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Comment: Re:Conservation of momentum (Score 1) 467

by drinkypoo (#49616171) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

The EmDrive uses a sealed cavity. There's nowhere for any propellant to come out, even if there were any!

sure, the only thing it could do if it remained sealed would be emit black body radiation, and the whole reason this report is interesting is that it's apparently moving a lot more than you'd get from such a result. well, perhaps it could offgas, that's been mentioned elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Conservation of momentum (Score 1) 467

by drinkypoo (#49616153) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

I totally understand what you're saying, and I agree entirely, except when it comes to conservation of momentum. It's a simple concept that is necessary for this Universe to make any sense and be stable in any way.

Not really. There may be well-defined circumstances in which it can be violated, which rarely occur in the "natural" order of things. In theory, planets can make their own functional electronic circuits through ordinary volcanic and geologic processes, in practice... 42, I guess. It has long been observed that the laws of physics seem to break down at very high and very low energy states. If they behave themselves at most other times, then most things will behave in a way that is highly predictable at most times.

Comment: Re:Facebook is G+'s best advertising (Score 1) 50

An honest question - what is different about G+'s interface or paradigm (compared to Facebook) that gets people to post content that makes you like them more?

I'm not really sure. Somehow G+ seems more oriented towards seeing stuff from disparate sources. I just find more stuff to reshare.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49615655) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

True enough- IF you can prove it was a murder and not an accident.
Can you prove intent with global climate change? If you ignore the utterly non-scientific process of "scientific consensus", do you even have enough data left to prove the murder weapon?
And in the long run, does it matter? We're still left with the decision to either adapt or die; we're far too late for any mitigation attempt to work. Blame the culprit is a waste of time in this case.

Comment: Re:Don't Have to Try Very Hard at All (Score 1) 955

by drinkypoo (#49611597) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Yeah, I suppose saying something blatantly stupid and arbitrary sounds better if you lead with it with a strained air of authority.

Irony, it's not half the comment you wanted it to be, is this the best use of anonymy? I believe in irony.

But, of course, in no way does it "need" to be eradicated,

That depends on your goals. If you want to move forward, yes it does.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49611365) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Species that are unable to adapt have been going extinct without mankind's help for 9/10ths of the planet's history. For the remaining 1/10th, we've been a major motivator of evolution, that's true- Dodos and wooly mammoths and the like. But we are also to the point with GMO research that we can be a major cause of increased adaptation- we can speed up evolution, and likely will, because beef is tasty (among many other species that are directly useful to us, such as bees). Speaking of that last, just saw a report on OPB about a pair of beekeepers with a unique solution to colony collapse disorder- they're breeding stronger queen bees that can live through Oregon winters.

If mankind wants to survive, food needs to be our top priority. Luckily, as I mentioned someplace above I think, food production is also an answer to excess atmospheric carbon. Especially if we keep locking our own carbon up in airtight containers buried in concrete when we die.

Comment: Re: Time (Score 1) 290

by drinkypoo (#49610581) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Some time in the future, noise and exhaust pipes will no longer be associated with "power", but rather "wastefulness". That is when electrics really will shine.

That's already how most people feel in most of the world. Big loud exhausts are seen as a cry for help, expensive cars as a penis substitute, etc. And now, all the most aggressive American cars have forced induction. Even superchargers mute the engine note, and turbochargers also quiet the exhaust, so this is the beginning of the end of loud. It will still be a thing, but it won't be a thing you can just go buy off the lot, because emissions regulations will kill it by driving people towards more technology instead of more liters.

I know the Hellcat is kind of a conspicuous counterexample, but they won't likely be able to continue to make vehicles like that much longer, so enjoy them while they're here.

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