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Comment File charges against the school employees (Score 1) 956

For being STUPID in raising a false alarm with the police. If I wasted a bunch of police officer's time with a false charge, they wouldn't be very happy.

This is a perfect example of the lack of knowledge in our public school systems on so many levels.

Comment Detectability of "broadcast signals" (Score 1) 275

Signal strength drops by the square of the distance, so if the closest possible earth-like planet with a civilization is say, 5000 light years away (about 5% of the distance across the Milky Way), is a reasonable amount of power, say 1 megawatt, 1 mile from that earth-like planet going to be detectable here on Earth after intersteller dust and gas absorption?

Would Infra-red transmission get through longer distances even better between planets?

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