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Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 19

by smitty_one_each (#49794321) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

launched a war against a sovereign nation thousands of miles away

I guess that's somewhat interesting from a logistical standpoint. And the regional politics of the Great Satan helping out the Saudis have some fun nuance. "Bush believed he was doing the right thing" is probably trivially true, but, again, omits an awful lot of Shiite/Sunni developments.
Which is, again, not meant as anything sort of an apologist play for W. And you can keep the brother, too.

Comment: Re:You don't have to go faster (Score 1) 205

How exactly is space expanding, and what exactly is expanding into?

This is difficult to answer without getting into a long discourse on spacetime. However, you have to get away from the notion that there is some kind of "edge" to the universe and space is somehow expanding that edge into infinite nothingness. There is no "edge" to the universe anymore than there is a definable "edge" to our planet (i.e. a flat earth).

Comment: Poorly written (Score 1) 205

Poorly written article and misleading summary. Basically the article says you can "travel faster than the speed of light" without violating relativity...but neglects to mention which "speed of light" you're beating. Light speed is different in depending upon what medium -- or lack thereof -- it's traveling through. It's possible to slow light down to the point where you can walk faster than that speed of light. But you're not violating relativity by doing so because you're moving through a different medium.

So, hyperdrives...not so much.

Comment: Re:The begining (Score 1) 51

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49785447) Attached to: Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC

Here's where I have to be a bit cynical and pragmatic. Googling around, it seems it cost $13.25 billion to find the Higgs. I remember a lot of people in the US were very ticked off when the budget for a US-based collider was eliminated, but let's get real here: does it really matter which country found the damned thing, other than the pride of the physicists involved in finding it?

And now that it's found, and given it's somewhat unlikely -- although admittedly not impossible -- the LHC will find something new and exciting at 13TeV, what are they gonna do with a $13.25 billion collider that can't find anything new?

Comment: Go for it (Score 1) 19

by smitty_one_each (#49779459) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
If anyone's knowledge of history and sense of proportion is so bad as to even put GWB on this list, then go full tilt boogie and say he's worse than the rest, combined.
I'm not here to accuse GWB of being some kind of saint--he was another brick in the wall of Progressive decline, in my opinion--but I've really lost interest in trying to communicate with the kind of idiots who would juxtapose GWB and Adolf. Or Barack and Adolf, for that matter. It's so stupid, I can't even

Comment: Re: And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 288

by prisoner-of-enigma (#49778031) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

So you punish a guy who makes little money when you could install comprehensive safety systems to prevent any deaths?

Since when does the amount of money he makes factor into this? If his negligence resulted in the death or injury of people on the train, he should be punished. I don't care if he's a pauper or the richest man in the world, if you take responsibility for a train carrying hundreds of people and you don't respect that responsibility, you deserve every iota of punishment that can be mustered against you.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai