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Comment Re:Physics time! You misunderstand ion drives (Score 1) 473 473

The most popular theory is that it's transferring momentum via virtual particles. That has some startling implications, but it's less physics shaking than violating conservation of momentum. I'm not sure anyone has come up with any solid testable hypotheses yet, but it seems to be something that is likely to be testable in principle.

You'd have to work out the math, but I'd be cautious being too aggressive with relativistic reasoning. Conservation of energy and momentum in special relativity are a bit tricky to start with, and don't hold when you start jumping between reference frames.

Comment Re:I found this bit quite funny (Score 1) 163 163

Am I the only one who thinks that the removal of the pop-out start menu with Windows Vista was a step in the wrong direction

It was terrible before too, if you wiggled the mouse too much and you were 7 layers deep into the heirarchy the start menu would close or flip over to another folder, and you'd have to start all over...it was usability garbage.

The replacement in vista was still tedious, but the previous incarnation was gouge-your-eyes-out-bad if you had to navigate to something that was deep.

Comment Re: Here's a thought... (Score 1) 269 269

I never did any of that. I was a well-behaved kid, which means I'd have a permanent advantage over you in the real world. I assume you learned eventually not to do that sort of thing, so it's not really relevant to who you are now, which means my advantage would be undeserved.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 269 269

Ideally, we try not to let teenagers mess up their lives permanently for stuff they do as children. It's not possible to succeed completely, but telling a 35-year-old that they should suffer from stupid posts they made when they were 15 does absolutely no good. Consequences need to be fairly fast to be useful in molding behavior.

Comment Re:If I could abort child, I can do ANYTHING (Score 1) 269 269

What I want is the kids not being removed from their family twice for no good reason (like allowing stuff that was perfectly standard when I was a kid). That's going to traumatize the kids. Kids are resilient, but it's best not to disrupt their lives like that arbitrarily.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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