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Comment: Re:I consider Pluto a planet... (Score 1) 168

by camperdave (#49158525) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet
I considered Pluto to be a planet up until about five minutes ago. I came upon this picture showing the major bodies that could also be considered planets. Being unfamiliar with Orcus, I decided to read its Wikipedia entry, and I came across this:

Orcus is a plutino, locked in a 2:3 resonance with Neptune, making two revolutions around the Sun to every three of Neptune's. This is much like Pluto, except that it is constrained to always be in the opposite phase of its orbit from Pluto: Orcus is at aphelion when Pluto is at perihelion and vice versa. Because of this, along with its large moon Vanth that recalls Pluto's large moon Charon, Orcus has been seen as the anti-Pluto.

Orcus and Pluto have "mirror image" orbits, and are both tied to Neptune's orbit. Then it struck me that that makes them like Jupiter's trojan satellites, or the asteroid that is in a horseshoe orbit around Earth.

Pluto just happens to be in a gravitational "sweet spot" with respect to Neptune. Orcus is at another. That gravitational sweet spot also explains why Pluto has five moons, and maybe even rings. Pluto is just a piece of dirty ice that got caught in a gravity divot. Same with its moons. Apparently, all of the other Kuiper belt "planet candidates" are also in gravitational resonance with Neptune.

Comment: Re:In search of... (Score 1) 396

by camperdave (#49152545) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
Spock was always one for a joke, though.

In the Naked Time - after a swashbuckling, sword wielding Sulu is subdued: "Take D’Artagnan here to Sick Bay"

Mudd's Women
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that work just like yours - logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic - and we poor, irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you'll find yourself back among us illogical humans again.
Spock: Which I find eminently satisfactory, Doctor, for NOWHERE am I so DESPERATELY needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.

McCoy: Besides, he has avoided two appointments that I've made for his physical exam without reason.
Spock: It's not at all surprising, Doctor. He's probably terrified of your beads and rattles.

Mirror, Mirror:
Indeed, gentlemen. May I point out that I had an opportunity to observe your counterparts here quite closely. They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous - in every way splendid examples of homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity. I found them quite refreshing.

Friday's Child:
Spock: The child was named Leonard James Akaar?
McCoy: Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?
Spock: I think you're both gonna be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month... sir.

A piece of the Action:
Spock: [balking at the prospect of another ride in a car with Kirk at the wheel] Captain, must we?
Capt. Kirk: It's faster than walking.
Spock: But not as safe.
Capt. Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all, Captain. It's your DRIVING that alarms me.

The Changeling - After Kirk argues the Nomad/Tan-Ru probe into self destriction:
Spock: Your logic was impeccable, Captain. We are in grave danger.

Comment: Re:Terms (Score 1) 153

by camperdave (#49088155) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Don't Encrypt the Voice Data They Collect
It's a smart TV, an internet connected TV. Beyond the standard On/Off, volume and channel select, it should be capable of showing any Youtube content, browsing the web, etc. So it'll be picking up "Natalie Portman, Naked and petrified" and other embarrasing utterances. Also, because it is web-connected, people will use it to check their bank balances (account numbers and passwords)

Comment: Re: Numerology (Score 2) 183

A constant is significantly interesting in some way. Fractions or multiples of a constant (which, granted, are just as invariable as the constant itself) are not interesting in and of themselves, but only in relation to the base constant from which they are derived. Pi is only interesting because it is half of tau.

A circle is the set of points in a plane equidistant from a fixed point. That distance is called the radius. The perimeter of the circle is the circumference. The circle constant should be the ratio between these two. Using the diameter is one of the biggest blunders in the history of mathematics. You have to have extra definitions. You get the superfluous 2 floating around in all equations. It's sloppy.

Comment: Re:Now they just need intensity from the actors. (Score 1) 165

by camperdave (#49062439) Attached to: Star Trek Continues Meets Kickstarter Goal, Aims For Stretch Goals
It's a Wonderful Life, one of the best movies of all time, is in black and white. As is The Birds and The Maltese Falcon. You're not doing yourself a favour by pre-judging films based on whether or not they are in color. There have been some truely awful color films.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.

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