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Comment: Re:Stupid Question (Score 1) 162

by albacrankie (#49307799) Attached to: How Space Can Expand Faster Than the Speed of Light
Doesn't seem a stupid question to me.

But at the speed of light not only does time slow, but space contracts. So I'm not sure we can say that light "travels" through space. It just attaches itself to whatever is touching it. So if we could convert all our body mass to photons, attach those photons to say a planet in another galaxy, and hope someone at the other end has a tool for reconverting those photons back to their original state, then perhaps it's possible. But if you did the return journey because you'd forgotten your swiss army knife, you'd find yourself a huge number of years in the future and that knife might be hard to find.

Comment: Re:Common sense to you and me, but... (Score 3, Informative) 98

A note for those who think language should be descriptive. A "public school" in the UK is a very, very private school, often associated with unhealthy sexual practices and strange ways of speaking. Not everyone who attends such a school is a twat. Some are just plain cunts.

Comment: Re:Before the Big Bang (Score 1) 429

by albacrankie (#48338181) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing
I didn't intend to bring religion into it. I just wonder whether there are things of which we must remain forever ignorant. The "god" reference was a sarcastic stab at those who are not comfortable with ignorance. We seem bound to concepts such as "before" and "already existed" and find it difficult to shed the concept of time in our understanding of cause and effect. But this always leads to endless turtles. "created from nothing" is a convenient answer, and it may well be true. But I'm not sure how we would ever know.

Comment: Re:Before the Big Bang (Score 1) 429

by albacrankie (#48334845) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing
"before the big bang"

What do you mean by "before"? Don't we have to face the possibility that there may be certain properties of existence that are impossible for us to even ask about, never mind understand. Perhaps the only choice is God or ignorance. The only certainty is that I don't know.

Comment: Re:Look at the geography (Score 1) 494

by albacrankie (#47928801) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
People in Newcastle, Carlisle and parts of Lancashire might disagree about the benefits, but I agree with your general point. And rather than simply waiting to be charged, I hope Scotland will take a more active approach. For example, rail improvements from Scotland to the north of England might be something that Scotland would propose and be willing to fork up the lion's share of the cash for. But it would resolve to money, and who perceives most benefit. These things can usually be thrashed out round a table.

Comment: Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (Score 1) 494

by albacrankie (#47928567) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
For me, it's not about whether they guarantee my enemy's destruction, but whether they increase or lessen my own chance of destruction. Under the cold war, while uncomfortable, I believe they probably reduced the level of warfare. And I still think that three superpowers having such weapons may be a good thing. But for the life of me, I can't think of any circumstances in which the UK would actually fire one of these things independently of the USA or what a possible target might be.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 494

by albacrankie (#47927301) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
But, but, all those resources make us an obvious target for evil countries who would like to exploit us. Aren't we much safer to share those resources with a friendly and mature country in return for their protection, guidance and economic skills? Especially a country that has the clout to negotiate on our behalf with those devious Europeans.

Comment: Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (Score 1) 494

by albacrankie (#47927151) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
Could you explain how the Trident missiles help to defend me or my family? I prefer not to pay for them because I see them as pretty much fucking useless.

On the other hand, we frequently get low flying military aircraft over our house, on training runs. These don't come cheap either, but I see them as a useful thing to have and am quite happy to pay my share for them.

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