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Comment: Re:Tubes (Score 1) 213

Your mass prevents it from happening. As you get closer and closer to c, your mass increases, requiring more energy to accelerate you further.

To actually move at c, you'd require infinite energy. You don't have infinite energy, hence you can't hit c.

Now, the trick with the tube would be this:
Take, say, a six foot by six foot square of material. Lets say light can move 3 feet/second, and you can move 1 foot/second, and you want to get a dinky car, represnting you, from the middle of the left edge to the middle of the right edge.

Light will do that in two seconds. The dinky car will do it in six seconds.

Now, pick up the cloth, and hang it over a clothes line. Hook a dinky-car sized flexible tube from point A to point B on the two edges. They'll be an inch or two apart. Light still travels along the surface, and takes two seconds to get there. Your dinky car, however, gets there virtually instantly.

Your car didn't move any faster, you just warped space to decrease the distance you had to travel.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 1) 545

by SuiteSisterMary (#49750221) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I'd love to hold society to the standard that no child should have to risk death due to parental stupidity. That's just not California. If you really want to uphold this ideal, you'll have to crusade for myriad causes, including gun control, obesity-fighting measures, tighter distribution of driver's licenses, promotion of breastfeeding, etc, etc. On the list of annual deaths in California caused by parental stupidity, lack of vaccination is near the bottom of the list.

All of this is true. However, lack of vaccination will rapidly climb the lists if America's current anti-science, anti-education and anti-logic trends are allowed to continue.

Comment: Re:Since there's no downside, why not go all out? (Score 1) 1091

by SuiteSisterMary (#49743171) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I don't think there's a downside to a minimum wage, or at least, not a compelling one.

As to specific implementation details. I really don't know. Not my field. My lay opinion would be that, well, it needs to be tied to the local cost of living and what not, but it would be a bitch to administrate. But no, having the minimum wage in Buttfuck Arkansas and Los Angeles be the same is probably sub-optimal.

I intended more to point out that while a small increase is basically a cost-of-living raise, a large increase will, indeed, likely do more harm than good.

Comment: Surely that's the wrong metric though (Score 5, Interesting) 224

Piracy may well be down.

Are sales up?

The only reason piracy is illegal is because it affects legitimate sales. If people are not getting media for free, but still aren't buying it (for whatever reason) then this is a net cost to the economy.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 1) 545

by SuiteSisterMary (#49734565) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I'd support a bill like this if it also included provisions for criminal charges against parents who 'opt out' and their child winds up having long-term effects, or dying, of preventable diseases.

Say, do you also believe that, say, seatbelts are a matter of personal choice?

Comment: Re:Pay Settlments from Police Pension Funds (Score 1) 201

I think the idea is that it would eventually render bad cops uninsurable, and thus, unemployable.

Really, though, these are all suggestions to get around the central issue; cops look out for their own, even in the face of blatantly criminal behavior. It's a cultural issue, more than anything.

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