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Comment: Re:The timing of technology. (Score 1) 117

by Nostromo21 (#49078359) Attached to: Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Ignoring relativistic effects & GR in general (pardon the puny pun), it would take a ship almost 6 months & less than 1/10th of a light year to reach 0.5c, assuming a constant 1g acceleration. So, the only question is, what propulsion method are we going to have in the conceivable future that can sustain that kind of thrust with X number of humans and a total weight of Y (inc fuel/propellant)..? For ref, Saturn V weighs 3000 tons & can only produce thrust for 17 mins with all 3 stages at about 3Gs max. I'm not sure even nuclear fusion can produce enough energy to self-propel that much mass for that long. Isn't there a critical thrust-to-weight ratio at which a propellant can no longer produce enough thrust to out-power its own system's weight...? So what would the ship be expelling & where would it get that much raw mass-energy from for 6 months?

Comment: Re:No true Scotsman (Score 1) 880

by Nostromo21 (#48598675) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

You sure this is from a Gospel quote, and not just Jesus in fact quoting (or paraphrasing) from the OT? Or just one of the apostles or historians from another NT book...? Do you have a chapter & verse quote?

Jesus was very clever & careful not to say very much if anything at all on highly contentious topics, such as homosexuality, corporal/physical punishment or child discipline, women's rights, racial topics, etc. Hell, he even admonished his disciples to the point of "slaves obey your masters [with good grace]"!

In any case, he did also whip the Pharisees good & proper outside the temple, which they were using as a market stall area for profit; even though he did so in utter indignation & disgust & they well deserved it (according to their own rules in fact), one could argue that his intention, from a purely theological POV, wasn't to condone violence at all, rather to demonstrate its folly. Or it was simple justice, take yer pick. He certainly wasn't a pacifist - don't make that mistake.

Having said that, the AC you replied to is right on the money biblically, no pun intended, so I'm bemused he didn't use his real name/moniker. I guess this slashdot internet thingy makes it all too easy to post even wisdom anonymously, heh.

Comment: Re: How many knew that it was a global release? (Score 1) 443

by Nostromo21 (#44560971) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Why would I pay Fuxtel $100 per month to watch 1 or 2 shows I actually like & get shovelled 100 others I could care care less about, most of them reruns or months/years old...?

People download for all sorts of reasons, like avoiding being exposed to ad-infested 42min shows with 20mins of brain-dead shovelware being forced down our optic nerves.

Disclaimer: I don't watch BB but might go & download all the seasons right now :).

Comment: Re: Nice (Score 1) 719

by Nostromo21 (#44292793) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

You might like to take a closer look at our recently deposed PM & self-confessed atheist here down under to see that religious views have little to do with competency, character or moral fibre, especially when it comes to politicians. Me, personally - I'd prefer a leader who I know doesn't think they're God, make of that what you will. :)

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