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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. :)

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 447

by Nostromo21 (#43327705) Attached to: HBO Says <em>Game of Thrones</em> Piracy Is "a Compliment"

If HBO were really cunning & smart, they would have floated each ep as a kickstarter project & said they're not releasing it until it hits $xxx. Then they could just seed a few torrents & let us chumps pay for distribution & word-of-mouth reviews/free advertising.

Someone with an already popular show & loyal fan base is bound to try this soon, just surprised they haven't yet.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn