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+ - Hawking explains how to make a time machine -> 1

Submitted by Antiocheian
Antiocheian (859870) writes "Stephen Hawking describes, in the Daily Mail, how to build a time machine. "All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast".

The article deals with potential issues, such as time tunnels being a bit small for a human to enter: a billion-trillion-trillionths of a centimetre. It also explains what would follow a successful launch in a wormhole:

"The initial acceleration would be gentle because the ship would be so big and heavy. But gradually it would pick up speed and soon would be covering massive distances. In one week it would have reached the outer planets. After two years it would reach half-light speed and be far outside our solar system. Two years later it would be traveling at 90 per cent of the speed of light. Around 30 trillion miles away from Earth, and four years after launch, the ship would begin to travel in time. For every hour of time on the ship, two would pass on Earth. A similar situation to the spaceship that orbited the massive black hole. After another two years of full thrust the ship would reach its top speed, 99 per cent of the speed of light. At this speed, a single day on board is a whole year of Earth time. Our ship would be truly flying into the future.""

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+ - Vista can be extremely slow compared to XP

Submitted by Antiocheian
Antiocheian (859870) writes "Tom's hardware ran a set of tests to compare Vista vs XP performance and the results are a treat to anyone who would need another reason to resist Vista:
  • 3DMark06 — Vista is slower by 5.8%
  • F.E.A.R. — Vista is slower by 8.3% in max frame rates
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 — Vista is slower by 32.4%
  • Xvid 1.2 — Vista is slower by 18.4%
  • MainConcept H.264 — Vista is slower by 23.8%
  • WinRAR — Vista is slower by 21.8%
Specviewperf is even slower, almost to a crawl, but this is due to a driver issue. But, despite all these, the authors still consider Vista to be a better OS because: ``it behaves better, because it looks better and because it feels better,,. Perhaps operating systems should have to be reviewed by fashion magazines from now on."

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