalism
I'm sorry sir, you can't have any water for drinking. Yes I know we said unlimited water, you have unlimited water, as long as you want to use it for bathing and washing things? Why? because some people might drink too much.
To be fair, it's more like having unlimited water provided you don't try to fill any swimming pools. That's said the network operators have to get used to the fact that people now have swimming pools and figure the required usage into their network provision and hence into the plans they offer.
I need three hands here
Because on one hand I think this sort of crap should be shovelled into a deep dark cesspit and on the other I don't trust any government to do it - even without the possibility of corruption the law is a very blunt instrument. But on the third hand - sexually rating minors? They crossed a line there and they got a slap on the wrist. I won't be shedding any tears for them or for the future of freedom and democracy in Australia.
and Big Dog could have been be knocked up by anyone with enough Lego.
It's science. The product is knowledge not shiny toys (though those do tend to come later on).
he's the result of a misguided experiment to clone Jamie Hyneman.
Fools. There is only one Hyneman.
Lester just forgot whether he was coming or going. Travelling back to the paleolithic and back (forward?) in a tardis made entirely of rolled paper tubes will do that.
This article completely fails to be about robo-sharks (laser-equipped or otherwise).
Turing, Shockley, Berners-Lee
They were all wasting their time since they couldn't possibly have predicted 4chan.
Reduction, folks. Not a dirty word, just how science works.
Re: Moving in Cycles?
Exactly. He's saying the process is iterative rather than incremental. I know we're all geeks here, and literalism is our weak point, but it's a simple metaphor.
On the up side
Hollywood won't have to give up its addiction to exploding cars.
Come back Douglas
You are so needed.
and be damned.
Re: Go home Bohmians!
No, it's a property of the model. And the kicker is that in something like a hundred years nobody has been able to demonstrate that there is any more to reality than the model describes. Or to put it another way, the hidden variables that "common sense" demands have become increasing conspicuous by their absence.
Re: Looks like an iPad
I too like the fact that it isn't just a minimalist black slab*. On the other hand I support the right of everyone to manufacture or own black slabs if that's what turns them on.
*Not that there's anything wrong with black slabs per se. They have their place which is in the opening sequence of Kubrick films.
Why do I have the strange feeling someone dug this up
from under Stonehenge?
then went on to determine that men look at porn.
Re: @ Fitz
Protip: If you ever find yourself wondering how your opponents can be so stupid it's probably not your opponents who are stupid.
Nah, It's just big Dumb Guy in a tutu.
Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"
"You actually believe Apple gave ANYTHING away for free?"
Yeah, and that was Jeff Goldblum's personal Mac in Independence Day.
Dunning Kruger has nothing to do with skill
Well very little. It's the tendency of the less competent to overate their abilities (or conversely the more competent to underrate them) but competency isn't the same thing as skill. A lack of skill can frequently be remedied by training and practice, incompetence almost never.
"May this year"
Dammit, I was looking forward to finding out how the Googleplane did against a salvo of Starstreaks. At this stage it's about the only thing that's likely to make the Olympics interesting to me.
You may call them "vampire stars"
I call them "Robin Hood stars" - robbing from the (mass) rich and giving to the (mass) poor. Well not so much of the latter but anything that strikes a blow against the bloated fat-cats* of the star world is fine by me.
*Can I get one for Tom Cruise, please.
It's a pity
el Reg doesn't allow commentators to change the font size - then you really could have gotten your point across.
Re: Proprietary Technology
That and a script knocked up in about twenty minutes in Mumbai - you don't expect a "social media entrepreneur" to sit front of a PC clicking buttons do you.
that's the pig. (Actually more like a retarded dodo.)