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+ - Einstein's happiest thought was really macabre

StartsWithABang writes: Sure, Einstein came up with both special and general relativity, revolutionizing our understanding of how the Universe works. But how did he come up with his new theory of gravity? Oddly enough, by imagining someone plummeting towards their doom. By comparing a freely-falling observer with one accelerating under a non-gravitational force, Einstein unearthed the equivalence principle, and eight years later, General Relativity came spilling out. The Universe has never been the same.

+ - Ask Slashdot: In modern times how should we define a dystopian government? 2 2

trippin_efnet writes: Wikipedia says dystopia is literally translated as "not-good place". In light of the many abuses of power we have seen come from world governments lately, how should we define whether or not we are approaching dystopia? Are we already there? This isn't a question about which political ideology got us here. The question is how far can a government push before it is common knowledge amongst all political ideologies to be a dystopia?

Comment: Cable TV provider Killer (Score 1) 205 205

the HBO deal, is the death of cable tv companies as we know it. they may even know it. this is really huge and a big win for everyone. no government imposed fake, net "neutrality" needed, the quasi free market working it out.

when the consumer can pick and choose the channels they really want to watch, and only pay for those, you win and the producers of real content win.

I wonder if this deal was in the works when Steve Jobs was still around, because if so, he really did revolutionize tv as we know it in the late 20th and early 21st century.

those of you not understanding the significance of this deal, you will in a few years. wait for it...

Comment: Re:We'll know if its a good bill.. (Score 1) 347 347

use your brain and think for once. you people who require government to hold your hand for everything thing are really starting to endanger the rest of us.

rules by definition make things less neutral and less free.

now, i'm pretty sure you broke some of your moms rules by using the computer before you did your chores, so let the rest of us free people, go back having a conversation about the rule of law and you nanny staters heaping more government chains on us.

Comment: Re:We'll know if its a good bill.. (Score 0) 347 347

they also can't write law... but we have this new power grab aimed at controlling something that doesn't need to be controlled. under the guise of keeping things free and open. you don't make things free and open by regulating and mandating. freedom works it all out on its own.

Comment: Re:Is this a Bears Sh1t in the Woods story? (Score 2) 119 119

wait for it. it may come to that. it's a logical extension of current trends. when those with money and skills exit faster then the flood of unskilled government benefit seekers. we can't very well have all the greedy producers abandon all the needy voters.

not too far fetched.

Comment: smells fishy (Score 0) 94 94

how come it's always human ancestors we find and never ape or some other primates ancestors?

this fact alone strikes me as funny. and not funny ha ha, funny.

you'd think that just once, somebody would stumble upon one by mistake if nothing else. guess there is no money/glory in that so they're all ancestors to man.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 411 411

i thought it went without saying, but judging from some of the replies to my comment, i guess common sense is dead.

with free will, comes responsibility. we are responsible for our choices, not the government, not my neighbors. me, myself, I... those of you that want to take care of people who make bad choices are ridiculous. yes, worthy or ridicule. where does it stop? where is the line drawn? we are not property of the state and are thus not their responsibility.

smokers are free to smoke, and they are free to take care of their own damn medical bills. this is why "free" "government" health care is so evil, it makes you the property of others.

he who pays, decides.

Comment: Re:Sure, some access is bad (Score 1) 53 53

yikes! tell me who exactly passed "net neutrality"? i believe a very small group of APPOINTED bureaucrats, imposed their agenda with ZERO congressional oversight. they wouldn't even give congress(who is our elected law makers) a copy of what they planned on imposing.

i fail to see how this is "passing" anything. this is more along the lines of a executive decree, subject to the whims of whoever is in control at the time.

gay marriage, is overwhelmingly voted down in most states where it comes up to a vote or addressed by its elected officials. there again, a very small group of appointed judges(better then the bureaucrats from the first case, but unelected none the less) decreeing against the will of the people.

what good is passing anti-corruption laws, when they ignore the law? what makes one more followable then another?

the government breaks your leg, and makes you pay for the government provided(free) crutch.

Comment: exactly (Score 1) 232 232

you beat me to it. this was the very first thing i thought of as well. while convenient, as it would make carrying a wallet unnecessary, it's a huge trap. you can't complain the cops have your phone, if you hand it to them. not to mention the camera you're probably using to document the stop is under their control.

Experiments must be reproducible; they should all fail in the same way.