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Comment: Yay imperialism! (Score 1) 692 692

‘Cecil Rhodes founded the De Beers Mining Company, owned the British South Africa Company, and had his name given to what became the state of Rhodesia.
He liked to "paint the map British red" and declared, "all of these stars ... these vast worlds that remain out of reach. If I could, I would annex other planets".’ (Wikipedia)

Comment: Re:Good heavens (Score 4, Informative) 86 86

And once you finally do parse it, it still isn't accurate. The billboard doesn't hide itself; it hides its message.

"Russian Billboard hides banned products advertisement when it recognizes cops." - one word less, unambiguous, and accurate.

Comment: Re:Tubes (Score 1) 226 226

OK so the correct answer to my question, which imposes a tube moving at the speed of light whether there be a means of getting it there or not, is b) some physical phenomenon prevents me moving forward, that physical phenomenon being my outrageous mass, since to move anywhere at all I would have to accelerate or decelerate that mass.
Thank you.

Comment: Re:Tubes (Score 1) 226 226

Well I realize the OP wasn't attempting to be serious, but I'll ask a serious question anyway.
A long, 3m diameter tube is moving at c. You set out to propel yourself from the aft of the tube to the fore, maybe with a power winch. What happens?
Does the tube disintegrate?
Does some physical phenomenon prevent you moving forward?
If you can move forward, by what magic are you still not travelling any faster than the tube?
Or are you indeed travelling faster then the tube but somehow not faster than light? If so please explain.

Comment: Geographical Errors (Score 1) 100 100

1) Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, not Europe. The Caucusus range reaches higher.
2) It is not the 11th highest mountain in the world. Not even hundred-and-11th. It is the eleventh most prominent. Prominence is a contrived value that basically says how much the the mountain juts out from its surroundings. "The prominence of a peak is the minimum height of climb to the summit on any route from a higher peak, or from sea level if there is no higher peak. The lowest point on that route is the col."
Thus Mount McKinley's prominence is measured with respect to Anconcagua in Argentina. Very meaningful, hmm?

Comment: Re:Soverign debt (Score 1) 743 743

it's not like Greece has a direct migration path. A Greek that wants to sneak into Europe has to cross the land of the vodka people, or try to swim to the south-east part of Italy.

Or take a short walk across the border to ...

Comment: Re:Greece can pull out Re:Soverign debt (Score 1) 743 743

They'll possibly pass laws making it hard for their citizens and companies to do business with Greece or its citizens and companies.

No they won't. The Eurozone is not the EU. The EU does not and can not allow that kind of behaviour among its members. It goes against the whole purpose of the EEC.

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