We can all suffer together under the Patriot Act!
Did it really? I think that's a philosophical question. Personally, I think not only space and time but also cause and effect are relative to the spectator.
The light carrying the information that this is happening is just arriving here. The speed of light is also by definition the fastest information can travel. It may "in reality" have happened 3.8b years ago, but the effect can only now affect someone here. Even if you happened to have an observation post there and 3.8b years ago they noticed "hey, they're falling into each other NOW", and they sent that information right away, the information would not have reached us before the event since, well, the information of the event ITSELF is traveling at the speed of light, which, as stated before, is the fastest an information sent to us by the observation post could have traveled.
Long story short, the absolute moment in time when something happens does not matter as long as you cannot overcome its information propagation speed. It will of course change if someone happens to find a way to propagate information faster than the speed of light... which would open a completely different can of worms if you ask me (but that's beyond the scope of this post now).
What this all comes down to is that the absolute moment of some event does not matter, but only the relative moment that you receive the information.
You're making the issue more complicated than it really is. (Perhaps you are also a cosmologist!)
Fact 1: Our current understanding of physics implies that this event happened 3.8 billion years ago.
Fact 2: In colloquial English, "About to" indicates that the preceeding action is imminent.
Given that "about to" indicates a future action and this event happened in the past, the title is either (a) illogical, (b) inconsistent with the English language, or (c) not consistent with our current understanding of physics.
Oppenheimer saved _millions_ of lives.
I'm not sure he saw it that way:
When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
In fact, he was later very much opposed to its use:
However, he and many of the project staff were very upset about the bombing of Nagasaki, as they did not feel the second bomb was necessary from a military point of view. He traveled to Washington on August 17 to hand-deliver a letter to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson expressing his revulsion and his wish to see nuclear weapons banned."
Oppenheimer was always a very conflicted individual.
Remember that he wasn't an elected politician or military commander, he was a civilian scientist who was tasked to develop the atomic bomb. It was never his job to decide if the bombs should be used and he knew that. In fact, he was very much motivated to both develop these weapons during WWII when he was terrified of the Nazi's developing a nuclear capability and using it on the Allies.
It's unfortunate that he felt bad about it later on. But guess what? A lot of people felt bad about many of their war actions later on. However, it was war. People tend to make different decisions when they are under an extreme amount of stress from a looming predator as compared to when they are relaxing in their vacation house.
Try to envision the time period. The Nazis had annihilated most of Europe and were gassing civilian Jews to death because they didn't think they were the perfect race. They were making lightshades out of Jewish skin for fun. The Japanese were waging a particularly vicious war on the Pacific. The US was stuck between these two insanities and tried to stay out of things for as long as possible. 12 MILLION people died in WWII. After the Nazis surrendered, the US had to start shipping war weary troops to the other side of the world for more fighting.
Was dropping two atomic bombs on Japan a nice thing to do? No. But I think the US was prepared to keep making nukes and dropping them on Japan until Japan surrendered rather than lose more US troops invading Japan.
If so, they deserve to die.
Protip 1: It's safer for everyone if you drive your car near its limits on a track with safety gear rather than on the open roads.
Why people have any sympathy for these guys is beyond me. They exceeded the 45-mph speed limit on a public road in their $450,000 car by so much that it completely disintegrated when it hit a light pole. Walker had enough money that he could have built his own private race track or rented the road from the city for the day.
Unless the throttle got stuck AND they couldn't get the (standard transmission) car into neutral, they are both incredibly irresponsible as they could have killed dozens of people.
The hypocrisy associated with the AP reporting and posted messages on other sites is almost as horrifying. If any "normal" person drove like that, the cops would immediately revoke their license and jail them and the public would ostracize them. Teenagers die every day by wrapping their WRXs around light poles and people would immediately accuse them of being hot-rodding idiots before the accident reports are completed. However, because this guy was famous and had experience driving fast, expensive cars, we're all expected to be sad for him, his friends and his family?
"The Large Hadron Collider is the world's biggest science experiment. When spinning, it reportedly generates up to six gigs of data per second. Today's six-terabyte tape cartridges fill rapidly when you're creating that amount of material. The Economist reports that despite the advances in SSDs and hard drives, tape still seems to be the way to go when you need to store massive amounts of digital assets."
I don't think that the LHC spins.
Why not just put a security camera on the condo poop spaces?
It might help with crime too.
Asia is playing catch up very very fast, and before long, they might even get ahead of you guys !
Good. It's about time they started pulling their own weight.
Maybe they will even innovate some new tech instead of recycling old western ideas.
Then, their citizens will start becoming more educated, making more money, and trying to end the human rights abuses at home.
It's never been clear to me why the US is expected to always be the leader in space research and why other countries can't spend more of their own GDP to advance our knowledge of space.
Engineers at Duke University say they've constructed a device that can collect stray wireless signals and convert them into energy to charge batteries in devices such as cell phones and tablets.
It may seem like stray signal until they start stealing your packets!
-- Life imprisonment, while costly for society, seems to me the harsher punishment. There's ways you can relieve the burden on society, too.
Life imprisonment is harsher on anyone who who has to come into contact with lifers. A lifer has no incentive to behave in a reasonable way. If someone says the wrong word a lifer may kill them. The lifer is already subject to the harshest penalty possible. What are they going to do? Throw the lifer in jail?
I lifer is a danger to every guard and inmate they come into contact with. The number of guards and other inmates killed by lifers far outweigh the few innocent suspects killed by the system.
Sounds great, as long as you aren't the innocent!
Is printing gun components illegal in the UK?
In the US, the only part of a gun that is controlled is the receiver. What are the laws in the UK?
It's hard to believe that making or owning a trigger is illegal in the UK since low-power pellets guns (which use triggers) are legal. That said, UK gun laws are so restrictive, that I am sure they try to control high-capacity magazines. (UK high-capacity meaning more than two rounds.)
I just jumped on to FB and tried to like a post to see if it was true. Interesting results I received a "Please try again - An error occurred. Please try again in a few minutes.", tried to post a "Test post to confirm Facebook is broken" message was met with a similar error message.
Seems like the report is easy verify. Were you just too lazy to try it yourself and would rather spend your time raging against
It's hard to verify for those of us that don't have facebook accounts!
Also, your reply is a bit snarky given that the article does read like a (poor) trouble ticket.
Base salary is only a fraction of the compensation. I work for one of the top 5 and the base plus stock per year for a fresh COLLEGE GRADUATE engineer is higher than the "average" salary listed for the company.
Yeah, it's not "bad data." That's what the article said:
"But it’s important to remember that base salaries don’t tell the whole story, says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert. “For example, while Facebook ranks ninth for average annual base salary on this report, Facebook employees receive larger bonuses and more stock options than some other tech companies on this list,” he said via email."
"Something else to consider: Because Glassdoor only includes companies where at least 50 engineers have submitted salaries, there are some high-paying companies that didn’t make the list."
You're clearly too busy making money to read articles that you are commenting on!
In my country, 20% of my income goes to health care, and everyone finds it normal.
It's the Americans that are weird.
Wow! You should really move to the US and save some money!
He should call it radiation pressure, not light pressure, because of the different wavelength of x-rays. But the problem is the same, physically he is correct.
You need to educate yourself: https://lasers.llnl.gov/programs/nic/icf/how_icf_works.php
The X-rays ablate the hohlraum walls. Those walls, which are not any form of radiation but rather ionized solid material, implode on the fuel and compress it. You could replace the lasers with some other source to ablate the hohlraum.
Thus, all compression is from the imploding hohlraum, not radiation and the statement "Doubt it. Light pressure is what compresses and heats the fuel." is incorrect.