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Comment: Re:Creating a Mars magnetosphere (Score 1) 549

by Kinthelt (#48035983) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

You could either ask Randall Munroe that question (xkcd), or just do the thought experiment yourself.

Since energy can neither be created nor destroyed, for each J of energy you put into Mars from Earth, you take away from Earth. Net effect would be that Mars would have a magnetic field, but Earth doesn't. Except of course, that Mars has a much smaller mass, and Earth probably has energy to spare.

It still sounds like it would just be cheaper to fix the social problems here on Earth and build an orbiting transparent Dyson-trampoline to deflect any incoming killer asteroids.

Comment: Re:What use... (Score 2) 1034

by Kinthelt (#46024757) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

This guy should have never spoken to them. Period. Arrest me, give me a lawyer or let me walk out the door. No other words should have escaped his lips.

That's the theoretically noble thing to do. In reality he felt he had nothing to hide and laid it all out for them to see. Perhaps he figured it would be less of a nuisance than obtaining a lawyer and getting yelled at by the wife for wasting more money on that Google Glass thing.

Unfortunately, the cops are on the clock. They're getting paid to waste time. So trying to "save some time" really doesn't work.

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?

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